Musicians Flee Afghanistan, Fearing Taliban Rule

More than 100 young artists, teachers and their relatives affiliated with Afghanistan National Music Institute, a famous school School leaders said the Taliban, who had been targeted in part by their efforts to promote girls’ education, fled the country on Sunday. According to school principal Ahmad Naser Sarmast, the musicians, many of whom had been …

Afghanistan, A Double Bond, and Other Letters to the Editor

The Pride of the Empire To the editor: Inside Fredrik Logevall’s review Citing two books on Afghanistan (September 5), he states that “both authors paint a picture of an American war effort that, after breathtaking early success, lost its way and never recovered.” The US characterization of its post-9/11 attack on Afghanistan as a “breathtaking …

Health Services Collapse in Afghanistan, Aid Groups Warn

The WHO’s regional emergency director for the Eastern Mediterranean region, Dr. “It is terrible timing for this to happen when we are currently facing a situation where human needs are heightened,” said Richard Brennan. Routine healthcare, including cesarean section, polio, tuberculosis, tetanus and measles vaccinations, tuberculosis, malaria, HIV diagnosis and treatment, childhood nutrition, surgeries and …

Journalists in Afghanistan Face an Intolerant Regime: ‘Everything

Favorite TV series has been cancelled. A television station cut from a news report recounted the story of a pregnant police officer who was reportedly killed by the Taliban. A radio editor tells his colleagues to stage the anti-Taliban chants that cover the demonstrations in the capital. Afghanistan’s vibrant free press and media industry has …

Why the Taliban Desperately Needs Cash to Run Afghanistan

The system works on the assumption that people want to send an equivalent amount of money between two locations. Loans and transfers are recorded in the books, but the money does not have to change hands. These features make it useful for evading taxes, paying bribes, and laundering ill-gotten gains. Hawala was a necessity in …

A New Type of Crisis: War and Warming Collide in Afghanistan

But climate change is also a threat multiplier for the Taliban. Analysts say water management will be critical to its legitimacy among Afghan citizens, and it will be one of the most important issues in the Taliban’s relations with their neighbors. Throughout history, water has been an important currency in the Afghan war zone, as …

How Mexico Helped The Times Get Its Journalists Out of Afghanistan

A group of Afghans working for The New York Times with their families landed safely early Wednesday at Mexico City’s Benito Juárez International Airport, not in New York or Washington. The arrival of 24 families was the last stop of a war. sad escape from Kabul. And Mexico’s role in rescuing journalists from The Times, …

“Made in Afghanistan” Was Once a Symbol of Hope. Fear Now.

Haseeb Rahimi, 30-year-old Afghan entrepreneur and his younger sister, a designer, Rahiba Rahimi had big plans for 2021. Five years would be the year fashion brands adopted Laman internationally. They have already organized a podium event at the American embassy in Kabul, equipping the contestants for “.Afghan Star” (a local version of “American Idol”) and …

How Mexico Helped The Times Get Its Journalists Out of Afghanistan

A group of Afghans working for The New York Times with their families landed safely early Wednesday at Mexico City’s Benito Juárez International Airport, not in New York or Washington. The arrival of 24 families was the last stop of a war. sad escape from Kabul. And Mexico’s role in rescuing journalists from The Times, …

The World Bank freezes aid payments to Afghanistan.

WASHINGTON — The World Bank said on Tuesday it has stopped distributing aid money to Afghanistan as it evaluates how the Taliban plans to run the country. A World Bank spokesperson said the international development organization is “deeply concerned” about the situation in Afghanistan, particularly the impact the new leadership has had on women in …