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2 Years Ago, The Taliban Banned Girls From School. It’s A Worsening Crisis For All Afghans




ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Afghanistan is the only country in the world with limits on female education, two years after the Taliban forbade girls from attending school beyond sixth grade. The rights of Afghan women and children are now on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly, which meets in New York on Monday.

The United Nations Children’s Fund claims the prohibition affects more than 1 million females. However, it estimates that 5 million were out of school before the Taliban takeover owing to a lack of facilities and other factors.

The ban drew international censure and remained the Taliban’s most significant impediment to being recognized as Afghanistan’s legitimate authority. The Taliban, however, ignored the outcry and went even further, barring women and girls from higher education, public venues such as parks, and most jobs.

Here’s a look at the education prohibition for girls:



The Taliban prohibited girls from continuing their education past the sixth grade because it did not conform to their understanding of Islamic law or Sharia. They did not make an exception for boys. In the last two years, they have made little progress in creating the environment necessary for girls to return to school.

According to regional analyst Hassan Abbas, their perspective on females’ education stems partially from a certain 19th-century Islamic philosophy school and partly from rural areas where tribalism is ingrained.

“Those who went on to develop the (Taliban) movement opted for ideas that are restrictive, orthodox to the extreme, and tribal,” said Abbas, a Taliban expert. According to Abbas, the Taliban leadership thinks that women should not participate in anything social or public, especially schooling.

When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan in the late 1990s, they prohibited girls from attending school.

Outside of Afghanistan, clergy agree that Islam prioritizes female and male education. “The Taliban have no basis or evidence to claim the contrary,” Abbas stated. Individual countries and groupings, such as the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, have failed to persuade the Taliban.

Former Taliban front-line leader Syed Akbar Agha stated that the rebels adopted an Islamic system the day they took Kabul in August 2021.

“They also gave Afghans and the rest of the world the impression that the country would have an Islamic system,” Agha remarked. “At the moment, there is no (other) Islamic system in the world.” The international community is working hard to bring democracy to Islamic countries and pull them away from the Islamic system.”



According to Roza Otunbayeva, special representative for Afghanistan and director of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan, one of the apparent consequences of an education prohibition is a lack of training for aspiring healthcare workers.

Female medical students’ studies were interrupted following the Taliban’s proclamation prohibiting women from pursuing higher education last December. Afghan women work in hospitals and clinics — one of the few open areas — but the pipeline of qualified candidates will dry up. Afghan women cannot see male doctors. Hence, children will be denied medical care if women are their primary carers.

“If nothing changes in the future, where will the female doctors, midwives, gynaecologists, and nurses come from?” Otunbayeva told The Associated Press in an email. “In a strictly gender segregated society, how will Afghan women be able to get the most basic healthcare services if there are no female professionals to treat them?”



The high school ban is about more than just females’ rights. The situation is worse for all Afghans.

Tens of thousands of teachers have been laid off. Support personnel are also out of work. Private educational institutions and businesses that gained financially from girls’ education have been impacted. Afghanistan’s economy is in shambles, and people’s earnings are falling. According to UNICEF, excluding women from the labor force costs the country’s GDP billions of dollars.

With their shift towards madrassas, or religious schools, the Taliban prioritize Islamic knowledge over fundamental literacy and arithmetic, paving the way for a generation of students with no modern or secular education to enhance their or the country’s economic future.

Other effects for the wider public include public health and child protection.

According to UN data, birth rates are higher among Afghan girls aged 15 to 19 who do not have a secondary or higher education. A woman’s education can also influence whether her children receive basic immunizations and if her daughters marry before 18. According to the United Nations, one of the biggest causes of deprivation is a lack of education for women.

According to aid organizations, girls are at a higher risk of child labor and child marriage since they are not in school, despite the mounting problems experienced by families.

The Taliban conducted a decades-long jihad to impose their Sharia-based ideology. They are not going down without a fight. Sanctions, asset freezes, lack of formal recognition, and global denunciation have had little effect.

Countries with ties to the Taliban may be able to exert influence. However, they have distinct agendas, making a united front on girls’ education unlikely.

Pakistan is concerned about a rise in insurgent activity. Water resources are a source of contention for Iran and Central Asian countries. China is looking for prospects for investment and resource extraction.

There is a greater possibility of pressure coming from within Afghanistan.

The Taliban’s rule today is not the same as it was decades ago. Senior officials, notably chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, use social media to communicate with Afghans at home and abroad.

They point out their success in eliminating narcotics and combating armed groups like the Islamic State. However, increasing security and eliminating poppy crops can only satisfy people.

While Afghans are concerned about losing girls’ education, they also have more pressing concerns, such as earning a living, putting food on the table, having a roof over their heads, and surviving droughts and hard winters.

Within Afghanistan, there is a desire for the Taliban to gain international legitimacy, even without recognition, so that the economy can prosper.

