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Dozens killed in suicide attack at mosque in southern Afghanistan
"The Islamic state group claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing on a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan that killed forty seven people and wounded scores more relatives have laid the bodies of the victims to rest and called on the Taliban to protect them I said in a statement posted late Friday on social media the two of the group's members shot and killed security guards manning the entrance of the foot to my mosque in Kandahar province one detonated his explosives at the entrance of the mosque and the other inside ISIS news agency Amaq in a statement gave the names of the attackers who were both Afghan nationals I'm
US vows to pay relatives of Afghans killed in drone strike
"The U. S. says it will pay relatives of Afghans killed in a drone strike in August Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement Friday the U. S. defense department will offer condolence payments to relatives of ten people killed in Afghanistan in an errant U. S. drone strike in Cabool on August twenty ninth the hellfire missile struck a car that it just pulled into a driveway of a family compound ten members of the family including seven children were killed the U. S. central command called the strike a tragic mistake Kirby says they're also working with the state department to help surviving family members relocate to the United States the U. S. military originally said it had targeted an Islamic state group facilitator but the Associated Press and other news organizations quickly reported that the driver of the targeted vehicle was a long time employee at a humanitarian organization Jennifer king Washington
Mark Levin Salutes Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, Family, and Fellow Patriots
"Kind of colonel sheller Actually got a very decent judge Who doctors pay and did a few other things but didn't destroy him As the prosecution for the Marine Corps wanted them to do We had his parents on this program as you well know The shellers And I want to thank all of you As always you live in ice you're such wonderful patriots the whole world's blessed to have you You spoke out you made your opinions heard we had members of Congress attending the hearings as well Louis Gorman among others And I think the outcome was as good as it possibly could have been So we want to salute lieutenant colonel scheller and we want to wish his family all the best All the best as Americans are still in enemy territory in patriotic Afghans who fought alongside us Of being hunted down no doubt about it
Defense Bureaucrat Robert Gates Gives Lackluster 60-Minutes Interview on Afghanistan
"So Robert Gates is on 60 minutes And he's asked about this Afghanistan's situation Cut 6 go It was really tough For a few days there I actually wasn't feeling very well And I realized it was because of what was happening in Kabul and I was just so low About the way it had ended if you will And I guess the other feeling that I had was that it probably did not need to have turned out that way Well prison Biden said any withdrawal is messy Certainly the military considers the withdrawal the most dangerous part of an operation But they really had a lot of time to plan Beginning with the deal that president Trump cut with the Taliban So that was in February of 2020 Robert Gates who oversaw the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006 to 2011 told us president Trump failed to plan properly for the evacuation of Afghans who'd helped the U.S. fight the Taliban Don't you love this part where they narrate Don't you love it We don't get to hear Robert Gates say that We don't hear We hear Anderson Cooper Whose career Top interview was of stormy Daniels Remember that mister balus Three boobs there at least two boobs as far as I can tell And so he says Robert Gates he told us why are you here Robert Gates told us about Trump Why don't you have him say what he said
Taliban says US will provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan
"The US has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to a desperately poor Afghanistan on the brink of an economic disaster while the Taliban says refusing to give political recognition to the country's new rotors the statements come at the end of the first direct talks between the former foes since the chaotic with Doral of US troops at the end of August the Taliban says the discussions went well with Washington freeing up she monetary aid for the country however the US team statement was less definitive saying only that the two sides discussed provision of robust humanitarian assistance directly to the Afghan people the
The U.S. and Taliban are to hold the first talks since Afghanistan withdrawal
"The Taliban maybe rooting out cooperation with the U. S. to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan a Taliban spokesman who staked out the position ahead of the first talks between the former foes since the U. S. completed its withdrawal from the country senior officials and US representatives will however meet this weekend to talk about reining in extremists and easing the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country the talks come as the militant group Islamic state is ramping up attacks in a challenge to the Taliban on Friday and I S. a suicide bomber killed over forty minority Shiite Muslim worshippers and wounded dozens in a packed mosque I'm
Rep. Brian Mast Frustrated That ISIS Suicide Bomber Was Released From Bagram Prison
"Brian man Is very wise man He's American hero He's my congressman in Florida as a matter of fact And it's always a pleasure to have you on the air Congressman how are you I'm frustrated sir as I know you are as well and host a different issue but proud to talk to you All right thank you First of all we hear that the suicide bomber that killed 13 precious American military personnel as well as well over a hundred Afghans was an ISIS terrorist who was released from the Bahrain prison as is correct This is absolutely correct And there's a really important compare and contrast that every American needs to be making right now between president Trump and President Biden So this terrorist I'm not even going to say his name because it should never be said This terrorist was handed over to us by India because he was captured trying to bomb a location in New Delhi He was turned over to our CIA and put in lockup back in 2017 So president Trump made him a candidate for waterboarding was able to extract ISIS targets from him and use him to kill terrorists The only thing that a terrorist should be used for is to be used to kill other terrorists That's the only thing they're good for President Biden released the same guy and he was able to now kill Americans That's the compare and contrast that every American needs to see on the way those two
Senators Alarmed After Afghan Refugees Walk off Military Bases by the Hundreds
"Senate. Republicans are alarmed after afghan refugees walk-off military bases by the hundreds. I thought it was republicans that said we must let all these afghan refugees back into the country invade the world. Invite the world actually. So what do they do. I was just oakland with connor. I said you know instead of actually telling state governors to go arrest these people or to deport them. They wrote a letter. We have the ribbon cutting letter writing. Republicans the senators letter demanding. More information follows a report. Saturday by reuters that at least seven hundred afghans just left the us bases without receiving any services. They're just gone there. Your fellow countrymen now and if you disagree you're racist doesn't matter that afghans don't share western values doesn't matter that there was ridiculously disturbing crimewave in europe that we went into great detail on our program now instead it says while immigration experts told reuters at those individuals are not breaking the law and that military ficials have no legal authority to detain law-abiding afghans. The senators worry that some evacuees are slipping through the alleged cracks in the vetting process. Of course whatever states that they're in if they're republican states. The republican governors won't do anything about it as the law continues to be disregarded next me on that side against the law you just walk off a base. Were you born here you. Us centers and you just do whatever you want. That's my country now worthless
Bomb targets mosque in Kabul, 'a number of civilians' dead
"The phone has gone off outside a mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul in the aftermath of the blast a Taliban spokesman said a number of civilians had died from the explosion the bomb targeted a mosque where a memorial service for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid heat was on the way No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack however since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August Islamic state group attacks have increased the rise has raised the possibility of a wider conflict between the two extremist groups as the Islamic state considers the Taliban as an enemy I'm Karen Thomas
Mother of the Imprisoned Naval Officer Stuart Scheller Fights Back
"Listeners. Asked me about the case of lieutenant. Colonel stewart sheller junior. We posted a video of his. Where he you know decorated guy a a a warrior a guy who has defended his country. He's the marine who spoke out against the afghan debacle. And you know for doing so. Apparently he's now in the brig unbelievable the twisted sense of accountability that the bite administration and our us government seems to possess and it's It's a shocking story. And i'm very very Grateful that lieutenant colonel stewart sheller. Juniors parents have been taken to the media to share their son's story very pleased to welcome cathy. Sheller to the mike gallagher. Show mrs. sheller. First of all on behalf of millions of americans were so sorry for what you're experiencing. It's got to be a very difficult time for the sheller family. My it is a very difficult time. I want to remind america. We will eventually into our son again. There are thirteen families there that are never going to get to see their children against the we have to remember that as americans zaveri high-cost and not only those thirteen people. The over seven thousand lives that were lost during this twenty year war and the depending on the data that you look at the anywhere from thirty to one hundred thousand one hundred thousand suicides that have gone on because of ptsd in unrelated issues from the war. Time we as americans take a look at this. And i don't want to take away from my son. But i just thought it was a very important to mention these
These Democrats Are Dumb as Dirt
"These democrats are dumb as dirt. They are dumb as a box of rocks. They're sake yesterday. Circle back for sake blaming trump for all the the setbacks that we've had in the last year with covert at some point the reason they're blaming for trump branding. Is they figure he's going to run again. In twenty twenty four. I'm gonna do everything they can to try to torpedo that effort. Good luck. good luck. Circle back a asked schalke about biden's decision to maintain trump era policies like title. Forty two as well is following through on trump agenda items like withdrawing from afghanistan. She said i would take each of those on afghanistan. The former president struck a deal without the afghan government title. Forty two is public health requirement. Because we are in the middle of the pandemic which by the way we would have made progress on had the former president actually addressed the pandemic and not suggest people inject bleach liar. He never said anything about injecting bleach. You bald-faced liar. But they're desperate. They're losing they're losing.
