Christian charity rejects Israeli claim funds went to Hamas | The Electronic Intifada

Shin Bet accusationsThe Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz reported that Halabi was detained by Israeli forces as he attempted to return to Gaza through the Erez crossing from present-day Israel.According to Haaretz, Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency has accused Halabi of funneling “tens of millions of dollars” of World Vision resources to Hamas, “some of it to fund digging military-related tunnels and to purchase weapons.” Citing Shin Bet, The New York Times put the figure at $43 million allegedly funneled to Hamas in just six years.Israel has not explained how such astonishing sums could have gone missing without the charity noticing, especially in Gaza where relatively small sums of development money could have a potentially massive impact.Shin Bet claims that $80,000 contributed by UK donors for needy families and to support civilian projects “were used to build a Hamas position in the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, to pay Hamas activists’ salaries and bonuses [for] members who had fought against Israel in the 2014 war,” Haaretz said.Halabi’s attorney Muhammad Mahmoud told the newspaper that his client denies any ties to Hamas and that the fact the investigation took more than 50 days indicates a “problem” with the evidence.Shin Bet has routinely used torture in interrogations of Palestinians.World Vision said in its statement that it has “detailed procedures and control mechanisms in place to ensure that the funds entrusted to us are spent in accordance with applicable legal requirements and in ways that do not fuel conflict but rather contribute to peace.”Halabi’s lawyer told Haaretz that some allegations appeared to be linked to an incident allegedly in which “armed Hamas members came in two commercial vehicles with a machine gun mounted on it and under threat they took what they wanted” from World Vision stores.“We will study the file and its evidence some more but I think this file started off very inflated and the balloon has since been deflated,” the lawyer added.CrackdownIsrael has a history of making baseless allegations that various organizations are tied to Hamas.The accusations regarding World Vision also come months after Amnesty International expressed concern over harassment and intimidation by Israel aimed at hampering and discrediting the work of Palestinian and Israeli human rights defenders and nongovernmental organizations.The arrest of Halabi may be an ominous sign of a broader crackdown specifically targeting humanitarian workers in Gaza.“Other information obtained while investigating Halabi has raised suspicions that other humanitarian aid organizations, as well, including United Nations institutions, have exploited their jobs for Hamas,” Haaretz reported, citing Shin Bet sources.It said that details of these cases are under Israeli gag orders.Evangelical ChristiansThe arrest was first reported by the blog ThinkProgress on 1 August.ThinkProgress revealed that a senior Gaza staffer – presumably Halabi – had been held for more than 40 days “without evidence or trial” and that occupation forces had searched World Vision’s offices in East Jerusalem.The charity works closely with UN agencies and the Red Cross and has received funding from the US and European governments.“The detention of a World Vision employee and subsequent raids potentially complicates the historically strong relationship between Israel and evangelical Christians in the United States,” ThinkProgress commented.World Vision Gaza humanitarian aid christian activism Hamas armed resistance Mohammad El Halabi Shin Bet ThinkProgressAli Abunimah’s blog Add new commentYour nameE-mailThe content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.HomepageSubjectComment policyComment *Content limited to 2000 characters, remaining: 2000 Notify me when new comments are posted All comments Replies to my commentBy submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.ALI ABUNIMAH Co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine, now out from Haymarket Books.Also wrote One Country: A Bold-Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse. Opinions are mine alone.TwitterFacebook What’s really behind Israel’s attack on Christian charity World Vision?Ali Abunimah 5 August 2016 Video: Israeli soldier assaults child playing on Jews-only roadAli Abunimah 3 August 2016 Israel temporarily lifts travel ban on BDS co-founder Omar BarghoutiAli Abunimah 2 August 2016 Israel uses Caterpillar equipment in apparent extrajudicial killingAli Abunimah 28 July 2016 Saudi-Israeli courtship heats up with general’s visitAli Abunimah 27 July 2016Main menuFeaturesOpinion and analysisReviewsBlogsSearch form Search

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Chrome Rewards – Application Security – Google

Source: Chrome Rewards – Application Security – Google

The following table outlines the usual rewards chosen for the most common classes of bugs:

 

High-quality report with
functional exploit [1]
High-quality report [2] Baseline [3] Low-quality report [4]
Sandbox Escape [5] $15,000 $10,000 $2,000 – $5,000 $500
Renderer Remote Code Execution $7,500 $5,000 $1,000 – $3,000 $500
Universal XSS (local bypass or equivalent) $7,500 $5,000 N/A N/A
Information Leak $4,000 $2,000 $0 – $1000 $0
Download Protection bypass [6] N/A $1,000 $0 – $500 $0

