(SOAPBOX #84) – Cindy welcomes Canadian resident PhD student Spogmai Akseer, representing that whole group of Aghans world wide, both internal and abroad, who take a stance against war and occupation in Afghanistan and demand that the Afghan people be allowed their right to self determination. That group is formally known as Afghans for Peace. They present a non-propagandized “view from the inside” of Afghan reality. Spogmai Akseer pretty strongly contradicts the “official” line that we are in Afghanistan to sell war profiteering to the American public “protect the women” and rebuild a nation. Sorry, boyz and grrlz: the truth is Afghan women are steadily getting into worse and worse shape. Just as Malalai Joya told us back in November 2009, nobody can very much tell any difference between Karzai’s warlords and the warlords of the Taliban. Rebuilding a nation? Spogmai tells of the rampant profiteering and corruption in the country today. She tells us of schools built but never used because of no heat, no water and no utilities – in the Afghanistan’s frozen winters. Just don’t miss her view from the inside! Please use the link above to listen in to Ms. Akseer’s trenchant observations.