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DW | PR How Afghan [some] women are resisting Taliban rule
"Their values are not our values," Basira Taheri from Herat city told DW. "The Taliban fighters have lived all their lives in some remote places, far away from civilization, and have only learned to fight. They can hardly read or write. Many of them have no idea of life in a city. Afghan society has changed over the past 20 years. We will not allow the Taliban to take away our rights," she said.
HANKOREH | OpEd Burqa didn't come back just because of Taliban
The urban-rural gap grew even wider after the US' invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. The US spent hundreds of billions of dollars on development aid, but all that money went to the big cities and surrounding areas under American control.But for people living in war-torn rural areas, the slogans and reforms proclaimed by the Soviets and the Americans actually became the objects of hatred.

Over the past 43 years, the most important thing for women in rural areas was finding a way for their families to survive strafing runs by Soviet Mi-24D helicopter gunships; sexual assault, kidnapping, sex trafficking, and toll-collecting by local warlords; and drone attacks by the US military.
Here are some of the contradictory reports coming out of Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Just 100 of 700 female journalists are still working in Kabul. Women are being hired for sub-cabinet positions in the government and are allowed to be educated in universities divided by gender. Women protesters are being dispersed, but Taliban members who dispersed the protesters are being arrested. Some say the Taliban are just as oppressive as ever, while others argue that they've changed. What's clear is that such debates have little meaning for the 70% of Afghan women who inhabit the feudal society of the countryside.

Afghan Women Rally in Kunduz to Show Support for Taliban's Interim Government - Video
by Cat on Mon Sep 13th, 2021 at 09:59:36 PM EST
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Thousands protest against Taliban in Kandahar over evictions
according to a former government official and local television footage, after residents were asked to vacate a ["]residential army colony["].
The affected area is predominantly occupied by the families of retired army generals and other members of the Afghan security forces. The families, some of whom had lived in the district for almost 30 years, had been given three days to vacate, the official, who had spoken to some of those affected, said.
although there were no confirmed reports of violence on Tuesday[,] Taliban leaders have vowed to investigate any instances of abuse, but have ordered demonstrators to seek permission before holding protests.
by Cat on Tue Sep 14th, 2021 at 06:13:33 PM EST
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More signs of Taliban restricting women's rights
According to the AP news agency, staff of the World Bank's Women's Economic Empowerment and Rural Development Program, which was run out of the [Women's Affairs] ministry, were escorted off the grounds on Saturday.

Chorus of concerns

The United Nation's children's fund (UNICEF) said it was "deeply worried" for the future of girls' schooling in Afghanistan.

"It is critical that all girls, including older girls, are able to resume their education without any further delays. For that, we need female teachers to resume teaching," UNICEF said in a statement.

UNESCO's Director General Audrey Azoulay on Saturday added her voice to growing fears over the Taliban's limitations on girls' education.

"Should this ban be maintained, it would constitute an important violation of the fundamental right to education for girls and women," Azoulay said in a statement upon her arrival in New York for the opening of the UN General Assembly.

The Afghan Women's Network chief Mahbouba Seraj said she was astounded by the flurry of orders released by the Taliban-run government restricting women and girls.

"It is becoming really, really troublesome. ... Is this the stage where the girls are going to be forgotten?" Seraj said. "I know they don't believe in giving explanations, but explanations are very important."

Bad for business: World Bank China rigging scandal rattles investors
by Cat on Sun Sep 19th, 2021 at 02:14:16 PM EST
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Operation Soccer Balls
transiting Portugal
by Cat on Thu Sep 23rd, 2021 at 12:32:18 AM EST
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Taliban official: Strict punishment, executions will return
"Everyone criticized us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments," Turabi told The Associated Press, speaking in Kabul. "No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and we will make our laws on the Quran."
Executions of convicted murderers were usually by a single shot to the head, carried out by the victim's family, who had the option of accepting "blood money" and allowing the culprit to live. For convicted thieves, the punishment was amputation of a hand. For those convicted of highway robbery, a hand and a foot were amputated.

Trials and convictions were rarely public and the judiciary was weighted in favor of Islamic clerics, whose knowledge of the law was limited to religious injunctions.

Turabi said that this time, judges -- including women -- would adjudicate cases, but the foundation of Afghanistan's laws will be the Quran. He said the same punishments would be revived.
"We are changed from the past," he said.

He said now the Taliban would allow television, mobile phones, photos and video "because this is the necessity of the people, and we are serious about it." He suggested that the Taliban saw the media as a way to spread their message. "Now we know instead of reaching just hundreds, we can reach millions," he said. He added that if punishments are made public, then people may be allowed to video or take photos to spread the deterrent effect.

Oklahoma set to resume capital punishment with 7 execution dates scheduled
by Cat on Fri Sep 24th, 2021 at 03:40:32 PM EST
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Taliban hang dead body in Afghan city's main square
Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi, who runs a pharmacy on the side of the square, told The Associated Press that four bodies were brought to the main square and three bodies were moved to other parts of the city for public display.

Seddiqi said the Taliban announced in the square that the four were caught taking part in a kidnapping and were killed by police.

Ziaulhaq Jalali, a Taliban appointed district police chief in Herat, said later that Taliban members rescued a father and son who had been abducted by four kidnappers after an exchange of gunfire. He said a Taliban fighter and a civilian were wounded by the kidnappers but "the four (kidnappers) were killed in crossfire."

US Supreme Court stays prisoner execution over spiritual adviser
by Cat on Sat Sep 25th, 2021 at 04:27:57 PM EST
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