Re: Faire suivre


Subject: Re: Faire suivre
From: gaveau (laurent.gaveau@ircam.fr)
Date: Mon Jan 18 1999 - 12:58:51 EST


Marie-Helene SERRA wrote:
>
> >Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 15:37:08 +0100
> >From: Christian ELOY <christian.eloy@wanadoo.fr>
> >Reply-To: christian.eloy@wanadoo.fr
> >MIME-Version: 1.0
> >To: Christian Eloy <christian.eloy@wanadoo.fr>
> >Subject: Faire suivre
> >
> >Objet:
> > The Taliban's War on Women
> > Date:
> > Sat, 16 Jan 1999 19:49:43 +0900
> > De:
> > charles@tkd.att.ne.jp (christophe charles)
> > Répondre à:
> > cecdiscuss@concordia.ca
> > A:
> > cecdiscuss@concordia.ca
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >fwd / sorry for doubles
> >
> >The Taliban's War on Women:
> >
> >The government of Afghanistan is waging a war upon women. The situation
> >is
> >getting so bad that one person in an editorial of the times compared the
> >
> >treatment of women there to the treatment of Jews in pre-Holocaust
> >Poland.
> >Since the Taliban took power in 1996, women have
> >had to wear burqua and have been beaten and stoned in public for not
> >having
> >the proper attire, even if this means simply not having the mesh
> >covering
> >in front of their eyes. One woman was beaten to DEATH by an
> >angry mob of fundamentalists for accidentally exposing her arm while she
> >
> >was driving. Another was stoned to death for trying to leave the
> >country
> >with a man that was not a relative. Women are not allowed to
> >work or even go out in public without a male relative; professional
> >women
> >such as professors, translators, doctors, lawyers, artists and writers
> >have
> >been forced from their jobs and stuffed into their homes,
> >so that depression is becoming so widespread that it has reached
> >emergency
> >levels.
> >
> > There is no way in such an extreme Islamic society to know the suicide
> >
> >rate with certainty, but relief workers are estimating that the suicide
> >rate among women, who cannot find proper medication and treatment for
> >severe depression and would rather take their lives than live in such
> >conditions, has increased significantly. Homes where a woman is
> >present
> >must have their windows painted so that she can never be seen by
> >outsiders.
> >They must wear silent shoes so that they are never heard.
> >Women live in fear of their lives for the slightest misbehavior. Because
> >
> >they cannot work, those without male relatives or husbands are either
> >starving to death or begging on the street, even if they hold Ph.D.'s.
> >There are almost no medical facilities available for women, and relief
> >workers, in protest, have mostly left the country, taking medicine and
> >psychologists and other things necessary to treat the sky-rocketing
> >level
> >of depression among women.
> >
> > At one of the rare hospitals for women, a reporter found still, nearly
> >
> >lifeless bodies lying motionless on top of beds, wrapped in their
> >burqua,
> >unwilling to speak, eat, or do anything, but slowly wasting away. Others
> >
> >have gone mad and were seen crouched in corners,perpetually rocking or
> >crying, most of them in fear. One doctor is
> >considering, when what little medication that is left finally runs out,
> >leaving these women in front of the president's residence as a form of
> >peaceful protest. It is at the point where the term 'human rights
> >violations' has become an understatement. Husbands have the power of
> >life
> >and death over their women relatives, especially their wives, but an
> >angry
> >mob has just as much right to stone or beat a woman, often to death, for
> >
> >exposing an inch of flesh or offending them in the slightest
> >way.
> >
> > David Cornwell has told me that we in the United States should not
> >judge
> >the Afghan people for such treatment because it is a 'cultural thing',
> >but
> >this is not even true. Women enjoyed relative freedom, to work, dress
> >generally as they wanted, and drive and appear in public
> >alone until only 1996 -- the rapidity of this transition is the main
> >reason
