17 Sep

Expert calls stability possible for Afghanistan

first_imgThough the fault lines of state building in today’s post-Taliban Afghanistan might seem difficult to comprehend to some,  USC Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek shed light on the challenges the Middle Eastern nation faces in a late Wednesday afternoon lecture.Rasuly-Paleczek explored reasons behind the current plight of international and national efforts to stabilize the country and proposed possible solutions for the road that lies ahead.“In the West, but also within Afghanistan and neighboring countries, people are quite puzzled that despite more than a decade of efforts to stabilize the country … nothing could really be achieved,” Rasuly-Paleczek said. “Beginning with the bond process in 2001, which highlighted the idea of recreating a highly centralized Afghan state, this model is totally inadequate … From my perspective, using this model of centralized state already is a type of malconception. It does not take into account that Afghanistan has changed.”Afghanistan has led a tumultuous history leading up to present day, from early Islamization and the Mongol invasion to dynastic cycles to the Soviet war, civil war and now, the end to a decade-long U.S.-led war.Despite the nation’s troubled history, Rasuly-Paleczek said she believes that a stable future is possible.“A balancing of power can best be achieved not by a centralized model, but a federative system to give more voice to the various regions of the country,” Rasuly-Paleczek said.However, according to Rasuly-Paleczek, a federative model was never taken into account because of the tradition of a strong state.“Despite all the problems, I think an amendment of the constitution is necessary,” Rasuly-Paleczek  said. “We must find, in order to solve this problem, trust-building and concrete resolution mechanisms on several levels. But there are different approaches. Some are saying that the regions should be involved. Others are saying it should be people who are outside this whole conflict, but it should not be Iran or Pakistan.”There are changes that have occurred over time that must also be taken into account as Afghanistan continues to build its state, Rasuly-Paleczek added.“At the end of the 19th century, both superpowers at that time agreed on Afghanistan being a vassal state, whereas now, it’s not clear … Iran and, in particular, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia could play a role, and that was not the case in the 19th century,” Rasuly-Paleczek said. “People are yearning for peace and recently, putting aside conflicts, like tabula rasa.”For freshman international relations major Luke Phillips, stability is an almost unattainable concept in the current political state of Afghanistan.“The way things have been going on right now, regardless of what kind of sentiments that people want to have happen, I think the forces of history are just too strong,” Phillips said. “I suppose if there is a holistic government involving the Taliban, then that would bring more stability then they’ve had since 2001, but I don’t think there would be sufficient democracy-building.”Others, including Professor of Anthropology Erin Moore, remain hopeful for the region.“There are a lot of countries that are just as diverse, like India, that have come from a place of many separate kingdoms, and they were able to come together into a peaceful nation,” Moore said. “Just because [Afghanistan’s] so diverse and has a history of diverse kingdoms doesn’t mean that it can’t be a nation-state in the near future.”For Lynn Matthews, an attendee of the lecture, the potential solutions are a confirmation of what the Afghan population hopes for. Matthews visited Afghanistan in September, and said she saw the people’s desire to find peace firsthand.“The one continuous theme in every school that I visited, from Mazar-e-Sharif to Jalalabad, they wanted peace, and you know, I told these kids, you guys are the future of Afghanistan,” Matthews said. “I just want to believe, and I hope and pray that if we could encourage more education there, it’s going to pull people out of this militant thing going on and make them focus on education, stopping this war and moving on to live in peace.”last_img read more

