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Given the dramatic recent developments in Kabul and beyond, much of our content this week comes from Gandhara, an RFE/RL website focusing on Afghanistan and Pakistan that is a go-to source for English-language reporting by our networks of local journalists across the two countries.
Ahmad Masud, the son of a revered Afghan resistance fighter, says thousands of his troops are preparing to resist Taliban rule from their stronghold in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley, about 100 kilometers northeast of Kabul. The mountainous area is the only region of the country that hasn't fallen to the hard-line Islamist group. By Stuart Greer
Decisions now being made by the Taliban on a new governing structure will determine whether the movement remains united or splinters into regional Taliban fiefdoms. By Ron Synovitz
Desperate to escape Taliban rule, thousands of Afghans have been flooding into Pakistan from Afghanistan’s southeast Kandahar Province. Carrying their belongings in sacks on their shoulders, they funnel through a chain-link fence topped with razor wire at the border checkpoint near Spin Boldak to make their way to the Pakistani border city of Chaman. It appears to be the only international border open for Afghans to exit and people from across the country are making their way there. By RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal and Stuart Greer
Cold winters. Scorching summer. Endless taiga forests. And the world’s largest area of wildfires. The Siberian region of Yakutia is burning this summer, possibly like no other, and you should care. A lot. By Mike Eckel
Everyday Ukrainians open up about their country on the 30th anniversary of its independence. By Amos Chapple
In Fertile Ukraine, A 20-Year Freeze On The Sale Of Farmland Is Lifted -- With Uncertain Consequences
After a 20-year moratorium that created deep disincentives to invest in improvements, Ukraine is allowing agricultural land sales in a bid to boost farming communities, crop yields, and the economy of “Europe’s Breadbasket.” Will it work? By Mark Raczkiewycz
Thirty years after Moldova declared its independence from the Soviet Union, images from 2021 recapture the exact locations of archival photos taken throughout the country’s Soviet occupation. By Victor Maxian and Amos Chapple
At the end of the 1980s, protest movements across the Soviet Union sprung up, with people in the constituent republics calling for independence. Fed up with the broken, corrupt Soviet regime and fueled by burgeoning nationalism, protesters demanded an end to Soviet rule and a new, more equitable society. By Current Time
A self-described hacking group has called for nationwide protests in Iran and the release of political prisoners after it obtained security-camera footage showing abuses at Tehran's notorious Evin prison. Videos sent to RFE/RL's Radio Farda and other media by the group, Edalat-e Ali (Ali's Justice), showed guards beating and dragging prisoners. In a rare admission, the head of the country's prisons apologized for the "unacceptable behavior" and promised "to deal seriously with the wrongdoers." (Warning: this video contains disturbing content) By RFE/RL's Radio Farda and Stuart Greer