May 10, 2002 |
The first time Laura Bush traveled to Europe, she was just out of college and on one of those seven-day, 17-country trips by bus and train. She returns next week by Air Force jet for an official tour of Paris, Hungary and the Czech Republic with her daughter Jenna. Laura Bush, who leaves Monday for 10 days on her first international mission without her husband, wants to highlight U.S.-led efforts to rebuild Afghanistan.
May 3, 2009 |
As you know, every man, woman and child in this country has heard, and probably heard again, every Tom Lasorda story. But Lasorda is tireless, if not relentless. He's also dedicated, and while most folks at age 81 have to debate with their own body to get going every day, Lasorda was flying to Washington, D.C., on to Ireland, then Cairo, and Pakistan -- putting on helmet and flak jacket and switching to a helicopter for the rocky jaunt to Iraq and Afghanistan.
December 7, 2011 |
The story of Gulnaz, a young Afghan woman who was raped and then jailed for having sex out of wedlock, has once again drawn international attention to Afghanistan's legal system and its institutionalized discrimination against women. After giving birth in prison to her attacker's child, Gulnaz, who goes by a single name, was eventually pardoned, perhaps because news of her plight was reported by a documentary filmmaker. But to win her freedom, she had to agree to marry her rapist.
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October 20, 2001
Re "Training Camp of Another Kind," Oct. 15: While the powers that be struggle to decide which of the existing bad guys should eventually be entrusted with the future of Afghanistan--trying, for once, to back the right horse--they seem to have all but ignored the obvious answer. How about giving the women a chance? While the men are teaching their sons to handle automatic weapons, the Revolutionary Assn. of the Women of Afghanistan has been teaching their daughters to handle a pen. Afghanistan has seen more than its share of misdirected testosterone and misogynist warriors, a horror it has now shared with the rest of the world.
August 17, 2000 |
Saying Islam completely forbids women working, Afghanistan's hard-line Taliban regime shut down bakeries run by widows, who are among the country's poorest of the poor. The bakeries were started by the United Nations World Food Program and allowed widows to be paid salaries to make bread that was sold at a subsidized price to other widows. The order left 350 women without jobs, said Peter Goossens, country director for the WFP.
January 20, 2002 |
A few years ago, someone from the Feminist Majority Foundation called the Muslim Women's League to ask if she could "borrow a burka" for a photo shoot the organization was doing to draw attention to the plight of women in Afghanistan under the Taliban. When we told her that we didn't have one, and that none of our Afghan friends did either, she expressed surprise, as if she'd assumed that all Muslim women keep burkas in their closets in case a militant Islamist comes to dinner. She didn't seem to understand that her assumption was the equivalent of assuming that every Latino has a Mexican sombrero in their closet.