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Welcome to, formerly known as.Womens Liberation Front.  A website that hopes to draw and keeps your attention for  both the global 21th. century 3rd. feminist revolutution as well and a selection of special feminist artists and writers.

This online magazine will be published evey six weeks and started February 1st. 2019. Thank you for your time and interest.

Gino d'Artali
indept investigative journalist
and radical feminist











                                                                                                            CRYFREEDOM 2019/2020

Part 6 December 2021 and some time back.
This part: <The Taliban must allow women to go to work. They must provide jobs for them, there is no employment right now.>

Part 5 November 2021 and some time back.
This part: <Eliminating women means eliminating human beings!> One slogan of Afghanistans Resistence Women's Slogans.

Part 4 October 2021 and some time back
This part: Girls and women keep fighting for education!

Part 3 Sept 30 untill Back to August 5 2021

Part 2 August 27 untill Sept 15 2021: the resistence is becoming bigger and spreading more in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's Women Resistence Part 1
July 7 untill August 18 2021




Part 10
Dec 2021 and some time back

Part 9
Nov 2021 and some time back

Part 8
October 2021 and some time back.

Part 1 to 7









When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
Gino d'Artali

and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
Gianna d'Artali

30-21 Dec 2021
21-13 Dec 2021
19-13 Dec 2021
11-3 Dec 2021 = below

The Guardian
Akhtar Mohammad Makoii
11 Dec 2021

<<‘I wondered whether a bullet had my name on it’: my terrifying 24-hour journey out of Afghanistan
I wanted to stay and tell the world what it was like living in a city besieged by extremists, but as my neighbourhood fell I had no choice but to leave. Soon, I was being pushed across the border in a wheelbarrow.

I have bundles of cash stuffed into my socks, and my passport strapped flat against my chest. The passport has a dangerous word in it: reporter. This is the reason I am in disguise, holding a bundle of clothes and sitting in a wheelbarrow in the middle of a huge crowd trying to cross through a Taliban checkpoint into Pakistan. Dozens of people are arriving at the border town of Spin Boldak each minute from across the country. The main focus of the Taliban and international forces is Kabul airport where a chaotic evacuation is under way. Spin Boldak is the only other way to get out of Afghanistan.
A Reuters reporter was killed by the Taliban in the same town in July. Taliban fighters with black turbans are beating people with pipes; they keep opening and closing their part of the border as people push each other to get out.
I never thought I would be leaving in such circumstances – taking nothing with me, with no opportunity to say goodbye
As I am pushed towards the border, I think about the dreams and memories I have left behind in Herat, the city in western Afghanistan I have called home for about 10 years. It is 20 August 2021 and Afghanistan has fallen, once more, to the Taliban. As I inch towards freedom, I don’t know when, if ever, I will be able to come back.
The fall happened very quickly. The Taliban took over most of the countryside in May, after Joe Biden said all US forces would withdraw by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. On 5 August, I told my editors in London that the situation in the south-western province of Nimroz did not sound good. The following day, the first provincial capital fell to the Taliban, and the entire country was on the brink. Seven chaotic days followed as I reported the fall of province after province, updating stories through the night. I hear one sentence a lot: “Kabul did not send help.” Herat fell into Taliban hands on 12 August; Kabul three days later.

