Oh my. Did you hear?
Afghanistan, you mean? Yes.
Somber conversations were taking place this weekend and we’re seeing an avalanche of analyses in various media outlets this week.
The Taliban has taken power in Afghanistan. It finally happened and it’s terrifying.
But what’s next?
To answer this question, we have to look not only into the future but very much into the past, too.
- Who created the Taliban?
- Who supported it?
- How did it change, as a political force, throughout the years?
- What’s the role of the US in all this and, more importantly, what are the ways in which it can now start actually helping the Afghan people?
- Can we recognise the Taliban as a ruling force? Wha happens if we do and what happens if we don’t?
- What are the best ways to help the Afghan people now?
Before I present an in-depth analysis of all of this, let me first point to an important difference in concepts here.
Nation-building can be seen as one colonial/imperialist concept.
If “Let us form a certain type of society and government for you…” sounds a bit (white)supremacist, that’s because it is.
Post-war reconstruction and humanitarian aid is a different thing, albeit also not without its criticisms.
The first one failed. The second one can – and should, if we care for the Afghan people – happen.
But how exactly? What would be needed?
I’m very proud to present an emergency webinar put together by CODEPINK, an organisation I have joined recently and am always excited to share what their experts have to say.
This is one long and in-depth conversation. I hope you enjoy.
(You can also listen to it on Spotify!)
Also, if you are wondering how you can actually help the people of Afghanistan, here’s one way:
Please consider donating to our fundraiser the funds of which are already going towards airlifting vulnerable women out of Afghanistan.
This is not the first time CODEPINK is providing this kind of assistance to Afghan women but we need your help to do it again.
Talking about privilege can be uncomfortable, it can easily make us defensive, and it does have the power to prevent us from taking significant action. That’s why, we have to talk about it!
Although my articles didn’t stop, my podcast did take a needed break.
Now, I’m back for the second season of The Exploded Head. In its intro episode, I review what I’ve talked about already and give you some ideas of what I’ll be covering in the near future.
Seven years after Protective Edge, we find Gaza and its children living in conditions that are even more dire than before. The trauma inflicted by Israel’s attacks and by its total siege on the region continues. In fact, it is unfolding as we speak.
If you’re not an expert on International Law but if Israel’s recent attacks on Gaza looked like war crimes to you, your questions have now been answered.
War crimes: this is what Human Rights Watch has concluded in its recent report.
Dehumanisation is a prerequisite for some of the darkest things we’ve witnessed in our history. Slavery, genocides, torture, mass killings – just to name a few, and it’s one heavy list already. That’s why, we have to learn to notice it and to call it out.
The immigration policy in Lithuania seems to have taken a sharp turn towards limiting the rights of asylum seekers. Our humanity is being tested – and it’s very shameful to see we’re not doing well.
On Pride Day – and Pride Month – let’s not forget that no society is truly great if it is not equally accepting and great to everyone. The LGBTQ rights situation around the world might be improving but there’s still a long way to go.
The protests in and outside of Palestine continue. Why? Because not much has changed, and nothing has improved. We’re seeing the same colonial practices, the same occupation, the same brutality by Israeli forces. In Jerusalem, throughout the West Bank, and all over historic Palestine. I encourage you to speak out against all of this.
Gaza might not be bombed anymore yet so much remains. The blockade, the occupation with all of its mechanism, apartheid, and so many questions.
One of these questions sounds simple but it so important to ask:
Who can hold Israel accountable?
Israel’s bombing of Gaza has stopped but that doesn’t change the main point here: the occupation stays, its mechanisms are active, and Israel has announced its plan to punish the people who have spoken out against its aggression.
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