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CNA | Taiwan shares plunge amid worries ahead of Pelosi's expected visit, 2 Aug
"It was no surprise that investors rushed to cut their holdings today to avoid further losses down the road," [International Investment Services Corp. analyst Alex Huang] added. "Few investors appeared willing to pick up bargains for the moment despite the heavy losses, which kept turnover moderate."
CNA | Chinese Internet giant Sina temporarily shuts down services in Taiwan, 2 Aug
Both the online Sina Taiwan platform and Sina Weibo became inaccessible Monday, and Sina's Taiwan operator, Sina.com Online Taiwan Branch (USA), confirmed later in the day that operations were temporarily stopped as part of an operational plan, without further explanation.
CNA | China suspends imports of multiple Taiwanese food brands (update), 2 Aug listicle
According to the Ministry of Finance, Taiwanese processed food exports to China and Hong Kong in 2021 totaled US$646.21 million and accounted for 32 percent of the total exports in that category.
the United Bakery Association of the Republic of China (Taiwan) expressed "shock and frustration" at the decision
by Cat on Tue Aug 2nd, 2022 at 05:16:25 PM EST
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RMB:TWD, 1:4.43

USD:TWD, 1:29.95
EUR:TWD, 1:30.47
GBP:TWD, 1:36.47
JPY:TWD, 1:0.22
CAD:TWD, 1:23.29
AUD:TWD, 1:20.74

by Cat on Tue Aug 2nd, 2022 at 07:09:49 PM EST
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Market Watch | China Suspends Natural Sand Exports to Taiwan, 2 Aug slo-mo demo continues
by Cat on Wed Aug 3rd, 2022 at 10:27:10 PM EST
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BASF | Sand in short supply
• Things made from sand
• 5 things you didn't know about sand
• properties

The sand crisis and recycled concrete: options, June 2021
"The Global Sand Observatory describes sand resource governance as 'one of the greatest sustainability challenges of the 21st century''"

by Cat on Fri Aug 5th, 2022 at 07:38:34 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Why Europe needs Taiwan
Human life? What human life?? US, Europe's tech supply chain is at risk in the CROSSFIRE.
For now, China has restricted its longer-term retaliation to banning [mainland] exports of sand to the island, along with [mainland] import of citrus fruits, chilled white scallops and frozen mackerel from Taiwan to the mainland.

But the risk for Taipei -- western companies that depend on Taiwanese chip manufacturing -- is that Beijing's future measures will be far tougher, such as a COMPLETE BLOCKADE or even a Chinese INVASION [of China].

Machinery and appliances made up almost 60 percent of EU imports from Taiwan last year. The biggest worry for European businesses would be the sudden cut to supplies of electronic chips, produced by the world's biggest semiconductor company ...The problem for Europe is that it has built up its DEPENCY on [SUPER CHEAP] Taiwanese chips over many years, but a CHINESE ATTACK could instantly wreck a vital supply line, with little or no warning. So how can the EU protect itself against such a risk [to 'value added' commerce within the Single Market] ?

wait for it ...
LURE certain producers into manufacturing commitments [to national security] on the European continent.
where proven iPhone mineral and metal reserves are abundant and CHEAP?
While Europe has BAGGED new investments in recent months -- by companies such as Intel in Germany and STMicroelectronics and GlobalFoundries in France -- TSMC still hasn't committed to [building] a European fabrication plant [in EU27], choosing to open one in Japan and Arizona in the U.S. instead.

And that's a massive blindspot [sic], [VC, Acorn Computer founder Hermann] Hauser said. "Unfortunately, at the moment we seem to try and do this shift with Intel, and Intel just doesn't have the technology. We need to do it with TSMC and Samsung. I don't understand why we're not having more serious discussions with Samsung and TSMC," he said.

CNBC | WTO sales sheet, 16 Oct 2021
by Cat on Sun Aug 7th, 2022 at 11:58:40 AM EST
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yahoo! Insider | Apple reportedly warned suppliers not to use 'made in Taiwan' labels on products to avoid angering China following Nancy Pelosi's visit, 5 Aug geographical indications
according to a report from Nikkei.

The tech company told its suppliers that products or parts made in Taiwan must be identified as made either in "Taiwan, China" or "Chinese Taipei" to avoid indicating that the island is independent of China, the Japanese business news outlet said.

