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by Oui Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 09:44:53 AM EST

Dereliction of duty by western leaders as the Taliban swept across Afghanistan, closing borders and conquering district capitals from East to West and North to South.

EU Home Affairs commissioner Adalbert Jahnz has retweeted ...

Stunning facts of a hostile environment for immigrants and refugees ... basics of universal human rights. Just here at home ... no need to look further.


Six EU countries want to keep forced return of Afghans despite Taliban offensive | EuroNews - Aug. 10, 2021 |

At least six EU countries insist that the forced deportation of migrants back to Afghanistan continues despite the Taliban's alarming gains in recent weeks.
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, and the Netherlands wrote to the European Commission claiming that halting returns "sends the wrong signal and is likely to motivate even more Afghan citizens to leave their home for the EU.''

Adalbert Jahnz, the Commission's spokesman for home affairs explained that "it's up to each member state to make an individual assessment of whether the return is possible in a specific set of circumstances, that needs to take into account the principles, notable the principle of rule of law and other fundamental rights."

In Dutch parliament the two main rightwing populist parties of Geert Wilders (PVV) and Thierry Baudet (FVD) voted to return Afghan families to a troubled Afghanistan. The Dutch Foreign office led by Stefan Blok (VVD) has declared Afghanistan as safe for failed asylum seekers. Damn you Mark Rutte ... a wolf in sheep clothes.

EU Parliament group priorities: Renew Europe group

Six months after Dutch general election and plenty of infighting, Mark Rutte and Sigrid Kaag still have not managed to form a new coalition government while still running the show in The Hague.

Germany, Netherlands Suspend Deportations to Afghanistan | EuroNews - Aug. 12, 2021 |

What's been keeping Polish national Adalbert Jahnz busy on social media ...

EU return sponsorships: High stakes, low gains?

The concept of `EU return sponsorships' is one of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum's central and most novel proposals. It may also prove to be the most controversial.

At its core, this proposal put forward by the European Commission introduces return sponsorship as an expression of responsibility-sharing between member states. Member states would be required to support other EU countries facing migratory pressure. If they oppose the option of relocating asylum seekers, they can facilitate the returns of migrants who lack permission to remain in Europe instead.

The Commission's objective was to bridge the political divisions between member states while simultaneously achieving policy objectives of internal solidarity and returns. However, making this work in practice is not without challenges. This Discussion Paper unpacks the return sponsorship mechanism and discusses its likely implications, coming to the following five conclusions ...

Danish bid to outsource asylum is irresponsible and dangerous | EuroNews - June 10, 2021 |

Disbelief and criticism have been among the reactions of the UN, the EU, and international human rights organisations since the desire of the Danish government to outsource the country's asylum processing and integration of refugees to a third country made headlines last week.

Despite stark warnings from experts and condemnation from global partners, a proposed bill to amend the Danish Aliens Act and ensure the legal groundwork for such an externalisation ambition was passed with a strong majority by the Danish parliament on June 3, 2021.

The government's ambition to transfer Denmark's asylum responsibilities is nothing new but dates back to a proposal in 2018 by the now governing Social Democratic Party for a reform of the asylum system.

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Submitted a new diary as an addition to The Hague politics and repatriating Dutch citizens and Afghan interpreters ...

Afghanistan: Dutch Leaving Civilians Behind

Using a smartphone to edit, I inadvertently hit the "Archive" button ... and gone is the article.

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After the dramatic fall of the Afghan Government and the Taliban take-over of capital Kabul ... shutting off all possible escape routes of Afghans in mortal danger:

Raab responds to veteran who says he lost legs for nothing as US forces secure airport

US allies tear into Biden administration over Afghanistan ‘failure’ | TOI |

“It is terrible for the millions of Afghans who had worked for a freer society and who, with the support of the Western community, have focused on democracy, on education, on women’s rights.”

’Domino effect’

In a meeting with her party’s top brass, Merkel had said that once the US decided to withdraw it was clear that other allies had to follow suit.

