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The Bursting of our ‘Kabubble’ Fantasies

This article was first published in the June issue of Standpoint. Until Donald Trump dropped the $16 million, 21,600-pound GBU-43 Mother of all Bombs on rural Afghanistan, there was no indication that the country was even on the President’s radar. Then on April 13, he let IS have it. But IS numbers in Afghanistan had already…
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Blitz Spirit

This article was first published in the April 2017 issue of Standpoint.  The irony wasn’t lost on any of the 12 high-powered women who had gathered in the House of Lords at 2.30 pm on March 22. The Afghan Women’s Support Forum was holding one of its quarterly meetings to discuss keeping the issue of Afghan…
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Afghanistan in the Balance

The article was first published in the January 2017 edition of Live Encounters Magazine.  Afghanistan may no longer command the front page but somehow our fascination with the country is like an addiction to heroin, and we keep going back for one last hit. In London, I went to a play called Pink Mist about what…
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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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Voices of War

On July 29th, Heidi Kingstone was a panelist at the Women and War Festival in London. Her session, ‘Voices of War’,  included discussion with Frank Ledwidge, a former military intelligence officer and author of Losing Small Wars and Investment in Blood, and Max Arthur OBE, an oral and military historian and author who specialises in first-hand recollections…
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Women & War Festival Speakers

This month Heidi is participating in the Women and War Festival in London. This month long multi-discipline festival will document, explore and give voice to the experiences of women from across the centuries and the world before during and after war.