Understanding the Taliban

September 03, 2021

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Taliban fighter looks at Taliban flags and posters of leaders in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. 

Taliban fighter looks at Taliban flags and posters of leaders in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. 

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Since the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan, there's been a lot of worry about what they will do, how they will rule and what it means for Afghan women. But a more fundamental question is this: Who are they this time around? Also, asylum-seekers allege pushbacks at Europes’ external borders. One Syrian child attempting to reach Europe claims he was violently pushed back from Greece to Turkey. And a second child, also Syrian, managed to escape the forced return. And, in the years after 9/11, crossing US land borders has become more difficult. That’s had an outsized effect in towns along the Canadian border. Plus, ABBA is back! One of Sweden's biggest exports dropped, not one, but two new singles yesterday.

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