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Occupation Failed Afghanistan. Our Struggle for Freedom Continues.

Malalai Joya Il Manifesto
The only way to save Afghanistan is solidarity of the progressive, democratic and secular forces. We want an Afghanistan free from fundamentalists and foreign intervention, in which men and women have equal rights based on democracy.

Armed Afghan Women Take to Streets in Show of Defiance Against Taliban

Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul The Guardian
Women have taken up guns in northern and central Afghanistan, marching in the streets in their hundreds and sharing pictures of themselves with assault rifles on social media, in a show of defiance as the Taliban make sweeping gains nationwide.

Why I am not Charlie

Scott Long A Paper Bird
To combat violence you must look at the concrete inequities and practices that breed it. To protect expression that's endangered you have to engage with the substance of what was said, not deny it. That means attempting dialogue with those who peacefully condemn or disagree, not trying to shame them into silence. Nothing is quick, nothing is easy. I support free speech. I oppose all censors. I abhor the killings. I mourn the dead. I am not Charlie.

Long Live Charlie Hebdo! - A letter to the left leaning in wake of Charlie Hebdo shootings

Harsh Kapoor South Asia Citizens Web
Today Portside is publishing two different perspectives on the response to the horrific murders at Charlie Hebdo. The first from India takes on the factual mistakes and subsequent gross distortions that were published in English after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. It shows who were the assassinated cartoonists and what was Charlie Hebdo.

An Open Letter to Malala in Oslo: Forward Together Against Fundamentalism

Karima Bennoune Huffington Post
In the West, Malala, you are known primarily as an education and child rights campaigner. But, you also understand that we cannot achieve these rights without pushing back against the fundamentalists of the world. Liberian Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee rightly noted that you represent those "many girls and even some boys who refuse to allow evil to grow in the shadows" and who are "rising and saying no to war, extremism and fundamentalism."

Tidbits - September 25, 2014 - Lots of 'em

Portside
Reader Comments - People's Climate March, Greening of the Labor Movement, What Next; ISIS, Syria, Iraq, Muslim Fundamentalism; Ongoing War in Middle East; Elizabeth Warren and Israel; Theodore Roosevelt; Emmett Till, Michael Brown - Ongoing Struggle for Racial Justice; Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle; Texas School Text Books; Military Weaponry in Schools - WTF?; Socialism, Worker Cooperatives; Today in History; Abraham Lincoln Brigade celebrations
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