According to Abbas, public opinion is considerably more vital and influential today than it was during the Taliban administration in the 1990s. “Internal pressure from ordinary Afghans will eventually force Kandahar into a corner and make a difference.”

However, it could take years for the effects of the prohibition to impact Afghan males and spark a wave of protest. Right now, it only impacts girls; most protesters have been women.

According to Agha, Afghans will support the ban if the ultimate goal is to implement hijab the Islamic headscarf and prohibit gender mingling. But they will not if the goal is merely to eliminate females’ education completely.

“I think only the nation can lead the way,” he remarked.


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Indonesia’s Marapi Volcano Erupts For The Second Day As 12 Climbers Remain Missing




PADANG, Indonesia – Officials in Indonesia paused the search for 12 climbers on Monday when Mount Merapi volcano erupted again, sending a huge burst of scorching ash as high as 800 meters (2,620 feet) into the air.

The deaths of 11 climbers were discovered earlier in the day while searching for the missing, but efforts to locate them were hampered by the resumed activity, according to West Sumatra’s Search and Rescue Agency head Abdul Malik. He stated that the search would restart whenever conditions improved.

The agency shared a video of rescuers escorting an injured climber on a stretcher off the mountain and into a waiting ambulance to be brought to the hospital.


On Sunday, Marapi erupted, unleashing clouds of burning ash.

Since 2011, the volcano has remained at the third highest of four alert levels, indicating above-normal volcanic activity, prohibiting climbers and villagers from approaching the peak within 3 kilometers (1.8 miles), according to Hendra Gunawan, the head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation.

“This means there should be no climbing to the peak,” Gunawan explained, adding that climbers were only permitted below the danger zone, “but sometimes many of them broke the rules to fulfill their satisfaction to climb further.”

On Saturday, over 75 climbers began their ascent of the nearly 2,900-meter (9,480-foot) mountain and became stranded. Rescuers saved 52 people, including three on Monday. According to Hari Agustian, an official with the local Search and Rescue Agency in Padang, the West Sumatra provincial capital, eight of those rescued Sunday were transported to hospital with burns, and one suffered a fractured leg.

Before beginning their ascent, all climbers registered at two command stations or online with West Sumatra’s conservation office, according to Agustian. When asked how many individuals may be stranded, he claimed it couldn’t be confirmed because some may have taken unauthorized routes up the mountain, and residents may have also been present.

During Sunday’s eruption, Marapi erupted thick ash columns as high as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet), and heated ash clouds extended for miles. Tons of volcanic debris buried nearby villages and cities. According to a social media video, volcanic dust and rain covered the faces and hair of evacuated climbers.

Authorities provided masks and urged inhabitants to wear eyeglasses to protect themselves from volcanic ash as falling ash blanketed several communities and obstructed sunlight.


Rubai and Gobah Cumantiang, the nearest villages about 5 to 6 kilometers (3.1 to 3.7 miles) from the peak, are home to approximately 1,400 people.

According to Gunawan, the Sunday eruption was not preceded by a large rise in volcanic earthquakes. Deep volcanic earthquakes were only detected three times between November 16 and Sunday, while the peak’s deformation equipment or tiltmeter revealed a horizontal pattern on the radial axis and a small inflation on the tangential axis.

“This shows that the eruption process is taking place quickly and the center of pressure is very shallow, around the peak,” the scientist stated.


According to Gunawan, Marapi has erupted on average every 2 to 4 years since 2004.

Gunawan added that this eruption was not the result of magma movement and that marapi eruptions are typically sudden and challenging to detect using equipment because the source is close to the surface.

Marapi has been active since a January eruption that left no one dead. It is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is vulnerable to seismic activity due to its placement on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircles the Pacific Basin.


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Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press




Are you adept at flirting or chatting up possible partners? If this is the case, you may already have rizz and be unaware of it.

Young folks utilize the Oxford word of the year, internet slang for romantic appeal or charm.

It was one of eight words chosen from a shortlist to define the mood, ethos, or preoccupations of 2023.

A public poll was used to narrow down the list before Oxford lexicographers made the ultimate selection.

Swiftie, Beige Flag, and Situationship were among the other contenders.

If you are not a member of Generation Z, the term may be meaningless to you.

However, it is widely utilized online, with billions of views of the hashtag “rizz” on TikTok.


Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press

It is described as style, charm, or attractiveness, as well as the ability to attract a romantic or sexual partner, by Oxford University Press [OUP], which publishes the Oxford English Dictionary [OED].

The word “charisma” is assumed to be a shorter variant of “charisma.”

It can also be used as a verb, as in “to frizz up,” which means “to attract, seduce, or chat up someone.”

It’s essentially a modern version of the “game,” described as skill, proficiency, and the capacity to sexually entice people through one’s charm.


What do the shorlisted words mean?

