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@thecynicist

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DC Director, @Crisis_Action . Purveyor of contrarianism and Serious Information. Afghan w/ two names. Ex- @crisisgroup @ecfr @opensociety @ictj @hrw . Views mine.

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@thecynicist
Fatima Ayub
5 months ago
Journalist friends: please don’t ask me to explain the failure of Afghanistan to you. Go and ask every NATO leader, defense secretary and foreign minister since 2001. Ask every parliamentarian who authorized war funds. Let’s have some accounting, for once.
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Fatima Ayub
7 hours ago
Area Iraq apologist thinks meteorology is premised on flimsy evidence.
@davidfrum
David Frum
17 hours ago
1-6 inches of snow predicted tomorrow? Can you imagine if any other profession allowed itself a similar range? "Your plane will depart tomorrow between 1 and 6." "We've bought you a dress between size 1 and 6." "Best to limit your daily wine intake to between 1 glass and 6."
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Fatima Ayub
8 hours ago
The entire Afghan health care system has fallen apart because it was all financed by aid. The entire government was. There are no salaries for care workers or civil servants. The vast patronage engine of the Afghan security services is gone.
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Fatima Ayub
8 hours ago
And no, the crisis is not about the foreign assets the US has frozen. It’s that US sanctions policies have crippled the central bank and created a massive cash and liquidity crisis. No one has any money!
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@thecynicist
Fatima Ayub
8 hours ago
This is a completely garbled and inaccurate piece from the ⁦ @washingtonpost ⁩ editorial board. US financial restrictions are killing Afghan men women and children by the hour. President Biden’s choices have pushed 38 million Afghans to starvation.
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Fatima Ayub
8 hours ago
Searing, enraging read from ⁦ @SaeedShah ⁩ about dying babies in Afghanistan. When you break an economy with sanctions and defund an entire government, Afghan babies will pay the price. Well done everyone.
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Fatima Ayub
a day ago
Actually IG Sopko, you can’t get much money into Afghanistan because US financial restrictions have crippled the banking sector and liquidity. Thanks for playing in this round of “Disingenuous Excuses for Starving Afghans”.
@SIGARHQ
SIGAR
a day ago
IG Sopko: The unvarnished truth is that we can send all the money in the world into Afghanistan, but it will be a tragedy if that money winds up in the hands of the Taliban regime or other bad actors rather than the Afghans who need it most
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@thecynicist
Fatima Ayub
a day ago
Remember this every time you encounter one of the many, many people, Afghan and American, who built their wealth and careers on a failed war while Afghan women and children starve in the streets.
@AP
The Associated Press
a day ago
Winter cold is devastating Afghanistan's most vulnerable. International aid organizations are scrambling to save millions from starving or freezing because they have neither food nor fuel. The poorest depend on scrounged or donated scraps. By @Kathygannon
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@thecynicist
Fatima Ayub
a day ago
I read Ellie Wiesel’s “Night” age 11. It informed my view of the world to this day. Thankfully no one was monitoring my reading material, and no sanctimonious fascists sat on my school board.
@thedailybeast
The Daily Beast
a day ago
A Tennessee school board barred schools from teaching Maus – a beloved graphic novel about the Holocaust – in an unanimous vote the day before Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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Fatima Ayub
a day ago
Ignorance is exhausting. Books are good. Letting children read whatever they want is important.
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Fatima Ayub
a day ago
For every book the GOP bans I promise I will buy a copy of said book and put it in the hands of anyone under 18 who wants to read it.
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Fatima Ayub
a day ago
It was this or trial by combat.
@BBCNews
BBC News (UK)
a day ago
Newspaper headlines: Prince Andrew demands 'trial by jury'
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Fatima Ayub
a day ago
Oh just get to the book burning already.
@donmoyn
Don Moynihan
a day ago
TN county school board votes to remove use of graphic novel about the Holocaust, Maus from school curriculum. Complains about vulgarity and naked pictures.
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Fatima Ayub
2 days ago
Settings > Mute phrase > Jordan Peterson, Joe Rogan 🥳
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