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Womens Liberation Front


Welcome to, formerly known as.Womens Liberation Front.  A website that hopes to draw and keeps your attention for  both the global 21th. century 3rd. feminist revolutution as well and a selection of special feminist artists and writers.

This online magazine will be published evey six weeks and started February 1st. 2019. Thank you for your time and interest.

Gino d'Artali
indept investigative journalist
and radical feminist











                                                                                                            CRYFREEDOM 2019/2020

<Women’s rights, human rights>, <Equality and justice>
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JAN 2022:

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08 jan 2022-29 Dec 2021 =below

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International media about the atrocities
against women worldwide.

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21-31 Jan 2022
23-18 Jan 2022
17-10 Jan 2022
08 jan 2022-29 Dec 2021 = below











When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
Gino d'Artali

and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
Gianna d'Artali

Al Jazeera
8 Jan 2022

Prominent Afghan professor arrested for criticising Taliban rule
The arrest of Faizullah Jalal is stoking fears that the Taliban will reimpose harsh rules on freedom of speech.

A prominent Afghan university professor and outspoken critic of the Taliban leadership has been arrested in Kabul. Faizullah Jalal, a longtime professor of law and political science at Kabul University, has made several appearances on television talk shows since the US-backed government was pushed out in August, blaming the Taliban for the worsening financial crisis and criticising them for ruling by force. In one television appearance, Jalal called Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem a <calf>, a grave insult in Afghanistan. Clips of his passionate criticism went viral on social media, sparking concerns of retribution. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that Jalal had been detained on Saturday by the Taliban’s intelligence arm over statements he made on social media in which he was <trying to instigate people against the system and was playing with the dignity of the people>.
He has been arrested so that others don’t make similar senseless comments in the name of being a professor or scholar that harm the dignity of others,> he added. Mujahid shared screenshots of tweets he claimed had been posted by Jalal, which said the Taliban intelligence chief was a stooge of Pakistan, and that the new government considers Afghans as <donkeys>.
Local news agency Aamaj News said the account Mujahid made reference to, @UstadJalal1, was a fake. The professor had tweeted on Saturday from his official Twitter handle, @JalalFaizullah, to denounce the fact that the account had been purporting to be him.
Jalal’s wife Massouda, who ran against former President Hamid Karzai in 2004 as Afghanistan’s first woman candidate for the presidency, posted on Facebook that her husband had been arrested by Taliban forces and detained in an unknown location.

<Dr Jalal has fought and spoken out for justice and the national interest in all his activities pertaining to human rights,> she said.
TOLO TV, Afghanistan’s largest station on which Faizuallah Jalal was a frequent commentator, tweeted that Jalal was arrested <reportedly for making allegations against government departments,> a security source said.

Freedom of speech

Human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the arrest of the lecturer <for exercising his freedom of expression and criticising the Taliban> and has called for his immediate and unconditional release.>>
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The Guardian
7 Jan 2022
By Stefanie Glinski

Global development is supported by
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

<<Women's rights and gender equality
Taliban stop Afghan women using bathhouses in northern provinces
Decision to close public hammams – most people’s only chance for a warm wash – sparks anger in light of country’s mounting crises.

The Taliban sparked outrage this week by announcing that women in northern Afghanistan would no longer be allowed to use communal bathhouses. The use of bathhouses, or hammams, is an ancient tradition that remains for many people the only chance for a warm wash during the country’s bitterly cold winters. Women, who regularly use the bathhouses for ritual cleaning and purification required under Islamic law, said this was another example of the Taliban tightening its grip and infringing their basic rights. They fear the ban will be extended to other parts of the country. On Monday, Sardar Mohammad Heydari, from the provincial branch of the Taliban’s Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, said women would be banned from bathhouses in Balkh and Herat provinces.
However, another Taliban commander, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Guardian that he did not support the decision, adding that Afghanistan’s new leaders should focus on <bigger struggles>.>>
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The Guardian
Diane Taylor
6 Jan 2022

<<The Afghan judge working to free her sisters left behind
Fawzia escaped from Afghanistan. Now in London, she’s trying to secure a safe exit for women still stranded.

