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Taliban, Afghanistan and the U.S. factor

For 20 years, the U.S. Army was stationed in Afghanistan. The America’s longest war in Afghanistan was prompted by day’s events with Taliban’s refusal to hand over Osama bin Laden after 9/11 terrorist attack. Since then USA’s involvement in Afghanistan has stretched from months to years. Until now, America has spent around $2 Trillion on the Afghan wars and has lost more than 47,000 civilians.

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The Rise of Taliban

In northern Pakistan, during the early 1990s, the Taliban (in Pushto language meaning “students”) emerged when the Soviet troops were withdrawn from Afghanistan. The Pashtun movement predominantly started in Saudi funded religious seminaries which were preaching a harsh Sunni Islam law form. Taliban promised that once in power, they would be restoring peace as well as enforcing strict Sharia law in Pashtun areas (straddling Afghanistan and Pakistan).

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The 2021 IPCC Report Is Concerning

The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or the IPCC, a body that was established to provide assessments of climate change, released the first chapter of its report on the 9th of August 2021. This report was authored by over two hundred scientists from 66 countries and has been perceived as a red alert by several experts.

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The Taliban

The word "Taliban" in Arabic means "student". They have been fighting alongside Afghan rebels known as the "Mujahedeen" against Russian occupation for nine years. The United States provided funding and weapons back to its policy against the Cold War enemy, the Soviets, that was backing the communist leader in Afghanistan. Which led a coup d'état seized power from the country's first president, Mohammed Daoud Khan, in 1978.

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Abstained: Friends and Partners on both sides

The Russian invasion of Ukraine marks one of the biggest military invasions in Europe since the 2nd World War, but for India, this is a diplomatic challenge as this is a new era of conflict, antagonism, and rivalries. India's abstention to the UNSC resolution which demands complete withdrawal of the Russian military from the territory of Ukraine is no surprise, given that India struck balance with both Russia and Western allies over the last month of these crises.

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The Unspeakable Victims of the Russia-Ukraine War

Protests are being registered from people and organizations around the world, asking their countries to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine. While efforts are, indeed, being taken by each country to reach out to the students, doctors, etc., residing in Ukraine and bring them home, it is a very tedious and arduous process. Amidst this scenario, there are also some objections being raised by activists and civilians alike, about why assistance is restricted to humans.

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Into the mind of Mr. Putin- Reasons why the Ukraine conflict occurred?

Conflicts have been a part of human existence since times immemorial. Every conflict has its origins in the psychology of leaders. An analysis of the causes of the Ukraine conflict requires a clear understanding of the worldview of Mr. Putin to discern what caused him to declare war on a neighboring country.
 

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The End of the Proliferations Regime- Why the Russia- Ukraine war might undo years of Nuclear Non-Proliferation efforts?

Nuclear weapons are clearly the most destructive and inhumane weapons ever created. Within seconds they can vaporize millions into ashes and spread poisonous radiation which could make life a living hell for the survivors of such a tragedy.

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Iraq closes the door to normalisation of relations with Israel

Out of 193 member states of the United States, 28 member states still do not officially recognise Israel as a legitimate state, which includes 15 members of the Arab League, including Iraq. Iraq and Israel have had a hostile relationship ever since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 and do not even have diplomatic relations.

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A Problem of Plenty- How the Russia-Ukraine Conflict affects global food security

Food security, as defined by the United Nations’ Committee on World Food Security, means that all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life.
 

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Cannes'22: When feminist activists painted the red carpet 'Blood Red'

When a SCUM activist stripped and ran across the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival on 20th May, 2022 (Acevedo, 2022) in protest of the sexual violence against Ukrainian women who have become victims of the Russia-Ukraine war, the global attention was forcefully turned towards the atrocities that were being committed just a few thousand kms away from all the glitz..

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Roe v. SCOTUS

Roe v. Wade is a legal case from 1973 where the Supreme Court of the United States of America recognized that the regulations on abortion are unconstitutional. The court stated its belief that having these regulations is violating women’s rights to privacy and liberty which makes it significant for abortion to be an individual’s decision rather than something decided by the Government.

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