Tag: Taliban

Venezuela’s Government is Legitimate Like it or Not – Afghanistan’s is Illegitimate in Every Sense

Objective legitimacy Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro controls all of his country’s legally defined territory in spite of political protests from the opposition (many of which are being funded from abroad) –At present, the Kabul “government” of Ashraf Ghani is thought to control less than 50% of all Afghan territory whilst […]

America Has Gone Full Circle in Afghanistan

America’s Special Representative for Afghan affairs,  Zalmay Khalilzad has announced that a preliminary draft agreement between the Afghan Taliban and Washington has been reached. Although it is clear that nothing has been finalised as of yet, this week’s announcement is the most throughout to-date when it comes to understanding America’s […]

Afghanistan Must be Held Responsible For Committing an Act of State Terrorism Against Civilians

Eight Pakistani labourers have been murdered in cold blood by Afghan security forces near the border between the two countries. Pakistan condemns the killing of eight innocent Pakistani tribesmen, in Paktika, Afghanistan, by Afghan security forces. — Dr Mohammad Faisal (@DrMFaisal) March 11, 2019 Whilst Pakistan has condemned the attack, […]

Who is More Legitimate: Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela or Ashraf Ghani in Afghanistan?

Objective legitimacy Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro controls all of his country’s legally defined territory in spite of political protests from the opposition (many of which are being funded from abroad) –At present, the Kabul “administration” of Ashraf Ghani is thought to control less than 50% of all Afghan territory whilst by […]

Iran Confirms Taliban Meeting – Thus Demonstrating Just How Much Regional Politics Has Changed

When in 1996, the Taliban proclaimed the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan after taking power in Kabul, Iran became a prominent regional supporter of the opposition Northern Alliance. Iran had long feared that the primarily ethnic-Pashtun and Sunni Muslim Taliban would treat culturally Persianate as well as Shi’a Muslim minorities in […]