Daily Archives: April 5, 2018

‘If my plane explodes, ask CIA’: Duterte denies seeking alliance with China & Russia against US

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte isn’t ruling out that the US might be very annoyed and consider a threat his decision to procure weapons from China and Russia, after Washington refused to supply Manila with arms. The Philippines has been seeking modern weapons and small arms to step up combat against ISIS-linked Islamists, ever since Duterte assumed office in June 2016. ...

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Muslims charged with violent plots get longer sentences, more media attention – study

Muslims accused of plotting violence in America get seven times more media attention and four times longer sentences than their non-Muslim counterparts, a new study claims. Published by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), an American Muslim advocacy group, the study claims that the American justice system treats Muslim perpetrators differently than other criminals. All of the perpetrators studied ...

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75 For and 80,945 Against: Nestle allowed to pump more water in Michigan despite public outcry

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has given Nestle permission to extract 400 gallons (1,500 liters) of water per minute for its Stanwood bottling plant, in the face of a sustained protest campaign. “We cannot base our decisions on public opinion because our department is required to follow the rule of law when making determinations,” DEQ Director Heidi Grether said ...

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Facebook admits its data drama has ‘a few’ advertisers pressing pause

In an interview with Bloomberg, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg disclosed the fact that ongoing privacy revelations around Cambridge Analytica have some advertisers skittish. When asked about how many advertisers had paused their ad spending, Sandberg would only get as specific as saying that “a few” had done so, leaving plenty of room for interpretation. She told Bloomberg that Facebook was engaged ...

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Man arrested for detonating 2 ‘explosive devices’ inside California store

California police have detained a man they believe detonated two small explosive devices inside a store in Ontario. No one was injured in the incident, but authorities had found “additional materials” inside his car. The incident happened inside a Sam’s Club store in Ontario, about 45 miles east of Los Angeles, on Thursday afternoon. Around 3:40pm, the Ontario Police Department ...

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‘Chilling effect’: Twitter sees regulation of social media as threat to ‘freedom of expression’

The US social media giant Twitter has complained that growing efforts to clamp down on undesirable content are indirectly discouraging a healthy exchange of ideas online. “With the passage of new legislation and ongoing regulatory discussions taking place around the world about the future of public discourse online, we are seeing a potential chilling effect with regards to freedom of ...

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Twitter claims more progress on squeezing terrorist content

Twitter has put out its latest Transparency Report providing an update on how many terrorist accounts it has suspended on its platform — with a cumulative 1.2 million+ suspensions since August 2015. During the reporting period of July 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 — for this, Twitter’s 12th Transparency Report — the company says a total of 274,460 accounts were permanently ...

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Abby Martin interview critical of Israel is blocked by YouTube in 28 countries

An episode of Abby Martin’s Empire Files, featuring journalist Max Blumenthal and spotlighting rising militarism in Israel, has been blocked by YouTube in 28 countries, including Israel and the UK, for violating “local laws.” “Just notified by YouTube that Abby Martin’s interview with Max Blumenthal has been blocked from being viewed in 28 countries (including Israel) to ‘comply with local ...

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Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro will be shaped by workflows

A year ago, I visited the Apple campus in Cupertino to figure out where the hell the new Mac Pro was. I joined a round-table discussion with Apple SVPs and a handful of reporters to get the skinny on what was taking so long. The answer, it turns out, was that Apple had decided to start completely over with the ...

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Disney in the desert? Saudi Prince courts US entertainment and tech leaders

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has met with American tech and entertainment leaders in a bid to entice them to his country. Bin Salman is visiting the US as part of a charm offensive. He has met with top executives in Los Angeles this week, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Disney’s Robert Iger, as he wrapped up a three-week ...

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