Economic collapse and halting international aid following the Taliban’s takeover have compounded shortages that were already deepening; we examine the unfolding disaster.
The verdict in a blockbuster case against Apple might look like a win for the tech giant; a closer read reveals new battle lines. And the data that reveal how polluters behave when regulators are not watching.
Taliban slogans have replaced murals of women activists, street vendors started selling the Islamic Emirate’s flag, and protests broke out for several days in a row. WSJ’s Yaroslav Trofimov looks at Kabul’s rapid transformation after the fall of the republic. Photo Composite: Michelle Inez Simon
A look at the international reaction that Afghanistan’s new government is receiving, Emmanuel Macron’s meeting with Armin Laschet, who is hoping to be Germany’s next chancellor, and Milan’s Salone del Mobile fair.
September 6, 2021: Hurricane Ida, Oil spill in Gulf, Vaccine boosters, Afghanistan, Guinea coup
1. Hurricane Ida’s death toll continued to rise, with many in the U.S. Northeast holding out hope for people missing in the floodwaters, while nearly 600,000 customers in Louisiana still lacked power a week after the storm made landfall.
2. A private dive team will try to locate the source of a suspected oil spill spotted in the Bay Marchand area of the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, after Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc in the region this week.
3. Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said that officials were likely to soon get the regulatory go-ahead to administer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots made by Pfizer, although Moderna booster could take a little longer.
4. The Taliban claimed victory over opposition forces in the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul, declaring that it completed the Islamist group’s takeover of Afghanistan and promising to announce a new government soon.
5. Soldiers who ousted Guinean President Alpha Conde summoned his ministers and top government officials to a meeting, a day after a coup which drew international condemnation.
In some ways America has more leverage now that its forces have left; we ask how diplomatic and aid efforts should proceed in order to protect ordinary Afghans.
A global pandemic has distracted from a troubling panzootic: a virus is still ravaging China’s pig farms, and officials’ fixes are not sustainable. And the first retrospective for activist artist Judy Chicago.
With the Taliban promising more freedoms in Afghanistan, we ask howthe West is planning to protect the country’s women and girls. Plus: the first minister of Wales on his coronavirus response and the latest arts news.
August 17, 2021: Afghanistan, central bank chief flees Kabul, Storm Fred, Robert Durst, Haiti quake
1. Military flights evacuating diplomats and civilians from Afghanistan resumed after the runway at Kabul airport was cleared of thousands of people desperate to flee after the Taliban seized the capital.
2. The head of Afghanistan’s central bank has fled Kabul, questioned the loyalty of Afghan security forces and blamed President Ashraf Ghani and his inexperienced advisors for the country’s swift and chaotic fall to the Taliban.
3. Tropical Storm Fred slammed the Florida Panhandle, making landfall with a wet slap of heavy rain and blasting winds.
4. Real estate heir Robert Durst testified to chopping up the body of a Texas neighbor he killed in self-defense and to abandoning the body of his best friend after discovering her dead in her Beverly Hills home during his Los Angeles murder trial.
5. Heavy rains lashed Haiti, complicating rescue efforts and drenching thousands left homeless by a devastating earthquake that killed at least 1,419 people.
The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, with fighters entering the presidential palace, and gunshots broke out at Kabul’s airport as thousands tried to flee the country. The collapse of the Afghan government creates an uncertain future for civilians and challenges for the U.S. Photo: Stringer/Reuters