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January 2007 Archives

January 1, 2007 12:00 AM

The Next 100 Days

This is where I'm thinking of going over the next hundred days, for Part II of How the World Sees America. Bosnia & Herzegovina, Turkey and Syria to the Philippines and Indonesia to Colombia and Argentina. What do you think?

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January 1, 2007 12:10 AM

Press Coverage of How the World Sees America


The New America Foundation: The 'W' Generation
The Event Mainpage and CSPAN Coverage

Gallup Interview with Amar, on USA Today

Darshan TV

World Politics Review

CNN Turk Interview with Amar

Close Up at the Newseum on CSPAN


BBC's "The World" Radio Interview

WBAI's "WakeUp Call"

WNYC'S "On the Media"

NPR'S "All Things Considered"

On Point with Fareed Zakaria and Robert Koehane: Windows Media or Real Player


Council on Foreign Relations: Changing America's Foreign Policy
Live Discussion: David Ignatius and Amar on Anti-Americanism
Religion Writer: Part I, An interview with Amar on British v. American religiosity
Religion Writer: Part II, An interview with Amar on religion and anti-Americanism in Pakistan
World Politics Review: An interview with David Ignatius on the Launch
Sree Sreenivasan: 'On the 23-Year-Old Global Reporter'
Indian New England: 'Voicing the World's Ire'
Harper's: On Amar's Interview with Ahmed Rashid
The Harvard Crimson : 'Big Men on Campus'


University of Chicago

Columbia University

The New School


Berkeley School of Journalism

South Asian Journalists Association

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January 1, 2007 1:00 AM

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Part Two Travels

January 23, 2007 2:10 PM

Remembering the Martyr at My Grandma's House

Commemorating Muharram in My Grandmother's "House"

Guest post by Noorain Khan in Lahore:

This year, for the first time as an adult, I was among the 2000 women who came to commemorate the 9th of Muharram at my grandmother's house in Lahore, Pakistan. Though I was born, raised, and educated in the U.S., these past five days in Lahore moved me deeply, and helped me find myself.

Widowed at 36 with six children, my grandmother named Hamida Bano Ahmed began to gather women at her home in Lahore for ten days each year to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. The groups grew larger over the years. Just before she passed away 25 years ago, she insisted that the house continue to be used for this purpose. It has been.

Now a large mosque has replaced my grandmother's home but the same women continue to gather, share their grief, and pay their respects to God, the Prophet, and his family.

Only women are at the pulpit and only women are in attendance at "Ahmed House," as it is known around Pakistan. It is a place where the seemingly irreconcilable worlds of gender, religion, culture and passion come together, because here, they belong together. And it is where I, as an American born Pakistan, can blend into the crowd.

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January 25, 2007 1:36 PM

Russian Anti-Americanism in Kazakhstan

Train station in Astana, the new capital of Kazakhstan

Guest post by John Wehner in Kazakhstan

I'm on a Soviet-era train lumbering across the steppe of Kazakhstan. Out my window the world’s 9th largest nation stretches endlessly: white, flat, dotted with the occasional village or looming grain elevator. And because there’s not much to see outside, my attention turns to those around me; this is a great place to see how some Kazakhs and Russians view America.

On this 31-hour journey northward, I am joined in my compartment by a young Kazakh woman, an ethnic Russian man with his mother-in-law, and an elderly Russian couple. Our sleeping area consists of three bunk beds, arranged in a “U”, with a table near the window and a hallway running through the “U’s” base. There is no door, and very little privacy. But that doesn’t bother these Kazakhs, all of whom look well-fed and relatively cheerful, lounging in informal jeans, T-shirts or sleepwear.

It’s a diverse group. All ask endless questions about my American life. I’m 23, and I’m here to teach English to Kazakhs in the capital. I’ve been here over a year, and am used to the regular questions about politics, fashion, skyscrapers. But on this train ride, things get spicy when Kosovo comes up.

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