News Items – 02.26.17

The Guardian: “The East India Company: The original corporate raiders

Should the Palestinians seek justice at the International Criminal Court?,” by Richard Falk — Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law and Practice and Professor Emeritus of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University; former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestine; former professor at the Universities of Harvard and Ohio State; and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

New Scientist: “Revealed: Google AI has access to huge haul of NHS patient data

NATO STRATCOM: “Countering propaganda: NATO spearheads use of behavioural change science

Motherboard: “The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

Fortune: “Advertising Boycott of Breitbart News Appears to Be Growing

Study: “The relationship between physical aggression, foreign policy and moral choices: Phenotypic and genetic findings.

Times of India: “HSBC discloses tax evasion probes in India, other countries

Jonathan Albright — professor/researcher of news/journalism at Elon University:

FakeTube: AI-Generated News on YouTube

Left + Right: The Combined Post-#Election2016 News ‘Ecosystem’

The #Election2016 Micro-Propaganda Machine

What’s Missing From The Trump Election Equation? Let’s Start With Military-Grade PsyOps

Here’s an Al Jazeera show about how Muslims are raising money for a recently desecrated Jewish cemetery, and here’s a feature documentary by Srecko Horvat called “The Business of Colonization.”

Juan Cole — Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan:

‘Get out of my Country!’ White Terrorist Shoots Asian-American Engineers in Wake of Trump Visa Ban

Buyers’ Remorse: Americans think Trump is bad at almost Everything

Should Bannon Resign? He and Milo Fake-Newsed Hillary as Pedophile

More outside links linked-to in the articles by Juan Cole:

The Globe and Mail, 2016: “Sweden’s rape crisis isn’t what it seems

The Independent, 2016: “Cologne sex assaults: Muslim rape myths fit a neo-Nazi agenda

Study: “Crime as a Price of Inequality?: The Gap in Registered Crime between Childhood Immigrants, Children of Immigrants and Children of Native Swedes,” by Martin Hällsten (Stockholm University), et al. in the British Journal of Criminology, 2013:

“We examine the gap in registered crime between the children of immigrants and the children of native Swedes. … In addition, we tentatively examine the role of co-nationality or culture by comparing the crime rates of randomly chosen pairs of individuals originating from the same country. We find only a small correlation in the crime of individuals who share the same origin, indicating that culture is unlikely to be a strong cause of crime among immigrants.”

Where Does Fear of Refugees Come From?: What false stories say about true concerns in Europe,” by the Atlantic:

“Recent numbers from Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Agency (BKA) suggest that the influx of refugees into the country this fall had a low impact on crime numbers relative to the natural uptick that would happen with any population increase: Although the number of refugees in the country increased by 440% between 2014 and 2015, the number of crimes committed by refugees only increased by 79%. (The number of crimes against refugees increased as well.) Furthermore, according to Deutsche Welle’s analysis of the report, the number of offenses increased in the first half of 2015 but ‘stagnated’ in the second half, precisely when most of the refugees were arriving and the rumor mill switched into overdrive. And although sexual offenses account for over 25% of the rumors on the Hoaxmap, the BKA data showed that only 1 percent of refugee-related crimes fell into the sexual offense category.”

Report: Refugee-related crimes in Germany increase less than influx of asylum seekers,” by Deutsche Welle:

“Citing the latest findings from Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Agency (BKA), on Wednesday the newspaper ‘Bild’ reported that between 2014 and 2015, the number of crimes committed by refugees increased by 79%. Over the same period, however, the number of refugees in Germany increased by 440%. The classified BKA report found that the ‘vast majority of asylum-seekers [commit] no offenses.’ Although the number of offenses initially increased significantly in the first half of 2015, the number of crimes in the second half of the year stagnated, the document added. It was in the second half of 2015, however, that most refugees arrived in Germany. According to the report, 32 percent of the 208,344 crimes linked to refugees involved asset or fraud offenses, while theft accounted for another 33 percent. The proportion of sexual offenses made up less than 1 percent of refugee-related crimes, with 1,688 cases of sexual assault, including 458 cases of rape or sexual coercion. According to the latest available figures, there were nearly 47,000 sexual offenses in Germany in 2014.”

