Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’

“Afghan Marital Rape Law” (Dick Whyte)

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

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………………..summer
………………..turns to autumn
………………..she asks
………………..what choice do I have—
………………..starvation or rape

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Headlines:

“Gordon Campbell on the Afghan Marital Rape Law” (Scoop News)

“Right to Rape: Is That What We’re Fighting For” (Timesonline)

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Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Afghan Village Devistated by Nato Missile Strike” (Dick Whyte)

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

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………………..summer’s end…
………………..the village of Omar Kheil
………………..in flames
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Headlines:

“Afghan Village Devastated by Nato Missile Strike” (The Guardian)

“Collateral Damage in Afghanistan is Unavoidable” (The Guardian)

“Nato’s Mission Impossible” (The Guardian)

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Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Iran and Afghanistan Aren’t Ours to Win” (Dick Whyte)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

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………………..5000 dead
………………..35000 wounded
………………..do the birds
………………..mourn the passing
………………..of summer too

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Headlines:

“Iran and Afghanistan Aren’t Ours to Win” (The Washington Post) Many thanks to Dylan Horrocks for recommending this article to me.

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Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Wounded British Soldier Loses Fight for Life” (Paul Smith)

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

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………………..Afghan conflict—
………………..is there anywhere the leaves
………………..don’t fall in Autumn

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Headlines:

“Wounded British Soldier Loses Fight for Life” (Yahoo News)

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This poem was submitted by Paul Smith (see poet biographies). See more Paul Smith on Haiku News.

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“Car Bomb Kills 7 in Market South of Iraqi Capital” (Janet Lynn Davis)

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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the crackle and pop
of my breakfast cereal—
more news
about car bomb blasts
somewhere else in the world

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Headlines:

“Car Bomb Kills 7 in Market South of Iraqi Capital” (Associated Press)

“Car Bomb in Kabul Kills 6 Italians, 10 Afghans” (Associated Press)

“Policeman Killed in Car Bombing in S.Thailand” (China View)

“Marketplace Suicide Blast Kills 25 in Northwest Pakistan” (Foreign Policy)

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Poem by Janet Lynn Davis (see poet biographies). First published in Wisteria (July 2006). Although this is an old poem, sadly it is still as relevant today as it was then. Read more more by this poet.

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“To Many Palestinians, Obama Nobel Peace Prize Unjustified” (Dick Whyte)

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

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………………..4000 troops
………………..on their way to Afghanistan
………………..hearing the news:
………………..president Obama wins
………………..Nobel Peace Prize

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Headlines:

“What Obama’s Nobel Really Means” (The Atlantic)

“To Many Palestinians, Obama Nobel Peace Prize Unjustified” (VOA News)

“Obama yet to deliver on Middle East” (BBC)

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Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Afghanistan’s Sham Army” (Paul Smith)

Friday, November 13th, 2009

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………………..Afghan war—
………………..from east to west
………………..shadows lengthen

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Headlines:

“Afghanistan’s Sham Army” (Information Clearing House)

“Afghanistan: Karzai Rival ‘Withdrew Under US Pressure’” (Information Clearing House)

“These People Just Want To Be Left Alone” (Information Clearing House)

“Gordon Brown Signals Start of Britain’s Afghanistan Exit Strategy” (Telegraph)

“Gordon Brown Says Sorry to Mother in Condolence Letter Row” (Guardian)

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This poem was submitted by Paul Smith (see poet biographies). Read more Paul Smith on Haiku News.

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“NZ SAS Troops Sent to Afghanistan” (Dick Whyte)

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

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………………..is it spring
………………..already?
………………..mum tells me
………………..my cousin is off
………………..to Afghanistan
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Headlines:

“U.S. requests New Zealand S.A.S. Troops in Afghanistan” (World Socialist News)

“Video: John Key Announces SAS Deployment to Afghanistan” (NZ Herald)

“Should NZ Send Troops to Afghanistan?” (NZ Herald Reader Responses)

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Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Obama Adds Troops, but Maps Exit Plan” (Bill Kenney)

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

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troop buildup
the mountains know
no timeline

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Headlines:

“Obama Adds Troops, but Maps Exit Plan” (New York Times)

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Poem by Bill Kenney (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Strain of Military Service Meets Resolve” (Bill Kenney)

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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redeployed—
his children tell him
they’ll be fine

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Headlines:

“Strain of Military Service Meets Resolve” (New York Times)

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Poem by Bill Kenney (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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