On Thursday May 27th at 7:30 pm, there will be an evening of presentations, spoken word, music and a slideshow to highlight the on-going struggles of the people of Afghanistan and Iraq.

The event will be held at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 W. Wilshire Blvd at Berendo in Los Angeles.

Speakers will feature Sonali Kolhatkar of Afghan Women’s Mission and Medea Benjamin of Global Exchange. Ross Altman, Gene Owens & James Kirk, and Mark Rodriguez will perform.

The event is endorsed by: ANSWER; Be the Cause; CAIR; Catalyst for Change; Code Pink; Frank Dorrell; Garment Worker Center; GCC Justice Coalition; LA Greens; Westside Greens; Office of the Americas; War is Not the Answer Vigil.

For more information call (323) 687-1193.

The road from the village of Ozbin Khol is safe no longer. The eight aid workers packed into a Toyota LandCruiser were keen to get to their destination, Sarobi, before nightfall. But a punctured tire stopped them. Two young men, carrying Kalashnikovs, their faces covered by keffayahs, came out of the darkness, lined up the passengers and opened fire, killing five.

The growing instability in Afghanistan — a country under virtual military occupation by U.S. and other western forces — has been overshadowed by news of the escalating violence, torture and killings in U.S.-administered Iraq. But analysts who closely monitor the region say security in Afghanistan remains “tenuous” and “has shown no signs of improvement.” And they predict the explosive situation there might soon turn out to be as bad as Iraq – but on a smaller scale.