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That time when Wikileaks met with Assad

WikiLeaks party meeting with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad condemned by Federal Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has condemned the WikiLeaks party for sending a delegation to meet with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian president released a Twitter photo on December 23 appearing to show the meeting.

The WikiLeaks delegation reportedly included John Shipton, the father of founder Julian Assange, who is currently the chairman of the WikiLeaks party. Ms Bishop said WikiLeaks' actions were "excessively reckless" and risked involving Australia in the conflict.

"It's an extraordinarily reckless thing for an organisation registered as a political party in Australia to try and insert itself in the appalling conflict in Syria for their own political ends," he said.

"It's certainly counter-productive. It is not in support of the sanctions regime that Australia has in place, in fact it risks undermining the sanctions regime we have in place, and it risks aligning Australia with one side of the conflict in Syria, which is something we would not do."

In a statement posted on the WikiLeaks party website in the lead up to the meeting, a spokesman said the aim of the trip was to show solidarity with the Syrian people and to voice its opposition to western military intervention.


Along with Ukraine and the TPP, it's interesting how many of Wikileak's goals align perfectly with Moscow's...


Swarm of bees completely covers police patrol car after honey truck overturns


200 Syrians, Afghans clash in German refugee centre riot

Source: France24/AFP


Some 200 Syrian and Afghan refugees clashed in a crowded German refugee centre in Hamburg overnight, leaving several people injured in the third such riot this week, police said Thursday.

Fifty police were called in to contain the mass brawl, which broke out in an argument in a shower block, local newspaper the Morgenpost reported.

The two groups attacked each other with iron bars and furniture and by hurling rocks, reported the daily and DPA news agency, citing emergency personnel in the northern river port city.

Police said several people were wounded, and several arrested, without providing figures. Germany is Europe's top destination for people fleeing war and misery from conflict zones and poverty-stricken countries and expects up to one million newcomers this year.

Read more: http://www.france24.com/en/20151001-200-syrians-afghans-clash-german-refugee-centre-riot?ns_campaign=reseaux_sociaux&ns_source=twitter&ns_mchannel=social&ns_linkname=editorial&aef_campaign_ref=partage_aef&aef_campaign_date=2015-10-01&dlvrit=66745

The Donald Trump - Roger Stone show: Birth Harder

Every time Donald Trump steps in another pile of crazy racist conspiracy dogshit, the sane-and-happy demographic throws up its hands and asks, “Does he really believe what he’s saying? He can’t be serious!”

The answer is that it depends what you mean by “serious.” If you’re trying to get inside his mind like an armchair Freud, then good luck with that. But if you mean “politically serious” then it’s easier to answer.

“Yes” is the answer to that trick question, by the way—because Trump is an opportunist. And Islamophobia, Mexican- bashing and conspiracy-mongering are all yuuuge underexploited opportunities in the Republican primaries.

All this came up in a conversation I had recently with an old friend of mine who asked me what role Trump’s longtime partner-in-political-crime Roger Stone played in 2011, when Trump came out of nowhere to lead the Birther movement. It’s a good question to ask, because until Trump’s late conversion to Birtherism, he was mostly known as a kind of “liberal Republican” jerk, rather than a fringe-right Republican jerk.

As it turns out, a look back at the 2011 record shows that Trump’s lobbyist/political adviser/dirty trickster, Roger Stone, was all over The Donald’s Birther conversion. Which shouldn’t be a surprise.


LOL at Greenwald's bullshit defense of Palin... I present your journalistic hero, ladies and gentlemen!

I'm only a decade late in my prediction...


Ecuador’s President Used Millions Of Dollars Of Public Funds To Censor Critical Online Videos

The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, used millions of dollars from his country’s intelligence budget to hire a foreign company to remove a documentary and other information critical of him or his wife from the internet, leaked documents show.

The records, seen by BuzzFeed News, show that at least one contract, for just under $4.7 million, was signed with a Mexican company that then successfully removed material from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and Dailymotion. Videos removed by the company, which filed weekly reports on successful deletions, included a critical documentary by filmmaker Santiago Villa, an electoral broadcast from a rival accusing Correa of behaving like a dictator, a video from a former aide to Correa’s wife alleging persecution, and a report of a jailbreak from Ecuador’s highest-security prison.

The new information adds to mounting international concern about censorship and press freedom under Correa. It also raises questions as to whether the Ecuadorian intelligence agency’s use of contractors to monitor and remove criticisms violates free expression and privacy protections in the country’s constitution. Earlier this month the last remaining free expression charity in Ecuador was ordered by the government to close down, despite recording more than 600 attacks against journalists in four years. Amnesty International at the time accused Correa, who has led Ecuador since 2007, of restricting “core human rights of freedoms of assembly, association and expression in Ecuador”.

The country, which has provided asylum in its London embassy to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange since 2012, has also been criticised for its surveillance practices, including a bulk system to intercept and potentially modify text messages.


Race Is Always the Issue

Every conversation about resources in the United States is also about race and racism. Like parents choosing a neighborhood for its “good schools,” Americans talk about prison and crime as a means of discussing race and racism in polite company.

One needn’t hate Hispanics to choose a school system with no Hispanics. One need not say that black people are violent apes to call the police when an injured human being who happens to be black knocks on your door for help. Freedom—from being stopped and frisked; from predatory criminal justice fines; from cells—is arguably the resource from which every other resource flows: education, marriage, income, wealth, happiness, actualization. In “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a decoder ring for the language of criminality, revealing that it rests on the idea that America can only be great so long as America is fundamentally white.
The Age of Mass Incarceration
More from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s October cover story
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The articulation of America’s greatness is rarely as strong as when the country is preparing to elect its next leader. If nothing else, the political class generates tons of text and ideas for ordinary readers to parse. Coates parses the ideology of white racism in crime policy and rhetoric from the Fugitive Slave Clause through Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and on to Bernie Sanders. The occasion is the 50th anniversary of Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report, “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action.”

During my doctoral training, Moynihan was offered as a cautionary tale to young academics. Moynihan, they said, dared to tell the truth about the culture of poverty in black communities. As a result, the liberal elite and angry black-activist oligarchy ran him out of society’s good graces, if not exactly out of town. We were warned against dabbling in social prescriptions: “Look what they did to Moynihan!”


Back after a three-week exile...

I'm rested, I'm ready, and I'm itching for revenge...

So -- Did I miss anything interesting during my absence? Somebody get me up to speed...

(btw the Mets magic number is now 9. Chew on that!)

OK... Which one of you is this in the mugshot?

Conn. woman arrested after allegedly keying misspelled word into cars

Her victims got the last laugh.

A vengeful Connecticut woman was busted for allegedly keying two cars with the word "wore."

It was apparently a failed attempt at spelling "whore."

Shannon Csapilla, 20, bit back at critics via Instagram Tuesday posting, "Don't worry, I'm not an English major" while acknowledging that what she did "wasn't okay."

After keying the cars and slashing their tires, Stamford police say Csapilla sent the owners, identified as an ex-boyfriend and a friend, harassing text messages, WTNH reported.

Some of the texts allegedly admitted to causing the damage which was apparently in revenge for a relationship she suspected the couple was having, police said.

Csapilla was called into the police department for questioning and on her way out allegedly sent a boastful Snapchat message to a friend reading, "Stamford police have nothing on me."


Interesting immigration graphic (top sources excluding Mexico)



(I can't make out what Rhode Island is supposed to be...)
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