Afghanistan’s carpet makers have long made “war rugs.” What’s the latest? Drone rugs.

Afghanistan's carpet makers have long made "war rugs." What's the latest? Drone rugs.

The war rug tradition of Afghanistan has its origins in the decade of Soviet occupation of Afghanistan from 1979, and has continued through subsequent military, political and social conflicts. Afghan rug-makers began incorporating the apparatus of war into their designs almost immediately after the Soviet Union invaded their country. They continue to do so today in the wake of the United States' 2001 invasion of Afghanistan which ousted the Taliban government of Mullah Omar but has failed to bring an end to violence in the country. These days, with the ongoing drone war, these have started creeping up.

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Is Exclusion Still the Norm? Saudi Arabia and Women in the Olympic Games

Is Exclusion Still the Norm? Saudi Arabia and Women in the Olympic Games

After considerable international pressure, Saudi Arabia agreed to send two female athletes to the London 2012 Games–the first time in history the nation sent female athletes to the games. Qatar and Brunei’s female athletes at the London Games were also the first female members in the history of their Olympic participation, but in both of those countries, the policies restricting women in sports are significantly less harsh.

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