The Biden administration has ruled out releasing roughly $7 billion of frozen U.S.-held Afghan assets, a year after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and occupation, even as the United Nations warns a staggering 95% of Afghans are not getting enough to eat.
In the mid-1970s and early ’80s, People’s World correspondent Marilyn Bechtel was editor of the bimonthly magazine, New World Review. She visited Afghanistan twice, in 1980 and 1981. The article below first appeared in our pages on Oct. 6, 2001—the day before the U.S.
The following interview is with an activist described as “a comrade of the Left from Afghanistan” whose name, for safety reasons, was withheld from publication. It first appeared in the Communist Party of Britain’s International Bulletin. It has been edited for clarity and length.