Most popular flowers in the Muslim religion

Flowers aren’t just a great gift to make someone’s day and profess your feelings, but they are also full of symbolism. This differs in different cultures and religions which is why you should investigate what message and meaning each flower conveys before giving it to the loved one. We are going to discuss some of … Read more

Aquila Style’s Columnists Highlights 2012

Afia R Fitriati rounds up on our columnists’ writings this year. This year marks the birth of this smashing new website. I believe I can speak for all my fellow Aquila columnists that we all feel lucky to have the honor of coloring this site weekly with our reportings, commentaries, analyses and, sometimes, rambling musings. Whether … Read more

Kartini – A Symbol of Women’s Rights in Indonesia

One hundred thirty-four years after her birth, the name Kartini still resonates for her determination to improve the status and lives of women. By Annisa R Beta. EVERY APRIL 21ST, women of Indonesia prepare themselves to celebrate the birth of a national heroine. Raden Ayu Kartini continues to be remembered today as a critic of, among … Read more

Malala’s ‘Education First’ Speech at UN Offers Message of Peace

NEW YORK CITY, July 12, 2013 (AFP) – Pakistan teenager Malala Yousafzai vowed Friday not to be silenced by terrorists in a powerful speech to the United Nations on her first public appearance since being shot by the Taliban. “They thought that the bullet would silence us, but they failed,” Malala said on her 16th … Read more

Malala Painting Shown at London’s National Portrait Gallery

LONDON, September 10, 2013 (AFP) – The first painted portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education, goes on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London on Wednesday. The one-meter height picture by Jonathan Yeo, one of Britain’s leading portrait painters, shows the 16-year-old doing her … Read more

Saudi Arabia to Compete for First Time at Oscars

RIYADH, September 15, 2013 (AFP) – Saudi Arabia, where cinemas are banned, is to compete for an Oscar for the first time next year with feminist film “Wadjda” directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, a Saudi official announced Sunday. The movie tells of a young girl’s quest to own a bicycle in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom where … Read more

Malala Receives Top Amnesty award

Photo, Malala Yousafzai speaking before the United Nations Youth Assembly July 12, 2013, at UN headquarters in New York. LONDON, September 17, 2013 (AFP) – Rights group Amnesty International announced on Tuesday it had awarded its highest honor to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot in the head last year by the Taliban for campaigning … Read more

The Song in Her Heart

Amal Awad speaks to Göknur Shanal, an opera singer from Australia who is working to live out her dream. It’s not often you meet someone who can single-handedly and dramatically, alter the mood of a packed room. At a recent panel for local community group the Justice and Arts Network (JAAN), there was a palpable shift … Read more

Malala Wants to be PM, Says Nobel Would be ‘Great Honour’

NEW YORK CITY, October 11, 2013 (AFP) – Teenage rights activist Malala Yousafzai told an audience in New York Thursday that she would like to become prime minister of Pakistan to “save” the country. In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at a sold-out public event, she also said winning Friday’s Nobel Peace Prize would … Read more