Saint Mary Magdalene by Ermes Dovico

World


The Afghanistan that persists: tribal practices adopted into Islamic religion
TALIBAN

The Afghanistan that persists: tribal practices adopted into Islamic religion

World 09_09_2021 Anna Bono

The Taliban might allow women to study, but their husbands of arranged marriages, will forbid it. The Taliban could also not impose the burqa by law, but families will require it to be worn. The Taliban might refrain from reintroducing the stoning of adulterous women, but it will be their families to kill them. These are the ancient, tribal traditions that Islam has reinforced in Afghan society.


Biden bragging about the withdrawal from Kabul is indefensible
RHETORIC

Biden bragging about the withdrawal from Kabul is indefensible

 

Joe Biden publicly boasts, he’s ended the war in Afghanistan, even though the scenes of the disastrous withdrawal are there for all to see. Biden has probably made use of the behavioral scientist Sunstein, theorist of the "nudge" to  tailor his rhetoric. But, the Americans are not fooled and the president has lost credibility.


European countries build walls to protect their borders
IMMIGRATION

European countries build walls to protect their borders

Along the length of Europe’s borders, no one intends to wait for the next wave of migrants. Spain already has its wall with Morocco, Lithuania has built one on the border with Belarus, Greece on the border with Turkey, and Turkey on the border with Iran. Only Italy welcomes everyone from the Mediterranean.


African jihadists ‘celebrate’ the Taliban with surge of attacks
ISLAMISM

African jihadists ‘celebrate’ the Taliban with surge of attacks

World 27_08_2021 Anna Bono

Today the Americans are taking leave of Afghanistan, tomorrow the French from the Sahel: the international missions to fight jihadism are withdrawing, given the impossibility of replacing incompetent local governments. And jihadist groups throughout Africa, galvanised by the victory of the Taliban, launch a series of violent attacks against civilians and the military.


America is tired of war, even in Iraq
MIDDLE EAST

America is tired of war, even in Iraq

The dramatic events of the Afghan crisis have obscured another piece of important news, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. After the 2003 war and the ensuing guerrilla warfare, and after returning in 2014 to battle against ISIS, the Americans are now heading back home for good. Meanwhile, NATO allied troops will stay and will be under Italian command from 2022.


Afghanistan will once again become a base for terrorism
AFTER TALIBAN VICTORY

Afghanistan will once again become a base for terrorism

NATO had been present in Afghanistan for 20 years. It came not to "export democracy," but rather to fight against terrorism following the attacks of 9/11 in America. What will happen now that the two-decade mission is over? The Doha Agreement that preceded the U.S. withdrawal envisaged peace in exchange for the Taliban's renunciation of anti-American terrorism. And yet the Taliban have already broken their promises. Instead of dealing with the government in Kabul, they have overthrown it. The risk of the return of Afghanistan-based terrorism is real. In Afghanistan there are men freed from maximum security prisons with weapons left behind by the Americans. In the wake of all this is the jihadist "myth" of a country that defeated America.


Afghan refugees and the impossible welcoming rhetoric
ESCAPE FROM KABUL

Afghan refugees and the impossible welcoming rhetoric

World 20_08_2021 Anna Bono

We all have felt moved by the harrowing scenes at Kabul international airport where thousands of people have tried in vain to leave their country now in the hands of the Taliban. In the world of politics, once again, welcoming refugees and calling for impossible airlifts for millions of people is being urged.


Taliban now masters of Afghanistan, a victory for Pakistan
KABUL

Taliban now masters of Afghanistan, a victory for Pakistan

What sort of future awaits Afghanistan after the hasty retreat of Western forces and landslide victory of Taliban militias? The Kabul airport will remain open until Western civilians and a minority of Afghans have been evacuated. The Taliban promise tolerance and non-interference in the territories of their neighbours (China and Russia), but this may be just propaganda. Through its secret services, Pakistan has had the biggest victory by aiding and organising the Taliban offensive and by infiltrating government troops. It will now aim to exert its control over the forthcoming Afghan Islamic government.


WHO takes notice of African anti-Covid drug
ARTESUNATE

WHO takes notice of African anti-Covid drug

World 17_08_2021 Anna Bono

The WHO has decided to include artesunate, a derivative of artemisinin, in the group of three medicines whose efficacy in treating Covid-19 patients it intends to test. It has long been in use in Madagascar and Cameroon, but is only now being considered by the WHO.


The tragedy of Afghan interpreters, who risk being abandoned
A LOST COUNTRY

The tragedy of Afghan interpreters, who risk being abandoned

Thousands of Afghans have helped the Italian contingent in their country, either as interpreters or employees on our bases. The same applies for other allied contingents. As  things stand now, if they were to remain in Afghanistan after NATO's withdrawal, they would risk being killed by the Taliban. General Battisti's appeal is straightforward: do something and do it in a hurry. Too much red tape slows down evacuation.


Green pass: a matter of idolatry not vaccination
COVID

Green pass: a matter of idolatry not vaccination

As restrictions escalate, so does the number of ordinary people who understand that what is at stake is not the freedom to go to the pub or the restaurant, nor even vaccination freedom: it is the freedom to exist as human beings worthy of the name, without kowtowing to Leviathan. It is a question of deciding who we want to worship, God or the dragon. Revelation comes to our aid.


“I survived Beirut; my faith helps me to forgive”
INTERVIEW / MELVINE KHOURY

“I survived Beirut; my faith helps me to forgive”

“I am still struggling between my faith, my religious convictions of loving and forgiving, and the reality I live every day. With Christ I will overcome any doubts I may have. With Christ I will rise again.” A year after the still unexplained explosion at the port of Beirut, which left more than 200 dead and 7000 injured, one of the survivors tells the Daily Compass about the difficult path of rebirth: “I don't remember anything, I am still undergoing operations today because of the consequences of the explosion, but I will not leave my country”, says Melvine M. Khoury. “We are still waiting for the truth about the presence of that quantity of ammonium nitrate, which could not have gone unnoticed”.