Barakat hosts first speaker series on Afghanistan

As opinions abound about how to fix the situation in Afghanistan, typical Afghans, particularly women and girls, are overlooked and disempowered. Hosted by Barakat, "Defeating the Taliban through Education" had Prof. Nick Mills, author of KARZAI – The Failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan, discuss the birth of democracy in Afghanistan, the challenges it faces, and how…

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Clinton, Obama honor activists on International Women's Day

Global events for International Women’s Day on March 9 emphasized the pressing need for women’s rights advocacy. In Washington, D.C., Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held the International Women of Courage Award ceremony on March 11 with First Lady Michelle Obama, honoring eight women who have stood out in the global fight for women’s rights.

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Pakistan's Zardari defends Taliban truce

As the international community increasingly critiques Pakistan’s decision to draft a ceasefire with the Taliban in Swat, President Asif Ali Zardari has emerged to defend his decision to negotiate with the militants.

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Notes from a Swat schoolgirl

Keep track of a seventh-grade schoolgirl’s diary from Swat. Click here to access the BBC’s continued coverage of her entries, starting since the Taliban’s edict banning girl’s education in January.

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