My friend, with whom I co-founded a library in Mazar-i-Sharif, tells me books are like lights. With no one visiting the library and opening books, ‘the lights are off.’
The Taliban’s recent abduction of 40 people, and gang rape of eight women, has not captured Western media attention. But activists inside Afghanistan point to worrying levels of violence.
Four months after the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan, a clearer picture of their rule is emerging. Despite public assurances, the Taliban continue to violate human rights.
As the Afghan economy collapses, drugs and people smuggling are booming.
The Taliban is responsible for atrocities dating back to the 1990s, but has never been held responsible. The international community can play a role in ending the impunity.
The age-old idea that Afghan women need rescuing from their men is a western construct that ignores the voices of Afghan women.
The Taliban say they won’t allow jihadi groups to flourish under their rule. But there is good reason to believe that al-Qaida, IS and other regional groups will benefit from the takeover.
The Taliban’s punishments are at odds with many basic principles of Islamic law.
Segregation and other measures being introduced by the Taliban’s hardline new government are being greeted with widespread protests, many of them led by women.
The Taliban have at least five significant potential sources of revenue as they begin to govern Afghanistan again.
Everyone has the right to have a country to seek asylum, but it will need international cooperation to get the Taliban to honour this right.
Joe Biden had long thought that the US engagement in Afghanistan was a mistake.
Various armed groups operating in Afghanistan will contest Taliban hegemony.
The potential failure of the U.S. military to protect information that can identify Afghan citizens raises questions about whether and how biometric data should be collected in war zones.
Researchers have interviewed hundreds of Afghan women about violence and mental health.
A historian explains how the Taliban emerged out of the decades of chaos that followed the Saur Revolution in Afghanistan in 1978.
Two Afghan researchers explain what led to the emergence of the Taliban in the 1990s and why that history is crucial to understand what’s happening now. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
One province is holding out against Taliban rule.
Don’t be misled by the scenes from Kabul airport. Most Afghan refugees don’t leave in an airplane and few will settle in the United States.