US general: Afghan collapse rooted in 2020 deal with Taliban
"Top Pentagon officials say the collapse of the Afghan government and security forces can be traced to last year's trump administration deal with the Taliban the agreement promised a full U. S. troop withdrawal would Central Command chief Frank McKenzie says had a psychological impact on the Afghan government and the military we set a date certain for when we were going to leave and when they can expect all assistance to him and once president Biden ordered the U. S. withdrawal at April going below twenty five hundred I think was the other sort a nail in the coffin if you will the Kabul government under wraps leading to a quick Taliban takeover last month mackenzie's comments were part of a house hearing where Republicans tried to cast the bite it but inspiration as creating a spectacular failure in Afghanistan while Democrats pointed to mistakes over two decades including the Taliban deal saga regarding a Washington
General McKenzie Contradicts Biden, Testifies He Told Him to Leave 2,500 Troops in Afghanistan
"Here's general mackenzie being asked about the president's assertion to george stephanopoulos a few weeks ago the. Nobody told him that we should leave. Twenty thousand five hundred troops in afghanistan. Why won't share my personal recommendation to the president. But i will give you my honest opinion and my honest opinion and view shaped my recommendation. I recommended that we maintain two thousand five hundred troops in afghanistan and also recommended earlier. In the fall of two thousand twenty that we maintain four thousand five hundred of that time. Buzzer my personal views. My also have a view that will draw. Those forces would lead inevitably to the collapse of the afghan military forces and eventually the afghan government that contradicts president biden in a big
New Taliban Chancellor Bars Women From Kabul University
"Taliban and close kabul university to women. This is not surprising yesterday. Hung four people from cranes. That's not surprising what we see happening out of there. We'll continue to get worse and more roll out over the days and weeks and months ahead my question is. Are you still in touch with some of the pineapple express people. There are lot of that trend's who are working to get a lot of people out of afghanistan. They're calling every chit around town. That i know of everyone is getting asked by these people to help. And everyone's trying to help assume you're getting those calls to how. Why do you think it is for the vets to be there working sub rosa to get people out. Oh i think it's additive and we've got to at it and let's face it. Nobody is going to be more passionate about getting at risk. Afghans than the americans who worked alongside those afghans. And you know. We often use shorthand interpreter. But it's it's vast number of people hundred thousand plus maybe two hundred thousand when you add in them and their families who were interpreters logisticians frontline soldiers commandos helicopter pilots. I it's the entire gamut of afghans who stood with us and we have a deep moral obligation to get them out and yes I know dozens of veterans. Who are bombed in this It some are more successful than others. there are a wide variety of ways in which they're trying to help these people and I think it'll be additive to what the us government needs to be doing which i assume is being directed largely by the cia at this point. Because i don't see the department of defense Publicly visibly going after this. I think that To conclude. I think that lloyd austin and mark milley will be asked about that in public testimony. Today what are you doing to get people out of death. Ghanistan
Pentagon leaders to face Congress on Afghan pullout decision
"Pentagon leaders appear before a Senate committee today amid criticism of the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and failure to anticipate the Taliban's rapid takeover the hearing in front of the Armed Services Committee will be their first public testimony since the U. S. completed its pullout last month Republicans have intensified their attacks on president Biden's decision to get out of Afghanistan saying it leaves the U. S. more vulnerable to terrorism they're demanding more details on the suicide bombing at the Kabul airport that killed thirteen American service members along with other details defense secretary Lloyd Austin in general mark Milley chairman of the joint chiefs of staff are slated to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee I'm Julie Walker
Joe Biden Is America's Greatest National Security Threat
"It has been twenty years yesterday. The anniversary of nine eleven which is a moment's a day in history that i think changed all of our lives instead assan. Maybe even a different trajectory in life and it was difficult to look back on twenty years and certainly it made it even more difficult with the way that we were led out of afghanistan over the last month by the biden administration. Our first question is for mark levin and sad. We'd like you dr. Sebastian gorka to be our one responder mark. What is our greatest national security threat today. joe biden. i'm not cleaning. I am not kidding. The people he is surrounded himself with a disaster. He's got a secretary of defense that helped create the isis caliphate. He's got a sector stay. Who comes out of the ivy league. Schools really doesn't know a damn thing same with his national security adviser so when you look among those people it's absolutely a disaster. The idea that we've american citizens in enemy territory the idea that we would leave afghan patriots. Who fought with us in enemy territory. The idea that twenty years after nine eleven the taliban will be stronger and bigger control the entire country about ghanistan with the backing of al-qaeda and china and russia iran sees this north korea sees is all of our enemies see this we are in dire dire
Witness: Taliban hang dead body in Afghan city's main square
"The Taliban have hang the dead body of the main square of a city in western Afghanistan signaling a return to some of the group's harsh methods of the past brown gathered to see the gruesome display shouting their approval the man who runs a nearby pharmacy tells the Associated Press four bodies were brought to her rock city's main square one dangled from a crane while three were moved to other areas for public display he says the Taliban announced the four were caught taking part in the kidnapping and killed by police this Taliban commander says the display should alert criminals they are not safe one of the Taliban's founders told the AP earlier this week the Taliban will again carry out harsh punishments including executions and amputations as it reasserts its rule over Afghanistan I'm Ben Thomas
Airbnb says it has doubled the number of Afghan refugees it plans to temporarily house
"Airbnb is doubling. Its pledge to house. Afghan refugees accompany says capacity sporting additional twenty thousand refugees and They're going to go beyond their initial commitment with help. From host and donors across the united states is prepared houses. Many forty thousand refugees temporarily as aaron be itself notes. It doesn't sesame amac's outback capacity if demand for housing lines supplying communities refugees resettling. These resources could help provide housing for an initial twenty thousand. You know there's no. Housing is very very tight right now.
"afghans" Discussed on WBEZ Chicago
"Afghans. But behind them is Pakistan. They gave them This ideology. We demand freedom of speech, democracy, national resistance against the Taliban. We are not afraid of death. We have the young generation and will bring the butt of freedom. Our voices will make history. Well, the Taliban broke up the demonstration involving hundreds of people by firing into the air. The protests were the biggest show defiance in the last few weeks, many at the rally avoided criticizing the Taliban directly. And aimed their anger at Pakistan, which they accused of supporting the Islamist group as you just heard, especially after the apparent help of Islamabad's military to fight the Afghan resistance forces recently in pan cheer, while Z Zan Saladin is a senior research fellow at the Center for Research and Security Studies, who is currently in Islamabad. Welcome to Newsday's. Clearly A lot of people at the demonstrations yesterday are concerned and point the finger of blame at Pakistan, are they right? Thank you, Clara. And thank you for having me on the program. Yes, of course. Frustrations are at an all time high. Despite their many promises of inclusivity and representative government. The recent news out of Kabul paints a very different picture. The Cabinet is composed entirely of the top brass of the Taliban. All males, and it is clearly not ethnically diverse. There have been protests in the past few weeks as the BBC itself has been reporting by women demanding equal rights has promised by the Taliban. But actual implementation of these promises has been like generally speaking, I'd say, but you know the Taliban are not good for women. They're not good for minorities. They're not good for Afghanistan. The events of the last few weeks, especially in the ongoing fighting in Banshee here have also warned than any semblance of patients. Afghan may have had box and, of course, is a very easy scape good because of its proximity and its its history. But many forget that Pakistan has been at the forefront of the humanitarian effort in Afghanistan. Both Rhodes University Yeah, I'm just going to say that we heard about protester they're saying Pakistan Gave the Taliban ideology We have a country in Afghanistan. Now that that has been free, you know, for women to come on for minorities to come on in the last 20 years. So is she right? Has the Pakistani influence On the Taliban bin bin that direct The problem here is that we often forget the 42 years of history that go into this. There's a historical precedent here. Pakistan has been involved in Afghanistan and has been involved since the Soviet invasion in 1979. And of course, during the war on terror when the world was told that you're either with us or against us, Um and therefore there's a narrative that has been built over the course of time that the very individuals that the U. S signed a peace deal with back in February. That the U. S left behind as in charge of Kabul and the same individuals that were put in place after the the departure of the Soviets back in the late eighties. Um, are now uh, are now in charge, but Pakistan somehow is responsible for what has happened to them. The other thing that people normally forget is that there's an estimated 3.5 million Afghan refugees that still live in Pakistan. And let's not forget that Pakistan has its own version of the Taliban in the form of the Tpp, a group that has killed tens of thousands of Pakistanis. As recently as just three days ago. So while I don't necessarily agree that Pakistan is entirely responsible for it, history and proximity of Pakistan do make it an easy scapegoat. What needs to happen, then going forward. I mean, clearly there's lots of women on the streets and they are protesting and there's a debate going on in Qatar. At the moment, the international community does Pakistan need to be involved. In all of this, then given that people inside Afghanistan now and and the involvement with the Pakistani forces as well in the fight against the resistance, they're saying Well, Pakistan is as as involved with the Taliban Now we need to get Pakistan involved. In these talks. Absolutely, And that's precisely the point here. Um uh, As I said earlier, the Taliban's promises have not been kept its a regime that is not necessarily good for women. It's not good for minorities. It seems that they're not going to move forward with the idea of inclusively that we had. Pakistan's involvement needs very much to be limited to the idea of putting pressure as a regional bloc. Which may include China, which may include Russia, Iran, the cars countries to try and pressurize the Taliban to create a system of governance that protects minorities that celebrates women and that serves the people. And it's also worth mentioning here that a big component of a lot of this news that is turning out of Kabul has. I'm sorry. I didn't say anything but listen, we're going to have to leave it there. Thank you so much for joining us. These and Sala Udin, senior research fellow at the Center for Research and Security Studies, is currently in Islamabad. We will be speaking later in the program to Dr Habiba Sarabi, former Minister of Women affairs in the previous Afghanistan, the government and let's get more on the new Taliban government, which been announced the U. N and the U S. You remember, have been calling for an inclusive government with gender and ethnic diversity as a demonstration of a new direction. For the Taliban towards engagement with the outside world. What was announced was actually a Islamic emirate. Interim prime minister is Mullah Mohammad Hassan around one of the movement's founders, who is on a U. N blacklist. The leader of the Carnie network. Wanted by the U. S. Is the interior minister have been speaking about the profile of the new government with Rina Amiri, who is herself an Afghan, the former U. N official in the country and now at New York University. Senior leadership is really the old guard and split between you know the quite a sugar and Hakani shura in terms of the security ministries and the top leadership posts. This is the government of Salafist and not the government of Afghanistan. Can I ask about their capacity to govern their fighters, Not bureaucrats. Do they depend to do their job? On technocrats and bureaucrats from the previous administration, carrying on you know, the Taliban have noted that they are going to provide amnesty. But we've seen that different actions are acting out their vendettas. There's acts of extreme violence against former government officials. It's not entirely clear and certainly those who have worked in the government I mean the majority of them that If they had the capacity to leave. I think many of them would leave because they are very afraid that even if the Taliban were genuine about their commitment to amnesty, would they be able to enforce it? Are they able to actually govern the you know the various factions and entities coming under them? Um, because so far, what we've seen is Three weeks of lawlessness and in many ways, and that's just raise a lot of a great deal of alarm bells. I mean, there's certainly some that have been able to go back and work, but they're treading very lightly, and they're very nervous in terms of how things can play out. So I think there's just tremendous uncertainty in terms of I mean, certainly they haven't engender confidence with with the composition of this government. If they wanted to reassure these technocrats, they would have shown more diversity. Someone noted that you have you know 33 Mullah's Are these Malala's? Are they going to be comfortable? How? What? How are they going to operationalize Having women there? What is the degree of segregation that will that it will have to be in place. How do you actually serve as an advisor's or service? An officer if you are not allowed any type of access to the senior levels of government, and then, of course, the other layer that the lyrics that will follow and variably will be male. So how do women work in a government of his makeup? You know, they're fighting forces certainly had have more diversity than their leadership. But it's not just there has to be also some level of ideological diversity, and that's certainly lacking and I don't think that today's Afghanistan surely will not see themselves reflected in this government. Isn't that ironic that the fighters are more diverse than the government as well? I haven't read 33 Muller's. That's the count, is it? That's what people are saying. 33 millas. And if you actually go down the list, Yeah, thought of Melo is and Miller's of Clarisse. It's Al Haj Mallory. Mullah Ghazi. Um uh, Huddy and shift Uh, that's the Yeah, That's the qualification. Yeah, And then, of course, another big point is, the Ministry of Women has disappeared and there's a A ministry of preaching guidance, Spice and virtue. And so all of this, I think is, uh, in many respects the Taliban, but that was feared, not the one that was hoping for. Rina Amiri, Afghan herself at New York University with the read out of the 33 molars in the new Taliban administration..
