Video captures Rudy Giuliani’s rambling speech at a 9/11 dinner in which he impersonated Queen Elizabeth II

Rudy Giuliani
Former mayor Rudy Giuliani.

  • Rudy Giuliani gave a rambling speech at his annual 9/11 dinner in a Manhattan restaurant.
  • The former mayor impersonated Queen Elizabeth and said he has never socialized with disgraced Prince Andrew.
  • Giuliani also described how he wanted to grab Gen. Mark Milley’s awarded stars and “shove it down his throat.”
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Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani gave a rambling speech at his annual 9/11 dinner.

In video clips, Giuliani can be seen impersonating Queen Elizabeth II and talking about wanting to get into a physical altercation with Gen. Mark Milley.

Giuliani claimed that Queen Elizabeth II offered him a knighthood in one clip, which he turned down.

“I turned down a knighthood because if you took a knighthood, you had to lose your citizenship,” Giuliani said.

The former mayor was given an honorary title by the Queen in 2001 and was not required to give up his citizenship.

Giuliani went on to talk about Prince Andrew, who has recently been served papers in a lawsuit from Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.

“I know Prince Andrew is very questionable now. I never went out with him. Ever!” Giuliani continued.

“Never had a drink with him, never was with a woman or young girl with him. Ever, ever, ever.”

In another clip, Giuliani criticized States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Gen. Mark Milley.

“How’s that guy a general?,” Giuliani said about Gen. Milley.

Giuliani criticized Gen. Milley for describing Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan as “not strategically important.”

“I wanted to grab his stars and shove it down his throat and say, ‘it’s 400 miles from China, asshole! China is going to be our enemy for the next 40 years! You have an airbase 400 miles from them and you’re giving it up? Idiot! What the hell is wrong with you? Who pays you? Christ!'”

Giuliani also slammed Joe Biden’s Afghanistan policy.

“What Biden did in the last two weeks is freaking insane,” Giuliani said, to applause from the audience.

The former mayor also spoke about his own role overseeing the aftermath of 9/11 in New York City.

“20 years ago, I did my job for the country. I’m very proud of it,” he said.

New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman said the event took place at a Cipriani restaurant and that lawyers Victoria Toensing and Joe diGenova were in attendance and former Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon.

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Striking photos show black-clad veiled Afghan women attending a pro-Taliban rally in Kabul

Veiled students hold Taliban flags as they listen women speakers before a pro-Taliban rally at the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on September 11, 2021. (
Veiled students hold Taliban flags as they listen women speakers before a pro-Taliban rally at the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on September 11, 2021.

  • Images show veiled Afghan women attending pro-Taliban events in Kabul on Saturday.
  • The women were covered head-to-toe, in accordance with Taliban policy, with some wearing black gloves.
  • The images have sparked a debate about personal choice and freedom.
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Afghan women wearing face veils and covered head-to-toe attended events supporting the Taliban in Kabul on Saturday.

The women attended an event at a university, in which women speakers spoke in favor of the country’s new leaders, before taking to the streets for a pro-Taliban rally with banners proclaiming, in English, “We don’t want co-education” and “we are satisfied with the attitude and behavior of Mujahideens.”

The images are in stark contrast to other women-led protests that have taken place around the country in defiance of the Taliban.

The images of the pro-Taliban women have sparked a debate about personal choice and freedom.

Veiled women attended an event in support of the Taliban’s strict gender segregation policies.

Women attend a program to support Taliban at Kabul Education University on September 11, 2021.
Veiled women attending an event to support the Taliban at Kabul Education University on September 11, 2021.

Around 300 Afghan women attended the event at the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on Sunday in support of the Taliban’s hardline policies on gender segregation, according to AFP.

During the Taliban’s previous rule in the 1990s, severe restrictions were placed on women’s lives, including banning them from employment and education. 

The Taliban have claimed that they will be less extreme this time and have allowed women to attend university as long as the classrooms are segregated by sex or divided by a curtain.

 

Most women wore full face veils and held Taliban flags.

Women attend a program to support Taliban at Kabul Education University on September 11, 2021.
Women attend a program to support the Taliban at Kabul Education University on September 11, 2021.

Striking images show most of the women in the audience covered head-to-toe, in accordance with Taliban dress policy, and holding Taliban flags.

Many also wore black gloves.

