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Afghan woman sets sights on presidency in a man's land

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This brave woman reminds me of Aung San Suu Kyi.....a great leader, who never gives up, no matter how much danger she's putting herself in. I can't say Koofi will have much of a chance in the 2014 elections - especially with the way the "re-talibanization" is going right now. Never give up, though.

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@WilliB believe it or not you're preaching to the choir with me.

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I am sure the Taliban supports these women! I wish all the women in any medieval Islamic country all the very best.

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She should thank those who died to give her at least an opportunity.

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WilliB, have you read 'The Kite Runner' or 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' by Khaled Hoseini? They come with Nanda's Seal of Approval, and a a great read besides. Highly recommended for anyone wanting insights into the everyday thinking and experiences of ordinary Afghans.

The spirit may be under intense strain, but it is not crushed. Let's give water and sunshine to the seed.

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WilliB

I have not forgotten that. I did say "The only cases where this has happened is when they rode in on the coat-tails of their dead husbands", which describes for all of your examples. You seemed to have forgotten to read before replying.

None of the female leaders I mentioned gained office because of "dead husbands" as suggested by you?

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zichi:

" You seemed to have forgotten quite a few Muslim women who became presidents or prime ministers. Both are high office. "

I have not forgotten that. I did say "The only cases where this has happened is when they rode in on the coat-tails of their dead husbands", which describes for all of your examples. You seemed to have forgotten to read before replying.

As for Ciller, Turkey is precisely NOT an "islamic country"; it is Kemalism which is designed to protect the secular state from islamic rule. (Although the Erdogan government is not busy dismantlich Kemalism piece by piece.)

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WilliB,

Islam is very clear on the value and the status of women. So a woman leader of an islamic country is a contradiction in terms. The only cases where this has happened is when they road in on the coat-tails of their dead husbands as part of tribal policy.

You seemed to have forgotten quite a few Muslim women who became presidents or prime ministers. Both are high office.

Benazir Bhutto, prime minister of Pakistan. Megawati Sukarnoputri, president of Indonesian. Khaledz Zia and Sheikh Hasina both presidents of Bangladesh. Tansu Cillar, prime minister of Turkey.

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nandakamanda:

" Funnily enough I think this kind of thing is what Afghans really want deep down "

Indeed, that is funny when people claim to have secret insights into the mindset of Pashtun tribesmen. Or sad.

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Funnily enough I think this kind of thing is what Afghans really want deep down, but they are afraid to say it.

A breath of fresh air. All power to her!

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HonestDictator:

" While women under Islamic governments have very few rights if any, they'd bring a very fresh way of thinking to the whole scenario. "

Islam is very clear on the value and the status of women. So a woman leader of an islamic country is a contradiction in terms. The only cases where this has happened is when they road in on the coat-tails of their dead husbands as part of tribal policy.

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Even so at least she's got the right in her mind to try which I sure as hell would approve of more than having another Afghani male in "office". While women under Islamic governments have very few rights if any, they'd bring a very fresh way of thinking to the whole scenario. I'll never forget the saying I've heard, "Men always try to find reasons to die for something, while women find reasons to live for something."

May be a snowball's chance in hell, but I'd take it if I had any say in it.... I hope by some freak accident or sudden mental change in the Afghanis' populace that will put her in office.

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Snowball.... chance in hell

nuff said

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