The Evening: Afghan Aid, Taliban Seek Recognition, You Wreck Me and More
September 13, 2021
U.N. Warning on Afghanistan
Top United Nations officials warned that millions of people could run out of food before the arrival of winter and one million children could die if their immediate needs are not met, as the NYT reports.
U.S. Aid to Afghanistan
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday a new pledge of $64 million in U.S. assistance to Afghanistan would circumvent the Taliban and go directly to nongovernment organizations and U.N. agencies providing relief to impoverished Afghans, as The Washington Post reports.
Afghanistan Seeks Recognition
With a new government in place and uncontested control over the country, Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers are clamoring for international recognition of their reinstated Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as the WSJ reports.
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In That Number
The international community pledged more than $1 billion in emergency funding as Afghans already unsure of where their next meal will come from risk running out of food just as winter sets in.
“In contradiction to assurances that the Taliban would uphold women’s rights, over the past three weeks, women have instead been progressively excluded from the public sphere.”
— Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
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On Saturday, my in-town fraternity brothers got together in Kensington, Maryland at the fire station where they have a 9/11 memorial which includes artifacts from the Pentagon and Shanksville. We were there to remember our brother who was killed in the attack 20 years ago on the World Trade Center.
It’s amazing—if you ask most teenagers today what 9/11 is to them, they will say that they think of it as a sad event in history, but no different than WWII or Vietnam. It’s not like that for those of us who lost friends and family, or simply remember the terror we felt that day when America was under attack.
As we pulled out of Kensington, one of my brothers who rode with me asked me to put on some tunes so we could lighten our mood. I dialed up my all-time go-to, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
My brother asked, “Don’t you miss Tom Petty?”
“Every single day,” I said. www.youtube.com/watch?v=e25p0Y3Vd38