Several women spoke at the event in support of the Taliban, reports say.

“We are against those women who are protesting on the streets, claiming they are representative of women,” said the first speaker, according to AFP.

“Is it freedom to like the last government? No, it is not freedom. The last government were misusing women. They were recruiting women just by their beauty,” she said.

Another woman said she believed all Afghan women should wear a headscarf.

“Those not wearing the hijab are harming all of us,” she said, according to AFP.

Veiled women attended a pro-Taliban rally while flanked by armed Taliban fighters.

Armed Taliban fighters escort veiled women as they march during a pro-Taliban rally outside Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on September 11, 2021.
Armed Taliban fighters escort veiled women as they march during a pro-Taliban rally outside Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on September 11, 2021.

The women then marched through the streets outside the university, carrying placards in support of the Taliban.

The women were escorted by armed fighters and walked in organized lines for a short distance, AFP reported.

The new Taliban-led government has banned demonstrations unless permission is granted by the justice ministry.

Daud Haqqani, director of foreign relations at the education ministry, said women had organized the protest themselves and been granted permission to demonstrate, AFP said.

Comparatively, the protests held by women demanding equal rights from the Taliban often turned violent, with Taliban fighters firing into the air and tear-gassing some protesters.

Afghan women held placards in support of the Taliban.

Armed Taliban fighters escort veiled women as they march during a pro-Taliban rally outside the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on September 11, 2021.
Veiled women march during a pro-Taliban rally outside the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on September 11, 2021.

Some women held signs up in support of the insurgents, including, “We are satisfied with attitude and behavior of Mujahideens,” while armed Taliban fighters looked on.

 

 

Women at the rally held signs in support of the Taliban’s gender segregation policies.

Veiled women hold banners and placards while marching during a pro-Taliban rally outside the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on September 11, 2021.
Veiled women held banners and placards while marching during a pro-Taliban rally outside Kabul’s Shaheed Rabbani Education University on September 11, 2021.

Some women held signs that said, “We don’t want co-education.”

The Taliban have implemented strict policies about gender segregation at schools and universities.

Activists have warned that a lack of female teachers means that many women might be deprived of education.

Until the Taliban took over, an increasing number of women attended universities in Afghanistan, studied alongside male students, and often had male teachers.

Some women held signs criticizing Afghan women who left the country.

Veiled women hold banners and placards while marching during a pro-Taliban rally outside the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on September 11, 2021.
Veiled women held banners and placards while marching during a pro-Taliban rally outside Kabul’s Shaheed Rabbani Education University on September 11, 2021.

Along with pro-Taliban placards, some women held signs that read, “Women who left Afghanistan cannot represent us.”

Thousands of Afghans, including women, fled the country following the Taliban takeover.

Many women activists who have criticized the group’s hardline policies are in hiding in the country as they fear retribution attacks.

Most women at the rally were covered head-to-toe.

Veiled women hold banners and placards while marching during a pro-Taliban rally outside the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on September 11, 2021. (
Veiled women held banners and placards while marching during a pro-Taliban rally outside Kabul’s Shaheed Rabbani Education University on September 11, 2021.

Images of the veiled pro-Taliban women have sparked a debate on social media about personal freedom and choice.

Some said the images were evidence of the renewed oppression of women under Taliban rule.

Others argued that these women should have the right to choose what they wear, even if others do not agree with or understand their choices.

 

Heavily armed Taliban fighters escorted the women protesters.

An armed Taliban fighter escorts veiled women as they march during a pro-Taliban rally outside the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on September 11, 2021.
An armed Taliban fighter escorts veiled women as they marched during a pro-Taliban rally outside the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on September 11, 2021.

One Afghan journalist on Twitter said that the event was proof of the diversity of Afghan women and that events like this had occurred in Afghanistan in the past.

 

Others argued that it was impossible for any woman to truly be pro-Taliban.

“These are women who are either forced to embrace the extremist regime out of fear or are not aware of their rights,” one woman wrote on Twitter.

“Give them exposure and education and then we will see if they still support the Taliban.”

 

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Several of Donald Trump’s vivid memories of 9/11 lack evidence and don’t hold up to scrutiny

Donald Trump waits to speak during a memorial service at the Pentagon for the 9/11 terrorist attacks September 11, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Donald Trump waits to speak during a memorial service at the Pentagon for the 9/11 terrorist attacks September 11, 2017 in Washington, DC.

