- Syria has praised the latest deal between US and Russia about removing chemical weapons. “The US-Russia deal on Syria’s chemical weapons is a ‘victory’ that averts war, a Syrian minister says.”
- Meanwhile, Kerry states that the “threat of force is real.” Did Kissinger tell you that? Did he talk about his old war crimes stories?
- Didn’t we know this? Report states half of Syrian rebels are hardline jihadists or al-Qaeda operatives.
- John McCain now appears on a Russian TV show about Syria. McCain enjoying new celebrity status. Now about his 24/7 job…
- “According to a top Honduran government commission, only 30 percent of the police are currently ‘rescuable’.” That hasn’t stopped the Obama Administration from pouring funds into one of the most corrupt insitutions in Honduras: the military.
- The Neo-Nazi group, Golden Dawn, has attacked 30 Communists from the KKE in Greece, after they were placing posters up in the town. Police set to investigate, though 50% voted for Golden Dawn, so there’s that.
- It’s neo-liberalism at its finest: UK to privatize its postal service. “Britain embarked on its largest privatisation in decades on Thursday as the government unveiled plans to sell the majority of the near 500-year-old, state-owned Royal Mail postal service.”
- Hold on to your seats. Greek generic drugs cost a whopping 880% more than the same in Sweden.
- Iran and US will probably (oh, it’s a definitely if they keep saying “probably”) meet during Rouhani’s visit to the UN next week . Historic talks if it does occur.
- Wave of bombings have killed 53 in Iraq. Reminds me that we still have something to do…is it fix Iraq? Nah! I’m sure it’s something about Syria!
- China wants private funds from banks to avoid a bailout.
- Unions are now in conflict with the Obama Administration over ACA concerns. “Earlier this week, AFL-CIO members passed a resolution calling for significant changes to the healthcare law, stopping short of asking for its repeal, but exposing the rift between the labor movement and the Obama administration.”
- When the referee is frisking you on the field, it’s time to reconsider if he is a referee. Dave Zirin reports how NYPD uses sports as surveillance.
- How the NSA uses “geeks” for its advantage as if they were free agents for a sports game.
- “During the speech, he specifically defended Section 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA), which provides the legal basis for the PRISM program. In doing so, Hayden claimed “Gmail is the preferred Internet service provider of terrorists worldwide,” presumably meaning online service rather than the actual provider of Internet service. He added: “I don’t think you’re going to see that in a Google commercial, but it’s free, it’s ubiquitous, so of course it is.” How a former NSA and CIA director wishes for militarization of the web.
- Inside the mind of NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander by Glenn Greenwald.
- A government standard agency “strongly” suggests dropping its own encryption standard. “Following revelations about the NSA’s covert influence on computer security standards, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, announced earlier this week it is revisiting some of its encryption standards.”
- What? Is this the 1960s but with class politics? “A New York City developer has broken ground on a midtown luxury tower that reportedly plans to separate potential tenants based on their income, going so far as to segregate occupants via drastically different entrances and exits.”
- NYPD officers shoot two women after a disturbed individual “shot” them with his pretend gun (i.e. finger). The individual was tasered.
-Meanwhile, officers may have killed an individual running to them for help in North Carolina
- While everyone is talking about the politics of de Blasio, Jacksonville, Mississippi has elected an actual radical as mayor.
- Meanwhile, de Blasio supports removing Kelly…for someone who supports stop and frisk even more.
The War on Women
- Powerful article on a journalist’s reflection on the Indian rape case: “Recently, I stood by the Flora Fountain in Mumbai, India, along with my fraternity in the field of journalism. Feeling angry and almost helpless that five men had raped a young photojournalist, we’d scribbled onto large paper sheets: “City of shame! Photojournalist gang-raped!” and “Mumbai becomes India’s new rape capital. We demand safety and security for all.” One poster was even bolder in its simplicity: “A woman brought us into this world. How can we disrespect another?””
- “Did you feel like a ho?” Questions stated by the defense and more in this article about the Naval Academy rape case where football players assaulted a young woman.
- Outrage over rape of 5 year old in Pakistan. Rape culture exists and it is strong.
- This is troubling. Our hearts goes out to those in Colorado. Eight reported dead and 800 reported missing as floods in Boulder, Colorado continue strong.
- One of these things is not like the others. One of these things do not belong. TIME has done it again!
- “Blurred Lines” banned by University. High-fives!