Dr. Hakim

Dr Hakim, ( Dr. Teck Young, Wee ) is a medical doctor from Singapore who has done humanitarian and social enterprise work in Afghanistan for the past 9 years, including being a friend and mentor to the Afghan Peace Volunteers, an inter-ethnic group of young Afghans dedicated to building non-violent alternatives to war. He is the 2012 recipient of the International Pfeffer Peace Prize.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 9:45am
Not Again, Mr. Obama! On ‘A More Expansive Mission’ in Afghanistan!
President Obama has authorized ‘a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned’. Imagine that, like the late U.S. war veteran Jacob George, you’re sent on this ‘more expansive mission’. Your military helicopter is landing on farmland amidst mud-house...
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 1:45pm
My Father Was Killed by a Computer, Says 7-Year-Old Afghan Child
Imal, a 7 year old Afghan student in the 2nd grade, came to visit us in Kabul. As Imal grew up, he kept asking his mother where his father was. His mother finally told Imal that his father had been killed by a drone when he was still a baby. If you could see Imal in this video , you would want to...
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 2:45pm
We’re Human Fodder Caught in the Crossfire of Armed Groups and Armed Governments
“Her father was killed in Helmand amidst fighting between the Taliban and the Afghan/U.S.-NATO forces,” said a relative about Gul Jumma, who looked down, shy and full of angst, sensing a future that’s not promising. Gul Jumma, together with the Afghan Peace Volunteers, expressed their opposition to...
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, left, at the start of a meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, July 11, 2014. Kerry sought Friday to broker a deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates as a bitter dispute over last month's runoff election risked spiraling out of control. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool) Views
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:45pm
Amerikistan, Not Afghanistan... Warocracy, Not Democracy
Afghanistan Analysts Network reported on July 9 that Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah had told gathered crowd "that he had received phone calls from both US President Barack Obama and State Secretary John Kerry and had been told that Kerry would make a stop-over in Kabul on Friday...
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Mi Ryang, standing with Gangjeong Village Association members and Gangjeong’s mayor, outside the Jeju Courts, to refuse paying fines for protests against the U.S. naval base construction. (Courtesy of the author) Views
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 8:00am
From Jeju and Afghanistan, an Asia Peace Pivot
“Don’t you touch me!” declared Mi Ryang. South Korean police were clamping down on a villager who was resisting the construction of a Korean/U.S. naval base at her village. Mi Ryang managed to turn the police away by taking off her blouse and, clad in her bra, walking toward them with her clear...
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Monday, March 4, 2013 - 6:20am
'We Are Those Two Afghan Children Killed by War'
Two young Afghan boys herding cattle in Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan were mistakenly killed by NATO forces last week. They were seven and eight years old.
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Monday, February 11, 2013 - 1:41pm
From Afghanistan: My Voice Is Not Political, It Is Human
It’s hard for me, an ordinary citizen of Singapore, a medical doctor engaged in social enterprise work in Afghanistan and a human being wishing for a better world, to write this from Kabul. But people are dying. And children and women are feeling hopeless.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 8:24am
Why Afghanistan Can't Wait
Two days ago, we spent three anxious hours in an outer waiting area of the “Non-Immigrant Visa” section of the U.S.
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Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 9:07am
Soft Necks Will Not Be Slaughtered
Abdulhai remembers his father being killed by the Taliban. “Anyone who takes up a weapon in revenge, whether the Talib or any other, is acting like the Talibs who murdered my father,” he says, in a matter of fact way. “The solution does not lie in taking revenge, but in people coming together like the people of Egypt to defend themselves in a nonviolent way.”
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:24am
Overcoming Contradictions: When Leaders Ignore the People's Interests
ADELAIDE, Australia – At Tabor House Technical College, 21 young people sit in a semicircle looking curiously at Hakim and me. We’ve been invited to speak with them about the practice of justice. Hakim, who has lived among Afghans for the past nine years, begins by describing how an Afghan youth, Zekerullah, would greet them. “Salam,” he says to all. With his hand over his heart, Hakim makes eye contact with each student, and then nods in silent greeting. I smile, having watched Zekerullah do just this, whenever he entered a room.
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