Iraq is alarmed about any spread of the coronavirus from neighboring Iran. Iraq’s first recorded case was of an Iranian student who was then sent home, and the rest had all visited Iran recently. Iraq has close cultural and religious ties with Iran and annually receives millions of Iranian pilgrims.
“But we decided this is just the first step,” she said. When the Afghan government begins its own talks, she said she is hopeful they will manage to extract more concessions from the Taliban regarding women’s rights and democratic values.
“We can put a person on the moon, we can come up with all these amazing technologies. We can reverse this in due time if we have the motivation,” Gruber said. “But what the data is showing is that we’re not doing that. We’re putting our foot further on the pedal, whereas the corals are reacting and changing.”
Nearly a year of fighting near Libya‘s capital has taken a heavy toll on the economy. Many businesses have closed and young people have sought work abroad. But some entrepreneurs say they are determined to carve out opportunities.