RISK” is a 6-hour documentary by VICE about indigenous struggles and their correlated histories in the United States and Canada. “Cut-Off” is another one by VICE on somewhat of the same topic. “Choke” is again on the same topic but as a short animated film.

The Guardian, 2004: “Bush told he is playing into Bin Laden’s hands

ABC, 2007: “Bin Laden wanted US to invade Iraq, author says

Beyond Trump: Rebooting the System from inside the Death Machine,” by Nafeez Ahmed — Visiting Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University; former advisor to the 9/11 Commission, British Foreign Office, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and the UK Defence Academy; former professor of politics and history at the University of Sussex; and founder of Insurge Intelligence and the Institute for Policy and Research Development:

“We previously exposed the fact that President Donald Trump is fighting a war to protect the establishment from itself, and the rest of us. Now here’s what we do about it. We’re all feeling it. A sense that, in the Age of Trump, something fundamental has shifted. You feel like you’re going insane. Like everyday brings with it a new battle, a fresh sense of feeling deluged with new, alarming information, the constant experience of being overwhelmed. In such circumstances it’s not unusual to feel a combination of outrage, resignation, despondency and despair, mingled with internal efforts to re-ignite a sense of pragmatic hope. But as we begin to develop a systemic, structural and holistic diagnosis of the current moment, doing so opens up greater insight into the possibilities for renewal and revitalization. To do this, we will deploy a journalistic methodology co-designed in partnership by INSURGE and EXILE. Our approach is an adaptation of the principles of Euclidian geometry, using an analytical framework based on establishing axioms, which we use to explore further postulates, derive meaningful conclusions, and imagine possible scenarios — in a way that allows us to bypass dogmatic polarity, and contribute to a generative dialogue that can advance actionable knowledge. In How the Trump regime was manufactured by a war inside the Deep State, we set out a systems analysis of how we got to where we are now, giving us insight into how a global systemic crisis threshold has ushered in a conflict at the heart of power. To explore how we can respond meaningfully to this moment of crisis, we will draw on this and previous work to provide a snapshot diagnosing the fundamental contours of the crisis. This will provide the groundwork to see the crisis for what it is: an act of war on Planet Earth, on all of life, on all of us. Seeing the crisis for what it is, clarifies in a way that is often eclipsed in the everyday what’s really at stake. And this in turn opens us to seeing the possibilities for action, by unmasking the most fundamental obstacle to change: the illusion of our powerlessness, and the mechanisms by which this illusion is perpetuated to ensure the peoples’ silence, fear, apathy and disunity.”

Here are news items and interviews by Democracy Now:

Here are the last three daily shows.

John Dean: The Difference Between Trump & Nixon is Trump Says Publicly What Nixon Said on Wiretap

We Have to Keep Fighting: Water Protectors Vow Continued Resistance to #DAPL as Main Camp Is Evicted

From Standing Rock to the Red Power Movement: New Series ‘RISE’ Focuses on Indigenous Resistance

North Dakota: Police Raid Pipeline Resistance Camps, Arresting 33

Justice Department to Reverse Obama’s Hands-Off Policy on Marijuana

Pentagon Plan Would Extend U.S. Troop Deployment in Iraq Indefinitely

Japan: Okinawan Activist Opposed to U.S. Military Base Denied Bail

Trump Administration Rescinds Protections for Transgender Students

Mexican Man Commits Suicide Minutes After His Deportation from U.S.

Texas: ICE Removes Woman with Brain Tumor from Hospital

Supreme Court Halts Execution of Texas Prisoner, Citing Racism

Anaheim, California: Off-Duty Officer Fires Pistol Near 13-Year-Old

U.N. Requests $5.6 Billion in Aid to Prevent Famine for 20 Million

White House Tries to Shield Top CIA Official from Torture Testimony

Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy: the many myths of Vladimir Putin,” by The Guardian: “Taken together, they tell us as much about ourselves as about Putin. They paint a portrait of an intellectual class – our own – on the brink of a nervous breakdown. But let’s take them in order.”

