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Excited commuters discover ‘Dispatches’

Originally published by Books on the Underground. On 22nd November, the Books on the Underground team had a mammoth 100 copies of Heidi Kingstone’s Dispatches from the Kabul Cafe. We had fun with where to hide the books, and saw lots of engagement online from people who found them! It was such a delight to be…
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Afghanistan: Myth of the Splendid Sisterhood

First published by Mantraya on 14 October 2016 Stories of abuse and the mutilation of women in Afghanistan are so common we are almost desensitised to it. Violence against women and particularly domestic violence has fed the headlines certainly since our recent escapade into the country, one attack more horrific than the next. Male abuse…
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Do Svidaniya, Olga!

This article was first published in the September 2016 issue of Standpoint. Walking around the old Soviet factory in Narva, Estonia, recently, yards from the border with Russia, I saw her. Stuck on a pillar, Olga gazed out from an old propaganda poster. Grey and grainy, she typified hearty, hefty Soviet womanhood. She was built…
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Dating Dilemma

This article was first published in the July/August 2016 issue of Standpoint. Could the greatest dilemma faced by men and women today come at the end of a meal when the waiter appears with the bill? Hamlet’s quandary pales into insignificance as the question “to pay or not to pay” surfaces and the dating diners…
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Canada’s First Nations come last

Standpoint Canada

The Keewaywin community carried the lifeless body of a ten-yearold boy into Cathy Wright’s small clinic early one evening in April. The boy had hanged himself, the first suicide in that community, but an all-too-common occurrence across Canada’s First Nations.Despite working as a nurse in north- west Ontario among the First Nation and Inuit people for 16 years during her 38- year career, Wright had…
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Myth of Stressed-out Soldiers on the Street

First published in the May 2016 issue of Standpoint. Some armed forces personnel return from war with post-traumatic stress disorder. But the problem is not as common as soften believed. Download the article as a PDF here.