Curtain with Tree-of-Life motif, Herat, Afghanistan, 1960s
Cotton, cotton-thread embroidery
L: 172; W: 85 cm
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Soviet-Afghan war, 1980s
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On Tuesday, the Taliban government brought together families of suicide bombers at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, praising the deaths of their children and siblings in the fight against the U.S.-backed coalition and Afghan government, and giving them condolence payments and a promise of land.
The new government’s decision to so publicly memorialize its suicide bomb squads seemed to be both an effort to appease the aggrieved families for the movement’s use of their loved ones as weapons and an overt attempt to rewrite the history of the war by championing the bombers’ deaths as the highest level of sacrifice. In short, it sought to professionalize the role of suicide bomber.
“Their sacrifices are for religion, for the country and for Islam,” Mr. Haqqani told the crowd in the gilded ballroom of the same hilltop lodge attacked by the Taliban in 2011 and 2018.
As the Taliban government seeks international recognition after its countrywide takeover this summer, broadcasting an event that honors a tactic long seen as terrorism would seem to do little to help. The Taliban have claimed that suicide attacks were against military targets only, but civilians were often killed and wounded by them.
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“there are a lot of children in afghanistan, but little childhood.”
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women for afghan women
sanitary products for displaced afghan women
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casual reminder the MCU is the work of the devil
How the Pentagon Leaned on Hollywood to Sell the War in Afghanistan
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hi guys muslim aid is raising money for aid in afghanistan, following the news. donate if you can, pray if you can’t. the minimum donation is £3.
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Full offence but countries like America, Australia, the UK, etc, should all be -- not only accepting as many refugees from Afghanistan as need be, but helping refugees get the fuck out of Afghanistan.
We're the ones who spent twenty years fucking up their country and murdering their civilians "for fun." And then we just collectively drop everything and say "the Taliban can have you."
Fuck that noise. It's disgusting. There are untold numbers of people fleeing the Taliban right now, across the whole country, with all of them -- but especially women and anyone who might be accused of helping the old government/foreign armies -- fearing for their lives.
The Western countries that have spent two decades fucking up Afghanistan have a duty of fucking care to the civilians left behind.
Breaking news as of 16 August 2021 is that the Afghan president and all other government officials have fled Kabul. The "last stronghold" that was predicted to "hold out against the Taliban for three months" has fallen within a week, and most civilians in that city and others that have been overrun are now fearing for their lives.
We have a basic moral obligation to help them in any way possible. That includes taking unreserved numbers of refugees that are refugees in large part due to the actions of the "heroic west."
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Kabul has fallen, Afghanistan is almost completely under Taliban rule now, and President Ashraf Ghani has fled. I wasn't alive during the Vietnam war, but having seen the images of Saigon at the end of it, it's impossible not to think of them when seeing the footage of Chinooks airlifting US embassy workers to Kabul airport. l cannot tell you how surreal it is to be watching the news from neighboring Pakistan, sitting next to my grandfather who has been alive for every change of government since the Brits left after the war.
History repeats and repeats and repeats, nobody learns a damn thing, and innocent civilians are the ones that suffer.
250 000 Afghans have left their homes. Many more are going to do so. And that's just the ones who flee. Those who don't will live under a conservative rule that is going to commit crimes against humanity on a daily basis, that is going to ruin the lives of generations to come.
The worst part is, I don't know what else there is to be done at this point. I can only pray that my country will accommodate the incoming refugees, though I fear they won't.
All I ask is that international community keep Afghanistan in their thoughts, and that everyone raises their voice against what is happening, both in terms of what the Taliban is doing, and how the actions of foreign powers led us to this point. The US, the UK, Pakistan, are all at fault, and must be held accountable
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This is out of the blue! I am Afghan and I am currently living in Afghanistan. Today (15 Aug 2021) the Taliban entered the capital city of Afghanistan which is Kabul. The government is going to change to an Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. They ruled in Afghanistan for 5 years, 20 years ago. I've heard stories about them since I'm 19 and luckily was not yet born. And let me tell you the stories were terrifying, but they were just horror stories to me and I never thought that I'd be living under their regime, but here we are.
Let me tell you something shocking: girls can only study up to 6th grade. The future of female students in universities hasn't been decided yet. According to what I've heard they go from house to house and ask for girls and women (12 to 45 year olds) for marriage.
As they are just pieces of crap, I don't really believe that they'd let us have mobiles or use the internet. I really hope this isn't my last post in here! But if it is I want to let the world know of what they've done and what they're doing.
Don't forget us!
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The Federation of Anarchism Era in Iran and Afghanistan is accepting donations to help activists escape Afghanistan. The country is likely to fall to the Taliban within the next few days and they won’t show any mercy to activists fighting for freedom there, so please help out if you can.
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The erasure of women and girls.
Work by Boushra Almutawakel. (x)
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the “think of the poor afghan women and children” is such a westernised, watered-down, pretty much racist take in terms of what’s happening, it erases the targeting of ethnic minorities such as the shi’a muslims, the hazaras, whom the taliban (comprised of sunni pashtuns) are notoriously known to have attacked and it contributes to dehumanisation of afghan men, as if they’re all beasts incapable of respecting women and a part of the problem.
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Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi’s open letter pleading for aid for the Afghan community shortly before the Taliban took control of Kabul.
Karimi has continued to plead for international aid as she tries to flee the country. She has been posting periodic updates on Twitter.
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This article was posted on the 10th August 2021.
Heres a link to the crowd funding page for Rukhsana Media.
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In the year 2000, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, collaborated with the United Nations to enforce a ban on poppy farming in order to completely eradicate heroin production in Afghanistan and the result was one of the world's most successful anti-drug campaigns, the opium cultivation in Afghanistan was almost zero in 2001, that’s over 70% of the world's supply of heroin at the time completely gone in less than a year.
One year later, during the US-led invasion and occupation, the ban has been lifted and the amount of opium that was cultivated has skyrocketed to an all-time-high with a steady increase every year of the occupation to the point where currently 93% of all the world’s heroin is coming from Afghanistan.
The amount of money that come from this drug market is unclear, but it is estimated to be at least around $2-$4 billion a year. That’s a lot of money (especially considering the exchange rate in Afghanistan), yet most of that money is somehow untraceable, despite the CIA, who have a long history of being involved in illegal drug trade, being present in that country for more than two decades straight.
Ironically though, the country that’s responsible for the 20 years of severe terrorism and drug trafficking in Afghanistan, is the same country that declared “War on Terror” and “War on Drugs.”
EDIT: just to clarify, this was by no mean supposed to be supporting/glorifying the Taliban’s tyrant rule, this is merely meant to point out one of the many examples of the US’s imperialism.
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