Just under three weeks before the Taliban reached Kabul and took control of Afghanistan, 50 of the most powerful women in the country gathered outdoors in a shady spot to discuss how to deal with the approaching danger. Wearing colourful headscarves, some took notes while others listened intently to Fawzia, 48, one of the most senior female judges in Afghanistan. Holding a microphone, she spoke with urgency about the advancing threat and the need to protect the rights that female lawyers, women’s rights activists and journalists had spent decades fighting for. But they had no idea quite how quickly their precious freedoms were going to be lost.
Fawzia and her family escaped from Afghanistan via Tbilisi, Georgia, after the main Operation Pitting airlifts had concluded. They are now being accommodated in a hotel in London under Arap, the UK government’s Afghan relocations and assistance policy. A woman stands behind a curtain to separate female employees from men who work at Radio Begum in Kabul. Unlike asylum seekers, the Afghan families are treated more like tourists or business travellers. They are also not constrained by burly security guards standing with folded arms in front of the hotel entrance. Fawzia, her lawyer husband and their four children – aged 18, 16, 11 and nine – say they are very grateful for the sanctuary that has been offered them, and the British government has been very kind. But they do not know what the future holds. Like other Afghans brought to safety, they have been granted six months’ leave to remain in the UK. Details of what will happen after that are not known.
Fawzia is energetically networking with other female Afghan judges and human rights defenders in exile, along with prominent female lawyers in the UK such as Helena Kennedy, to try to secure a safe exit for those who have not yet managed to escape. She is becoming increasingly anxious about the female judges still stranded in Afghanistan. She believes that while hundreds have escaped, 93 remain there.
<The situation for these women is getting worse all the time,> she says.>>
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Al Jazeera
5 Jan 2022

<<In Pictures
In Pictures: Hunger, poverty continue to stalk desperate Afghans

A lack of funding batters Afghanistan’s already troubled economy, leading to increasing poverty.

The bitter cold of Afghanistan’s winter has small children huddled beneath blankets in makeshift camps, while sick babies in hospitals lie wrapped in their mothers’ all-enveloping burqas. Meanwhile, long lines at food distribution centres have become overwhelming as the country sinks deeper into desperate times. Since the August 15 Taliban takeover of Kabul, an already war-devastated economy once kept alive by international donations alone is now on the verge of collapse. There is not enough money for hospitals.
Saliha, who like many Afghans uses just one name, took her infant son to the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Kabul. Weak and fragile, four-month-old Najeeb was badly malnourished.
For many of Afghanistan’s poorest, bread is their only staple. Women and children line up outside bakeries before dawn to get bread.
The statistics provided by the United Nations are grim: almost 24 million people in Afghanistan, about 60 percent of the population, suffer from acute hunger. As many as 8.7 million Afghans are coping with famine. The World Health Organization is warning of millions of children suffering malnutrition, and the United Nations says 97 percent of Afghans will soon be living below the poverty line.
The majority scramble to find food and fuel.

For millions living in camps for the displaced or sitting outside government ministries seeking help, the only source of warmth is to huddle around open wood-burning fires. Nearly 80 percent of Afghanistan’s previous government’s budget came from the international community. That money, now cut off, financed hospitals, schools, factories and government ministries.
Sanctions have crippled banks while billions of dollars of Afghanistan’s funds and assets remain frozen abroad. The UN says it is struggling to figure out how to get humanitarian aid to Afghans while bypassing the Taliban government.>>
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Al Jazeera
5 Jan 2022

<<Taliban orders shop owners to remove heads of mannequins
A video clip showing men sawing the plastic heads off life-sized dummies goes viral on social media.

The Taliban has ordered shop owners in western Afghanistan to remove the heads of mannequins, insisting the life-sized figures violate Islamic law, according to a report. A video clip showing men sawing the plastic heads off female dummies went viral on social media, the AFP news agency reported on Wednesday.
Since returning to power in August, the Taliban has increasingly imposed their interpretation of Islamic law, severely curtailing freedoms, particularly those of women and girls.
<We have ordered the shopkeepers to cut the heads off mannequins as this is against (Islamic) Sharia law,> Aziz Rahman, the head of the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in the city of Herat, was quoted as saying by AFP.
<If they just cover the head or hide the entire mannequin, the angel of Allah will not enter their shop or house and bless them,> Rahman added after some vendors initially responded by covering the heads of mannequins with plastic bags or headscarves. The Taliban has so far issued no national policy on mannequins or statues. Under the group’s interpretation of Islamic law, depictions of the human figure are forbidden. During their first government in the 1990s, the Taliban triggered global outrage after blowing up two ancient Buddha statues. Since seizing power, they have banned girls from secondary schools in several provinces while women have largely been prevented from working in the public sector and excluded from government positions. Last week, authorities in Kabul said women seeking to travel long distances should not be offered road transport unless accompanied by a close male relative. The group has increased raids on liquor sellers, rounded up drug addicts and banned music.>>
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Al Jazeera
31 Dec 2021

<<In Pictures
For struggling Afghanistan families, next meal a matter of faith

The UN estimates nearly 23 million Afghans – about 55 percent of the population – are facing extreme levels of hunger.

