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U.S. Will Continue To Protect Women's Rights In Afghanistan, Senator Vows

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the majority of international troops set to leave Afghanistan this year and anxiety about that country's future growing within the ...

The Real Sheriff In Afghanistan

OZY | Daniel-Dylan Böhmer | Posted 11.12.2014 | World

By Daniel-Dylan Böhmer, OZY In Kabul, police station number 1 rises like a castle from the glittering, stinky chaos of Mandavi Bazaar, protected b...

The Missing Women of Afghanistan

Ann Jones | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Ann Jones

This disconnect between Washington's much-advertised support for women's rights and its actual disdain for women was not lost upon canny Afghans. From early on, they recognized that the Americans were hypocrites at heart.

New Afghan Government Can Change the Fate of Country's Most Vulnerable

Sultana Hakimi | Posted 10.13.2014 | World
Sultana Hakimi

Programs and services to care for and educate vulnerable children need the unanimous support of a government that understands the long-term benefits of doing so.

Why the Health of Mothers and Newborns Is Inseparable

Esther Sharma | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Esther Sharma

I visited Maryam when her baby was 2 weeks old. I had been meaning to go sooner, but the steep, icy roads up to her 'house' in Kabul prohibited an earlier visit.

Adela Mohseni: 'Any People Who Are Not Aware of Their Rights Will Not Live in Peace'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I don't think there is a civil society in Afghanistan. There are many people from overseas who are working in Afghanistan, but they will leave as soon as there is some turbulence."

Aziz Rafiee: 'We Have Not Yet Diagnosed the Pathology of the Problems That Infect Afghanistan'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The most important factor is the conservatism that prevails with respect to social issues. Lack of education and economic poverty are other factors. Women are consistently used as a means of labor in families."

Mohammad Ismail Qassemyar: 'Poverty and Unemployment Have Paralyzed the Lives of Most Afghans'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The key to our success, as testified by history, is our national unity. We must protect our Islamic unity and brotherhood and adhere to it."

Massoud Hassanzada: 'The Biggest Challenge Facing Afghanistan Is Absence of True Progressive Forces to Combat Ignorance, Corruption and Fanaticism'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Poverty, violence, ignorance, plunder, and deception are the fruits of the class society, based on profit-making at any cost."

Abdul Hamid Mobarez: 'Democracy Is the Choice of the People and It Is Up to Them to Protect It'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Against such a backdrop of fundamental, structural changes, the Taliban will not be able to dominate Afghanistan again. The free people of Afghanistan would never allow that scenario to be repeated."

Wahida Samadi: 'The Taliban Will Never Really Change'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My greatest fear is that after 10 years of efforts to promote women's rights, a group may take over the political power that does not believe in women's identity or even the fact that they are human beings."

Dr Saheb-Nazar Moradi: 'We Must Unite Against the Extremists to Defend the Achievements of the Past 10 Years'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"We are living in a society where political despotism, social and economic injustice, unbalanced culture and education and cultural and identity authoritarianism prevail."

Mahbuba Jamshidi: 'It Would Be a Tragedy for Women to Lose Their Legal Status and Rights in This Political Game'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I only fear instability and insecurity. I fear that the insecurity may lead the political powers to strike some kind of bargain that trades away women's rights. It would be a tragedy for women to lose their legal status and rights in this political game."

Aziz Deldar: 'My Greatest Fear Is a Day When I May Not Be Able to Express What I Think'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The courts should be one of the important sources for women to rely on in this country. Unfortunately, the courts are very corrupt and are permeated by a strongly misogynist attitude, which seeks to use gaps in the law to punish women."

Sonia Iqbal: 'We Have Not Planned for Economic Recession, But It Is Sitting on Our Doorstep'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"International statistics indicate that we will have around 400,000 to 500,000 unemployed people after the withdrawal of the international forces and a fall in foreign aid."

Bakht Mohammad Bakhtiar: 'We Will Return to the Dark Days of the Past If We Are Not Careful'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My two daughters were forced out of education under the Taliban. We were forced to migrate to Pakistan and my family had to weave carpets with me to make a living. It was a hard work that we had to do in awful, unhealthy underground workshops."

Hasina Safi: 'One New Phenomenon Is the Men Who Believe in Women and Their Power'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The traditional society is one of the biggest deterrent factors. Even educated members of society attempt to prevent women from working outside the home. Another factor is the extensive level of illiteracy, and general lack of skills, amongst women."

Rafi Behroozian: 'I Strongly Support the Media Revolution'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Our society is not an intellectually independent one. It has not taken decisions for itself; others have always decided on its behalf. But nonetheless, I believe that the young generation of today will not be prepared to accept such a dark and evil scenario."

Professor Seifuddin Sayhoun: 'It Was a Woman Who Decided My Fate'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My greatest fear is the extent to which people are disappointed and disenchanted with the present situation."

Torpikai Nawabi: 'Popular Uprisings Against the Taliban prove that the people Do Not Want Them to Rule Afghanistan Anymore'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My greatest fear is that we may return to the pre-1992 dark days with the impending withdrawal of the international forces from Afghanistan."

Ahmad Fahim Hakim: 'Peace Talks With the Taliban Lack Red Lines, Clear Policy, and Transparency'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The real question is: When we talk about reconciliation, are we talking about real political compromises? Or is it about negotiations and reconciliation for the survival and interests of the ruling establishment?"

Saeed Haqiqi: 'There Is a Fear in the Air of 2014'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The best development has been the growth of a democratic political atmosphere. We now have the elections, human rights laws and standards, democratic structures, civil society and institutions that can manifest a democratic rule."

Mary Nabard Ayeen: 'Women's Rights Must Not Be Sacrificed in a Peace Deal With the Taliban'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Women want to uproot illiteracy, have a self-sufficient economy, and see the consolidation of women's struggles into a solid social movement."

Mir Mohammad Yaqub Mashuf: 'The Government's Actions for Women Are Empty and Symbolic'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My greatest fear is the fear for my own life. In this country, you cannot live two minutes without fearing suicide bombings and explosions."

Momina Yari: 'I Am Most Worried About the Lack of Security'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"In some educational institutions, women make up 50 percent of the student population. We have never had so many female students."