Wednesday, January 8, 2014

GINS Post 5: Return of the GINS

Hello everyone!

I am returning to post to my Litspiration blog. Recently, I have been learning about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. So today, I will be comparing the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to the equivalent of that for Afghanistan (The Country in which Thunder Over Kandahar takes place in).

The Charter for Afghanistan is within their constitution, mostly Chapters 1-2, which talk about state and fundamental freedoms. The first thing I noticed when looking at this document was that Afghanistan stated that they believe firmly in God and adhere strongly to being Islamic. This is very different from  Canada, wherein Canadians are free to choose a religion and that really wouldn't be put in the constitution as Canada has no concrete religion today. Another point that is important that I found is that in Article 40 (Fundamental Freedoms), it discusses how nobody's property shall be confiscated without the order of law. This is different in Canada because in Afghanistan that shows that they are subject to search because the law orders it. In Canada, they need a suitable reason or permission first.

In Article 48 it discusses how work is the right of every Afghan. This, in my opinion is an improvement of Canada's Charter because homelessness is a big problem in Canada, and not saying it is completely obliterated in Afghanistan, it just helps them by having the right to it. In Canada, it is more of a freedom, as you are free to work if you have the skill set. For it to be a right, that most likely boosts the amount of workers.

You can look for more differences between Charter's if you would like, as I only discussed the sections that really stood out to me. Thanks for reading!


  1. You said that in Afghanistan people believe in God and being Islamic, but is that actually a freedom? Are they given a choice to choose their religion in the first place?

  2. I do agree that work being a right is an improvement on Canada's Charter. It's not just homelessness that can come about from a lack of work, but also the economy would also be impacted. One problem that could arise with that, and that would be not enough professional jobs for the professionals.

  3. Overall the five posts are high quality and have deep inquires into your book. in this post you could maybe work on connecting your issue in the book to the charter (ie what would be different if they used canada's charter). Something else to add is that the Afghanistan constitution was heavily based on the united states's constitution.
    P.S. Mor means mother or is a respectful thing to call any older woman.

  4. Hello Joel,

    I really like the specific connections that you make between the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the constitution of Afghanistan. You discussed that people in Afghanistan are able to look at people's property without getting in trouble and how you believe this is wrong. Although this is an interesting thought would you agree that the situation and event is different from Canada's, and that these safety precautions are necessary to help and ensure the public safety?

    I'm excited to hear your thoughts!

  5. Joel, I loved reading your posts! There were very gripping and I found myself agreeing with a lot that you were saying. I was wondering why, even though you originally thought the issues would revolve around women's rights, did you you end up deciding the issue was the Taliban? Isn't female's oppression a result of Afghanistan culture, not just the Taliban? I would love to hear your thoughts! Great work :)

  6. Greetings Joel. I enjoyed your posts. They were absolutely fantastic like pac-man. Awesome. I found myself agreeing with a lot of what you were saying, which was great! Your ideas are clear and logical! In this post another interesting idea is where you say that in the Afghanistan constitution they "firmly believe in God" and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms opens up with " Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:". Interesting isn't it? Both of them start with talking about God. All in all excellent ideas and great specific details.

  7. Hi Joel, I found your posts very intriguing as you brought up some big ideas in them. You also flowed from one idea to the next really well and this helped me to better understand your topic better. I am just wondering after reading the sentence, "Afghanistan stated that they believe firmly in God and adhere strongly to being Islamic" whether or not people will be punished if they follow a different religion. You mentioned that in Afghanistan, there are laws that would allow searches of personal property when a law orders it and immediately, I noticed how this directly correlates to values in Afghanistan and Canada. In Afghanistan, it is apparent that they value safety more and in Canada we value privacy more and these values now are influencing the laws being enforced in a country. I am curious on your thoughts about the values of these countries and why they are the way it is. Your posts are engaging to read and keep up the awesome work!