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Afghan Women: On the Margins Again

The Women of Kunar

Afghan women are strong, bright and resourceful, and even in the toughest situations we are able to take comfort from the beauty God bestows upon us. In Khas Kunar the Taliban could not stop me from hearing the flow of the local river, swollen by recent heavy rain. Nor could they tarnish the taste of the local cornbread and yogurt. But in all corners of Afghanistan it is getting harder for women in particular to hold on to any hope.

Hope and Despair in the Taliban’s Heartlands

Driving across Afghanistan

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…

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
Is This the Future of Taliban Rule?

Is This the Future of Taliban Rule?

The reality of life in Afghanistan almost four months since the movement’s fighters took control is more complex than many reports suggest, especially those on polarized social media platforms. A mood of anxiety and uncertainty prevails, amid a humanitarian crisis exacerbated by a U.S.-led embargo that could leave millions starving this winter.

Andrew North
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
The Allure of the Afghan Jihad

The Allure of the Afghan Jihad

Award-winning investigative journalist Tam Hussein speaks to New Lines’ Lydia Wilson about his latest article for New Lines on the mythologization of Afghanistan by Western Islamists, how jihadist propaganda spread before the internet, and why the far-right admires the Taliban.

New Lines Podcast
Letter from Kabul: The Brutal Business of a Border Crossing

Letter from Kabul: The Brutal Business of a Border Crossing

We Afghans are used to waiting around because of the incompetence and arrogance of our officials. We are accustomed to being abused and treated as second-class citizens by our own governments. But in all my life I had never seen a hell like this.

Fazelminallah Qazizai