"afghans" Discussed on Radio Free Nashville
"Afghans the way their country was about to be. We'll speak to Spencer Ackerman about his new book, Reign of Terror. How the 9 11 Era Destabilized America and produce Trump. All that and more coming up. This is democracy. Now. Democracy now dot org. The war in peace Report I'm Amy Goodman today. In this special broadcast. We begin with the long time Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwari. We spoke to below first on August 18th three days after the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan after the US backed Afghan president Ashraf Ghani. Fled the country. I began by asking Bilal about whether who was surprised the Taliban cease power before US troops withdrew from Afghanistan. Actually, I was trying to get a marriage certificate for me and my wife and we were trying to get a passport for newly Born daughter, So I had spoken to government officials the day before. Some of them are my friends. The next morning I was heading towards those offices when I heard that the presidential palace employees were told to leave. And the Presidential Protection Service, which is Afghanistan's equivalent of secret service at the time or taking up positions. So there was a lot of confusion and then in a matter of basically 30 minutes or so. We found out that the then President Bashar Bani was supposed to go to the minister of defense to have a meeting at the National Command Center, which is a walking distance or a short drive been instead. Mr Oni had told his Secret service detail that he would want to fly there. So the minister defense was waiting. The Army chief of staff was waiting. The helicopters changed directions in the We're heading towards the Hamid Karzai International Airport. I think once That fact was revealed. The entire government in Kabul crumbled in no time just like it had crumbled across many of Afghanistan's provinces where mass surrenders Were negotiated between important provincial you know, officials and the Taliban. I think it's a Taliban, uh, strategy as well as fighting on the battlefield over the last many months, at least. They offered this insurance that they offered the surrender deal. And I think this was the work of months, if not years, So it was surreal in many ways, because I had started my career in 2000 and one when the Americans were bombing the Taliban. I was a fixer translator. Across from the Pakistani city of Peshawar. And then I saw the fall of Taliban and it was unbelievable to see how the tables turned how there was panic and fear my family this time. Was here. This time I was I am a father to new baby girl and I was not exempted from the panic and fear Will they'll be fighting whether it be blood shed? What will the Taliban do? Thanks God. Kabul fell to the Taliban without bloodshed without fighting, although vacuum created did result in some looting and some harassment and irregularities of the citizens. Of Afghanistan, So I would say for me, it was almost like, you know, uh, in no time this happened, I just couldn't believe it. Like many other rough ones, Bilal as we begin to wrap up, he wrote a piece for the telegraph. You said it's broken me from within. Afghan journalists reveals heavy toll of covering his country's collapsed That was the header you right? I became a father recently because my own family and relatives saw so much heartbreak these past few years. I pray that if God gave me a baby girl, I would name her solar, which means peace. I did that thinking that at least my daughter Might grow up in a normal country. So you are trying to leave right now. How do you go about that? Have you thought about staying? Do you think you could possibly be safe in Kabul in Afghanistan? Well, my, you know, Like harnessed opinion here is that I would love to tell the story. The people of Afghanistan. I think everything that has happened, including including the loss of friends, but within the government outside of the government, and you know I have friendships, whether they Taliban. I have a classmate from my ideas in Peshawar is a refugee and we went different ways. Has left me thinking. What is it that I can do? That will comfort me. You know, that would make me think that I'm doing something better. And over the years I've been having this conversation with myself and then I committed myself. You're telling the story of this country to the world, not only the news side of it, I created a hashtag Afghanistan University many years ago and where I basically showed the world the other side. Beautiful valleys. You know, the the National Beauty the legs. You know what Afghanistan could potentially offer in the future. If tourism was to come back here, and to be honest with you, I would love to be here. Like the rest of my colleagues and be able to tell the world our stories because 20 years ago, this country did not have this generation of reporters and we all this and large parts. Our international colleagues where we started working as fixers and translators 20 years ago, and they helped us get where we are, so I think it's very important for the world as well to have a credible and vibrant Afghan media. Where different voices can be heard because we live in a world where we are interconnected, you know, there's no more any country and the rest of the world that will not matter for anyone else. You know, humanity is something that gives me hope. You know, people cared these days about any country and anyone, especially like when you look at the activists on social media. And such platforms So I hope that I'm able, and I hope that my daughter is able to basically one day go to school here. But there are things that are beyond my control thinks that You know, people like myself and my colleagues and other have ones simply are powerless. We can't do that. I hope that this generation of leaders both the Taliban and Former officials and politicians can leave a legacy where we walk away from more painful historical political past, where governments came with coups and Tanks and with bullets. And for this, I think the people of Afghanistan over the last 20 years of Pi, uh, prepared like a massive price and a lot of sacrifices..
"afghans" Discussed on What Next | Daily News and Analysis
"Man. Pielach is an army veteran and a member of the national guard. He lives in new york city. And i called him because he's been part of a volunteer effort to help people get out of afghanistan. Us military's airlift has ended the bats group. It's still going. I've got friends who are sleeping to three hours a night and go to sleep to get back up the hit art again It's just sort of adds insult to injury when our own government is saying. Everything's fine. Were done go back about your regular business. And we're in the background screaming you know. Hey the buildings on fire Someone help got out. Thousands of citizens of diplomats from those countries president biden delivered a speech on tuesday afternoon. He addressed the messy nature of the evacuation effort. Now we believe that about one hundred to two hundred. America's remain afghanistan with some intention to lead a new. The us withdraw from afghanistan had been rushed. I knew it was likely that thousands of afghan allies would miss a chance out of the country. I hadn't realized the potential that we were going to be leaving americans behind to. Yeah it's bananas right now. Not a surprise to any of us that there are still are american citizens. Aaron i can tell you that it's definitely more than hundreds are thousands of american citizens as holders and green card holders still in afghanistan. How do you know that we have lists of them of we. We're we're communicating with them on a daily basis if not an hourly basis trying to figure out how and when we can move them from one point to another.
"afghans" Discussed on The World: Latest Edition
"And then if the cases are approved then those applicants would be able to start their new lives. They'd beyond their way. For those cases that are not approved. If people wanted to appeal them they could then go before immigration judge so but what are the practical implications of having asylum officers decide these cases as post immigration courts. Well the practical implications are that asylum. Officers are well trained. They do this works for what's called the affirmative asylum system. They are doing cases like this that arise within the united states all the time they have been doing so for you know twenty five years the setting is private. It's not a courtroom. It's a private interview. It is an interview that is intended to elicit the information in the most informed way possible for claiming it's non adversarial. The court system that presently exists is an Adversarial preceding it has government attorneys. That are acting as prosecutors is judge that can be very intimidating setting for an asylum applicant. There's some critics to biden's plan and they say that fast tracking these cases would not give asylum-seekers enough time to prepare their cases. Do you agree. I don't agree. This is is not fast tracking from the standpoint of just doing it at the border and turning people back it is screening at the border and then it is allowing people to go to a destination that they're intending to go to inside the country but then hearing their case in a few months that should be sufficient time to prepare the case it is an effort to do a research with what is now a situation at the border of a system that is failing and also a system that can be misused by people who may not have strong claims. It is an effort to try to make it possible for those who are eligible for asylum to get that eligibility determine but to create a balance between timeliness in decision making and fair decision making process. That we don't have now. That's doris meissner talking about possible changes to the us asylum system. She's with the migration policy institute a nonpartisan research group. Doris thanks for speaking with us. Thank you in lebanon. The situation continues to get worse. A fuel shortage has the country on the verge of crisis and lebanon's caretaker. Government appears absent. Meanwhile lebanese militant group hezbollah says it has secured fuel via iran. But the us says will also work to get fuel for the country with us to discuss how this might work. And what. This means is kareem hype. He's a freelance journalist based in beirut where he joins us from cream bad has the fuel crisis gotten in in lebanon. It's simply awful. We have seen it worsen throughout the year. But now we're at a point where hospitals are under loss drops of these fuel to power. Their machines date electricity is virtually no longer existent and you can go to gas stations now filled with cars waiting in line for four or five hours at a time. Two armies their security force are did stop people from fighting so it is quite a disaster. What is causing this field crisis. So you know. The fuel crisis is sort of a microcosm of lebanon's economic crisis. The central bank subsidizes fuel imports. That allows a licensed importers to bring in fuel out of pretty affordable costs problem with the subsidies program is that it's extremely expensive and now the liberal economic crisis it's realizing that is actually wrong money. Now here's the problem. There's complete policy in action. Parliament isn't doing much. The caretaker cabinet doing is not doing any much now. We're outta point at a crossroads where we can't afford to keep the subsidies but if we lift them. It's going to be massive hyperinflation for for for fuel prices so the central bank is not giving importers lines of credit so you have to ships cargo ships fuel at the port but the central bank isn't giving minds importers to bring down oil and now let's go to hezbollah. They're they're looking to get fuel from iran. What are the motivations there. Yeah it's a very interesting development. And i think it's part of a wider sort of campaign or effort from has Since the crisis began in the international community has told lebanon that without structured reform economic accountability reforms. They're not going to give the country lifesaving. Loans in a restructure the economy and community. You know whether it's the world bank of the united states that you they've been propping up. Let them for very long time. But the lebanese government is not willing to do these kinds of reforms incomes has and they say well look if they don't want to help us and they're giving us a hard time while our situation crumbles. Why don't we look eastward. He saying we could. Development deals with china. Iran would like to help us to and they're happy to negotiate it affordable price for us but is the move by hezbollah. Is it prompting the lebanese government to get. Its act together. And present a plan while i've spoken with some mp's and lawmakers a lot of them are not interested in commenting on the matter. I think they're really waiting to kind of cd whether this alternative the which the united states is backing will go through. The deal involves egypt jordan underworld bank. Tell us more about that. What's the us proposing. So we're talking about we would be bringing in natural gas. Fueled through through egypt by jordan lebanon through syria and with world bank funding. The united states is apparently discussing. Not as the world bank right now. Of course the weird elephant. The room is the caesar act sanctions on syria which the us relatively recently brought end. So this is something which i mean even ambassador said is a tricky matter. But they're trying to figure it out and the idea that this would be a much more official way of doing it without going through a like has below which the united states sanctions and recognized as a terrorist organization. Seems like every couple of weeks. We're going back to lebanon for a story about how nothing's moving forward from your perspective covering the story. What is it gonna take to get real movement. One year ago when the beirut port exploded and flood into capital i remember walking around neighborhoods and i thought okay this this house to be because things keep getting worse and worse. I think a big step board right now is that a government is formed full-fledged government because at least donnelly have them get talks started again with i am a dachshund pass some important laws and decisions to stop the hemorrhaging recovery first economic crisis very long time kareem chubb is a freelance journalist based in beirut thanks kareem. They cropped me josephine. Baker was an american born singer dancer and performer. Who made her home. In france she became a symbol of the jazz age and roaring twenty s and one of her adopted country's greatest musical.
