Category Archives: Fail!

News of two foreign journalists missing in Saudi Arabia | RSF

Muraisi’s wife reported in a tweet that she had finally received a phone call from him lasting several minutes. It was the first time he was able to contact any family member in the more than 11 months since his disappearance. She said he was able to confirm that he was still alive but not say where he was being held.

Source: News of two foreign journalists missing in Saudi Arabia | RSF

Austrian vice-chancellor resigns over secret video footage | World news | The Guardian

In the video, Strache, whose party’s first leader was a former SS officer, also ponders the part-privatisation of Austria’s public broadcaster, saying it should be more like the pro-government mouthpiece state media has become in neighbouring Hungary. He also appeared to suggest political donations might be made through a foundation with links to the FPO rather than the party itself, apparently in order to escape legal scrutiny.

Source: Austrian vice-chancellor resigns over secret video footage | World news | The Guardian

Release unjustly detained pastor and grandmother | Faithful America

ICE agents forced their way into Betty Rendón’s home with guns drawn, “violently” shook her husband, and were reportedly “jubilant” after the arrest.   Pastor Rendón, who fled to the U.S. from Colombia after armed guerrillas attacked the school where she taught, now serves a church in Wisconsin as a student pastor while studying for her doctorate. Her bishop says the Rendóns have “been a blessing to every community that they’ve ever been a part of.”   Local religious leaders just held an interfaith prayer vigil outside the detention center where Pastor Rendón is being held, and national Lutheran leaders have called on federal officials to release her from detention.

Source: Release unjustly detained pastor and grandmother | Faithful America

Rise of the far-right in Spain: The suspicious victory of far-right group Vox in a tiny town in Ávila | In English | EL PAÍS

Could a change in the law and the nuns who run a residence for women with learning disabilities have seen to it for the party to get most votes in Gotarrendura?

Source: Rise of the far-right in Spain: The suspicious victory of far-right group Vox in a tiny town in Ávila | In English | EL PAÍS

On The Road To War! – In Saner Thought

British Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, however, has raised serious doubts about that. Maj. Gen. Ghika said that there has been “no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces,” despite the claims from US officials, mostly Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and John Bolton. Perhaps more damningly, Ghika says he does not believe there is any daylight between Britain’s assessment of “no increased threat” and the assessment from US intelligence. In other words, the US officials are lying about the intelligence, presumably to justify the growing US buildup and to keep hyping the possibility of a war with Iran. US Central Command, however, angrily shot back contradicting Ghika, insisting his statement runs counter to established US position on the matter.

Source: On The Road To War! – In Saner Thought

Sandra Bland recorded her own arrest. Watch her cellphone video from the 2015 traffic stop | wfaa.com

The family of Sandra Bland — who died in a Waller County jail cell — is calling for a re-opening of the criminal investigation into Bland’s arrest and death after seeing footage for the first time.

Source: Sandra Bland recorded her own arrest. Watch her cellphone video from the 2015 traffic stop | wfaa.com

The Guardian view on abortion: protecting a human right | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

Each day almost 70,000 unsafe abortions are carried out around the world, and they are vastly more likely to happen in countries with strict laws. What such legislation does do is force some women to continue pregnancies against their wishes, while risking the lives and wellbeing of others. Women in the US have seen their ability to terminate pregnancies dismantled piece by piece. Now states are racing to outlaw or dramatically curb abortions with extreme and unconstitutional bills. The aim is to directly challenge Roe v Wade, the US supreme court ruling that established that abortion is legal before the foetus is viable outside the womb, at around 24 weeks. Last Tuesday, the governor of Georgia signed a bill essentially banning abortions after six weeks from 2020. Some described it as a sign that men who wish to control women’s bodies have no idea of how they actually work. More likely, those who pushed hardest for the change understand all too well that many women will not know they are pregnant until it is too late.

Source: The Guardian view on abortion: protecting a human right | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

US Withdrawal From Iran Nuclear Deal: One Year On | Inter Press Service

Regardless of its views about Iran’s regional policies and actions—or, indeed, about the policies and actions of its regional rivals such as Israel and Saudi Arabia—the US withdrawal from the JCPOA is ill-conceived and regrettable for many reasons. It undermines the value of multilateral diplomacy and raises questions about the sanctity and sustainability of interstate agreements. Furthermore, it challenges the authority of the UN Security Council, which has unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the JCPOA and calling on all UN member states as well as regional and international organizations to take action to support the agreement’s implementation. US withdrawal from the JCPOA risks seriously weakening trust and confidence in international institutions and arrangements that are essential parts of the global security architecture. In particular, the US action undermines the global effort for nuclear non-proliferation by sabotaging an important and effective anti-proliferation agreement. It is to be hoped that the remaining parties to the JCPOA will find ways to support its continued implementation.

Source: US Withdrawal From Iran Nuclear Deal: One Year On | Inter Press Service

From Sanctioning Iran to War?

To be clear-eyed about this danger, from all available evidence, the Iranian strategists are preparing to not fall into a US laid trap by acting first and provoking a US military response that will start a war. However, once they think that US is about to start bombing Iran, they will surely take what they consider to be appropriate asymmetric actions. And therein lies the dangers of a conflagaration that can easily get out of any great power’s control.

Source: Inoreader – From Sanctioning Iran to War?

One Of The Top Voices For Women In Sports Doesn’t Think Caster Semenya Is A Woman – she is wrong!

Hogshead-Makar says that women like Semenya need to be kept out of competition to “give women’s bodies an equal opportunity to participate,” which isn’t true. I don’t recall seeing reports of women suddenly giving up track because of Semenya, although I do read stories about how Semenya has inspired young African girls. It’s the underfunding, sexual violence, and harassment that keep women out of sports, which Hogshead-Makar should know as she’s lobbied on those very issues. Hogshead-Makar talks a lot about how testosterone is key, but leaves out the many other factors that affect athletes’ performance, factors which are not regulated, as well as the many complicated ways testosterone acts in every person’s body. Hogshead-Makar also ignores or refuses to acknowledge that these new IAAF laws are clearly targeted at Semenya alone. Few things make this more obvious than the study which was commissioned to uphold the anti-Semenya rules: The study found that naturally occurring testosterone gave competitors some advantages in certain events, but noted that the biggest advantages were in the hammer and the pole vault—and for some reason the new testosterone limits don’t apply to the wom

Source: One Of The Top Voices For Women In Sports Doesn’t Think Caster Semenya Is A Woman