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[16 May 2013 | No Comment | ]
Nyla Ali Khan and the Life of Her Grandfather

Ashley Gibson interviews and writes on University of Oklahoma professor and granddaughter of a former Kashmiri prime minister Nyla Ali Khan, whose writings are making headlines in both India and Pakistan.
Khan’s extensive family history, particularly the portion pertaining to the leadership of her late grandfather Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, has been at the center of South Asia’s political debates for decades. Now, after spending years on her own academic quest to discover the truth of her grandfather’s ideals, Khan, a noted scholar and author on Kashmiri culture and politics, is addressing …

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[15 May 2013 | No Comment | ]
Immigrants’ Rights Are a Women's Issue

Gisela Santiago
Los Angeles, United States
“All women — regardless of immigration status or of color —  deserve equal access to reproductive care and equal treatment in all aspects of life. Immigrants’ rights are a women’s issue.”
May 1st, known as International Workers Day, has become a day to demand full rights for immigrants and work equality here in Los Angeles and across the US. Even though the United States is known as a place of opportunity and success, the harsh reality is that while there are stories of success there are also …

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[14 May 2013 | 14 Comments | ]
Can Faith Substitute for Human Rights?

Yasmine Mahmoud Fakhry
Alexandria, Egypt
“While the international community and human rights activists emphasize that human rights are universal, inalienable and imprescriptible, the truth is that human rights are inherent only in places where the culture of human rights exists.”
Through my work as a human rights educator, I sought to bring hope to young people and motivate them to be agents of change. I lived the happiest days of my life teaching, especially because I maintained a good rapport and a positive relationship with my students. I have been blessed by the …

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[3 May 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Dorene Macias, Former LA Gang Member: 'I Have a Choice'

Kathleen Miles interviews Dorene Marcias, former LA gang member, about her personal experience joining, and then with the help of Homeboy Industries, leaving it.
LOS ANGELES — When Dorene Marcias was 16, a traumatizing experience made her want her own gun.
She saw her boyfriend’s father shoot himself, underneath his chin. “We were standing right there, and his head blew off and his brains splattered everywhere,” Marcias, now 45, told The Huffington Post. “I kneeled down to look at his brain, and it was still pulsating.”
Instead of making her afraid of guns, …