"afghans" Discussed on The World: Latest Edition
"Warmer than the atmosphere that most changes in the ice aren't so obvious to the naked eye so gary linden his team trail out ice cores and bring them back to the lab. Freezer vault deep underground out. The door holden here is sub zero. Freezer has stacked styrofoam boxes. The journal they use he says is about a meter long so we get needs to surround two meter. Of course if if the is is that thick increasingly. It's not that open another one. The next cylinder vice showed me is only about half the late of the box. Caroline says that shorter cores are becoming more common and things. Maybe we both go out of the room. So we don't get to close out. My fingers are about to fall back in the relative warmth of his lab caroline tells me why he went to all the trouble of drilling these samples when he slices into these ice cores looks at them under a microscope he can read the story of changing arctic because once they start it becomes porous reconsider these pause and bleecker swiss cheese caroline's research finds that that swiss cheese ice means it can melt faster warming up the ocean and atmosphere in changing weather conditions. If you have ever large area that is not covered with used to be ice covered. That's making a change also to the processes that generate the different. Weather's different weather that other people are noticing to never experienced. They're so betsy conditions. That's trond eld an indigenous..
"afghans" Discussed on The World: Latest Edition
"She hopes the number of afghans admitted to canada will also be expanded for the world. I'm jacobs in montreal. In russia the kremlin is continuing. Crackdown on independent media. One of the tools that uses to harass and in some cases silence independent voices is to brand them as foreign agents the latest outlet and russia to be given that label is tv rain russia's most popular independent tv news network because fishermen is an anchor with tv rain. Because what is this foreign agent status mean it means the following every program like my program for example my show every news item that tittering generates on its website or on any social network it has to be annotated with a message that this stuff was created by a foreign agent. How does the russian government define being a foreign agent. Like why has it seen fit to say. Tv rain is a foreign agent. It claims that foreign agent media has foreign financing but it treats the concept very broadly. It's totally political. It has very shallow legal basis behind it mikhail. What about you. How does this label affect you. Personally somebody who's a host on tv rain. It affects me because every show from that one which do with rain must be unabated with this message. I see myself as one of many though fewer with everyday independent voices in russia. And i see it is a intimidation and basically directed at every independent worship rush so basically we are heading to a situation when in very short time there will be no independent media in russia whatsoever gives us a sense of the role. Tv rain has played as an independent news. Outlet. where does it sit in russian media landscape. It's one of the most or even most influential independent media outlet in russia because of its very large viewership which has on youtube we talking about. Tens of millions of us on a daily basis. What is behind this current anti-media campaign. What's going on. Of course it started not yesterday and not even two months ago. It started twenty years ago when regiment came to power for these twenty years. Bloody mnuchin than the kremlin execute. Crackdown on media stuffed with television. Then they moved to newspapers then. They moved to cable networks. They basically harassed the industry for years. But what's going on right now. It is at the upcoming parliamentary elections in september. That have prompted this. Crackdown near mind. It's many things it's putin who approved new constitution which has new rule of which is that he will stay in power forever and the economic situation which is not in his favor and he has been lamentable elections in a month and the popularity of his ruling party is at its slowest for decades probably already his own approval rating while it's still high is much lower than it was four years ago so he finds himself in a very different situation and that's why he has to crack down on every independent voice. Give us a sense of feeling among independent journalists. Who you've been talking to. How are people dealing with this current. Crackdown first of all. it's disgusting. Because it's very humiliating and again on a personal level because tv rain was labeled as foreign agent as a media as an entity but what government also does the cast as foreign agents specific journalists individually. This is something that you can not an label yourself from and you have to live with it and it really turns you into an outcast. You also have to report to the government about your finances known a regular basis and not only technically complicate your life but it really makes you enemy of the steak. I've read that some russian journalists who've been labeled foreign agents are actually kind of making jokes about it in their newscasts and presentations here. I am a foreign agent. Going about my business i mean. Is there some role for dark humor. That's happened with this crackdown. Yes because we'll try to keep up to our optimism. I mean delaying rain was labeled as foreign agent one hour before my show should have been starting last friday then basically we turned it into a live commentary about what just happened in of course we also joked about it and we independent journalists want keep up to our spirits to stay strong and it's about not letting the government knows how you feel you know not letting the government take you down on this emotional level is this media. Crackdown is it affecting ordinary russians. Or is it a conversation is something that's really taking place. Among the independent media journalists does affect russians because they shut down us outlets that means less independent news because these media they generated news which were circulating across the internet so it affects russians in a way that they have less information about. What's going on in russian mikhail. Have the last couple of months made you consider moving and leaving russia. Well now i understand. Of course. I clearly see it and they know that independent journalism is a dangerous field. It's not a metaphor anymore. It's real before like few months ago a year ago two years ago. I wouldn't even talk about that now. I can't exclude anything. And i think that every option has to be opened from now on because fishman is an independent journalist and an anchor with tv rain talking with us about the current pressures on independent journalism in russia. Thank you so much. Thank you coming up. Pandemic lockdowns are not sitting well with people across southeast asia and oceania. We had to malaysia new zealand and australia just ahead. You're listening to the world. I'm carol hills. This is the world vice president. Kamala harris is in southeast asia. This week.
"afghans" Discussed on The WIRED Podcast
"This is about the istanbul canal. A plan to build a forty five kilometers shipping canal to the west of the city of stumble from the black sea to the marcy. Now if you look at a map as it did elliott stumble already has a straight natural straight running through it to the east. The bosphorus straights so my question. Tina touches what's the point of this massive canal. Well that's a really good question. So yeah tanna chunk of the city into an island but the idea. Is this canal. Which is crazy plan of. The turkish government could be a faster alternative to the bus straight where ships have to wait around fourteen hours to go in. It's very narrow straits. And it could also be a really important source of income for the turkish government so unlike the suez or panama canals. The turkish government is restricted by international from charging tolls on ships using the bosphorus strait a new canal. They hope would siphon off about a big chunk are they're hoping about half of the roughly forty thousand cargo ships a straight every year round about two thousand of the data crossings of civilian ships and it could also relieve congestion on the bus restraints which has been the site of several maritime disasters so they build another straight charge people some money. Everybody's happy. it's not it's presumed. He says that yukon charge people for passage to a natural thing right. I guess that's what it says. I can't touch with essentially what they're doing is building toll roads that goes to the same place at the m six toll road a massive canal in turkey. What would need to happen for it to actually be built we. The parts examples have not been easy. That's right so i was going to cost fifteen billion dollars so could find the money. That's that's the start is but we do know what this kind of projectable involved because we've seen other examples of this historically said the suez canal and the panama canal both kozlov money by of effort and this principle still the same you dig a really big trench right so you need to dig out seventeen meters for the depth of outta reach containerships ships. Allow them to pass. The width has to be around. Two hundred and seventy five meters and needs to be forty five kilometers wrong long to go between the marmara and the black sea so the the key here is to basically dig and dig and dig and make it wide enough for shipping containers so shipping container ships which are huge to pass each other. So you don't have another suez canal scenario if you know. I mean there won't be any of blockage if they do things right now if you look historically obviously these kinds of things take a long time and they have human toll. So for example in in the situation of some of. The canals were built earlier in history of the panama canal. For example twenty. Five thousand workers died trying to construct that and the ad to widen it. Afterwards because ships wouldn't fit in this west canal. People became bankrupt because they ran out of money while they were digging. So these these kinds of mega-projects really difficult to manage and it's not as easy. I mean it. It does sound easy to dig a big trench but is not as easy as all of our and andrew. Kostya report on. The story has gone into grandma detail in his piece. So what are some you say it like. It's just a big. Trench does seem kind of easy over. There's more to it than that. But what are some logistical problems with with doing this. If they wanna pursue this plan main issues what's on top of the earth that they want to displace so we're looking at roundabout two hundred one thousand trees that they'd have to cut down. There's a bunch of houses and land. That would need to be dug up and this has been hugely criticized by by people who are opposing. The government's plans saying that it will be an environmental disaster. It will cost a absolute fortune. And it's it's not worth it. So what they're saying is is someth- some very simple. Things are kind of go. Free them but at the moment environmental issues in turkey. Include fires drought big problems. Having already and this canal could potentially accidentally dig into the city's main source of water and accidentally deviated into the canal mixing it with salt water and making it undrinkable. That that is a big problem that people are going. Well you know what. What are you going to do that right about that where you're going to. You're going to do to fix that and make sure that doesn't happen. They don't really have an answer for that right now. aside from potentially putting membranes but the government hasn't committed committed to this so you can have kind of flexible membranes that you put on the entryways that could be problematic between one body of water and the other to make sure that they don't mix but there's no guarantee that would happen when you take away. Hundreds of thousands of trees. The potential for drought becomes worse and the potential for environmental impact becomes worse swell. So yeah not not great. On the face of it. Percy placing a lotta people and two hundred one thousand trees and oddly specific number excited attaches a number of trees. It sounds sometimes like they got hobbled and made up the number of trees out of they lied a seeming. They can find a way to deal with the environmental issues. And this problem. We talked about mixing salt water. With istanbul's drinking i can see was probably going to be other than that. It should be all right right. Disconnect of revenue speed up global shipping. Time when there's a massive shipping container shortage struggling to get toys. Abor for christmas and things like that. Now you're wrong. That's not the only problem so let's go back to the drinking water problems so you got about sixteen million people who are already relying on water sources are hundreds of kilometers away right. Let's pretend that isn't an issue. Let's just go back to you. Put if you remember. I e e. We've all been to the seaside and dig a trench. You build a sandcastle you dig among around you fill it with water but what happens when the sea tide comes in. Well your cost gets destroyed the same kind of effect with happen on a very very large scale. So when the seas- meet around the city there is a thirty. Send me to water height. Difference between the mama. And the black sea's right and i'll be very programmatic because the water will consistently be flowing one way right which i think you know. Find one way. That's that's that's all right okay. But there's a difference in the salinity of the waters in these different sees which means that they'll be mixing.
