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November 4, 2009
Public Forum

What is Behind the Election Dispute in Afghanistan?

Organized by Mobilization Against War & Occupation (MAWO)


November 4th MAWO Forum on Afghanistan

On the evening of Wednesday November 4th, Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO) organized a forum entitled “What is Behind the Election Dispute in Afghanistan?” at Joe’s Cafe. The forum provided an opportunity to discuss questions about what the elections in Afghanistan really mean for the Afghan people, the involvement of foreign forces in the elections and the fundamental problems that Afghan people face today under occupation.

The evening began with MC and MAWO executive committee member Andrew Barry opening the forum with a few short film clips on Afghanistan. After the film clips, Nita Palmer, secretary of MAWO, member of the editorial board of the Fire This Time newspaper and author of the upcoming book, “War and Occupation in Afghanistan: Which Way Forward?” spoke. She emphasized that the fundamental problem for Afghans is not fraudulent elections or a corrupt government as the foreign forces claim, but instead is fundamentally the occupation itself and in order for the people of Afghanistan to progress the occupation needs to end.

Discussion was vibrant and interesting, highlighting the importance of continual action to oppose this war and occupation in Afghanistan. This war has being going on for over eight years and has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths by occupation forces and a worsening situation for Afghans.

The book launch for Nita Palmer’s book “War and Occupation in Afghanistan: Which Way Forward?” will be coming soon. Check the MAWO website for details on the release of the book.