I was born in Iran, but grew up there as a refugee. My grandparents left Afghanistan in 1980 after the Soviet Union’s invasion. I spent my childhood in a refugee camp in a city south of Tehran, where some of my relatives still live today. Last year, the camp got a telecommunications tower, and now its residents can video call from their houses rather than having to drive somewhere 30 minutes away.
When I returned to Afghanistan a decade ago, to go to high school and study journalism at the government-funded university in Herat, I realised I liked to tell people’s stories. In the first week of my course, a friend and I launched a student magazine that, with the backing of university officials, we published weekly.
In August 2017, I began contributing reports on the war in Afghanistan for the Guardian from Herat. The war seemed to produce a different atrocity every day, but I liked the work, telling the world what was happening in Afghanistan – to make people think about it. I never thought I would be leaving in such circumstances – taking nothing with me, with no opportunity to say goodbye to many of my friends, who were themselves looking for ways to get out – just for telling the truth through my career.
Before my dash to the Pakistan border, Herat was besieged by the Taliban for more than a month, with fighters attacking security forces and trying to break through the frontlines almost every night. The actual frontline of war is only a 10-minute drive from downtown. We frequently check on our friends. My phone rings after each explosion. As the Taliban close in, many of my friends delete their social media accounts to remove any trace of anti-Taliban posts. After dark, we watch American B-52 bombers flying over the city, and one night hear huge explosions in the distance, probably airstrikes against the Taliban positions. If the Americans were hitting the Taliban, we later ask ourselves, how did they take over the city in a matter of hours?

I refuse to leave because the story is right here, and I want to tell the world what life looks like in a city besieged by extremists. The price of goods rises every day. Some government employees are being told to hide important documents. Reporting becomes even more challenging. To file stories to London I have to switch between several sim cards as the Taliban have destroyed most of the internet lines in Islam Qala, the border town with Iran where the internet infrastructure is located. I find myself spending hours on the roof of my flat, trying to get a better signal, to work out what is happening in a country that has become a battlefield. While talking with local officials around the country over the phone, I often hear heavy gunfire as they try to resist the Taliban; sometimes they tell me they will “defend” Afghanistan, but some switch sides and join them hours after talking to me. Herat has almost no power because the electricity lines have been damaged in the crossfire. I go to a cafe with a generator, hoping to charge my phone and laptop, but its doors are shut; they only allow in people they know. There is a 10pm government curfew to contend with. Nights are hot and dark, and often filled with the sound of explosions.>>
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Al Jazeera
10 Dec 2021

<<From teacher to shoe-shiner: Afghan economic crisis spares few
Hadia Ahmadi, a 43-year-old teacher who lost her job after Taliban seized Kabul, now polishes shoes to earn her livelihood.

In the biting cold of a Kabul autumn, Hadia Ahmadi, a 43-year-old teacher who lost her job after the Taliban seized Afghanistan’s capital in August, sits by the roadside trying to earn the equivalent of a few cents polishing shoes. The abrupt withdrawal of foreign aid following the Taliban victory has sent Afghanistan’s fragile economy into free fall, leaving millions facing hunger and making once well-off middle class families destitute.
<I turned to polishing shoes when I saw that my kids were hungry,> said Ahmadi, a mother of five who did not want to give her family name.
The economy has long stood on shaky foundations, dependent on aid that has now disappeared and with enormous gaps between the Kabul elite and millions living just above the breadline.
After 10 years of teaching, with a husband employed as a cook in a private company and a daughter with a job as a clerk at a government agency, they enjoyed a modest prosperity that was swept away in a matter of weeks.
With girls’ schools closed indefinitely, her job was first to go, and her husband and then her daughter lost theirs soon after. A son studying computer science was forced to give up his course when the family could no longer afford the tuition fees.
Roadside displays of household goods for sale have sprung up across Kabul, as families try to raise money to eat. They bear witness to how common Ahmadi’s experiences have become, with people taking once unimaginable steps to survive.
<We are spending days in hunger right now, and for the time being, there is no one in our family who could financially support us all,> she said.
The United Nations has warned of a humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan and is trying to raise $4.5bn to help avoid the worst, but with foreign aid blocked and the bank system near collapse, the economy has been strangled by a lack of cash.
The Taliban famously did not allow women to work outside the home when they were last in power between 1996-2001 and have severely limited employment opportunities for women. But for many like Ahmadi, there is no alternative.
<Some widows are the only food providers for their families, while some women want to financially help their husbands,> she said. <The Taliban must allow women to go to work. They must provide jobs for them, there is no employment right now.>
Al Jazeera
9 dec 2021

<<EU countries agree to take in 40,000 Afghan refugees
Group of 15 EU member states agree to resettle Afghans, with Germany accepting the bulk of new arrivals, commissioner says.

