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Afghan people face a deadly humanitarian crisis

As winter approaches, the UN Security Council should set aside differences and urgently focus on how to send assistance to Afghanistan’s impoverished people

Mapping Faultlines: 1 year of Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan and the US trail of disaster

NewsClick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the situation in Afghanistan one year after the Taliban’s takeover. He explains the role of the US and NATO in perpetuating the crisis in the war-torn country

1 year after Taliban takeover, the US still hasn’t given Afghanistan’s money back

In 2021, the US froze $7 billion in Afghanistan’s reserves after the Taliban seized control, precipitating the “world’s largest humanitarian crisis”

UNAMA report notes large number of casualties and rights violations under Taliban rule

While the security situation in Afghanistan has improved since the Taliban takeover, extremists groups continue to attack vulnerable ethnic and minority groups, resulting in at least 700 deaths between August 2021 to June 2022

Afghan women Plight of women in Afghanistan worsened due to US sanctions

Economic sanctions by the US and the dress code restrictions imposed by the Taliban regime have only increased the suffering of women and girls in Afghanistan

Afghanistan food crisis 20 million Afghans experiencing acute food shortage: IPC

“With 38% of the population targeted for humanitarian food assistance, nearly 20 million people – representing half the country’s population – is still experiencing high and critical levels of acute food insecurity,” IPC’s findings note

Close to 30 dead in Afghanistan as targeted attacks on minorities continue

Panic has gripped Afghanistan after a massive explosion that targeted a Shia mosque in Afghanistan’s Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of the northern Balkh province, on April 21

Chinese diplomacy in Afghanistan China’s diplomacy on a roll in Kabul

China has emerged as the most influential external player in Afghanistan by a long shot in the period since the Taliban took power last August

US to close Red Hill facility that poisoned Hawaii’s water supply and other stories

Today we look at a missile attack by Israeli on Syria, the Pentagon’s decision to shut down the Red Hill tank farm in Hawai’i, and more

Afghan frozen assets Afghans oppose US move to seize half of country’s frozen assets, call it illegal and unjust

Amid severe opposition and criticism, the Joe Biden administration decided last week to divert nearly half of the USD 7 billion Afghan frozen assets it holds to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks

Occupation forces kill Palestinian teen in West Bank demolition raid and other stories

Today we look at a raid in the Occupied West Bank and settler violence in Sheikh Jarrah, the release of 4 Afghan women activists from detention, and more

Afghan women protest Despite figuring in Oslo talks, the rights of women remain deeply in peril in Afghanistan

The Taliban and the western powers had very different agenda and aims from the recent talks in Oslo. Thus while the issue of women’s rights figured prominently, it is unlikely that much will change on the ground in light of recent developments