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Samea Shanori

Political science student at NYU, a member of Young Women for Change (YWC) and working at Women for Afghan Women (WAW) in New York

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Latest posts by Samea Shanori

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,...

20 June 2013

As Kabul Gets a Bomb Attack, the Taliban Open an Office in Doha

A suicide bomb explosion shook a western district of Kabul, Afghanistan on June 18, killing at least three and injuring more than twenty. The explosion took place shortly before the...

13 June 2013

Could Fawzia Koofi be Afghanistan's First Female President?

The search for the next president of Afghanistan is underway. Last fall, Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) slated presidential elections for April 5, 2014. Voter registration started at the end...

27 April 2013

Afghan Leader's ‘Brothers’ Carry Out a Deadly Attack

In early April, Taliban insurgents stormed an Afghan court, killing and wounding dozens of people. While the Taliban admitted its responsibility for the deadly attack, President Hamid Karzai blames the...


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