* The terrorist attacks today. The Taliban did free all those Islamist militants, not all of them would have been strictly suborned to the Taliban themselves. What’s so surprising?
* Dan Hardie with survey of Afghan Central Bank history. Last time the Taliban ran a Central Bank, they canceled the issue of new notes and its governor spent more time on the battlefield than in his office. Certainly very Bronze Age.
* Peter Turchin cliodynamics-centered explanation of Taliban takeover.
* Taliban finds ever more diverse fans expanding to Chechen Islamists (Kavkaz Center) & Ukrainian Neo-Nazis (Azov).
* After having closed down strana.ua, Ukraine now blocks websites of 12 Russian newspapers (a few of them liberal/semi-opposition ones).
* South Koreans now dislike China more than Japan. Arguably a more significant development than anything to do with Afghanistan. South Korean GDP is 80x higher than Afghanistan’s. Looks like it’s not going to dally with the Sinosphere after all.
* Jessica Stewart: 3,500-Year-Old Stone Carving Discovery May Change Art History as We Know It. Realistic art didn’t necessarily begin with the Ancient Greeks. Multiple cycles of Farewell to Alms/Idiocracy in history?
* Moscow Metro expansion plans through to 2030.
* CRYPTO. Binance reportedly planning to list at valuation of $200B in Singapore. This February, I speculated CZ is the “dark horse” candidate to become the world’s first trillionaire. (Still highly unlikely).