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The Two Faces of the Taliban: Two faces beyond the distorted gaze

The Two Faces of the Taliban: Two faces beyond the distorted gaze

 The Taliban, an Islamic extremist armed group, has ruled Afghanistan (hereinafter referred to as Afghanistan) twice (1996-2001 and 2021-present). The Taliban’s first term in power in Afghanistan was marred by tyranny that suppressed all freedoms. The Taliban, who are entering their second term in power in 2021, say they are different from before, but the […]

The Two Faces of the Taliban: Who got rid of all those dogs?

The Two Faces of the Taliban: Who got rid of all those dogs?

 The Taliban, an Islamic extremist armed group, has ruled Afghanistan (hereinafter referred to as Afghanistan) twice (1996-2001 and 2021-present). The Taliban’s first term in power in Afghanistan was marred by tyranny that suppressed all freedoms. The Taliban, who are entering their second term in power in 2021, say they are different from before, but the […]

The Two Faces of the Taliban: Common denominator between Korea and Afghanistan

The Two Faces of the Taliban: Common denominator between Korea and Afghanistan

‘Golden Age of the Buddhist Culture’ The Taliban, an Islamic extremist armed group, has ruled Afghanistan (hereinafter referred to as Afghanistan) twice (1996-2001 and 2021-present). The Taliban’s first term in power in Afghanistan was marred by tyranny that suppressed all freedoms. The Taliban, who are entering their second term in power in 2021, say they […]

The Two Faces of the Taliban: The Brake: The Shadow of the People

The Two Faces of the Taliban: The Brake: The Shadow of the People

The Taliban, an Islamic extremist armed group, has ruled Afghanistan (hereinafter referred to as Afghanistan) twice (1996-2001 and 2021-present). The Taliban’s first term in power in Afghanistan was marred by tyranny that suppressed all freedoms. The Taliban, who are entering their second term in power in 2021, say they are different from before, but the […]

The Two Faces of the Taliban: Two countries still far away, Korea and Afghanistan

The Two Faces of the Taliban: Two countries still far away, Korea and Afghanistan

The Taliban, an Islamic extremist armed group, has ruled Afghanistan twice (1996-2001 and 2021-present). The Taliban’s first term in power in Afghanistan was marred by tyranny that suppressed all freedoms. The Taliban, who are entering their second term in power in 2021, say they are different from before, but the West’s gaze towards them is […]

Second anniversary of Songhae’s death: A national MC looking back through review of KBS’ ‘Songhae Musical’

Second anniversary of Songhae’s death: A national MC looking back through review of KBS’ ‘Songhae Musical’

By Younghoon Choi * SEOUL: When I was the editor-in-chief of <Dong-A Ilbo>, I put a lot of effort into serializing the memoris of Mr. Song Hae (27 April 1927 – 8 June 2022) that are a treasure trove of stories. But it failed. This is because of the painful memory of having his son, […]

The Two Faces of the Taliban: A place where women’s hair salons are closed, but men’s hair salons are wide open

The Two Faces of the Taliban: A place where women’s hair salons are closed, but men’s hair salons are wide open

The Taliban, an Islamic extremist armed group, has ruled Afghanistan twice (1996-2001 and 2021-present). The Taliban’s first term in power in Afghanistan was marred by tyranny that suppressed all freedoms. The Taliban, who are entering their second term in power in 2021, say they are different from before, but the West’s gaze towards them is […]

“Abandon the ‘signifier’ of a democratic fighter and become an ‘idol’ of a practitioner”

“Abandon the ‘signifier’ of a democratic fighter and become an ‘idol’ of a practitioner”

By Lee Byung-cheol * SEOUL: Idol (牛墒) is the name of the Janggi-pyo type. While his older brother was staying at Taejongsa Temple in Busan for a while on probation, the monk Doseong, who was the head priest of the temple, shaved his head and became a monk. This is the name he received from […]

A look at Kim Ryang’s ‘Film Youth, Dong-ho’ and Lim Yu-ri’s ‘Echo’

A look at Kim Ryang’s ‘Film Youth, Dong-ho’ and Lim Yu-ri’s ‘Echo’

By  Jeon Chan-il * CANNES:  “Film Youth, Dong-ho” is a well-made ‘creative documentary’ that penetrates the human side of former Busan Film Festival Chairman Kim Dong-ho. Twenty-six-year-old director Yuri Lim’s “Echo”, attracted attention for its rare director’s challenge and vision even though it failed to win an award. Although it is a bit late, let’s take […]

The Two Faces of the Taliban: “We will watch”. “How well will we lead Afghanistan?”

The Two Faces of the Taliban: “We will watch”. “How well will we lead Afghanistan?”

By Lee Shin-seok* KABUL: The Taliban, an Islamic extremist armed group, has ruled Afghanistan (hereinafter referred to as Afghanistan) twice (1996-2001 and 2021-present). The Taliban’s first term in power in Afghanistan was marred by tyranny that suppressed all freedoms. The Taliban, who are entering their second term in power in 2021, say they are different from […]

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