The decision was “ultimately made by the Americans,” and “domestic political reasons” were partly to blame, said the chancellor, according to people in the meeting.

“The troop withdrawal sparked a domino effect” that culminated in the Taliban’s return, said Merkel, whose country provided the second-biggest contingent of troops after the US.

Domino Effect: Southeast Asia After Withdrawal from Vietnam | Rand Corp - 1970 |

Astonishing to listen to US morning news white-washing the bad decisions of the former president and Biden's national security team ... bad, bad .. really bad.

Rapid Collapse in Afghanistan Confirms Our Decision to Leave

Domestically it will not have lasting damage for Biden's polling numbers as the Americans have no stomach for wars and body bags.

On the world stage, the Biden administration has a large task to repair the damage. Spinning wool from the Afghan episode will be Pakistan, Iran, China and Russia in order of effect.

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The fundamentalists for ages have believed Sharia Law is a guarantee for security and safety of "their" women and daughters. Don't fall for empty rhetoric by the Taliban ... their culture and social practices are very conservative and won't change. Their quick victory has emboldened them.

Afghan women clothing shops doing well in Burqa sales 😖

by Oui on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 10:56:11 AM EST
The Latest: Official: Hungary won't take in fleeing Afghans

A Hungarian official on Monday criticized the pullout of American-led forces from Afghanistan and said Hungary will not take in refugees fleeing the country after its takeover by the Taliban.

Levente Magyar, state secretary with Hungary's foreign ministry, told state news agency MTI that the government would not make Hungarians pay for the "flawed geopolitical decision" of the U.S. military withdrawal by accepting refugees "without any kind of restrictions."

Hungary's right-wing government is a staunch opponent of immigration, and in 2015 built a fence along its southern border in response to an influx of refugees from the Middle East and Africa.

by Oui on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 12:15:50 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 12:45:24 PM EST
China respects the Afghan people's right to decide on their own future independently. We are ready to continue to develop good-neighborliness and friendly cooperation with Afghanistan and play a constructive role in Afghanistan's peace and reconstruction.

A Taliban-led Afghanistan could mean all sorts of problems for India

Declassified US government documents chronicle the nexus between the Taliban and Pakistan's "anti-India militant" training camps. And with China being a close ally of Pakistan, it could soon get "ugly" for India, according to Michael Kugelman, deputy director and senior associate for South Asia at the US-based Wilson Center. "This means that India faces the reality of not only a Taliban government in Afghanistan, but also its two biggest rivals deepening their footprints in a country where India has many equities, investments, and close ties with non-Taliban political leaders.

A distant Russia

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

by Oui on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 10:13:23 PM EST
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Please go away Stoltenberg ... your credibility fits in a thimble 😡

Twenty years after 9/11 and thirty years after the fall of the Soviet Union ... the United Stares succeeded to rebuild NATO into its image, an aggressive machine of war. Failures and no room for diplomacy.

The War on Terrorism and NATO's Role in Afghanistan

After the demise of communism in Europe and the disintegration of the USSR, NATO lost justification for its existence. NATO was rejuvenated with a new doctrine and it soon became involved in peace keeping missions, humanitarian and rescue operations in failed and failing states and the fight against global terrorism. Thus NATO found the raison d'etre for continuing existence. The incident of 9/11 is a watershed in world politics. Although NATO reacted quickly on 9/11, it was the US which played the lead role in the invasion of Afghanistan. NATO was thus sidelined and no role was given to it in the Bonn settlement, which authorized the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) to keep peace in Afghanistan. When in 2003, the ISAF forces faced a growing crisis, it was decide that NATO should be called in to take over the command of ISAF forces. This was NATO's first "out of area operation". NATO's main objectives in Afghanistan were to combat insurgencies, strengthen Afghanistan's incumbent government and its security institutions and restrain the opium trade. This article discusses at length NATO's successes and failures in achieving its objectives in Afghanistan, where it is facing a real test of its survival as a security organization with a global role.

