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Farhana specializes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Women in War, and the Muslim world.
An American counterterrorism consultant
An Insider from Multiple Perspectives: I am a Texan-Punjabi-Muslim American woman. Because of my diverse background, I am an American who strives to impart truth and understanding about the dynamics of terrorism, Muslims in America, and women in war.
As an American and a Muslim, I am able to straddle the seemingly contradictory worlds of East and West. In my quest for knowledge, I travel to places off-the-beaten-path to understand how communities are brutally affected by violence. In particular, the ever-popular and often-invisible stories of women in war fuel my passion for writing'and reporting from Kashmir, Pakistan, and Iraq.
For over a decade, I have been helping people rethink assumptions and assertions about women in war. Trying to answer the oft-repeated question "Why do women kill or protest?" requires an understanding of culture, religion, history, and men. After all, women rarely act alone. Nor do Muslim women kill or protest out-of-context.
I am a graduate of The George Washington University, where I studied political violence and the ideological roots of terrorism. There are important distinctions between them. Thus, no two conflicts in the Islamic world are alike. I hope my research on the social and psychological dimensions of war will inform the international community.
Michael Cutler, Senior Immigration Editor And Senior Special Agent Of The Ins (ret): I think it is absolutely essential that I explain who I am. I also feel it is important to explain why I have embarked upon a mission to provide insight about our nation's many failures in securing the United States borders. My opinions are based on thirty years of experience with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Beyond my professional experience, I'd also like you to understand that who I am as a human being is a foundation for my opinions as well. Why is immigration... (more...)