2021-08-26 12:55:52

Grandson of Notorious Warlord: My Family Is Celebrating the Taliban, I Fear for My Friends’ Lives

As the United States has begun the final phase of evacuations of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies from the Kabul airport, DN speaks with Obaidullah Baheer, an Afghan academic who has decided to stay in Kabul despite the risks.

Baheer’s grandfather, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, is a former mujahideen fighter once nicknamed the “Butcher of Kabul,” now among the senior political figures in the country attempting to shape a post-U.S. government with the Taliban. “This country needs more educated people,” says Baheer.

“They’re not going to have enough technocrats for a functioning government to be in place. That’s why some of us have to stay behind.”

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. lOur reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. 

On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

Missed an episode?  Check out DN on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at freespeech.org.

Afghanistan Amy Goodman Democracy Now! Free Speech TV Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Joe Biden Kabul Kabul Airport Obaidullah Baheer Taliban United States War

Human Rights and Equality

Democracy Now!

“Furious and Disgusted”: Teen Survivor Speaks Out After Wealthy White Serial Rapist Gets Probation

“Furious and Disgusted”: Teen Survivor Speaks Out After Wealthy White Serial Rapist Gets Probation

Democracy Now!

Can You Bankrupt White Supremacy? Jury Holds Charlottesville Organizers Liable for $26M in Damages

Can You Bankrupt White Supremacy? Jury Holds Charlottesville Organizers Liable for $26M in Damages

Democracy Now!

Dramatic Video Shows Militarized Canadian Police Raid Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders & Journalists

Dramatic Video Shows Militarized Canadian Police Raid Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders & Journalists

Rising Up With Sonali

Longtime Palestinian American Activist Announces Congressional Run

Longtime Palestinian American Activist Announces Congressional Run

Related

Democracy Now!

“The War Party”: Jeremy Scahill on How U.S. Militarism Unifies Democrats & Republicans

“The War Party”: Jeremy Scahill on How U.S. Militarism Unifies Democrats & Republicans

Democracy Now!

“Furious and Disgusted”: Teen Survivor Speaks Out After Wealthy White Serial Rapist Gets Probation

“Furious and Disgusted”: Teen Survivor Speaks Out After Wealthy White Serial Rapist Gets Probation

Democracy Now!

Can You Bankrupt White Supremacy? Jury Holds Charlottesville Organizers Liable for $26M in Damages

Can You Bankrupt White Supremacy? Jury Holds Charlottesville Organizers Liable for $26M in Damages

Democracy Now!

Dramatic Video Shows Militarized Canadian Police Raid Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders & Journalists

Dramatic Video Shows Militarized Canadian Police Raid Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders & Journalists

Proud Partners