al-Ali, Nadje

Nadje al-Ali
1 October 2008Review

Zed Books, 2007; ISBN 978-1-84277-856-2; pp159; £16.99

Afghan Women: Identity & Invasion is an important book that challenges prevailing stereotypes and misconceptions widespread even amongst many progressive peace and anti-war activists.

The academic and activist Elaheh Rostami-Povey shows how Afghani women, far from being just passive victims, have been historically struggling to improve their rights and every-day living conditions, even under the rule of the Taliban.

The focus of the book, however, is on the impact of the…

1 July 2006News

Act Together: Women's Action for Iraq, together with several other Iraqi and British women's organisations, artists and activists, organised a vigil on International Widows Day - 23 June - to draw attention to the plight of Iraqi widows. More than 60 women and men, representing 13 organisations, gathered the steps of St Martin-inthe-Fields in central London.

Leaflets, banner's and placards drew attention to the fact that, according to official and NGO sources, more than 90 Iraqi…

1 March 2003Review

Arrow Publications 2002, ISBN 0 9518 1889 9. £10, 230pp

As war is becoming more and more of a reality, surrealism and madness characterise the pro-war lobby just as they continue to characterise the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. In the midst of heightened passion, political debates that have turned personal, not to forget the plagiarism by British officials, Milan Rai's Book War Plan Iraq: 10 Reasons Why We Shouldn't Launch Another War Against Iraq comes as a relief.

The book provides well-researched background information,…