14 Aug

WHS Daily Bulletin: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014:Wednesday•PSAT TestThursday•AVCTL Cross Country at Wellington High School, 4 p.m.•C-team Volleyball at Wellington, 5 p.m.Friday•4A State Tennis at Winfield•Football at WHS vs. Rose Hill 7 p.m. – Senior NightSaturday• 4A State Tennis at Winfield• Volleyball at Clearwater 9 a.m.Wednesday’s lunch: Taco Burger/bun, romaine and tomato, refried beans, mandarin oranges, black/bean and corn salsa with tortilla chips.Thursday’s lunch: Pasta Bake, green pepper strips, baby carrots, applesauce, brownie. Guidance Office News:College visits during lunch:Tuesday, October 21- KANSAS STATEThursday, October 23- Butler CCC Tuesday, November 11- Pittsburg StateThursday, November 13- Fort Hays College *Crusaders, please remember to detach the lids of the empty bottles you recycle. Also, please do not put your trash in the recycle bins- put the paper in the paper bins and bottles in the bottle bins. Lastly, we’d like to say we only recycle plastic bottles and paper. Thank you- WHS Leadershipcenter_img Today’s News*Drama Students: Mrs. Kelly must have your Thespian Conference contract and money today.  You will not be able to attend unless the amount is paid in full.  Krispy Kreme fundraiser orders and money are also due today before 3:15. The order will go in at that time.*There will be a SADD meeting tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.*Crusader Creators – don’t forget to bring your t-shirt designs to the meeting today!*The middle school leadership team will be having a bake sale at the football game this Friday. All proceeds will go to Jeff Frazee for his daughter Makena’s medical expenses. She has been battling Cystic Fibrosis. You can also wear purple to the game-which is the color for cystic fibrosis.*The end of the first nine9weeks is Friday, October 17. All missing assignments need to be completed and turned in on or before this date. Remember, your semester grade is the average of your first nine weeks and second nine weeks.* Don’t forget to participate in No make up Mondays for Operation Beautiful and wear pink to support breast cancer awareness month.*If you’re interested in learning about the Work Ethic Program, stop by Mrs. Hatfield’s office for a brochure.  Sign up by Oct. 20th!last_img read more

14 Aug

Why Virginia’s upset of Virginia Tech was a big deal, even for the average fan

first_imgIt doesn’t matter whether you’re a fan of Virginia or Virginia Tech. It doesn’t even matter whether you watched the game. You can still appreciate what happened and what it meant to hundreds of thousands of people around the country. Though these moments are not supposed to be universal in their appeal, the euphoria they provide is relatable across ages, fan bases, even across sports themselves. We root for laundry, yes, but we also root for the joy and sense of community that these events inspire, the minutes and hours of togetherness we share with our friends and our families when nothing else seems to matter. We know that’s not true, of course. But for those fleeting ticks of our life clocks, everything seems right — as we root with the hope of new memories that will carry us until something else is able to top them.Today, that feeling belongs to Virginia and its fans. The president was George W. Bush.The iPhone was still more than three years away.NBC was still making “Friends” episodes.The top movie in the country was “The Cat in the Hat.”Facebook, Twitter and YouTube didn’t exist.We could go on, but you get the idea. MORE: Auburn-Alabama rivalry is alive in Titans’ locker roomThat’s why Virginia’s 39-27 upset of its rival Friday was such a big deal — not just for the players, but for the fans who’ve put so much emotion into a rivalry that spans generations, as most great rivalries do.Not only does Friday’s win send Virginia to its first ACC Championship Game, it ended an era of 15 straight losses for the Cavaliers and 15 straight years of trolling for the Hokies. Pick your cliche: The shoe’s on the other foot. The tables have turned. A taste of their own medicine. They’re all true, at least for one day of one year, and they all carry real emotions. BALL GAME!Virginia snaps a 15-game losing streak to Virginia Tech to advance to its first ACC Championship Game! pic.twitter.com/oFRoQZMSPB— ESPN (@espn) November 29, 2019Friday’s game is one of those moments that will no doubt be used to mark time in the minds of folks in Charlottesville: Before The Win vs. After The Win.For some young fans, this was the first such win of their lifetimes. For older fans, who were single and/or childless in 2003, it was a moment to share with their Cavalier-obsessed children. But these moments are often more than just a big win. The world was a different place the last time Virginia beat Virginia Tech in football. That was in 2003. last_img read more