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[16 May 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Listening to "The Other": Reflections on Storytelling and Conflict

Noa Baum
Jerusalem & Washington, D.C.

Since 2002, Israeli-born storyteller Noa Baum has performed “A Land Twice Promised”, a one-woman show based on her dialogue with a Palestinian woman also living in the United States. The piece weaves together both the women’s and their mothers’ memories of war and occupation. Baum’s work illuminates the complex and contradictory history and emotions that surround Jerusalem for Israelis and Palestinians alike.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict seeps despair into the Western consciousness, with more than 60 years of wars and occupation, thousands dead, and no end in sight. …

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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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[1 May 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Sexual violence as a peacetime-wartime continuum

Kirthi Jayakumar
India
“Wartime gender discrimination and violence is proof of a prevalent undercurrent of socio-cultural dynamics that speak of gender discrimination in peacetime.”
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That gender-based and sexual violence is a weapon of war, and a painfully common occurrence in nearly every warfront, is a fact. What is obscure, and perhaps little considered in the strategies developed to tackle sexual violence, is that it is as rooted in peacetime as it is in wartime. Gender violence is ubiquitous and exists as a phenomenon in a continuum of sorts between peacetime and wartime.
In both peacetime …

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[24 Apr 2013 | One Comment | ]
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By Mariam Shoaib, Pakistan
I could turn up the volume on the news,
but there are bills to pay.
Grasping for the car keys,
the anchor repeats the alert.
News keeps  breaking,
breaking new  records of  domestic terrror and
drone-aided calamities.
Quick glance, is it Peshawer, or Karachi?
If I wait any longer,
the banks will close,
who can bear late charges in this economy?
I could slow down my car at the chowk,
weaving around the men,
women,
children protesting,
asking “What are you demanding today?’
But I have been in line for over 3 hrs,
and  still need my job,
so in the rearview signboards and chants,
like numerous …