As winter sets in, Afghan widow Kubra needs to find fuel to heat the single room where eight family members live in the central province of Bamiyan. The flour they bought months ago is running out, so food is also becoming scarce.
<We got two sacks of flour last spring which we are still using. After that, we have to have faith that God will help us,> the 57-year-old said in a room lined with rice sacks to keep out the cold. Their firewood was stolen when they left their home amid the chaos that engulfed Afghanistan, as the Taliban swept towards Kabul on their way to seizing back control of the country. Stories like Kubra’s are increasingly common in a country struck by severe drought and where money has run dry. Before the Taliban toppled the Western-backed government in August, the economy relied heavily on foreign aid. But with the international community wary of the group and the United States imposing sanctions on some of its leaders, that support has all but disappeared. The United Nations estimates nearly 23 million Afghans – about 55 percent of the population – are facing extreme levels of hunger, with nearly nine million at risk of famine as winter takes hold. Life for Afghanistan’s poor has always been hard; Kubra’s family works on farms in the spring, earning potatoes instead of money. But it is getting worse. Vegetables such as cauliflower are out of reach, and plastic sheets protect their home from the freezing weather and snow. There is so little space in the single room that Kubra sleeps at her sister’s house at night. <My son used to collect pieces of scrap metal but right now he has no work,> she said.
Already vulnerable after months of severe drought and decades of war that forced many to flee homes for relatively stable regions like Bamiyan, Afghans are entering the unknown.
<We never used to have different kinds of food but in the past it was all right, we had rice and cooking oil,> said Massouma, a 26-year-old mother of four from the neighbouring province of Maidan Wardak.
<We used to cook once a day and that was good. Now it’s once a week and sometimes there isn’t even any bread to eat.> >>
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Al Jazeera
By Najibah Zartosht
30 Dec 2021

<<The life I built as an Afghan woman went in the blink of an eye
A university lecturer reflects on how the Taliban takeover upended her life and asks: was the hard work all for nothing?

At 11am on August 15, I was at Rabia Balkhi University in Kabul where I was teaching economics. That day, only a handful – maybe 10 – of my class of about 30 had shown up due to the deteriorating security situation. The Taliban was fast advancing on Kabul having already captured the cities of Ghazni, Herat, and Mazar-i-Sharif.
I was in the middle of my lecture when suddenly I heard shouts and running footsteps in the corridor. I ignored the commotion at first until it grew louder. I opened the door and saw students, teachers, and university staff running – everyone was trying to get out of the building. I asked a staff member in the hallway what was going on and he told me that the Taliban was entering Kabul and everyone was rushing to their homes. I could see the terror and hopelessness on everyone’s faces; the girls, especially, were terrified. I stopped my class and told my students to go home immediately and then I left the university. There were no buses or cars, so I had to walk home. At the usually busy market in Kote Sangi neighbourhood in the city’s west, I saw people screaming and running in different directions. Shopkeepers were rushing to close their shops; women were running to their homes. The transport system had ground to a halt. The city was in absolute chaos. But by early afternoon, all shops, schools, universities, and banks had closed, and it seemed as if life had stopped in the city. It took me an hour and a half to get home. By 4pm, I saw some Taliban gunmen on the streets. The Taliban had taken Kabul.

