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Mark Riley: The Intersection of Politics and Culture

Aug 16, 2021

September 11th the date set for the total withdrawal of US and allied forces from Afghanistan. Why hasn’t the Afghan military been able to fight the Taliban and win without help? Who is financially backing the Taliban and how will things turn out under a regime that will now feel emboldened to use Sharia Law to oppress Afghan women even further than they did when in power 20 years ago. New York’s State Governor Andrew Cuomo has resigned, and his legacy will be debated for a while to come; meanwhile, California is also facing the possibility of a governor being pushed out of office with first term Governor Gavin Newsom facing a recall vote. And then there’s mandatory masking with Texas and Florida fighting hard against it. Who wins and who loses in this battle?