Afghanistan: Building a State to Keep the Peace

The U.S. War In Afghanistan 1999-2021

by Oui on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 01:42:34 PM EST
by Oui on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 05:36:18 PM EST
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What is unfolding in Afghanistan is truly catastrophic and did not have to happen

General Petraeus: The most proximate cause is that the Afghan Air Force was inadequate in size and capability to respond - with reinforcements, resupply, air medevac, reconnaissance, and close air support - to numerous simultaneous attacks by the Taliban all around a vast, mountainous country that has very limited road infrastructure. This situation was exacerbated by the withdrawal, when the 3500 U.S. and 8500 Coalition troops withdrew, of the approximately 18,000 civilian contract maintenance technicians who were the key to maintaining the sophisticated U.S.-provided helicopters and planes that make up the bulk of the Afghan fleet. 

The result was recognition by Afghan troops under fire in multiple locations that no one was coming to the rescue with reinforcements or close air support. I publicly raised concerns about this possibility when it was clear that the contractors would be withdrawn, and, tragically, my fears were confirmed. When troops know that no one is coming to help them after they have been fighting for 2 to 3 days, they will inevitably and predictably surrender, withdraw, or desert. And the psychological blow to Afghan forces as this took place was catastrophic.

In the past, Afghan forces fought hard and died for their country in considerable numbers as long as they knew U.S. air support would help them in tough fights if the Afghan air assets were not sufficient. This time, the American augmentation obviously was not available.

Will the success of the Taliban encourage Al Qaeda (AQ) to establish a new safe haven in the Hindukush?

Petraeus: I fear that will be the case. AQ has repeatedly tried to re-establish the kind of sanctuary they had under Taliban rule and in which the 9/11 attacks were planned. And we repeatedly destroyed those new sanctuaries. Additionally, I also fear that the Islamic State affiliate established in the Afghanistan-Pakistan area will seek to establish a sanctuary in Afghanistan as well.

by Oui on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 02:45:39 PM EST
First press interview ...

Taliban Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid Speaks Exclusively To India Today | Afghanistan Crisis - Aug. 15, 2021 |

Afghan interior minister says power to be peacefully transferred to transitional government

by Oui on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 05:30:43 PM EST
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Taliban say they seek no 'revenge' in press conference; vice-president says he is caretaker president

by Oui on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 05:33:16 PM EST
Afghanistan when prolonged war is not a solution ...

by Oui on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 06:30:02 PM EST
Bush threatened to bomb Pakistan "back to the stone age" | The Guardian - Sept. 2006 |

In an interview to be aired on CBS television this weekend Pakistan's president, General Pervez Musharraf, said the threat was delivered by the assistant secretary of state, Richard Armitage, in conversations with Pakistan's intelligence director.

"The intelligence director told me that (Mr Armitage) said, 'Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the stone age'," Gen Musharraf was quoted as saying. The revelation that the US used extreme pressure to secure Pakistan's cooperation in the war on terror arrived at a time of renewed unease in the US about its frontline ally.

U.S.-Pakistan Engagement: The War on Terror and Beyond | USIP - 2005 |

by Oui on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 06:45:37 PM EST
Afghan's VP joins Ahmad Massoud ...

Panjshir flies flag of resistance again; Amrullah says he is President of Afghanistan

Panjshir Valley, the only district unconquered by the Taliban, has started to fly the flag of resistance all over again.

The First Vice President (FVP) of Afghanistan and a friend of India, Amrullah Saleh reached the Panjshir Valley and declared himself President. Citing the Constitution, he said in the event of escape, resignation or death of the President, the FVP becomes the caretaker President.

"I am currently inside my country and am the legitimate caretaker President. I am reaching out to all leaders to secure their support and consensus," said Saleh.
Ahmad Massoud and Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi have also promised to side with him. Ahmad is the son of the slain commander Ahmed Shah Massoud during whose lifetime the Taliban could not conquer Panjshir Valley during its first spell in power from 1996 to 2001.

My early diary about the Lion of Panjshir, assassinated by Al Qaeda terrorists on the eve of 9/11 ...

Ahmad Shah Massoud - Prelude to 9/11 Attack on U.S. | May 2012 |

Archive about the AfPak border region ...

