Thought for the day

"The problem we face today is that the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living." -- George Bernard Shaw (1856- 1950)

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The mass exodus sparked by the August 2021 Taliban takeover compelled Afghanistan’s new rulers to issue a call for Afghans to stay and help rebuild the country. But after a year of Taliban rule, the economy is in tatters, confidence has been shattered, and Afghanistan’s best and brightest are not returning – they’re fleeing in droves. 

International organization Save the Children in a report said that 97 percent of families can’t prepare food for their children, and they are "going to bed hungry."

“Life is dire for children in Afghanistan, one year since the Taliban took control. Children are going to bed hungry night after night.

They’re exhausted and wasting away, unable to play and study like they used to. They’re spending their days toiling in brick factories,

Taliban fighters beat women protesters and fired into the air on Saturday as they violently dispersed a rare rally in the Afghan capital, days ahead of the first anniversary of the hardline Islamists' return to power.

Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said that the schools for female students are closed for religious issues and that there is a need for agreement of Islamic scholars on this matter.

Efforts are underway by the Islamic Emirate leadership to reopen girls’ schools, he said.

However, earlier many Islamic clerics across Afghanistan called for the reopening of girls’ schools.

Washington’s hard power display of taking out Al-Qaeda’s Al-Zawahiri will not be reciprocated by Beijing over Pelosi’s provocative visit to Taiwan. It does however, definitively bury the decades-long era of cooperative US-Chinese relations.

At least four members of the Daesh group were killed and one person was detained in operations conducted earlier this week by the Islamic Emirate forces in Karta-e- Sakhi area of Kabul city, Kabul security department said.

The clashes between the Islamic Emirate forces and Daesh members lasted for many hours.

According to Arab News Pakistan on November 20, 2020:

“Egyptian national Ayman Al-Zawahiri, 69, died in Afghanistan likely of natural causes, several sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan told Arab News this week, just days after reports of (his) passing made the rounds on social media.”

“Arab News spoke to at least four security sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan to confirm Zawahiri’s death.”

In the aftermath of Joe Biden's report that he ordered a military drone strike that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, a report has emerged that Biden has paid, over the last year, about $1 billion to the Taliban.

That would be the extremist Islamist organization that took over Afghanistan when Biden last year abruptly pulled American soldiers out.

On Monday, President Biden announced that Osama Bin Laden's successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was assassinated by a drone strike in Afghanistan.

FOX News' Tucker Carlson lambasted Biden for talking about the Al Qaeda leader's death after messing up the departure from Afghanistan last year.

"It takes a lot of brass to brag about Afghanistan, or even mention the word," Carlson began, arguing it is to Biden what the Monica Lewinsky scandal was to Bill Clinton.