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Joanne Herring is a Texan billionaire who, close to Pakistan's controversial President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, served as Pakistan's honorary consul in Texas. As seen in Charlie Wilson's War, where she is played by Julia Roberts, Herring - whose anti-Communism was fueled by a strange Protestant zeal - had, not even so much behind the scenes, a prominent role in Operation Cyclone, namely the CIA training and armament program of the Afghan Mujahideen during the Soviet invasion of the country (1979-1989).

Herring, who is portrayed as an exuberant libertine overflowing with contacts (like her childhood friend James Bakler III, later US Secretary of State), rounded up the political force needed in Washington to get the CIA to invest billions (with Saudis, Egyptians and even Israelis) in support of the then-called Afghan "freedom fighters", of which the Taliban are a tribal ethnic-religious variant.

The Texan was an inevitable queen of events in Houston, and became famous for her husband's lavish and decadent birthday party in 1959: a large "Roman orgy" themed party that included period costumes and a fake auction. of slaves. The festoon, of dubious aesthetic-political sensitivity even for the 1950s, ended up in the then ubiquitous Life magazine. After all, talking about slavery in America, at least since after the Civil War, is really difficult ... Joking even more.

Well, this is not a joke.

Afghanistan, where more than forty years ago Herring and the US began pumping the tribal-takfiro Islam we are now seeing rising, now sees the return of slavery as a fact.

Not as a joke for a billionaire party: as the reality that Afghan women will experience for centuries to come, if everyone does as Biden did: that is, nothing.
Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world: there will no longer be any guarantee on the control of any funds allocated by international agencies in favor of women victims of violence. The Karzai government, wanted and actively supported by the US-NATO military occupation, certainly does not stand out for its respect for human rights: in March 2009, the Karzai government signed a law intended to affect above all women of the Shiite community: according to this law , women cannot refuse to have sex with their husbands and cannot go to work, the doctor or school without his permission. In March 2007, the Karzai government had ensured amnesty for all crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan in the past twenty years. In January 2007, journalist Parwez Kambashkh was sentenced to death by a court in Balkh after being accused of blasphemy because of his views on equal rights for women. Although Parwez was pardoned as a result of international pressure, dozens of other journalists are in the same conditions. In July 2006, the Karzai government reintroduced the "Ministry for Vice and Virtue", sadly known already under the Taleban regime. Afghan organizations fighting for human rights also denounce the government’s continued pressure to legalize the "informal" (tribal) justice system within which the stoning of women is foreseen.
It's Italy? Between 2001 and 2011, the Italian government invested hundreds of millions of euros in the reconstruction project of the Afghan justice. We ask the Italian government and the political forces that have supported and still support the military intervention in Afghanistan to explain how the funds for the reconstruction of the Afghan judicial system have been invested, as laws have been passed in recent years that heavily penalize, rather than favoring, the human rights and rights of Afghan women.


They are closing our mouths to prevent us from expressing our thoughts, we are convinced to express it, but it is not so. We are destroying the schools to make us ignorant, to be able to command us while we remain silent. They are giving us the “social” to make us focus on things less important than the reality of the facts. We are filling the television with “shows” (or whatever we want to call them) to convince us that that is talent, to convince us that true talent does not come from intelligence, but from beauty! They are making us read BITCH passed off as “great books”, while the great books remain closed in the house. They are making us listen to songs that no longer have a story inside them, because “history is the teacher of life” and the less stories we know, the less we can rebel against the system. They are making us believe that money makes a person perfect, when I know people without a euro in their pocket who would be able to give everything to others, without thinking twice. They are filling us with advertisements everywhere to make us all equal, to homologate, in fact we find the same advertisements everywhere, even on the radio, we almost know how to recite them by heart. They are telling us that being different is wrong, because if you are gay or a foreigner, they will be able to approve a thousand measures, but you will always and in any case be laughed at, starting with television “ICONS” that really, at times, make Nazism rise even to me. They are making us give up, they are making us homologate. They are making us alienate. But fuck, there are so many of us that we should check the system. But nobody is pissed off like me ?!
I missed breathing too much. You tried to shut my mouth, but if there is one thing you will never take away from me it is the word! I opened my mouth and started talking, breathing and feeling strong. I started talking shouting and cutting, because if you don’t use sharp words and if you don’t scream you are ignored. While I was out of breath I used words, I used the most beautiful form of a word, I wrote, in fact, I spoke in another form. The word lives in me and I will always use it, even with those who are unable to listen to it, even with those who do not want to listen to it, even with those who do not deserve to listen to it: the word is the only WEAPON I have!
The angels have fallen. They have lost their wings and can no longer fly, perhaps they just don’t know how to fly. We were those angels. Something has gone out and I can’t save you, get you, no matter how damn it is! I try with every strength I have left in my body. I try with the hope of a dead angel, smashed to earth, shattered into a thousand pieces. I try with the strength of something that shouldn’t have even set foot on earth, not because it is better than others, but because it doesn’t know how to be like others. I try with the sadness of a suffocated, time-worn, non-existent and taciturn soul. I try with these eyes that seem to be the only thing that still lives in me. I try with all the energy I have left in my body. Because I mean wars cause too many deaths and I haven’t heard any famous musicians protest wars anymore. No calviator, no influencer says anything against wars. All mute, buried under their money as people die. Why doesn’t Angelina Jolie go now to give her help? Why does Leonardo di Caprio stay comfortable in his home? There are no more loud voices, courageous voices, there is nothing but pain. And we should all be angry but instead we are talking about fashion, books, actors and actresses.