According to Nikkei, Apple made the decision in order to avoid possible supply chain disruptions from Chinese scrutiny over the labels, especially as the company prepares to receive components from Taiwan that will be used for new products slated to launch later this year. Some iPhone components were held for review on Thursday to see whether the shipments were labeled to China's satisfaction, Nikkei reported....

Nikkei G7 | Flickering Shadow of the "New Axis" Great Power diplomacy that does not allow contradictions, Unable to break the bond between China and Russia, 5 Aug machine translation ...
Roasted liver is also shaken.
... writes itself, yo
by Cat on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 12:58:29 PM EST
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US News Reuters | China Cancels Bilateral Meeting With Japan After G7 Taiwan Statement, 4 Aug
The Chinese foreign ministry said on Thursday that a meeting between China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Japanese counterpart on the sidelines of ASEAN events in Cambodia had been cancelled.
ASEAN (1967 FTA): BN, KH, ID, LA, MY, MM, PH, SG, TH, VN
EAS (East Asia Summit): US, AU, JP, NZ; CN, RU, IN, KR, ASEAN
APEC (1989 FTA): CN, CN-hk, CN-tw, RU, ID, SG, VN, TH, PH, MX, PE, CL, BN, PG, MY, KR; US, AU, JP, NZ, CA
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on August 2, 2022
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attend the ASEAN-China (10+1) Foreign Ministers' Meeting, the ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers' Meeting, the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' Meeting and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia [.KH] from August 3 to 5. Upon the invitation of Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay a visit to Cambodia.

by Cat on Thu Aug 4th, 2022 at 12:19:42 PM EST
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Xinhau | China, Cambodia vow to carry forward traditional friendship, 3 Aug
When meeting with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni thanked the Chinese government and its people for their valuable help and assistance to the kingdom's socio-economic development and its fight against COVID-19.

Noting that the Cambodia-China relations have reached a historical high, the king said both countries are actively building the China-Cambodia community with a shared future and deepening mutually beneficial cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, which will bring tangible benefits to the two peoples.

The Cambodian side fully supports the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative proposed by China, he said, adding that Cambodia will continue its adherence to the one-China policy and stand firmly with China. ...

by Cat on Thu Aug 4th, 2022 at 12:27:19 PM EST
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CAPTION: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (L) is welcomed by U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Philip Goldberg (C) and Gen. Paul LaCamera, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, after arriving at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 65 kilometers south of Seoul, on Aug. 3, 2022, to meet with South Korean National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo amid heightened regional tensions in the wake of her high-profile visit to Taiwan, in this photo captured from the Twitter account of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
Yonhap | Victim of sexual slavery injured in attempt to meet Pelosi, 4 Aug
According to a group of activists aiding Lee, the 93-year-old had been hoping to speak with Pelosi at the National Assembly. With Pelosi about to arrive at the compound, members of the National Assembly's security detail pushed Lee's wheelchair aside to make room, sending the elderly woman to the ground.
The aforementioned civic group had asked Pelosi on Wednesday to speak with Lee and to resolve the sexual slavery issue in accordance with the U.S. House of Representatives Resolution 121. The 2007 resolution called on Japan to "formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility" for its coercion of young women into sexual slavery in Asia during the 1930s and World War II. Pelosi played an instrumental role [kazoo?] in the passing of the resolution.
HANKYOREH | Pelosi arrives in S. Korea, but no in-person meeting
The House speaker's visit coincided with the president's vacation period, but some observers say that considerations of the rising tensions between Washington and Beijing appear to have factored into Yoon's decision not to meet with her
Yoon's approval rating slips to 20% range as disapproval nears 70%
An official with the ruling People Power Party who is acquainted with the situation in the presidential office explained, "It's awkward [for Yoon] to meet with Speaker Pelosi at a time when the US and China are flexing their muscles like this." The presidential office however stated Thursday that Yoon was scheduled to speak to Pelosi over the phone that afternoon.
Pelosi was also scheduled to visit Panmunjom, [De-militarized Zone] afterward.
If that visit occurs, Pelosi would be the highest-level American to go to the Joint Security Area since then-President Donald TRUMP went there in 2019 for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Sitting inside the 4-km (2.5-mile) -wide Demilitarized Zone, a buffer created at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, the JSA is the site of past bloodshed and a venue for numerous talks. US presidents and other top officials have often travelled to the JSA and other border areas to reaffirm their security commitment to South Korea.