Why Afghan Politicians Express Anger And Grief Over Soleimani's Killing

Endgame: Afghanistan A Playground of Empires | June 2013 |

While Biden often is "the last voice in the room",Obama reportedly has made his decision on Afghanistan and will announce it on 1 Dec. (2009). Biden, I predict, will remain skeptical. The vice president is "allergic to magical, wish-fulfillment thinking."

"Guys," he'll say -- this is how he describes addressing the Joint Chiefs of Staff -- "what if it doesn't work?"
by Oui on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 07:52:08 PM EST
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Let the civil war continue
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Dutch Embassy Kabul Breakdown in Communication

Dutch military C-17 Globemaster plane returns with 40 passengers, none with Dutch nationality.

Dutch Send New Evacuation Plane to Kabul, Worried Time Running Out | Reuters |

by Oui on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 08:28:14 PM EST

Translation:

The C-17 transport plane that arrived in Kabul this evening has departed with about 40 people on board. As far as is known, none of them are Dutch or Afghans.

by Oui on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 09:38:16 PM EST
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The cabinet's response today was downright embarrassing. There has been months of delay, and responsibility is always shifted. At the moment many who have worked for NL can no longer reach the airport. A drama and a disgrace for the Netherlands.

by Oui on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 08:34:51 PM EST

Taliban Target Journalists, Women in Media | HRW - April 1, 2021 |

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Anti-asylum Seeker Activist Charged With Invasion of Tel Aviv Preschool

by Oui on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 04:13:50 AM EST
Three ways this Afghanistan crisis really hurts Biden | BBC News |

    For Joe Biden, right now, things do look pretty dark. But if I'm digging into my quotations book, who can better Kipling's If - and that line about treating triumph and failure as the impostors that they are?

Biden's election campaign could be boiled down to three messages to distinguish himself from Donald Trump. First, he would be more empathetic. He would be more competent. And instead of "America First", it would be replaced by the mantra "America is back".

But in his address yesterday, there wasn't a whole lot of empathy towards the thousands of Afghans who've helped Americans these past 20 years. On competence, even his biggest cheerleaders would struggle to say the withdrawal of American troops has been anything other than shambolic.

And after the bewildering events of the past few days, how exactly is America back? Many see what has unfolded on President Biden's watch in Afghanistan as a linear continuation of Donald Trump's America First policies - and, as some have joked cruelly, not as well organised.

That is potentially deeply damaging.

by Oui on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 04:34:08 AM EST
It's not damaging to Biden at all. Most people in the US couldn't care less about Afghanistan. His next election isn't for another 3 years, and the global pandemic, climate change, and about 100 other problems will completely erase Afghanistan from everybody's memory.

Plus, he undoubtedly realizes that he is old and might not make it for a second term anyway. This is his one final chance to do what he has been talking about for decades in congress, and he is going to do it.

by asdf on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 03:24:24 PM EST
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Nice 😉 US and general politics is about grabbing headlines ... the next election is never far away ... Obama and Democrats did poorly in midterms 2010 ... losing US Congress makes him a lame duck president. Poor stats 1968 Paris peace talks, 1980 hostages Embassy Teheran, 2012 compound Benghazi, 2021 commemoration 9/11 😣 Congress key to domestic policy, purse, appointments, judges, investigations.
by Oui on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 04:54:25 PM EST
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Netherlands not on their radar ...

Plane on Monday could not land due to chaos on tarmac. Tuesday's plane was able to land, but no Dutch people or people with a Dutch visa made it on board. Afghan people who wanted to get on the plane, were stopped by American soldiers, NOS and RTL Nieuws report.

American soldiers are not allowing Afghan people access to the airport at this stage, which means that interpreters and their families, whom the Netherlands are trying to evacuate, cannot get to the planes. Dutch people also had trouble getting to and into the airport.

Minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Affairs called the failed evacuation "terrible", telling RTL Nieuws that there was too little time and that American soldiers would not let Afghan people enter the airport. "A lot of people were there with their families, with children. They were standing there at the gates of the airport. I think it's terrible," Kaag said. She is in consultation with the Americans to try and prevent this from happening again, she said. She will also discuss the matter with her German counterpart Heiko Maas.