A group of 15 European Union member states have agreed to take in 40,000 Afghans for resettlement, Commissioner Ylva Johansson said after meeting interior ministers of those countries. Germany will accept the bulk of the new arrivals, with 25,000, with the Netherlands accepting 3,159, Spain and France 2,500 each, and other countries in lower numbers, according to a document seen by the AFP news agency.
A group of 15 European Union member states have agreed to take in 40,000 Afghans for resettlement, Commissioner Ylva Johansson said after meeting interior ministers of those countries.
Germany will accept the bulk of the new arrivals, with 25,000, with the Netherlands accepting 3,159, Spain and France 2,500 each, and other countries in lower numbers, according to a document seen by the AFP news agency.
But UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi has warned that 85,000 Afghans who are living in vulnerable situations outside the bloc need resettlement, and has urged Europe to take half.

Johannson had previously described this goal as <doable> but she still had to persuade member state governments, only confirming the figure after the meeting on Thursday.
The 40,000 Afghans are part of a larger 60,000 package of resettlements and humanitarian admissions pledged by member states, according to the document seen by AFP. In the larger global envelope, France and Sweden make bigger pledges of 5,000 and 4,200 resettlements, but these will not necessarily be Afghans. Belgium promised places for 425 Afghans and 1,250 others. EU officials were not immediately able to give a time scale for the new arrivals.>>

Al Jazeera
9 Dec 2021

<<‘We’re not giving up’: A radio station for Afghanistan’s women.
Radio Begum fills the airwaves with programmes for women, by women: educational shows, book readings and call-in counselling.

From Taliban-controlled Kabul, Radio Begum is broadcasting the voices of women that have been muted across Afghanistan. Station staff fill the airwaves with programming for women, by women: educational shows, book readings and call-in counselling.
For now, they operate with the permission of the Taliban which regained power in August and has limited the ability for women to work and girls to attend school.
<We’re not giving up,> pledged 48-year-old Hamida Aman, the station’s founder, who grew up in Switzerland after her family fled Afghanistan a few years after the Soviet Union invaded.
<We have to show that we don’t need to be scared,> said Aman, who returned after the overthrow of the Taliban’s first regime in 2001 by US-led foreign forces. <We must occupy the public sphere.>

‘Vessel for voices’

The station was founded on March 8, International Women’s Day, this year, five months before the Taliban marched into Kabul and finalised its defeat of the US-backed government.
From a working-class neighbourhood, it continues to broadcast across Kabul and surrounding areas – and live on Facebook.
<Begum> was a noble title used in South Asia, and it now generally refers to a married Muslim woman. <This station is a vessel for women’s voices, their pain, their frustrations,> Aman said.
The Taliban granted permission for the broadcaster to stay on the airwaves in September, albeit with new curbs. Radio Begum’s 10 or so employees used to share an office with male colleagues who worked on a youth radio station.
Now they are separated. Each gender has its own floor and a large opaque curtain has been installed in front of the women’s office.
Pop music has been replaced with traditional songs and <quieter music>, Aman said.
Nevertheless, staff members said working at the station was a <privilege>, with many female government workers barred from returning to offices.
The Taliban is yet to formalise many of its policies, leaving gaps in how they are implemented by the group across the country. Most public secondary schools for girls have been shut since the takeover. But twice a day, the radio studio resembles a classroom.
When AFP news agency visited, six girls and three boys – all aged 13 or 14 – pored over their books as the presenter gave an on-air lesson about social justice.
<Social justice is opposed to extremism,> said the 19-year-old teacher, a student of journalism until a few months ago.

