Category Archives: terrorism

Opinion | How to Inoculate Against Anti-Vaxxers – The New York Times

It’s no mystery how we got here. On the internet, anti-vaccine propaganda has outpaced pro-vaccine public health information. The anti-vaxxers, as they are colloquially known, have hundreds of websites promoting their message, a roster of tech- and media-savvy influencers and an aggressive political arm that includes at least a dozen political action committees. Defense against this onslaught has been meager. The C.D.C., the nation’s leading public health agency, has a website with accurate information, but no loud public voice. The United States Surgeon General’s office has been mum. So has the White House — and not just under the current administration. That leaves just a handful of academics who get bombarded with vitriol, including outright threats, every time they try to counter pseudoscience with fact. The consequences of this disparity are substantial: a surge in outbreaks of measles, mumps, pertussis and other diseases; an increase in influenza deaths; and dismal rates of HPV vaccination, which doctors say could effectively wipe out cervical cancer if it were better utilized. But infectious disease experts warn that things could get much worse. Trust in vaccines is being s

‘Example to the world’: Sri Lanka president plans to copy Duterte’s war on drugs | World news | The Guardian – Lost soul in search of an icon – embraces summary assassination as his theme

President Maithripala Sirisena

Source: ‘Example to the world’: Sri Lanka president plans to copy Duterte’s war on drugs | World news | The Guardian

FBI arrests man it says planned to attack White House | US news | The Guardian – Will Donny love the FBI for 5 minutes today? Reads like a bad sketch for SNL or a deja vu rerun of bad 1950’s Red Scare B-movie.

Authorities say 21-year-old man charged with attempting to damage or destroy federal building after sting operation

Source: FBI arrests man it says planned to attack White House | US news | The Guardian

Migrant caravans are making their way to the US border — but the journey is far from easy – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

We spent three days with that boy. His name is Daniel and he’s one of perhaps 10,000 people from Central America who’ve arrived at the US border since November. He can’t go home because the gangsters would likely murder him. And he can’t cross the border because Donald Trump calls asylum seekers invaders. But this child is still glad he’s escaped what used to be his home.

Source: Migrant caravans are making their way to the US border — but the journey is far from easy – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Opinion | Who Speaks for America? – The New York Times

But the degree to which senior officials have had to reverse or slow roll precipitous, ill-considered, even dangerous decisions by the president also erodes civilian control of the military and sows uncertainty. Such an approach will embolden adversaries, confuse friends and confound the servicemen and servicewomen who depend on their president for clear, principled leadership, especially when they are putting their lives at risk. Mr. Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are crisscrossing the Middle East this week to reassure friendly governments that the administration is pursuing a coherent agenda, particularly in building a coalition against Iran. Is Mr. Trump also on board?

German Green Party chief Robert Habeck quits Twitter after data hack | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 07.01.2019

Robert Habeck says he is deleting his Twitter account in reaction to a massive data breach affecting leading German politicians and journalists. The platform, he argued, is full of malice and hatred.

Source: German Green Party chief Robert Habeck quits Twitter after data hack | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 07.01.2019

Scott Morrison criticises ‘ugly racial protests’ but fails to condemn Fraser Anning | Australia news | The Guardian

Morrison has remained quiet about the independent Queensland senator Fraser Anning, who attended the rightwing event alongside its organisers. The acting Labor leader, Tanya Plibersek, said she was pleased Morrison had condemned the rally but “he also has to criticise Fraser Anning for attending a rally that’s been organised by people with a known record of seeking to divide Australians”. “What really concerns me is that this is a fellow that the government has to continue to rely on to get measures through the Senate,” Plibersek said. “He has voted with the government about 90% of the time.

Source: Scott Morrison criticises ‘ugly racial protests’ but fails to condemn Fraser Anning | Australia news | The Guardian