“In cricket, they might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered. Islam does not allow women to be seen like this.” The all-male Taliban government puts an end to women’s sports. The EU with the ultimate understatement: “Upon initial analysis of the names announced, it does not look like the inclusive and representative formation in terms of the rich ethnic and religious diversity of Afghanistan we hoped to see.”

+ “Public and private worlds are sharply divided, and when a woman leaves her home she maintains a cocoon of seclusion through the burqa, which predates the Taliban by centuries. Girls essentially disappear into their homes at puberty, emerging only as grandmothers, if ever.” Anand Gopal in The New Yorker: The Other Afghan Women. “In the countryside, the endless killing of civilians turned women against the occupiers who claimed to be helping them.”

+ Afghanistan’s last Jew leaves after Taliban takeover. (Good move. Shana Tova.)