You won’t allow me to go to school.
I won’t become a doctor.
Remember this:
One day you will be sick.

Poem written by an 11 year old Afghan girl 

This poem was recorded in a NYT magazine article about female underground poetry groups in Afghanistan. An amazing article about the ways in which women are using a traditional two line poetry form to express their resistance to male oppression, their feelings about love (considered blasphemous), and their doubts about religion. 

One of the best articles I’ve read all year. Here’s the link

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blackenedbutterfly:

thedailywhat:

Afghan War News of the Day: A US soldier reportedly carried out a brutal slaying of at least 16 Afghan civilians early this morning in two small villages near his base in the country’s southern Kandahar Province.
“It appears he walked off post and later returned and turned himself in,” military spokesman Lt. Cmdr. James Williams said of the unidentified staff sergeant who is currently in custody.
According to eyewitnesses, the soldier walked into at least three homes in the villages of Balandi and Alkozai and fired at their occupants. Nine children and three women were among the dead, per the latest report.
The deputy commander of Afghanistan’s international troop coalition, Lt. Gen. Adrian J. Bradshaw, stressed that this was “in no way part of authorized military activity.” US officials further denied earlier reports that the shooting was perpetrated by more than one assailant.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai released a statement demanding an explanation for the attack, which he referred to as “an intentional killing of innocent civilians [that] cannot be forgiven.”
The Taliban issued a similar statement, admonishing “the so called American peace keepers” for “once again quench[ing] their thirst with the blood of innocent Afghan civilians.”
This latest setback for US efforts in the region comes just as fury over last month’s Koran burning at Bagram Air Base and January’s corpse urination footage had begun to abate.
The US Embassy in Kabul attempted to diffuse the tension by releasing a statement expressing “deepest condolences to the families of the victims,” but experts say today’s incident may be the “fatal hammer blow on the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan.”
President Obama’s drawdown plan has US soldiers transferring full security control to their Afghan counterparts by the end of 2014.
[photo: afp/getty via msnbc.]

United States of Dipshits.

blackenedbutterfly:

thedailywhat:

Afghan War News of the Day: A US soldier reportedly carried out a brutal slaying of at least 16 Afghan civilians early this morning in two small villages near his base in the country’s southern Kandahar Province.

“It appears he walked off post and later returned and turned himself in,” military spokesman Lt. Cmdr. James Williams said of the unidentified staff sergeant who is currently in custody.

According to eyewitnesses, the soldier walked into at least three homes in the villages of Balandi and Alkozai and fired at their occupants. Nine children and three women were among the dead, per the latest report.

The deputy commander of Afghanistan’s international troop coalition, Lt. Gen. Adrian J. Bradshaw, stressed that this was “in no way part of authorized military activity.” US officials further denied earlier reports that the shooting was perpetrated by more than one assailant.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai released a statement demanding an explanation for the attack, which he referred to as “an intentional killing of innocent civilians [that] cannot be forgiven.”

The Taliban issued a similar statement, admonishing “the so called American peace keepers” for “once again quench[ing] their thirst with the blood of innocent Afghan civilians.”

This latest setback for US efforts in the region comes just as fury over last month’s Koran burning at Bagram Air Base and January’s corpse urination footage had begun to abate.

The US Embassy in Kabul attempted to diffuse the tension by releasing a statement expressing “deepest condolences to the families of the victims,” but experts say today’s incident may be the “fatal hammer blow on the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan.”

President Obama’s drawdown plan has US soldiers transferring full security control to their Afghan counterparts by the end of 2014.

[photo: afp/getty via msnbc.]

United States of Dipshits.

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nationalgeographicdaily:

Dye Worker’s Hands
Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie
A teenage worker uses dye-stained hands to hold a tangled nest of red yarn.  The boy lives in Khulm (Formerly Tashkurgan), Afghanistan, a town noted for trade in sheep and wool.

nationalgeographicdaily:

Dye Worker’s Hands

Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie

A teenage worker uses dye-stained hands to hold a tangled nest of red yarn.  The boy lives in Khulm (Formerly Tashkurgan), Afghanistan, a town noted for trade in sheep and wool.


motherjones:

We already knew Maria Bashir, Afghanistan’s first female chief provincial prosecutor, was a total badass. She has taken on the cause of abused women and stood up against the Taliban, all while being threatened, bombed, and otherwise intimidated.
Today, we were thrilled to see that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama honored Bashir with an International Women of Courage award, “For defending those who have no legal voice, fighting corruption, and bringing hope to women survivors of violence, disfigurement, and child marriage, we salute you.”

motherjones:

We already knew Maria Bashir, Afghanistan’s first female chief provincial prosecutor, was a total badass. She has taken on the cause of abused women and stood up against the Taliban, all while being threatened, bombed, and otherwise intimidated.

Today, we were thrilled to see that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama honored Bashir with an International Women of Courage award, “For defending those who have no legal voice, fighting corruption, and bringing hope to women survivors of violence, disfigurement, and child marriage, we salute you.”


publicradiointernational:

pri-arts:

Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labours Lost” performed in Kabul.  This was the first time one of Shakespeare’s plays had been performed in Afghanistan since 1979.

Here and Now reports. Here’s the passage that convinced the director to put on Love’s Labors Lost:

From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain and nourish all the world:
Else none at all in ought proves excellent.
Then fools you were these women to forswear,
Or keeping what is sworn, you will prove fools.