US diplomat Karen Decker's recent tone-deaf tweet suggesting Afghan women could benefit from the likes of Beyonce and Lizzo shows the ignorance and lack of reflexivity that pervade Western perceptions of Afghanistan, writes Ali M Latifi.
Since the Taliban returned to power, the roads leading to Bamiyan, the province home to some of Afghanistan's most well-known historic and natural sites, have become safe. But the sanctions-hit economy is keeping people from travelling there freely.
One year after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban's subsequent return, ordinary Afghans are struggling to make ends meet. For one Afghan bricklayer, the dire economic situation has forced him to consider more drastic ways to survive.
After the Taliban's August takeover, four Afghan youngsters, Nasratullah, Safiallah, Khiyali Gul, and Attaallah, decided to leave their cities in hopes of heading to Europe. But their journey took a perilous turn when they were sent to Syria instead.
Seven months after seizing control of Afghanistan, the Taliban have betrayed their promise to allow women to attend school. The decision has sparked fear among female activists who state the move will only encourage new forms of repression.
Three-time Oscar-nominated animation Flee is a kaleidoscopic film about Afghan life amid turbulence. But its cinematic significance extends beyond that of Afghanistan, Flee has become a vital film that represents the global refugee experience.