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Film and Tutorial Notes II

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Leslie Jermyn

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Film and Tutorial Notes II
June 09, L06 - Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear
Why are the Taliban able to regain support among Afghan citizens? Where are they gaining
that support?
Taliban able to regain support among the people from impoverished areas where the police
and the army dont even go. Poor people in the slums wish that they were under the old
Taliban regime because back then, the cost of living is much lower. The people can afford to
buy food, pay rent, hold down jobs, etc., and young people can easily find jobs.
The Afghans have no love for the foreigners, either, especially the victims of careless
At one point, the point is made that the Taliban only work through fear is that supported
by the evidence in the film?
The Taliban work through common religious belief and wealth. They promise uneducated
new recruits Paradise if they do jihad, and they offer money to the poor for their support.
What are occupying forces doing to prevent that and are they effective? Where is
international aid money going?
The foreign military people acknowledge that the real enemy is the unemployment, the
illiteracy, but they are doing nothing to amend that. Their careless violence does not endear
them to the people they anger them. Whatever else they are doing, they are not helping
the situation.
The promised aid money from foreign govts goes to pay for the expenses of the
administration and doesnt reach the people who most need it. The aid officers use up the
aid money in their security, their transportation, and they refuse to allow the people to
decide what best to use the money for.
June 21, L09 Poor No More
What makes people poor in Canada?
Structural violence makes people poor, not just in Canada, but in other places, too. It refers
to a form of violence based on the systemic ways in which a given social structure or social
institution harms people by preventing them from meeting their basic needs.
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