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 ESL 563

Research Project

For this project, we'll be using the Internet to find stories from other parts of the world about the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan. There have been many complaints that our news reporters are filtering information, letting American readers and TV viewers see only one side of the affair. With the use of the Internet, you now have access to other points of view.

Let's look first at the Centre for Research on Globalization from Canada. Scroll down to find these articles:

Let's look first at the issue of civilian victims of this war.

Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders started in 1971 by a small group of French doctors who believed that all people have the right to medical care. Since that humble beginning, it has turned into an international organization dedicated to bringing health care and education to trouble spots around the world. Look at their photo documentary on Afghan Refugees at Jalozai Camp. Public Health student Serena Chaudhry traveled to Pakistan to research the health status, environmental conditions, and quality of life of the refugees in the Jalozai refugee camp. She recruited eight refugees, both male and female, between the ages of 18 and 36, gave them cameras, and asked them to take photographs of their environment and health problems. The photographs show both the good and the bad parts of life at Jalozai.

Photos from the War
Like many websites on the Internet, this site has no obvious author. His/her statement as to the purpose of the site is:
"The American mainstream media is deliberately ignoring these images which are as accessible to them as were the reports of the September 11 attacks. The Washington Post reported on October 31, 2001 that CNN's chair had ordered his staff to downplay reports of civilian casualties in Afghanistan."

You can read more about the author's motives by clicking on the image below:

photos from the war explanation

These photos are very graphic and painful, but perhaps the American public should be seeing them, in order to understand exactly what this war is doing.

Now let's look at the issue of the real reason behind the bombings.

  • The English version of Pravda, a Russian newspaper, has another point of view. There's a review of a book written by two French authors that describes the reason why the US has declared war on the Afghans. You can compare this reasoning to the one offered by John Pilger from the Canadian Global Research Organization.

  • And another article about the Egyptian point of view on why Americans have declared war: Muslims ask: Why Do They Hate Us? by Chris Toensing, published on AlterNet on September 25th, 2001

And finally, let's examine the issue of the United States government involvement in breeding and training terrorists.

Here is a list of sources where you can wander around and find more information on these other points of view:

  • The Guardian, from the United Kingdom.

  •, from Israel.

  • Unjustified means, by Ignacio Ramonet, from Le Monde, a French journal published in Paris.

  • Reporting from Amman by Marwan Asmar, Jordan

  • The Newslink site has more international news links, by country. Scroll down until you see the listing for different world areas, then pick a country.

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  • The Justice Not War site has a list of international links with more information.

  • The Silicon Valley Coverage from Around the Web has more points of view on these issues. They give you short beginning paragraphs, with links to the complete article.

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Last updated on 10/22/04