"afghans" Discussed on The WIRED Podcast
"Like that and of candid shots of life outside of taliban ruler all basically evidence that could be used against people an experts that we spoke to say that people need to obviously think about think hard about what they want to do with that digital history and like the example already talked about people are obviously of going through this process of raising some of their data but at the same time it should be remembered. That is something that will not be a position as everybody is able to do. Not everybody will have the luxury of being outed legal data and all of their of like past interactions if they if they are fearful so it's one of these things where the situation probably quite fraught. There's there's been a lot of images and videos and things being from afghanistan in the last few days of people attempting to flee the country. And i guess there was a risk that if you are on screen at one of those videos but he denies you manage to escape the that could then be used against you in feature which is really scary and i guess maybe maybe we should be thinking a bit mcafee about the images that we choose to show an provide. 'cause we the people in them all and that that by sharing them we could be paying under threat but it's not just social media and online life opinion. Rest either there have been. Reports taliban has been able to access to biometric systems that were being used by the us military to identify people which is really scary over the us. Military is being in afghanistan. They also created a vast database of biometric data. This was impacted track a potential terrorists in the country. Identify people and while it was a military product product and product really was also reportedly contained details of afghanistan afghan cities civilians. Who worked for us embassies of involved in the broader coalition government. That wasn't place. One report suggested that the database is that were created more than twenty five million entries. And there's been a couple of reports both from the intersection from reuters that suggests that the taliban could potentially use it to target allies. Who have been left behind and they have potentially also got access to some of these systems. Now i'm one of those systems which is called the hand held into agency identity detection equipment. Hide for short collects information from iris. Scans to fingerprints along with people. Biographic information so really. Lots of data about their lives and their identity and there's been some sort of conflicting information on whether the taliban can actually access and take action with some of this technology and systems that they now allegedly have got access to with one. Us army special operations official telling the intercept that the taliban doesn't have the gear to use this data. Although other reports of set for instance help could come from pakistan's intelligence agency to access the data and systems and while that may be so unclear at the moment and the realities are changing up in real time really. The taliban has previously shown that it's capable of willing to harness the vast databases that we create an being created to try and yet to try and find out more information about people in some cases to discriminate against them as well so those reports from thousand sixteen that said that taliban insurgents killed twenty twelve passengers on a bus that they stopped after requiring everybody on board scan their fingerprints on a biometric machine that they had got access to and afghan news website. Tullow news reported on a military command at time saying that most of the passengers were not familiar with the machine. But i knew it was a biometric device that could could identify them. So there are. There is some precedent for these types of systems being used as well. I guess it's another example of tech kind of falling into the wrong hands or being used in ways that it wasn't intended to be used and one thing that's marked out. This particular series of events is the way that alabama is now using big tech technology to his advantage whether us by spreading news of his coup via whatsapp or posting statements videos on twitter and other social media platforms. I wanted to talk about the role of big tat can afghanistan and what tech platforms often the us based tech platform. It should do about the taliban using the hat forms to sped informational misinformation. The picture here is quite messy at the moment and essentially of each of the big tech platforms has had different positions are slowly evolving a mayor change by the time the podcast is published. But they all had to confront what they do about online accounts that the talent began has begun to use and spread their messages to help establish the geomancy and the choice of big tech companies largely boils down to wherever they recognize the taliban as a the official government of our ask afghanistan or wherever they it as a terrorist group and link the group's history of violence repression against people to policies. So on these sort of official united states list of terror groups that the taliban in afghanistan isn't officially recognized as one of them so this has led to some of the different. The big tech companies having different policy so facebook for quite a few years actually banned taliban related accounts is part of it. A policy the has on dangerous organizations and the company said this week that will continue to remove taliban accounts and posts that support the group across both facebook instagram. And what's up and youtube has also of youtube site. It's us sanctions against and the afghan taliban able remove accounts to are operated by the group. Although it doesn't have twitter it's slightly different and doesn't have a blanket ban also said it would remove any posts that go against its policies on hate speech and incitement violence. So there's a few different positions here and when the big tech companies were asked about that positions to begin with. They weren't particularly clear in terms of like where they stood on this. I think that one of the a couple of different things that make it challenging is that the companies obviously guided by the laws. They're sets set in the us and countries where they operate and they also take lots of their cues from their actions on the wider international community and reactions on this but ultimately at the end of the day they are private companies that must make choices on their policies. And what actions they take and really. It's it's quite messy because the taliban is obviously the second itself in the as the official government of afghanistan and facebook's ban on accounts here has also impacted people that are on the ground so there was a whatsapp phone line. The people message to help help of services and find out what was happening but that was run by the taliban. So even though it's a public service is being shut down by what's up facebook and increasingly. We're starting to see the company policies evolve as well so facebook's said it's removed ability for people to view and search friends for those that are listed that location as being afghanistan to help protect people's identity and help them from being targeted which links back to what we're talking to the beginning and facebook because it was launched like a one click tool that can lockdown people's profiles if they're based in afghanistan and we've actually seen lincoln during the same sort of thing as well so it started to make possible to sort of hide connections if you are based in afghanistan so this policy is evolving. I think it's also true that there are some inconsistencies in how the companies have moderated taken down post the are linked to the taliban. One of those things is very much developing but obviously a big role to play in sort of what what happens next as well as you say monetary fast fast moving story and then really important one if you want to find out more. They'll be linked to crystal story on this in the shy night's second story..
"afghans" Discussed on The Edition
"I'm finding that that very satisfactory but in terms of the neighbors in the new london place but does it's a very solidly built place. There's really no noise at all from the neighbors. Some of whom just seem to be that very much and there isn't even any traffic noise because camden council is turned streets into a cafe which which just as i arrived. The neighbors were absolutely enraged about. But now it's happened. I can't speak for all of them. But i think on the whole everyone thinks it's really quite fun and it's much nicer than having cars and taxis going pasta house all the time. Finally what have you noticed. That's changed about london and i mean. Have you have lots of friends who are living in london. Your kind of reconnecting with often visas. Yes a half. And that's a especial pleasure. Actually because not many of them live. Essentially as i do but they all liked to come in to the center london so i've had lots and lots of people coming to see me which is which is nice. What's changed since i last lifton. Well i last had a home in my own. In london in nineteen ninety two inside kensington. What's changed as the traffic on. The main thoroughfares is as i am five or ten times worse than i remember. I lived in tokyo in the mid eighties. When tokyo was have the worst traffic problems in the world and i would say london is now worse than than tokyo in the in the mid eighties but partly because the man sidique khan as oh someone as authorized so many roadworks unsown. Once you're off the main thoroughfares there on a seventy street. Cafes a lot of people just walking say actually the pedestrian life. The street life is much livelier than it was a generation ago but the main through routes completely clogged up. It's partly to do with boris. His.
