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Sayed Ishaq Gailani: 'Our Only Demand Is Attention to Education'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I worry about the outcome of the 2014 elections. I fear that we might witness a completely flawed election, wracked with rigging and fraud."

It's Time to Put Freedom Back Into Free Enterprise

Dov Seidman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business
Dov Seidman

The freedom train has left the station, my friends. If you're a business leader, you better track that train down, leap aboard and learn how to conduct the right type of freedom throughout your business ecosystem. If you don't, your company and your career may soon hurtle off the rails.

Sarvar Hosseini: 'Renovating the Education System Is a Great Achievement'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"One of the demands is social and political participation by women. Women want to actively and effectively participate in all fields and deem it as their right to do so. Women also seek their civil rights, for example, the right to choose their spouse, the right to education and the right to property."

Return to Homs at Middle East Now: Syria's Freedom, at Any Cost

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.15.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

It's as if we're all watching the daily show of a developing catastrophe, one too gigantic for us to believe, and so we tune out, turn off and try to reason that it's perhaps media propaganda... I know I felt that way, until Derki's film set me straight.

An Atheist Jew and a Good Christian

Leslie Handler | Posted 04.14.2014 | Fifty
Leslie Handler

Too many times, I listened to the evening news to hear someone say that it was "by the grace of God" that their home was still standing or that their loved ones were still alive. I began to wonder: Did God not grace their neighbor, the one who lost their home and their loved ones?

What I Wear Is My Choice!

Bushra Alvi | Posted 04.14.2014 | Women
Bushra Alvi

Perhaps, like everything else, there is no single meaning of the abaya for Muslim women across the globe.

Fakhera Mousavi: 'The Afghan Woman Rests in the Coma of her Predecessors'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Educated women demand justice and equality at all levels of society. They demand a justice-based approach to the basic laws in force in Afghanistan. Above all, the new generation of women demand gender justice and the eradication of discrimination at all levels of society."

Get Real About How You Want to Show Up Today

Juliet Turalski | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Juliet Turalski

We all share the human experience. Yet, how we grow up, where we grow up and who we grow up with create individual experiences that have led to a glo...

Mohammad Afsar Rahbin: 'Drugs Threaten the Entire Nation-building Process'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My two daughters are studying medicine and they wish to write poetry. My wish is that they achieve what they aspire for and will be able to treat the sick people in our country."

Why Acting Like a Toddler Is a Great Idea

Mary-Lou Stephens | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Mary-Lou Stephens

There is a small space between experiencing something in our lives and reacting to it. For most of us, that space hardly exists.

Can You Educate to Freedom?

Yaacov Cohen | Posted 04.10.2014 | Religion
Yaacov Cohen

'Education' and 'freedom' may seem like somewhat contradictory concepts. In some modern societies, education is looked as an integral component -- giving people liberty, autonomy and independence through the power and informed choices that come with knowledge.

Nilab Mobarez: 'Women Are Often Deprived of Their Rights Because the Men in Their Family Do Not Feel Secure'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Rather than trying to establish security, the men restrict women. The insecurity they feel might not even be real, but it creates some kind of psychological insecurity in women nonetheless."

The Freedom of Letting Go

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 04.09.2014 | Divorce
Robin Amos Kahn

I know it's a little nuts to equate the end of a marriage to the end of slavery and it's certainly an exaggeration, but like many marriages, it started to feel like we were wandering in the desert with no hope of a promised land.

Mir Ahmad Jouyanda: 'They Shaved His Head Because He Danced and Was Happy at His Own Wedding'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My greatest fear is that the international community may leave us. We saw what happened when the Russians left. Whenever the international community leaves us, women's rights, the freedom of the media, and human rights are endangered."

Why Traveling the World Isn't as Perfect as it Seems

Staton Ann Mineshima | Posted 04.08.2014 | Hawaii
Staton Ann Mineshima

It amazes people how I am able to give up everything and go. There is a sense of freedom that people around me envy (especially you stay at home mommies). I know because they tell me so. They even tell me they want to be me. I am not flattered by this as my ego would like me to be.

Tourialay Ghiassi: 'In Afghanistan, the Fear That Transitional Democracy Might Fall to Dictatorship Prevails'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"There is a pervasive societal ethic, culture, and attitude that rejects the presence of women who work and are active in civil society."

Passover: Festival of Freedom

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Over 90 percent of the Jews of North America, regardless of their religious views or practices, regardless of their affiliation with the larger Jewish community, make a point to sit down on the first night of Pesah to observe a Seder.

Kazemiya Mohaqeq: 'We Cannot Even Begin to List Our Demands If We Do Not Shake Off the Straitjacket of Illiteracy'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The women's movement needs to evolve beyond its current membership of elite women. It must extend to all pockets of society; we need to establish some kind of unity among women."

Nader Nadery: "These Freedoms Are the Most Precious Gifts to the People of Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The civil and political freedoms we currently enjoy are without precedent in Afghanistan. These freedoms are the most precious gifts to the people of Afghanistan in the past 12 years and so far, we have managed to hold onto them."

Somaya Ramesh: 'Things Will Get Worse If the Government Sacrifices Human Rights for Political Interests'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I visited a friend of mine a few days ago and noticed that she was quite tired and depressed. I asked her what was wrong. She told me that her family will not allow her to continue studying. These situations arise too frequently for women in Afghanistan."

Daoud Naji: 'Afghanistan Is Plagued With Repeated Cultural Rupture'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The high rates of illiteracy amongst women have devastating impacts for women's participation. A large proportion of Afghan women are illiterate because of the historical oppression they have endured. The traditional mentality is another barrier to their participation."

Finding Success in Surrender

Ari Andersen | Posted 04.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Ari Andersen

"Once I decided I would be happy living in my truck, I was free." The man who said this to me never has to work again. He built a company from noth...

The Human Capacity for Greatness Is Immense

Garry Gilfoy | Posted 04.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Garry Gilfoy

Carl Jung was one who saw our collective possibilities. He considered that growth was an innate principle, both of the individual and the universal. ...

Sediqa Balkhi: 'He Said I Would Die If I Went to School Again'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"There are a number of challenges, including a weak and dependent economy created because the promises of the international community have not been upheld, the lack of proper state planning to build infrastructure and the large-scale population exodus to other countries."

5 Things Tomorrow's Parents Will Do Differently

Hilary Wilce | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

We'll remember that bringing up children is something that generations of adults have done before us without too much fuss or bother and we'll rediscover that kids, when left alone, have amazing abilities to learn and grow.