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Day: December 19, 2021

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Selfies with the Taliban?

Emma Graham-Harrison / The Guardian »

The correspondents were men, who apparently didn’t register one stark difference; it was also largely men in their videos. Most of the city’s women had vanished into their homes, terrified of what Taliban rule would mean for them.

It could have been a momentary slip of attention, at a time of intense pressure. But in the weeks that followed, this kind of blindness to the particular tragedy unfolding for Afghan women would play out again and again, first in male journalists’ coverage of the Taliban’s victory, and then in international organisations’ response to Afghanistan’s crisis.

Afghanistan was already the world’s worst country to live in as a woman before the Taliban took control. But with the group curtailing employment, and even trying to banish women’s faces from TV screens, it plunged to new depths, restrictions rarely seen in recent decades beyond the pages of dystopian novels, the short-lived borders of the IS caliphate, or the last time the Taliban controlled Afghanistan. This past week marked 90 days since the Taliban effectively barred girls from higher education, with no date for a return to high school.

The year’s top 10 science stories, as chosen by scientists

  1. The billionaire space race
  2. Racial biases in the healthcare system
  3. Cop26: time to act
  4. Fibromyalgia: new understanding could lead to treatments for chronic pain
  5. A boom in precise protein-structure prediction by AI
  6. Extreme weather becomes more extreme
  7. Record numbers of children living with obesity
  8. The Winchcombe meteorite: a gift from space
  9. Fatty RNA particles to the rescue, for some at least
  10. The role of nature in tackling global heating is finally recognized

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