2019-02-13: News Headlines

Kathy Kelly (2019-02-13). What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan. zcomm.org Constant military surveillance of Afghans yields almost no real intelligence about the problems they face each day. An unusual group of volunteers uses a far different approach…

Whitney Webb (2019-02-13). US Air Freight Company that Smuggled Weapons Into Venezuela Linked to CIA "Black Site" Renditions. mintpressnews.com The parallels between aspects of the Contra scandal and the current situation in Venezuela are striking, particularly given the recent "outrage" voiced by mainstream media and prominent U.S. politicians over Maduro's refusal to allow U.S. "humanitarian aid" into the country.

Tyler Durden (2019-02-13). US Charges Air Force Counterintelligence Agent With Spying for Iran, Committing Cybercrimes. theantimedia.com (ZH) — A former US Air Force counterintelligence agent with access to top secret national defense information was charged with spying for Iran after she defected to the Islamic Republic and helped it target her former colleagues, according to a seven-count indictment made public on Wednesday (see below). According to prosecutors, Monica Elfriede Witt a.k.a. Fatemah Zahra, a.k.a. Narges …

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-13). Incarcerated Immigrants Are Being Tortured. truthout.org In El Paso, Texas, not far from where President Trump delivered a speech riddled with falsehoods and jingoism at a pro-wall rally on Tuesday, at least nine Sikh men reportedly fleeing persecution in India have been on hunger strike in an immigration jail known for weeks. | The asylum seekers are protesting their detention and the conditions of the jail, and Immigration and Customs Enfo…

RT (2019-02-13). Pentagon's 1st AI strategy vows to keep pace with Russia & China, wants help from tech. rt.com The Pentagon has issued its first AI strategy, where it pleads with tech giants to help boost military capabilities and catch up with Russia and China in developing artificial intelligence for military purposes. |

Kathy Kelly (2019-02-12). What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan. progressive.org Constant military surveillance of Afghans yields almost no real intelligence about the problems they face each day. An unusual group of volunteers uses a far different approach.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-12). Egypt: A Move to Enhance Authoritarian Rule. hrw.org | | Egyptian policemen standing guard outside a polling station with an electoral banner depicting incumbent President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seen with a caption reading in Arabic 'for the sake of Egypt we will continue the story of a nation', in the capital Cairo's central neighborhood of Zamalek, March 26, 2018. | © 2018 Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images | (Beirut) — Proposed amendments to Egypt's constitution, including granting the armed…

RT (2019-02-12). Trump orders US agencies to turbocharge AI research and ensure American dominance. rt.com President Donald Trump has compelled federal agencies to step up research and development of artificial intelligence (AI) with a new order, calling the US lead in AI of "paramount importance" to America's national security.

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