Background on the Middle East

Middle East Research & Information Project (MERIP)

Afghanistan & Refugees Afghan Womens' Mission works to support Afghan refugees, particularly by funding projects which address the desparate health care, education, and empowerment needs of the Afghan refugees, primarily women and children. This website has a variety of information, resources, and links. Read their statement opposing military action by the U.S. The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan is a political/social organization of Afghan women struggling for peace, freedom, democracy, and womens' rights in fundamentalism-blighted Afghanistan. Human Rights Watch release highlights the conditions of Afghan refugees in the aftermath of September 11. (does not take into consideration the effects of US military strikes against Afghanistan) Also links to other human rights issues in Afghanistan. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has updates on the creation of refugees in Afghanistan due to US attacks.,1361,565301,00.html and UK Guardian article discussing the low success rate of US air drops of humanitarian aid to Afghani refugees, as well as UK Guardian commentary on the growing crisis for Afghani refugees with the escalation of military action and the approach of winter. Fact Sheets on Afghanistan from the Center for Economic & Social Rights.

Women's Alliance for Peace and Human Rights in Afghanistan (WAPHA)

Saving Women's Lives-- section on afghanistan  

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U.S. Policy Toward Political Islam by Stephen Zunes

Continuing Storm: The U.S. Role in the Middle East by Stephen Zunes

Osama bin Laden & the Taliban

The ‘Religion’ of Usamah bin Ladin:  Terror As the Hand of God, by Jean E. Rosenfeld, Ph.D., UCLA Center for the Study of Religion.

PBS Frontline information (web site) on Bin Laden

New Yorker article on Osama Bin Laden

Osama Bin Laden: How the U.S. Helped Midwife a Terrorist by Ahmed Rashid

The Taliban - an interview with Ahmed Rashid 

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