‘Golden opportunity’

Mursal, a 13-year-old girl, has been going to the studio to study since the Taliban blocked some secondary schools from reopening.
<My message to girls who can’t go to school is to listen to our programme carefully, to use this golden chance and opportunity,> she said. <They may not have it again.>
There are also on-air lessons for adults. In one such lesson, station director Saba Chaman, 24, read the autobiography of Michelle Obama in Dari. She is particularly proud of a show where listeners call in for psychological counselling.
In 2016, just 18 percent of women in Afghanistan were literate compared with 62 percent of men, according to the former education ministry.
<Women who are illiterate are like blind people,> one woman who cannot read said on air. <When I go to the pharmacy they give me expired medication. If I could read they wouldn’t do it.>
A few months after the Taliban seized power, Aman met with spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, and told him the radio was <working to give a voice to women”. He was “very encouraging>, she said.

But the future is uncertain.>> Note by Gino d'Artali:
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Al Jazeera
7 Dec 2021

<<UK’s Kabul evacuation effort risked Afghan lives: Whistleblower.
A tiny fraction of Afghans who needed help received support and some were left to die at the Taliban’s hands, civil service staffer says.

Just five per cent of Afghan nationals who applied for help to flee the country under one UK scheme after the Taliban swept to power received help – with some left behind having been killed since the collapse of Kabul, a whistleblower has claimed.
In evidence published by the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on Tuesday, Raphael Marshall – who worked for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) during the evacuation effort – told how at one point he was the only person monitoring an inbox where pleas for help were directed.
The government’s public statements over hopes the Taliban had changed did not tally with the information he was receiving.
Marshall’s written evidence is due to be published by the committee on Tuesday, and its chairman, Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat, said the <failures betrayed our friends and allies and squandered decades of British and NATO effort.>
He said it painted the evacuation as <one of lack of interest, and bureaucracy over humanity.>
Marshall worked in the Afghan Special Cases team, which handled the cases of Afghans who were at risk because of their links with the UK, but who did not work directly for the UK government.

He estimated that <between 75,000 and 150,000 people (including dependants) applied for evacuation> to the team under the leave outside the rules (LOTR) category. He estimated that <fewer than 5 percent of these people have received any assistance> and states that <it is clear that some of those left behind have since been murdered by the Taliban.>
He said that no member of the team working on these cases had <studied Afghanistan, worked on Afghanistan previously, or had a detailed knowledge of Afghanistan.> Marshall added that junior officials were <scared by being asked to make hundreds of life and death decisions about which they knew nothing.>
His remarks come as officials from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the ambassador to Afghanistan, Laurie Bristow, are due to give evidence to the committee on Tuesday.

Marshall alleged that then-Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab <did not fully understand the situation.> Emails were opened but no action was taken, as Raab felt <the purpose of this system was to allow the prime minister and the-then foreign secretary to inform MPs that there were no unread emails,> Marshall charged. He said: <These emails were desperate and urgent. I was struck by many titles including phrases such as ‘please save my children’.>
<The contrast between Her Majesty’s Government’s statements about a changed Taliban and the large number of highly credible allegations of very grave human rights abuses HMG has received by email is striking,> he added.
Tugendhat said: <These allegations are serious and go to the heart of the failures of leadership around the Afghan disaster, which we have seen throughout this inquiry.>
<This evidence raises serious questions about the leadership of the Foreign Office, and I look forward to putting these to officials, including former Afghanistan Ambassador Sir Laurie Bristow.>
A government spokesperson pointed out that <UK government staff worked tirelessly to evacuate more than 15,000 people from Afghanistan within a fortnight.>
<This was the biggest mission of its kind in generations and the second-largest evacuation carried out by any country. We are still working to help others leave.> >>
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Al Jazeera
5 Dec 2021

<<100 days of taliban rule>>
Watch the video here:

Al Jazeera
4 Dec

<<France evacuates more than 300 people from Afghanistan.
France and Qatar jointly operated the humanitarian mission while also delivering medical equipment, food and winter supplies to Kabul.

