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Coal Miners In Afghanistan. 

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It’s a joy for me because I’m one of those people who loves playing PlayStation and Xbox. So with my thumbs I like to think I’m probably quite useful.

Prince Harry compared killing insurgents in Afghanistan to playing a video game in an interview broadcast on BBC Monday night.


(via kileyrae)

So, running around naked in Las Vegas brings “shame” to Harry’s family but enjoying killing actual human-beings and treating their deaths like those of pixels in video games doesn’t? Drunken nudity brings shame but dehumanization and the lack of respect for human life is somehow commendable. The royal family is a wonder.

For the love of God, end the wars now. Death is not supposed to be something that is to be enjoyed or celebrated on any level. It’s always a tragedy, even if the death belongs to a member of the Taliban. Our so-called enemies are human-beings too, as amazing as that might sound to some people, and we must consider their perspectives, worldviews, emotions, etc., because if we don’t, we dehumanize our fellow brothers and sisters and stuff like this happens. We get locked into a self-sustaining war where civilian casualties are treated as the norm and no end to the bloodshed seems visible.

Imagine if a member of the Taliban talked this way about U.S. or British soldiers. We’d be outraged and disgusted, right? How is Harry’s statement any different? Hint: It’s not.

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Education against all odds in Afghanistan – audio slideshow

As they say, education is light.
Every member of society should have knowledge.
Through knowledge we can solve all our problems.

(via Toni Greaves/Mercycorps)

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Afghanistan - March 2012

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People gather for a new year ceremony at the Sakhi Shrine, Kabul, Afghanistan, March 20, 2012. 
[Credit : Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images]


People gather for a new year ceremony at the Sakhi Shrine, Kabul, Afghanistan, March 20, 2012. 

[Credit : Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images]

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This war has gone on far too long. This is the longest war the U.S. has ever fought in its history. It’s been over 10 years now. I think the U.S. military is tired and perhaps a demoralization has set in – the lack of purpose and aim. And we’ve seen that in these recent incidents. We’ve had three major incidents involving the U.S. military – this sniper who killed 16 Afghan civilians, the burning of the Korans and the U.S. soldiers urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban – there hasn’t been really, at the moment, any disciplinary action taken by the U.S. military against any of these perpetrators. And that has angered the Afghans enormously.
— Ahmed Rashid on the length of the war in Afghanistan. (via nprfreshair)

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A United States service member walked out of a military base in a rural district of southern Afghanistan on Sunday and opened fire on three nearby houses, killing at least 16 civilians, including several children, local villagers and provincial officials said. →

Villagers in Belandi in the Panjway district of Kandahar, where the shooting took place, said the service member had attacked three houses, killing at least 16 in total. Five other villagers were wounded, they said.

After the killings, villagers collected the bodies, and drove them to a nearby American military base to protest. Burn marks could be seen on some of the bodies, and the villagers said that five of the dead were young girls, age 6 or younger.

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U.S. Troops Killed in Quran Protest →

The fallout from the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of two U.S. troops. An Afghan official tells CBS that an Afghan soldier shot the soldiers out of anger over the burning of the holy books. Protests over the incident have raged for three days in Afghanistan. Afghan police fired shots to disperse a mob of protesters who tried to break into a U.S. military base in eastern Afghanistan.

We should respect all religions and cultures. The US military should be especially sensitive to other cultures and religions as they are a representation of the United States and their lives can be lost because of disrespect. However, no matter how holy a book, it will never be worth a human life.

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We skim past those stories of the latest bombing or drone strike or gunfight or civilian massacre. We joke about the personal foibles or funny accents or minor gaffes of the politicians who hold it in their power to stop war, but won’t. We’re bored and petulant and self-absorbed until that video of some soldier pissing on dead bodies comes along, at which point we can have an outrage contest and feel good about ourselves for being more outraged than the next completely uninvolved person, for a day or two, until the big game comes on.