Run into more customer service bots lately? Let Marketplace Tech know. More info

Cutting the Taliban off from global trade could be a tall order

Aug 17, 2021
The U.S. has already frozen Afghan assets in this country.
Pedestrians pass Afghanistan's Kabul Bank in 2010. The Taliban, which have retaken control of the country, remain under long-standing U.S. financial sanctions.
Shah Marai/AFP via Getty Images

Afghan women stand to lose 20 years of gains as Taliban seize control

Aug 17, 2021
The last time the fundamentalists were in power, they banned education for girls and women.
A social worker address Afghan women gathered at a hall in Kabul on Aug. 2, 2021.
SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images

Who is going to provide funding to Afghanistan under the Taliban?

With the Taliban in control, the business picture there could look foggy to the rest of the world, especially when it comes to how much money the government will actually have.
Taliban fighters stand guard in Kabul on August 17, 2021, as the Taliban moved quickly to restart the Afghan capital following their stunning takeover of Kabul and told government staff to return to work.
Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images

Humanitarian groups scramble as Taliban takes power in Afghanistan

Aug 16, 2021
The hardline government might need the groups to provide basic social services. But it's also likely to fear their human rights advocacy.
Afghan women stand with items received from a charity in Herat in December 2019.
STR/AFP via Getty Images

From taxes to the drug trade, how the Taliban paid its way

Aug 16, 2021
The Taliban has taxed everything from government projects to international trade.
An Afghan opium poppy farmer at work in 2011. While the Taliban receives income from taxing opium, most of its recent income has come from taxes on legal goods.
Bay Ismoyo/AFP via Getty Images

After Afghanistan, a Marine and a combat photographer "reconnect through writing"

Aug 25, 2017
In "Shooting Ghosts," T.J. Brennan and Finbarr O'Reilly talk about the friendship that helped them rebuild their lives after war.
Finbarr O'Reilly, left,  and T.J. Brennan at OP Kunjak, a tiny hilltop outpost in Afghanistan.
Finbarr O’Reilly/REUTERS

Costs of Afghanistan recommitment are hard to quantify

Aug 22, 2017
President Trump has unveiled his new policy for Afghanistan. The president outlined the new plan in a prime-time address Monday night and said he will authorize a small increase in the number of U.S. troops deployed there. The Pentagon will determine the specific numbers. The president didn’t set any timetable or deadlines for getting those […]

The future is bright … let’s make it even brighter together.

Be a Marketplace Investor with a donation in any amount today.

Afghanistan: What’s the plan for the economy?

Aug 21, 2017
President Trump will outline his plans for Afghanistan in a national address tonight. The U.S. has poured billions into Afghanistan since 2001. So why is the country’s economy in such bad shape? Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Afghanistan increases opium production

Jun 29, 2015
Taliban threatens farmers, who also grow the crop for their own economic survival.

The murky world of military aid

Aug 12, 2014
The U.S. is helping get weapons to Kurdish forces. But who's paying for them?