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The Failure of Nonviolence in Afghanistan

The Failure of Nonviolence in Afghanistan

“Letter from Kabul” is a newsletter in which our contributors provide their own unique glimpses into life on the ground in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.To read them first, sign up to our…

The Shame of Afghan Sanctions

Sanctions: Another Kind of War

While the aim of the U.S. and its allies may be to put pressure on the Taliban, I am not a Talib. Nor are the people who rely on me to feed their families and pay their bills. When Joe Biden agreed to allocate half of the $7 billion America holds in Afghan state assets to the relatives of 9/11 victims last month, he overlooked something important: There were no Afghans on those planes.

The Long War of a Taliban Family

The Long War of a Taliban Family

Jihad has long been a family tradition in households across Afghanistan; it’s a rite of passage that has little to do with international terrorism and everything to do with honor and a very particular sense of justice.

Modaser Islami
The Mysterious Public Appearances of the Taliban’s Supreme Leader

The Mysterious Public Appearances of the Taliban’s Supreme Leader

This “Letter from Kabul” is part of a new offering by New Lines. Our contributors provide their own unique glimpses into life on the ground in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Today’s segment looks at two rare public appearances by the Taliban’s supreme leader. To read them first, sign up to our newsletter.…

Fazelminallah Qazizai
In the Afghan Capital, the Economic Desperation Is Palpable

In the Afghan Capital, the Economic Desperation Is Palpable

Acts of quiet desperation are a feature of daily life here in Kabul this winter. Although they may not grab the headlines like the suicide bombings of the Islamic State group or the latest proclamations of the Taliban, they too are expressions of a certain kind of politics.

Fazelminallah Qazizai
Despite Turkey’s Tough Stance, Afghan Refugees Flood In

Despite Turkey’s Tough Stance, Afghan Refugees Flood In

People smuggling is big business. According to government officials in Van province, 1,262 smugglers have been arrested in the area this year, the majority of them from Turkey. Now there are fears that the situation for Afghan migrants is nearing a tipping point that will make it harder and more dangerous for new arrivals hoping to get to Europe.

Alba Cambeiro
An Elegy for Afghanistan

An Elegy for Afghanistan

When I looked at that picture, I couldn’t help but compare the tragedy of my generation with that of our future children: We were born in war, but we had an Afghanistan, whereas our children will be born in peace, but they won’t have an Afghanistan. They will be strangers to the country of their parents’ birth.

Habib Zahori