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Democrat Senator faults Trump for Americans left behind in Afghanistan

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By Jenny Goldsberry

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) appeared on CNN to blame former President Trump for the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. According to her, it’s been a tough process to get Afghans out of the country since Trump was in office. The senator called in from Honolulu.

“Let’s be clear, though, that there are a lot of Afghans who were applying for the special immigrant visas, and the Trump Administration slow walked these visas to the point where it was not even happening,” Hirono said. “So the development of a lot of our Afghan partners and their families who are not able to get out is not something that just happened overnight. This is a situation that was very much on, in my view, the Trump administration.”

In February of 2020, the former president had set the withdrawal date for May 1, 2021. It was a deal he’d struck with Taliban insurgents at the time.

“But we’re going to move forward and do everything we can to get all of these people out in the coming months and however long it’s going to take with partners across the world,” Hirono said.

General Kenneth McKenzie confirmed Monday that over 123,000 civilians had been successfully evacuated.

After her segment on CNN, Hirono tweeted her gratitude for the U.S. military’s efforts in securing the airfield to allow all the evacuations. “Our military deserves our gratitude for their tremendous effort in evacuating more than 122,000 people from Afghanistan in just a few weeks,” she tweeted. “After the deadline, we need to use diplomatic, economic and other means to evacuate remaining U.S. citizens, Afghan partners, and others.”

The last member of the military was reportedly already left Afghanistan Monday.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Facebook, Instagram Employees ‘Censor or Delete’ Protests against Iran

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Former and current Facebook and Instagram employees are shedding light onto the “fact checkers” that are censoring vital content such as protests against Iran. “According to a report by BBC Persian, these employees admitted that at all levels of the company, the Iran regime’s influence has infiltrated, leaving biased and pro-regime content monitors to restrict, censor or delete posts about the current protests in Iran” reports The Foreign Desk.

Similar to censorship at the companies in the United States and elsewhere, the behavior is its own political movement. “The actions by these Iranian employees to remove images of the demonstrations in Iran and associated hashtags helps reinforce the Islamic Republic’s argument that the protests are not so widespread.”

According to one of the former employees who had his identity hidden for security purposes, told the BBC Persian in an interview from Germany, that the workers travel back and forth between Europe and Iran. “About 90 percent” of the decision making on censorship is done by these “fact checkers.”

“These are individuals who single-handedly take posts down. According to the source, employees are not allowed to have their personal cellular devices with them at their workstations, so these individuals go to the break room to report a post from their personal phones and then come back to their workstations and address the ‘complaint’ they just created.”

 

The Foreign Desk adds:

In 2019 TELUS International became the third-party company contracted with Instagram and Facebook to become their fact checkers and address complaints from users reporting posts for violent, hateful, or threatening material. 

A second source, a former TELUS employee, said approximately 400-500 Iranians work at the company in Germany, a country that is known to have diplomatic and bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic. 

The Islamic Republic has learned from the Green Revolution of 2009 to infiltrate Western social media outlets and their parent companies to control the narrative and prevent the international community from siding with anti-regime demonstrators.

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