On a brisk morning, we drive through Kunduz City, a northern provincial capital of more than 300,000 people. In the absence of U.S. and NATO ground forces, Kunduz has degenerated under the heel of corrupt, abusive local militias and ethnic rivalries. In 2015, the Taliban seized the city for 15 days, the first takeover of any Afghan city since the U.S. invasion, and a shocking indictment of the Afghan army’s capacity to defend vital urban centers. Though the government generally has more support in cities, Kunduz remains one of the most contested. A bomb detonates overnight during our stay, said to be part of a militant attack that never materializes. Afghan army convoys of pickups and armored Humvees topped with masked gunners swiveling .50-caliber machine guns patrol the streets. We pass the derelict Doctors Without Borders trauma hospital, where at least 42 people were killed in an October 2015 errant airstrike by the U.S. … [Read more...] about America’s Longest War Takes a Deadly New Turn
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Varun Dhawan is all set to tie the knot with his childhood sweetheart Natasha Dalal in an intimate ceremony in Alibaug on Sunday (January 24, 2021). The actor's uncle Anil Dhawan, recently confirmed that his nephew is getting hitched. While the rest of the Dhawan family are tight-lipped about Varun's D-day, various speculations about Varun-Natasha's wedding have been doing the rounds on the internet. … [Read more...] about Varun Dhawan-Natasha Dalal’s Wedding To Have A Restricted Guest List Owing To COVID-19 Pandemic?
The Brady Bunch, the chief inspiration for this week’s episode, debuted in 1969, but it is in many ways the quintessential Seventies sitcom. If we’re talking quality, popularity, or topicality, then All in the Family is your champion for the decade. But the look of the Brady home, the Brady fashions, and, in later years, the Brady men’s perms, make it the key pop-culture artifact you would show future generations to illustrate what that era looked and felt like. Though Carol Brady is not a witch like Samantha Stevens, there is a sense of magical unreality to the blended family’s adventures that make it not only a great match for whatever the heck WandaVision is doing, but for the extended Sixties hangover that so many Americans felt throughout Watergate, gas lines, and the rest of the Me Decade. That transparent phoniness — right down to the backyard clearly consisting of Astroturf — is part of the reason The Brady Bunch became such a Generation X … [Read more...] about ‘WandaVision’ Recap: Sibling Revelry
Ratings revealed: Netflix continues to give us sporadic insights into how its top shows are performing. We were told this week that French original Lupin is on course to be watched by 70M households in 28 days, making it more popular than the wildly popular Bridgerton, which is projected to be watched by 63M households. While it’s nice to have the transparency, there are two things we’d say on this: 1) Netflix made these forecasts with around 10 days of viewing data. We have no idea how Netflix arrives at these projections, or if shows actually meet them. 2) Don’t compare these projections with bonafide ratings Netflix has disclosed for other international hits, such as The Queen’s Gambit, which had an actual audience of 62M after four weeks. … [Read more...] about International Insider: Netflix By Numbers; Cannes Question Marks; Epic Games’ Movie Push; Bye-Bye ‘Peaky Blinders’
The photo was taken 2 days ago in the town of Colmar. We know Bourdain had been out there filming an episode of 'Parts Unknown' with pal and fellow chef Eric Ripert. Ripert is at the helm of the bike with Bourdain, who looks deep in thought. … [Read more...] about Anthony Bourdain On Tandem Bike Ride in One of His Last Photos