afghanistan

Former First Lady Laura Bush Might Vote For Hillary Clinton

Joining the ranks of people saying they’d choose anyone over Trump – even if it crossed party lines – is former First Lady Laura Bush. She recently hinted that she would rather see Hillary Clinton in the White House rather than Donald Trump, saying she wants the next president to be someone who cares about… More »


Meet Zari, Sesame Street’s New Afghan Muppet

She looks hella dope! More »


Stephen Colbert Threw A Football To Chewbacca, President Obama And Outer Space On ‘The Late Show’

Following the Superbowl mayhem, post-game programming transitioned seamlessly to The Late Show with Stpehen Colbert, which opened with Colbert tossing a football to Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Landers in Afghanistan — a sweet gesture which unfortunately included the soldiers making a hacky joke about “eating dust.”

The next pass was caught by astronaut Scott… More »


Forbidden From Riding Bikes, Afghan Girls Skateboard Around Kabul

It is forbidden for girls to ride bicycles in Afghanistan, so instead, girls learn early on to ride skateboards, which admittedly looks 10 times more badass anyway.

Take a look at photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson’s photos of girls who are part of the NGO “Skateistan.” Forty-five percent of the students in the program are… More »


UN Report Finds 35 Percent Of Women Worldwide Have Experience Sexual Or Physical Violence

A new United Nations report finds that 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced sexual and/or physical violence. More »


The Love Story Behind That Beautiful Photo Of A Woman Carrying Her Double-Amputee Marine Husband

You might have seen this picture pop on your Facebook newsfeed sometime in the past couple days. A smiling woman stands in a lake, carrying her double amputee husband on her back, as he grins and holds her close. It was posted a couple weeks ago on the photographer’s Facebook page, and has since gone… More »


True Story: My Date Called Me “Irrational” Over Dinner

Here is a list of subjects in which I would consider myself an expert:

the best places in New York City to eat a pulled pork sandwich
the Starbucks locations with the most imcompetent baristas
the careers of Chris O’Dowd and Dawn Porter
season one of UK “Skins”; all the… More »


Anisa, A 10th Grader In Afghanistan, Murdered For Attending School

Anisa, a young Afghani Afghan woman who had just completed the 10th grade, was murdered outside her home on Sunday, hit by six or seven bullets in her stomach. She had already survived a previous assassination attempt one day prior — likely for being a young woman who dared to make a life for herself. … More »


Afghan Man Murders Cousin, 15, After Her Family Rejects His Marriage Proposal

An Afghani man had his 15-year-old cousin Nishina killed after her family rejected his marriage proposal. A cousin and nephew slit Nishina’s throat as she walked to fetch water from a well. This is what happens when violence against women is not taken seriously by a government: according to Human Rights Watch, men in… More »


What, Is The Taliban Getting Its News From Us Weekly Now?

So you’re the Taliban. You’ve been fighting for your Islamic fundamentalist cause for a couple decades now. Sure, things were a bit easier before the U.S. decided to intervene and kick you out of Afghanistan, but you’re holding your own. But you are just not helping your cause — or credibility — by commenting on… More »


Today’s Lady News: Afghan Teen Flees “Honor Killing”

If you read one news article today, read this one: NPR has a powerful story about a teenage girl in rural Afghanistan who ran away from her family after she feared a so-called “honor killing” by her brothers because she talked to a boy on her cellphone. The girl ended up staying on a… More »


Women On Afghan TV Told To Wear “Less Makeup, More Veil”

Your daily reminder that as screwed up as our government’s attempts to control women’s bodies is sometimes, it could be worse: female TV presenters in Afghanistan have been warned by the government to lay off the makeup and wear veils more frequently. The Information & Cultural Ministry asked TV networks to require women to wear… More »


Afghan Woman Reportedly Killed For Bearing Baby Girl

Today in News That Makes You Want To Crawl Back Under The Covers: police in Afghanistan say a woman was reportedly strangled to death by her husband because she gave birth to a baby girl. The husband reportedly warned his 22-year-old wife after she gave birth to their first daughter that he’d kill her if… More »


Today’s Lady News: Female Vets Less Supportive Of Wars

Female veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are less supportive of the wars than their male counterparts, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. I know we have some veterans who read The Frisky — please chime in in the comments! [Slate]
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Watch Soldiers Reunite With Their Adopted Afghan Dogs

Stray dogs became like family for many of the American troops serving over in Afghanistan, and for some, leaving their posts and coming home means leaving their new pets behind. But a lucky few soldiers were able to be reunited with their long lost furry friends recently, in a heartwarming homecoming. It’s tough to say… More »


Today’s Lady News: Afghan Women Protest Street Harassment In High Heels & Head Scarves

Afghan women held a protest in high heels and head scarves in Kabul today to protest street harassment. “The idea behind street harassment is that women should not be out of their houses,” organizer Noor Jahan Akbar, 19, told Reuters. [Reuters]
The actress Geena Davis was in D.C. yesterday lobbying for the Healthy Media… More »


The Military’s Dirty Little Human Trafficking Secret

We tend to think of human trafficking as something that happens over there, a crime committed by someone else. But, as discussed in a piece in the current issue of The New Yorker, it turns out that human trafficking is part of the bedrock that keeps the U.S. military afloat in places like Afghanistan and… More »


Soldier Sends Family A Heartwarming Icy Reminder

Lieutenant Neil Bucken was stationed in Afghanistan and couldn’t make it home for Christmas or his sister’s birthday, so he did what any normal guy might do — he sent his family in Staten Island, NY, a life-sized ice sculpture of himself holding a bouquet of red roses. Sure. The seven-foot-tall statue includes a photo… More »


Why Are So Many Afghan Women Killing Themselves?

More bad news out of the Middle East: Fresh off Time magazine’s cover story on the state of Afghanistan (with accompanying extremely disturbing cover photo), a new report from Afghanistan’s Health Minister found that more than 23,000 women and girls attempted suicide there last year — a “several-fold” increase on previous years.

Around… More »


Today’s Lady News: Afghan TV Show Says Shelters Force Women Into Prostitution

A multi-part Afghan television series has accused women’s shelters in Afghanistan of being brothels — even ones registered with the government. The 27-year-old TV host, Nasto Nadiri, is running for Parliament in September and is a critic of women’s rights campaigns, especially when affiliated with international NGOs. [Wall Street Journal]
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