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by Bjinse on Mon Oct 22nd, 2018 at 08:19:11 PM EST
Japan Journalist Freed From Syrian Captivity Says He's Safe
Yasuda was kidnapped in 2015 by al-Qaida's branch in Syria, known at the time as the Nusra Front, after contact with him was lost in June that year. A war monitoring group said he was most recently held by a Syrian commander with the Turkistan Islamic Party, which mostly comprises Chinese [read: Uighur/Uyghur] jihadis in Syria.
You got jokes about Uighur "terrorists" and "concentration camps"? Obama got jokes.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 24th, 2018 at 04:24:17 PM EST
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that's "vocational training centres", not "concentration camps".

China Uighurs: Xinjiang legalises 're-education' camps

China's western Xinjiang region has written "vocational training centres" for Muslim Uighurs into law amid growing international concern over large-scale disappearances there.

Xinjiang says the centres will tackle extremism through "thought transformation".

Rights groups say detainees are made to swear loyalty to President Xi Jinping and criticise or renounce their faith.

In August, China denied allegations that it had locked up a million people.

But officials attending a UN human rights meeting admitted that Uighurs "deceived by religious extremism" were undergoing re-education and resettlement.

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Oct 24th, 2018 at 10:48:03 PM EST
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they need to work out how to do the same sort of accomodation with the govt that the catholics negotiated just recently.

Much as I despise the catholic church, it has survived for so long because it knows when to bend. I think it's a lesson for the uighurs

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Oct 26th, 2018 at 07:54:25 PM EST
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WhatsApp Bans More Than 100,000 Accounts in Brazil Election
Facebook set up a "war room"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 24th, 2018 at 05:15:15 PM EST
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Facebook hit with UK's maximum fine as EU officials praise privacy efforts
search for a quorum in the EP, possibly the US

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by Cat on Thu Oct 25th, 2018 at 09:55:15 PM EST
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"Facebook removed 82 Facebook pages, groups and accounts for "coordinated inauthentic behavior" that originated in Iran ... Some either directly discussed voting or called on others to vote, The Atlantic Council found."
Max Blumenthal and Jeb Sprague inteview Jamie Fly

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 26th, 2018 at 07:30:59 PM EST
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According to the UK's left wing skwawkbox it was more than 800 acconts, many of which were well established left wing sites.

Given the level of co-ordination with twitter, this looks less like an attack on foreign interference and more using this as cover to obliterate the left's access to major public fora in the US.

It has been so blatant that a lot of UK left blogs are co-ordinating other means of publicising themselves

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Oct 26th, 2018 at 07:59:42 PM EST
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It has been so blatant that a lot of UK left blogs are co-ordinating other means of publicising themselves

Luckily the EU is on the case:

Civilized Societies Don't Call It Censorship, but Copyright | naked capitalism

Article 11: no link without a license. Article 11, otherwise known as the "Linktax" article, has created a new economic "right" for magnates of the written press. This `right', moreover, implies indefinitely restricting the possibility of citing the press online.

Article 13: no uploading content without a license. Platforms - from medium-sized providers of services storing subject material through to the giants of the Internet - will be considered responsible for any copyright infringement committed by their users, and they are bulldozed into taking preventive measures. In other words, this isn't a matter of eliminating content but directly preventing people from uploading it.

by generic on Sat Oct 27th, 2018 at 01:17:24 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Oct 26th, 2018 at 11:48:40 AM EST
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That is a gloriously composed image.
It is also going to be a legal shooting when he gets killed - that is a sling, also known as a lethal weapon.
Cleverer would-be martyr than all the suicide bombers? I mean, he has got much better optics...
by Thomas on Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 06:25:28 PM EST
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I thought we had already established that there is basically no way for an Israely soldier to kill a Palestinian unlawfully?
And you seem to be somewhat behind the times. They tried suicide bombings somewhere between strikes and the one sided seize-fire. The time line is now after home made ballistic missles and in the middle of marching unarmed into snipers.
by generic on Wed Oct 31st, 2018 at 11:27:12 AM EST
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 They just shot him - but only in the leg.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Nov 7th, 2018 at 08:30:35 AM EST
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Two timely dispatches from Ann Garrison

re: when "good" émigrés don't land in the US
Intel Report on Assassins: "Rwandans are cold ass mofos"
"We don't have any information on this latest attempt [to kill Nyamwasa] aside from the one paragraph RFI article that came in on BBC. This is not on any other news wires. He may be dead for all we know this time."

re: "fighting rape in war," interview
Congo in the Abyss

"The Nobel Peace Prize encourages a global consensus to stop the rapes but continue the war."

