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Witnessing Death From a Distance

Sprawl of Kabul, Afghanistan as seen from the top of TV Hill in the middle of the city.

In the month before Afghanistan’s presidential elections on April 5, three deadly attacks occurred against journalists who became targets of terror. I was once a war reporter. Now I write about war from a distance.

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Texas Congressman Calls for Export of Anti-Choice Doctrine as Cure for Terrorism

At a hearing on women's education in countries wracked by religious extremism, Rep. Randy K. Weber asked a conflict resolution expert if she was teaching Muslims about "the sanctity of life."

At a hearing on women’s education in countries wracked by religious extremism, Rep. Randy K. Weber asked a conflict resolution expert if she was teaching Muslims about “the sanctity of life.”

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Global Roundup: Saudi Arabia Plans Women-Only Cities; Philippines RH Bill Continues to Languish

Weekly global roundup: Will Saudi Arabia’s plan to construct a women-only industrial city opens new doors for women? Philippines’ RH Bill still hanging in the balance as the Catholic Church grows restless; Texans seek abortion pills in Mexico; Rare justice for 13-year-old Afghan torture survivor.

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Taliban Publicly Executes Woman for “Adultery” As Clinton Declares Afghanistan “Major Ally”

Screenshot from the CNN/Reuters video.

A woman is publicly executed in Afghanistan to settle a “dispute” between two Taliban officials. This gross demonstration of the everyday violence faced by women in Afghanistan comes just days after the U.S. declared the country as a major non-NATO U.S. ally and 70 countries pledged to provide aid.

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Global Roundup: Malian Women’s Rights Efforts Backfire; Afghanistan’s First Female Presidential Candidate Poised

Weekly global roundup: a revised family code in Mali oppresses women further; Fawzia Koofi makes waves in Afghanistan and worldwide; Venezuela wrestles with a stubborn maternal mortality rate; and a call for more midwives in Zambia.

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Global Roundup: Curbing the Birth Control Controversy; Nigeria on the Brink?

Weekly global roundup: Male midwives on the rise in Cameroon; Melinda Gates says birth control is not controversial; Afghan women march for their rights; and Nigeria’s population grows as contraceptive use dwells near nil. 

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Women’s Rights Abuses in Afghanistan: Searching for the Full Story

Global coverage of women’s rights abuses in Afghanistan is critical to raising awareness and changing this reality. But what is being done on the ground and at the policy level? What is the good news? The picture is often larger, and more complex, than we see. 

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An Early Grave For Child Brides

Acts of self-immolation have been used as a tool for political protests around the world. In Saigon, a Buddhist monk set himself on fire to protest his government’s intolerance of Buddhism.  In Tunisia, a young man also used self-immolation in protest which jump started the 2010-2011 revolution in this region. What would drive a 10 year old girl to set herself on fire in Afghanistan?

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Morning Roundup: Pence Loves Title X’s Work in “Inner Cities”

The first same-sex fertility center, Arizona Senate passes race and sex-based abortion ban, women still being given as crime compensation in Afghanistan, lawsuit filed over New York’s CPC law, and Rep. Mike Pence likes what Title X does for “inner cities.”

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Celebrate Good Times……Yeah Right!

How did you celebrate International Women’s Day? Did you “celebrate good times?” or Were you a victim of violence?

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