/R E P E A T -- Talking to the Taliban/



    An unprecedented look inside the Taliban

    TORONTO, March 21 /CNW/ - This Saturday, The Globe and Mail launches an
unprecedented and revealing look inside the Taliban in Afghanistan. Who are
they? Why are they fighting? Who are their leaders? What do Taliban soldiers
and supporters know about Canada and the rest of the world?
    The answers to these questions come from the Taliban themselves, revealed
through interviews of 42 fighters in the Kandahar district. Globe and Mail
foreign correspondent Graeme Smith, based in Afghanistan since early 2006,
draws on the depth of his personal knowledge and experience to provide context
for the stories being told by the Taliban soldiers.
    "Canada has not learned enough about the Taliban, despite this country's
significant role in Afghanistan," said Graeme Smith. "The insurgents are
driven by motives and guided by cultural rules that are completely unfamiliar
to Western thinking. A better understanding of the enemy is critical to
eventually finding peace."
    The six-part series is an interactive, print and online program that will
run daily from March 22 to March 28 in the front news and World sections of
The Globe and Mail. The exclusive video interviews of the Taliban, with
narration by Smith, along with information that is more detailed and
interactive content, including the questionnaire asked of the Taliban soldiers
and transcripts of the interviews, will all be available at
www.globeandmail.com.

    
    The series offers a rare glimpse into the Taliban psyche by exploring:

    -   how the Taliban's extreme views on religion and foreigners will make
        any peace process very difficult;
    -   how many ordinary Afghans feel compelled to fight in defense of their
        opium fields, for the sake of their tribe, or as a response to
        civilian bombings;
    -   the complexities of the underlying ancient tribal struggles that
        shape this war;
    -   the contradictory relationship between the Taliban and Pakistan;
    -   the limited view the Taliban have of NATO and Canada, with few
        knowing or understanding what NATO is, and even where or what country
        Canada is;
    -   how a new emerging Islamic rationale for suicide attacks is gaining
        ground; and,
    -   the business of insurgency.
    

    The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, is a division of
CTVglobemedia, a dynamic multi-media company, which also owns CTV Inc.,
Canada's number-one private broadcaster.




For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview with Graeme Smith,
please contact: Teresa Pagnutti at (416) 969-2721 or (416) 230-0172 (cell),
tpagnutti@environicspr.com

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