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Spreading Peace Message through Peace Tram Initiative

I had previously heard about the peace tour in Vienna, but fortunately, I was one of the participants this year. Perhaps for many, such events are very ordinary. But for me, who grew up in the geography of violence and war, it is very attractive and beautiful. Peace Tram is an initiative by some activists […]

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Social Network Sites and Civic Activism: Facebook in Afghanistan

Download the complete article as PDF Abstract This study involves understanding how Facebook impacted on civic activism in Afghanistan. It aims to discover the contribution of Facebook in civic participation of youth and the facilities that Facebook has provided for civic actions to actors. Specifically, it examines the role of Facebook in the ‘Tabassum’ and […]

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Bertha von Suttner

After the verb ‘to love’, ‘to help’ is the most beautiful verb in the world. Austrian novelist, Bertha von Suttner, is a well-known international peace activist. She was the first women to receive the Noble Peace Prize. Bertha was born in Prague, Austrian Empire in 1843. She studied music and languages. In 1873, she moved […]

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The ‘Multitude’ Form of the Enlightening Movement

The Enlightening Movement was formed after the government of Afghanistan decided to re-route TUTAP, a 500-kV power line, from Bamyan to Salang. This electricity transmission project connects Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is sponsored by several donors, including the Asian Development Bank. FICHTNER GmbH & Co. was responsible for designing the project within Afghanistan, […]

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Internship Experience at Peace Museum Vienna

It was a great opportunity for me to do my internship at Peace Museum Vienna (PMV). Though peace studies was not my field of study, I preferred working with PMV over several options due to my personal commitment to promoting peace. Peace is one of the basic needs of human society, and everyone can contribute […]

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Sima Samar: The Woman of Action

By Zafar Shayan Sima Samar – AFP/Getty Images Known as the ‘Woman of Action’, Sima Samar has been spending tireless efforts for promoting peace, education and human rights in Afghanistan since 1980s. Currently, she is serving as the Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC). Sima Samar was born in Jaghori District of Ghazni […]

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‘Be Human’ – 2017 Atomic Bomb Memorial Awareness Day

By Zafar Shayan and Dr. Sasha Cheng As interns of Peace Museum Vienna, we had the opportunity to attend the 2017 GENBAKU NO HI, Vienna, which was held in cooperation with the NGO Committee on Peace, and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Vienna. The event was held on Tuesday 8 August, on Atomic […]

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Challenges Facing Civil Society in Afghanistan

By Zafar Shayan | Download as PDF  Afghanistan’s modern history is tied with dictatorship, mono-ethnic regimes, and religious tyranny. Individuals and groups, particularly people from different ethnic or religious backgrounds, who criticized regimes or powerful politicians were violently eliminated. On the other hand, the strengthening of the mujahedeen and radical Islamist groups in the last few […]

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Warlords, Strongman Governors, and the State in Afghanistan

Reviewed by Zafar Shayan | Download as PDF  Dipali Mukhopadhyay (Author), (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014), 388 pages, $20.15, ISBN: 978-1-107-02392-5 “Warlords, Strongman Governors, and the State in Afghanistan” was written by Dipali Mukhopadhyay, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and explores how some of the warlords in Afghanistan turned into political representatives […]