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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v8n50 (12/09/2009) » Section: Letters to Artvoice

End the Afghan War

Last Tuesday President Obama announced plans to deploy 30,000 additional troops in Afghanistan. While this is deeply unfortunate, it is consistent with Obama’s campaign pledges—he has said all along that he would increase war efforts in Afghanistan. However, it is not too late to stop this surge, by persuading our congressional representatives to vote for non-funding and total withdrawal.

Human Rights Day

December 10 is Human Rights Day. That is because the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. The Commission on Human Rights began its work in January 1947 under the chairpersonship of Eleanor Roosevelt. In 30 articles, the Declaration sets forth basic rights and fundamental freedoms, to which all human beings everywhere in the world are entitled without any discrimination.

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