Australian children’s author Mem Fox detained by US border control: ‘I sobbed like a baby,’” by The Guardian: “Fox said she was questioned over her visa, despite having travelled to America 116 times before without incident.”

Here are two short films from Field of Vision, founded by Laura Poitras as a spin-off from The Intercept: “Trump’s Lobby” – “Relatively Free

Deepa Kumar — associate professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University: “Gender, Sexuality, and Empire: Imperialist Feminism in Culture

And here’s a documentary suggestion from here: “Reel Bad Arabs

Why We Must Oppose the Kremlin-Baiting Against Trump,” by Stephen Cohen — professor emeritus of Russian history/studies at Princeton University and New York University.

Scout: “The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine

The Economist: “The role of technology in the presidential election

Psychology Today: “Mind control: Neuroscience in marketing

University of Sheffield: “The Invisible Government: Edward Bernays, Public Relations and Propaganda


Wary of Trump unpredictability, China ramps up naval abilities

Iran holds naval war games amid rising tensions with U.S.

Transgender teenage wrestler wins Texas state championship

CBC: “Scrap safe country pact with U.S., advocates and professors urge Ottawa”

Harvard University on the effects of Trump’s immigration ban:

“Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program has released a report on the effects of President Trump’s executive orders on people seeking asylum protection in the United States under long-standing provisions of U.S. and international law, including refugee law and the Convention Against Torture. In the wake of the executive orders, media attention has focused largely on the travel ban involving seven predominantly Muslim nations, but the impact of the orders on asylum seekers from around the world has received little attention. A dozen Harvard Law students, part of the Harvard Immigration Project, have been working intensely over the past two weeks to help produce the report. The authors of the report warn that President Trump’s executive orders will dramatically restrict access to asylum and other immigration protections in the United States, and will usher in a new regime of large-scale detention, expansion of expedited removal without due process, and deputizing of state and local officials to detain individuals on ‘mere suspicion’ of immigration violations. According to the report, the executive orders would lead to a massive expansion of immigration-related detention and the construction of new detention centers at the southern border to accommodate a much larger population of detainees. ‘It will take billions of dollars to accommodate this kind of mass incarceration,’ said Professor Deborah Anker, head of the Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program at Harvard Law School. ‘In the meantime, the new policies allow any state and local enforcement official, not just trained federal agents, to pick people up on mere suspicion, detain them in any remote location, subject them to an “expedited removal” process, where many if not most will be unable to express their fear of return and be screened for making refugee and torture protection claims.'”

Study: “~60% of primate species are now threatened with extinction and ~75% have declining populations.”

Study: “~600,000 patches, more than half of which are <1km2 & only 7% of which are larger than 100km2.”

New York Times: “Automated Pro-Trump Bots Overwhelmed Pro-Clinton Messages, Researchers Say “The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine

Stanford University: “Private traits and attributes are predictable from digital records of human behavior

The Independent: “Donald Trump rejects intelligence report on travel ban because it doesn’t say what he wants it to

The Independent: “Steve Bannon’s data firm in talks for lucrative White House contracts



The Guardian:

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

Google, democracy and the truth about internet search

Chile floods leave millions of people without drinking water in Santiago

Humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth’s wilderness in 25 years – study

Eastern gorilla now critically endangered while giant panda situation improves

New map reveals shattering effect of roads on nature

New species of the Amazon rainforest – in pictures

Revealed: how US billionaire helped to back Brexit

Refugees crossing into Canada from US on foot despite freezing temperatures

Immigrants flee US for Canada – in pictures

Asian transport projects may thwart efforts to save world’s tigers

Fox News’s ‘Swedish defence advisor’ unknown to country’s military officials

Canada PM Trudeau pressured to tackle influx of asylum seekers over US border

Biologists say half of all species could be extinct by end of century

Over half of world’s wild primate species face extinction, report reveals


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