It’s been almost two months since the Taliban took over power in Afghanistan, and their dominance is leaving an impact on the world
From protests being broken up with machine gun fire, to young girls being banned from school, life under Taliban rule has been especially hard for the women of Afghanistan.
The Taliban’s repression of women has been something the group has long been known for, despite the militant organisation pledging that this time ‘things would be different’ when it comes to the treatment of females.
But the group’s promises appear to be nothing but words, according to those on the ground living life under Taliban rule.
CNN Correspondent Clarissa Ward, who fled Kabul in August when Afghanistan was taken over by the Taliban, has now returned to the war-torn country
Ward, who reports on the ground live on CNN television, returned to Kabul just days ago, after the Taliban granted the international reporter permission, but, things are much different now in comparison to before.
As she explains in her broadcasts, Ward has seen the repression of women continue by the Taliban, stating “women are being pushed out of public life.”
Ward states that the new regime isn’t living up to their promise, stating women have well and truly been erased from public life.
In recent weeks, some women of Afghanistan have taken to the streets to quietly protest for their freedoms, such as right to work and receive an education.
Although the defiant women stand quietly, their message is powerful, explains Ward.
“At the end of the day, the Taliban don’t know how to deal with women…they don’t know how to interact with women” – Clarissa Ward
Having the courage to speak up against the regime is powerful enough, let alone put yourself out in public for those on the streets to see.
In her package broadcasted on the American network, footage shows the moment women protest peacefully on the streets of Kabul, holding signs in their hands calling for the right to education.
As depicted within the footage, scenes escalate when the Taliban show-up to end the protest, with members of the militant group ripping up posters and “snatching” mobile phones out of the women’s hands.
The Taliban’s response:
Shortly after the militant group broke up the crowd at the protest, a Taliban leader fronted the cameras.
The leader claimed that the women who had been protesting had not received permission to do so.
He claimed to be supportive of women’s rights.
The Taliban recently announced that from Grade Six to Year 12, only boys will be allowed to attend school.
That new rule sadly meant girls above grade five will no longer have access to an education.
It’s a sad development for the nation that was just 12 months ago, hopeful of a better future, where girls attended school to build on their dreams.
The regime’s rule on an education block now means many girls will have no choice but to stay at home, many becoming housewives after marrying at an early age.
Women also banned from playing sport:
Afghan women, including the country’s women’s cricket team, will be banned from playing sport under the new Taliban government, according to an official in the Taliban.
During an interview with an Australian broadcaster, the deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq, stated that women’s sport was considered neither appropriate nor necessary.
The future that awaits women of Afghanistan seems now quite sombre, and even though the Taliban recognise that in 2021 the treatment of women is closely watched by western nations, they still find it hard to see women as an asset to the country’s development.
Aussie comedian on viral climate billboard crusade | ticker VIEWS
Australian comedian is on a climate crusade to hold world leader’s accountable, one billboard at a time
Dan Ilic is no stranger to the publics attention. He is a renowned presenter, comedian, and filmmaker, and podcast guru. Ilic is passionate about tackling climate change and using his voice and platform to hold Governments to account.
In October, Ilic managed to book the biggest electronic billboard in Times Square, New York City. The aim of the campaign was to humiliate the Australian Government and its climate change perspectives.
Ilic raised money from over 2000 people to fund the billboard campaign in one of the busiest places in the world. At the cost of $16,000 for ten minutes on screen, the sign wasn’t cheap, but it was effective.
The vocal billboards captured the attention of the world and did not hold back on their messaging. This campaign followed weeks of debate over Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison attending the COP26 Glasgow climate meeting.
Morrison held off on confirming his attendance at the critical meet until the last moment, announcing on October 15 that he would be going. Ilic suggests it may have been the billboards that convinced the Prime Minister to book his flight to Glasgow.
COP26 Climate Summit
World leaders are preparing to convene in Glasgow at the historical COP26 climate summit. Australia has been divided on what targets it will be taking to the meeting. Its Nationals Party continued to hold off on an agreement but has agreed to net-zero emissions by 2050.
“Do we give them a lollipop or take them to Disneyland, I don’t think you should get any awards for doing the bare minimum.”
Dan Ilic- Comedian, Presenter, Podcast Host
COP26 has been deemed one of the most critical climate meets of all time. The world will be watching on as world leaders make their ambitions and targets to cut their emissions.
All of the science says we’re experiencing climate change and if the world doesn’t act now it will be too late.
“The real issue is, what’s going to be our 2030 target?”
Scott Hamilton, energy expert & Ticker Climate co-host
After incredible attention and success with the Times Square billboard campaign, Ilic has his eyes set on other key areas to gain traction. There will be a billboard at the front of Barnaby Joyce’s office of a burning Kangaroo and one near the seat of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
“It’ll say something like… Hey, it’s time to buy a standing desk because you’re about to lose your seat.”
Dan Ilic- Comedian, Presenter, Podcast Host
Biden channels his inner Gough | ticker VIEWS
As Joe Biden prepares to face his most momentous week as president, with his entire legislative agenda on the line in Congress over the next few days, Biden is channeling his inner Gough Whitlam, who famously said:
“You’ve got to crash through or you have got to crash.”
Whitlam was more charismatic, more tumultuous in bearing and outlook, more larger than life than Biden.
But not more of a dreamer of what a good government should stand for. The pillars of Whitlam’s policy agenda – health care, education, labour rights, human rights, anti-racism, gender equity, fairer taxes – are the same as what Biden is championing in his “Care Economy” program.
The president has been clear: he demands action now
He wants to take his climate policies to Glasgow to show the world that the United States is a leader in moving the planet to net zero by 2050 – and a lot more progress before 2030.
