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Samea Shanori

NYU graduate, a member of Young Women for Change (YWC) and working at DKMS: Delete Blood Cancer in New York.

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9 September 2016

Remembering Some of Afghanistan's Brightest Lights, Killed in the Attack on a Renowned Kabul University

“I will keep my wings open, my music loud; no matter how much you keep me in the dark. Hello! Do you hear me? I am Afghanistan.”

7 August 2016

Afghanistan's Hazaras: ‘Do Not Eliminate Us!’

"Never can a bomb silence the voice for justice and equality."

7 July 2016

Afghan Refugees: “Nobody ‘Wants’ to Leave. It Is About Survival.”

"Everybody is leaving Afghanistan. The only people who will be left there are President Ashraf Ghani and [Chief Executive] Abdullah Abdullah!"

27 May 2016

Why Afghanistan's Hazara Won't Stop Marching

All Afghans are affected by the country's ongoing crisis of governance, but it is the long-suffering Hazara minority that has run out of patience fastest.

4 January 2016

Afghanistan's National Football Team the Pride of a Nation, Even in Defeat

"Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai watched @SAFFSuzukiCup #football match from his home sitting on a mattress with green tea."

27 July 2015

Afghans Nail #GrowingUpAfghan on Twitter

"My dad just asked me to make him tea when it's 84 degrees outside #GrowingUpAfghan."

20 March 2015

Afghan Woman Beaten to Death and Burned for Allegedly Setting a Quran on Fire

"What happened in #Kabul today was absolutely against the law, Sharia law and does NOT represent Muslims in Afghanistan."

8 March 2015

Is Afghanistan Getting Closer to a Reckoning with Gender Violence and Discrimination?

"Women's rights in Afghanistan can only go so far, until men stand for it too."

12 February 2015

Afghans Relishing Their First Cricket World Cup

The Afghan national team is preparing for its first ever Cricket World Cup, an event that is being treasured by the country's diverse population.

30 September 2014

Exit Hamid Karzai, Afghan Legend

After thirteen years as President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai has said goodbye to the Arg he inhabited for so long. Even Afghans that hated him now find themselves feeling sentimental.

8 September 2014

Men Convicted in Afghanistan's #Paghman Gang Rape Case Receive Death Sentences

In a powerful display of civic solidarity, Afghan society has finally spoken out against rape crimes. But could it not have done so without demanding the death penalty?

1 September 2014

Afghanistan's Ice Bucket Challengers Ask Presidential Rivals to ‘Be Cool!’

With tensions between supporters of presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah threatening to boil over, a group of young Afghans are dumping ice on troubled water.

7 July 2014

“No Less than a Miracle”: Afghanistan's Next President is… Ashraf Ghani?

Whether they were "ghost votes" or "clean votes" Ashraf Ghani appears to have more of them than his bitter rival for the Afghan presidency, Abdullah Abdullah. So, what happens next?

16 June 2014

Afghans Survive Severed Fingers to Cast Second Round Votes

In April, Afghans participated in the first round of historic presidential elections. In the second round, Taliban militants sliced off Afghan fingers, but millions of votes were cast anyway.

7 April 2014

Afghanistan Shows the Taliban the Middle Finger

Afghans have faced down the Taliban and their votes are being counted. Meanwhile, one candidate is already declaring himself the first round's preliminary leader.

31 March 2014

Afghanistan: ‘My Best Weapon to Fight the Taliban is My Voter Card’

Afghanistan's voters are in a defiant mood as they ready themselves for the polls, ignoring an intensification of civillian-focused attacks by "desperate" Taliban insurgents.

5 January 2014

As Afghanistan Faces a Critical Year, President Karzai Plays a “Risky Game”

As Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai is dragging his feet on the new security pact with the United States, many believe that he is playing a dangerous game.

17 December 2013

Empowering Women in Afghanistan: Interview with Anita Haidary

Global Voices interviews Anita Haidary, an Afghan women's rights activists and co-founder of an organization that works to empower women across Afghanistan.

11 October 2013

Warlords, Democrats and Extremists – Afghanistan's Next Presidential Candidates

Afghans are reflecting on the list of candidates for their presidential elections in 2014. The candidates' picks for vice-president positions demonstrate the importance of ethnic balancing in the divided country.

26 June 2013

Afghan Presidential Palace Targeted by the Taliban

An attack on the presidential palace in downtown Kabul on the morning of June 25 has terrified Afghans and cast a huge cloud over the future of negotiations between the government,...

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