Any statement critical of North Korea by Pelosi is certain to draw a furious response from Pyongyang. On Wednesday, the North's Foreign Ministry slammed the United States over her Taiwan trip, saying that "the current situation clearly shows that the impudent interference of the US in internal affairs of other countries."

"Speaker Pelosi will be visiting the JSA," a South Korean military official confirmed in a telephone conversation with the Hankyoreh. Her visit appeared intended to send a message of warning and restraint to Pyongyang at a time when observers are predicting a seventh North Korean nuclear test is imminent.
QUAD (2007 mil): US, AU, JP, IN (2021), KR* (2022)
IPEF (2022 NGO): US, AU, JP, IN, NZ, KR, ID*, BN*, MY*, PH*, SG*, TH*, VN*
CHIP 4 (2022 ?): US, JP, CN-tw, *KR
Free Press Journal| US' Antony Blinken meets EAM S Jaishankar in Cambodia, says 'India among closest partners', 4 Aug "centrality"
"Taking part in the ASEAN meetings is the opportunity for us to get together and compare notes with our closest partners, starting with my longtime friend, Indian Foreign Minister Jaishankar," Antony Blinken said in the statement.
EAS (FM Meeting, Regional Forum, Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative): to address "the COVID-19 pandemic, economic cooperation, the fight against climate change, the crisis in Burma [!], and Russia's war in Ukraine"
by Cat on Thu Aug 4th, 2022 at 02:42:13 PM EST
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Automotive News Bloomberg | CATL puts U.S. plant on pause, 3 Aug
The battery factory is intended to supply Tesla and Ford.
Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. [CATL], the world's biggest maker of batteries for electric vehicles, has been considering at least two locations in Mexico near the Texas border, as well as sites in the U.S., for the plant.
by Cat on Thu Aug 4th, 2022 at 01:20:54 PM EST
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Announces Countermeasures in Response to Nancy Pelosi's Visit to Taiwan, 5 Aug China-U.S. intergov cooperation list
• Theater Commanders Talk
• Defense Policy Coordination Talks
• Military Maritime Consultative Agreement meetings
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
In response to Pelosi's egregious provocation, China decides to adopt sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family members in accordance with relevant laws of the People's Republic of China.
• repatriation of illegal immigrants
• legal assistance in criminal matters
• cooperation against transnational crimes
• counternarcotics cooperation
• talks on climate change
by Cat on Fri Aug 5th, 2022 at 11:36:47 AM EST
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China decides to adopt sanctions on Pelosi

What are these sanctions?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Aug 5th, 2022 at 11:46:51 AM EST
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The EC with the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control has developed formidable procedures according to "well-established principles of international law, such as respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other states" to identify, seize, and "freeze" real property and financial assets held by persons who violate national security laws.

Allegedly famille Pelosi holdings subject to the CBIRC, CSRC, PBOC and MoF regulation include:
• Asia Investment Fund, sub Mingji Global Investment
• Matthews Global Investors
• Matthews International Mutual Fund
• International Media Acquisition Corp

Use your imagination.

by Cat on Fri Aug 5th, 2022 at 08:12:30 PM EST
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What does the EU or the Treasury have to do with Chinese sanctions?

You reported on Chinese sanctions on Pelosi. Why are you not giving us the details (Or, on the other hand, why bother reporting on the fighting in Ukraine, when we could "use our immagination")

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 02:37:08 PM EST
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EU and US have "well-established principles of international law, such as respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other states" to identify, seize, and "freeze" real property and financial assets held by persons who violate national security laws."

China enforces its national security laws and constantly avers state obligations to "international laws" and UN Conventions. Until further notice, I presume China will apply those "well-established principles" and procedures (as precisely explained by US Treasury Sec Yellen, for example, and EC President vdL) to arrest proceeds from beneficial ownership entitled to persons who violate its own national security laws.