"afghans" Discussed on The Edition
"What point did you realize you wanted to be back in the big city. Well it's certainly a lockdown effects. But i think it was something that was in the back of my mind for quite a long time really so i've had kind of thirty thirty. Two very happy is living in a country highest but on the edge of a of a charming small town. The town of two thousand people were very historic town in yorkshire on the edge of the hill moore's adila acrylic couldn't be nicer and i've had a very happy time and been a very active citizen but as i've said in the piece in this week's issue i think perhaps all along there was an element of me that was really kind of urban creature. Kind of burlington. Bertie waiting to break out again. I lived in london happily in my twenty s. I then lived in several quite exciting foreign cities in my late twenties and through to my mid thirties. And i i love to lot. Rela- urge was building up. And then i think the first long lockdown last year made me think well. Let's get on with it. Let's see if i can find a home in london. So that's what i did and tell us about your new living conditions. Well i started looking in various parts of london. And i was looking around. I i want something with kind of green space. That's what i really want. And then i couldn't find the right place. And then i happened to be having morning coffee with a friend of mine and said i thought i might look at the garden and she said oh. My uncle selling flat in garden. So i said let's find that on right move so we did and goodness that looks good so i went to see it and as you do. I don't know how you do it. But how i do it. All the properties i've ever bought. I've looked for about two minutes. And that's it. And even the state agent who is desperately keen to sell. This place said to me. Hang on you spend more time buying a pair of shoes than that i say. Don't worry you know it's fine. I know i know when. I've seen the right place. And you know my house in yorkshire. I probably spent less than two minutes before. I decided to bid for it. So that's how it was. Anyway i described in the pace. It's in it's in kabul street in seven dollars it's on first floor. It's georgian. i suppose. Commercial building converted into flats about forty years ago. And i. it's just very nice. And you know you kind of by the district as well as the living space. It's most interesting sophisticated corner of london. Which i knew a bit but i know much better and the more on that more more i like the more i discover. Will you have done the opposite of martin. Or i suppose you you've done. What martin did earlier in his life. Eve moved from london to the countryside. What do you make. Martin's decision will martin With the respect. I think you'll bad. I mean i reading a description of your grade. Two listed regency house with your view. Overule neighbors ionic temple. I mean it sounds idyllic. I know why you would Wants it once a head. Back to london after after that It just sounds just sounds magical really and i mean your new place in in seven. Dials sounds extremely nice as well but compared to what this beautiful sounding life that you had in north yorkshire. I think you'll you'll balmy. I'm afraid the funny thing is and of course. Almost everyone said that to me. But i just didn't feel that it was a mad thing to do thirty. Two years is a long time in a house. I have not exhausted but explore every possibility of use of the has it has because it was built as a school. It had an unusually large drawing room. Living room for years. It's been are amateur dramatics rehearsal studio for example and i've had little concerts in there and all sorts of things says rather an amazing place to be but what i found was when i emptied it furniture and stripped it back to the bath that i arrived in one thousand nine hundred thousand nine. It was exactly like taking the sat done for a play for show the satin. Come down. I was going to put the set up again in my new. Didn't feel a great wave of emotion about the highest on the the view you describe which is rather unusually lovely kind of classical landscape view across somebody else's stately park land and the garden which was having a very very fine summer this year. I do feel sad to leave those behind. So i i kinda compensated by for that by spending the whole of june and july having parties and lunches and suppers in the garden to get the maximum value out of it. But i think you just now when you want to move on and when thursday thirty some years ago was new. I'm probably forty years old or the new maybe a bit more. I felt exactly what i wanted to do. Having had a very urban nine thousand nine hundred eighty s london and abroad was. I wanted to hire men in the country. I wanted the space and the greenery. And i wanted myself to sort of become a country gentleman. You know but i've kind of got over it. Well i'm not the tool. That's exactly the life. I want a particular this stage in my life. I've got two young children one three year old one one and a half year old and having the space i mean you mentioned at the start you were looking for somewhere in london with greenspace but in my mind nowadays. That's pretty hard to come by. And in london if you want Space particularly greenspace. Someone like me. He wants to raise a family. I mean the the countryside is sort of the the best option compared to what they're what they're is in london. I mean to give us some indication of my situation before down to the country was living rented accommodation often very very small one bedroom flats often for they'd be converted from georgian houses into several flats and that often can be quite charming but i think that sometimes has its own set of problems. I mean we live with my wife and chick before we had children in a very small sort of one bedroom flats beneath a neighbor. Unbelievably creaky and loud and stomping compass upstairs stumping away all day and all night seemed at. I headed such pleasant experience renting a one bedroom bedroom in that case we had a flatmate a two bedroom. Place in in clapham. That was so horrible illness cargo but anyway my point is is that these scenarios when my wife my point we wants to raise a family. I mean they're just not places where i think that would even be realistic clearly. Naughton stage of raising a family in fact never have been and probably fairly unlikely that i've gotten to enter into that stage. No but you never know. I'm simply at you know what suitable is a bachelor life which happens to suit me. The funny thing is actually one of the things that prompted me was for the past year in a row the notionally. I've been an academic visitor. It's an also college. And when i was offered that appointment i rushed to oxford rented a basement flat near the college where a lot of students upstairs thumping around. So i've had that experience but actually funnily enough what that did was persuade me that living in small spaces was not only okay but it was actually rather a pleasant change from living in a very big space when mild has fitted me like an overcoat but it was a very big space now. I've got to smaller spaces one in london. And one i've kept in yorkshire and i'm finding that that very satisfactory but in terms of the neighbors in the new london place but does it's a very solidly built place..
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"Online at the world dot. Org we'll be right back you're listening to the world. As a presidential candidate. Joe biden was a harsh critic of trump's tariffs on china but now the biden has a seat at the table. The terrorists are still there. Why you don't just give away all your chips. Once how dealing with china is like a high stakes game of poker and punk rock marimba from mexico makes its debut all ahead here on the world. i'm marco werman year with the world. We are co production of gbh boston. Npr affects the ripple effects of the taliban takeover of afghanistan are quickly reverberating across its borders specifically. Some afghans are looking north to central asia. As a potential safe haven it's unclear though how receptive countries like becca stan. Tajijistan may be too large numbers of afghans. Looking to relocate. Meanwhile russia is keeping a close eye on its southern border with central asia. Alexander cooley is the director of columbia. University's harriman institute where he studies central asia and the caucasus and has been focused on the central asian side of the story alexander. Just how is the upheaval in afghanistan. Impacting central asian countries. That border afghanistan. I think there is considerable concern in central asia as to what this will mean both directly in terms of the possibility of refugee crisis in spillover of members of the afghan army that has been melting away as well as broader uncertainty regarding what the regional future of afghanistan and it's extended surroundings. Look at so. This is quite an important crisis that all of the central asian states are scrambling to formulate policy responses to there have been reports of some pilots from afghanistan's military common during aircraft and flying to gca stan. What do you think will happen with these people. There's a broad sense that unlike twenty years ago where all the central asian states maybe with the exception of turkmen Wanted to put up a real barrier in dealings with the taliban they wanted to be on board the international coalition effort think. There's a broad sense that the taliban is here to stay and they have to negotiate broad mechanisms and procedures for dealing with them that includes the potential return of refugees. It's not clear at all weather. Say tadjikhistan which is very suspicious of the taliban. We'll take a hard line and offer. Sanctuary permanent exile. Mice sense is probably that they won't that i think there is going to be a broad ranging consensus to limit the kind of crossborder spillages going to dissuade others from doing the same ultimately. I think the future as they see it is very much one of accommodation all regional hours. All bordering countries have to learn to live with this new era. So russia is following those developments closely. How do they see this up. Yvonne what is their relationship with some of the central asian countries bordering afghanistan. I think for the russians. They've been buying the situation afghanistan now for many years behind the scenes. Putin's afghan on voi- has been highly critical of the previous afghan government refusal to accommodate the taliban. So it's been preparing itself for this. Us withdrawal in general. I think for the russians. This illustrates a broader point that the u. s. cannot be trusted that its military interventions attempt to promote democratisation in state building regime. Change always end up in chaos just as they did in iraq just as they libya so that part of its is messaging is relatively consistent. But i do think that you are going to see the outline of some sort of deal. Relatively quickly where moscow agrees to recognize the taliban government in exchange the taliban agrees to keep those central asian borders a relatively stable insecure into not spillover. So here we are. In august of twenty twenty one chaos and pandemonium in afghanistan but russia did not evacuate or even closed its embassy in kabul. What is russia's relationship with italian today. Well not only his russian evacuated know. Who's still there. China iran pakistan. I think this gives us a really interesting window. Into the fact that there is this tacit kind of post western regional consensus that is emerging. So i think it tells us that everyone wants to accommodate themselves that. They're prepared to tryin sort through and make it work. There's no guarantee that things are necessary. Gonna go smoothly. But i think from the perspective of beijing and moscow. There is no desire to bring the united states back in any capacity so pulling out alexander looking at the big picture here how does the. Us withdrawal from afghanistan play into russia's overall political goals in the region. I think at the moment it serves them to be honest. I think russia has always tread a careful line. It wanted to highlight. Us failings in the region. It wanted to show that the us had broken yet another country. The regime change agenda doesn't work and that this kind of projection of democratic state-building through us military forces a recipe for disaster at the same time. It really did not want to collapse state on its post-soviet borders and so it's achieved the verse goal and now it is looking through direct contacts in coordination with that regional players to ensure that there is some sort of basic stability in the region but if it can achieve that then there's no doubt that this is a victory for broader russian international ambitions which sees at its heart pushing back against the. Us led so called liberal international order so finally. Where would that leave the us. A nato countries that have been in afghanistan for the past twenty years. I think the. Us is going to be mostly excluded from afghanistan's future. Look that's the big change whether the us can reengage with the region in a way that it's not actually formally controlling this kind of client state that had set up with aghanistan. I think that's an open question and how much. Us engagement a taliban government would be willing to accept but we shouldn't camouflage this. There's no doubt that this is a major geopolitical shift. That's underway alexander. Cooley the director of columbia. University's harriman institute where he studies central asia and the caucasus alexander. Thank you very much for helping us understand afghanistan especially in the context of its neighbors. Hey my pleasure thanks for having me on the trade war with china. Remember that well..
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"Think that's the reason why we saw that much suffering during that storm so as the tropical storm recedes we are still hearing. Reports of people being found under the rubble from the earthquake over the weekend are people being found alive. Still differently definitely I just received a message from a friend about city near jamie where people are still under the under the rebels. Despite the storm. I think people are still alive and help and risk stealing. If we hope that the government can can put everything together as soon as possible and to have those kind of intermissions unfortunately as grassroot organisations i as as as you are young people. Don't have that expertise to those people out. The reason why people will wanna wait doing your quick instead of doing. What's what's what's We commended of finding a shelter or or finding a way to hide. June quick is because they think that if an how house collapse on them the risk crew will take long that would that be stuck inside and die. So i think that's what what is still happening so after the storm. We have videos of people screaming on the robles. In asking for help heartbreaking what what are the biggest needs right now naphtali i e think because lupus is so slow the biggest threat now are still in the risk is in the risk was with the coordination of To help people get out. The people still alive to get out of those those wobbles. We are still at the stage until the storm and then we had those videos and also shelters shelters we the government when when when the police call wheel is there is capable of of constructing shelters in very Way for example for convoys imphal doing carnival where police golly is a big moment for for or governments. They used to be to build on very strong shelter in days in the days. So why not. We are not able to build those shelters during during an emergency this year. Haiti has been dealt blow after blow from cova to the assassination of president. Moi's in early july two this week of natural disasters i. I'm wondering about the young people. You're working with naphtali how they've been coping and coming together to try to make things better before they are creek. We studied realized is young people. We need to be more when those disaster happen. We are like that. We are one and we need to work together to to helpful fellow countrymen until philo citizen right now. We are seeing a group of young people coming from from defense universities from defend medical universities in photo prints trying to organize themselves to send caravans of medical students of nurses as young people who are still. We are still hopeful that one they hate it will be able to to do great but for now we need to organize to keep organized yourself to help those people In the future to keep those collaborations walking even after after this situation eh. quick neftali pierre-louis is an alumni of help the haitian education leadership program student organization. In haiti. he's been speaking with us from jeremy impacted by earthquake. Thank you very much neftali. Wishy look with the work ahead. Thank you thank you very much. Thank you as you heard. Haitians have been managing several crises at once co vid an assassination and now an earthquake and tropical storm. You can find all of our reporting on haiti online at the world dot. Org we'll be right back you're listening to the world. As a presidential candidate. Joe biden was a harsh critic of trump's tariffs on china but now the biden has a seat at the table. The terrorists are still there. Why you don't just give away all your.
