Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Fwd: Afghans of "paternal language" (Indo-European)

on 7/24/07 Jacklyn EL Shaw wrote:

Dear Afghans and Friends, Peace Corps (FOA / RPCV, NPCA):

My condolences are for "all Afghans", regarding the late Mohammed
Zaher Shah, 92. To quote Faiez and King, Times (7/24/07):

"He was the last ruler in a 300 year dynasty, ascending to the throne
in 1933, after his father was assassinated. Zaher Shah was
overthrown in 1973 but returned to Afghanistan in 2002. . .
Afghanistan's last king was called 'Father of the Nation'. 'The
people were happy . . . hardships. . .now', says A. Qadir,
retired . . . "

By 1500 BC, Afghanistan, became the "established Crossroads to Asia",
with "paternal language", Indo-European (MS Omar, Ph.D-Harvard).
As a Californian and former instructor at Kabul University, I
witnessed many USA Afghan citizen refugees were from the 1979 Soviet
invasion. In 9/11, none of the 19 suicidal bombers were Afghan, so
how did most presume otherwise? Has our shared world history been

Your timely, in depth news is appreciated, including the quote of
"his unifying influence".

Jacklyn EL Shaw (M.Ed., Admin.-Author)
RPCV, 1976 and '77, at Kabul University
POB 3733
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Terry Dougherty

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Fwd: Progress in Helmand

Green Village Schools ( has sent 8 boys who
completed our eight grade school to Lashkar Gah to complete high school with
an emphasis on science, math and computer use.

Because no suitable housing facilities were available, we are teaching our
eight girls graduates in the village. The principal of GVS is in charge of
their program which will be similar to the one the boys are undertaking in
high school.

Our success is due to a lot of hard work by our teachers and staff, the
wonderful support of our donors, especially the 41st Brigade of the Oregon
National Guard and our working board here on Portland, OR. We started with
15 boys and girls in two rented rooms in 2001 and expect to enroll over
1,000 students in fall 2007.

Thanks for keeping us in the loop through your email and the new Google

Bob McSweeny
Chair, Advisory Board
Green Village Schools

Terry Dougherty
Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. KT211
Fort Wayne, IN 46805


Monday, July 23, 2007

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