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Najla Ayoubi on Elections and Women in Afghanistan

Posted on June 5, 2014 by Aditi Bhaduri –India– If Afghanistan is synonymous with a rugged terrain and warring tribes, the ‘graveyard of empires’, then it should also be synonymous with courage and defiance. Afghan women collectively deserve not only the Nobel Prize for… Continue Reading →

Afghan Women: the Kill List We Don’t Talk About #Vaw #mustread

By Sahana Dharmapuri WeNews commentator Thursday, May 22, 2014 In the world of pen vs. gun, we would all benefit from putting the Arab proverb “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” to good use. If women’s rights are… Continue Reading →

#Expose – USAID cancels contract for good news from Afghanistan

Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY2:38 p.m. EST February 13, 2014 (Photo: Aref Karimi, AFP/Getty Images) STORY HIGHLIGHTS USAID wanted “positive images” of its work News media photos tended to emphasize the negative, USAID said Government watchdog group says USAID should… Continue Reading →

New Afghan Law Disastrous for Women #Vaw

A proposed law would roll back gains made to protect Afghan women, photographer Lynsey Addario warns. Bibi Aisha was 19 when I met her in Kabul’s Women for Afghan Women shelter. Her husband, a Taliban fighter, beat her from the… Continue Reading →

Mazar-e-Sharif Suicides: Poisonous Freedom for Afghan Women #Vaw

By Nicola Abé in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan Women in Mazar-e-Sharif have straddled the worlds between Western freedoms and conservative traditions for a decade. As the Taliban gains strength and the West pulls out, Afghanistan’s most liberal city is being plagued by… Continue Reading →

Army’s Fingerprint and Iris Databases Head for the Cloud #Biometrics #UID #Aadhaar

BY SPENCER ACKERMAN,   A soldier scans an Afghan’s eye for placement in the U.S. military’s large wartime biometrics databases, March 2012.Photo: U.S. Army   The next time U.S. soldiers snap a picture of your eye or scan your face, they’re… Continue Reading →

Rethinking Development In Pakistan

      By Q. Isa Daudpota   25 May, 2013 Countercurrents.org   Trickle-down economics invariably fails in poor countries. For long-lasting progress, development policies that are bottom-up, those that ‘put the last first’, often succeed. Ideas supportive of this… Continue Reading →

Afghan MPs block divisive women’s rights law #WTFnews

Legislation was approved by President Karzai in 2009, but stalled by conservative MPs who deemed it un-Islamic. Last Modified: 18 May 2013 14:27 President Hamid Karzai approved the law by decree in 2009, but it needs parliamentary approval [Reuters] Afghanistan’s parliament… Continue Reading →

‘We Are Those Two Afghan Children’ #mustshare

  By Hakim & The Afghan Peace Volunteers Countercurrents.org Two young Afghan boys herding cattle in Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan were mistakenly killed by NATO forces yesterday. They were seven and eight years old. Our globe, approving of ‘necessary or… Continue Reading →

‘First’ Afghan female rapper seeks reason with rhymes #Womenrights #Vaw

By AFP Published: January 3, 2013 Soosan Feroz practicing with Afghan pop musician Farid Rastagar at a recording studio in Kabul. PHOTO: AFP KABUL: Sporting a long leather coat and western jeans under a headscarf, Soosan Feroz looks like many modern women… Continue Reading →

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