And he wants to tell the American people that more help on the issues they care about every day – good jobs at good wages, education for their children and removing the wolf of poverty from their doors, expanded access to affordable health care, rebuilding roads and digital highways – is about to arrive.
Republicans are unalterably opposed and are resisting the Biden program with full political force.
The Democratic margin in the House is three votes. There is no margin in the Senate; all 50 Democrats, plus the vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, are essential. This is why Biden said in his CNN Town Hall last week that, in the 100-member Senate:
“Every one is a president. Every single one. So you gotta work something out.”
That’s what Biden is doing. He is in the late stages of reaching an agreement with his Democrats in both chambers. He has had to jettison free community college, reduce paid parental leave, abandon lower prescription drug prices through Medicare and higher tax rates for corporations.
Still, if this scaled-back legislation is passed, Biden will have this year delivered $5 trillion in economic stimulus and investment in American households.
In scale and scope, what Biden has on the table in Congress is as significant as Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.
This is why this week is Biden’s crash through or crash moment
If he succeeds, it will be momentous in its own right, and will give Democrats momentum as they face the midterm elections for the control of Congress next year.
If he succeeds, it will give Biden political capital to prosecute the racial equity agenda in a Senate choked by its rules for legislative debate.
But if Biden fails, if the Democrats do not unify and vote this legislation through the House and Senate, Biden’s presidency will come to a screeching halt. There will be no more progressive legislation of real consequence.
Unlike Gough, Biden cannot be removed as president by a Governor General, but there will be nothing to save his presidency from paralysis for the balance of this term.
The world’s most locked down city is free but is re-entry anxiety hitting Melbourne? | ticker VIEWS
Melbourne was once the world’s most liveable city. It appears that Covid-19 agrees, as the city recently ended its sixth lockdown
Victorians have been isolated for 262 days. It’s a grim statistic. In fact, it makes Melbourne the world’s most locked down city.
Unsurprisingly, Victoria is also the state with Australia’s highest number of Covid-19 infections (over 73,100), and deaths (1,005).
During lockdown, people began smiling through their face masks as they greeted passers-by on their daily walks. Cupboards were cleaned, old clothes were thrown out, and alcohol consumption was rife.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews put it bluntly, “these are shitty choices”.
But on Friday, restaurants popped open their first bottles of champagne in months; and people left their homes outside of curfew hours. These are the things that weren’t allowed just days ago, under the state’s strict stay-at-home orders.
But for some, the mental health toll of being locked down for such a long time is hitting home.
Ticker’s own Dr Kieran Kennedy says re-entry anxiety are “feelings of uncertainty, fear and anxiety around pandemic restrictions lowering”.
Psychiatrists believe re-entry anxiety is characterised by a major period of change.
What can help?
There are a range of techniques that are clinically proven to reduce anxiety during periods of change.
- acknowledge it
- take it slow
- put a simple routine or structure in place
- plan steps to get back outside
- look after yourself
- talk to people
- recognise the symptoms.
As Melbourne, and the world opens back up, there’s one word that comes to mind for me: balance.
The shadow pandemic
Australia has recently made the shift from a Covid-zero and lockdown mentality, to living with the virus.
Other countries have already adopted this approach, like the United Kingdom, where case numbers are spiking, and smaller nations like Singapore.
“We need to update our mindsets. We should respect Covid-19, but we must not be paralysed by fear.”SINGAPORE’s PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG
Some places are still working towards Covid-zero, including China, which was once the epicentre of the virus.
But as countries begin to emerge from the height of the pandemic, the mental health impacts are also coming to light.
LifeLine—a mental health support service—reported its busiest days in its 57-year history. Calls have reportedly increased by 40 per cent in recent months.
“Just two years ago we were averaging under 2,500 calls a day,” the company’s chair, John Brigden said.
You can almost feel these impacts in Melbourne. From businesses with a ‘for lease’ sticker splashed across their front windows, or for me, the reluctance of jumping straight into a weekend of socialising.
“Today we are regularly seeing more than 3,500—a 40 per cent increase.”Lifeline chair John Brogden.
Our health experts are telling us that it isn’t the end either.
Professor Adrian Esterman is a former epidemiologist with the World Health Organisation. He says there are a “host of potential viruses” that may cause the next pandemic in our lifetime.
It’s important to acknowledge this, because we are not immune to disasters or change. The world is a complex place.
Importantly, there’s no race to get back to anything. Yes, restrictions have eased but for some, the time to adjust may take a little longer.
I’m not trying to suppress anyone’s feeling of excitement, rather, just shine a light on the perils of re-entry.
Back to reality
As cities bounce back from an incredibly devastating and dark period, I’m having different conversations with my peers.
We’re talking more about our mental health—the harsh toll of being isolated from the things that we love.
But moving back into a ‘normal’ routine—with social and community commitments—isn’t easy.
In fact, research shows that sudden changes can lead to tiredness, stress and irritability—the term known as re-entry anxiety.
Above all, it can lead to unease. We’ve all changed our priorities and daily activities for well over a year, it’s bound to affect our recovery.
For me, I wonder what the world will look like in a month, and years to come.
I’m not in any hurry to rush back to ‘normal’ because our entire sense of normality has changed.
I think it’s been nice to strip life back, and appreciate the smaller things—a walk on the beach; dinner at the table; or connecting with an old relative.
However, I appreciate that the world moves fast, and people are keen to suppress these recent memories.
As people make reservations; gather outdoors, and see their friends; it’s time to enjoy these freedoms—at our own pace.
But remember, there is always light at the end of the tunnel if you are struggling—short, or long-term.
If you, or someone you know needs help, please contact your local helpline.
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