  • Over the years, Donald Trump has made many claims about his memories of 9/11.
  • Many others have made false or exaggerated claims about the attack, such as pretending to be survivors.
  • A psychiatrist coined the term “9/11 sign” to refer to those who lied about the event to garner sympathy.
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Most people can vividly recall where they were the moment they heard about the terrorist attacks in New York City on 11 September 2001.

Donald Trump is no different.

Over the years, the former president has extensively described his memories of the day, including that he helped first responders and lost “hundreds” of friends in the attack.

Many of his claims lack evidence and don’t hold up to scrutiny.

On Tuesday, Trump reiterated some of these claims on Newsmax and revealed some previously untold details.

“I was down there right after the event and I brought a big crew of people down. And I helped, a lot of other people helped. Those first responders are very brave,” Trump told the outlet.

Trump also revealed that “two big firemen” took him to safety after hearing creaks coming from a nearby building, which appears to be a new addition to the story.

“I said, ‘That building is going to come down,’ and two big firemen grabbed me and grabbed other people, and they just moved out of that area. Never came down, but I never heard a noise like that. And it was a scary situation,” Trump told Newsmax.

Although he was seen at Ground Zero in the days after the attack, there was no evidence that he helped, according to Vice News.

On 9/11, Donald Trump said that he had watched the attacks unfold through the window of his apartment in Trump Tower.

On the day of the attack, he also claimed that 40 Wall Street, also known as the Trump building, had become the tallest building in downtown Manhattan after 9/11, which was, in fact, incorrect.

Most notoriously, He said that he saw Muslims celebrating in the streets of New Jersey, an assertion that multiple fact-checkers have cast doubt on.

“This defies basic logic,” PolitiFact’s Lauren Carroll wrote in a “Pants on Fire” ruling in 2015.

“In the case of 9/11, Trump’s line between memory and hyperbole appears to be blurry,” The Associated Press reported.

The 9/11 fantasists

Alicia Head pretended to be a 9/11 survivor.
Alicia Head pretended to be a 9/11 survivor.

Donald Trump is not the only one to have made spurious claims about their experiences on 9/11.

Psychiatrist Jean Kim, who worked in New York City in the years after the attack, wrote an article in The Washington Post in 2015 about the trend of people falsely claiming they had lost relatives in 9/11.

She said she started to become suspicious at the high number of people who told her they lost a loved one in the attack and noticed inconsistencies or outright lies in some stories.

She coined the term “9/11 sign,” which refers to people who reported a 9/11 death in their history in an attempt to gain either sympathy or material benefits.

There have also been several cases of fantasists weaving elaborate lies about being 9/11 survivors, The Independent recently reported.

The most famous case is of Alicia Esteve Head, a Spanish woman who fabricated a detailed story about being a 9/11 survivor until The New York Times revealed the deception in 2007.

Head was living in Barcelona when the terrorist attack struck New York City and started going by the name Tania.

As Tania Head, she became heavily involved in the World Trade Center Survivors’ Network, later becoming its president.

Head claimed to have been chairing a Merrill Lynch meeting on the 78th floor of the South Tower on 11 September, when a plane crashed into the building.

She described her traumatic experiences in vivid detail, including seeing her assistant being decapitated and crawling through the carnage before being helped to safety by a kind volunteer.

She also claimed that her fiance Dave, who she sometimes called her husband, died in the North Tower.

Dave, whose surname was withheld by The New York Times to protect his identity, was a real person who lost his life in the terrorist attack.

His family and friends told the paper that they had never heard of Head and had not been aware of a relationship between them.

Steve Rannazzisi claimed he had a narrow escape from the North Tower in 9/11.
Steve Rannazzisi claimed he had a narrow escape from the South Tower in 9/11.

Similarly, actor and comedian Steve Rannazzisi claimed to have made a narrow escape from the 54th floor of the South Tower after the first plane crashed into the North Tower.

In 2015, Rannazzisi admitted it was a lie after The New York Times confronted him with evidence that undermined his account.

“I was not at the Trade Center on that day,” he said in a statement provided to the paper. “I don’t know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry.”