[1] A high-quality report with a reliable exploit that demonstrates that the bug reported can be easily, actively and reliably used against our users.
[2] A report that includes a minimized test case and the versions of Chrome affected by the bug. You will also demonstrate that exploitation of this vulnerability is very likely (e.g. good control of EIP or another CPU register). Your report should be brief and well written with only necessary detail and commentary.
[3] A minimized test case or output from a fuzzer that highlights a security bug is present without establishing that the issue is exploitable.
[4] A report submitted with only a crash dump, without a Proof of Concept (PoC) or with a poor quality PoC (e.g. a 1MB fuzz file dump with no attempt at reduction) that is later verified to be a legitimate issue.
[5] Escaping any layer of the sandbox (including the NaCl sandbox) will be considered as a sandbox escape.
[6] Landing a blacklisted test binary (malware example, UwS example) on disk where a typical user could execute it, on Mac or Windows. The file type on disk must lead to non-sandboxed code execution after minimal user interaction with the file. See the FAQ below for more information.

‘Planeload of cash’ for Iran: Editorial Board Roundtable | cleveland.com

Thomas Suddes, editorial writer:If Iran was owed the money, Iran was owed the money. The financial gains Iran would enjoy (from a number of countries, not just the United States) thanks to the so-called nuclear deal were widely publicized. The one thing that’s changed is that the GOP has nominated a likely loser for president, so his desperate partisans need something to divert attention from that ever-more-apparent fact. Meanwhile — and thanks for asking — what about two genuine Iranian-American scandals never resolved, at least not in the light of day? One is the alleged (and more than just possible) deal Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign made with the Iranian regime to delay

If Iran was owed the money, Iran was owed the money. The financial gains Iran would enjoy (from a number of countries, not just the United States) thanks to the so-called nuclear deal were widely publicized. The one thing that’s changed is that the GOP has nominated a likely loser for president, so his desperate partisans need something to divert attention from that ever-more-apparent fact. Meanwhile — and thanks for asking — what about two genuine Iranian-American scandals never resolved, at least not in the light of day? One is the alleged (and more than just possible) deal Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign made with the Iranian regime to delay release of U.S. Embassy hostages so Jimmy Carter would lose to Reagan. The other, later in the 1980s, was the Reagan administration’s blatantly illegal Iran-contra affair. Too bad for the truth — but good for some alleged Iran-contra principals — that then-President George H.W. Bush pardoned six of them 28 days before he left office. If anyone in Washington should know about hush-hush deals with Iran, it’s the Republican Establishment.

Source: ‘Planeload of cash’ for Iran: Editorial Board Roundtable | cleveland.com

Dangers lurking in the permafrost | Environment | DW.COM | 05.08.2016

Zombie bacteria

After the death of a young boy and more than 20 other illnesses from anthrax in Siberia this past week, it has been speculated that a recent heat wave has awoken anthrax bacteria that had been lying dormant within the carcasses of long-deceased reindeer buried in the permafrost. Anthrax bacteria can survive in the form of spores for decades”The anthrax spores lay in wait in the permafrost for more than a century,” an agriculture watchdog was quoted in the newswires as saying.And indeed, anthrax bacteria do form spores in asexual reproduction. These spores are highly resilient, and can survive temperature extremes over decades and even centuries. They come back to life when conditions become amenable for them – like in thawing permafrost.Other bacteria form spores as well. Many of those bacteria are also pathogens, or produce deadly toxins – like the tetanus bacterium or Clostridium botulinum.

Source: Dangers lurking in the permafrost | Environment | DW.COM | 05.08.2016

Black Lives Matter Activists Stage Protests Across Britain – The New York Times

LONDON — Black activists, responding to calls for a nationwide protest against racial injustice, staged demonstrations in London and several other cities across Britain on Friday, in their boldest show of support to date for the emerging Black Lives Matter movement here.Black Lives Matter U.K. had called for a nationwide “shutdown” to protest an array of injustices, including police brutality; racial disparities in arrests, convictions and sentencing; the treatment of immigrants in detention; inadequate mental health services; and a reported increase in hate crimes since Britain’s decision, in a June 23 referendum, to leave the European Union.“We are here because we have no choice,” Wail Qasim, an activist and journalist who took part in a protest near Heathrow Airport, which serves London, wrote on Twitter. “We are here because this is a crisis.”The Black Lives Matter movement, which emerged in the United States in 2013, has spread to several countries, including Britain, Canada and France.

