The article behind this LINK offers an alternative view of what is not being discussed in the mainstream corporate media nor at the bargaining table.

An excerpt: “As we learn more about the negotiations, it’s important to remember others working toward dialogue and negotiation in Afghanistan. Troublingly, women’s rights leaders have not, thus far, been invited to the negotiating table. But several have braved potential persecution to assert the importance of including women in any framework aiming to create peace and respect human rights.

A young medical graduate student told me she was deprived of schooling during the Taliban era. ‘If government doesn’t protect women’s basic rights,” she said, “we could lose access to health care and education.’

‘The war was started by men, the war will be ended by men,’ an aide to Rula Ghani, the wife of President Ashraf Ghani, recently told a Reuters reporter. ‘But it’s the women and children who suffer the most and they have a right to define peace.’ In 2018, the UN expressed alarm at the increased use of airstrikes by US and Afghan forces which caused a rising death toll among women and children. In the run-up to the past week of negotiations and even during the negotiations, attacks and counter attacks between the warring parties killed dozens of civilians, including women and children. Both the Taliban and the US seemed intent on showing strength and leverage by demonstrating their willingness to slaughter the innocent.”

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