“For many years, more than anything,” Rannazzisi said, “I have wished that, with silence, I could somehow erase a story told by an immature young man. It only made me more ashamed. How could I tell my children to be honest when I hadn’t come clean about this?”

According to psychiatrist Jean Kim, misguided people such as Head and Rannazzisi sometimes try to manipulate traumatic events for material or emotional gains.

“We shouldn’t necessarily just feel enraged by these individuals (although it certainly is tempting.)”, Kim wrote in The Washington Post.

“These are usually ultimately sad, lonely, empty people who capitalize on this unprecedented capacity for charity.”

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Thousands are being put into ‘concentration camps’ and butchered in an ethnic purge in Ethiopia, reports say

Members of Ethiopian military force stand to attention for the Ethiopian national anthem during a farewell ceremony for new recruits joining the Ethiopian military force to Tigray, organised by the Mayor in Addis Ababa on July 27, 2021.
Members of Ethiopian military force stand to attention for the Ethiopian national anthem during a farewell ceremony for new recruits joining the Ethiopian military force to Tigray, organised by the Mayor in Addis Ababa on July 27, 2021.

  • A conflict between the Ethiopian military and rebels in the Tigray region has been raging for 10 months.
  • A report from The Telegraph said that Tigrayans are being systematically killed in an ethnic purge.
  • The paper said Tigrayan men, women and children were being tortured and killed in makeshift “concentration camps.”
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Thousands of ethnic Tigrayans are being put into “concentration camps,” tortured and brutally killed in Ethiopia as part of an ethnic purge, a report from The Telegraph says.

The violence is the latest development in a 10-month-long conflict in east Africa between the Ethiopian military and rebels in the Tigray region of the country.

The conflict began in November when prime minister Abiy Ahmed launched an offensive against rebel forces in the region of Tigray.

He claimed that it was in response to Tigrayan forces attacking military camps, but his government had been feuding with TPLF, the main political party in Tigray, for months.

The TPLF made unexpected gains in June of this year, recapturing much of Tigray from the army, the Telegraph reported.

After that, occupying ethnic Amhara forces from the neighboring region, who still controlled the city of Humera in the region, decided to “exterminate” and “cleanse” all Tigrayans in the area, the paper said.

Amhara forces have since been going “door-to-door” to round up anyone who is ethnic Tigrayan, The Telegraph said, based on information from a dozen eyewitnesses.

The forces have taken thousands of Tigrayan men, women, and children to makeshift concentration camps, cut off prisoners’ limbs, mutilated bodies, and dumped them in mass graves, the paper said.

The Telegraph spoke to a man who said he escaped one of the camps after convincing soldiers that he was not fully Tigrayan.

“We were 250 detainees. The Amhara forces take detainees every night and bring new ones. The ones they take never come back,” he told the paper.

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Location of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia.

In August, dozens of bloated and deformed bodies washed up in the Tekeze River.

The Telegraph said that after the incident gained international attention, Amhara forces started dumping the bodies elsewhere.

Since the conflict began last year, thousands have been killed on both sides, and millions have been displaced.

Internet services in the region have been restricted, making it difficult to verify the true death toll.

Reports have emerged of a man-made famine in the region, putting the lives of thousands of Tigrayans at risk.

The United Nations have warned that the already dire humanitarian crisis is likely to get worse because of “de facto humanitarian aid blockade.”

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Pregnant US woman trapped in Afghanistan says the Taliban are ‘hunting Americans’

Taliban soldiers with guns.
Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint that was previously manned by American troops near the US embassy, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

  • A pregnant California native is one of 100-200 American nationals trapped in Afghanistan.
  • Nasria, 25, told Voice of America that she was losing hope that she would ever be evacuated.
  • She also told the outlet that the militant group was “hunting Americans.”
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A pregnant American woman trapped in Afghanistan told Voice of America that the Taliban was “hunting Americans.”

Nasria, 25, from California, flew to Afghanistan in June to visit family and marry her Afghan national husband.

After the Taliban took over the country, Nasria was unable to get on an evacuation flight.

Despite assurances from the State Department that she would be evacuated, Nasria remains stuck in the country.

“There’s been days where I think to myself am I going to make it home? Am I going to end up living here? Am I going to end up dying here?” she told VOA.

Although US forces evacuated over 124,000 civilians from Afghanistan, including 6,000 Americans, around 100-200 Americans remain trapped there, VOA reported.

