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Link: “Afghanistan Cricket Board accuses Australia of ‘knee jerk’ reaction over threat to cancel Hobart Test, makes no mention of fate of female players”

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-11/afghanistan-cricket-accuses-australia-of-knee-jerk-reaction/100454082

Found this quite an interesting piece, because the journalist has taken the approach of quoting the Taliban-appointed ACB boss’s letter at length, allowing his smarmy dishonesty to speak for itself almost completely. Although this paragraph of added commentary near the end stands out:

There appears to be no irony in the statement that cricket may cease to exist in Afghanistan should the men be prevented from playing; for the women in Afghanistan the game apparently ceased to be played the day the Taliban took over.

I’m certainly no supporter of neverending imperialist wars, but neither do we have to legitimise repressive regimes – and allow them to use matches as propaganda tools – by playing cricket against them 🤷🏻‍♀️

There’s a lot that could be said about the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, but one that gets me is just how many refugees from Afghanistan – like gay people and Hazaras – the Australian government insisted were safe to deport back because “Kabul is safe now” 😠 I don’t know how many were sent back, versus how many have been effectively imprisoned without charge by us for years and years because the courts say they can’t be refouled and the government says they can’t stay here…1 but it’s still bullshit that they haven’t been allowed to live normal lives here just because the government has spent years maintaining this fiction that Kabul is safe. Wonder if that’ll actually change now, or if they’ll find some other excuse for their barbaric policy.


  1. This tweet(external link), at least, puts a number on how many Afghans have had their applications denied (518) as well as how many are still waiting for a decision (420). As well as 4,265 Afghans on temporary visas. ↩︎

Link: “Afghan refugee may lose permanent residency in Australia – for supplying identity document”

Original post found at: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/08/afghan-refugee-may-lose-permanent-residency-in-australia-for-supplying-identity-document

WTAF. An Afghan refugee, who is a permanent resident here in Australia, was asked to get an ID document from Afghanistan as part of his citizenship application. He did as they asked and now the Aus government is claiming he forged it, since Afghan ID documents aren’t exactly high-quality, and he faces loss of his PR status and potentially deportation 😡

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