March 13, 2017

Wikileaks claims CIA leaker “told the organization that there are policy questions in urgent need of public debate” such as “whether the CIA’s hacking capabilities exceed its mandated powers” and the “problem of public oversight of the agency”.   http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/nation_world/who-and-why-twin-mysteries-behind-leak-of-cia-s/article_7cd541b6-67c9-521e-b8f6-f3f5e64849ff.html

Policy analysts say 6 to 15 million Americans could lose their health insurance under Trumpcare. “Depending on which outside analyst you ask, between 6 million and 15 million people would probably lose insurance coverage if the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act passes Congress and is signed into law.”   http://www.denverpost.com/2017/03/12/republican-push-american-health-care-act/

Surveillance video reportedly shows Michael Brown in same Ferguson convenience store he allegedly robbed, but earlier that day, possibly making a deal for the cigarillos that were later reportedly stolen.   http://www.bet.com/news/national/2017/03/12/new-michael-brown-footage.html

Muslims in 85 U.S. cities hold “Meet a Muslim” encounters. “…a Pew Research Center survey found that 62 percent of Americans had never met a Muslim. “We want to change that… People fear what they don’t know.”   http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/03/meet_a_muslim_effort_meets_dow.html

Republican House member urges colleagues not to scrap Obamacare. “I’m afraid that if they vote for this bill, they’re going to put the House majority at risk next year.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tom-cotton-obamacare-bill-majority_us_58c558e0e4b0ed71826d31bd

Italian band bound for SXSW music festival reportedly questioned for 4 hours, handcuffed, jailed overnight and deported because they lacked proper visas. When Homeland Security officials were asked “whether the use of prison cells and handcuffs is standard operating procedure for musicians arriving without a proper visa”, the agency responded, “…it is standard procedure for any traveler who is deemed inadmissible and is awaiting return travel to be taken to a detention center until return travel is available.”   http://www.fox25boston.com/news/sxswbound-italian-band-soviet-soviet-denied-entry-to-us-jailed-and-deported/501673957

Republican Congressman Steve King reportedly tweets approval for Dutch anti-immigration politician: “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/12/steve-king-iowa-congressman-geert-wilders-immigration

More than 650 children reportedly killed in Syria in 2016. “There was no letup to attacks on schools, hospitals, playgrounds, parks and homes last year as the Syrian government, its opponents and the allies of both sides showed callous disregard for the laws of war.”   http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/syria-children-death-toll-unicef-1.4022119

Chinese court and law enforcement officials say prosecuting human rights activists was one of their key achievements. “Zhou and Hu were among 300 (human) rights lawyers and activists arrested or interrogated in a sweeping crackdown that began on July 9, 2015.”   http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2078167/chinas-top-courts-list-jailing-rights-activists-their

Police in Rotterdam, Netherlands violently disperse pro-Erdogan Turkish protesters. “Several demonstrators were beaten by police with batons.”   http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Dutch-riot-police-break-up-pro-Erdogan-demonstration-as-Turkey-vows-retaliation-483942

Trump’s taste in interiors is “dictator chic” says author. “A design expert says that anyone who is bewildered by the origins of Pres. Donald Trump’s over-the-top, gold-plated aesthetic need look no further than the palaces of Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi and the Philippines’ Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/dictator-chic-donald-trumps-over-the-top-style-has-a-name-and-hes-not-going-to-like-it/

Fired federal prosecutor Bharara was reportedly “…investigating accusations that (Fox News) spied on and surveilled its employees and that (Roger) Ailes failed to disclose to shareholders that the company was paying millions of dollars to multiple women to keep them silent about… on-the-job sexual harassment.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/fired-us-attorney-bharara-was-pursuing-multiple-investigations-against-fox-news/

U.S. reportedly asks Cambodia to repay loan made to 70’s U.S. puppet government. “…(Prime Minister) Hun Sen said the money his country owed the US was incurred by the Lon Nol government that came to power in a 1970 coup backed by Washington, and that it was spent on arms used against the Cambodian people.”   http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-12/cambodia-us-debt-arrangement-slammed-by-former-ambassador/8347120   I suggest Cambodia send Washington a bill for the destruction caused by the U.S. bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War.

South Sudan accused of charging aid workers up to $10,000 for visas. “The government measure, announced on March 2, would increase work permit fees for foreign workers from the $100-$300 range to between $1,000 and $10,000 per year, depending on the qualifications of the worker.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/south-sudan-profit-crisis-10-000-visas-aid-151830861.html

 

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March 13, 2017

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