The fate of women in Afghanistan has been the moral linchpin for the continued occupation by U.S. and NATO forces since the presidency of George W. Bush. But according to experts and women across the war-torn country, little has changed for women there despite upwards of $1.5 billion spent to empower women and girls.
At first glance, Rock the Kasbah seems like the typical Hollywood movie depicting Muslims: turbaned men on horseback, a girl who needs an American's help to succeed, and bombs blowing up when the plot slows in the movie. However, you would be ill-advised to pass quick judgment.
The recent bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan is reminiscent of a similar incident at the beginning of the war. On July 1, 2002, a U.S. airstrike in the town of Deh Rawood, Afghanistan killed dozens of civilians at a wedding party.
An airstrike on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan has left at least 19 people dead. Once we discover exactly what happened, will there be genuine accountability for Kunduz?
Kunduz province has seen a lot of fighting over the past few months, As district after district fell to the Taliban, there were numerous reports that the insurgents had their eye on the city of Kunduz, the provincial capital.
It's easy to take for granted the things we've never been without. If we have two healthy legs, we don't think about what it means to be able to run and walk and jump. If our lungs work well, we don't give a second thought to being able to breathe.
The people gathering at the Afghan Peace Volunteers' Borderfree Center recognize the role of war in the multiplicity of suffering of people like Jamila. One of their efforts includes a campaign that they call #Enough! - a simple yet compelling call to abolish wars and instead work to meet human needs.
The New York Times reported last week that U.S. soldiers still fighting the war in Afghanistan -- 14 years on -- are under orders to be "culturally sensitive" regarding different attitudes among our Afghan allies about, uh . . . the sexual abuse of children.
Today, the Middle East is witnessing a large-scale population transfer, the third major one in the region over the last century. Religion and ethnicity play a significant role in the displacement. But ideology also has a hand in it.
The Afghans of Kunduz, one of whom killed his only lamb and fed it to my wife Feyza and me as a sign of honor and gratitude during our visit to his house, have once again been propelled back into a medieval prison camp.
It has almost been a year since Afghan president Ashraf Ghani and Afghan chief executive Abdullah Abdullah have been in power. Contrary to the rosy pictures painted at the time, progress on many fronts has been dismal at best.
Houses of cards--trillions of dollars worth of them, constructed by the U.S. and its allies over more than a decade at a huge cost in lives and treasure--are teetering across the greater Middle East.
Through repetition and evocative imagery, not unlike Kennedy's pivotal take-down of the Klan, the Afghan government can help to gradually curb the rise of backward thinking in all its evil forms, at least within its borders.
The Russians apparently learned little from their miserable years in Afghanistan and now are heading for a debilitating exercise in futility that might distract them from their efforts to undermine NATO and destabilize parts of Eastern Europe.
Why is it that we don't hear about the sexual abuse of boys which is widespread throughout the Middle East and Africa? The answer is simple... this is a dirty little secret that is best kept in the dark.
A few days ago I had the opportunity to speak with Gayle Tzemach-Lemmon about her travels to Afghanistan and her latest book, Ashley's War, about the training and deployment of a group of women in the United States Army who fought alongside male Special Operations forces in Afghanistan.