I’ve continued to be stuck in the Afghanistan news and these last few days leading up to August 31st feel particularly cruel. Not just the absolute carnage released by the ISIS-K Group when they detonated a suicide bomb, but for those currently sitting inside Kabul Airport, knowing the country that promised to protect them, will almost certainly leave them behind.
Boris Johnson came out with a “we’ll move heaven and earth” speech towards the end of this week, but I don’t know, a man who moves with whatever trend offers him the best chance at winning, versus really caring about anything, doesn’t fill me with confidence. For those left behind, I doubt they’re feeling comforted by that message at all.
It continues to be a hard story to follow, and there were days and nights I had to switch off and focus elsewhere. It was time to watch and read nice things, because you can’t be in it and not be overwhelmed by despair, that’s for sure.
However, if you want to read one article about Afghanistan, please read this one: Bilal Sarwary: ‘The plane hit the tower and all our lives changed’. This is the Afghanistan perspective. He also offers the Taliban side through his childhood friends who went ‘over.’ When you read why, it’s hard to blame them. The hardness of these people too. How do you ever recover from that?
Beyond August 31st, we face a known and an unknown future for Afghanistan. As one of 20 countries slipping into famine, the humanitarian crisis facing the world will soon be one of overwhelming desperation.
We must prepare. We must get ready. We must do all we can to help our fellow citizens. Hunger leads to war, and the potential war we are facing will impact us all. Time to do what we need to do. Unite and overcome the challenges facing our world.
Friend’s content and sometimes mine
Why I moved to Portugal – Anatomy of a Life Decision my friend Andrew Bryant had never even been to Portugal, but he packed up his life and moved there with his lovely wife Andrea! This is a great look into the thinking behind it, but equally, as our world changes, especially how we work, these opportunities are open to us all.
A delightful Afternoon Tea treat at the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok I met Little Wren very briefly and we’ve built a friendship online since. She’s a travel writer and this piece completely captured my imagination. One strong thought occurred to me – why did we ever let life move so fast, we left behind the traditions that mattered so much? I’m definitely going to join Little Wren in Bangkok for afternoon tea when this Covid madness is over.
An Appointment With Life: Taking Refuge In The Four Noble Truths and my friend, Rohit Bassi, had a brutal fight with Covid, which took him to a deeply powerful and reflective place. The Four Noble Truths, ancient wisdom, shared beautifully by Rohit. Take a look.
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Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Land of Endless War – tks Jamie Camidge
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
Climate Point: Are you bone dry or drenched? Here’s how climate change adds to summer misery – worth subscribing to this newsletter
Millions in Syria, Iraq losing access to water, aid groups say tks KevinCottam
All the right words on climate have already been said tks Sue Adams
Australian public fed nonsense as country heads to “irreversible” decision. tks Phillipa Edwards
COVID-19 Delta: The pandemic of high-level dishonesty in NSW(Part 1) Auto Expert John Cadogan – tks Warwick Merry
Learning to live alongside Gladys Berejiklian (and Scott Morrison) tks Phillipa Edwards
What does system change mean, anyway? tks Wendy Tan
Business and Technology
Personal learnings from a failed indy media product tks Bill Poorman
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
Lux tries to show men what it’s like to walk while female tks Karen Prager
Science quietly wins one of the right’s longstanding culture wars tks Frank Roberts
Three men sought by police in Birmingham Gay Village attack probe tks Damian Corbet
Passion, humour, history
Va-Gi-Na – Schmigadoon! – tks Phillipa Edwards
Australia Tourism Ad in 2021 – tks Ina Hammer
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