Reader’s Links, May 9, 2018

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    • Dealing with North Korea is like negotiating with Lucifer

      Except that Lucifer is more trustworthy and reliable.

      • Yup, the disciple is trying to outdo the master.

        Check out the two podcasts by China Uncensored/China unscripted

  1. Argentina Will SELL OFF Nation’s Assets Just Like In Greece! IMF Bailout Terms Will Force Them To!

  2. BRUSSELS (AP) — A small blast caused a brief panic at the busy Brussels Midi train station and forced two platforms to close.
    Reports said that people started fleeing part of the station after hearing a loud noise Wednesday afternoon. The railway company said police immediately arrived at the scene and closed off part of the building for further checks.

    No injuries were reported. It was not immediately known what caused the blast.

  3. Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden credits waterboarding for ‘delivering special operators to the terrorist’s home’
    Rob O’Neill credited waterboarding for leading forces to Osama bin Laden
    His tweet came during a debate about President Donald Trump’s nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel, and whether or not torture works
    Haspel says she doesn’t believe torture works, but Trump has said he supports subjecting terror suspects to interrogation tactics like waterboarding
    O’Neill is the former Navy SEAL who was part of SEAL Team Six that stormed Bin Laden’s secret Pakistan compound on May 2011, killing the Al Qaeda leader
    He also took part in the mission to rescue the crew of the Mearsk Alabama, after they were taken hostage by Somali pirates in 2009

  4. The Battle Of Ideas Is Going Too Far

    A couple of months ago, Marriott fired Roy Jones, a 49-year-old social-media manager. His offense? He liked a tweet praising Marriott for listing Tibet as a country, rather than as a part of China. The Chinese government objected, and soon Jones was gone. (Marriott said its own listing of Tibet as a country was a mistake, but its mistake was not enough to save Jones’ job. Neither was the fact that Twitter is banned in China, so most citizens can’t access it.)

    China’s government is notoriously touchy; it doesn’t like Winnie the Pooh, whom it thinks looks too much like Chinese President Xi Jinping. It also is hyper-vigilant about those things it finds offensive. In a column for The Washington Post, Josh Rogin quotes Katrina Lantos Swett, head of a human-rights group, who says “China is not content with censoring and controlling its own citizens. It is using the immense power of its financial resources in every country in the world.”

    That includes the U.S., where major corporations such as Apple are cooperating with Chinese censors to control what Chinese citizens can see.

    • What are prospects for long-term peace in Korean peninsula?

      This depends on how macho China is feeling.

  5. Arab Index: 74% of Arabs support establishment of democratic regime in their countries (memo, May 10, 2018)

    “The results of the survey conducted by the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies showed that 74 per cent of the respondents in 11 Arab countries support democracy, compared to 16 per cent of the respondents who reject the establishment of democracy in their countries.

    These results were announced at a press conference, on Wednesday at the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, to launch the 2018 Arab Index survey.

    The Arab Index surveyed 18,830 citizens in Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait between December 2017 and April 2018.

    The survey was carried out by 865 researchers. It took about 45,000 hours to be conducted and the field researchers walked more than 700,000 km to reach areas that appeared in the sample throughout the Arab world.

    The sixth edition of this survey is the largest public opinion poll in the Arab region, whether in terms of the sample size, the number of the included countries or its axes.”

  6. Discrimination Against Migrants Persists in Morocco: Report (moroccoworldnews, May 9, 2018)

    “Citizens and migrants alike continue to experience discrimination in Morocco, according to a recent report carried out by a civil council, composed of 13 Moroccan associations, dedicated to countering all forms of discrimination practised in the country.

    Despite the 2011 Constitution’s protections, the report reveals that discriminatory violations based on gender, color, race, sexuality, disability, and social situation is still prevalent in many regions of the kingdom.

    The report reveals that stereotypes continue to hamper social progress as immigrants in Morocco, falsely perceived by some to be uneducated or unstable, face continued collective discrimination.

    Drawing from migrant testimonies, including those of the Anti-racist Group in Defense of Migrants and Foreigners (GADEM) and the Lumière Association on Immigration in Morocco (ALCEMA). the report maintains that 92 percent of immigrants have been subjected to racism, 23 percent of whom asserted that their skin color was the main reason they were attacked in a public space, while 13 percent believed religion was the primary factor.

    The report suggests that violence and discrimination triggers insecurity among those subjected to it and hinders Morocco’s social integration.

    ALCEMA reveals that discrimination against women housekeepers is also on the increase, adding that foreign women domestic workers are the most vulnerable to this kind of discrimination.

    The same source states that discrimination against children is taken for granted; many children born to single mothers cannot obtain identity documents, due to their mothers fear of societal judgment and punishment by law since Article 490 of the Penal Code criminalizes sexual intercourse outside of wedlock.

    Another widely practiced form of discrimination is based on sexual orientation.