Campaign of a lying liar ... yet still acting PM in a caretaker cabinet!

by Oui on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 07:51:52 AM EST
She manages to be there ...

UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag Message on the International Day of Peace - 2017

Beirut, she got out in time 😅

by Oui on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 07:53:24 AM EST
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Submitted a new diary as an addition to The Hague politics and repatriating Dutch citizens and Afghan interpreters ...

Afghanistan: Dutch Leaving Civilians Behind

Using a smartphone to edit, I inadvertently hit the "Archive" button ... and gone is the article.

by Oui on Fri Aug 20th, 2021 at 04:33:24 PM EST
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Europe's capitals scramble to evacuate nationals from Kabul after Taliban takeover

by Oui on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 08:03:54 AM EST
Tough to let reality sink in ... Allied military power lost Afghanistan after spending trillions of dollars. Writing had been in the wall for many years ... payloads of US dollars delivered to Kabul does not win over the hearts and minds of tens of millions of Afghan people. Facts only illustrate level of incompetence and illusion. Borrell realizes dependence on sole power America is a dead end. Atlantic Alliance under NATO does not make a democracy when multilateralism is limited by Western countries.

Timeline of illusion before the Taliban entered Afghan capital Kabul ...

Afghanistan: Statement by the High Representative Josep Borrell on the ongoing situation | Aug. 12, 2021 |

The Taliban's ongoing military offensive is in direct contradiction to their stated commitment to a negotiated settlement of the conflict and the Doha peace process. The EU condemns the increasing violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and human rights, in particular in Taliban-controlled areas and in cities.

The EU calls on the Taliban to immediately resume substantive, regular and structured talks and also calls for an immediate halt of the ongoing violence and for a comprehensive, permanent ceasefire. These continued attacks are causing unacceptable suffering to Afghan citizens and are increasing the number of internally displaced and those leaving Afghanistan in search of safety.

EU says it will work with Taliban only if human rights respected | Reuters today |

Josep Borrell outlined the EU's stance in a statement after an emergency meeting of European Union foreign ministers to discuss the Taliban's quick seizure here of the Afghan capital Kabul.

"I haven't said that we are going to recognise the Taliban," Borrell told a news conference. "I just said that we have to talk with them for everything, even to try to protect women and girls. Even for that, you have to get in touch with them."

The Taliban, in their first official news briefing since the seizure of Kabul, said they wanted peaceful relations with other countries and would respect the rights of women within the framework of Islamic law.

Their announcement, short on details but suggesting a softer line than during their rule 20 years ago, was made as the United States and Western allies evacuated diplomats and civilians the day after scenes of chaos at Kabul airport as Afghans thronged the airfield.

Borrell said the EU's priority was to evacuate EU staff and Afghan helpers from Kabul. He put the number of locals who have been working for the EU at almost 400, their families included.

Josep Borrell Fontelles @JosepBorrellF

Discussed in phone call with NATO SG @jensstoltenberg latest developments and situation in Afghanistan, including access to Kabul airport and evacuation operations.

Had call with @SecBlinken on developments in Afghanistan and way forward.

We will cooperate on evacuation of EU and foreign nationals and our local staff.

Europe a fearful bystander as Taliban sweep through Afghanistan

by Oui on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 09:47:59 AM EST

Translation:

Borrell: "Afghanistan is the defeat of the western world"

Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, assures that right now all his efforts are focused on getting those who have collaborated with the EU and are in danger out of Afghanistan. That does not exclude, he assures us, that we are also thinking about how to help thousands of people who want to leave the country.

Borrell says that we must face reality and that this is that the Western world has failed: "What has happened in Afghanistan is a defeat for the Western world and that must be looked at head-on and have the courage to acknowledge it."

