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A Life Revealed - National Geographic Magazine

A Life Revealed - National Geographic Magazine | Taliban | Scoop.it
Seventeen years after she stared out from the cover of National Geographic, a former Afghan refugee comes face-to-face with the world once more.
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Afghanistan: Little Progress on Rights | Human Rights Watch

Afghanistan: Little Progress on Rights | Human Rights Watch | Taliban | Scoop.it
(New York) – The dire human rights situation in Afghanistan showed few signs of progress in the past year, raising serious concerns about the future, Human Right Watch said today in its World Report 2012.
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The Status of Woman in Islam By Dr Yousuf al-Qaradawi | Luciola ...

The Status of Woman in Islam By Dr Yousuf al-Qaradawi | Luciola ... | Taliban | Scoop.it

Islam does not ignore the personality of any woman because of her marriage, as in some cultures which attach the woman to her husband in addition to giving her his name. Islam has kept the distinct, independent personality ...


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This information could be used to explain why women are not always guranteed the same rights as men in Islamic societies. 

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Pakistan: Abuses, Impunity Erode Rights | Human Rights Watch

Pakistan: Abuses, Impunity Erode Rights | Human Rights Watch | Taliban | Scoop.it
(Islamabad) – Pakistan’s government has failed to act against abuses by the security and intelligence agencies, which continued to allow extremist groups to attack religious minorities, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2013. The authorities...
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The rights of the Afghanistan population are detailed in this article. 

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Afghan Villages Rise Up Against Taliban

Afghan Villages Rise Up Against Taliban | Taliban | Scoop.it
The uprising in Panjwai is considered significant because it is the first in southern Afghanistan, in the spiritual heartland of the Taliban movement.

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In this article the decision to go against the Taliban expresses the inner freedom found in all people to accept or argue their political control. 

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Malala plight inspires students

Malala plight inspires students | Taliban | Scoop.it
The Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai, is a role model and an inspiration say School Reporters from Essex.
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Another article concerning the brutal measures taken by the Taliban in Pakistan against the freedom of education. 

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New DIIS report: time to reconcile with the Taliban - DIIS

Military pullout calls for debate on ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan

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This article is useful because the core of the discussion is centered around how to create peace in Afghanistan between foreign nations and the Taliban. This idea of peace could be used to talk about freedom of choice or the freedoms that the US and other countries want to promise the oppressed people of the Middle East. 

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The Taliban, the US and the resources of Central Asia - World Socialist Web Site

The Taliban, the US and the resources of Central Asia - World Socialist Web Site | Taliban | Scoop.it
The target of the latest US military aggression in Afghanistan is the Taliban.
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More general information on the Taliban's roots and what they do in present times. 

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US NAVY JEEP: The Afghan people have said "enough is enough" and they have taken on the Taliban

US NAVY JEEP: The Afghan people have said "enough is enough" and they have taken on the Taliban | Taliban | Scoop.it
The Afghan people are taking on the #Taliban
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Afghanis are fed up with the Taliban - #Freedom for #Afghanistan
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This article is a good one for the discussion of freedom because it illustrates what people are doing against the Taliban. They are using their own free will to go against the oppressive nature of the Taliban. 

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FATA, Rahimyar Khan, Miranshah strongholds of Punjabi Taliban

FATA, Rahimyar Khan, Miranshah strongholds of Punjabi Taliban | Taliban | Scoop.it

Interior Minister Rehman Malik Monday said that banned outfits are against peace in Karachi and termed Fata, Rahimyar Khan and Miranshah as 'strongholds of Punjabi Taliban'. Talking to media persons here, Rehman Malik said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should put aside his personal interest and launch a crackdown on Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). He said the Badami Bagh incident will be seen as the biggest example of bad governance in the history. Rehman Malik further said that the outlawed organizations did not want holding of general elections in Pakistan.


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Long road ahead for Afghan women | Human Rights Watch

Long road ahead for Afghan women | Human Rights Watch | Taliban | Scoop.it
 
In Afghanistan, this year’s observance of International Human Rights Day, December 10, began with the murder of a rights advocate.
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In Afghanistan, Women Behind Bars for 'Moral Crimes' | Human Rights Watch

In Afghanistan, Women Behind Bars for 'Moral Crimes' | Human Rights Watch | Taliban | Scoop.it
As told by Heather Barr, Human Rights Watch's Afghanistan researcher
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This is an article that concerns the conditions of women in Afghanistan. To deal with the question of freedom it is essential to understand the conditions that are taken away from some of the population. 

