Category Archives: Global Politics

As Elections Near, Duterte Adds Dozens Seeking Office to His Deadly Drug List – The New York Times

Almost all of those named are running for office in May, when Filipinos go to the polls to choose senators, representatives, mayors and other local officials. Many are political opponents of Mr. Duterte, and he is again being widely accused of playing deadly politics against his critics. “I will just be clear that my last remaining years will be the most dangerous years for a person into drug trafficking,” Mr. Duterte said over national television from the southern city of Davao, his hometown, where he released the list.

Daughter of Christchurch victim: ‘My dad is a real hero. He got shot in the back to shield my brothers’ | World news | The Guardian

A 52-year-old father, Adeeb Sami, took a bullet to save his sons at al Noor mosque. He dived over his sons Abdullah, 29, and Ali, 23, as the gunman burst into the mosque. “My dad is a real hero,” Adeeb’s daughter, Heba, said. “He got shot in the back near his spine in an attempt to shield my brothers, but he didn’t let anything happen to them.” Adeeb was rushed to hospital where he underwent surgery to remove the bullet.

Source: Daughter of Christchurch victim: ‘My dad is a real hero. He got shot in the back to shield my brothers’ | World news | The Guardian

Fury as Australian senator blames Christchurch attack on Muslim immigration | World news | The Guardian

Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, said: “The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, rightwing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting. Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian parliament.” The former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote: “Fraser Anning’s comments today are contemptible. He is a disgrace to the Senate and, what is worse, by spreading hatred and turning Australians against each other, he is doing exactly what the terrorists want.”

Source: Fury as Australian senator blames Christchurch attack on Muslim immigration | World news | The Guardian

Christchurch Shooting Live Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit – The New York Times

A white-nationalist manifesto Before the shooting, someone appearing to be the gunman posted links to a white-nationalist manifesto on Twitter and the online forum 8chan. The 8chan post included a link to what appeared to be the gunman’s Facebook page, where he said he would also broadcast live video of the attack. The Twitter posts showed weapons covered in the names of past military generals and men who have recently carried out mass shootings. In his manifesto, he identified himself as a 28-year-old man born in Australia and listed his white nationalist heroes. Writing that he had purposely used guns to stir discord in the United States over the Second Amendment’s provision on the right to bear arms, he also declared himself a fascist. “For once, the person that will be called a fascist, is an actual fascist,” he wrote.

Struggle for Global Power Status – GERMAN-FOREIGN-POLICY.com – Trump declaring war on Germany and EU

Dispute over Nord Stream 2 Now the Trump Administration is taking the offensive in two other fields, in which Germany seeks to defend its interests, diverging from those of the USA, to enforce its “strategic autonomy.” One is the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which assures Germany – for the time being [6] – exclusive access to Russian natural gas deposits, as well as granting Berlin a key position in the EU’s natural gas supply. Already at the beginning of the month, a high-ranking State Department official confirmed that if European companies continue construction of the pipeline, they risk “significant sanctions.”[7] Another US government official has now confirmed in the business press that Washington is already preparing sanctions. Reportedly, in Berlin, this is clearly considered an aggression against a NATO partner. Sanctions would certainly lead “to a confrontation – not only with Germany, but with Europe,” a government official in Berlin was quoted. “We will do everything necessary to complete the pipeline.”[8] Dispute over Huawei Simultaneously, the conflict is escalating over the use of the Chinese Huawei Corporation’s technology for setting up the 5G grid in Germany and the E

Source: Struggle for Global Power Status – GERMAN-FOREIGN-POLICY.com

The FDA Asks Abortion-by-Mail Providers to Cease Sale of Drugs

In October 2018, Rebecca Gomperts, the founder of the abortion-by-mail service Women on Web, confirmed she had branched out to the United States. Gomperts had long avoided doing so for fear that the anti-abortion movement would go after her work, but said that the need for the service was ultimately too great. “I got an email from a woman who was living in a car with two kids,” she told the Atlantic. “Something had to be done.”

Source: The FDA Asks Abortion-by-Mail Providers to Cease Sale of Drugs

Federal Court Rules That Ohio Can Defund Planned Parenthood

According to Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen, the ruling will “roll back the gains to public health—harming women’s health, children’s health and the health of families across Ohio.” Trump has already radically changed the way that abortion providers receive funds, barring them from receiving Title X funding, in effect cutting millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood. Just last month, another new rule by Health and Human Services requires abortion providers to keep a “clear physical and financial separation” between the parts of their organization that are government funded, and those that provide abortions.

Source: Federal Court Rules That Ohio Can Defund Planned Parenthood

Anti-vaxxers, the Momo challenge … why lies spread faster than facts | Books | The Guardian

Today’s threat to the truth also comes from a social media whose algorithms prefer virality to veracity, where lies spread faster than facts. It comes from ideologues happy to dismiss overwhelming scientific evidence, whether on climate change or the safety of vaccination, as breezily as those who once insisted that the Earth was flat. It comes from a technology now so advanced that it can create false evidence, in the form of deepfake video, audio and text.

Source: Anti-vaxxers, the Momo challenge … why lies spread faster than facts | Books | The Guardian

Thursday Open Thread | This is what a Domestic Terrorist in the making looks like | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Once again, Janet Napolitano is owed AN APOLOGY. She was absolutely correct about the danger to this country by right-wing racist groups. They are, and have always been, DOMESTIC TERRORISTS, and should be treated as such. •Last year every terrorist that killed an American was a Far Right Nazi terrorist •Last month 54 white supremacists & Nazis were arrested in Arkansas •Last 24hrs dozens of high school kids in 2 states praised Nazism & genocide Congress & WH: ZERO resolutions to stop any of it

Source: Thursday Open Thread | This is what a Domestic Terrorist in the making looks like | 3CHICSPOLITICO