Afghan women protest against the harsh Taliban government, facing violent repression

KABUL – Afghan women took to the streets of Kabul to protest for the second day in a row, outraged at the formation of a hard-line Taliban government and posing an unknown challenge to an Islamist movement that has never tackled peaceful demonstrations. Taliban fighters dispersed Wednesday’s protests with violence. They also detained and beat … Read more

Afghan teachers defy the Taliban by secretly educating teenage girls

KABUL — A group of teenage girls quietly entered Fawzia’s house, took off their shoes, and gathered in the living room for a secret history lesson. Fawzia, who asked to be identified only by her first name, spoke of Afghanistan’s legendary treasure, the Bactrian gold, and its former kings and queens. The 56-year-old teacher sees … Read more

Afghan teachers defy the Taliban by secretly educating teenage girls

KABUL — A group of teenage girls quietly entered Fawzia’s house, took off their shoes, and gathered in the living room for a secret history lesson. Fawzia, who asked to be identified only by her first name, spoke of Afghanistan’s legendary treasure, the Bactrian gold, and its former kings and queens. The 56-year-old teacher sees … Read more

The Taliban are consolidating control in Afghanistan’s capital as thousands remain stranded

The Biden administration said on Tuesday that Kabul airport was open to both military and civilian flights, but access remained almost impossible for the thousands of Afghans seeking to leave Afghanistan as the Taliban strengthened control of the city and a Taliban leader returned. from exile. Military flights were resumed as the United States sent … Read more

The Taliban are adding minorities, technocrats to the Afghan government, but no women

KABUL – The Taliban brought some outsiders into their new Afghan government and gave positions to technocrats, businessmen and members of ethnic minorities after widespread criticism that the cabinet was composed exclusively of clerics of the Islamist movement. None of Tuesday’s appointments, however, were in key positions, and the government excluded women and politicians active … Read more

Who is the Taliban and what is next for Afghanistan?

The Taliban, an Islamist fundamentalist organization that ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until it was overthrown by the US invasion in 2001, conquered the Afghan capital Kabul on August 15, after President Ashraf Ghani escaped the country, putting the crown on a rapid offensive. which started in May. The group that protected Osama bin Laden when … Read more

The UN gets $ 1 billion for Afghan relief as the Taliban promises access to aid workers

The United Nations said on Monday that it had obtained $ 1 billion in promises of new funds to avert a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, after receiving a written assurance from the Taliban authorities that it would allow aid workers to operate freely across the country. . The UN appealed for $ 600 million to … Read more

Islamic State bombing kills at least 65 people in southern Afghanistan

A complex suicide attack on a Shia Muslim mosque in the southern Afghan capital Kandahar killed at least 65 worshipers on Friday, breaking two months of relative peace in the Taliban’s historic stronghold and highlighting the threat of a widespread Islamic State presence. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing on Saturday, saying two suicide … Read more

Afghan evacuees, scattered around the world, could wait for years for the chance to reach the United States

Thousands of Afghans evacuated from Kabul after the Taliban seized power in August could be stranded in other countries for years due to backlogs in the US refugee system, according to officials and the groups that helped them escape. From interpreters to policewomen to judges, many say they were promised – in recruitment positions for … Read more

Afghanistan’s opium business strikes, while the Taliban look the other way

TALUKAN, Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s opium industry – the main source of heroin sold in the West – is up and running again. Here in the Talukan, dozens of merchants are openly trading different grades of opium in a busy new market that has emerged since the Taliban’s victory on 15 August. Plastic bags filled with … Read more