In the sixties and seventies of the twentieth century, Afghanistan was very different from what it is known today.
It was one of the most modern and modernized countries, as well as one of the most advanced in terms of women's rights, in the South Asian area.
At the time it was ruled by the monarch Zahir Shah, who was the last monarch in the country and promoted a liberal constitution and was opened and influenced by the West.

Following the 1979-1989 war and the struggle between the various warlords as well as the subsequent takeover of the Taliban and the 2001 war, Afghanistan changed completely and became what it is known today.

In this video, originally published by the user 'Farshid Noori' and taken up on the Youtube channel of 'Informazione Consapevole', you can see unpublished images of the Afghanistan of the 60-70s.
Afghanistan no longer exists. Or at least, this name no longer exists. Nobody expected such a quick surrender. The capital Kabul - about 4.5 million inhabitants - fell in a few hours, President Ghani fled abroad, first to Tajikistan and then to Uzbekistan, "to avoid a bloodbath for the citizens," he said; diplomats had already begun to leave the offices in recent days. After 20 years of war, the country returns to the hands of the Taliban.

The new Taliban offensive started in May 2021: in a few weeks the Islamic militias have mowed down everything. NATO forces withdrew, the regular army broke up, no foreign alliance intervened with new peacekeeping missions, or at least a ceasefire. With little fighting, the Taliban regained power with both hands.
These Americans are making a huge mess and have made a huge mistake, making the figure of the weak ones, since in 20 years I have not been able to defeat the Taliban and now they give a lot of giving a damn if women will end badly, after having had 20 years of freedom. No one cares about this, no humanitarian organization, no feminist association, no international foundation? Is it possible that no one cares if so many people are tortured and killed? So what were the Americans doing there if in just one month everything is back to normal and human rights are again outraged?
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai expressed her enormous concern over the return of the Taliban to Kabul, asking every country in the world to allow refugees fleeing Afghanistan to enter. The 24-year-old activist knows what it means to grow up under the threat of the Taliban: when she was just a teenager, in 2012, she was wounded in the head by a gunshot fired by a militant. His fault? Commitment to the right to education for women. "We are talking about progress, equal rights and gender equality - he said in an interview with the BBC - we cannot stand by and watch a country that goes back decades, centuries".

Malala Yousafzai reiterated that every country has a responsibility at this time and asked to open the borders for those who flee, trying to save their lives: some countries, including Austria, have already said they are against welcoming the displaced. In particular, she turned to her country, Pakistan: "I wrote a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, asking him to allow refugees to enter but above all to ensure that refugees, especially girls, have the right to safety and security. 'access to education'. Already on August 15, the day of the fall of Kabul, the activist had expressed his concern for the Afghan situation. In a tweet she wrote that she was witnessing a complete "state of shock" at the advance of the Taliban and that she was "deeply concerned" about the consequences on human rights, particularly those of women and minorities. In an interview with the BBC, Malala Yousafzai once again underlines the importance of education, a powerful tool for women's emancipation. In fact, she asks that girls who are fleeing Afghanistan today can continue to study, perhaps in local schools or camps. "Their future is not lost," he concludes.

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