After Afghanistan fell to the Taliban tens of thousands of Afghans made their way to the United States. They were allowed to stay under a program called “humanitarian parole.” But that status expires in a couple of months, and although they can renew one time, many are calling for Congress to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act, which would allow them to seek more permanent status.
Issues and Analysis
ON MIGRATION | ON AFGHANISTAN – The U.S. Left Them Behind. They Crossed a Jungle to Get Here Anyway – NYT
For thousands of Afghans, the American withdrawal from Kabul was just the beginning of a long, dangerous search for safety.
ON AFGHANISTAN | Afghan women protest in Kabul demanding that the Taliban aren’t recognized by the UN – AFP
“Recognition of Taliban — violation of women’s rights,” the women chanted during the march, which lasted no longer than 10 minutes in the capital.
ON AFGHANISTAN, ON MIGRATION | Afghans Stranded In Pakistan Are Struggling After Broken Promises From The U.S. – Huffington Post
Thousands of at-risk Afghans face deportation after they traveled to Pakistan with hopes of soon being able to settle in the U.S.
Upwardly Global’s new report highlights Afghan newcomers’ $1.71 billion potential annual earnings and $227 million potential annual tax dollars, in an effort to spur legislative or administrative action and ensure stability for over 36k Afghans in the U.S.
War is a Racket! by The Department of Homeland Inspiration – featuring the Art Ranger and Michael Sheridan
Art Ranger, along with her colleague Michael Sheridan, review “War is a Racket” by Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler. This highly decorated war hero becomes dogged activist and tours the country giving speeches about how he was in effect, a bully for the corporations, then quit. Art Ranger and Sheridan share excerpts of the text as well as a piece of their minds. Sonic textures provided by our back up band, The Dirty Pens.
ON THE MEDIA | Disrupting Journalism: How Platforms Have Upended the News, Columbia Journalism Review
After decades of shrinking revenues, and an increasing expectation among consumers that journalism should be free, the global media industry has reached a crisis point. As legacy news outlets shut down or lay off staff, misinformation and conspiracy theories run rampant, blurring the line between fantasy and reality.
After the 1994 [Zapatista] uprising, a boom in documentary films focused on indigenous themes and communities — but the overwhelming majority, Sojob says, were made by people from outside the state. Her own interest in storytelling began when, using a camera that her father gave her, she recorded an ongoing land conflict between the people of Chenalhó and the neighboring town of Chalchihuitán. Unless there was some sort of testimony, she realized, no one would know what was happening, “that it was us, ourselves, who had to get out everything that was happening within, from our own context, from our community.”
ON MIGRATION, ON AFGHANITAN | Biden Admin Plan to Resurrect Asylum Ban Advances Trump Agenda – ACT NOW
President Biden’s administration has said it will introduce a new rule that would deny many from seeking asylum based on their manner of entry or transit through other countries. The asylum ban is a fundamental departure from how our life-saving asylum system should work and is reminiscent of moments in our nation’s history when we turned away refugees to their death.
ON THE MEDIA | A New Paradigm for Global Journalism: Press Freedom and Public Interest, The Tow Center
There is a need to expand the framework for press freedom defense to incorporate the notion of public interest. Linking press freedom and public interest allows for the protection of press freedom based not only on the individual right to free expression but also on the collective social benefit derived from independent journalism.
Their journey starts with a humanitarian visa for Brazil: one of the few remaining exit routes for Afghans fleeing Taliban rule.
It ends – after a perilous trek overland through Latin America across at least 11 countries – with scaling the border wall and jumping onto U.S. soil.
Gen Egeland, the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) earlier today Tweeted that Norway’s primer aid organization can’t continue its operations in Afghanistan without its female employees. [The Taliban recently banned women from working in Humanitarian aid.]