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10 Jul, 2021 06:57

Afghanistan on the brink: The Taliban advance as a defeated US withdraws (E1028)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Afghanistan’s former ambassador to China, Prof. Janan Mosazai. He discusses the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, which is almost complete, the risk of state collapse and all-out civil war between The Taliban and the Afghan government, the significance of the Tehran Inter-Afghan Summit and the role that heavyweights such as Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and others in the region could play in either an all-out proxy war or the development of peace in Afghanistan, the role of China in helping build stability in Afghanistan, why it is very important for China geopolitically and much more!

Finally, we speak to David Stubbs, friend and colleague of the late political commentator Mark Fisher and author of ‘The Story of Electronic Music from Stockhausen to Skrillex’. He discusses the significance of Fisher’s political commentary and journalism, his anti-neoliberal capitalism views and optimism for a brighter future, the mental health struggles he faced and why he attributed the mental health crisis with life in the 21st century, his view that everything is political, the Euro 2021 final between England and Italy, and why the England football team represents a more positive nationalism and much more!

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