BKN:The deeply political discourse imposed by the Nobel Committee is intended to bolster, not disturb, the dominant order. It is part of the Western will to write official history, where the important thing is constructing a discourse on the woman, on the brutalities she has to suffer. It's a discourse wholly accepted in Western societies because of the feminist struggles. In this discourse, Dr. Mukwege is the man of an inter-world, a Black man who is meant to become white. He is like the white man who knows how to defend the rights of women against the barbarism of uncivilized men--Black in this case--who are essentially defined by their savagery.
AG: Male rape is also a weapon of war in Congo and elsewhere. It's rarely reported, though it was given some attention in "The Nobel committee shines a spotlight on rape in conflict ," an October 11 "Economist" report that said it's hard to estimate its frequency because so many men fear to report it because they're so humiliated and may fear being accused of the crime of homosexuality. Uganda's Refugee Law Project explained this profoundly in their film Gender Against Men, which I recommend to anyone reading this. The rape of both men and women as a weapon to destroy community makes it more clear that there is an ongoing genocide against the Congolese people, not just "femicide." Could you talk about how the singular focus on violence against women hides that?

ebola marketing UPDATEs

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Oct 27th, 2018 at 05:42:41 PM EST
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Not soybeans: Feature reporter finds "Women* and LGBT" voters endorse the "flirt" Bolsonaro to spite the corrupt Worker's Party candidate Who? Well, it ain't Dilma splitting the logs 28 Oct.
BLOOMBERG | Bolsonaro: Why Many Will Overlook His Homophobic Rants
"Some of my friends drank the Kool-Aid [!] and will vote for Bolsonaro, but most of them fear that minorities [!] like ours are in danger, as well as our own democracy."
Danger, child. Temer left the room. With Macri.

TELASUR | Brazil Decides
The Long Story, campaign 2018 from Sept to Haddad: yeah, Telasur express an editorial agenda.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 27th, 2018 at 06:27:47 PM EST
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Bolsonaro's pledge to return Brazil to past alarms survivors of dictatorship
Nearly five decades on - and with the country poised to elect a dictatorship-praising, pro-torture populist who plans to stack his administration with generals - those old wounds have been ripped open.

"I never imagined this could happen," said Giannini, now 69, who spent seven years in jail during the 1964-85 dictatorship because of his membership with a communist guerrilla group called National Liberation Action.

"After what I lived through, what I saw, and the time that I served, to have a president that represents everything of that era is unthinkable to me."

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Oct 27th, 2018 at 11:11:22 PM EST
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Far-right Jair Bolsonaro wins Brazil's presidential election
Former army officer Jair Bolsonaro won the second round of Brazil's presidential elections, obtaining 55.5 percent of the vote, with 94 percent of precincts reporting. His leftist challenger Fernando Haddad of the worker's party was far behind him with 44.4 percent.

Final results are expected later on Sunday, in the most contentious and polarized election in decades.

Voting day was largely peaceful, said regional election monitor for the Organization of American States (OAS) Laura Chinchilla, with "with no reports of violence or any other difficulty."

Bolsonaro supporters gathered in front of his home in the neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, shortly after resutls were announced, waving Brazilian flags and setting off fireworks in celebration.

In his victory speech, the newly elected president said he never had doubts about winning. "We cannot continue flirting with communism," Bolosonaroy said. "We are going to change the destiny of Brazil,"he vowed.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Oct 28th, 2018 at 11:45:43 PM EST
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Latin America's Right-Wing Turn -- The Jacobin
The far right is on the rise not only in Brazil but across Latin America -- driven by the middle class that left-wing governments helped create.
Nice politicians are doing something very wrong.
by das monde on Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 12:38:44 PM EST
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IMF will take its pound of flesh, yo. Notice, the women presidents of South American didn't last long. Bachelet's performance despite polling is something of a mystery.

ProPublilca#MeToo#Time'sUp#WhyIDidn'tReport analysis still developing.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 01:36:05 PM EST
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The main cause of the election result was Lula being blocked from running through a US supported selective anti-corruption drive.


Don't see what nice has to do with it.

by fjallstrom on Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 06:11:29 PM EST
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Always finding an excuse explanation is one of those things. Who trusts power to this weak?
by das monde on Tue Oct 30th, 2018 at 09:16:39 AM EST
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Nah, you're just running with your priors again. May I remind you that quite a lot of PT cadres spent a not inconsiderable time of their youth in the Junta's torture dungeons? The left always looks weak on the fascist's TV. But, interfere with the free™ press and the US brings you democracy™.
by generic on Tue Oct 30th, 2018 at 11:20:29 AM EST
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What can shake progressive priors? Not the electorate, apparently.

The liberal package is much harder to shake by parts.

Party Animals: Asymmetric Ideological Constraint among Democratic and Republican Party Activists

Existing literature shows that Republicans in the mass public demonstrate greater ideological inconsistency and value conflict than Democrats. That is, despite a commitment to the conservative label and abstract belief in limited government, Republican identifiers' substantive policy attitudes are nonetheless divided. Conversely, Democrats, despite registering lower levels of ideological thinking, maintain relatively consistent liberal issue attitudes. Based on theories of coalition formation and elite opinion leadership, we argue that these differences should extend to Democratic and Republican Party activists. Examining surveys of convention delegates from the years 2000 and 2004, we show that Democratic activists' attitudes are more ideologically constrained than are those of Republican activists. The results support our hypothesis and highlight that some of the inconsistent attitudes evident among mass public party identifiers can be traced to the internal divisions of the major party coalitions themselves.

Ideological Consistency, Political Orientation, and Variability Across Moral Foundations

We conceptualized ideological consistency as the extent to which an individual's attitudes toward diverse political issues are coherent among themselves from an ideological standpoint. Four studies compared the ideological consistency of self-identified liberals and conservatives. Across diverse samples, attitudes, and consistency measures, liberals were more ideologically consistent than conservatives. In other words, conservatives' individual-level attitudes toward diverse political issues (e.g., abortion, gun control, welfare) were more dispersed across the political spectrum than were liberals' attitudes. Study 4 demonstrated that variability across commitments to different moral foundations predicted ideological consistency and mediated the relationship between political orientation and ideological consistency.

This is consistent with the view that the liberals occupy just one level (#6, green) of Graves' levels of existence.

by das monde on Tue Oct 30th, 2018 at 12:40:14 PM EST
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We're moving pretty far from Brazil, no? Because as stated before the Brazilian Worker's party can hardly be compared with the US democrats. If you want to draw analogues then I recommend Temer's party. Official opposition during the dictatorship, respectable, utterly corrupt.
by generic on Tue Oct 30th, 2018 at 05:01:49 PM EST
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We might be moving in time beyond the progressive era. Brexit, Trump, Bolsonaro are not blips.

The whole Latin America is turning, and not only. Even with Lula out, could you expect that openly authoritarian, xenophobe, misogynous attitude will win comfortably? Not only social progress is loosing its edge and authority, it is despised more than flirtation with fascism as we knew it in the previous century. Respectable power rather than corruption tally is the real game.

This evolution is related with resource limitations. Ironically, the wrong people will be in power to "solve" it one way or other. Smart progressives won't be wiser than this human nature, this time.

by das monde on Tue Oct 30th, 2018 at 08:25:25 PM EST
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Discovered this recently:

Oswald Spengler - the Decline of the West

Half wacky nonsense, half... possibly not. Although perhaps more in the sense of philosophy as a covert stand-in for prophecy and supposed manifest destiny than any deep scientific or sociological insight.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Oct 30th, 2018 at 11:12:12 PM EST
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Some time soon I will have to look at Spengler. A much more conventional decline authority is Joseph Tainter.

Pure science is limited in probing this existential question. Like the last family hero in Marquez' "One Hundred Years of Solitude", the last scientist would be figuring it all out exactly at the moment it all collapses, at best. It may be worth to appreciate or create some mythology before long.

