Daily Archives: December 7, 2018

2018-12-07: News Headlines

Robert Fisk (2018-12-07). Spare Me the American Tears for the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi. counterpunch.org Can I be the only one — apart from his own sycophants — to find the sight of America's finest Republicans and Democrats condemning the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia for murdering Jamal Khashoggi a bit sickening? "Crazy". "Dangerous". A "wrecking ball". A "smoking saw". These guys are angry. CIA director Gina Haspel, who was More

RT (2018-12-06). US demands Russia 'end or modify' missile it doesn't like to save INF treaty. rt.com Washington is demanding that Moscow scrap or modify a missile dubbed "non-compliant" with the landmark INF nuclear arms treaty by US intelligence. Russia has repeatedly said the missile falls well within the range allowed.

Sam Biddle (2018-12-06). Artificial Intelligence Experts Issue Urgent Warning Against Facial Scanning With a "Dangerous History" theintercept.com Facial recognition has quickly shifted from techno-novelty to fact of life for many, with millions around the world at least willing to put up with their faces scanned by software at the airport, their iPhones, or Facebook's server farms. But researchers at New York University's AI Now Institute have issued a strong warning against not only ubiquitous facial recognition, but its more sinister cousin: so-called affect recognition, technology that claims it can find hidden meaning in the shape of your nose, the contours of your mouth, and the way you smile. If that sounds like something dredged up from the 19th cen…

ACLU (2018-12-05). Why I Ended the Horror of Long-Term Solitary in Colorado's Prisons. aclu.org Long-term isolation has disastrous physical and mental health effects that can amount to torture. The practice must be abandoned across the nation. | In Colorado, long-term solitary confinement used to be a tool that was regularly used in corrections. The problem is that it was not corrective at all. It was indiscriminate punishment that too often amounted to torture and did not make anyone safer. | The practice was pervasive because it was considered reasonable and effective. It was neither. In practice, long-term isolation punished people in a way that not only lacked humanity but sense. And when a program lack…

Consortiumnews (2018-12-05). Trump's Timidity is Letting Comey Off the Hook. consortiumnews.com With just a few days left before Congress adjourns, House Republicans, like their President, have pretty much let the clock run out. There's little chance now in "taking on the intelligence community," says Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to… Read more →

Juan Cole (2018-12-05). Saudi Crown Prince Loses Support of Key Republican Senators with CIA Briefing. mintpressnews.com Among the things Saudi Arabia wants from the United States is support for its war on Yemen and permission to buy from US arms corporations state-of-the-art military weaponry. Both things are now in peril, as key Republican senators reacted to a secret briefing by Gina Haspel, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. | Haspel gave her presentation to only 8, arbitrarily chosen senators. They included outgoing Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and the senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham (R-SC), b…

Democracy Now! (2018-12-04). Ariel Dorfman: George H.W. Bush Is Alive in His Many Victims Across the Globe, Including Me. democracynow.org George H.W. Bush was the only president in U.S. history to serve as CIA director, a role that would come to define his career and politics. He once described the intelligence agency as "part of my heartbeat." Bush Sr. was at the helm of the CIA from January 1976 to January 1977. We speak with Ariel Dorfman, best-selling author, playwright, poet and activist, who teaches at Duke University. In 1973, he served as a cultural adviser to Chilean President Salvador Allende's chief of staff. He says George H.W. Bush was "presiding over the CIA when Pinochet, the dictator of Chile, had concentration camps open. They were…

Democracy Now! (2018-12-04). Headlines for December 4, 2018. democracynow.org Wisconsin: Protesters Take to the Capitol to Oppose GOP Power Grab, North Carolina Investigating Election Fraud in Congressional Race, Trump Praises Stone for Refusal to Testify in Mueller Probe, CIA Director Haspel to Brief Top Senators on Khashoggi Murder, Spain: Far-Right Vox Party Makes Gains in Regional Elections, France: Fuel Tax Hikes Suspended Amid Growing Unrest, Qatar Withdraws from OPEC, Mexico's AMLO Creates Truth Commission over 2014 Student Disappearance, Philippines: Indicted Rappler Editor Posts Bail, Vows to Keep Reporting, Reports: U.S Admiral in Middle East Died by Suicide, Texas: Calls Grow to…

Micah Lee (2018-12-04). Imprisoned Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond Bumped a Guard With a Door — and Got Thrown in Solitary Confinement. theintercept.com Hammond is starting his third week in solitary confinement — a duration that the U.N. says is tantamount to torture.

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-04). Central European University Forced to Leave Hungary. hrw.org | | People in Budapest protest a draft law targeting Central European University, Hungary, April 4, 2017. | © Lydia Gall/Human Rights Watch | It was no surprise when the Central European University announced Monday that it's being forced out of Hungary and will move to Vienna. The increasingly authoritarian Hungarian government has spent the last year and a half making it difficult — if not impossible — for the…

Democracy Now! (2018-11-29). Should Saudi Crown Prince Be Charged with War Crimes? G20 Host Argentina Considers Probe. democracynow.org Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could face prosecution in Argentina for alleged complicity in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led humanitarian crisis in Yemen. On Wednesday, an Argentine prosecutor reportedly accepted a request by Human Rights Watch to prosecute the crown prince, just hours after he landed in Argentina ahead of the G20 summit. Argentina recognizes universal jurisdiction for war crimes and torture, which means it is able to press charges against the crown prince while he is in the country. We speak with Reed Brody, counsel and spokesperson for Human Rights Watch, and…

