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How State Failure Is Deepening Class Tensions in Egypt

Sara Khorshid | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
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 07.25.2014 | Gay 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...

Mohieddin Mahdi: 'You Do Not Have the Right to Breathe the Air of this Country"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My concern is that President Karzai controls all the boxes. Unfortunately, neither the Independent Elections Commission nor the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission have proved their transparency and impartiality."

Maria Bashir: "He threw my documents back in my face, and shouted: 'Go and stay at home!'"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Maria Bashir is the Chief Prosecutor General of Herat province. She was the first woman to be appointed Chief Prosecutor in Afghanistan, and is the on...

Yassin Negah: '...That She Would Give Thanks a Thousand Times a Day for Being a Woman'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Yassin Negah is the editor-in-chief of Porsesh [Question], a weekly magazine in Afghanistan, and the director of Writers Home, an association for youn...

Suraia Perlika: 'We Cannot Trust Our Statesmen'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

I was held in solitary confinement for 18 months in 1978 without a trial because of my political activities. I was subjected to torture during investigations by the intelligence service and then transferred to Pul-e Charkhi prison.

Sediqullah Towhidi: "We Must Guard Vigilantly Against a Return to Despotism"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

The greatest achievement in Afghanistan is the triumph of a free media.