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Tuesday, March 13, 2001

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  • Taliban Destroy Buddhas in Afghanistan

    The international community is reacting with sadness and anger over the destruction of priceless Buddhist statues in Afghanistan. Museumsand governments around the world had hoped to save two giant Buddhas that had been carved into the stone cliffs of Bamiyan.

  • An Afghani Woman Speaks Out Against Continuing Attacks On Afghani Women

    The UNESCO chief denounced the plunder of the Bamiyan Buddhas: "It is abominable to witness the cold and calculated destruction ofcultural properties which were the heritage of the Afghan people, and, indeed, of the whole of humanity." Meanwhile, the people ofAfghanistan are facing unprecedented upheaval. Decades of war have brought widespread death and economic devastation. The Taliban haveimposed an extreme interpretation of militant Islamic law that including severe restrictions on women. And this year, a major drought hasadded to the country’s woes and the flow of refugees.

  • Behind the Afghan Devastation: The U.S., Oil and the Mujahidin

    Some of the responsibility for the religious and political upheaval in Afghanistan today is traceable to the US intervention in thecountry during the Cold War. After the Soviets invaded the country and took control, Afghanistan became a battleground for East Westdisputes.