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Al-Qaeda Enjoys the Talibans Protection

Al-Qaeda (pron.: /ælˈkdə/ al-KY-də; Arabic: القاعدةal-qāʿidah, Arabic: [ælqɑːʕɪdɐ], translation: "The Base" and alternatively spelled al-Qaida and sometimes al-Qa'ida) is a global militant Islamist organization founded by Osama bin Laden at some point between August 1988[15] and late 1989,[16] with its origins being traceable to the Soviet War in Afghanistan.[17] It operates as a network comprising both a multinational, stateless army[18] and a radical Sunni Muslim movement calling for global Jihad and a strict interpretation of sharia law. It has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and various other countries (see below). Al-Qaeda has carried out several attacks on non-Muslims,[19][20] and other targets it considers kafir.[21]

Al-Qaeda has attacked civilian and military targets in various countries, including the September 11 attacks, 1998 U.S. embassy bombings and the 2002 Bali bombings. The U.S. government responded to the September 11 attacks by launching the War on Terror. With the loss of key leaders, culminating in the death of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda's operations have devolved from actions that were controlled from the top-down, to actions by franchise associated groups, to actions of lone wolf operators.

Characteristic techniques employed by al-Qaeda include suicide attacks and simultaneous bombings of different targets.[22] Activities ascribed to it may involve members of the movement, who have taken a pledge of loyalty to Osama bin Laden, or the much more numerous "al-Qaeda-linked" individuals who have undergone training in one of its camps in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq or Sudan, but who have not taken any pledge.[23] Al-Qaeda ideologues envision a complete break from all foreign influences in Muslim countries, and the creation of a new world-wide Islamic caliphate.[3][24][25] Among the beliefs ascribed to Al-Qaeda members is the conviction that a Christian–Jewish alliance is conspiring to destroy Islam.[26] As Salafist jihadists, they believe that the killing of civilians is religiously sanctioned, and they ignore any aspect of religious scripture which might be interpreted as forbidding the murder of civilians and internecine fighting.[9][27] Al-Qaeda also opposes man-made laws, and wants to replace them with a strict form of sharia law.[28]


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This is an overview of what Al Qaeda actually is and the difference between it and the Taliban. There are many misconceptions about what is controlling the MIddle East and this article could help explain some of the extremist groups in the region. 

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FATA politics: Voting in Waziristan constituencies in the shadow of the Taliban – The Express Tribune

Despite being the first among seven political agencies and six Frontier regions to start political campaigns for the 2013 general elections, the Taliban’s decade-long presence in South Waziristan’s NA-41 and NA-42 constituencies has left little room for left-wing political parties to support their candidates. This lack of freedom has been unfazed even by the extension of the Political Parties Act to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) in 2012. In the 2002 general elections, both candidates who won from NA-41 and NA-42 were independents. Maulana Abdul Malik Wazir and Maulana Mirajuddin Mehsud both joined the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) after wining the elections. In 2008, Wazir won again from NA-41, but NA-42 did not hold elections due to military operations in the Mehsud areas. While the JUI-F may have won repeatedly in the area, left-wing parties attributed the victories to silent backing from the Taliban.


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This article deals with the freedom of voting and the restrictions that the Taliban places on opposing factions. This control and authority over the political agendas of the general elections is somewhat similar to Communist regimes in Asia and Eastern Europe after World War II. 

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Malala: 'My mission is to help people'

Malala: 'My mission is to help people' | Taliban | Scoop.it
Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has said she is feeling better looking forward to continuing her recovery, after undergoing an operation in the UK.
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Malala Yousafafzai is an example of the freedoms and rights denied to people by the Taliban and the horrifying violence used to supress and actions against the mandates. 

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CIA - The World Factbook

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This article has facts and statistics which can help explain how and why the Taliban was able to gain power in Afghanistan. 

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Who are the Taliban?

Who are the Taliban? | Taliban | Scoop.it
BBC News looks at the history of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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Good background information on what the Taliban actually is. 

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