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My Assignment in Gaza

I didn’t expect to feel joy in the middle of an area that’s been divided by struggle for decades. But there they were – a group of girls, like rays…

September 17, 2010


Combat Exploitative Child Labor with Human Rights

On June 8, 2010, I attended the "Working Together to Combat Child Labor" conference in Washington, DC.  The meeting was organized by the US Departments of State and Labor to convene high-level U.S.…

June 28, 2010


Of Pakistan and the Taliban

UPDATE: The BBC reports that the Taliban are "openly" raining money for terrorist attacks in the Pakistani province of Punjab. Many of us on this blog have been writing on…

June 22, 2010


Don't Jirg' Them Around

The Peace Jirga in Afghanistan has been delayed for a second time till June 2, 2010. It is important to know that jirgas are a traditional Afghan legal practice but are…

May 29, 2010


UN: Remember Women's Rights

As Women’s History Month comes to an end, it’s a good time to consider what still needs to be done to promote women’s rights globally.  Across the globe women are…

March 29, 2010


Wrong Strategy? Pakistan Not Smart to Hit Civilians

Am I the only one that notices that press coverage of the conflict in northwestern Pakistan is completely dominated by a geopolitical and counterterrorism viewpoint? I was reminded of that…

February 22, 2010


Iran Thumbs its Nose at the World

The Iranian government has repeatedly insisted that it cooperates with the international human rights community and abides by internationally recognized human rights instruments and agreements. However, these assertions are belied…

February 21, 2010


Girls' Education Under Attack in Northwestern Pakistan

Last week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released their "Education under Attack" report, in which they have experts discuss the incidence of politically and ideologically motivated…

February 19, 2010