France makes nice with Taliban

Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.


In a foreign-policy shift that is not likely to earn any brownie points with the West, the French government recently met with officials from Afghanistan’s notoriously violent and oppressive ruling body, the Taliban Islamic militia, according to STRATFOR.

Recent Must Reads

9/20 – Executions can be fun!

9/19 – Whither Upton Sinclair?

9/16 – That sinking feeling

9/15 – Fighting jelly with jelly

It seems that France, which is heavily invested in the oil and gas industries in South Asia, wants to profit from the hot global market for oil and natural gas, and the civil war in Afghanistan between the Taliban and its fragmented foes has made construction of a crucial pipeline in the region difficult. France may be trying to facilitate peace talks between the warring Afghan factions in order to expedite the pipeline, according to STRATFOR’s analysts. Russia, which also has oil interests in the region, may soon follow suit.

While France has never officially recognized the Taliban, the recent meeting could strengthen the militia’s claim as a legitimate body, and may signal that France is preparing to open diplomatic relations with the Taliban. Only three countries — Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates — recognize the extremely religious, extremely sexist Taliban as a legitimate government.

Yet again, the global economy trumps the global conscience.

IT'S NOT THAT WE'RE SCREWED WITHOUT TRUMP:

"It's that we're screwed with or without him if we can't show the public that what we do matters for the long term," writes Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein as she kicks off our drive to raise $350,000 in donations from readers by July 17.

This is a big one for us. It's our first time asking for an outpouring of support since screams of FAKE NEWS and so much of what Trump stood for made everything we do so visceral. Like most newsrooms, we face incredibly hard budget realities, and it's unnerving needing to raise big money when traffic is down.

So, as we ask you to consider supporting our team's journalism, we thought we'd slow down and check in about where Mother Jones is and where we're going after the chaotic last several years. This comparatively slow moment is also an urgent one for Mother Jones: You can read more in "Slow News Is Good News," and if you're able to, please support our team's hard-hitting journalism and help us reach our big $350,000 goal with a donation today.

payment methods

IT'S NOT THAT WE'RE SCREWED WITHOUT TRUMP:

"It's that we're screwed with or without him if we can't show the public that what we do matters for the long term," writes Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein as she kicks off our drive to raise $350,000 in donations from readers by July 17.

This is a big one for us. So, as we ask you to consider supporting our team's journalism, we thought we'd slow down and check in about where Mother Jones is and where we're going after the chaotic last several years. This comparatively slow moment is also an urgent one for Mother Jones: You can read more in "Slow News Is Good News," and if you're able to, please support our team's hard-hitting journalism and help us reach our big $350,000 goal with a donation today.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate