Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Results of Increased Militarization within Society

Via CBS NEWS August 2, 2010
In an interview with Katie Couric today for @katiecouric, Time Magazine editor Rick Stengel addressed his magazine's controversial cover showing a mutilated woman and the headline "What Happens if We Leave Afghanistan." The accompanying story discusses the Taliban's repressive treatment of women.
(Credit: Jodi Bieber / INSTITUTE for TIME)
Rethink Afghanistan has a video regarding the real effect of the war on women in Afghanistan.



You’ve probably heard of TIME Magazine’s outrageous, pro-Afghanistan-War propaganda cover art. As supporters of women’s rights, we were outraged by TIME’s gross distortion of this critical issue. But Couric compounded the distortion by giving TIME Magazine’s managing editor Rick Stengel an even bigger megaphone for his outrageous pro-war spin campaign in a recent online interview. Stengel made easily disprovable claims, including that the rights of women have been “modernized” and that women’s “lives have changed.”

Women’s rights in Afghanistan are under constant assault right now, often from within the U.S.-backed Kabul government. But Couric never once challenged TIME’s editor as he made his claims. She even called TIME “brave” for such a cheap caricature of the choice before the American people.

Couric’s viewers deserve better. Sign our petition that urges her to watch Rethink Afghanistan’s segment on the situation for Afghan women and to respond on Twitter.

Let’s make sure nobody gets away with the ridiculous claim that war helps women caught in the crossfire.
Watch Katie Couric's interview with Time's Rick Stengel.

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