by das monde on Wed Oct 31st, 2018 at 10:36:24 AM EST
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Of course they aren't blips. The global trend they are part of can be summed up as empowered billionairs, weakened labor and (upper-)middle class resentment.
The first point needs no explanation, money means power in capitalism, leading to more money. A very obvious runaway feedback loop.
Overly focusing on a slight shift in rethoric would be a mistake. Yes, the dog whistle has been replaced by a bullhorn, slightly scandalising the upper middleclass in the process. Dogwhistling just doesn't work as well as it used to, the deludge is unceasing in the new media environment. No time to colour in the missing parts. And while they value civility, the prospect of having to pay your live-in maid, as former president Rousseff would have it, made them livid. Bolsonaro's VP is literally a general, and a lot of his statements are just things the dictatorship literally did. As an aside, there are two kinds of VPs in these kind of systems. The "small plane insurance", example being Haddad's VP from the communist party and whoever Nixon's VP was. The other version is the representative for the main power in the ruling coalition, see Cheney for the oil conglomerates and Biden for finance.
So yeah, middle class resentment is also obvious. And long lasting, it's still driving southern politics in the US.
Finally, why is labour weaker than it used to be? I hear trade union membership in Brazil is down by half. The Economist would argue robots, but you shouldn't believe anything you read there. A better answer would be finance. For one, you have to pay back your foreign debts or the US will just blatantly steal all your stuff on the high seas. In the best case. Worst case you get Democracy&tade;. For a lot of the rest of the world you got outsourcing. We know that the economic case for that was often rather dubious, but moving production into countries where you can just have the workers shot did wonders for the class war so finding funding for that was never a problem. Look at Uber. You can burn money indefenitely if your buisness is destroying the livelihood of working class people. Or look at Amazon. Probably the company that had the biggest influence on people's daily live in the last few decades. And it barely breaks even on the transformative parts while introducing best praxis third world military dictatorship working conditions to a country near you.
This is already getting too long and rambly and could definitely use another work over, but I'm running out of time.
Obscurantine Lobster psychology will never not get a rise out of me. Some things improved, some got worse, but talking about an overall progressive era is mostly end of history nonsense. We are also still very much in a regime of artificial scarcity (and abundandance). We'll get to the real fun part in due time.
by generic on Thu Nov 1st, 2018 at 03:21:45 PM EST
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Labor histories are among the saddest, discouraging accounts of human civilization one would ever know, were this body of knowledge and experience held to esteem. Leisure histories by contrast are ubiquitous, anachronistic models of human labor: everyone a king or pharoah, a tyrant, philosopher or homeowner, a fat and content spectator of horticulture and blood shed.

When industrial action against Ryanair picked up, I tried to catch up on aggregated numbers. (I did learn a little about the varieties and structures of trade unions' associations in the EU, by comparison to US custom, never mind their places in complementary "black" histories.) In this industry sector, interstate unions' coordinated planning has been a crucial, enforcement tactic in successfully mediating employment relations --in general and specifically.

But to start with mass is only to conceive the political significance --read, "market power"-- of a particular group enterprise, in the sense merely of numbers of "organized labor" members. I was disappointed not only because the usual international suspects (eg. OECD, ILO, etc) and press demons seemed to have abandoned periodic reporting, but what is published enforces an intuition about declining membership. The people in Brazil are not alone. A statistical claim, for example, that Iceland and Ireland represent the greatest ratios of union membership in the world challenges credulity. My cursory appeal to sacred "empirical data" informs me:

Ideology of an individual, the "self-interested actor," has been as wildly successful --in terms of propagation, socialized adoption-- as any money per se representation of extrinsic value in disorganizing political precepts and action against exploitation of human functions. The evidence is all around us. Braced by the anthologies of which I speak, I think, the mass is as responsible as any one person for accepting imagination of "weaker labour." Or no labor. This is a prerequisite for the leisure which people crave: rest without work, product without function, power without responsibility to or responsibility for one another. "Socialism" is a dead-letter in a value system for which "society" contains no properties or functions but anathema.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Nov 1st, 2018 at 05:57:48 PM EST
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11 murdered, 6 injured in US synagogue
Gunman survives to face state and federal criminal charges, of which "ethnic intimidation"[?] and "obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death"[federal hate crime].

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by Cat on Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 09:52:03 AM EST
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According to Israel, it's not really a synagogue.
Israel's Ashkenazi chief rabbi came under fire [sic!] on Sunday for refusing to acknowledge in a newspaper interview that the massacre in Pittsburgh was carried out in a synagogue.

The country's ultra-Orthodox newspapers, in reporting on the event, have also refused to acknowledge that it took place in a Jewish house of prayer because Tree of Life is a Conservative congregation, and they do not recognize the non-Orthodox movements.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 10:12:18 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 01:37:21 PM EST
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Democracy Now
In Connecticut, activists are calling on the University of New Haven to cut ties to King Fahd Security College in Saudi Arabia. According to news reports, the Saudi forensic doctor who allegedly dismembered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi's body served on the editorial board of a publication tied to King Fahd Security College


Then, the university said--and says--"Well, we're proud of what we do. We're improving the justice system of Saudi Arabia." And our response was "Well, what are the facts about this? What evidence? Have you been able to convince the Saudi government to give the remains of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr back to his family? They executed this peaceful activist at the beginning of 2016, and his body has not been returned. Have they canceled the sentence of a thousand lashes against Raif Badawi? What about the women, the women who had been for a long time trying to get the right to drive, these feminist activists? They're in jail. How is the Saudi justice system improved?"

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Oct 29th, 2018 at 07:10:48 PM EST
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