France has carried out an evacuation mission in Afghanistan, taking 258 Afghans as well as 11 French, some 60 Dutch nationals and an unspecified number of people linked to them out of the country, a French foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Friday. The operation was organised with help from Qatar, a ministry statement said. Evacuees included Afghans who were at risk, such as journalists and people with links to France, including civilian workers employed by the French army.
Since September 10, at least 110 French people and 396 Afghans have been evacuated from Afghanistan on 10 flights organised with the help of Qatar, the statement added.
France and Qatar jointly operated a humanitarian mission on Thursday, delivering medical equipment, food and winter supplies to international organisations operating in the country with a Qatari military plane, the French foreign ministry spokeswoman said.
French President Emmanuel Macron, on a visit to the Gulf, expressed praised Qatar on Saturday for helping to organise the latest evacuation to France of more than 250 threatened Afghans.
<I thank Qatar for the role it has played since the start of the crisis, and which permitted the organisation of several evacuations,> Macron said before heading to Saudi Arabia for the final leg of his two-day Gulf tour.
Macron met on Friday evening with Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
Qatar has played a significant role both in diplomacy and evacuations at the end of a 20-year war in Afghanistan by Western nations.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) this week described an <alarming> socioeconomic outlook for Afghanistan for the next 13 months. Afghanistan is struggling with a sharp drop in international development aid after the Taliban seized power in August, and the UNDP has projected that poverty may become nearly universal by mid-2022.
Al Jazeera
4 Dec 2021

Andreas Stefansson
Elizabeth Winter
Liv Kjolseth
Jessica Hazelwood

<<Aid cut-off may kill more Afghans than war.
Urgent action is needed by the international community to prevent catastrophic hunger in Afghanistan.

Three months after the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding before our eyes. Poverty and malnutrition are increasing at an unprecedented speed. Without swift, pragmatic?action?from the international community, more people will die of hunger in 2022 alone than from violence during the last 20 years of conflict.
This dire situation is exacerbated by decisions taken far away from Afghanistan. Following the Taliban takeover, international funding to the Afghan state was immediately cut off. This was done in compliance with the US and the UN Security Council sanctions targeting the Taliban who are now the de-facto government. Nearly $10bn worth of Afghan central bank reserves were blocked by the US. In addition, donors froze development aid.
Roughly 75 percent of Afghanistan government expenditures, including healthcare, were previously directly funded by international aid. The abrupt cut-off left hundreds of thousands of public sector employees out of pay.
Many more millions who were dependent on that income were immediately thrust into acute poverty. The blow to the private sector and trade has been devastating, and the public health system has been almost entirely out of function.
Today, the economy and the banking system are on the brink of collapse. Global banking institutions will not deal directly with the central bank of Afghanistan. Mainly due to US and UN sanctions, which the European Union adheres to, Afghan banks are isolated from the international monetary system. With a few exceptions, they cannot receive money from abroad.

The US Treasury has allowed some limited exemptions. “General Licenses” from the US Treasury permit the UN and some international NGOs to make transactions for specific humanitarian activities. However, international banks remain extremely cautious to avoid the risk of being punished by the US.
In addition to the financial meltdown, there is an ongoing severe drought. According to the World Food Programme, around 40 percent of the crops have been lost this year. Roughly half the population, some 20 million people, are unable to feed themselves on a daily basis – and that number is expected to rise, according to UN agencies. An estimated 3.2 million children under the age of five are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition by the end of the year. Of those, at least 1 million children are at risk of dying if they do not receive immediate treatment.>>
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Al Jazeera
3 Dec 2021

<<Taliban bans forced marriage of women in Afghanistan.
Taliban chief in a decree says women should not be considered ‘property’ and must consent to marriage.

The Taliban has issued a decree barring forced marriage in Afghanistan, saying women should not be considered <property> and must consent to marriage, but questions remain about whether the group that returned to power in mid-August would extend women’s rights around work and education.
The decree was announced on Friday by the reclusive Taliban chief, Hibatullah Akhunzada – who is believed to be in the southern city of Kandahar. <Both (women and men) should be equal,> said the decree, adding that <no one can force women to marry by coercion or pressure>.
The decree did not mention a minimum age for marriage, which previously was set at 16 years old. The group also said a widow will now be allowed to re-marry 17 weeks after her husband’s death, choosing her new husband freely.


