The Story Of Bagram Prison

The Soviet Union built Bagram as a base of operations for troops and supplies shortly after its invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. After the Soviet withdrawal, the base changed hands between different militia groups. The American’s took over the base

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The Story Of Bagram Prison

The Soviet Union built Bagram as a base of operations for troops and supplies shortly after its invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. After the Soviet withdrawal, the base changed hands between different militia groups. The American’s took over the base

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The Uses Of Women

This week Nabeela Rehman walked into the hallowed corridors of the US Congress and gave her testimony about the death of her grand mother who was killed by an American drone attack in Northern Waziristan, Pakistan. Nabeela is the grand-daughter

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The Uses Of Women

This week Nabeela Rehman walked into the hallowed corridors of the US Congress and gave her testimony about the death of her grand mother who was killed by an American drone attack in Northern Waziristan, Pakistan. Nabeela is the grand-daughter

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Searching For Ghosts

One evening, standing on a hill overlooking Paizoo Khan’s small mud house located close to the Afghan border, I was struck by the incredible contrast between the dreams and aspirations of a man eking out a life at the periphery

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Searching For Ghosts

One evening, standing on a hill overlooking Paizoo Khan’s small mud house located close to the Afghan border, I was struck by the incredible contrast between the dreams and aspirations of a man eking out a life at the periphery

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It Could Probably Just As Well Be Different

Why do this? As I travel into the bowels of Pakistan I return with despair. The obstacles are overwhelming. But towards what? On nights when I can’t sleep because I am too tired, I think about the futility of it

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It Could Probably Just As Well Be Different

Why do this? As I travel into the bowels of Pakistan I return with despair. The obstacles are overwhelming. But towards what? On nights when I can’t sleep because I am too tired, I think about the futility of it

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Toor, Saadia ‘State Of Islam: Culture And Cold War Politics In Pakistan’

Our despair is a result of our lack of a sense of history. You have to understand that we have arrived where we are as a nation as a result of specific historical choices, and understanding the reasons for those

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Toor, Saadia ‘State Of Islam: Culture And Cold War Politics In Pakistan’

Our despair is a result of our lack of a sense of history. You have to understand that we have arrived where we are as a nation as a result of specific historical choices, and understanding the reasons for those

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The War Against Terror & The Pakistani Citizen

  The vanquished know war. They see through the empty jingoism of those who use the abstract words of glory, honor, and patriotism to mask the cries of the wounded, the senseless killing, war profiteering, and chest-pounding grief. They know

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The War Against Terror & The Pakistani Citizen

  The vanquished know war. They see through the empty jingoism of those who use the abstract words of glory, honor, and patriotism to mask the cries of the wounded, the senseless killing, war profiteering, and chest-pounding grief. They know

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The Bagram Detainees – Pakistanis Out Of Place

There are 33 Pakistani prisoners languishing in Afghanistan, and the Pakistani government has basically done nothing to put pressure on the Afghanistan and American political, military and prison establishment to have them released. When Pakistan’s military dictator, the self-titled President,

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The Bagram Detainees – Pakistanis Out Of Place

There are 33 Pakistani prisoners languishing in Afghanistan, and the Pakistani government has basically done nothing to put pressure on the Afghanistan and American political, military and prison establishment to have them released. When Pakistan’s military dictator, the self-titled President,

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Saaeda Begum

Irfan Ali was perhaps one of the most well known young Hazara activists and human rights worker. His death in the January 10, 2013 suicide bomb attack sent shock waves across the country, and solicited outrage and statements of sorrow

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Saaeda Begum

Irfan Ali was perhaps one of the most well known young Hazara activists and human rights worker. His death in the January 10, 2013 suicide bomb attack sent shock waves across the country, and solicited outrage and statements of sorrow

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Malik Taj

Malik Taj spent ten years in prison, nine of those on death row. A dispute between families over matters of marriage and promises of the hand of women, Malik Taj was framed in revenge by the family of his brother’s

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Malik Taj

Malik Taj spent ten years in prison, nine of those on death row. A dispute between families over matters of marriage and promises of the hand of women, Malik Taj was framed in revenge by the family of his brother’s

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Sardani Kausar

Sardarni Kausar was accused of the murder of her husband, and sentenced to death. She spent nearly six years on death row before her case was thrown out because of a lack of evidence. Today she is the elected counselor

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Sardani Kausar

Sardarni Kausar was accused of the murder of her husband, and sentenced to death. She spent nearly six years on death row before her case was thrown out because of a lack of evidence. Today she is the elected counselor

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The Death Penalty – Ashraf Banga, Phullarwan Wazir, Sahiwal, Punjab

Ashraf Banga spent nearly eleven years in prison – six of those on death row, because of a false accusation of murder. A dispute over the ownership of land led to a man being killed and charges being bought against

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The Death Penalty – Ashraf Banga, Phullarwan Wazir, Sahiwal, Punjab

Ashraf Banga spent nearly eleven years in prison – six of those on death row, because of a false accusation of murder. A dispute over the ownership of land led to a man being killed and charges being bought against

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Mian Sanaullah

Mian Sanaullah of Kalear Manand, Punjab, spent ten years on death row for a murder he did not commit. A land dispute that resulted in the killing of a man, and accusations of murder being placed against Mian Sanaulla, his

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Mian Sanaullah

Mian Sanaullah of Kalear Manand, Punjab, spent ten years on death row for a murder he did not commit. A land dispute that resulted in the killing of a man, and accusations of murder being placed against Mian Sanaulla, his