> >for the depression and suicide; women who were once educators or doctors
> >or
> >simply used to basic human freedoms are now severely restricted and
> >treated
> >as sub-human in the name of right-wing
> >fundamentalist Islam. It is not their tradition or 'culture', but is
> >alien
> >to them, and it is extreme even for those cultures where
> >fundamentalism
> >is the rule. Besides, if we could excuse everything on cultural
> >grounds,
> >then we should not be appalled that the Carthaginians sacrificed their
> >infant children, that little girls are circumcised in parts of Africa,
> >that
> >blacks in the deep south in the 1930's were
> >lynched, prohibited from voting, and forced to submit to unjust Jim Crow
> >
> >laws.
> >
> > Everyone has a right to a tolerable human existence, even if they are
> >women in a Muslim country in a part of the world that Americans do not
> >understand. If we can threaten military force in Kosovo in the name of
> >human rights for the sake of ethnic Albanians, Americans can certainly
> >express peaceful outrage at the oppression, murder and injustice
> >committed
> >against women by the Taliban.
> >
> > *************
> > STATEMENT:
> >
> > In signing this, we agree that the current treatment of women in
> >Afghanistan is completely UNACCEPTABLE and deserves support and action
> >by
> >the people of the United States and the U.S. Government and that the
> >current situation overseas will not be tolerated. Women's Rights is not
> >a
> >small issue anywhere and it is UNACCEPTABLE for women in 1998 to be
> >treated
> >as sub-human and so much as property. Equality and human decency
> >is a RIGHT not a freedom, whether one lives in Afghanistan or the United
> >
> >States.*****
> >
> > 1) Leslie London, Cape Town, South Africa
> > 2) Tim Holtz, Boston, MA
> > 3) Joyce Millen, Cambridge, MA
> > 4) Diane Millen, Falls Church, Va.
> > 5) Bill Millen, Falls Church, Va.
> > 6) Milt Eisner, McLean VA
> > 7) Harriet Solomon, Springfield, VA
> > 8) Arlene Silikovitz, West Orange, NJ
> > 9) Susanna Levin, New Rochelle, NY
> >10) Ruth Slater, New Rochelle,NY
> >11) Elisabeth Keane, Westport, CT
> >12) Mercedes Lopez-Morgan, Chappaqua, NY
> >13) Pete Morgan, Chappaqua, NY
> >14) Aaron Cela, Chappaqua, NY
> >15) Michelle Lee, San Francisco, CA
> >16) Karen Muiter, San Mateo, CA
> >17) Nate Walker, North Hills, CA
> >18) Jasmyn Hatam San Jose, CA
> >19) Brigette Young, Los Angeles, CA
> >20) Rebecca Kniss, Chico, CA
> >21) Sarah Hayman, Whittier, CA
> >22) Kendra Dole-Stoll, Salem, OR
> >23) Robert L. Tolar, Portland, OR
> >24) Lisa Cramer, Providence, RI
> >25) Kristi Rudelius-Palmer, Minneapolis, MN
> >26) Charmaine Crockett, Brooklyn, New York
> >27) Anne Hemenway, New York, New York
> >28) Ned Rothenberg. Brooklyn, NY
> >29) Christian Eloy, Paris, F
> >30) Laurent Gaveau, Paris, F

> >**** Please sign to support, and include your town. Then
> >copy and e-mail to as many people as possible. If you receive this list
> >with more than 50 names on it, please e-mail a copy of it to
> >sarabande@brandeis.edu
> >
> > Even if you decide not to sign, please be considerate and do not kill
> >the petition. Thank you. It is best to copy rather than forward the
> >petition.
> >
> > Melissa Buckheit
> > Brandeis University
> >
> >Lisa Cramer
> >Senior Research Officer
> >x 7395
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >Misako Kano
> >(Please notice that address and URL has been partially changed;
> >"or" is replaced with "ne")
> >misako@ka2.so-net.ne.jp
> >Refer to my Home Page for further information
> >http://www02.u-page.so-net.ne.jp/ka2/misako/
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >--
> >*******************************************************
> >* Christian ELOY
> >* Compositeur
> >* Professeur de composition électroacoustique au
> >* Conservatoire National de Région de Bordeaux
> >* Animateur des ateliers GRM/ADAC
> >* Directeur artistique du SCRIME
> >* http://perso.wanadoo.fr/christian.eloy/
> >*******************************************************
> >



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