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April 3, 2009 | TINA DAUNT
Everybody knows about Jay Leno's taste for topical humor. Far fewer are aware that his wife, Mavis, has long been one of Hollywood's most influential behind-the-scenes activists on behalf of women. For more than a decade Mavis Leno has made the plight of Afghan women her particular case and this month she and the organization in which she plays a pivotal role -- the Feminist Majority Foundation -- will hold what amounts to a coming out party for the next round in this cause.
October 17, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
Her name is Elise Hill. She is in her 40s and has been homeless since 2001. She spends her days in New York City's Central Park and her nights on the sidewalks. A onetime heroin addict who worked as a stripper and prostitute, she is also an accomplished painter, sculptor and maker of costume jewelry who was evicted from the home she had known for two decades -- above an elevator shaft in a converted maids' quarters on the roof of an upscale building in Midtown Manhattan.
Her real name is a secret. She belongs to an underground women's alliance that runs clandestine schools and clinics in Afghanistan and has even smuggled out footage of a woman's execution. Using the nom de resistance Tahmeena Faryal, she has come to the United States to rally support for the Revolutionary Assn. of the Women of Afghanistan--and to urge U.S. policymakers to include Afghan women in any initiatives affecting the country's future.
November 16, 2002
Stick by your Constitutional rights, Hootie Johnson, and you will get plenty of male support to maintain Augusta as it is. Maybe it's time to form a National Council of Men's Organizations to counter Martha Burk and her National Council of Women's Organizations. What are Burk and her girls doing for the women of Afghanistan, where real needs exist? Bob Ball Anaheim Is anyone else out there sick of reading about Ms. Burk's asinine efforts to gain membership at Augusta National for a few token rich women?
October 6, 2001
Re "Attorney General Stresses the Risk of More Attacks," Oct. 1: Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft has been stirring the ashes of fear regarding more attacks. Now, what would be gained from keeping us afraid? We'd buy more gas masks, water, Cipro, tetracycline, food, guns? Or is it to pass Ashcroft's anti-terrorism package? When people are afraid, we give up liberties in exchange for a false sense of security. Beware. Libby Breen Altadena Of course more attacks are planned.
November 15, 2001
Re "U.S., Allies Urge Afghan Rivals to Govern Together," Nov. 14: After WWI, the Allies drew some lines on a map and created Afghanistan. It now is evident that combining the three major tribes of the area was less than optimal. As we research the varied options for a post-Taliban government, would it not make more sense to divide the country along ethnic/tribal lines, rather than succumb to inertia and leave the country as is, the only guarantee of which is more tribal conflict? Creating three functional countries where now exists one nonfunctional one would seem a rational choice, and the choice most likely to create peace in the region.
November 10, 2001
Barbara Ehrenreich's "Veiled Threat" (Opinion, Nov. 4) struck a chord with me. I was in the midst of reading "Nickel and Dimed," her insightful, passionate, first-person account of the plight of the female underclass in this country when Sept. 11 happened. In the grim aftermath, I couldn't help but feel that there were connections between that important book, our national tragedy and the years-long failure of the world community--starting with the U.S.--to respond to the Taliban's brutality against women.
October 25, 2011
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May 22, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
To foster democracy in the Middle East, women must be given a larger role in government and business, First Lady Laura Bush said Saturday in a bold challenge to some of the men who hold political and economic power in the region. Making a high-profile speech at the World Economic Forum here in Jordan, Bush said new freedoms granted to the women of Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Morocco proved that equal rights are compatible with Islam.
December 8, 2002 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
When Marzia Basel, one of Afghanistan's few female judges, recently spent several weeks in the United States, she met with President Bush, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and other dignitaries to appeal for more assistance for her homeland. Returning home, she was greeted by derogatory headlines and sneers because, while in the U.S., she hadn't always worn her chador, the scarf used by many Muslim women to cover their hair.
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