Cascading challenges for the Taliban
A day after the Taliban appointed an interim cabinet to rule Afghanistan, the dizzying challenges that accompanied the group’s victory were highlighted, including growing dissent, a humanitarian crisis, and foreign policy issues.
Although the Taliban’s announcement of the new leadership was aimed at unifying the movement and formalizing the functioning of government, the lack of women and the presence of former leaders of the group’s repressive regime in the 1990s raised concerns in the West. that earlier promises of inclusiveness might prove empty.
The Taliban face long-standing tensions on the Afghan-Pakistani border, where some Afghan refugees have fled and the Pakistani military has continued to bomb suspected militant hideouts in recent days, according to Taliban and Pakistani officials.
Repression : Protesters have been abused in overcrowded prisons. Several Afghan journalists said they were arrested while covering a demonstration yesterday and beaten in detention. Despite warnings from the Taliban that protests must now be approved in advance, protesters were back on the streets.
Humanitarian crisis: Food and cash shortages make it difficult to obtain basic supplies. Aid workers who remained in Afghanistan, many of them women, are on a difficult path.
Salah Abdeslam, who prosecutors say is the only surviving striker, set a defiant tone in his opening remarks to the judge. âI gave up all professions to become an Islamic State fighter,â he said when asked about his work. All the other men tried are accused of being accomplices.
Details: The group will be judged by a panel of judges in a courtroom specially designed for these monumental proceedings, which can accommodate 550 people. The proceedings are expected to last a record nine months and this is the first trial in France accessible to plaintiffs live on the Internet.
Quote: “In France, there was a before and after November 13, 2015, just as in the United States there was a before and after September 11,” said Georges Fenech, a former lawmaker who led a parliamentary inquiry into the attacks.
US travel restrictions return to Europe
A handful of European countries, including Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands, have imposed new travel restrictions on visitors from America, after the EU removed the United States from a list of countries whose residents are not subject to restrictions such as coronavirus testing or quarantine.
The EU’s suggestion to reimpose restrictions on unvaccinated US travelers is not binding, and many European governments have yet to act on it. Some may even choose to ignore it altogether. For now, most countries, including France, Spain and Germany, still welcome travelers from the United States without much hassle.
The varying measures by countries, which may seem dizzying to non-Europeans, reflect a reality that the pandemic has only amplified: although the EU is striving to present a unified front, each of its 27 member countries has its own interests and its epidemiological situation.
Divergent epidemics: More than 83 percent of adults in Belgium have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, for example, but only 20 percent have been vaccinated in Bulgaria, which recently faced a spate of hospitalizations and deaths.
Here are the latest pandemic updates and maps.
In other developments:
The Palestinian Authority has banned weddings, mourning tents and other gatherings to stem a coronavirus outbreak in the occupied West Bank.
The virus is killing pregnant women at high rates in Latin America and the Caribbean, the WHO has warned.
Covax, a Covid vaccine distribution program around the world, has reduced its forecast of available doses by 2021 by a quarter.
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A single 70s shirt or sweater from Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s punk label Seditionaries can sell for $ 7,000 or $ 8,000 at auction, provided it’s the real deal. But counterfeits abound, reports Mark C. O’Flaherty for The Times: Fashion archivists describe seeing as many as 500 counterfeit items for an authentic piece.
Welcome to the weird and lucrative world of fake punk. Over the past 30 years, pretending to create original, handmade designs incorporating S and M and dirty graphics, innovative fit and straps, surplus military patterns, tweed and latex – the stuff of the anarchic era that Sid Vicious and his peers made famous – has grown into a growing industry.
âCoins are incredibly rare due to a combination of factors,â said Alexander Fury, author of âVivienne Westwood Catwalkâ. “They had tiny production runs, the clothes were expensive and people tended to buy them and wear them until they fell apart.”
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