Anna Almendrala

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Bombs Won't Liberate the Women of Afghanistan

by Anna Almendrala 07-09-2009
Today Brave New Foundation launches the fifth segment of the Rethink Afghanistan documentary, Women of A

Rethink Afghanistan

by Anna Almendrala 06-18-2009
An interview with a man and his children in an Internally Displaced Person (refugee) camp quickly devolves into a father desperately trying to sell his smallest child to the cameraman.

Stop Starbucks

by Anna Almendrala 05-27-2009
When Robert Greenwald, founder and president of Brave New Films -- an organization that uses new media and

Video: The Easter Bunny Asks You to Rethink Afghanistan

by Anna Almendrala 04-16-2009
Did you have a good Easter weekend? If you were in Washington D.C. for the holiday, you may have noticed a different kind of Easter Bunny hanging around the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro.

The Legacy of Wartime Slurs

by Anna Almendrala 09-30-2008
I thought our culture had no more use for wartime curses. Granted, my sophisticated analysis is nothing more than noticing if people are calling me any names, until I realized

Harrowing Journeys

by Anna Almendrala 08-01-2008
Film review: Take, directed by Charles Oliver.

Offering Better Choices for Childbirth

by Anna Almendrala 07-18-2008

In the first weekend of June I watched some au naturel how-to videos on the oldest profession in the world.

Anyone who's read The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant, knows that I'm talking about the ancient practice of women supporting other women in childbirth. The assisting woman, whom today we would call either a midwife (medical training) or a doula (comfort techniques training), [...]

'New Year Baby' Documents Khmer Rouge Survivors

by Anna Almendrala 05-21-2008

On Christmas Day a few years ago in Dallas, Texas, Socheata Poeuv's parents called a family meeting to tell her that her sisters weren't really her sisters, and her brother was not her full brother. After 25 years of attempting to live a "normal American life," her parents revealed a shocking family secret that would draw them all back to Cambodia, the home they fled and struggled to forget [...]

The Year of Living Biblically: Interview with Author A.J. Jacobs

by Anna Almendrala 04-14-2008

In church one day, my pastor asked us to raise our hands if we believed in what the Bible said. The right answer seemed pretty obvious, and the whole congregation and I raised our hands. Then he asked us to raise our hand if we had read the Bible in its entirety. Touché, Pastor Sean. Touché.

In his latest book, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as [...]

Enemies of the State

by Anna Almendrala 04-09-2008

The Philippines Armed Forces have been implicated in most of the recent human rights abuses that have occurred in that country (almost 800 unlawful executions since 2001). Journalists, activists, pastors, and lawyers have been kidnapped, tortured, or even gunned down in public for daring to advocate on behalf of the economic, social, and civil rights of the poor.

But since 9/11, the U.S. government has given the Philippines army $245.6 million for "foreign military financing," [...]