Al Jazeera: The war in Afghanistan is forcing people from religious minorities to leave the country. But not everyone can afford to escape persecution and seek a new life abroad. The Afghan government has said that protecting minorities and religious freedoms are part of its duties defined by the Constitution of Afghanistan. However, with the government occupied fighting
PRI: Today, women’s clothing in Afghanistan is far from the stereotypical blue burqa. Fashion designers are quietly working to give Afghan women more options when it comes to the way they dress. Rahiba Rahimi is one of them. Over freshly brewed tea and soft sponge cake, Rahimi tells me why she thinks war-torn Afghanistan needs fashion. Click here to read more (external
Ariana: At least five policemen were killed and three others injured after Taliban militants attacked Oba district in western Herat province, police said Sunday. Provincial police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada said the incident took place last night in Kishk village of Oba district. He added that two policemen were missing. Click here to read more
Foreign Policy: In a Kabul clinic, staff struggle to help teenagers drafted by the Taliban. A report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) in 2016 noted that the Taliban had been training and deploying teenagers for a range of military operations, especially for the placement of IEDs. Emotional manipulation plays an important role in convincing the children to
SWJ: Taliban have successfully subjugated villages and regions to their narco-Salafi credendum…We must now come to terms with the fact that both US/NATO forces and traditional Afghan warrior codes (local moral authorities) have been defeated by a Taliban who now promiscuously commingle Salafism and gangsterism (drug-guns-human smuggling, extortion, kidnapping, etc..). Their success is the result of
Spiegel: Aryana Sayeed, 33, is the only internationally known pop act in Afghanistan. She is adored by youth — and hunted by the Taliban. / Sayeed: “The extremists play with the sexual frustration of young men. On the streets of Afghanistan, 99 percent of the passersby are men. When a woman in burka walks down the
The Atlantic: When makiz nasirahmad, a 24-year-old Afghan American who recently lived in Afghanistan, received a Facebook friend request from a woman with an unfamiliar name, she didn’t think twice about accepting it. The woman’s profile picture had clearly been copied off the internet, but Nasirahmad figured that the woman could be a relative of
WASHINGTON, July 12 (Sputnik) – An American troop was killed on Thursday after an operation in Afghanistan, the US military said in a press release. “A US service member died today of a wound sustained during a combat operation in eastern Afghanistan, July 12,” the release said. “In addition, an Afghan security force member was
Foreign Policy: As in Iraq and Syria, the long war in Afghanistan has been particularly harsh on religious minorities. Afghanistan once had thriving Sikh and Hindu communities, but today, the numbers have been reduced to only the most determined and persistent. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: Afghanistan’s only Jewish national said he was once part of a thriving Jewish community. Zablon Simintov is the last Afghan Jew still living in the country and said he is extremely concerned about the future of Afghanistan. Click here to read more (external link).