2020-11-10: News Headlines

Ian Cobain (2020-11-10). UK secret agents bill 'could permit state-sponsored rape and murder'. middleeasteye.net UK secret agents bill 'could permit state-sponsored rape and murder' | Parliamentary human rights committee says bill protecting MI5 and police agents lacks safeguards to prevent abuses | Tue, 11/10/2020 – 12: 12 | Thames House, the headquarters of the UK's MI5 intelligence agency, in London (Reuters) | A controversial new law that would allow agents recruited by the UK's police and security agency, MI5, to…

teleSUR (2020-11-10). Cancun Police Shoot Down Feminist Protest in Mexico. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Police Monday shot down a feminist protest organized in Cancun to reject two women's femicides that took place last weekend. Police brutality left three reporters injured, one of them by gunshot. | RELATED: | Over 2,000 protesters attended the march against Quintana Roo State's femicides. The demonstrators marched to Cancun's Palacio Municipal. | Videos broadcasted on social networks showed how the police closed the entrance to…

RT (2020-11-09). 'You talk like a prosecutor': Azerbaijani president Aliyev nails BBC journalist on 'media freedom' by bringing up Assange. rt.com BBC News correspondent Orla Guerin got more than she bargained for when her questioning of President Aliyev about the supposed lack of media freedom in his country ended up with him grilling her on Julian Assange's imprisonment. | Guerin's

WSWS (2020-11-09). Migrant friend to Julian Assange dies in UK's Belmarsh prison. wsws.org The suicide of Manoel Santos has drawn attention to the UK government's criminal practice of holding people facing deportation in prisons, even in maximum security institutions.

Lauren Smith (2020-11-09). End 2020 on a Humane Note: The International Community Calls for Human Rights Protections for Assange, Manning and Snowden. globalresearch.ca When governments don't abide by the law, it is imperative that the international community hold those governments to account. Let's be reminded that during World War II, the

RT (2020-11-09). NYTimes embodies sour grapes in writeup of Bolivia's ex-president Morales' 'triumphant return' after election overturns coup. rt.com The NY Times insisted Bolivia's socialist government-elect was shunning former president Evo Morales as he returned from exile a year after he was chased out by a US-backed coup, even though both President and VP served under him. | The US outlet made no secret of its dissatisfaction over last month's election results, which saw Morales' MAS (Movement Toward Socialism) party regain power after a year of right-wing quasi-authoritarian rule. MAS won majorities in both chambers of parliament, and president-elect Luis Arce was allegedly hand-picked by Morales as a candidate. | But while Arce and his vice president…

WSWS (2020-11-09). SEP (Sri Lanka) outlines socialist alternative to pandemic and authoritarianism. wsws.org The speakers stressed that the crisis in Sri Lanka and internationally could only be resolved through the independent political mobilisation of the working class=.

WSWS (2020-11-09). This week in history: November 9-15. wsws.org 25 years ago: Nigerian junta hangs nine oppositionistsOn November 10, 1995, nine members of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) were executed by the Nigerian military dictatorship of General Sani Abacha.

_____ (2020-11-08). Australia's War Crimes and Culture of impunity. strategic-culture.org There is yet no reckoning for Australia's SAS war crimes in Afghanistan, although details of horrendous atrocities are coming to light. A 2016 report detailing the extent of torture and extrajudicial killings by the Australian SAS forces in Afghanistan have been The 2016 report which has recently been seen by two leading Aus…

RT (2020-11-08). Nobel prize winner up to no good? Ethiopia's PM reshuffles key officials as 'rebel'region vows to fight until govt ready to talk. rt.com Ethiopia's PM has unexpectedly replaced key officials, as the offensive against his country's northern Tigray region gains momentum. The region's leadership, in turn, said it will fight until central government negotiates. | The abrupt reshuffle was announced by PM Abiy Ahmed on Sunday, when he replaced his army chief, the head of intelligence and the foreign minister. Abiy did not give any reasons for the change, which came amid the ongoing five-day offensive against the Tigray region. | The operation against Tigray was launched earlier this week, the central government claiming it was needed "to restore the…

Pete Dolack (2020-11-08). Don't Let Up: Fascism isn't Dead Yet. counterpunch.org Even if Joe Biden had won the U.S. presidency by the expected landslide, the threat of fascism would remain. And not simply because Trumpites are not going away anytime soon. Donald Trump doesn't have the intelligence, competence or sufficient ruling-class backing to actually become a fascist dictator. His desire to be one, however, has been

WSWS (2020-11-07). Kosovo's President Thaàßi charged with war crimes. wsws.org Thaàßi and other KLA leaders face prosecution on hundreds of counts of murder, as well as persecution and torture carried out during the war with Serbia between 1998 and 1999.

_____ (2020-11-07). Racism, Repression, And Fightback In The USA. popularresistance.org A re-surged movement against police brutality, white supremacy, and state violence — come to be known as the largest sustained mobilization in modern history in the United States — continues to reignite public discourse around issues of systemic racism and the need to organize collectively across race lines for transformative change. | It follows that this new wave of resistance has been met with violent and ruthless political repression: the militarization of police forces, a rise in mass arrests and indefinite detentions, hyper-criminalization of the right to protest…

_____ (2020-11-07). Scheer Intelligence: How To Save American Journalism. popularresistance.org It's no secret that the U.S. funding model for journalism is broken, and that this had terrible consequences for our democracy, but it may not be without repair. As advertising revenue newspapers once relied on has increasingly ended up in the pockets of big tech companies such as Google and Facebook, many have shut down their presses, while others such as the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times have turned to billionaires to fund their papers, resulting in a model that has turned journalism into a playground for the uber rich that conceals the economic plight of most of the population.

Hugh Harvey, Eric J Topol (2020-11-07). [Perspectives] More than meets the AI: refining image acquisition and resolution. thelancet.com Since the discovery of x-rays by Wilhelm Rà∂ntgen in 1895, scientists have been able to capture images of the human body with ever increasing clarity. Technology has evolved to the point that a full body CT scan can be taken in a matter of seconds at a lower radiation dose than would typically be received from about 3 years of natural background radiation. The main driver of this progress is the principle of reducing radiation dose, known as ALARA (as low as reasonably possible). Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to further reduce ionising radiation dose for imaging modalities that require it, s…