Series 2 / Episode 1 - Taliban, Turbans and the Smartphone
Afghan lives under the Taliban's revived Islamic Emirate
Revolutionary Decrees and the Taliban’s Assault on Afghan Women
The Taliban are now well into a second year of imposing their revived Islamic Emirate on Afghanistan. The Taliban’s Amir, Haibatollah Akhundzada, has published a series of radical decrees which he claims are, step by step, imposing an Islamic system of government and law. In the latest moves, the Taliban have banned girls from university and stopped Afghan women from working in aid agencies, except in the health sector. This is not the Afghanistan which was promised by the men who signed the US-Taliban Doha agreement in February 2020. IN this episode, over chai, Tamim and Michael assess the outcome of a mission to Afghanistan by UN Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammad. They locate this exchange in the context of the latest stage of the Taliban’s roll-out of their Islamic Emirate.
Podcast produced by Colm Heatley.