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Biden warns Trump could select two more Supreme Court justices if re-elected
  • President Nothing Will Fundamentally Change has made zero moves in the last 3.5 years to pack the court that overturned Roe v. Wade.

  • for all the "anti-authoritarians" out there
  • Your interpretation of this meme is very funny. It has nothing to do with Biden. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neue_Rheinische_Zeitung

  • for all the "anti-authoritarians" out there
  • thurston WATCH MY VIDEO YOU COWARD

  • for all the "anti-authoritarians" out there
  • Anarchism’s lack of success to date is historical fact, and I think that’s reason enough not to take the time to engage with some Burgerland anarchist’s video essay.

  • for all the "anti-authoritarians" out there
  • An anticommunist breadtuber (but I repeat myself) debunks Engels 😂 Anarchism, unlike Marxism-Leninism, has yet to succeed in the real world for more than a few months. We will welcome anarchists’ lectures once they’ve proven their theory in praxis.

  • The West constantly getting fed Hasbara
  • you’ve yet to address it except to make the courageous claim that there is no censorship in China.

    I never made the claim that there is no censorship in China. That would be a ridiculous claim to make considering that there is indeed censorship in China. There is censorship in the West as well, though it is of a different character.

    Edit to add: Chinese people aren’t afraid to discuss the Tiananmen riots, as smug online Westerners seem to enjoy believing. That’s ridiculous. But Westerners smugly believe it, in fact it seems as if they want it to be true.

  • for all the "anti-authoritarians" out there
  • I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

  • for all the "anti-authoritarians" out there
  • Friedrich Engels, 1872, On authority

    Have these gentlemen ever seen a revolution? A revolution is certainly the most authoritarian thing there is. It is the act by which one part of the population imposes its will on the other part by means of rifles, bayonets and cannons — by the most authoritarian means possible; and the victors, if they do not want to have fought in vain, must maintain this rule by means of the terror which their arms inspire in the reactionaries. Would the Paris Commune have lasted a single day if the communards had not used the authority of the armed people against the bourgeoisie? Should we not, on the contrary, reproach them for not having used it enough?

    Therefore, we must conclude one of two things: either the anti-authoritarians don’t know what they’re talking about, in which case they are only sowing confusion; or they do know, in which case they are betraying the proletarian movement. In either case, they serve reaction.

  • The West constantly getting fed Hasbara
  • irrelevant tangents

    How people in the imperial core are propagandized is not an irrelevant tangent.

    straight up lying.

    You accept Five Eyes corporate media uncritically because you don’t understand media, which I tried to explain, but you decided that it was an irrelevant tangent.

    you don't honestly engage at all

    I don’t have all day; I’ll address two.


    Xinjiang/The Uyghurs

    The US tried to foment division in China by funding and organizing terrorist cells in Xinjiang, and once those efforts failed, it concocted and promoted a genocide narrative. Antony Blinken is still pushing this slop, just a few weeks ago.

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    The blueprint of regime change operations

    We see here for example the evolution of public opinion in regards to China. In 2019, the ‘Uyghur genocide’ was broken by the media (Buzzfeed, of all outlets). In this story, we saw the machine I described up until now move in real time. Suddenly, newspapers, TV, websites were all flooded with stories about the ‘genocide’, all day, every day. People whom we’d never heard of before were brought in as experts — Adrian Zenz, to name just one; a man who does not even speak a word of Chinese.

    Organizations were suddenly becoming very active and important. The World Uyghur Congress, a very serious-sounding NGO, is actually an NED Front operating out of Germany […]. From their official website, they declare themselves to be the sole legitimate representative of all Uyghurs — presumably not having asked Uyghurs in Xinjiang what they thought about that.

    The WUC also has ties to the Grey Wolves, a fascist paramilitary group in Turkey, through the father of their founder, Isa Yusuf Alptekin.

    Documents came out from NGOs to further legitimize the media reporting. This is how a report from the very professional-sounding China Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) came to exist. They claimed ‘up to 1.3 million’ Uyghurs were imprisoned in camps. What they didn’t say was how they got this number: they interviewed a total of 10 people from rural Xinjiang and asked them to estimate how many people might have been taken away. They then extrapolated the guesstimates they got and arrived at the 1.3 million figure.

    Sanctions were enacted against China — Xinjiang cotton for example had trouble finding buyers after Western companies were pressured into boycotting it. Instead of helping fight against the purported genocide, this act actually made life more difficult for the people of Xinjiang who depend on this trade for their livelihood (as we all do depend on our skills to make a livelihood).

