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Baradar: a Taliban leader sneaks among the most influential of ‘Time’


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The editors of ‘Time’ they had to hurry to tweak their annual list of one hundred most influential people in the world, presented this week. Just a month ago, the Taliban seized Kabul without firing a shot, after an offensive across Afghanistan in which they cut through the country’s army like a buttered knife. No one in the West thought Afghanistan would fall so fast. Probably not in the writing of ‘Time’ either, but they have had time to remove one from the list to put a Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the Taliban leaders.

It was one of the founders of the Islamic extremist movement in the mid-nineties with Mullah Omar,

the military leader of the Taliban and supreme head of the emirate established between 1996 and 2001, until the US invaded Afghanistan after 9/11. Like Omar and many other Taliban, he fought with the mujahideen against the Soviet invasion in the 1980s, with each other until 1996 and until now against the US, the US-backed Kabul army, and the regional ‘warlords’. He was the leader of the Taliban in negotiations with the Government of Donald Trump for the agreement that ended with the departure of US troops and is now the second in the temporary government after the seizure of power.

‘Time’ defines Baradar as a man «quiet and reserved, which rarely gives interviews or speeches “but” represents a more moderate current among the Taliban, which will be brought to the fore to win Western support and desperately needed financial help. ” Baradar appears in the list in the section of Political ‘leaders’, where there are as many Taliban as Europeans: only one, Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of Italy. A ‘blow’ to continental Europe, the same week that Australia turns its back on France and announces an agreement for the purchase of nuclear-powered submarines with the United States and the United Kingdom.

Pedro Sánchez or any of the 47 million Spaniards have not sneaked in who live under his rule. The last one to appear on the list of the hundred most influential of ‘Time’ was Jose Andres, the cook and humanitarian activist, who has spent most of his professional career in the US That was in 2018. José Andrés has a different appearance on this year’s list: writes the portrait of the influential couple on the cover of the magazine: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It is surprising that the ‘royals’ turned into simple celebrities and apprentices of activists and producers have earned that privileged space.

The list is completed by other predictable names, such as the gymnast Simon Biles, singer Billie Eilish, O Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the first woman to head the World Trade Organization. Here the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do double and write their portraits: not only know how to pose for a photo, they seem to say.

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