    Same-sex relations are punishable by law according to Articles 483, 489, 490 and 491 of the Penal Code.

    “These people are discriminated against because of their sexual identities and self-expression,” the report emphasized, adding that they are also deprived of other fundamental rights like healthcare, education, employment, and social security.

    The civil council is composed of the following organizations: Colombe Blanche Association for People of Special Needs (ACB), Hasnouna Association for the Support of Drug Users (AHSUD), Youth Association (AJJ), Anti-racist Group in Defense of Migrants and Foreigners (GADEM), the Lumière Association on Immigration in Morocco (ALCEMA), Alternative Citizens Movement (ALCI), Anir Association, Thissaghnasse Association for Culture and Development (Asticude), Aswat Association Against Discrimination Based on Sexuality and Gender Identities (ASWAT), Protection of Women’s Rights Initiative (IPDF), Prometheus Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IPDDH), Young Women for Democracy (JPD), and Oasis Verte for Development and Democracy (OVDD).”

  7. New Developments On Inspector General’s Report Of Comey’s FBI

    On Wednesday, CNN law enforcement analyst and retired FBI supervisory special agent James A. Gagliano revealed new insight into the Justice Department’s Inspector General report that is expected to be released in the near future, saying it is even worse than expected, according to his sources.

    Gagliano tweeted: “Sources with knowledge of the impending DOJ Inspector General Report confirm that it will be a fairly damning indictment of FBI’s seventh floor during the Comey era. ‘It’s worse than expected,’ seems to be the consistent theme …”

    The Washington Times notes that the “‘7th floor’ at the FBI refers to the most senior agents at the bureau including (at the time) FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.”

    Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz already released a damning report on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whom Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired in March, accusing him of “lacking candor” on four different occasions and sending a criminal referral recommending that he be prosecuted to the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C.

    Although Horowitz’s major report on the FBI’s actions during the 2016 elections is expected to be released in the near future, his anticipated testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee, which was supposed to happen yesterday, was postponed after new leads emerged in his review of the criminal investigation into former Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
    DOJ invites Nunes for classified briefing over Russia documents

    Lou Dobbs + Jim Jordan

  8. ‘EXPLOSIONS’ heard in Indonesian jail where prisoners KILLED five police officers (express, May 10, 2018)

    “EXPLOSIONS have been heard in an Indonesian jail where Islamist prisoners killed five police officers, witnesses have claimed.

    A riot at a detention centre near the country’s capital, Jakarta, left five officers and one prisoner dead on Wednesday.

    Another officer was also held hostage during the incident.

    Indonesia police have resolved the crisis at the high-security prison.

    It is understood that nearly all the convicted terrorist involved in the event have surrendered…”

  9. Turkish Prosecutors Seek 55,000 Years in Prison for Alleged Coup Conspirators (sputniknews, May 10, 2018)

    “Turkish prosecutor Bulent Karakus called Wednesday for multiple life sentences, totaling some 55,880 years in prison, to be handed down to senior members of a group suspected of orchestrating the 2016 coup attempt in the country.

    The trial, the first in a series of what will be many trials of individuals accused of taking part in the attempted coup in July 2016, is underway at the 17th Heavy Penal Court in the Turkish capital of Ankara. Karakus recommended 252 aggravated life sentences for 37 of the 224 defendants grouped together in the first round of trials over the coup. According to AFP, it’s not uncommon for serious criminals to receive multiple life sentences in Turkey.

    This first trial group is considered to be the most significant of the many that will follow across the country. Tens of thousands could face prison time for their alleged roles in the coup attempt.

    An “aggravated” life sentence is different from a typical one and requires harsher detention conditions than a regular life sentence. The sentence was introduced after Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2004, although Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has floated bringing capital punishment back for those who were involved in the coup.

    Reportedly, the prosecutor also demanded one collection of defendants face an additional 55,880 years in prison, although the figures are disputed. According to Hürriyet, Turkey’s most-circulated newspaper, the 55,880-year recommendation was in regards to 12 people with suspected links to US-based Turkish preacher Fetullah Gulen, who the government has accused of orchestrating the coup. The pro-government Daily Sabah newspaper says, however, that the prosecutor requested 56,000 additional years in total for 37 of the defendants.

    AFP reported that the Dogan News Agency described the sentencing recommendations as a “record” in Turkey if the judge follows suit…”

  10. CBC – Seeing Fatima | Wearing the niqab when the law doesn’t want you to

    Fatima Ahmad started wearing a niqab a year and a half ago. The 21-year-old was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and is currently studying to become a teacher at McGill University.

    Fatima’s life changed significantly when the Quebec government passed Bill 62, a law forbidding anyone from giving or receiving public services if their face is covered. She was part of a group that challenged the bill in court.

    Fatima’s story is part of a series about young Canadians going through major life transitions.

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