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[16 May 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Malalai Joya Speaks On Behalf of the Secret Heroes and Heroines of Afghanistan

Malalai Joya
Malalai Joya served as a female Parliamentarian in Afghanistan from 2005 until early 2007, when she was dismissed for publicly denouncing the presence of  war criminals in the parliament. She recently published a book entitled A Woman Among Warlords and came to the United States on a speaking tour.
Connection Point Project Manager Najuan Daadleh met to talk with Malalai at Union Station in Washington DC. Below is what Malalai had to say…
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My name is Malalai Joya and I am a human rights activist. In Afghanistan, democratic minded activists face many challenges, …

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[10 May 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
On Being Relevant: Sexuality, Gender, and Nationalism in Palestinian Society

Haneen Maikey
Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society is a national, community-based and grassroots organization that works with LGBTQ Palestinians throughout Israel and the Palestinian occupied territories. Al-Qaw’s director, Haneen Maikey, discusses how she and others are bringing sexual diversity into the mainstream and building a broader platform for justice within Palestinian society.
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Can you elaborate on the name of your organization, Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society?
Most simply, Al-Qaws means rainbow in Arabic. That is the banal part of the name. We refer to “sexual and gender …

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[26 Apr 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
War: On Hearing Shostakovish’s 3rd Piano Trio (1944)

It’s National Poetry Month. In honor of this month and of the vital role poetry plays in our lives and cultures (even when we don’t realize it), here’s one more poem. Enjoy!
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Judy Neri
USA
I never suffered war
but those warped brooding country tunes
of Shostakovich make me know it
as surely as Emily knew her moor.
I hear in them the family stories:
the moldy sawdust bread
bought with wheelbarrows of money
my father, as a child, balled and threw against the wall
where it stuck, and Muttschen cried.
My Italian mother-in-law
Could not throw out the most threadbare
piece of clothing. …

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[20 Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]
Majora Carter Shares EcoActivism Success Story

Susan Macaulay
UAE
Susan Macaulay is the woman behind Amazing Women Rock – the online oasis full of news, views, inspiration, fun, feel-good factor, shared experiences, stories, links & more for amazing women and those who appreciate them. Among the resources on her site is a compilation of TED and TEDx by women.
In honor of Earth Day, we share this post by Susan and inspiration from eco-activist Majora Carter!
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The future of green is local — and entrepreneurial. At TEDxMidwest, Majora Carter brings us the stories of three people who are saving their …