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"Hard cash part of the delivery of a portion of its central banks reserve last week. The plane didn't arrive. Because of the instability so that is limited liquidity limited spending capacity in terms of cash in afghanistan currently and of course operating international banking accounts understanding international finance understanding how convert assets such as bonds into any kind of liquidity. Is not something that the taliban has any kind of experience with for it it would have to be able to persuade. Technocrats allow afghan technocrats to continue working for its ministry of finance without financing. You can't really run a government so what political scenarios could potentially long period of government inaction. Pretend you think you're ready likely going to see significant economic decline. That's obviously going to have grave repercussions for people. The taliban is effective in delivering or it can be brutal order but it has knowledge in capacity to stop crime but for delivering school. It will need to rely on teachers who will need to be able to be paid by. Someone and much of this. Financial capability will go radically down. most significantly. The united states is likely not going to be paying for two billion for the against security forces as it has been before boban takeover so that means that some number of soldiers say hundred thousand soldiers will now be unemployed paid the need to be paying its own fighters so literally how the taliban negotiates but international actors. They'll be critical but it can sustain the economy is it existed or the economy will rapidly go bankrupt and banditry frustration protests bill start emerging be interesting to see what happens then again more challenges for the taliban accessing. Money afghanistan's previous government. We have to say it was never flushed. But it did regularly receive planeloads of cash from the us government and used to pay salaries of officials and keep the wheels of government just turning. There were bulk shipments of dollars expected as late as last sunday. But it never arrived. How important is hard. Currency will will the end of that infusion of cash. Be a big shock for afghanistan's economy the end of the day liquid cash is crucial. And if that money is not delivered liberty it stops coming. One of the quite rapid economic effects will be that poor people will find it hard to buy food even just basic survival on a day to day. Basis is important to mention though that the taliban leadership has very minimal understanding of how to interact the donors in many ways enormously naive they have little technical capacity. They are not people with financial degrees but they also are politically naive in terms of constraints and conditionality issues. And so it'll be really a hard learning curve for them with impact on the lives of people. Vonda fell that brown studies. The taliban finances at brookings where she's a director of the initiative non-state armed actress. Thank you very much for helping. Better understand vonda later. This hour of the role of russia in central asia and afghanistan as the taliban asserts control. We shouldn't camouflage this. There's no doubt that this is a major geopolitical shifts underway and the latest from southern haiti. Where they're struggling through the one two punch of an earthquake and a tropical storm. You're listening to the world. I'm marco werman you're with the world. This has been a terrible few days for haiti. I seven point two magnitude earthquake. Then a tropical storm brought floods and landslides angelo hotel. A haitian doctor who's been working. In provincial hospital in chantal municipality in the southern part of haiti an area hit hard by both the earthquake and the storm. After the earthquake. I saw a lot of endured women and children with broken arms and a lot of really sad dibs. The doctor goes professionally by his first. Name dr angelo. He says a lot of people have lost their entire families. People are even lying underground and the rain filing on them. It is in your man what we see here. Many pregnant woman walk harmless dodger. Angela says this week has put even more strain on a healthcare system where conditions were already what he calls catastrophic. The biggest challenges were when you're at ten to a dying woman or change because you cannot do something for them. Due to lack of inflex Dr angeles people come in needing care. But often don't have the money to pay. They're also chronic shortages of medications with so much medical infrastructure destroyed. This week dr angelo warriors at the earthquake in storm will have long term impacts on hades healthcare system. Right now. he's focused on his patients and doing all he can do. Eventually though dr angelenos. That haiti has to have a functioning health system. I hope one day we will have a the head of the government. Someone will will make had a priority in will invest and health. We wanted to check in with neftali pierre-louis who lives with his family. Jeremy one of the most affected cities it sits at the tip of haiti's southern peninsula spoke on monday neftali just after the weekends. Quake you describe the vast amount of damage and you are also bracing for tropical storm grace which hit yesterday so get the update if you would. How bad was a storm and did it lead to any flooding where you are thank you. Thank you for having me again. Thank you for checking in again. Definitely it has. It has a devastating effect is expected despite. The storm has been announced the day before the equity australia on friday. And then on. Saturday we had the heck so so they knew that something like that will be coming so unfortunately we didn't have that the coordination necessary to provide shelter as soon as possible to victims and unfortunately we had the the images of a very old people screaming crying on under the ran Because they couldn't find a way to to shelter doing that storm on because Go back to the houses that were damaged. This has creative. A big outcry of the entire haitian population is coming from the orders or this part of the country that were not affected and those images of those elderly in the rain soaked really here and that public outcry. The anger is directed at home to the government to the government because everybody was expecting that we will have a look alike of coordination of the political situation. Right now in haiti. But i think people didn't see the extent of the damage is not on conceals Seeing those images on his gun social media and and that's where people realize that the the extent of the damaging other the damages caused the houses of people in it and the extent of the number of people affected by that devestation so And then right away we on on what's up with all my friends Everybody on facebook on on an also we will Pointing fingers to our government strict structures and and we decided to move faster the unexpected in aggressively for to provide support as as we can as we can we can not realize that even more now that who cannot rely on government right and if you had told us people in haiti generally are better prepared for storms and earthquakes. What were some of the challenges and preparing for tropical storm while still dealing with the acute aftermath of an earthquake notably people losing their shelters Exactly that's the main issue will In haiti we. That's that's that's the reason we use concrete houses because we are more used to hurricanes so we had to build solid houses but unfortunately does concrete can hold on a wing cannot hold seven point two magnitude earthquake magnitude..
"afghans" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"It's five fifteen. I am on a sunday morning here. In the afghan capital kabul. The sun hasn't yet risen. But there must be more than a thousand people already queuing here outside the country's only possible office in recent weeks the possible offices finishing up to five thousand possible. It's per day. The security situation in afghanistan deteriorates and people look for a way to escape southbound regionally from province and he came here to take the possible for his daughter. And why you applying for possible for your daughter but she delusional housing on possible often. Don't want if it integral pressing hostelry possible. Emmanuel reasonable me. I taking the post-partisan security issues the toll on their the war. Is there a need to have more support but besides that you know there are some kind of sicknesses if needed to go to for treatment may maybe also the country but the priority you know it is because the Security issues on talk about war. It's not quite seven. Am the line outside. The passport offices started to move slowly. It is also grown several blocks now. The key stretch is about three hundred meters up one straight then bins around to the left to another and then around again to the rot to another entitled Stretching probably around five hundred yards at this point and there will ever thousand people queuing up at this point. I'm standing in front of a painted mural on the side of a school which people are passing as they walked slowly towards the possible office. The murals painted in two thousand fifteen during that year's immigration cross which europe flooded with hundreds of thousands of immigrants from afghanistan syria kerak and africa. The paint is peeling now. But the message is still pertinent. It says in dari. Don't risk your life or the lives of your family. Immigration is not the solution. What made you decide to come in your possible. It's at this time that are now doesn't improve in. This decision is very worst We'll living in. Our house has two floors down for real saying abusers. Who's on the taliban team. And they are asking us financially. Held the more from one familiar. One need to go with all the front line. This is some kind of the condition of the lost and So this when. I came five years before took ghana stone in my lifetime lighting. The i'm spending my lifetime into prison is very hopefully plans on us known but with us. The situation was but in afghanistan but it gets worse or in the past one month or one month and a half using this time five years being enough donna. Assam depressive psychologically. I'm effected very badly on decision. Equal see a lot of people's waiting here. If it continues we are expecting one day. The human will tell you more. Y'all at one. After seven thirty several other queues have formed on the road and the final approach to the possible office. This is the kind of ordered chaos to it. All and people are relatively patient. That's awesome dot com teen years. I will do the foreigners over three years. I was in bagram but the the major problem is that it is a war. I am receiving. Flynn call talks messages on the are telling the Don't come out from your house. We will kill you your lesson. It you we will kidnap your children Will you work with foreigners. This is the reason you know Under pressure you know. And what were you doing at baghram Very with them is that all the job was there was some kind of watertown on. I was Driving and i was feeling fooling the tongs. You know this job but on the way. I don't know who follow it me. Who reported to who. I don't know who is behind the curtain. But there's keep sending me messages you could with the americans will kill you on the we don't know who is taliban or who is behind but it is Less than a month. I'm receiving the trump on the from the time being when the americans roy i got ten him inside the possible office. The nominal order that prevailed outside on the streets where people were beginning their q. is all but disappeared inside. A large shed like structure with windows on all sides and fans twirling full only from the ceiling. People are looking desperate. They're banging windows sleeping on benches wrongdoing in some cases. There's a sense of despair. Actually the situation is out of control because all the people have gone wants to have prospered and leave the country because of a situation of actual it is more than five thousand per day. Since when has it been so So much demand Sans actually the recent situation. Recent that mostly the us army leave the countries or god and wants to leave. This may take then. I found out my people. This guy on undergo is not the legal illegal things there's no system based northern section no formations freud nisa. They'll hit two is no for the future. We don't believe to government we don't believe to the source of the politicians We do not believe the politicians on the political issue is not as the situation changed because of the withdrawal of the foreign forces from daughter. Linda after your tax problem with foreigners of a problem with the foreigners living of course it is affecting but the major problem is with the with the government. Let's the government does not deal with no clear decision and that the government to work means to fight against the enemy under the initial program a lot of people inside the possible. The sierra complaining to me about the same kind of disorder and dysfunction pam. Yates the government. More broadly and which has caused many people here to lose so much hype in the country that they feel. They have no choice but to leave before. I kind of course if they wanna leave legally with legal documents they have this one omar monte hurdle to jump through before they can and then of course the next problem is the quarrying of visa and is unlikely to happen for the cost majority of the people here in the office today. Those andrew quilty. He's currently in. Kabul would seem to quickly changing developments since the taliban's takeover while the city itself is painful of apprehension. When you talk to people individually while the walmart the uncertainty of what lies ahead is a burden that's no easy to carry for my stuff guns and that does it for this episode of intercepted on our site the intercept dot com called the nine eleven worse and you can see all of our stories but the us in the world twenty years after nine eleven. Follow us on twitter at intercepted not instagram. At intercepted podcast intercepted is a production of first look media and the intercept. This episode was produced by jose lavarra's and holly demuth supervising producer. Laura flint betsy. Reid is editor in chief of the intercept. And rick quan mix show our theme music as always was composed by dj spooky next time on. What is jose..
