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Sturm, Drang, and the Drug War: The Decline of International Law

Katherine Pettus | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Katherine Pettus

There is a great deal of Sturm and Drang afflicting the leading lights of the drug policy reform community at the moment.

The Post-2015 Agenda: A Global Call to Increase Civil Society Space

Lindsay Coates | Posted 09.23.2016 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

Over the past 15 years, our thinking has shifted - the role of local agency and self-determination has become central to the policy discussion, though I would argue it has always been central to how humans make progress.

Building a New Role for U.S. NGOs as Active Global Citizens

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 08.20.2016 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

In a meeting with a group of international nonprofit CEOs, one organization recently stated that all of its programs frequently impact 100 million peo...

Greenpeace Calls for End of Private Fishing Deals in West Africa, Questions E.U. Food Security Claims

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.03.2016 | Green
Till Bruckner

Lawlessness at sea is a hot topic this summer, with the New York Times running an investigative series on the issue and the nascent Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) beginning to pick up steam. Two experts from Greenpeace connected the dots for me and explained why we should care.

Why We Exist and How We Can Evolve

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 06.11.2016 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

We live in a globalized world. Corporations work across national boundaries and government policies continue to be shaped by international norms. Local civil society working on its own is no match for these forces. This is where nonprofits that work globally come into the picture.

How State Failure Is Deepening Class Tensions in Egypt

Sara Khorshid | Posted 01.05.2015 | Home
Sara Khorshid

Pressure on the lower and middle classes is increasing in view of the state's continued failure to deliver at an acceptable level of efficiency as well as the absence of the rule of law, which results from the deeply rooted corruption and the weakening of the state after three years of protests and political turmoil.

Tongzhi Culture

China Hands | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
China Hands

Rachel Leng reports on the broader significance of the Chinese gay rights movement In a Beijing restaurant, I sat down to lunch with two men and two...

Abdul Hafiz Mansoor: 'I Assure You the Taliban Will Never Return'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"A major problem is the conservative interpretation of women's status in religion, which views women as a second, inferior sex. Women's presence in society is another challenge. The prevailing norms still see women's employment outside of the home as a shameful thing. On this view, women's work indicates a lack of honor for men."

Suraya Popal: 'They Stole His Sister, Not His Car'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The underground mines that have been discovered in Afghanistan bring hope to all Afghans for a prosperous future. I hope that those mines will be operated effectively in accordance with international law in order to guarantee the economic future of the people of Afghanistan."

Abdul Qayyum Sajjadi: 'It Is Difficult to Leave the Tribal, Misogynist and Monopolist Approach Behind'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Like most other Afghans, I am afraid of a return to the past, to that tension-fueled political, social and religious environment. For now, the positive cooperation between Afghanistan and the international community is keeping that at bay. But if this cooperation ends, we cannot rule out the possibility of returning to the dark days of the past."

Sahraa Karimi: 'The Taste of Freedom Is a Powerful Antidote to Oppression'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The youth give me hope. They refuse to bow their heads and submit like the generations before them did."

Dr. Ramazan Bashardost: 'Our Leaders Push Their People Over the Cliff'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Our people are immobilized: I have seen people barely flinch while someone is beheaded in front of them. The Afghan people have had their willpower stolen from them; the society has become numb."

Dr Alema: 'We Need a National Campaign Against Illiteracy'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Schools are still being closed to girls today. They throw acid on girls, poison the water containers in girls' schools, and distribute clandestine newsletters mobilizing against families of the students and teachers. These are all indirect ways of closing the schools to girls."

Wahid Ghassemi: 'I Belong to the Land Called Afghanistan'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The terrible events that women suffer every day in Afghanistan demonstrate that women do not enjoy their human rights in this society."

Batul Moradi: 'A Little Light Is Better Than Absolute Darkness'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"After our divorce, my husband denied that he was the father of our children and publicly denounced me as an adulteress. This is an extremely serious allegation in Afghanistan."

Sayed-Askar Mousavi: 'Afghanistan Needs Educated Women to Combat Reactionaries'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Our society is a very traditional one, where not only men are against women, but women are even against themselves. Illiteracy is an extremely important factor, as is the lack of a legal system that can adequately deal with discrimination and exclusion."

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi: "A culture of war is not the Afghan culture"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

At just 32 years of age, Farkhunda Zahra Naderi is a Member of the Afghan Parliament, elected to represent Kabul. After starting her education in Kabu...

Seddiq Barmak: "I couldn't speak up, I couldn't breathe"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Seddiq Barmak fell in love with the world of cinema when he saw his first film, 'Lawrence of Arabia', at Kabul theatre at a tender 5 years of age. In ...

Najiba Ayubi: "You do realise that you are a woman?"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Najiba Ayubi is a journalist and activist for human rights and freedom of the press. She is the Director of the Killid Group, a non-profit Afghan medi...

Ahmad Shah Behzad: "Open minds are the key to a safe, sustainable future"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Ahmad Shah Behzad is a Member of Parliament from Herat province. He was forced to migrate to Iran during the war and stayed there until the fall of th...

Roya Sadat: "She even changed her name to Sohrab, a boy's name"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Roya Sadat was one of the first female filmmakers to emerge after the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. She studied law and political scienc...

Abdullah Ahmadi: 'They Seek Their Human Rights, as Humans and Citizens'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

The existence of a committed and dynamic civil society gives us reason to be optimistic about the future of human rights in our country.

Shakila Ibrahimkhalil: 'We Have Fought Too Hard for Our Freedoms to Lose Them Again'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My biggest fear is to lose the gains we have made. I am also afraid of going back to civil war. We have made so much progress and I am afraid to lose it: children going to school, young people studying and playing sport, women working. We have fought too hard for our freedoms to lose them again."

Dr. Daud Shah Saba: 'The Afghan Economy Is a Man's Economy'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Dr Daud Shah Saba was the Governor of Herat from 2010 to 2013. He resigned in July 2013, citing rampant corruption and the failure of the central gove...

Khadija Ghaznawi: 'The Key to Peace Lies Within Afghanistan, Not Outside'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Khadija Ghaznawi was the only woman who presented as a candidate for the 2014 presidential elections. She was disqualified from running by the Indepen...