The Current

The Current for Aug. 15, 2022

Today on The Current: Women struggle to get an education in Afghanistan, a year into Taliban rule; and Bob Rae on Friday’s violent attack on his friend, author Salman Rushdie
Michelle Shephard is this week's guest host of The Current. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

It's been a year since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, leaving women and girls barred from attending school after grade 6. As part of our special coverage, Afghanistan: A Year Under the Taliban, guest host Michelle Shephard speaks with a 19-year-old student currently studying from a safe house in the country. We also hear from Obaidullah Baheer, a lecturer at the American University in Afghanistan; and former Afghanistan education minister Rangina Hamidi, about what they feel the international community needs to do to help women in Afghanistan. 

And we talk to Bob Rae about the implications of Friday's shockingly violent attack on author Salman Rushdie. Rae is Canada's Ambassador to the UN, and also one of Rushdie's friends. We also listen back to Matt Galloway's conversation with Rushdie, from Aug. 2021.

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