International Relations

On the heels of the soap opera ban, the Afghan parliament is considering banning jeans and makeup. The Taliban forbade women from working and stopped people from watching TV and playing music, but were ousted in 2001. Now some fear the country is sliding back toward more conservative values. "I am worried there will be another Taliban era ahead of us. We have fought for many years to gain some freedom here and it is our responsibility not to let this happen again," says Najiba Sharif, deputy minister for women's affairs. [Guardian]