Category Archives: human rights

Is a New Russian Meddling Tactic Hiding in Plain Sight? – The New York Times

USAReally, by contrast, was quickly banned by both Facebook and Twitter, although it recently opened a second Facebook page. A Twitter spokesman said that USAReally’s account was suspended for violating the site’s rules against spam. A Facebook spokesman said the company had enough evidence that the first page was involved in coordinated inauthentic activity to take action against it. He said the group’s second page was being investigated, and that the company had been aware of the account before being contacted by The New York Times. Despite Mr. Malkevich’s claims, there are hints that USAReally may be drawing from the Internet Research Agency’s playbook, in addition to adopting the more open tactics of RT and Sputnik. Last week, users on the popular message board Reddit complained that links to USAReally stories were being posted on the site’s largest pro-Trump forum, r/the_donald. The links were disguised, appearing to belong to websites like geotus.army and geotus.band. But when users clicked on the links, they were redirected to stories on USAReally’s website. (G.E.O.T.U.S., or “God Emperor of the United States,” is a nickname for President Trump popularized by users of r/th

2nd woman claims sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh, this time in college – Chicago Tribune _ Graham confirms a woman’s voice, memory, and truthfulness don’t count for his vote!

Graham, speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” promised a fair hearing in which both Ford and Kavanaugh “will be challenged” but said “unless there’s something more” to back up her accusation, he indicated he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh. Graham said he’s “not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh’s life over this.”

Source: 2nd woman claims sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh, this time in college – Chicago Tribune

Not my brother’s keeper: six siblings speak out against Republican candidate | US news | The Guardian

“I think my brother has traded a lot of the values we had at our kitchen table,” she says. The Gosar siblings fell out with their brother after he espoused rightwing conspiracy theories about George Soros, claiming the financier who backed Hillary Clinton over Trump betrayed his fellow Jews to the Nazis in the second world war. When Paul Gosar backed the far-right marchers whose rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 resulted in the death of a counter-protester, his siblings wrote to an Arizona paper to say: “We are aghast that Paul has sunk so low.”

Source: Not my brother’s keeper: six siblings speak out against Republican candidate | US news | The Guardian

Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan’s Daughter, Tells Her Story of Sexual Assault – The New York Times

“It doesn’t surprise me one bit that for more than 30 years, Christine Blasey Ford didn’t talk about the assault she remembers, the one she accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh of committing,” Ms. Davis wrote. She added: “Perhaps the aging men who are poised to interrogate her, unless they hide behind surrogates, should pause for a moment and think about the courage it takes for a woman to say: Here is my memory. It has haunted me for decades. It changed my life. You need to know about it now because of what is at stake for this country.”

Italy Loosens Vaccine Law Just as Children Return to School – The New York Times Italian Fascists find new way to kill innocent people at random!

Only a year ago, the number of measles cases in Italy climbed to 5,006 in 2017, from 843 in 2016. Last year, Italy had Europe’s third-highest per capita rate of measles after much-poorer Romania and Greece. Mexico has recommended that its citizens be vaccinated before traveling to Italy.

Fingers Point to China After Break-Ins Target New Zealand Professor – The New York Times  – Clumsy clowns but dangerous.

Prof. Anne-Marie Brady, a China specialist at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, said her home was burglarized in February while she and her family were out. The thief or thieves ignored a glass jar of cash and other valuables, she said, in favor of an “old, broken” laptop, on which she had conducted her most recent research, and a “cheap” cellphone the professor had used on travels to China. Analysts said there was strong circumstantial evidence that agents of Beijing were responsible. Peter Mattis, a former C.I.A. analyst and now a China Program fellow at the Jamestown Foundation, said the burglary, along with previous break-ins at her office, meant there was “only one likely culprit for this,” referring to China. Ms. Brady’s high profile on matters of China’s influence worldwide meant “intimidating her into silence would in a sense be a major win” for the country, he said.

Catholic Church admits ‘shameful’ legacy after study details thousands of sexual abuse cases – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Proves that current Pope’s views have nothing to do with abuse rampant before he was made Pope or even became a priest. His opponents want to go back to this past?

The Catholic Church in Germany acknowledges a depressing and shameful legacy of sexual abuse after a leaked study says clerics had abused thousands of children over a 70-year period.

Source: Catholic Church admits ‘shameful’ legacy after study details thousands of sexual abuse cases – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Detention of Migrant Children Has Skyrocketed to Highest Levels Ever – The New York Times

Population levels at federally contracted shelters for migrant children have quietly shot up more than fivefold since last summer, according to data obtained by The New York Times, reaching a total of 12,800 this month. There were 2,400 such children in custody in May 2017.