Yes, I'm not going to search for either an official statement published by the Chinese MoF or applicable provisions of Chinese civil code. I've wasted enough energy on revealing EUR LEX and USC. You try it!

by Cat on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 05:22:20 PM EST
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I did look for what the sanctions are. I couldn't find anything. Maybe they only published them in Chinese. But our "journalists" who published the story should have done their job.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 05:41:55 PM EST
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Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 "Iran-related" people and companies
by Cat on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 06:31:05 PM EST
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wkiwtf 1914 "influence zones", or "over-seas territories," or colonies

MOFA strongly condemns China for launching multiple missiles into waters around Taiwan, 4 Aug
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) strongly condemns the Chinese government for following the example of North Korea in willfully test-firing missiles into waters near other countries, and demands that China exercise self-restraint.

MOFA urges the international community to condemn China's military coercion towards Taiwan. The Ministry also calls on countries around the globe to continue to speak up in support of democratic Taiwan in order to jointly safeguard the values of freedom and democracy, to maintain the rules-based international order, and to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on August 4, 2022

Bloomberg: China often complains that too many in the West subscribe to what it calls the "China threat" narrative. But what would you say to those that will cite the military drills today, these missiles and weapons, as evidence of the threat that is posed by China?
Hua Chunying: Your question is a typical example of how certain people think in the West. This is an issue about fundamental facts and principles because it involves China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. ...
military fandom | Eight-Nation Alliance
The Eight-Nation Alliance was a multinational military coalition that invaded North China in 1900 to relieve the foreign legations [legio] in Beijing besieged by the popular Boxer militia determined to expunge foreign influence and government troops determined to defend China. The Allied forces consisted of approximately 45,000 troops from the eight nations of Germany, Japan, ["White"] Russia, Britain, France, the United States, Italy and Austria-Hungary. Neither the Chinese nor the foreign allies issued a formal declaration of war, and no treaty or formal agreement bound the Alliance together...
A Chronology Of The United States Marine Corp, 1947-1964
[1947] 6 Jan CHINA----President Truman directed that American participation in Peiping[sic]'s Executive Headquarters be ended. (Shaw, '68 ed., 20). The Committee of Three, consisting of representatives of the U.S., the Chinese NATIONALISTS, and the Chinese COMMUNISTS, maintained the Executive Head
30 Jan CHINA----The United States wrote off the unsuccessful efforts by General of the Army George C. Marshall to end the Civil War in China. The withdrawal of about 12,000 military personnel (including some 2,000 Marines) was ordered. (NY Times).
[1948] 13 Feb CHINA----The Chinese COMMUNISTS confirmed they had captured five U. S. Marines who had disappeared on Christmas day near Tsingtao while on ["]a hunting trip["]. PFC Charles J. Brayton, Jr. was fatally wounded, and the four survivors would be held until the U. S. Navy apologized. The five were accused of participating in the civil war.
16 Dec CHINA----According to Acting Secretary of State Robert A. Lovett, nothing had caused the U.S. Government to change its hands--off policy towards China's civil war. U.S. Marines would not go into action in Shanghai unless Americans were threatened.
21 Dec CHINA----The United States suspended long-term reconstruction financial aid [Lend-Lease] to China.
[1949] 5 Jan CHINA------Reports that United States Marines were being withdrawn from China were denied by Vice Admiral Badger, Commander, Western Pacific Fleet.
U.S. Marine Corps Operations in Korea, 1950-1953, Vol IV, "The East-Central Front"
...Altogether, the United Nations forces in Korea numbered 444,336 men as of January 1951. The cosmopolitan character of the fight AGAINST COMMUNISM  is indicated by the aid given to the U.S. and ROK forces by contingents of combat troops from 13 other nations--Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom....
Taiwan's Secret Ally: US Seventh Fleet
by Cat on Fri Aug 5th, 2022 at 08:40:24 PM EST
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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on August 5, 2022 + Wang Yi's itinerary w/o 7 Aug
Phoenix TV: The US has decided to reschedule its long-planned Minuteman III ICBM test because it is demonstrating the behavior of a responsible country by reducing security risks. How do you respond to that?