Talking with the Taliban, he has no doubt. "Some have been scandalized, but of course we have to talk to them. "We have to talk to them (the Taliban). We cannot open an airport security route if we do not talk to whom has taken control of Kabul ".

by Oui on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 09:48:55 AM EST
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Two provocative entries of dubious quality, because the source is entirely anathema to laws of war, endorsed by free world civilization.

A Tale of Two Withdrawals: Why Soviet and US Pull-Outs From Afghanistan Were So Different
"'The key difference between the Soviet withdrawal in 1989 and the US pull-out today is the completely disorganised and haphazard nature of the latter', says independent American journalist Max Parry, referring to the messy evacuation of the embassy staff and the dispatch of an additional military contingent to the country to wrap up the withdrawal as soon as possible."

Farzaneh A'Taliban Issued Warrant to Hang Me': Woman Who Fled Afghanistan for India Shares Her Experience, dodging gang rape and domestic assault.
"These people are monsters. They are saying that civilians are safe now. But it's an utter lie."

by Cat on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 01:01:33 PM EST
So yeah. I've gone searching the innerboobs for this Max Parry prophetic letter. The Sputnik article has rapidly proliferated under new by-lines in the past 20 hours of time zones.

What I gather so far is, Sputnik's columnist traced principal sources (Max Parry, Robert Parry) to decades-old book reviews of Bob Gates' 1995 memoir.

That family profession ("journalism") in turn reveals patterns of interest in contemporaneous reporting and literary criticism--US propaganda or public relations, if you will. Most recently forensic assay for a little regarded publisher on US broadcast polemic related to US foreign policy for opium production in Afghanistan.

The real '`crime of the century' behind the opioid crisis

and 'violence agains women' in medieval Afghanistan.

by Cat on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 01:57:28 PM EST
Today the NYPOST, that paragon of 5-borough law'n'order scrutiny, leads Page 6 with a gallery of medieval Taliban savagery everywhere but Kabul.
by Cat on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 04:21:14 PM EST
from NYPost editorial management is seasonless, "in reality".
Humiliation in Kabul Afghanistan is a ghastly display of wokeness weakening America
by Cat on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 04:25:07 PM EST
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APsplainin casually itemizing US support for Afghanistan's "women and minorities"
Taliban destroy statue of foe, stoking fear over their rule, anywhere but "a well-to-do neighborhood" of Kabul
As Afghans and the international community look to see if the Taliban will make good on their promises, photos circulated on social media of the destroyed statue. It depicted Abdul Ali Mazari, a militia leader killed by the Taliban in 1996, when the Islamic militants seized power from rival warlords [?]. Mazari was a champion of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara minority, Shiites who were persecuted under the Sunni Taliban's earlier rule.
the jealous god and false idols in Bamyan province
The head of Afghanistan's Central Bank meanwhile said the country's supply of physical U.S. dollars is "close to zero." Afghanistan has some $9 billion in reserves, Ajmal Ahmady tweeted, but most is held outside the country, with some $7 billion held in U.S. Federal Reserve bonds, assets and gold.

Ahmady said the country did not receive a planned cash shipment amid the Taliban offensive.

"The next shipment never arrived," he wrote. "Seems like our partners had good intelligence as to what was going to happen."

corroboration US Reportedly Freezes Afghanistan's National Reserves in American Banks to Cut Taliban Off From Them
by Cat on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 05:33:42 PM EST
I hesitated to post this, thinking it too crass a slander to heap on US congressional intelligence.
Ranking US Congressman Says China Will Move in Afghanistan to Mine Rare Earth Minerals
"China will be moving in. There are rare earth minerals in [Afghanistan]. I don't know why we didn't work with the Afghans to develop that, but we never did," McCaul said on Tuesday. "And now, you're going to have China going in mining[?!] these rare earth minerals."
Then DW lined up behind the unstated assumption*, CHINA's supply of minerals is far less than CHINA's supply RMB and reserves of USD--which the medieval savages could be willing to accept as FDI complemented by bartered goods. Furthermore, computer processing to generate, say, bitcoin tokens and GPS guidance in estate cars, produces no-low GHG emissions.

