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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."

Wheelchair Wisdom: Stop the Busyness and Smell the Roses

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 05.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Yes, I was still the same seated figure moving through a crowd in a motor-powered vehicle. Yes, all my physical limitations were just as they had been previously. But my mind, my soul, and my feelings became liberated.

On the Third Anniversary of the Syrian Uprising

Wendy Pearlman | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Wendy Pearlman

Given the appalling violence in Syria -- leaving at least 130,000 dead, some 9 million displaced, and 9.3 million in need of humanitarian aid -- it is urgent for the international community to take action to save lives and relieve suffering.

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...

Silence and Freedom

Joseph Carlisi | Posted 05.06.2014 | Hawaii
Joseph Carlisi

Silence, a break from mental noise, allows the world to seep into us, to fill us in a whole, unbroken sense.

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 ...

The Impulse to Travel

Andrew Lam | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel
Andrew Lam

I do not know where the impulse to travel comes from but I have always had it bad, ever since I was four or five. A Vietnamese child living in the Me...

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...

Razan Zaitouneh: Kidnapped!

Elham Manea | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Elham Manea

The sectarian fighters on both sides do not want her Syria to prevail. Kidnapping her was meant to silence her voice. It is up to us to keep her voice alive in this mayhem. Do not give up on her Syria

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...

A Young Ukrainian Wants the World to Know the Importance of Freedom for Her People

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.04.2014 | New York
Anthony Papa

As a native New Yorker I must admit I am not on top of my world affairs. But through the friendship of someone who lived in the Ukraine I recently found out about the crisis that is currently taking place.

If You Love Somebody, Set Yourself Free

Mary-Lou Stephens | Posted 05.03.2014 | Women
Mary-Lou Stephens

I'd always been afraid, enmeshed, hooked in, jealous and obsessive. Terrified of being abandoned but also terrified of anyone getting too close. But if I don't belong to anyone and no one belongs to me, I am free. They are free.

365 Invocations to Create an Extraordinary Life, Week 13

Carol Simone | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Carol Simone

"What does freedom mean to me?" is one of the most important question you will ever ask yourself. And, of course, as with any important question, you have to journey deep inside in order to find out what holds the truth for you.

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.

Modesty Is My Liberty

Hana Malik | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion
Hana Malik

The belief of a headscarf driving oppression or restriction for Muslim women is taken from the misconception that Islam is a religion that promotes male dominance.

The Great Degeneration

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 04.30.2014 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

Society has become centered in the cities, and in the cities, there is only effectiveness when good government is present.

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."

No Shining Path

Ron Nikkel | Posted 04.29.2014 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

Our labor has ended, the armed struggle has begun. The invincible flames of revolution will glow, turning to lead and steel. There will be a great rup...

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...

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

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...