The grimmest predictions came true: Afghanistan is in an incredibly acute crisis. More than 20 million people are experiencing food shortages and over 8 million are facing starvation.
Poverty is rampant and growing.
But that doesn’t have to be the story of Afghanistan – and there is one major move the U.S. can take here.
In the fourth part of my series on privilege, I take the liberty to tell you about my own privilege journey.
How the concept of privilege has changed throughout my life, what directions it took, what different regions have to do with it, and how it explains so much of what you’re hearing in all of my podcast episodes. It explains so much that this episode could have been an introductory episode exactly a year ago when I started this podcast.
Can we inspect the very lens through which we see the world?
How can reflecting on the concept of privilege help us here?
It is not an exaggeration that the West, in particular the United States, is escalating a new Cold War, or hybrid war, with China. In fact, it is quite the opposite: to not acknowledge or warn against it would be taking a completely ahistorical position.
What makes us change? What changes the way we perceive the world and our place in it? And although privilege is not the only lens through which we see the world, I think it contains an important part of the answer to these questions. Let’s dive in!
It always seems a bit dystopian: the military investigating its own actions. To be more precise, what seems dystopian – or simply completely corrupt – is that same military concluding that “everything’s OK.”
Unfortunately, dystopia is what we find in what we like to call liberal democracies.
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.
The Taliban has taken power in Afghanistan. It finally happened and it’s terrifying. “Kabul has fallen,” the press tells us.
But what’s next? How do we assess what happened, learn from it, and find the best ways to help the Afghan people now?