[-] lisko@sopuli.xyz 6 points 1 month ago

I encourage anyone who cares about this to travel to Afghanistan themselves and see it with their own eyes before relying on what publications like the Guardian have to say about it. One thing about the article that is probably not true is the claim that the girls were labeled "infidels" by the state. Why this claim is suspicious is that there is no word for "infidel" in the languages spoken in Afghanistan. The closest equivalent would be کافر (kafir), which can refer to someone who isn't Muslim, but not wearing hijab is not considered to be any kind of proof that someone is not a Muslim. It's highly doubtful that they were excommunicated for this.

The guardian claims that the government in Afghanistan mandates that women must be covered "from head to toe, revealing only their eyes", which is clearly not true. When I was in Kabul I saw many women without their faces covered. This is one clear case where the Guardian gets facts on the ground wrong. A lot of women there are wearing surgical masks as a form of face covering that also doubles as protection from pollution and disease. As the girl quoted in the article said, they are doing this as a "precaution", in other words, the government doesn't in fact require face covering, but they are doing it anyway because they think they have to.

The article implies that girls were specifically targeted for going to English class, as if they have an issue with learning English. Government officials themselves also go to English classes, so that in and of itself was not a relevant matter to the story.

As for them getting beaten for "confronting the men", of course you are going to get beaten if you resist arrest or argue. That's true in most countries, but particularly in Afghanistan the authorities tend to hit people if they are not compliant.

The other issue is that the rule in Afghanistan is not well developed or consolidated, which means that these men who committed these acts like the beatings and arrests were acting outside the law, and the central government doesn't necessarily support this action. Because of the rudimentary form of government different local elements of the Taliban can act differently or independently, so what the spokesperson quoted in the article said about this being unusual was probably telling the truth. This was only one incident, and hopefully it won't be repeated elsewhere.

[-] lisko@sopuli.xyz 21 points 3 months ago

Says Apple lol

[-] lisko@sopuli.xyz 3 points 5 months ago

Can you explain what you mean by "black" propaganda?

[-] lisko@sopuli.xyz 4 points 5 months ago

Not sure why they chose the name Atesh, but it is apparently the Persian word آتش meaning "fire". It's interesting how much Persian has shown up in and around this conflict, likely due to historical Ottoman influence in the region. Persian makes anything 1000x cooler

[-] lisko@sopuli.xyz 3 points 5 months ago

Discord is no match for Matrix

[-] lisko@sopuli.xyz 3 points 6 months ago

OK now you are really confused. Please note I'm the moderator lol

[-] lisko@sopuli.xyz 3 points 6 months ago

You are a bit confused but that's OK

[-] lisko@sopuli.xyz 5 points 6 months ago

I think duplicate submission / news

[-] lisko@sopuli.xyz 3 points 6 months ago

His family also got the first iMac running OS X, and that was such a beauty to behold. I mean, maybe the design wasn't as colorful or iconic as the G4 generation, but man that OS was sweet.

[-] lisko@sopuli.xyz 9 points 6 months ago

He uses some famous examples of American leftist intellectuals (to some extent) siding with Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Unfortunately, it is a thing.

[-] lisko@sopuli.xyz 11 points 6 months ago

It was such an iconic machine. Ironically, at the time I hated them. (I probably still wouldn't want to use one even now, but now I only have to look at pictures of them, and they admittedly are nice to look at.)

I had a friend in high school whose family had one of these in their living room, and it was running OS 9. It was practically useless, but I forget what he did on it. I seem to remember that it ran World of Warcraft, but now I'm questioning my memory if that was really possible or not.

[-] lisko@sopuli.xyz 8 points 6 months ago

I’m sick and tired of reading this sentence…

Me too, but when I think about it, I realize its necessity

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