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NATO Article 5 has only been invoked once. This was in support of the US after 9/11.

How deeply ironic that the United States has been the sole country to have invoked Article 5 and had the member nations of NATO come stand shoulder to shoulder in support only to have now a President who verbally rejects Article 5 and uses as example his unwillingness to support Montenegro, a NATO member that Russia has been targeting.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/18/politics/montenegro-nato-article-5/index.html

Article 5 has only been invoked once, in support of the United States after the 9/11 attacks. This led to NATO's largest-ever military operation, in Afghanistan, where hundreds of thousands of Europeans and Canadians stood shoulder-to-shoulder with US troops and more than 1,000 paid the ultimate price," the NATO official told CNN.
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Trump, in an interview on Fox News, appeared to cast doubt on his willingness to defend the country, calling the people of Montenegro "strong" and "aggressive," suggesting that its aggressiveness could draw the US into World War III due to the NATO's mutual security clause enshrined in Article 5 of the NATO treaty. It deems an attack on one member of NATO an attack on all countries in the alliance.
Article 5 -- which is defensive -- aims to deter potential adversaries from attacking NATO members. During the Cold War, the main concern was the Soviet Union, but in recent years, Russia's aggressive actions in Eastern Europe have been the focus of attention. Ukraine and Georgia, the two countries Russia has invaded in the past decade, are not NATO members.
"Our collective defense clause, Article 5, is unconditional and iron-clad. It means that an attack on one is an attack on all. President Trump has made clear that the US is fully committed to NATO and our Alliance is stronger than ever," a NATO official told CNN.

"Hottest La Nina year to date on record"

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/13/heatwave-sees-record-high-temperatures-set-around-world-this-week


Record high temperatures have been set across much of the world this week as an unusually prolonged and broad heatwave intensifies concerns about climate change.

The past month has seen power shortages in California as record heat forced a surge of demand for air conditioners. Algeria has experienced the hottest temperature ever reliably registered in Africa. Britain, meanwhile, has experienced its third longest heatwave, melting the roof of a science building in Glasgow and exposing ancient hill forts in Wales.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said the rising temperatures were at odds with a global cyclical climate phenomena known as La Niña, which is usually associated with cooling.

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Globally, the warmest year on record was in 2016, boosted by the natural climate cycle El Niño. Last year, temperatures hit the highest level without that amplifying phenomenon. This year, at the other cooling end of the cycle, is continuing the overall upward trend.


Now, temperatures are increasingly high even in the ‘cooling’ phase of weather.
Bad, bad news.

Sketchy facial recognition studies and government intelligence - next stage for Russia and Cambridge

Analytical (whatever their new name is) and Trump campaign?

There’s an article today about Kosinski claiming that he can use facial recognition technology to identify sexual orientation and political ideology/affiliation. His claims are controversial, but Russian Intelligence was interested enough to fly him over for a presentation.

Kosinski is one of the scientists whose previous research was scooped up by Cambridge Analytica and used to manipulate voters in the Presidential election.

At the least, it looks like some kind of manipulation incorporating facial recognition tech might be on the horizon. At worst, imagine this technology and research ‘results’ being used to target people, based on their perceived orientation, politics, etc.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jul/07/artificial-intelligence-can-tell-your-sexuality-politics-surveillance-paul-lewis

Vladimir Putin was not in attendance, but his loyal lieutenants were. On 14 July last year, the Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, and several members of his cabinet convened in an office building on the outskirts of Moscow. On to the stage stepped a boyish-looking psychologist, Michal Kosinski, who had been flown from the city centre by helicopter to share his research. “There was Lavrov, in the first row,” he recalls several months later, referring to Russia’s foreign minister. “You know, a guy who starts wars and takes over countries.” Kosinski, a 36-year-old assistant professor of organisational behaviour at Stanford University, was flattered that the Russian cabinet would gather to listen to him talk. “Those guys strike me as one of the most competent and well-informed groups,” he tells me. “They did their homework. They read my stuff.”

