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China-Taliban Tango Encourages Unholy Marriage
China-Taliban Tango Encourages Unholy Marriage

China is brimming with optimism about the Taliban in Afghanistan. But a bombing that killed scores of people, including 13 American troops, outside the Kabul airport on August 26 has led many to distrust the Islamic group’s promise to not let anyone use the land-locked country’s soil to target another.

The Natural Next Step: Afghanistan Withdrawal in Context
The Natural Next Step: Afghanistan Withdrawal in Context

One adjective that should never be used to describe the US retreat from Afghanistan is “surprising.” In fact, what happened in Kabul in 2021 was the natural next step on the inward-turning path Americans began walking in 2009.

What Is Really Going on in Afghanistan: The Plight of Christians and Religious Minorities
What Is Really Going on in Afghanistan: The Plight of Christians and Religious Minorities

With the West on the run, increased activity by terrorists, and the Taliban inexorably exerting control across the country, we need to be aware of what is happening to real people, right now in Afghanistan.

Outbidding Cycle of Terrorist Violence in Afghanistan
Outbidding Cycle of Terrorist Violence in Afghanistan

Let’s take a look at the players, the victims, the outbidding cycle, and why ISIS-K is likely to ramp up the violence in Afghanistan. All of this suggests much more violence that will target Christians and Shia Muslims, as well as more oppression of highly (Western) educated people, women, and others who may not bend to the new social order.

Why Nation-Building Is Inevitable
Why Nation-Building Is Inevitable

So, should we stay indefinitely in places like Afghanistan and Iraq? The answer depends on whether the costs are worth the benefits compared to American interests in other parts of the world.

Resolution in US House Would Recognize Simele Massacre against Assyrians in Iraq
Resolution in US House Would Recognize Simele Massacre against Assyrians in Iraq

The Simele Massacre, which occurred in 1933, is a largely forgotten tragedy that still awaits official recognition from both the Iraqi government and international community.

The Overturned Conviction for Daniel Pearl’s Murder, and Where to Place Blame in Pakistan
The Overturned Conviction for Daniel Pearl’s Murder, and Where to Place Blame in Pakistan

Earlier this year, the Pakistani supreme court overturned the conviction of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a Pakistani British national who was sentenced to death by hanging for the kidnapping and murder of Daniel Pearl.

Leaving Afghanistan

Nations great and small largely determine their own destiny under the mercy or judgment of an ever watchful Providence.

Human Rights Situation Will Get Worse in Afghanistan
Human Rights Situation Will Get Worse in Afghanistan

In five years, the human rights situation in Afghanistan will be back to square one.