Nasria told the outlet that now that the US military is gone, the Taliban is “hunting Americans.”

“Apparently, they’re going door to door now trying to see if anyone has a blue passport.”

Reports have also emerged of Taliban fighters carrying out revenge killings of those who previously worked with foreign forces, despite promises of a general amnesty.

Nasria described the traumatic experience of trying to leave Afghanistan amidst the chaos at Kabul airport.

She said she and her husband spend days sleeping on the streets around the airport, hoping to get on a flight.

She eventually got in touch with the State Department, who told her to meet them at a specific location near the airport, but despite waiting for 12-13 hours at the location with no food and water, no officials arrived.

Nasria had permission to enter the airport and board an evacuation flight, but Taliban guards prevented her from getting past them.

“Our troops were literally at the gate, just waiting for us to continue walking, and [Taliban fighters] had blocked us,” she told VOA.

At one point, she managed to get past the fighters. “They started shooting right by my leg and told me to come back, or they will shoot me,” she told the outlet.

Nasria said her Afghan national husband pleaded with the Taliban to allow her to get through without him, but she refused to leave him.

“My child is going to need a father and I’m going to need a husband by my side,” she told VOA.

She told the outlet that she had lost faith despite assurances from the State Department that they would help her leave.

The Pentagon has said it is “obviously concerned” about the Americans left behind, although they did not think the numbers were large.

Defense Department press secretary John Kirby told CNN that Americans in Afghanistan were at risk of attack from the Taliban or ISIS-K.

Kirby added that US officials “have other tools available to us as a government to help the safe passage of Americans get out of that country or any other country.”

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Donald Trump takes a swipe at Catholics and Jews who did not vote for him

Donald Trump
Former President Donald Trump.

  • Donald Trump complained about Catholics and Jews who did not vote for him in 2020.
  • The former president made the comments in a conference call featuring religious leaders.
  • The move could be seen to shore up his religious conservative base ahead of the next election.
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Former president Donald Trump complained about Catholics and Jews who did not vote for him in the 2020 election despite all he did for their communities.

Trump made the comments in a campaigning call on Thursday organized by the religious group Intercessors for America.

“I did a lot for the Catholics. And I don’t know, you know, I’m a little bit surprised that we didn’t do better with the Catholic vote,” Trump said.

“I think now they would give us their vote. I think we got about 50% of the vote. And yet, we did a lot for the Catholic vote. So we’ll have to talk to them. We’re gonna have to meet with the Catholics.”

He pointed to the “situation with abortion” with Democrats, and wondered “how can you vote 50/50?”.

“I just don’t understand how that’s even possible,” he said.

The former president expressed similar disappointment about receiving a low number of votes from Jewish people.

“Look what I did with the embassy in Jerusalem and what I did with so many other things. Israel has never had a better friend, and yet I got 25% of the [Jewish] vote,” he said.

“I think they have to get together. There has to be a little bit more unity with the religious groups all represented on this call.”

The conference call, which included leaders of various Christian and Jewish religious organizations, could be seen as the former president attempting to shore up his conservative religious base ahead of the next election.

During the call, Trump repeated his widely debunked claims that he won the 2020 election and told listeners, “we have to fight like never before.”

The call opened with controversial Christian televangelist Paula White, who worked as Trump’s “spiritual adviser” during his presidency.

Trump and White also took the opportunity to unveil their new National Faith Advisory Board initiative, which closely resembles the Faith and Opportunity Initiative that the former president launched while in office in 2018.

The Jewish Forward described the initiative as an outreach effort to push back against what Republicans describe as the Biden administration’s “anti-faith agenda.”

In the conference call, Trump repeatedly asserted that President Joe Biden and Democrats were doing bad things for religion but did not elaborate on what he meant.

“What they’re doing to religion, what they’re doing to Christianity, it’s a very, very sad thing for our country,” he said.

The Catholic Joe Biden is one of the more openly religious presidents in American history. He frequently attends Church and often makes the sign of the cross at public events.

During the call, Trump praised his own record on religion, stating, “I don’t think anyone has done anywhere near as much for our religion and for religion generally than we have in the past four years.”

He later added, “One of my greatest honors was fighting for religious liberty and for defending the Judeo-Christian values and principles of our nation’s founding.”

Donald Trump has previously described himself as a “non-denominational Christian.”

