The Unfulfilled Dream of the Afghan Human Rights Queen

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When she accompanied her husband King Amanullah Khan on a trip to Iran in 1928, she did not cover herself. This was so unacceptable in Iran that Iranian clergy insisted that Raza Shah, their king, order Queen Soraya to cover herself from head to foot with the hijab.

Woman of Our World

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When they speak,
men call her sister, but they ask her
something else…

Afghan Men Can Wear Underwear in Public but a Woman Cannot Wear a Short Dress

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Men lash out at entertainment programs on TV channels and at women singers. But they themselves do buggery and bring young boys to dance at their wedding parties.

The Flawed Trial of Farkhunda’s Killers

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I fear that the real leaders in the murder of Farkhunda will never be tried.

Hands

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Hands make my frigid winter warm,
change my dry desert to sweet-scented roses
light the dark sky till it’s full of star shine,
and then, write me a song of love

Farkhunda’s Force

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Calling themselves patrons of Islam
They were men
Mark them forever as traitors

The New Fears in Kabul

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The difference between Afghan police and the brutal Taliban is little but their uniform.

Love Song of Winter

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The winter came with
singing and dancing
bringing the message of peace

In Lament of Gaza

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Gaza sinks in blood, but the world community is glad.
Arab leaders keep silent—slaves of the West.

A Tale of Two Teenagers: Malala and Anisa

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My heart breaks; my eyes weep; my body is burned out for our Afghan girls who are losing their lives in the fight for girls’ rights in Afghanistan.