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The Daily Recap - 18th Aug 2021

Many of the Afghan Interpreters Employed by Australian Troops Will Not Be Rescued

Interpreters and contractors for the Australian Defence Force are on the Taliban's kill list for working alongside "infidel enemies," however, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says not everyone will be rescued.

More than 300 former interpreters and almost 200 former guards (plus their families) are in desperate need of being evacuated in Afghanistan.

People of Afghanistan attempt to flee their country after Taliban takeover. Source: New York Magazine

It's been reported the Taliban are now going "door to door" hunting down anyone that's worked alongside the military.

Despite these reports the Australian government has shown no indication in increasing the number of visas granted to people fleeing Afghanistan.

Australian Reporter Yalda Hakim Speaks with Taliban Spokesperson on the BBC

During a news segment on the BBC, reporter Yalda Hakim received a phone call from Taliban spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen.

Although Yalda was in the middle of an interview on live television, she proceeded to speak with the Taliban fighter for over 30 minutes.

During the interview Yalda questioned Suhail about the welfare of women and girls in Afghanistan; he claims there was "no tension" against them.

He also says there "will be no revenge" on the people of Afghanistan.

"There should not be any confusion, we are sure the people of Afghanistan in the city of Kabul, that their properties and their lives are safe," he claims.

During a later interview with the Today show Yalda spoke about her experience interviewing the Taliban militant.

"I felt it was most important was to put myself in the position of all of those desperate young women and girls across the country who are so frightened right now, who don't know what the future holds, she says, "and I thought what are the questions they would want me to ask; what are the questions that the international community wants me to ask to hold this man accountable?"

Experts Claim Vaccine Selfies are Making a Positive Impact in Encouraging Others to Get Vaccinated

You may have noticed a large number of people are sharing photos of themselves getting the Covid-19 vaccine.

Dr Katie Attwell from the University of Western Australia is an expert in vaccination uptake; she says these vaccine selfies, or 'vaxxies,' help normalise the vaccine.

"Even if people are posting things like, 'l felt shoddy the next day, I don't feel good,' even that is positive, because they're still saying they're glad they've done it," she says, "it's really good for transparency, because it's unmediated, it's not being filtered through any formal channels."

Australian Government Covid-19 Vaccine campaign. Source: ABC

According to Gary Mortimer, Professor of Marketing and Consumer Behaviour at the Queensland University of Technology, vaxxies are likely more effective than traditional government health campaigns.

"We question authority, and that's just the way Australians are," he says, "we're more inclined to believe our friends and our social groups."

'Orange is the New Black' Star Laura Prepon Finally Leaves Scientology

You may know her as Alex from 'Orange is the New Black' or Donna from 'That 70s Show' but what you probably don't know is that Laura Prepon was a member of the Church of Scientology.

Since 1999 Laura has been a proud spokesperson for the problematic Church, however, she recently told People magazine that she's FINALLY left Scientology.

"I haven’t practiced Scientology in close to five years and it’s no longer part of my life," she says.

Laura Prepon at the Orange is the New Black Season 7 Premiere in 2019. Source: Variety

According to Laura motherhood helped her realise she needed to leave Scientology.

"As a brand new mother, I was reflecting so much on my own upbringing and the way I was mothered," she says, "I was forced to look at a lot of things in my life that I wasn't looking at before."

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