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  • September 20, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Giving birth under the Taliban
    BBC: In a matter of weeks, the birthing unit Rabia delivered her baby in had been stripped down to its bare basics. She was given no pain relief, no medicine and no food.The hospital sweltered in temperatures topping 43C (109F) - the power had been cut and there was no fuel to work the generators. "We were sweating like we were taking a shower," says Rabia's midwife Abida, who worked tirelessly in darkness to deliver the baby by mobile phone light.      Full news...

  • September 19, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul government’s female workers told to stay at home by Taliban
    The Guardian: Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan’s capital said on Sunday, detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers. The decision to prevent most female city workers from returning to their jobs is another sign that the Taliban, who overran Kabul last month, are enforcing their harsh interpretation of Islam despite initial promises by some that they would be tolerant and inclusive.      Full news...

  • September 19, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women stage ‘silent protest’ in support of girls’ education in Afghanistan
    Anadolu Agency: KABUL, Afghanistan _A small group of women gathered in Kabul on Sunday for a “silent protest” against the interim Taliban administration's decision permitting only boys and male teachers to resume their educational activities in Afghanistan.Although it failed to get much public attention, women managed to register their disapproval of the Taliban decision before representatives from certain international media outlets in the capital city.      Full news...

  • September 11, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women
    The Statesman: The recent developments in Afghanistan, particularly since August 2021 have brought forth many tumultuous issues with respect to life, liberty, and rights of resident Afghans in their country. Of particular concern is the position of women and the challenges they face in the wake of the resurgence of Taliban after 20 years as the group’s earlier regime from 1996 to 2000 had almost decimated women’s rights to freedom, health, education, life, and liberty. The world is watching with concerned anticipation as to how events will unfold in near future, and, what such developments would mean for the average Afghan women and girls.      Full news...

  • September 7, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban fire in air after protesters, including women, join anti-Pakistan rally in Kabul
    Reuters: Taliban gunmen fired in the air on Tuesday to scatter protesters in the Afghan capital of Kabul, witnesses said, as video showed scores of people scurrying to escape volleys of gunfire, although there were no immediate reports of injuries. Hundreds of men and women shouting slogans such as “Long live the resistance,” and “Death to Pakistan” marched in the streets to protest against the Taliban and what they called interference in Afghanistan’s affairs by neighbouring Pakistan.      Full news...


  • September 4, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Fighters Crush a Women’s Protest Amid Flickers of Resistance
    New York Times: The women were assaulted with rifle butts, tear gas and metal clubs, while anti-Taliban rebels in the north vowed to repel an assault by the Islamist group. Several of the women, who were demanding inclusion in the yet-to-be named Taliban government, said they were beaten by Taliban fighters — some of the first concrete evidence of harsh treatment of women by the group.      Full news...


  • August 28, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul airport blast, death toll rises to over 180
    The Indian Express: The Pentagon said on Friday that a deadly attack at the gate to Kabul airport in Afghanistan yesterday was carried out by one suicide bomber, not two. “I can confirm for you that we do not believe that there was a second explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, that it was one suicide bomber,” Army Major General William Taylor was quoted as saying by Reuters.      Full news...

  • August 24, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Feminists Told Us War Wouldn’t Free Them
    Yes: I am feeling a pervasive sense of déjà vu in reading the news of how the Taliban has taken over Afghanistan within weeks of the U.S. withdrawal. Nearly 20 years after the U.S. invaded one of the world’s poorest nations in a retaliatory response to the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the so-called enemy force is back in power. Afghan feminist activists have spent the past two decades warning the U.S. against resorting to violent solutions like war and collaborating with armed fundamentalists.      Full news...

  • August 24, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pre-war U.S. support for Afghan women’s rights offers a blueprint for the future
    Washington Post: On Aug. 15, the Taliban completed its conquest of Afghanistan by seizing Kabul. These events were tragically similar to those of 25 years ago, when Kabul fell to the Taliban in September 1996. Americans have recently watched chaotic scenes unfold in Afghanistan: panicked Afghans desperately clinging to evacuating U.S. planes; Taliban fighters going house-to-house hunting journalists, prominent women and Afghans who worked for the toppled government; and the Taliban beating Afghan protesters. While many Afghans face suffering under Taliban rule, women and girls have the most to fear — and lose.      Full news...



  • August 17, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The United States, Afghanistan, and the Doctrinal Boundaries of Permissible Reflection
    Counter Punch: One of the doctrinal principles behind U.S. corporate-imperial news coverage and commentary and mainstream US politics is that the United States is a fundamentally benevolent force for good facing difficulties created by evil others and challenging situations not of Washington’s own making. Debate is permissible on immediate strategy and tactics but is not allowed on these core American Exceptionalist positions.      Full news...

