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Armanshahr/OPEN ASIA Human Rights and Civil society Newsletter No. 211

New edition of Armanshahr/OPEN ASIA Human Rights and Civil society Newsletter No. 211

Thursday 16 November 2017

Call for Submission: 5th International Women’s Film Festival – Herat

The Secretariat of the 5th edition of the International Women’s Film Festival – Herat requests filmmakers to send in short films, features and documentaries with women-related issues for the 5th International Women’s Film Festival – Herat.

Thursday 16 November 2017

The erroneous ‘cultural distinction’

Syrian writer Morris Ayek is critical of those who claim that when it comes to human rights, Islamic countries are “culturally distinct” from the rest of the world. In his opinion, this discourse directly contradicts the universality of Islamic values

Monday 13 November 2017

“Happy End” – Michael Haneke’s satanic soap opera of pure sociopathy

       Glacial comedy … Happy End. Photograph: Films Du Losange The Guardian – It hardly needs saying that the adjective in the title is about as accurate as the one in Haneke’s Funny Games. Happy […]

Thursday 2 November 2017

Armanshahr Newsletter No. 209-210

New edition of Armanshahr/OPEN ASIA Human Rights and Civil society Newsletter No. 209-210

Thursday 2 November 2017


At the collapse of the Soviet Union, Western pundits celebrated the dramatic reshaping of regional interactions in Southern Eurasia to come, with the hope of seeing Russia lose its influence…

Sunday 29 October 2017

Why 1997 Asian Crisis Lessons Lost

Various different, and sometimes contradictory lessons have been drawn from the 1997-1998 East Asian crises. Rapid or V-shaped recoveries and renewed growth in most developing countries in the new century also served to postpone the urgency of far-reaching reforms.

Sunday 29 October 2017

Afghanistan is tougher on child marriage than Florida

It is hard to grasp how legal loopholes still exist in America that allow minors to marry. But they do, and with life-long consequences for the child involved. More than 200,000 children were married in the US over the last 15 years.

Sunday 29 October 2017

10 Steps Governments Can Take to Support the Critical Role of Civil Society in Preventing Violent Extremism

GSX – Evidence demonstrates that efforts by governments and multilateral actors, particularly security-focused initiatives, are not sufficient to prevent violent extremism. Governments and multilateral institutions need to work more closely with other sectors of society […]

Thursday 26 October 2017

10 Reasons Why Civil Society Is an Ally and Not an Adversary in the Struggle Against Violent Extremism

                        Photo (medium.com) GSX – There is growing recognition that effectively preventing violent extremism (PVE) and fostering sustainable peace and pluralism requires a “whole […]

Thursday 26 October 2017