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Poetry

Collateral damage vs victims

Dead Iraqis / Talented young musician stripped of life Dead Palestinians / Husband grieves for wife: ‘Beautiful, kind, loving mother of three children’ Dead Syrians / Bright university graduate, lost at age 21 to terrorist hands Dead Libyans / Widowed…

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Poetry

Let the light in

If it is true what Leonard Cohen said That it is through cracks that the light gets in, then I have my answer How I survived Why I survived I opened myself up to my broken mess And turned it…

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Experiences

Rights to last rites

I will be with you in the grave on the night you leave behind  your shop and your family. When you hear my soft voice  echoing in your tomb,  you will realize that you were never hidden from my eyes….

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Experiences

The Indian in the bedroom

The incessant search for a suitable spouse continued to dominate my parents’ minds. After countless months of rejected potentials, they resorted to underhand methods to entice me towards the one type of man I refused to see. Whilst I was…

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Opinions

Beyond caricature?

British journalist Rod Liddle has managed to upset and rile women, men, people of colour, mothers and athletes in one fell swoop. His attempt at drawing a cartoon of Serena Williams – following suit from a media furore which resulted…

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Poetry

The lioness, the lion and the rabbit

One lazy afternoon, a lion and lioness lay under a tree in the shade. A rabbit strolled up to them. The rabbit, a cheeky creature, began to make crude sexual gestures and comments at the lioness. The lioness was upset….

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Opinions

America, my home

It doesn’t take much to make me feel proud to be an American citizen. To me, America’s greatness isn’t in its economy, or its military power or even its peanut butter, but in its people. What’s great about America is…

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Experiences

Best frenemy

I went to an all-girls school. I am the second of three girls in my family, and my closest friends are all women. I get women. I am good at navigating spaces with women and I cherish the deep bonds…

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Experiences

SheCodes

This is a typical millennial story, in the sense that it began on Twitter. Between the memes and the drama I saw a tweet about something called SheCodes. I hesitated at first but then I was like, why not, I’ve…

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Experiences

Halala

Divorce means the dissolution of marriage for a married couple. It’s a matter of course that in Pashtun culture, divorce is a stain which adheres to a woman’s reputation forever. But ‘halala’ is even worse than divorce. Halala transforms something…

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Videos

The changing colours of women

In this documentary women, men and young people talk about gender roles and sexism within the MENA region. The film addresses gender from many different perspectives and shows changing attitudes to women in the Muslim world.   This video was produced…

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Opinions

She leads Africa

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of entrepreneurship in Africa? It’s probably not young, ambitious African women and girls. According to CNN, although sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of female entrepreneurship across the world…

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Opinions

Compartmentalizing

Compartmentalizing — even writing the word requires placing your concentration in boxy syllables! Yes — placing things in compartments, labelling them with a neat, unequivocal tag. When you put items in boxes, you have to be clear. You cannot have,…

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