Al Jazeera: Afghanistan’s elected government was in charge of the pavilion. But after the Taliban takeover of the country in August, the fate of the pavilion became uncertain. Following the fall of the government in Kabul, the pavilion remained empty when Expo 2020 opened on October 1. Click here to read more (external link).
8am: Abdul Malik Sayyad, known as “Sayyad Badakhshi”, one of the famous poets and writers of Badakhshan, died last night in Fayzabad, the capital of the province. Sayyad Badakhshi has left three books of poetry, his book “The Song of the Poor” has been published and his other two books are still in pen form.
RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi November 26, 2021 Afghan experts say urgent action is needed to protect the famed Minaret of Jam after guards disappeared and critical damage became visible on the cultural treasure. An apparent stalemate between UNESCO and Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban-led government has left the Minaret of Jam unguarded and in immediate danger of collapse,
NBC News: Sidiq Ullah, who is a supporter of the militant group, came to see the historic site this week with friends from Kandahar, around 350 miles southwest of Bamiyan. Now that the Taliban are in control, he said, he feels free to tour the country. “I was young when these were destroyed, about 7
NBC News: The last two of more than 270 students, faculty and staff from Afghanistan’s only music school have left the country in the wake of the Taliban takeover, the institution’s founder said on Thursday. “It was extremely emotional,” the Afghanistan National Institute of Music’s founder and director Ahmad Sarmast said of students he greeted
8am: A 19-year-old young boy was shot for listening to music by the Taliban, sources in Badakhshan said. According to the sources, the Taliban first checked his cell phone, and when they found out that he was listening to music they beat and shot him. Click here to read more (external link).
New York Post: The cool 1960s-style lines of the Ariana Cinema’s marquee stand out over a traffic-clogged roundabout in downtown Kabul. For decades, the historic cinema has entertained Afghans and borne witness to Afghanistan’s wars, hopes and cultural shifts. Now the marquee is stripped of the posters of Bollywood movies and American action flicks that
#Taliban fighters shooting at remnants of buddha sculptures they blew up two decades ago in 2001. #Afghanistan video via EtilaatRoz pic.twitter.com/2mRyPB8l4H — Sharif Hassan (@MSharif1990) November 1, 2021 Ron Synovitz Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty November 10, 2021 A video recorded recently in Afghanistan shows Taliban gunmen using the remnants of the Bamiyan Buddhas for target
8am: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) had pledged $2 million to restore the world heritage site, following widespread petitions for the preservation and restoration of the minaret. However, after two years, there is still no news about the restoration and protection of the minaret of Jam and its budget of two
Tolo News: According to the musicians, music was the only way of income but as they have abandoned it for over two months and are currently facing severe economic challenges. “Any country that doesn’t have culture and national music will never develop,” said Asif Khalili, a musician. The musicians called on the [Taliban] government to