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Credit: Emily Forgash

Though at first blush, Facebook seems to have helped us in more ways than one, including making us more informed, enabling us to remain connected, and overall making our lives happier, that does not show the entirety of what they do and that it is necessarily good for all. There…


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Asaldin, whose son Dilawar died in U.S military custody at Bagram Airbase in December 2002. Asaldin told his family not to seek revenge against the Americans, “I am angry with them, but this was the will of God,” he said. “God is great, and God will punish them.” At his home in Yakubi, Khost province, May 2005. Picture Credit: Keith Bedford.

The temptation to disengage from Afghanistan has always existed. However, it gave way to realism as the threat of terrorism could put any American president’s fate in jeopardy. Finally, the United States has dealt with its fears or been pushed to do so, given the emergence of more prominent threats.


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Win McNamee/Getty Images

“Fixing Washington requires more than new leaders and new variations on partisan orthodoxies. It requires a new governing vision, propelled by public demand, for a basic overhaul of how government works.…. The parties argue about ideological abstractions when voter anger stems mainly from the stifling of sensible decisions throughout society.”…


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Pakistani soldiers check the identity of citizens returning from Afghanistan at the border town of Chaman, Pakistan (March 7, 2017). Credit: REUTERS/Saeed Ali Achakzai

As we are moving closer to the idea of engaging with the Taliban each day, we are simultaneously moving away, increasingly untroubled, from the notion of liberal democracy. After seeing, knowing, and experiencing how the Taliban has been and still proceeding forward to legitimize them looks like a deed of…


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In an interview for the New Yorker Radio Hour, Anand Gopal, a prominent American journalist and a finalist for Pulitzer Prize 2015, discusses how the new-aged Taliban don’t have the slightest idea about 9/11 or, for that matter, why the U.S was even there in Afghanistan in the first place…


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Viva Ruiz, “Thank God for Abortion” (2019), photograph (all images courtesy of the individual artists and Downtown for Democracy)

Abortion-ban is equivalent to chastising women due to their gender. It takes us back to the fundamental evils of society —gender inequality and patriarchy — and how they cast their dirty shadow and soil almost all dimensions of a woman’s life. These medieval anti-abortion laws make life even more difficult…


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“War does not determine who is right, only who is left,” says Bertrand Russell.

Liberty Leading the People is a painting done by Eugene Delacroix in the year 1830. Credit: Eugene Delacroix.

As humans became more civilized and organized, their methods of killing each other became more sophisticated and purposive; hence they can now kill on a larger scale. The fight is not only about survival anymore. …


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Thousands of civilians have fled their homes in southern Afghanistan to escape violent attacks following the withdrawal of US forces from a military base in the area. (AFP)

America faltered in supporting and delivering justice to the people of Afghanistan in their worst time. On the contrary, it conned them and the Afghan government, America’s ally in the fight against the Taliban, leaving them incapacitated. America showed them a dream affirming they would have their back and, instead…


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Picture Credit: Hassan Abbas.

“Men learned to fight like they learned to breathe, without even thinking. They fought dogs, they fought cocks. They fought tiny delicate birds that fit in a human hand and lived in a human coat pocket, and they bet on the results. They fought wars for decades until no one…


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The Taliban delegation with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tianjin on Wednesday. Photo: Handout. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3142826/taliban-leader-arrives-china-talks-foreign-minister-wang-yi

“Alongside the globalization of the world economy, the international political system is tilting schizophrenically towards greater fragmentation.” Says William J. Burns in his book the Back Channel.

Geopolitics cannot stand voids, and therefore China jumped right in and axed it. Just some days after the U.S pulls out of Afghanistan…

Sakshi Kharbanda, Ph.D.

Learner| Researcher| Writer. Writes on Democracy, Capitalism and Inclusion. Fascinated by Mathematics and Mathematicians.

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