Longstanding tribal traditions have held it customary for a widow to marry one of her husband’s brothers or relatives in the event of his death. The Taliban leadership says it has ordered Afghan courts to treat women fairly, especially widows seeking inheritance as next of kin. The group, which came to power in August, also said it had asked government ministers to spread awareness about women’s rights across the population.
The development was hailed as a significant step forward by two leading Afghan women, but questions remained about whether the group would extend women’s rights around work and education.
<This is big, this is huge … if it is done as it is supposed to be, this is the first time they have come up with a decree like this,> said Mahbouba Seraj, executive director of the Afghan Women’s Skills Development Center speaking from Kabul on a Reuters Next conference panel on Friday.
The international community, which has frozen billions of dollars in funds for Afghanistan, has made women’s and human rights a key element of any future engagement with Afghanistan.
Seraj said that even before the Taliban took over the country on August 15, Afghan politicians had struggled to form such a clear policy on women’s rights around marriage.
<Now what we have to do as the women of this country is we should make sure this actually takes place and gets implemented,> said Seraj.
Roya Rahmani, the former ambassador for Afghanistan to the United States, echoed her optimism and added that it was likely partly an attempt to smooth over international fears regarding the group’s track record on women’s rights as the Taliban administration seeks to get funding released.
<An amazing thing if it does get implemented,> Rahmani told the Reuters Next panel, adding details such as who would ensure that girls’ consent was not coerced by family members would be key.
<It’s a very smart move on the part of Taliban at this point because one of the (pieces of) news that is attracting the West’s attention is the fact little girls are being sold as property to others in order to feed the rest of the family,> she said. >>
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Opinion by Gino d'Artali: Hurray indeed but let's wait and see! The Afghani women in resistance against the taliban wil not stop 'till getting full rights!

Al Jazeera
By Aisyah Llewellyn
Published On 3 Dec 2021

Photo:Afghan refugees hold placards to ask for justice, and process resettlement within 36 months during a rally outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Jakarta in August 2021. Many have been waiting for years [File: Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana/Reuters]

Medan, Indonesia – Afghan refugee Ezat Najafi sensed something was wrong when his friend and fellow refugee, Ahmad Shah, began to behave erratically in front of the Indonesian Organization for Migration (IOM) building in the Indonesian city of Medan. For a month, a group of Afghan refugees — some of whom have been living in limbo in Indonesia for almost a decade — had been staging a 24-hour protest in a makeshift camp in front of the IOM office, sleeping in tents pitched in the forecourt.
The IOM is responsible for the care of refugees while they are in Indonesia awaiting resettlement in a third country.
<I tried to save him and talk to him,> Najafi, 30, told Al Jazeera. He came to Indonesia in 2015.
<I said, ‘Please don’t do this’. Suddenly he poured petrol on his clothes and took out two lighters, one in each hand. I tried to talk to him and told him to be patient but he didn’t listen.>
Shah, 22, probably felt that he had been patient enough.
Having travelled to Indonesia as a teenager in 2016, Shah has been waiting for five years to be permanently resettled, and the uncertainty, coupled with a long-term health issue, caused him to fall into a depression, his friends told Al Jazeera.
Shah decided to set himself on fire, and Najafi did not realise that anything was amiss until he saw his friend, clearly agitated, pacing in front of the building and shouting incoherently.

An amateur video shot at the scene that circulated widely on Indonesian social media shows what happened next: Najafi and several other refugees tried to reason with Shah as he flicked the lighters in his hands and ignited his petrol-soaked clothes.
Flames engulfed his upper body as Najafi lunged towards Shah in a desperate attempt to help him, before being beaten back by the heat. Finally, a security guard rushed to Shah with a fire extinguisher and doused the flames.
<He was on fire for maybe 20 seconds,> another refugee, 25-year-old Mohammad Reza, told Al Jazeera.
When the flames subsided, Shah’s arms and face had been badly burned. He was reportedly taken across the street to a private hospital, but was moved to one of Medan’s public hospitals on the same day by the IOM, according to his friends who said that the organisation did not want to have to pay for his medical care.>>
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