Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin speaks with Sakena Yacoobi about her work with women in Afghanistan, and the latest in the story of Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai, recently shot by the Taliban. Yacoobi is the executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning in Herat, Afghanistan.
As President Barack Obama prepares to enter a second term, he faces a host of foreign policy issues. Syria presents an immediate crisis, China poses a strategic challenge and tensions with Iran continue to escalate.
The women's soccer team in Afghanistan isn't an international powerhouse. But their mere existence is a triumph and points to the growing number of Afghan women playing sports. And they're getting a little help from an American soccer star.
"Moral injury" is a term used in the mental health community to describe the psychological damage servicemembers face when their actions in battle contradict their moral beliefs. Thought it isn't diagnosable, doctors and veterans are searching for ways to support those who have experienced this inner conflict.
In what is considered a good-faith gesture, Pakistan last week released at least nine Afghan Taliban prisoners. The move is seen as part of a new strategy by Pakistan as it eyes the looming drawdown of U.S. and Western troops in Afghanistan — and a small but potentially important breakthrough in the peace process.
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