"afghans" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"This is intercepted. I'm what's sane a reporter with the intercept About one am on the seventeenth of august thirty six hours since the taliban took control of the afghan capital kabul in a surprisingly peaceful transition of power with the afghan government led by shroff ghani. That's andrew quilty a photographer and writer based in kabul. The remaining fifteen also provincial capitals felt the taliban in a matter of is bringing then insurgent gripped to the gates of kabul light on the night of the fourteenth of august. It was a sleepless not that not fa cobbles residents who are anticipating the next state to begin violently. It was only a couple together agreement between the the government and the taliban that would see a peaceful transition of power in just a short time. We saw the taliban takeover afghanistan the taliban seething back power nearly two decades after nine eleven taking over the capital of kabul. In just a matter of days the afghan president has fled the country and us troops taken control of the city's airport where thousands of afghans are also desperate to leave the country. Us uk troops engaged in evacuating their citizens while the international community tries to define its response to the taliban's lightning speed victory anything. The development of the past week reinforced at any new us military involvement afghanistan. Now was the right decision. American troops cannot and should not be fighting nor and dine in a war that afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves when the agreement was made that would say the government falled must of the afghan security forces shed that uniforms and left their posts across the city. Former members of the afghan national army and the national police could be seen walking from military infrastructure around the city carrying sacks of belongings and within a matter of hours s. security vacuum developed in the city looting began thieves dressed up to look like taliban relative able in straight and within a matter of another few hours the taliban beta hasty decision to send their fighters into the city to feel the vacuum left by retreating disappearing afghan security forces. We'll be hearing more manjoo in a few minutes. The two decade-long. Us worn ghanistan has come to conclusion with the us. Having suffered what appears to be a stunning defeat after spending over trillion dollars in fighting a war that resulted in thousands of us casualties. In the deaths of hundreds of thousands of afghans. The us is leaving the country with taleban firmly in power. Vanessa is ari. National security editor for the intercept has been years reporting. It's stan after the. Us launched the war. Vanessa shooter reflections with us on the. Us government's longest war and what the recent developments mean for afganistan one thing. I've been struck by watching what's happening now. Is that the videos were seeing now. Come out of afghanistan of men with rpg's on the streets of major cities and the streets. Empty and gunfire ricocheting around and refugees in kabul in parks where a lot of us spent time picnicking or with friends. I'm just struck by how much it looks the way it did. Twenty years ago when the us i got involved in the war. It's really striking and surreal. How twenty years of our engagement. There seems to just have been erased in a few days but you also have to remember that. Tens of thousands of people have lost their children husbands brothers. Mothers fathers sisters to this war afghans americans europeans and many others in afghanistan alone according to the cost of war project brown. The total dad's since october two thousand and one hundred seven thousand of whom the vast majority are afghan civilians security forces and opposition fighters and for all those people in many others who have been there in this period. These years won't be erased ever. They'll never forget what happened in this period and while our war maybe ending maybe the war is not ending for afghans. And it's probably going to continue for a long time for a generation of afghans and americans. This war was very strange beast. It was a tapestry of cultural marvel's dark stories. Daf destruction beauty. Suffering friendship. Regret guilt and official lies. The biggest lie has been about america about what this country is in the world and about what we can and cannot do as the world's sole superpower american exceptionalism has now been shown in so many ways to be a bankrupt concept. We are not strong. We are not capable. We are not principled and so i'm thinking right now about the possibilities for moral recovery as a nation given the last twenty years of our history and what. We're seeing now in afghanistan. During most of the nineteen eighty s the cia secretly sent billions of dollars of military aid to afghanistan to support the mujahideen or holy warriors against the soviet union which had invaded in one thousand. Nine hundred seventy nine during the past eighteen months. The jadid fighting inside the country have improved their weapons tactics and coordination. The result is being a string of serious defeats. The soviet elite units as well as many divisions from the kabul army. The us supported jehad succeeded in driving out the soviets but the afghan factions once allied to the us eventually gave rise to the oppressive taliban and osama bin laden's al-qaeda at the scene at this moment at the world trade center stand dealer abc's good morning. America is down in the gentleness. Dan can you tell us what has just happened. It has just completely collapsed. The entire building has just classed as penalization team set off. When you see the old demolition buildings anymore whole side has collapsed at. The united states was attacked by al qaeda on september eleventh. Two thousand and one. We're about to hit the twenty year anniversary of those attacks. They were horrific group and this leader. A person named who some bin laden are linked to many other organizations in different countries. The leadership about canada has great influence in afghanistan and supports the taliban regime in controlling most to that country. They caught america almost totally by surprise in terms of the public. I mean the security state was actually expecting these tags. So that's a whole other story. But i think the public was really caught off guard by you know was. It was so surprising to people. I think that is part of why the notion of going to war as an answer to the nine eleven attacks was compelling for a broad range of republic and tonight the united states of america makes the following demands on the taliban deliver to united states authorities. All the leaders of al-qaeda who hide in your land the taliban must act and act immediately they will hand over the terrorists were they will share in their fate on my orders. The united states military has begun strikes against al-qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the taliban regime in afghanistan. These carefully targeted actions are designed to disrupt the use of afghanistan as a terrorist base of operations and to attack the military capability of the taliban regime. What happened was essentially an invasion. That should have been a arguably a police operation extensively. The us government went there to go after bin laden and the taliban who who sheltered him..
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"It had a lot more capacity and could be much more easily guarded than kabul international airport. That was shut down in stripped to its to its studs I don't understand it. It's hard to do much now. I mean unlike vietnam which was right on the water and you could have boats pull up and boats can carry a lot more people than an airplane. this is a landlocked country I'm not really sure what what can be done at this point. They have to be a lot of them. Are going to be taken out of the country. Maybe not to the united states but to through iran to turkey Maybe to europe europe from there But what's what's the thing that's very clear about every aspect of this withdrawal again again. We can talk about whether that was a good idea but whether or not it was a good idea there were one hundred one things that could have been done and i only see evidence of about two or three of them having actually been done. I want to ask you both about reports. That i've heard that are kind of conflicting that maybe to To the fate of so many people reports that say on the one hand. The taliban is promising. Amnesty to people who've not been with them and that there is no apparent military violence in kabul. Now that they've taken over the capital. But i've also heard reports that they've already engaged in executions of surrendering afghan soldiers and raping women and selling some women into forced marriages. Already in places they've taken over Do either of you have any knowledge of anything on on either side of that fred. I'll start with you. I don't have direct knowledge I would say two things very quickly one. Any pledge by the taliban is not worth anything and second. I've already forgotten the second part of your question. I'll go to go to kristin kristin. He makes a initial first point which is just because the taliban says that. That doesn't mean it's true absolutely brian. They've been The the taliban have been lying for twenty years. I would love to believe them but But based on past experience They're not reliable What i'm hearing from folks on the ground is that Taliban are now going door to door in kabul They ha- what's what's been known for at least several days. Now is that They they have. Us biometric equipment to identify any like through retinal scans facial recognition They have the ability to ide- Any anyone who has ever with the us at any point which is a huge huge number of afghans And also keep in mind there's you know there's humanitarian aid workers on ground. There's all of these. People who have been part of of building a better. Afghanistan modernizing afghanistan educating afghans carrying for afghans. All of the things that that the taliban has murdered people for these last twenty years and all of them are trying to get everybody is trying to save their lives and But they the taliban are controlling checkpoints. They are able to people. They are going door to door and the The the executions will will be ramping up..
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"Fans have been loving the past few days what the european championships and the copa america both happening on. Two sides of the atlantic and there is drama typically. We'd bring on our next guest to discuss all things soccer but today roger bennett is here on a different mission. And don't worry footie fans we will talk soccer. You may know rogers. One half of the soccer commentating duo men in blazers. Roger also has a new book out and memoir titled reborn in the usa. An englishman's love letter to his chosen home. And that's where we're going to start roger bennett. Welcome to the show mark. It's great to be back. There are so many great stories in your book about your lifelong love for the usa. But for those of us who only know you for men in blazers take us back to the young roger. Bennett at the liverpool college for gentlemen. What kind of school was it. How did you start fantasizing in that environment. That america was your destiny. If you have seen grey gardens then you will have been spiritually to liverpool college in the nineteen eighties but backed van. In the north of england was rotting away. As post industrial change gripped britain. Under the city sank breath. Life felt like it was lived in black and white and i survived by inhaling everything american. I could the books the movies the music copies of rolling stone. The music of run dmc tracy chapman heart-to-heart the love boat. John hughes the chicago bears super bowl. So it was american culture. That kind of drew you in when you finally got to the us for the first time in july nineteen eighty six You right to help your friend. Jeff picked you up at o'hare and he took straightaway to an arby's. You've got the french dip first time for that. And you right. I coulda sworn it tasted beef democracy and freedom. How would you update that slogan for the first century. Like what have you learned. Since at first encounter about america that doesn't square with beef. Democracy and freedom not trip to chicago was life changing. It affirmed. remember i felt. I was in america. That was trapped in an englishman's bully and this incredible image of america as a place of courage of joy of aspiration was built from afar foot in the country. Despite the fact that i felt like i was as american as bruce springsteen might true heart so actually going there was a remarkable feat and it was then when i was sixty That i decided that. That place where i was gonna live out my life. But here's what i wanna know. I mean despite your love for american culture roger. You built a career in this country as engaging commentator on a sport that is mostly not what americans wanna watch. Does that surprise you. In the damage below the age of thirty the game of football particularly the premier league the champions the the. Us women that the ratings they pull in the commercial business the the american abels on all of these things are soaring and we joke on our show. We have a sokha. The sports are the future as it has been since nineteen seventy two. That future is very much now. The the reality is football is a joy as we're seeing now with the euros where two teams take the field. And then nation's history takes the field alongside them ultimately football ultimately is just a reflection of life. That's how we treat. All of humanity can be found in a wu tang album all of humanity can be found within ninety minutes Of a game of football safe arrest. The difference between the two is to be seamless abroad. soccer is also gone through a ton of changes. And i i gotta say it's chastening to see the euro championships right now. In the wake of this idea that american owners of european football clubs had come up with this super league which would have seen the top teams in europe competing in one league. Kind of choking out smaller clubs. The league is integrated before it could come together as fans protested across europe.