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[2 Jul 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Nurture Your Love for Your Country

In honor  of the many patriotic celebrations happening around the world this month, we are reposting this article, which considers how to love your country. Enjoy!
Alaha Ahrar
“People should nurture their love for their country but should also realize that patriotism and nationalism are two distinct concepts.”
Ever since I was a child, I have always dreamed of gaining an education, helping human beings and living as free as men in a peaceful environment, where there is no sign of war or callousness. As an Afghan youth I have always desired …

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[18 Jun 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
The Spiritual Values of Humanity

Khawaja Abdullah Ahrar
Editor’s note: This month, we’re celebrating men we love, and so we bring you this poem, by a well-known Afghan poet and writer. (One of our favorite contributors, Alaha Ahrar, is his daughter!)
If you call a human an animal:
He will be very upset, disturbed and distressed
If unwittingly a human turns to ignorance
He will become wilder than wolves and leopards
The values of humanity such as
wisdom, education, grace and generosity
differentiate humans from all animals
The human has been created from an adorned spirit;
Therefore, humans are superior to all other beings
God …

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[18 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Peace Links: Long form journalism for your weekend

Hi all!  I’m sending you off to the weekend with a handful of pieces on feminism and peacebuilding that will make you think. I hope you enjoy!

I loved this article in Sunday’s Washington Post on “cool” feminism born out of the “war on women.”
Check out this New Republic profile of the Palestinian prime minister.
As we think about the American presence in Afghanistan, try reading this account of traveling with U.S. troops.
And finally…. How can tech companies innovate with no women at the table?

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[3 Apr 2012 | 8 Comments | ]
Alaha Ahrar: Poetry from the Place Where God Exists

- by Mary Liepold
  Editor in Chief
After graduating from secondary school, working for several international organizations, and earning a reputation as a poet and media personality in her native Afghanistan, Alaha Ahrar won a scholarship to Virginia’s Mary Washington University in 2008. People in Afghanistan who are opposed to the education of women sent emails to the program to stop her from coming to the US  to study. Alaha gathered her courage and came nonetheless. She started classes and made the adjustment to a new culture while fearing for the safety …