Category Archive for: ‘Pacific News Service’

Beyond the veil: time to refocus women’s rights

By Fariba Nawa June 13, 2002 Pacific News Service Essay also ran in the San Jose Mercury News EDITOR’S NOTE: Afghanistan’s grand council is completing its deliberations on an interim government, but the highly charged issue of women’s rights — inseparable from women’s dress in Islamic countries — will continue to simmer. PNS contributor Fariba Nawa considers how she, an …

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Hiding in Brooklyn

Afghan American fears for safety By Fariba Nawa September 13, 2001 Pacific News Service EDITOR’S NOTE: This commentary is the widest circulating piece Fariba Nawa wrote, running in dozens of newspapers and websites such as MSNBC and Boston Globe, and attracting broadcast media attention from BBC World News to NBC and CBS televsion news programs. She gave more than a …

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The blue-eyed grandmother of the Afghans still finds ways to help after 30 years

By Fariba Nawa November 30, 2000 Pacific News Service Peshawar, Pakistan — With her soft silver hair in a bun and round glasses magnifying her clear blue eyes, Nancy Hatch Dupree looks like the idealized image of an American grandmother. But don’t expect Dupree, 73, to offer fresh-baked cookies. She’s too busy being the Grandmother of Afghanistan, a title bestowed …

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Reaching women in Afghanistan

The nearer you are, the more complicated it gets

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Postcard from Mashad

Young Afghan-American woman found Iran was “therapy” By Fariba Nawa June 4, 1997 Pacific News Service For the first time in 15 years, Persian words sang in my ears. All around me, no one was speaking English. There were no signs for McDonald’s or Coca-Cola. And no woman was “exposed.” I was in the holy city of Mashad, Iran, the …

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Afghan exiles grasping at a thread of hope

By Fariba Nawa July 30, 1996 Pacific News Service EDITOR’S NOTE: Afghanistan’s victory over the Soviet Union paved the way for the end of the Cold War and America’s emergence as the world’s solo-superpower. Today, as Afghanistan disintegrates into anarchy, few in America care about its fate except Afghan exiles. PNS commentator Fariba Nawa, born and raised in Afghanistan, spent …

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