When asked about his own religion during the call, Trump said, “It’s all based around God. It’s so important. God is so important to the success of what we’re doing.”

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Meet the Afghan women defying the Taliban. ‘The more they try to scare us, the more fearless we become.’

Afghan women take part in a protest march for their rights under the Taliban rule in the downtown area of Kabul on September 3, 2021. (
Afghan women take part in a protest march for their rights under the Taliban rule in the downtown area of Kabul on September 3, 2021.

  • Women across Afghanistan have held rare protests demanding the right to work, study, and be included in government.
  • Although the Taliban have promised to protect women’s rights, many fear women will be eradicated from public life.
  • Insider spoke to women’s rights activists on the ground about the fight for equality.
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On Saturday in Kabul, Afghanistan, dozens of women took to the streets to demand their rights to work, be educated, and participate in society following the Taliban takeover.

The peaceful protest soon turned violent, as Taliban fighters surrounded the women and sprayed tear gas. One female protestor was pictured with blood running down her face.

This was the latest in a series of female-led protests in Kabul and Herat over the last few days, as defiant women in Afghanistan came out in droves to demand their rights and freedoms be protected.

“Women are not letting the Taliban snatch away their rights and achievements anymore,” women’s rights activist Maryam* told Insider.

“They are willing to fight and resist even if it’s lethal to them.”

Maryam lives in Kabul and is the executive director of Her Afghanistan, an organization that works to support the advancement of young Afghan women.

“The more the Taliban try to scare us, the more fearless we become,” she said.

Since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan two weeks ago, many Afghan women have been living in uncertainty about the future.

Although the militant group has said women would be able to participate in society in accordance with sharia law, activists warn that their interpretation of Islamic law has historically been extreme.

During the Taliban’s previous rule in the 1990s, severe restrictions were placed on women’s lives, including banning them from all employment and prohibiting education for nearly all women.

“This is about the girls of Afghanistan and their futures,” Pashtana Durrani told Insider.

Durrani is the executive director of Learn Afghanistan, a non-profit organization that champions education and digital literacy, among other things.

“In a few weeks, the world might forget about Afghanistan, but we need to stand in solidarity,” she said.

“We need to keep pushing for the opening of all schools for girls and boys and for women to be able to work.”

Women were told to send their male relatives to work in their place

Afghan women hold placards as they take part in a protest in Herat on September 2, 2021
Afghan women hold placards as they take part in a protest in Herat on September 2, 2021

Although the Taliban have tried to portray themselves as reformed, many activists say their words do not match their actions on the ground.

“People say the Taliban have changed. Now they can speak better English than I do, with a very good accent. And they have very good PR,” Durrani said.

“Let’s not focus on what they say. Let’s focus on what they do,” she said.

Soon after they took over the country, Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said that women should not work for their own safety.

He warned that their fighters were “not trained” to treat women respectfully.

There have since been several reported incidents of women being turned away from their workplaces and told not to leave their homes without male escorts.

Durrani said that she knew of women working at a bank in Kandahar who had been told to send their male relatives to work in their place, despite them being unqualified for the jobs.

“So you’re telling me a man who studied literature should come and work instead of a woman who is a trained accountant,” Durrani said. “How does that even work?”

Videos have circulated on social media of Taliban fighters painting over photographs of women, sparking fear that women are being erased from Afghan society once again.

Durrani grew up in a family that championed education and believes it is the most important tool to help empower women in the country.

“Education can make you financially, intellectually, personally, socially independent. Women need to take charge of our lives. We need to be our own people as individuals,” Durrani said.

“I would hate to just be called someone’s daughter or someone’s mother. Not that that is a bad thing, but I want my own identity. I believe that that’s through education,” she said.

Last week, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, the acting minister for the Ministry of Higher Education, said that women could attend university but must be taught by female teachers in classrooms separate from male students.

Activists say that there are not enough female teachers in Afghanistan, especially at the highest levels, and many fear this will result in women being unable to pursue higher education.

“There is a huge lack of female professionals to assist men in the education sector, and it is almost impossible to train women to master at some fields,” Maryam said.

Maryam added that no women were involved in the meetings where these policies were decided.

Boys and girls in primary schools will continue to be educated separately, typically in the conservative country.

Schools are only open until 6th grade, and there is little clarity on when secondary schools will reopen.