  • August 17, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Biden Forfeits His Afghan Victory by Defending His Deep State Advisors
    Counter Punch: President Biden put a popular flag-waving wrapping on America’s forced withdrawal from Afghanistan in his 4 PM speech on Monday. It was as if all this was following Biden’s own intentions, not a demonstration of the totally incompetent assurances by the CIA and State Department as recently as last Friday that the Taliban was over a month away from being able to enter Kabul. Instead of saying that the massive public support for the Taliban replacing the United States showed the incompetent hubris of U.S. intelligence agencies – which itself would have justified Biden’s agreement to complete the withdrawal with all haste – he doubled down on his defense of the Deep State and its mythology.      Full news...


  • August 8, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan war: Sheberghan falls to Taliban, militants say
    BBC News: An Afghan defence ministry spokesman told the BBC government forces were still in the city and would clear out the Taliban "soon".This is the second regional capital to fall to the militants, after Zaranj in the south-western province of Nimroz fell on Friday.It is a major blow to security forces, with battles raging across the country.      Full news...

  • August 8, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Taliban overrun city of Kunduz — as it happened
    DW: The Taliban's political spokesperson Mohammad Naim told Al-Jazeera TV on Sunday that the radical Islamist group had no ceasefire agreement with the Afghan government and warned the US against further intervention.He also blamed the government for the fighting, calling them the aggressors and claimed the Taliban's attacks were a response.      Full news...

  • July 28, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kandahar residents fear Taliban advance on Afghan city
    Aljazeera: Kandahar, Afghanistan – Last week, Kawsar Sama and her family packed up their belongings and got on a flight to the capital city of Kabul. For the 21-year-old and her family, life in the southern city of Kandahar had become dangerous as the Taliban has pushed into the districts surrounding Afghanistan’s second-largest city in recent weeks.      Full news...

  • July 27, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Well known Afghan comedian gunned down in Kandahar
    Ariana News: A well-known local comedian, Nazar Mohammad, who was known as Khasha Jawan, was gunned down on Tuesday, allegedly by the Taliban, in Kandahar, sparking widespread condemnation. According to sources, Khasha Jawan was assaulted by the militants before being killed.      Full news...


  • July 26, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban killed 43 people in Afghanistan's Ghazni, residents say
    Hindustan Time: The Taliban shot and killed 43 civilians and security force members after the group attacked the Malistan district in Afghanistan's central province of Ghazni earlier this month, residents have said. “Taliban fighters after entering Malistan district committed war crimes and killed civilians who were not involved in the fighting," Mina Naderi, a civil society activist from Ghazni, said at a press conference in Kabul on Sunday, according to Tolo News.      Full news...

  • July 24, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    33 People Killed in Taliban-held Areas in Kandahar: Watchdog
    TOLO News: Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Saturday said that 33 people were assassinated in Kandahar over the past two weeks.“Religious scholars, tribal elders, civil society activists, journalists and human rights defenders and female journalists are being sacrificed in targeted attacks,” said Zabihullah Farhang, spokesman to AIHRC      Full news...

  • July 15, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Attack a Provincial Capital in Afghanistan’s North, Freeing Prisoners
    The New York Times: KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban pushed their way into a provincial capital in Afghanistan’s northwest on Wednesday, freeing prisoners there and threatening to overrun the city itself.Details were murky from the city, Qala-e-Naw, the capital of Badghis Province, where fighting was widespread. Videos posted on social media showed some residents welcoming Taliban fighters on motorbikes as they entered.      Full news...

  • July 9, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    America- Led NATO in Afghanistan: Crimes against Humanity Call for Accountability
    CounterPunch: “We Are Going to Lose the War in Afghanistan and it will Help Bankrupt us. One of our major strategic blunders in Afghanistan was not to have recognized that both Great Britain and the Soviet Union attempted to pacify Afghanistan using the same military methods as ours and failed disastrously. We seem to have learned nothing from Afghanistan’s modern history — to the extent that we even know what it is. Between 1849 and 1947…” – Chalmers Johnson. Dismantling the Empire – America’s Last Best Hope      Full news...


  • June 22, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban take key Afghan district, adding to string of gains
    AP News: KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters took control of a key district in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province Monday and encircled the provincial capital, police said, as the insurgent group added to its recent battlefield victories while peace talks have stalemated.The Taliban’s gains came as the Pentagon reaffirmed the U.S. troop withdrawal was still on pace to conclude by early September.      Full news...

  • June 15, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Attacks target polio teams in east Afghanistan, 5 killed
    AP: KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen on Tuesday targeted an anti-polio drive in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least five members of two vaccination teams in separate attacks, officials said.No militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks that took place in the city of Jalalabad and the nearby districts of Khoyani and Surkhrud, according to Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor in Nangarhar province. Jalalabad is the provincial capital.      Full news...

  • June 12, 2021 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Seven killed in twin van bomb blasts in Afghanistan’s Kabul
    Aljazeera: At least seven people have been killed and six wounded as separate bombs hit two commuter minivans in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, according to officials.The explosions on Saturday hit vehicles on the same road about 2 kilometres (1.25 miles) apart in a western Kabul neighbourhood largely populated by members of the ethnic Hazara minority.      Full news...



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