Afghanistan: Taliban to reap $1 trillion mineral wealth

In 2010, a report by US military experts and geologists estimated that Afghanistan, one of the world's poorest countries, was sitting on nearly $1 trillion (€850 billion) in mineral wealth, thanks to huge iron, copper, lithium, cobalt and rare-earth deposits.

In the subsequent decade, most of those resources remained untouched due to ongoing violence in the country. Meanwhile, the value of many of those minerals has skyrocketed, sparked by the global transition to green energy.

wut
A follow-up report by the Afghan government in 2017 estimated that Kabul's new SEQUESTERED mineral wealth may be as high as $3 trillion, including fossil fuels.
G7 sanctions story developing ...

(*) "unstated assumption" is one of my favorite econ paper cliches; the other is "transformation of the data"

by Cat on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 06:59:16 PM EST
China has reportedly long wanted to expand its BRI to Afghanistan and has been requesting Kabul's participation for at least a decade.

China has had an inside track for a long time ... no news there,

There is still an oil pipeline (TAPI) under construction or in planning stage that needed approval of the Taliban. As early as the late 90s, a Taliban delegation visited Texas governor George Bush. 😡

Project to exploit Afghanistan's giant copper deposit languishes |  China Dialogue - Apr. 15, 2018 |

Rare Earth: Afghanistan Sits on $1 Trillion in Minerals | NBC News - Seot. 5, 2014 |

In 2006, U.S. researchers flew airborne missions to conduct magnetic, gravity and hyperspectral surveys over Afghanistan. [Infographic: Facts About Rare Earth Minerals]

The victor, the spoils? Trump eyes Afghanistan's elusive mineral riches | Reuters - Aug. 21, 2017 |

by Oui on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 07:50:44 PM EST
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imaginary US national security and ambivalent perceptions of law'n'orderly immigration from a continent d/b/a CHINA the biotrrrst religious bigot until further notice.

Embassy says US can't guarantee safe passage to Kabul airport

The U.S is attempting to evacuate more than 10,000 American citizens still in Afghanistan while more than 80,000 Afghans, including those who assisted the U.S. military and their families, are awaiting approval to escape the country.
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One GOP staffer said they were particularly concerned for those outside of Kabul.

"To be 100 percent honest, if you're a partner [helper, collaborator, contractor] of ours and you're not an American citizen and you're not inside Kabul, I just don't know how we're going to get to you," the staffer said. "What about [ism] the Americans that are trapped outside [of Kabul]. How are they going to get them in places that are being controlled by the Taliban?"

send moar drones, copters, and amphibious Seals, duh.
OG Brietbart d/b/a CBNC
by Cat on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 08:21:55 PM EST
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Pakistan: Outpouring of anger after woman assaulted by over 400 men
In a video that went viral days after August 14, Pakistan's Independence Day, hundreds of men could be seen picking up the woman and throwing her up in the air. It has drawn condemnation across the country, which has been struggling to deal with violence against women.

"I was stripped and my clothes were torn apart," she said, according to a report by local newspaper The Express Tribune. She was filming a video at Minar-e-Pakistan with some of her friends when the attack took place.
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Pakistan's Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif condemned the incident on Twitter: "What is more worrying is the direction our society is headed in. The recent anti-women incidents are a reminder that malaise is deep-rooted."
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Pakistan currently ranks as the sixth most dangerous country in the world for women and is currently witnessing a rapid rise in cases of sexual crimes and domestic violence.

archived Of homicide, femicide, infanticide, princesses and journalism
by Cat on Wed Aug 18th, 2021 at 07:23:08 PM EST
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If Raab can leave a telephone call to his deputy when a desperate Afghan FM wants to speak with him, he's obviously redundant.

Will Tory backbenchers finally say enough is enough ... the nation needs new leadership.

by Oui on Thu Aug 19th, 2021 at 10:08:49 AM EST

Dominic Raab under fire for delaying Afghanistan evacuations because he was `unavailable' on holiday | ITV News |

by Oui on Thu Aug 19th, 2021 at 10:10:13 AM EST
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