Durrani said that the Taliban’s exclusion of women from work and education is illogical, as the country needs to use all the tax-paying workers it can get.

‘The Taliban foot soldiers are young teenage boys, probably emotional and hormonal’

Both Durrani and Maryam are currently hiding in Afghanistan, aware that their activism could make them targets.

Maryam told Insider that even before the Taliban takeover of the country, she regularly received threats because of her activism.

She now only leaves the house in a burqa to conceal her identity.

Durrani went into hiding when her hometown of Kandahar fell.

She has since been an outspoken fixture in international media, regularly speaking out about the importance of protecting women’s rights.

Durrani says that despite the Taliban’s promises of general amnesty for all Afghans, they have been openly carrying out revenge killings on people who have worked with foreign forces or opposed them.

“That’s the reason I’m in hiding because they don’t want to hear from someone with opposing views,” Durrani said.

“The Taliban foot soldiers are young teenage boys, probably emotional and hormonal, and I know that they would very much love to hit me at any minute,” Durrani said.

Both Maryam and Durrani will continue their advocacy and vow to hold the new regime accountable for their promises.

“Freedom to Afghan women is a matter of life and death,” Maryam said. “They haven’t lost hope.”

(*We have given pseudonyms to some of the women in Afghanistan to protect their identity)

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Profits from a new edition of Hitler’s notorious manifesto Mein Kampf will help fund the preservation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz

The new French edition of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf", "Historicising Evil, A Critical Edition of Mein Kampf," published by Fayard.
The new French edition of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”, “Historicising Evil, A Critical Edition of Mein Kampf,” published by Fayard.

  • Profits from a new French edition of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” will go to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.
  • The new critical edition of the book aims to put the text in its full historical context.
  • The foundation’s director told Insider it was important to deal with “the darkest chapter of history.”
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A new edition of Adolf Hitler’s notorious book “Mein Kampf” has become a bestseller in France, and proceeds are going to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.

Mein Kampf, or “My Struggle,” was an autobiographical book written by the Nazi leader and first published in two volumes in 1925 and 1927.

The new critical edition of the book, called “Historicizing Evil: A Critical Edition of Mein Kampf,” has been produced by French publishing house Fayard.

The book is nearly 1,000 pages long and features expert analysis that places the controversial text in its full historical context and debunks each lie, according to The New York Times.

It also features a new translation that better reflects the original’s jumbled prose, the paper said.

Olivier Mannoni, the translator of the new edition, told French newspaper Libération that he had stuck as close as possible to the original text, which earlier translations had improved by making it more coherent.

“An incoherent soup, one could become half-mad translating it,” Mannoni said about the original writing, according to The New York Times.

“To me, making this text elegant is a crime,” Mannoni added.

Wojciech Soczewica, the director-general of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, told Insider that Fayard had offered the foundation a portion of the proceeds.

“For us, it is important that the publication is placed in a historical context and that it tries to deal with the darkest chapter of history for 20th century Europe,” Soczewica said.

“As long as it is presented in a critical way, and young generations have the opportunity to learn from it, then I think it is absolutely necessary.”

Soczewica said that the foundation had expanded the scope of its work to include promoting education alongside its regular work preserving the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

He added that the foundation trusted the prestigious publishing house to deal with the text responsibly.

Auschwitz
1.1 million people were murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex.

The new edition of the book has sparked some controversy in France after becoming a summer bestseller, with some arguing that Hitler’s views should not be given any more air time, even critically.

The Amazon and Fnac websites were asked to alter their algorithms so that the book did not register on bestseller lists, The Times of London reported.

Fayard reportedly had to order a second print run after surprising sales, despite the hefty price tag of €100 ($119), the paper said.

Sophie Hogg, Fayard’s editorial director, said that the strong sales were satisfying “because it is recognition of the work of historians,” according to The Times.

She added that although journalists and booksellers seemed to understand their initiative, the publishing house was disappointed that few university libraries had taken up an offer of free copies.

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A Forbes reporter says he was banned from the Trump Hotel in Washington after he took photos of a pest exterminators’ event

The Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.
The Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.

  • A Forbes reporter has been being permanently banned from the Trump International Hotel in DC.
  • The hotel said Zach Everson was removed for taking photos without permission.
  • Writing in Forbes, Everson said he believed the real reason he was banned was because of his reporting.
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A reporter from Forbes has been permanently banned from the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC.