Escaping Kabul

I knew immediately that I had to go into hiding as did my colleagues – university lecturers, human rights activists and journalists – at Jade-Abresham, a newsweekly where I also worked. We had published numerous articles about the crimes the Taliban had committed. We also organised anti-Taliban campaigns on social media such as #Stand4ANDSF to support and boost the morale of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) during the Taliban’s advance but also to denounce the Taliban’s actions. I had also denounced the Taliban in articles I had written about women’s rights and ethnic and religious minority rights. We were so frightened that we did not dare contact each other through WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger as there were rumours that the Taliban monitored these channels. But others helped us communicate and we decided to get out of the country. While planning my escape, I watched the news when I had time. Seeing the airport flooded with people who were struggling to leave and those who fell to their deaths from the US military plane made me feel devastated and frightened. I felt as if I was falling towards the centre of a storm. On August 17, two days after the Taliban takeover, eight of us gathered at a colleague’s house. Since we had not worked directly with the United States and other NATO member countries, we were not on their lists for emergency evacuation. Therefore, we had to leave the country on our own. All banks were closed, and with very little money in our pockets, we decided to escape to Pakistan where we knew people who could help us arrange smugglers to get us across the border. I had always worn skirts and jeans and had no attire that the Taliban would approve of. So I hurriedly went to my neighbour’s house to find something to wear. They gave me a blue burqa that stretched to the ground, covering me from head to toe. Under the cover of darkness, we left Kabul and travelled towards the border town of Spin-Boldak. The smuggler we hired drove through the night, and the next day, at around noon, we reached the border. We had not eaten for the past 24 hours, and all of us were exhausted and had headaches. We stopped briefly for lunch, all the while frightened we would be stopped. The smugglers that we hired distributed fake IDs, and took us towards the border checkpoints. With our hearts pounding, we approached the entrance gate to Pakistan.>>
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Note from Gino d'Artali first:
The serial <Afghanistan's Women's Resistence' is not about politics but about it's title. Still, one might find the following and interes- ting read:
The Guardian
Emma Graham-Harrison
30 Dec 2021

<<Ashraf Ghani blames international allies over Afghanistan’s fall to Taliban. In first interview since fleeing Kabul in August, former president says US ‘erased’ Afghans in years of peace talks with militants.>>
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Al Jazeera
29 Dec 2021

<<US names two women to senior diplomatic posts for Afghanistan
The appointments come as the Taliban government rolls back women’s rights for travel, education and employment.

The US has named two female diplomats to senior roles representing Washington in Afghanistan, as women’s rights in the country continue to deteriorate under the new Taliban government.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken appointed Rina Amiri as a special envoy for Afghan women, girls and human rights on Wednesday. <Rina brings over two decades of expertise and specialized knowledge that will advance our vital work toward a more peaceful, stable and secure Afghanistan for all,> Blinken said on Twitter. Blinken also named Stephenie Foster, a Department of State veteran, as a new senior adviser for women and girls to US operations to evacuate and resettle Afghans at risk of retaliation from the Taliban after it took over the country. The appointments come more than four months after the Taliban overran the country as the former Western-backed government collapsed and the last US troops withdrew after 20 years of war.
Since then, the Taliban has curbed the rights of women and girls, banning most of the former from working and most of the latter from attending schools in what US officials decry as back-tracking from assurances they gave to observe human rights.

On Sunday, Taliban officials issued an edict prohibiting women from travelling more than 75km by road unless they are accompanied by a close male relative. The guidance issued by the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, which also called on vehicle owners to refuse rides to women not wearing headscarves, drew condemnation from rights activists. The move followed the Taliban barring many women in public-sector roles from returning to work in the wake of their August 15 seizure of power, and as girls remain largely cut off from secondary schooling.>>
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The Guardian
29 Dec 2021
Aubrey Allegretti

<<Gordon Brown: west is sleepwalking into Afghanistan disaster
Ex-PM warns poverty and starvation mean country is at risk of world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. The west is <sleepwalking into the biggest humanitarian crisis of our times> in Afghanistan, Gordon Brown has warned, as he called for a support package to save the country from economic and social collapse after the Taliban’s takeover. Four months after the western-backed government was overthrown following a mass military withdrawal, the former UK prime minister said the case for action was not based only on morals but also <in our self-interest>. He said more than half the Afghan population was facing extreme hunger, including 1 million children at risk of starving to death, citing International Monetary Fund predictions that the country’s economy would contract by 20-30% in the next year. <No country in recent times is suffering from such ‘universal poverty’ in the way that Afghanistan may do,> Brown wrote in an article for the Times. <It is ironic that when the whole international community is pledged to achieve the sustainable development goals – to free all the world from absolute poverty this decade – almost every citizen of Afghanistan will be condemned to that dire fate. Instead of no absolute poverty in any country, we will have the horror of practically an entire country living in absolute poverty.> Brown stressed the effects may be felt within Europe, given thousands of Afghans would be faced with the choice of starving or emigrating.

About $4.5bn (£3.3bn) should be pledged by countries to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Brown urged, adding that the <largest humanitarian response ever agreed for a single nation> was required. He continued: <It cost America trillions to fight the war in Afghanistan. It is not beyond our capacity to find $4bn to prevent starvation amid this uneasy peace.

This tragedy foretold cannot be a tragedy unresolved.> >>
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