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TOP 10: In Afghanistan, A Mother Bravely Campaigns for President

Fawzia Koofi, Running for President of Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, A Mother Bravely Campaigns for President:  Ashley Fantz–cnn.com–6/20/12

Top 10: All-Woman Seabees Team Builds Barracks, Makes History in Afghanistan

All-Women-Seabees-team | Photo by Department of the Navy Dec. 16, 2011

All-Woman Seabees Team Builds Barracks, Makes History in Afghanistan: Catherine Saillant–latimes.com–1/24/12

 

 

The Women’s Eye Reflections for the New Year 2012–#2

2012 I stock photo paid for by TWE

We wanted to share more quotes from our TWE Interviews during the past year. Our subjects had a lot to say about their lives and conditions around the world. Here are words to ponder from some of our articles… [Read more…]

Maryam Bibi Fights To Empower Women In Dangerous Northwest Pakistan

Maryam Bibiqabibi

By Farzana Ali, guest blogger in Peshawar, Pakistan

Website: hotfrontiers.com

I was just a student in 1996 when I heard about Maryam Bibi’s activities in the press. Her mission as founder of Khwendo Kor, meaning “Sisters’ Home” and the threats she was receiving were known throughout Pakistan. Most of her community centers for women were under attack and her colleagues under fire.

“The vast majority of tribal females are still deprived of the basic rights of education, health, and clean drinking water.”

After 9/11 when I was a working journalist, Maryam BiBi was considered on the side of the U.S. against Muslims during the war on terror. Then I had a chance to meet her, talk to her and watch her leading the womenfolk during the rule of the six religious parties-based alliance MMA.

Maryam Bibi protesting for peace

Maryam protesting for peace/2010

This self-made woman from Waziristan had no family, society, government or community support in the beginning, but now the world supports her. She has an important story to tell, and I found myself the best listener and transmitter for this iron lady of the region… [Read more…]

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon On the Entrepreneurial Efforts of Afghan Women

May 07, 2011

Gayle Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

 

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Gayle Lemmon joined us to talk about her adventures and observations on Afghanistan and in particular, the entrepreneurial efforts of the women there.  Her new book “The Dressmaker of Khair Khana” is a fascinating read .

 

Kim Barker: Embedded Journalist On Her Strange Days Reporting From Afghanistan and Pakistan

April 28, 2011

Kim Barker

Kim Barker

 

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Journalist Kim Barker, author of “The Taliban Shuffle–Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” talks about her hair-raising adventures as an embedded journalist.

Farzana Ali On Reporting From The Danger Zone In Northwest Pakistan

Farzana Ali

Farzana Ali covering the Af-Pak peace talks in Kabul/April 2011

By Pamela Burke

UPDATE: 5/2/11 with Osama Bin Laden’s Death

EYE: Are you shocked at the killing of Bin Laden?

FARZANA ALI: Nobody would believe it, but history shows that Al-Qaida’s top leaders tried to hide themselves in such safer urban places. Almost three months earlier Umar Patek, alleged Bali bombing plotter, was captured from this city but the news was made public only in March. Likewise, the city is on the Silk Route, a road to China. So we journalists are expecting more news like this in the future.

EYE: Are people surprised that he was living in Abbottabad?

FARZANA ALI: Yes, of course. There is an atmosphere of uncertainty throughout the country’s urban areas.

EYE: Will this make your country a safer place?

FARZANA ALI: As far as Al-Qaeda, yes. I think they are no more of a threat, but the situation now is different. We have a lot of problems regarding extremism not terrorism. Likewise we have a lot of geo-economic, geo-strategic, and geo-political crises added by the offspring of Al-Qaeda. So I expect worst days coming ahead.

EYE: Do you see a change now in the power of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in your country?

FARZANA ALI: Yes, but who will fill the vacuum is the big question.

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When journalist Farzana Ali leaves her home in the morning, she says she doesn’t know whether she will see her family again. The territory she covers in Pakistan is considered one of the most dangerous in the world.

“I want to be a hope for present and future female journalists as well as a symbol of courage…” Farzana Ali

She has seen it all reporting for newspapers and television in this northwestern region for the past 14 years. From the caves in Kotkai where the head of the suicide bombers is reported to have lived to Tank and South Waziristan covering the case of a future bride who was allegedly killed for cutting her hair, she has traveled all over in search of important stories.

Farzana Ali in Bajor Agency

Reporting in Bajaur Agency at a girls' degree college/2010

Farzana reached out to The Women’s Eye recently after reading the website. She thought it might connect the women of her region to the outer world. Her desire is that her voice be heard, and we wanted to listen. Here is our candid exchange… [Read more…]

Kim Barker On “The Taliban Shuffle”— Her Candid And Witty Memoir

Kim Barker

Kim Barker in Khost police truck: Photo by Kuni Takahashi

UDPATE 2/11/16Tina Fey Goes to War in New “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” Trailer

UPDATE: 7/17/14: Tina Fey producing and may star in “The Taliban Shuffle”

UPDATE: 2/20/14: Tina Fey to Do ‘The Taliban Shuffle’ for Paramount

By Pamela Burke

Kim’s ProPublica Article
on BP Oil Spill–4/13/11

Twitter: Kim_Barker

Kim Barker chronicles her exciting career as a foreign correspondent doing “The Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan in a new book published this week. If you like insightful and darkly funny tales of modern warfare, this is the book for you.

“You have to weigh the benefits with the potential for danger. It was always worth it.” Kim

As South Asia Bureau Chief for the Chicago Tribune, Kim was based in this volatile region for five years from 2004-2009. With a self-described wicked sense of humor, she gives an insider’s view of the horror, absurdities, and realities of her life as an intrepid reporter who grew to love her war zones.

Kim Barker's The Taliban ShuffleIt is a brutally honest book for those who want a no holds barred account of a reporter’s life in this infinitely complex region. Once I read it, I couldn’t wait to talk to Kim, an incomparable adventure junkie, whose opening line is “I had always wanted to meet a warlord.” [Read more…]