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Women in the field: what it's like to work in Afghanistan

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The Globe's women correspondents reflect on their experiences in Afghanistan ...Read the full article

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  1. Seasoned Warrior from Been down so long it looks like up to me, Canada writes: Thank you for this article from these female journalists about their experience in Afghanistan. We need more articles like this - every day - to expose the oppression and enslavement of women in Afghanistan and other countries. Good for you Christie for not caving in to the Burqua! It is so disgusting to think of sons being so brainwashed by religious bs that they grow up and despise their own mothers and sisters as worthless beings. It makes me cringe to think of a 10 year old girl being forcibly married off to a man of 50. These women have lives not worth living. All this oppression just so these men can have sex on demand.
  2. Tazed but not Confused from Vancouver, Canada writes: Christie Blatchford could you please wear a burqa with that headscarf.
  3. Chris Edwards from Canada writes: Sure glad we've been there defending the "rights" of women with our soldiers' lives.

    Supporters of this travesty STILL can't seem to decide if it's about terrorism or altruism (usually depends on what is the most convenient argument at the time depending on the context of the debate), but the inescapable conclusion is one I've been saying since the start.

    Our "friends" in Afghanistan aren't a great deal better than our "enemies", and at the end of the day we'll be leaving the place much as it was when we arrived one way or another, only with hundreds of grieving families in our own midst and even less "safe" from terrorism than we were on September 10, 2001.
  4. Lou R. from BC, Canada writes: And we really think we will change the Afghan way of thinking by sending our soldiers to die in that country? I don't think so. It will take generations for the mindset of the Afghan men to change, if they ever do. It is so unfortunate that women have to live such an existance - unfortunately most Afghan women believe they are worthless and they accept their fate. But before we, as Canadians, become too smug think about how many women in British Columbia have been murdered by the men in their families because the women have supposedly "dishonoured" them. It is truly shameful to treat women with such little regard.
  5. Udom Thongpai from Victoria, Canada writes: This is useful because it shows how profoundly different the social customs of Afghanistan are from our own. Some argue that we are there to change their way of life, but clearly, that would take generations.

    The article does not address the issue of embedding, and what it does to journalism when reporters are seen as being partisan. Roxana Saberi, who was just sentenced to 8 years in prison in Iran for espionage, is a freelance journalist.... Laura Ling and Euna Lee are american journalists who were filming a documentary for Al Gore in North Korea. They are now under arrest in Pyongyang for espionage. The ground is shifting for journalists all over the world, who used to be seen as independent, and are now viewed as spies.
  6. Richard Hamilton from Saskatoon, Canada writes: It never ceases to blow me away when I see a woman wearing a burka in Canada. What is this woman thinking? What is her husband saying to keep her shrouded? What is the message that she's sending to her now "Canadian" children? Seeing this crazy and dangerous religious-control thing play out in Canadian society freaks me out. Must we, in Canada tolerate social practices considered to be so wrong that we send our children to fight and to die in order that they stop? I hear nothing from the Canadian Muslim community! I'd like to hear what Canadian Muslims have to say about this subject or are Canadian Muslim men happy and content to be master.
  7. Desmond Whitton from Canada writes: I guess it's too bad that the U.S.A. felt the need to fight against the Afghan communist government who came to power in the late 70s. The communists extended equal rights to women and fought to make the country more secular in nature. Unfortunately the U.S. sided with the religious extremists who reimposed the Islamofascist laws those women have to live with today. Thanks a lot U.S.A.
  8. Joyce Smith from Canada writes: Thongpai: You can thank the Bush administration for journalists being suspected of spying.

    Richard Hamilton: Many of the women who don burqua in Canada are happy to do so - they are just as brainwashed as their husbands.
  9. Larry Hill from Canada writes: Joyce Smith from Canada writes: Thongpai: You can thank the Bush administration for journalists being suspected of spying

    How so, Joyce? That tradition goes back to at least W. Somerset Maugham.

    Bush made a lot of mistakes, but he was hardly original.
  10. John Hiebert from Winnipeg, Canada writes: Dang! Why does Christie Blatchford always look so angry??
  11. N Dawg from Canada writes: Jane, Christie, Jessica & Gloria: I thank all of you for sharing your stories and I admire your courage.
  12. Steve French from Windsor, Ont, Canada writes: Blabford looks better in a burka.
    Can they make one that shuts her trap?
  13. Chris Edwards from Canada writes: Given a few of these comments, you can't escape the impression that a some of the posters would be quite comfortable with Afghani sexual dynamics.
  14. John Hiebert from Winnipeg, Canada writes: That's quite a stretch, Chris Edwards, to infer that just because some posters dislike Ms. Blatchford that they believe women should be repressed. Interesting jump there.
  15. Ryan Lemay from Canada writes: Assuming that everyone in the world is kicking and screaming to adopt western freedoms is foolish. How they can be so interrested in these values if the whole society has never experienced living within the constructs of a western society? What you have got is a backward society picking which values it likes and ignoring what values it dislikes then trying to snuff out those who don't have those values they have chosen. All the while western organizations sit around and hold hands and sing songs. (traaa la la la la) Well yippie skippie. This place is as backwards as when we arrived in 2001 except the bribes have gotten bigger and the backwards elements are allowed to roam around the countryside like wild animals because we believe in due process all the while the radicals don't. We should just leave the place, maybe sell it to the Chinese for a couple of blenders and plastic trinkets. They'll know what to do.
  16. Jim Terrets from Vancouver, writes: Wow, sounds like the Taliban are running Afghanistan again. We better invade and free all those women before its too late.

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