2018-12-07: Social Media Postees

Spare Me the American Tears for the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2018-12-07
Can I be the only one — apart from his own sycophants — to find the sight of America's finest Republicans and Democrats condemning the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia for murdering Jamal Khashoggi a bit sickening? "Crazy". "Dangerous". A "wrecking ball". A "smoking saw". These guys are angry. CIA director Gina Haspel, who was…
counterpunch.org/2018/12/07/spare-me-the…

US demands Russia 'end or modify' missile it doesn't like to save INF treaty
RT | rt.com | 2018-12-06
Washington is demanding that Moscow scrap or modify a missile dubbed "non-compliant" with the landmark INF nuclear arms treaty by US intelligence. Russia has repeatedly said the missile falls well within the range allowed. | …
rt.com/usa/445791-usa-demands-russia-scr…

Artificial Intelligence Experts Issue Urgent Warning Against Facial Scanning With a "Dangerous History"
Sam Biddle | theintercept.com | 2018-12-06
Facial recognition has quickly shifted from techno-novelty to fact of life for many, with millions around the world at least willing to put up with their faces scanned by software at the airport, their iPhones, or Facebook's server farms. But researchers at New York University's AI Now Institute have issued a strong warning against not only ubiquitous facial recognition, but its more sinister cousin: so-called affect recognition, technology that claims it can find hidden meaning in the shape of your nose, the contours of your mouth, and the way you smile. If that sounds like something dredged up from the 19th cen…
theintercept.com/2018/12/06/artificial-i…

Trump's Timidity is Letting Comey Off the Hook
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2018-12-05
With just a few days left before Congress adjourns, House Republicans, like their President, have pretty much let the clock run out. There's little chance now in "taking on the intelligence community," says Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/12/04/trumps-tim…

Saudi Crown Prince Loses Support of Key Republican Senators with CIA Briefing
Juan Cole | mintpressnews.com | 2018-12-05
Among the things Saudi Arabia wants from the United States is support for its war on Yemen and permission to buy from US arms corporations state-of-the-art military weaponry. Both things are now in peril, as key Republican senators reacted to a secret briefing by Gina Haspel, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. | Haspel gave her presentation to only 8, arbitrarily chosen senators. They included outgoing Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and the senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham (R-SC), b…
mintpressnews.com/congressional-noose-ma…

Why I Ended the Horror of Long-Term Solitary in Colorado's Prisons
ACLU | aclu.org | 2018-12-05
Long-term isolation has disastrous physical and mental health effects that can amount to torture. The practice must be abandoned across the nation. | In Colorado, long-term solitary confinement used to be a tool that was regularly used in corrections. The problem is that it was not corrective at all. It was indiscriminate punishment that too often amounted to torture and did not make anyone safer. | The practice was pervasive because it was considered reasonable and effective. It was neither. In practice, long-term isolation punished people in a way that not only lacked humanity but sense. And when a program lack…
aclu.org/blog/prisoners-rights/solitary-…

Ariel Dorfman: George H.W. Bush Is Alive in His Many Victims Across the Globe, Including Me
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-12-04
George H.W. Bush was the only president in U.S. history to serve as CIA director, a role that would come to define his career and politics. He once described the intelligence agency as "part of my heartbeat." Bush Sr. was at the helm of the CIA from January 1976 to January 1977. We speak with Ariel Dorfman, best-selling author, playwright, poet and activist, who teaches at Duke University. In 1973, he served as a cultural adviser to Chilean President Salvador Allende's chief of staff. He says George H.W. Bush was "presiding over the CIA when Pinochet, the dictator of Chile, had concentration camps open. They were…
www.democracynow.org/2018/12/4/ariel_dor…

Imprisoned Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond Bumped a Guard With a Door — and Got Thrown in Solitary Confinement
Micah Lee | theintercept.com | 2018-12-04
Hammond is starting his third week in solitary confinement — a duration that the U.N. says is tantamount to torture. | The post Imprisoned Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond Bumped a Guard With a Door — and Got Thrown in Solitary Confinement appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/12/04/jeremy-hammo…

Central European University Forced to Leave Hungary
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-12-04
People in Budapest protest a draft law targeting Central European University, Hungary, April 4, 2017. | © Lydia Gall/Human Rights Watch | It was no surprise when the Central European University announced Monday that it's being forced out of Hungary and will move to Vienna. The increasingly authoritarian Hungarian government has spent the last year and a half making it difficult — if not impossible — for the…
hrw.org/news/2018/12/04/central-european…

Should Saudi Crown Prince Be Charged with War Crimes? G20 Host Argentina Considers Probe
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-11-29
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could face prosecution in Argentina for alleged complicity in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led humanitarian crisis in Yemen. On Wednesday, an Argentine prosecutor reportedly accepted a request by Human Rights Watch to prosecute the crown prince, just hours after he landed in Argentina ahead of the G20 summit. Argentina recognizes universal jurisdiction for war crimes and torture, which means it is able to press charges against the crown prince while he is in the country. We speak with Reed Brody, counsel and spokesperson for Human Rights Watch, and…
www.democracynow.org/2018/11/29/should_s…