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The Taliban call the caretaker cabinet that pays homage to the old guard

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – The Taliban announced a transitional cabinet on Tuesday that pays tribute to the group’s old guard and awards top positions to Taliban personalities who have dominated the 20-year struggle against the US-led coalition and its Afghan government allies. In the final years of her rule, Interim Prime Minister Mullah Hasan Akhund headed the Taliban government in Kabul. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who had talks with the United States and signed the agreement that led to the final US withdrawal from Afghanistan, will be one of two deputies for Akhund. There was no reference to non-Taliban in the list, a major demand from the international community.

Americans Are More Suspicious of US Government Surveillance: AP-NORC Poll

WASHINGTON (AP) – As the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001 approaches, Americans are increasingly reluctant to intrude on government surveillance in the name of national security, and only about a third believe the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq do fights were worth it, according to a new poll. More Americans also consider the threat of domestic extremism to be more worrying than that of overseas extremism, the survey found. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows that support for oversight surveillance tools for overseeing conversations, once considered critical to fighting attacks, has declined over the past decade.

Two decades after 9/11, Muslim Americans are still fighting prejudice

NEW YORK (AP) – A car drove by, the driver’s window dropped, and the man nicknamed two little girls in hijabs: “Terrorist!” It was 2001, just a few weeks after the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsed, when 10 year old Shahana Hanif and her younger sister walked from their Brooklyn home to the local mosque. Unsure, afraid, the girls ran away. As the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks draws nearer, Hanif can still remember the shock of the moment, her confusion over how anyone could look at you, a child, and spot a threat. “That’s not a nice, friendly word.

Biden investigates storm damage in NY and NJ following deadly flood

HILLSBOROUGH TOWNSHIP, NJ (AP) – President Joe Biden focused on long-term fixes as well as short-term relief Tuesday as he set out on tours of parts of the northeast that suffered deadly flash floods from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The president was expected to take advantage of the muddy backdrops during his visits to Manville, New Jersey and the New York borough of Queens to call for federal spending to strengthen infrastructure so it can better withstand such strong storms. Biden’s plan to spend $ 1 trillion on infrastructure nationwide is pending in Congress. “I hope to see the things that we can fix permanently with the bill we have on infrastructure,” Biden said as he walked out of the White House when asked what he was doing on the tour.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro seeks strength and risks setbacks

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro received a rousing reception on Tuesday from tens of thousands of people who had gathered in the capital on Tuesday for the right-wing leader who was involved in a feud with the country’s Supreme Court, to support. In a speech that was inaudible to many in the crowd far from the speakers, Bolsonaro slapped the Supreme Court and said the nation could no longer accept what he called political imprisonment – a reference to Judge Alexandre’s de Moraes ordered arrests. He warned that the court could “suffer what we do not want”. The crowd began to sing: “Alexandre out!” His speech followed a helicopter flight that took people on the ground with euphoria.

Databases created in the US are a potential tool of Taliban repression

BOSTON (AP) – Over two decades, the United States and its allies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars building databases for the Afghan people. The nobly declared goal: to promote law and order and state accountability and to modernize a country devastated by war. But when the Taliban took power in a flash, most of these digital devices – including identity verification biometrics – apparently fell into the hands of the Taliban. Built with few data protection precautions, it risks becoming the high-tech boot of a surveillance state. As the Taliban get their government skills, there are concerns that they will be used for social control and punishing supposed enemies.

Myanmar’s opposition calls for a national uprising against the army

BANGKOK (AP) – The main underground group coordinating the resistance against Myanmar’s military government published a comprehensive call for a nationwide uprising on Tuesday, increasing the prospect of growing unrest. The National Unity Government, which sees itself as a shadow government, was set up by elected MPs who were banned from taking their seats when the military came to power in February. The group’s incumbent president, Duwa Lashi La, declared a “state of emergency” and called for a revolt “in every village, town and town across the country at the same time”. A video of his speech was posted on Facebook.

From the battlefield to Tokyo: battle veterans compete in the Paralympics

FREMONT, Ind. (AP) – The bald, broad-shouldered cyclist has been remembering a nocturnal street in a distant city for years. He can still describe the city’s narrow streets and the stifling heat today. He speaks of the impasse that forced his convoy to turn back. And the explosion. “It will always be a part of me,” said Tom Davis, who sat outside his family home in rural Indiana. Cicadas screech. “I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me,” says a tattoo on a huge forearm. “But I can’t continue to be the guy who was blown up in Ramadi,” the city outside of Baghdad, where a hidden bomb threw his armored vehicle high into the air and cost the soldier a lot of his left leg.

Young Sikhs are still struggling with post-September. 11 Discrimination

MESA, Arizona (AP) – Sikh businessman Balbir Singh Sodhi was killed at his gas station in Arizona four days after the 9/11 attacks by a man who said he would “go out and shoot a couple of towel heads” and mistaken him for him for an Arab Muslim. Young Sikh Americans are still struggling a generation later with the discrimination 9/11 unleashed against their elders and them, from school bullying to racial profiling to hate crimes – especially against men who normally wear beards and turbans, to demonstrate their faith. As the 20th anniversary of September 11 approaches, these younger Sikhs are saying that much more is needed to improve the prosecution of hate crimes against their community.

Virginia will remove Richmond’s Lee statue on Wednesday

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) – A towering statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia will be demolished Wednesday as a symbol of racial injustice, more than 130 years after it was erected in honor of the civil war leader. While many other Confederate symbols in the south have been removed without prior public notice to avoid recalcitrant crowds, Governor Ralph Northam’s office is expecting a large number and plans to livestream the event on social media. “Virginia’s largest memorial to the Confederate Uprising will fall this week,” Northam said in a press release on Monday. “This is an important step in showing who we are and what we value as the Commonwealth.” The imposing 6.4 m high bronze statue of Lee on horseback is enthroned on a granite pedestal almost twice as high in the grassy center of a roundabout on the famous Monument Avenue in Richmond.


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