After the U.S. military withdrew from Afghanistan in August 2021 the Taliban seized control of the country. In response the International Monetary Fund and major international donors to the country blocked the Taliban’s access to billions of dollars in charitable bank accounts. More than half of Afghanistan’s annual $5 billion budget is from foreign aid. Despite its puritanical brand of Islam, the Taliban controls the world’s largest opium operation, earning about $460 million a year from taxes on the sale of heroin moving through their territories alone, the U.N. says. Proponents of aid argue that without the charitable funds, families and children in Afghanistan will face an “avalanche of hunger and destitution.” Opponents argue that the Taliban government is a ruthless dictatorship and should not be recognized by foreign governments.
This would be one of the few instances of surveillance I would personally not morally object too because there is not another way to get information. Though I believe the League of Nations should vote to do it or not.
No organization should ever provide financial aid to any government, regardless of their political stance. Instead, organizations should provide financial aid (or any other aid) to the people who are suffering.
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