Kosinski’s “stuff” includes groundbreaking research into technology, mass persuasion and artificial intelligence (AI) – research that inspired the creation of the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Five years ago, while a graduate student at Cambridge University, he showed how even benign activity on Facebook could reveal personality traits – a discovery that was later exploited by the data-analytics firm that helped put Donald Trump in the White House.

That would be enough to make Kosinski interesting to the Russian cabinet. But his audience would also have been intrigued by his work on the use of AI to detect psychological traits. Weeks after his trip to Moscow, Kosinski published a controversial paper in which he showed how face-analysing algorithms could distinguish between photographs of gay and straight people. As well as sexuality, he believes this technology could be used to detect emotions, IQ and even a predisposition to commit certain crimes. Kosinski has also used algorithms to distinguish between the faces of Republicans and Democrats, in an unpublished experiment he says was successful – although he admits the results can change “depending on whether I include beards or not”.

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In one of our final conversations, Kosinski tells me he shouldn’t have talked about his visit to Moscow, because his hosts asked him not to. It would not be “elegant” to mention it in the Guardian, he says, and besides, “it is an irrelevant fact”. I point out that he already left a fairly big clue on Facebook, where he posted an image of himself onboard a helicopter with the caption: “Taking off to give a talk for Prime Minister Medvedev.” He later changed his privacy settings: the photo was no longer public, but for “friends only”.

Seattle ICE lawyer facing prison time for stealing identities of would-be immigrants

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/seattle-ice-lawyer-facing-prison-time-for-stealing-identities-of-would-be-immigrants/

Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed to recommend a four-year prison sentence for the former chief attorney for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Seattle for stealing the identities of immigrants to defraud banks and credit-card companies.

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As the lead attorney responsible for providing ICE agents with legal counsel and overseeing deportation and asylum hearings in four states, the 44-year-old Sanchez “was entrusted with ensuring the honest enforcement” of the country’s immigration laws.

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Sanchez is the second Seattle-based ICE attorney to face legal trouble in recent years.

In April 2016, Jonathan Love, a former ICE prosecutor, was sentenced to 30 days in custody after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for forging a document to make it look like a Mexican citizen who wanted to stay in the U.S. was not eligible to do so. Love was an assistant chief counsel for ICE in Seattle before his resignation.


Talk about your pattern of criminal behavior.

Republican immigration overhaul fails in heavier than expected defeat

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/27/republican-immigration-overhaul-fails-in-heavier-than-expected-defeat


Republicans failed to pass immigration reform on Wednesday, despite party dominance in government and a president elected on his vision to crackdown on illegal immigration, narrow legal entry and build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

The measure fell short, as it was widely expected to do, but in a heavier than expected defeat, after repeated attempts to pass an overhaul of the immigration laws, despite a last minute intervention by Donald Trump:

Trump doubles down on rejecting due process

Trump repeats call to deport undocumented migrants without due process

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/25/trump-repeats-call-to-deprive-undocumented-migrants-due-process

Donald Trump on Monday again issued a call to deprive undocumented immigrants of their right to due process, arguing that people trying to cross the border should be summarily deported without a trial or an appearance before a judge.

Trump’s sustained attacks on the American judicial system come amid extraordinary condemnation of his administration’s zero-tolerance enforcement policy at the southern border, which led to more than 2,300 children being separated from their families in recent months. Trump last week was pressured into halting his administration’s practice of separating families, in an abrupt reversal that overruled the views of his hardline advisers.

“Hiring many thousands of judges, and going through a long and complicated legal process, is not the way to go – will always be disfunctional [sic]. People must simply be stopped at the Border and told they cannot come into the U.S. illegally,” Trump said via Twitter on Monday. “Children brought back to their country......”

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The statement, which is tantamount to a proposal for the suspension of law, compounds an already confusing situation as Republican lawmakers scrambled to build a consensus around immigration legislation, and federal agencies work to reunite migrant families separated under Trump’s policy, with many children now scattered across the US without their parents.

The numbers of children separated and reunited aren't adding up.

Anyone else notice that the numbers of children separated from parents don’t seem to be adding up?

Especially when compared to those supposedly reunited and what then would be the ones who are still being held alone.

