In Afghanistan, the role of women and their position in the society are inextricably
interlinked with the national destiny. Women are symbols of family honor but also carry
the burden of embodying the national honor and aspirations of the country. Gender has
thus been one of the most politicized issues in Afghanistan over the past 100 years, where
many reform attempts rightly or wrongly have been condemned by opponents as un-
Islamic and a challenge to the sanctity of the faith and family.
This book is about the gender dimensions of natural resource exploitation and
management in Asia. It provides an exploration of the uneasy negotiations
between theory, policy and practice that are often evident within the realm of
gender, environment and natural resource management, especially where gender
is understood as a political, negotiated and contested element of social relation-
Gender has thus been one of the most politicized issues in
Afghanistan over the past 100 years, and attempts at reform have been denounced by
opponents as un-Islamic and a challenge to the sanctity of the faith and family. During the
years of turmoil, concerns about women's security led to the imposition of ever-stricter
interpretations of socially acceptable female behavior, supported by the most conservative
reading of the holy scriptures. Despite the rhetoric, women suffered from very serious
human rights violations throughout the conflict.
This book is a powerful tool for action. It cuts through the politicized
rhetoric that too often clouds public discussion regarding climate change
by offering practical and manageable advice as to how each of us can
take steps that, collectively, can effect meaningful change. I believe it is
exactly the kind of synthesis we need, with accessible, up-to-date scientific
knowledge that we all will find useful.
My scientific research has delved into many aspects of climate science
for more than three decades.
March 29, 1973, found me aboard a C-141 transport plane, along with fi fty
other U.S. servicemen, returning to the United States after duty in Vietnam.
The fl ight was the last in the withdrawal of U.S. military forces under
the terms of the peace agreement that the United States and North Vietnam
had reached in Paris two months earlier (not to be confused with the
much more hazardous and chaotic exodus of the few remaining Americans
when the agreement broke down and Communist forces overran South
Vietnam in April 1975)....
Could it be that we have unfairly neglected French contributions to green
theory because of words written more than 350 years ago?1 It was a
sixteenth-century Frenchman who, in the opinion of many green thinkers,
penned the most notorious line in the history of Western philosophy. René
Descartes (1637: 40) proposed that we “make ourselves masters and possessors
of nature”2 by subjecting our material environment first to rational
analysis and then to technological control.
• Disposal of pharmaceuticals should be carried out under the supervision of DRA, who
organize it according to strict criteria; individuals must not carry it out.
Information on pharmaceutical disposal must be carefully handled as it may be politicized
and sensationalized. If the public and media are not kept judiciously informed of the efforts
to dispose of expired pharmaceuticals safely, the disposal work might be severely hampered
by misinformation propagated by uninformed journalists and politicians.