Beige flag (n.): a character feature that indicates that a partner or possible partner is boring or lacks creativity; (also) a quality or habit, especially of a partner or potential mate, that is very distinctive but not good or bad. [proposed definition]

A situationship (n.) is a romantic or sexual relationship that is not formal or established.

Swiftie (n.): a devoted follower of Taylor Swift. [proposed definition]

Prompt (n.): a command issued to an artificial intelligence program, algorithm, or the like that affects or influences the content it generates [draft definition]

De-influencing (n.): the activity of deterring individuals from purchasing specific things or pushing people to consume less material goods, particularly through social media [draft definition]

The Oxford University Press emphasized that lexicographers are writing a draft definition “for the Word of the Year campaign” and that terms without draft definitions are already in the OED.


Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press

The rest of the words will be included in dictionaries “after assessment of their longevity, frequency, and breadth of usage,” according to the statement.

Kai Cenat, a Twitch streamer and YouTuber is widely credited with popularizing the term rizz, which he used with his buddies.

The word’s popularity has grown this year, and in June, actor Tom Holland was asked by Buzzfeed about the secret to his frizz.

Holland responded, “I have no rizz at all.” “I have limited rizz,” he says before detailing how he won his fiancée Zendaya over by playing the “long game.”


Another slang term characterizing “unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy” behavior that was last year’s Oxford word of the year was “goblin mode.”

Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Languages, stated that while “goblin mode” was popular following the epidemic, “it’s interesting to see a contrasting word like rizz come to the forefront.”

He speculated that the word referred to “a prevailing mood of 2023, where more of us are opening up after a challenging few years and finding confidence in who we are.”

Mr. Grathwohl said that the increased use of the word frizz demonstrated that words and phrases derived from online culture “are increasingly becoming part of the day-to-day vernacular.”

The language specialists at Oxford University Press chose the selection of eight words.

This list was then subjected to a public vote in late November, narrowing the field to four finalists before the experts decided.

Collins Dictionary revealed “artificial intelligence” as the word of 2023 in November.


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Brisbane Mayor Quits 2032 Olympic Organizing Committee, Condemns Stadium Costs




Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has resigned from the inter-governmental group planning the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games, describing it as a “pointless talkfest” and a “dysfunctional farce.”

It is the first substantial divide for the organizers, whom the International Olympic Committee chose to host the 2032 Summer Olympics in 2021.

The so-called Leaders’ Forum, which includes officials from all three levels of government and various organizations, is intended to deliver the Olympics while leaving a legacy for Queensland. Its mandate is to collaborate with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Queensland state government to “progress the significant venues, villages, and transportation infrastructure” for the Games.

However, Schrinner claimed that the committee was meant to “place key stakeholders while the state government made all the real decisions behind closed doors.”


Brisbane Mayor Quits 2032 Olympic Organizing Committee, Condemns Stadium Costs

“The truth is that we’ve always wanted to be team players. On Sunday, Schrinner stated, “The state government wanted to play politics.”

He advocated for creating an independent authority, similar to the one that oversaw preparations for the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and the London Olympics in 2012, to bring planning “back on track.”

“We don’t need overpriced stadiums, we need better transport,” Schrinner said. “This week it became very apparent that the Intergovernmental Leaders’ Forum is a dysfunctional farce.”

According to Schrinner, sports have become “more about overpriced stadiums.”
A $2.7 billion US makeover of the existing Gabba stadium in inner-city Brisbane, which would be dismantled and rebuilt, is intended to be the centerpiece of an Olympics with sites around southeast Queensland. However, Schrinner suggested that alternative options be investigated.

He was particularly critical of the state government’s proposals for Brisbane City Council to contribute $91 million to upgrade another local stadium, the RNA Showgrounds, to host cricket and Australian Rules football while the Gabba is redeveloped.


Brisbane Mayor Quits 2032 Olympic Organizing Committee, Condemns Stadium Costs

A 20,000-person stadium will be built within the showgrounds for the next five years to house the Brisbane Lions AFL teams and the Brisbane Heat cricket club. Schrinner resigned in response to the state government’s request for a financial commitment from the city for a temporary cricket and AFL site.

“The state government’s game playing is jeopardizing the games and they are quickly losing the support of the people of Queensland,” Schrinner said in a statement. “It’s clear that the games have become more about overpriced stadiums rather than the promise of vital transport solutions.”

Queensland Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe expressed surprise at Schrinner’s decision to resign. If he chooses to return, a place will be reserved for him.

Queensland will have council elections in March of next year. Schrinner’s conservative Liberal National Party alliance and the opposition Australian Labor Party had previously backed the Gabba renovation.


Brisbane Mayor Quits 2032 Olympic Organizing Committee, Condemns Stadium Costs

The Greens’ candidate for mayor of Brisbane, Jonathan Sriranganathan, has stated that if elected, his party would oppose the demolition and rebuilding of the Gabba. He called it a “deplorable waste of money” and a “bad deal for our city.”


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