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Even if peace returns to war-weary Afghanistan, Gulalai Habib fears she may never return home--for her daughter's sake. One of Afghanistan's strongest factions, the Taliban, is clamping down on women's rights and opportunities. What is worse, Habib and other Afghan women say, is that the United Nations is not prepared to stop them. U.N. officials don't dispute that. "If I even mentioned women to the Taliban, they would stop talking to me," said U.N.
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.
December 27, 2012 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - Unlike most women in Afghanistan, Sourya Saleh knows how to drive - but she's taken the wheel only with her brother beside her, out of respect for tradition. Her friend Masooma Hussaini is still learning. Both young women, though, are experts in a more demanding mode of travel: They've flown 204 hours each as pilots of military helicopters. The first female chopper pilots in Afghanistan since the Soviets trained a woman as a pilot in the 1980s, these two young Afghans are pioneers in a land where a resurgent Taliban is determined to deny girls the right to an education, and violence against women is on the rise.
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.
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
SERIES The Real Rocky: This documentary from Jeff Feuerzeig looks at the career of Chuck Wepner, the "Bayonne Bleeder," a former New Jersey state heavyweight boxing champion who fought George Foreman, Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali. He says that he was the inspiration for the "Rocky" character (5 p.m. ESPN). NCIS: Gibbs (Mark Harmon) meets Ducky's (David McCallum) new girlfriend (Cheryl Ladd) in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). Frontline: The new episode "Death by Fire" raises troubling questions in the case of a Texan who was executed in 2004 for the arson deaths of his three children, but new evidence raises doubts about whether he was guilty (9 p.m. KOCE)
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.
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