Femonationalism: White saviour feminism in Afghanistan

“Western” feminists often discuss and offer solutions for the position of women in Afghanistan, however as Munazza Ebtikar writes, these viewpoints are often stripped of the context of decades of military devastation and silence the voices of Afghan women who are fighting for change Featured image – member of Aghan parliament Fawzia Koofi Cheryl Benard… Read More

Three times a widow in Afghanistan

Hizbullah Khan in Kabul relates the harrowing story of a woman who has been widowed three times by war in Afghanistan and what it means for her life now. Sitting in her first marital room, looking down at a picture from her childhood, an anguished Marzia Umeed* remembers her happy life before marriage. She doesn’t… Read More

The Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s ‘kill-list’

by Usaamah Khan and Taimour Fazlani Last year the New York Times ran an article reporting that Nobel Peace Prize winning US President Obama was armed with a ‘kill-list’. The article was carefully approved by the White House in a bid to improve the re-election chances of President Obama. The New York Times reported how… Read More

Drones: the international system of force and collusion is alive and well

by Dr Rohail Ahmad The BBC revealed on 24th October 2013 that Pakistan was fully aware of the drone attacks on its territory by America: “Secret memos show Pakistan endorsed US drone strikes”. This is a confirmation and continuation of the international system of force and collusion that is both the origin and perpetuation of the… Read More

The Black Clouds over Peshawar and the Inescapable Vulnerability of Life

by Sanaa Alimia For a while now I have been speaking to my friends and family about the ‘black cloud’ that hangs over Peshawar. When you enter Peshawar, I don’t know how else to describe it. There is something in the atmosphere: nervousness, an unspoken tension. This is not a simplistic attempt to romanticise Peshawar as… Read More