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The Politics of Storytelling — with Fatima Bhutto

The Politics of Storytelling — with Fatima Bhutto

Acclaimed Pakistani novelist Fatima Bhutto joins New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai for a wide-ranging conversation about the relationship between politics and fiction. They discuss why she decided to be a writer rather than a politician like her aunt Benazir Bhutto, why the CIA has a department for script writers and why people increasingly identify more with stories from outside the West like “Squid Game” than with “Friends.”

Despite Turkey’s Tough Stance, Afghan Refugees Flood In

Turkey cracks down on fleeing Afghans

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.

The Special Units Leading the Taliban’s Fight against the Islamic State

The Special Units Leading the Taliban’s Fight against the Islamic State

The Taliban sensed an opportunity. Eager to win more public support for their insurgency and desperate to prevent the Islamic State from making further inroads into their territory, they decided to escalate the fight against the group.

Fazelminallah Qazizai
In Second Regime, Both the Taliban and the World Face a New Reality

In Second Regime, Both the Taliban and the World Face a New Reality

Afghanistan itself was a sideshow in which money and careers could be made and repatriated. In the meantime, an artificial economy was created there to service birds of passage, from diplomats and aid workers to military officials and outside contractors.

Faisal Devji
Taliban, the Next Generation: an Interview with Anas Haqqani

Taliban, the Next Generation: an Interview with Anas Haqqani

Anas Haqqani, the youngest son of a jihadist commander who fought the Russians and the Americans, tells Newlines that the Taliban has learned from its mistakes. But can the Taliban leave their brutal past behind?

Ahmed-Waleed Kakar
‘Vagabond, Wicked and Turbulent’: Afghanistan’s Lawless Border

‘Vagabond, Wicked and Turbulent’: Afghanistan’s Lawless Border

Pashtuns living in the borderlands between Afghanistan and Pakistan have often been described as “lawless,” their existence defined by “rebellion” against rulers as disparate as the Mughals and the British. All have offered one solution: state violence.

Timur Khan
How America Lost Afghanistan

How America Lost Afghanistan

Over its 10 years of aiding the mujahedeen, the U.S. learned nothing about the nuances of Afghanistan’s people, history or culture — a problem that would continue to plague most of our actions for the 20 years the U.S. spent in Afghanistan.

Thomas H. Johnson,
Larry P. Goodson