When the US withdrew from Afghanistan, thousands of Afghan partners were abandoned to the vengeance of the Taliban – many of them university professors and researchers. We encourage ongoing civil society action in requesting administration and congressional support for fair and expedited processing of at-risk scholars’ applications for J1 visas.
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This is a second open letter from American academics to the Secretary of State calling for immediate steps to overcome the present obstacles in the visa process that keep so many at-risk Afghan scholars from the US universities to which they have been invited. Thanks to any and all who take steps toward urging action to address the immediate problem.
UN member states have failed to fulfill their UNSCR 1325 obligations, with the virtual shelving of much-heralded plans of action. However, it is clear that the failure lies not in the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, nor in the Security Council resolution which gave rise to it, but rather among the member states that have stonewalled rather than implemented National Action Plans. “Where are the women?” a speaker at the Security Council recently asked. As Betty Reardon observes, the women are on the ground, working in direct actions to fulfill the agenda.
This appeal from American academics to the Secretary of State calls for action to remove the obstacles that stand in the way of an efficient and equitable visa process for at-risk Afghan academics. We invite all to circulate the letter through their respective networks and encourage Americans to send it to their Senators and Representatives.
Peace educators dealing with any disarmament issues should be familiar with the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and its highly regarded work on a broad range of issues related to weapons and armaments. Those who address the problematic of nuclear weapons and the movement for their elimination will find SIPRI’s research on stockpiling posted here useful learning material.
“In Our Hands,” a film by Robert Richter, documents both the joy and the awareness that characterized the June 12, 1982 March for nuclear abolition; joy engendered by the massive positive energy the marchers exuded, and awareness of the stark realities as articulated by so many who were interviewed by the filmmaker. The film is presented here to support peacelearning and reflection in support of action for the future of the nuclear abolition movement.
The June 12, 1982 mobilization for the abolition of nuclear weapons was an exercise in turning fear into action. This conversation with Cora Weiss, Robert Richter, and Jim Anderson revisits the NYC march and rally of 1 million persons and explores what made the mobilization possible and the future directions of the nuclear abolition movement.
Robin Wright addresses “The New Nuclear Reality” by calling forth the need to “devise a new or more stable security architecture—with treaties, verification tools, oversight, and enforcement—to replace the eroding models established after the last major war in Europe ended, seventy-seven years ago.”