In an article for Forbes, Zach Everson detailed how he had been kicked out of the hotel last week for “taking photos without permission” in the lobby.

Everson had gone to the hotel on August 26 to investigate why room rates for the night started at $2,400, well above the usual $400 to $700.

A corporate event for Arrow Exterminators, a pest control company, was taking place.

Everson said he headed to the bar and took some photos of the scene before going to use the restroom.

After emerging from the restroom, Everson said he was approached by the hotel’s director of security, Ernest Wojciech, who told Everson to leave.

Once outside, Everson said he was informed that the ban was permanent.

Everson said that he believes the real reason he was banned was not for taking photos, but because of his reporting about the goings-on inside the hotel.

“The real reason they kicked me out probably wasn’t the photos though,” Everson wrote in Forbes.

“For nearly five years, I’ve been reporting on the hotel, largely using social media to do things like track who was hanging out in the lobby (unsurprisingly, a lot of lobbyists) and who was using the hotel as an office (just Rudy Giuliani),” he said.

Everson also ran a newsletter about activities in the hotel, called 1100 Pennsylvania after the hotel’s address, before taking a staff writer role at Forbes this year.

The journalist added that some of his reporting might have been embarrassing to former President Donald Trump and the hotel.

One story by Everson revealed that the DC Trump Hotel had doubled its rates around the date that many followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory believe Trump would regain the presidency.

Another suggested that the hotel might have inadvertently conceded defeat on Trump’s behalf after the 2020 presidential election.

Everson said that his treatment contrasted with his previous interactions with the Trump Organization, who once offered him a complimentary glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne while he was reporting on the hotel for Condé Nast Traveler.

The Trump Organization did not respond to a request from Forbes to explain why one of their reporters had been banned for life.

Insider reached out to the Trump Organization but did not get a response.

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A family of wild boars organized a cage breakout of 2 piglets, demonstrating high levels of intelligence and empathy

A wild boar stands in the enclosure at a zoo in Brandenburg, Cottbus.
A wild boar stands in the enclosure at a zoo in Brandenburg, Cottbus.

  • A wild boar can be seen freeing two piglets from a trap in images captured by researchers.
  • The female boar can be seen strategically targeting wooden logs that blocked the doors of the trap.
  • Scientists say it’s the first recorded instance of rescue behavior in wild boars.
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A wild boar carried out a daring mission to free two piglets from a trap, demonstrating high levels of intelligence and empathy, a new paper published in Scientific Reports shows.

The incident, which occurred in January 2020, was documented by a team of scientists from the Czech University of Life Sciences at the Voděradské Bučiny National Nature Reserve.

The wild boar trap, which used corn as bait, had been set up to help researchers study prevention measures for African Swine Fever.

A camera captured images of two juvenile boars becoming entrapped together for two hours and 30 minutes.

A group of around eight wild boars eventually arrived at the site of the trap, led by one fully grown female boar.

In an attempt to free the trapped boars, the female boar charged at strategic points where wooden logs were blocking the doors of the trap.

The report said the female boar’s mane was visibly erect, known as piloerection, which scientists said is an indication of distress.

Researchers said that it appeared that the other boars were attempting to help the female with the rescue operation.

Within six minutes of beginning the rescue attempt, the female boar released the first log blocking the front of the trap.

The entire rescue mission lasted about 29 minutes, after which point the trap was released and the boars freed.

Researchers suggested that judging by the animals’ size and gender, the female boar could have been the juvenile boars’ mother.

Scientists believe this is the first documented case of wild boar demonstrating rescue behavior, which some consider a “complex form of empathy.”

Rescue behavior has only been observed in a small number of animals, including rats and ants, the report said.

Scientists said that documenting rescue behavior in wild boars was not surprising, due to the animals’ complex cognitive skills and social relationships.

In order for an act to be considered rescue behavior it must meet four requirements.

The requirements include the victim being in distress, the rescuer putting themselves at risk, the actions of the rescuer being adequate to the victim’s situation, and there is no immediate benefit or reward for the rescuer.

In this case, scientists said the female wild boar met all of the criteria.

Rescue behavior differs from other forms of helping by its complex organization, the report explained.

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