(Reuters) The intimate portrait shows the young Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize winner more at ease speaking at U.N. headquarters in New York or addressing students in Syrian refugee camps than with classmates in Britain where she was flown for surgery.
Through honoring and celebrating the sacrifice of Aitzaz Hussain, I wonder about a world in which heroism is intertwined with death, as opposed to being measured in the small, mundane acts of goodness and beauty by, among and for the living.
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” No, TS Eliot did not say these words in 2013. But they’re a good place to start as we think about this most recent trip around the sun and the voices that made it what it was. No voice was as culturally heralded (or commented on) as that of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis.
(RNS) Pakistan’s new animated television series, “Burka Avenger,” features a female Muslim teacher disguised in a tight black outfit with a cape and ninja-style head cover who throws heavy books and sharp pens at men who oppose education for girls.
(RNS) The biggest worry for “American Idol” contestants is whether the judges will let them sing on the next show. For some singers on Idol-type programs abroad, it’s that religious extremists will kill them.
KARACHI, Pakistan (RNS) The Taliban is threatening to finish off a 14-year-old Pakistani girl whom it shot for helping other girls go to school — if she survives a wounding that has made her a hero to many Pakistanis. By Hani Yousuf and Janelle Dumalaon/USA Today.