Hua Chunying: Somehow the word "responsible" sounds a bit awkward when the US uses it to describe itself. ...

by Cat on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 03:45:23 PM EST
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US [legation] says Solomon Islands [PM] 'missed opportunity' to genuflect, 8 Aug
[U.S. deputy secretary of state] Wendy Sherman and U.S. Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy were among dignitaries who attended a dawn service near the capital of Honiara on Sunday to commemorate the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Sherman's father, Marine Mal Sherman, and Kennedy's father, the late President John F. Kennedy, almost died in fighting on the Solomons. Kennedy had been the commander of a patrol torpedo boat that was rammed and sunk by a Japanese destroyer. Sherman was wounded during the Guadalcanal campaign, which was the Japanese army's first defeat of WWII.

Sep 2013: Solomon Islands Supports Elimination of all Nuclear Weapons
Oct 2014: Fourth Committee Takes Up Effects of Atomic Radiation Exposure
Aug 2019: Cancer control in the Pacific
Sep 2020: Why are there unexploded bombs in the Pacific islands?
Apr 2022: Solomon Islands receive radiation measuring instruments from IAEA
"This was a place where international leaders gathered to say that the work with Solomon Islanders, at the time of World War II, was decisive in victory, in ensuring freedom and democracy. And so I really felt sorry for the prime minister because I think he missed an important opportunity," she added.
by Cat on Thu Aug 11th, 2022 at 11:05:14 PM EST
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Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's government wants to delay election due to Pacific Games | ABC News AU |

The Prime Minister's office said in July that Solomon Islands did not have the resources to host the Pacific Games and hold an election in 2023.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's government has said it wants to extend parliament until after it hosts the Pacific Games in November 2023, for which China has donated a stadium and other sporting venues that are being built by Chinese companies.

Australia will be the second largest contributor to the games, after Pacific Minister Pat Conroy announced in Solomon Islands that Australia would contribute almost $17 million towards the landmark event.

Solomon Islands PM's election delay push a `power grab' linked to China pact, opposition leader alleges | The Guardian |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 11th, 2022 at 11:27:07 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Aug 12th, 2022 at 11:36:12 AM EST
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US Embassy in Egypt | G7 Foreign Ministers' Statement on Preserving Peace and Stability Across the Taiwan Strait, 3 Aug 2022 Ten (10)? heads of the G7 legations
We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, reaffirm our shared commitment to maintaining the rules-based international order, peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and beyond.

We are concerned by recent and announced threatening actions by the People's Republic of China (PRC), particularly live-fire exercises and economic coercion, which risk unnecessary escalation. There is no justification to use a visit as pretext for aggressive military activity in the Taiwan Strait. It is normal and routine for legislators from our countries to travel internationally. The PRC's escalatory response risks increasing tensions and destabilizing the region....

by Cat on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 11:26:55 AM EST
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Arab News | https://www.arabnews.com/node/2141746/world, 13 Aug anniversary retreat

One year on from the Taliban's return to power in Afghanistan, some cracks are opening within their ranks over the crucial question of just how much reform their leaders can tolerate.
It is from the Taliban's power base of southern Kandahar that the secretive supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada gathers his powerful inner circle of veteran fighters and religious clerics to impose a harsh interpretation of sharia. And for them, ideological concerns outweigh any political or economic drivers to effect change.

"The needs of the Afghans remain the same as 20 years ago," Mohammad Omar Khitabi, a member of a council of clerics who advise Akhundzada in Kandahar, told AFP.
Afghan families were left stunned in March when Akhundzada overturned the education ministry's decision to reopen secondary schools for girls.

13 Aug Al Jazeera | Taliban disperses Afghan women's march for 'work and freedom' (Kabul) media
Hopes of restoring international money flows were shattered -- to the dismay of many Taliban officials in Kabul, some of whom spoke out against the decision.
Relations with Western diplomats -- who meet regularly with Taliban ministers but have no access to Akhundzada -- suffered a major setback.
Winter is coming. Keep hope alive.
Within the movement, no one dares openly challenge Akhundzada's power, but discontent is quietly growing among the lower ranks. ... Many ["Taliban guards"] have returned to their villages or traveled to Pakistan to take up different work, another Taliban member added. Attempts by the movement to shore up revenue through lucrative coal mining have sparked infighting in the north, exacerbated by ethnic divisions and religious sectarianism.
"If the Taliban leadership start to feel very real threats to their political survival, then could they change?" [Wilson Center specialist Michael Kugelman] asked. "Given that they are ideologically focused, that may not be the case."
by Cat on Sat Aug 13th, 2022 at 03:41:32 PM EST
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