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Ali Baba Taj Reads Barf Nama

Ali Baba Taj is perhaps one of the best known poets in Quetta. A scholar of Persian and Urdu literature, he writes in Persian, Urdu and Hazaragi. In between listening to him read his poems, we spent many hours talking

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Ali Baba Taj Reads Barf Nama

Ali Baba Taj is perhaps one of the best known poets in Quetta. A scholar of Persian and Urdu literature, he writes in Persian, Urdu and Hazaragi. In between listening to him read his poems, we spent many hours talking

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Ali Baba Taj

Ali Baba Taj is perhaps one of the best known poets in Quetta. A scholar of Persian and Urdu literature, he writes in Persian, Urdu and Hazaragi. In between listening to him read his poems, we spent many hours talking

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Ali Baba Taj

Ali Baba Taj is perhaps one of the best known poets in Quetta. A scholar of Persian and Urdu literature, he writes in Persian, Urdu and Hazaragi. In between listening to him read his poems, we spent many hours talking

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The Hazara – The Cemetery – Multimedia

The Hazara Qabristan – Hazara cemetery situated on the outskirts of the Hazara neighborhood of Mehr Abad and in the shadow of the Koh-i-Murad hills, is a sacred space for the community. At its center, demarcated by a low cement

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The Hazara – The Cemetery – Multimedia

The Hazara Qabristan – Hazara cemetery situated on the outskirts of the Hazara neighborhood of Mehr Abad and in the shadow of the Koh-i-Murad hills, is a sacred space for the community. At its center, demarcated by a low cement

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The Hazara – Mohsin Changezi Reads ‘City of Sorrows’ – Multimedia

Perhaps more than any news story, his poems capture the struggle and fear of the Hazara community in the face of the violence targeted against them. Here he reads his work City of Sorrow;

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The Hazara – Mohsin Changezi Reads ‘City of Sorrows’ – Multimedia

Perhaps more than any news story, his poems capture the struggle and fear of the Hazara community in the face of the violence targeted against them. Here he reads his work City of Sorrow;

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Mohsin Changezi

Perhaps more than any news story, his poems capture the struggle and fear of the Hazara community in the face of the violence targeted against them. You can listen to a few of his pieces here. They are in the

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Mohsin Changezi

Perhaps more than any news story, his poems capture the struggle and fear of the Hazara community in the face of the violence targeted against them. You can listen to a few of his pieces here. They are in the

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The Hazara Ghetto: Mehr Abad, Quetta – Image Gallery

The Hazara today are largely confined to two neighborhoods – Hazara Town and Mehr Abad. With nearly 850 dead in a series of attacks since 2009, this once vibrant, vital and creative community has been reduced to living apart and

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The Hazara Ghetto: Mehr Abad, Quetta – Image Gallery

The Hazara today are largely confined to two neighborhoods – Hazara Town and Mehr Abad. With nearly 850 dead in a series of attacks since 2009, this once vibrant, vital and creative community has been reduced to living apart and

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The Hazara Ghetto: Mehr Abad, Quetta – Interactive Map

The Hazara today are largely confined to two neighborhoods – Hazara Town and Mehr Abad. With nearly 850 dead in a series of attacks since 2009, this once vibrant, vital and creative community has been reduced to living apart and

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The Hazara Ghetto: Mehr Abad, Quetta – Interactive Map

The Hazara today are largely confined to two neighborhoods – Hazara Town and Mehr Abad. With nearly 850 dead in a series of attacks since 2009, this once vibrant, vital and creative community has been reduced to living apart and

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The Hazara Ghetto: Hazara Town, Quetta – Image Gallery

The Hazara today are largely confined to two neighborhoods – Hazara Town and Mehr Abad. With nearly 850 dead in a series of attacks since 2009, this once vibrant, vital and creative community has been reduced to living apart and

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The Hazara Ghetto: Hazara Town, Quetta – Image Gallery

The Hazara today are largely confined to two neighborhoods – Hazara Town and Mehr Abad. With nearly 850 dead in a series of attacks since 2009, this once vibrant, vital and creative community has been reduced to living apart and

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The Hazara Ghetto: Hazara Town, Quetta – Interactive Map

The Hazara today are largely confined to two neighborhoods – Hazara Town and Mehr Abad. With nearly 850 dead in a series of attacks since 2009, this once vibrant, vital and creative community has been reduced to living apart and

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The Hazara Ghetto: Hazara Town, Quetta – Interactive Map

The Hazara today are largely confined to two neighborhoods – Hazara Town and Mehr Abad. With nearly 850 dead in a series of attacks since 2009, this once vibrant, vital and creative community has been reduced to living apart and

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Ramzan Yaqoob

Ramzan Yaqoob lost his brother Shahid (24) in the fire of 11 September 2012. Shahid had worked at the factory for about 10 years, and was, at the time of his death, earning around Rs. 9000 a month. This is

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Ramzan Yaqoob

Ramzan Yaqoob lost his brother Shahid (24) in the fire of 11 September 2012. Shahid had worked at the factory for about 10 years, and was, at the time of his death, earning around Rs. 9000 a month. This is

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Rehana Yaqoob

Rehana Yaqoob, a widow, lost her son Shahid (24) in the factory fire – Shahid was earning about Rs 9000 per month at the time of his death. Rehana had raised her two sons by working multiple jobs as a

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Rehana Yaqoob

Rehana Yaqoob, a widow, lost her son Shahid (24) in the factory fire – Shahid was earning about Rs 9000 per month at the time of his death. Rehana had raised her two sons by working multiple jobs as a

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