Global lens on Afghanistan as new Taliban government takes shape

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Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid is shown sitting while wearing a dark head wrap and black vest with the Taliban flag behind him.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 7, 2021. The Taliban on Tuesday announced a caretaker Cabinet stacked with veterans of their harsh rule in the late 1990s.

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The Taliban has announced choices for several interim positions in their new government. And, 20 years after 9/11, militant Islamists continue to be a threat, not just in Afghanistan, but across much of the world. Also, the coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot in the political landscape around the globe. One of its consequences is the growth of authoritarianism, or its tendencies, in a number of countries and regions.


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