From NPR last week:

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/19/621065383/what-we-know-family-separation-and-zero-tolerance-at-the-border

Since early May, 2,342 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southern U.S. border, according to the Department of Homeland Security, as part of a new immigration strategy by the Trump administration that has prompted widespread outcry.U.S. border, according to the Department of Homeland Security, as part of a new immigration strategy by the Trump administration that has prompted widespread outcry.


From NBC today:

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/immigration-border-crisis/where-s-my-kid-texas-border-desperate-parents-turn-attorneys-n886181

DHS said late Saturday that more than 2,000 children have been reunited with parents. More were expected before the weekend is up. Officials said Port Isabel would be its reunification center.


ARTIFACTS OF INJUSTICE: From Oppression to Resistance to Optimism

The Seattle Times has a pair of articles today about the importance of learning and acknowledging our history in the United States, especially how our history of slavery and the struggle for civil rights has shaped who we are as a people and nation.

The first article is about how and why a man in Seattle gathered an extraordinary collection of historical artifacts, in the effort “to preserve history that has been “very deliberately overlooked and very deliberately distorted.”

Coopersmith began collecting in the 1970s because, “growing up in Washington, D.C., I witnessed history and I saw people struggle over that story.” He saw there was history behind the political and social conflicts of the 1960s and ’70s. “I knew that this story wasn’t really being told because I could see it.” He collected both items associated with famous people and those not.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/seattle-man-collects-thousands-of-rare-artifacts-that-reveal-americas-past-and-present-and-how-little-we-know/

Here in Seattle, attorney Jeffrey Coopersmith has spent five decades collecting thousands of items that trace American history from colonial times through Barack Obama’s presidency.

The artifacts spotlight women’s suffrage, Japanese-American internment, and the anti-Chinese immigrant fervor that led to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. But the great majority focus on slavery and the oppression and resistance that followed.

“Too many people do not appreciate how central this story is to our success and our flaws as a country,” Coopersmith said. “It was not a side story. It was the story.”


The second article shows some of the artifacts, arranged into the categories of Oppression, Resistance and Optimism. These images are moving, in ways ranging from horrific to hopeful. Given our current immersion into yet another cycle of hate and struggle to overcome it, I think viewing these and fully acknowledging our past and envisioning our future is more important than ever.

https://projects.seattletimes.com/2018/artifacts-of-injustice/

One image that especially stood out for me is the picture of two brothers who volunteered for the Union army.

The larger image is of two brothers who have signed up to fight in the Civil War with the United States Colored Troops, or USCT, a volunteer regiment out of Connecticut. “You can see in their eyes, both the fear and the hope, and they’re holding each other’s hands. It’s just a very emotional, moving moment that shows that, yes, they’re proud to be in their uniforms, but they’re scared, as they should be. It’s the real human face of the war, and we imagine that the cause meant so much to them to fight for their freedom.” It’s unknown what happened to them afterward.


People seeking asylum keep better track of themselves than the US Gov't does after imprisoning them

This is from a live blog The Guardian is running today, so if you click on the link, you’ll need to scroll down to see this item. Much more there that is worthwhile to see.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2018/jun/22/trump-family-separation-crisis-immigration-border

Despite the large numbers of people from Central America waiting at the US border in Tijuana, Mexico, the scene is remarkably ordered and cooperative.

The people are initially strangers to each other, brought together in an alien location.

It’s not risk-free at the shelters and while lining up at the border, but the atmosphere is largely one of stoicism and mutual assistance. As well as an informal numbered ticketing system for the queue, devised by migrants themselves, those waiting put themselves forward as volunteers to manage the list of names seeking asylum. On Friday morning, a Honduran man was looking after the list and he was ready to hand over to someone else when his turn came to get ready to cross the border.

So, far from a Lord of the Flies-type breakdown in social order, as you might expect if you only listened to Donald Trump’s name-calling and aspersion-casting, these would-be immigrants are more inclined to help one another as they wait and hope to escape from dire straits.

Pramila Jayapal "We cannot let up until we have a humane system in place."

She nails it on all counts.

https://twitter.com/RepJayapal/status/1009562047225290752
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