Source: Black Lives Matter Activists Stage Protests Across Britain – The New York Times

Sick of TV News Channels and Shouty Newsreaders? Prepare to be Mesmerised by Real Telangana TV – The Ladies 

If, like me, the first Real Telangana TV video you watch is the one about the rising prices of groceries, you will fall in love. On screen is shot after shot of Prime Minister Narendra Modi eating at events abroad, while in the background, the anchor announces morosely, “Unho alag alag mulkon mein phirke alag alag dishon ke maze udate phire. Aate jaa rahein jaate jaa rahein [He has travelled to different places and enjoyed different dishes. He comes. He goes].”When you recover from this, you hear her saying, “Humich haule hai, jo unka matlab nahi samjhe [We were the foolish ones who didn’t understand what he meant],” referring to Modi’s promise of “acche din”, which she says applies only to him. “Pehleich ke dinaa aa gaye toh bhi achha hai [If the old days come only it will be better],” she says. If for some reason you haven’t noticed this so far, you will now realise she’s speaking in Deccani Urdu. Initially you pay attention to how she adds –ich and –aan at the end of certain words, as though this is as important as the news itself. Din becomes dinaa, dal becomes dalaa— it’s like standing in the middle of chudi bazaar in Hyderabad’s Charminar and hearing stray bits of conversation from everyone milling around.I first saw Real Telangana TV when a colleague showed it to me. None of my friends in Hyderabad seem to have heard of it either, even though it was started in 2011 by the Ruby Group of Companies, which also owns Ruby Channel.Real Telangana TV’s existence mocks other media organisations’ diversity policies. A lot of the people who work there are proudly “pakka” local Hyderabadi people with no background in journalism. “Many of them would run autos, or sell things locally, and now they help us write the script for the videos because they know the language and the accents well,” said Mohammed Manzoor, Real Telangana TV’s manager. Where else on Indian news do we see women in hijabs as anchors, or news shows created by working class writers?Manzoor gave me examples of what he meant by knowing the language well, speaking in rapid Deccani about a political leader. Real Telangana TV wants to make news engaging for people who don’t know Urdu, or who might not know the names of political leaders, but deserve to know the news. This means one wonderful thing: Real Telangana is able to reach the audience they want, simply because those who write the news belong to the same class as the audience.

Source: Sick of TV News Channels and Shouty Newsreaders? Prepare to be Mesmerised by Real Telangana TV – The Ladies FingerThe Ladies Finger

Meet Jess Rizkallah: The Lebanese-American Whose Poem On Being Torn Between Being Arab & American Will Blow You Away | A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

 

I’ve been into slam poetry for more than two years now and Button Poetry is one of my favorite YouTube channels. I love it so much that it’s the only YouTube channel for which I’ve enabled notifications.Late last night, Lebanon-time, I get a notification that a new poem by Jess Rizkallah has been uploaded. Intrigued by the name, I open the YouTube video to find one of the most enriching, gut-wrenching poems I’ve listened to on that website in months.In three short minutes, Jess Rizkallah was able to convey the struggles that she, a Lebanese-Arab-American woman in the United States goes through trying to juggle her Arab side with her American side, in a culture that is increasingly putting both of her components at odds. I mean just look at a creature like Donald Trump existing and at people, many of whom are Lebanese unfortunately, applauding him.

Source: Meet Jess Rizkallah: The Lebanese-American Whose Poem On Being Torn Between Being Arab & American Will Blow You Away | A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Daughter of murdered Guatemala journalist shot dead – IFEX

The daughter of a veteran Guatemalan radio journalist gunned down on June 25 by unidentified attackers was herself fatally shot on Tuesday, prompting the International Press Institute (IPI) to call on authorities to do more to protect journalists and bring their killers to justice. Lindaura Aceituno, daughter of Álvaro Alfredo Aceituno López and a manager at a local mall, was in her car with her young daughter in the south-eastern city of Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango department, when unidentified assailants on a motorbike shot her several times. Aceituno, 36, died after being taken to a hospital. Her daughter was also shot, but is reportedly in stable condition. The motive for the killing was not immediately known and police did not say whether it might be linked to her father’s murder. Álvaro Alfredo Aceituno López, director of local station Radio Ilusión, was gunned down while walking in a street close to his home in Coatepeque. The gunmen shot Aceituno López, 65, several times at close range, at least once in the head, before escaping in a car. The journalist was rushed to a hospital, where he died the same day. According to colleagues, he had not mentioned receiving any threats and the motive for his killing remains unknown.

Source: Daughter of murdered Guatemala journalist shot dead – IFEX