Family members comfort a woman mourns the death of a relative, who was killed in a blast outside a public park on Sunday, during funeral in Lahore, Pakistan, March 28, 2016. (Photo by Mohsin Raza for Reuters.)

Easter Day bombing in Pakistan kills 70, including 29 children

Sunday's suicide bombing at a public park was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban's Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction, which once declared loyalty to Islamic State.
Mar 28, 2016
An Afghan National Police armored vehicle patrols on a street in Lashkar Gah capital of Helmand province, Afghanistan Aug. 26, 2015. (Photo by REUTERS.)

U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan, Taliban grab district

Taliban fighters have made recent advances in a heavily fought over region of opium farms and trade routes.
Aug 26, 2015
"Romeo is Bleeding" documents a poet who reworks "Romeo and Juliet" into a story about the ongoing gang war in Richmond, California. (Photo courtesy Seattle International Film Festival.)

Highlighting Artivism: “Romeo is Bleeding” and “Frame by Frame” at SIFF

“Romeo is Bleeding” and “Frame by Frame” tell parallel stories of fire, violence, bearing witness, and the power of art as activism.
May 16, 2015
Soldiers lower the Pakistani flag in Karachi. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Tigers, tumbles and Taliban: Making sense of Pakistan’s election

Pakistan beat the odds last week and held relatively peaceful elections. But was the Taliban the real winner? 
May 19, 2013
Public transportation in South Waziristan, in the lawless Tribal Areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan. (Photo by Gohar Masud)

A long commute through Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

My friend and I squeeze in the front seat of the pickup. We’re lucky–others are stuck in the back without seats in the freezing winter, getting tossed in the air when the driver crests the hills. It was another one of those days when I would travel between my home in Dera Ismail Khan and […]
Jan 17, 2013
A student holds an image of Malala Yousufzai, who was shot on Tuesday by the Taliban, during a rally in Lahore

Will attack on child activist end Pakistani apathy about civil rights?

The name Malala Yousufzai was new to me until recently. But the power of her words wasn’t. Back in 2009, when her hometown in Swat Valley was virtually under Taliban control, Malala, using the pen name Gul Makai, wrote a diary that was published and broadcast on BBC’s Urdu language radio service. In it she […]
Oct 15, 2012