    Any attempt China made to defend itself was met with more suspicion. They invited a UN delegation which was blocked by the US. The delegation eventually made it there, but three years later. The Arab League also visited Xinjiang and actually commended China on their policies — aimed at reducing terrorism through education and social integration, not through bombing like we tend to do in the West.


    Tiananmen riots


    It’s not a football match. You don’t have to pick a side and defend it no matter what.

    It’s not; I’m not; and neither do you.

    Edit to add: I’m certainly not picking “our” side. I mean, have you seen our side? The side that’s providing political and material support for an actual genocide as we speak?

  • The West constantly getting fed Hasbara
  • Those topics are not banned in China, actually. It’s Westerners who are themselves propagandized into believing that they are.

    People who live in Five-eyes states don’t understand how propaganda works in their own countries, despite it not being a secret. Here are some uncontroversial Wikipedia entries on it; standard stuff that’s taught in schools of marketing, public relations, political science, history, and journalism.

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    Westerners are propagandized to the gills about Xinjiang/the Uyghurs and the Tiananmen riots and Tibet/the Dalai Lama and Falun Gong/Dafa, for example. All of those were or still are CIA/NED/other US three-letter-acronym projects, BTW. The Dalai Lama was on the CIA payroll (perhaps he still is); the US funded and organized terrorist cells in Xinjiang; the NED funded and helped organize the Tiananmen “revolutionaries” and Falun Dafa.

    All it does when someone posts that garbage is show their ignorance. Like that copypasta is some magic spell. Just embarrassing.

  • Putin pledges truce if Ukraine exits occupied areas and drops NATO bid, likely a nonstarter for Kyiv
  • First of all that’s not a argument, and second of all you’re on lemmy.ml Braniac.

  • US preparing to temporarily remove Gaza pier due to sea conditions, official says
  • Best I can do is crush more starving people by dropping aid from the sky.

  • The West constantly getting fed Hasbara
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  • US preparing to temporarily remove Gaza pier due to sea conditions, official says
  • It’s only been 8 months.

    How is that in any way relevant?

    Guess your little inaccurate tantrum bears that out.

    jagoff

    1. Biden admitted that he was wrong about the babies as soon as he found out he was wrong about the babies due to faulty intelligence.

    He admitted that he had lied about having seen images of beheaded babies once it became impossible to lie about anymore. The fact that he walked back a lie doesn’t change the fact that he lied.

    1. With complete non-involvement from the US, israel has enough other allies and stockpiled ammunitions to have started and continue this genocide for years

    I guess the US is supplying weapons of mass destruction right now for no reason at all then, including illegal ones like the white phosphorous bombs Israel is using. And I guess the US protected Israel from the Iranian attack a few weeks ago for no particular reason, because Israel doesn’t actually need any such military support. Time: How the U.S. Rallied to Defend Israel From Iran’s Massive Attack

    Also, what other allies do imagine Israel has right now that are willing to supply genocidal materiel?

    I know you feel safe on the bandwagon, but you might want to read a little before you start making things up.

    jagoff You might stop your hasbara gish gallop.

  • US preparing to temporarily remove Gaza pier due to sea conditions, official says
  • Is this the same Biden who told us last October that he saw photos of beheaded babies? The same government that continues to evade calling this what it is: a genocide? The same one that continues providing the materiel for this genocide, which could not continue without it? Keep on drinking the Kool-Aid.

  • US preparing to temporarily remove Gaza pier due to sea conditions, official says
  • Who still believes the pier was meant to be anything but an expensive public relations distraction at best.

  • 27 Examples That Show Americans Will Measure With Anything But The Metric System.
  • Don’t tell them that their freedom units are actually based on metric/SI units nowadays.

  • Just the little things
  • Slippin’ Lenin gets the goods.

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    Dennis Kucinich: US officials seize Scott Ritter’s passport on boarding flight to Russian conference

    denniskucinich.substack.com US Targets Journalists Who Criticize Administration's Foreign Policy

    State-ordered Purge of Truth-Tellers in Time of War. Scott Ritter Passport Seized, WaPo Smears Indy Journalists

    US Targets Journalists Who Criticize Administration's Foreign Policy

    >A Marine veteran and true American patriot, Mr. Ritter is also a noted former Chief UN weapons inspector, author and journalist. He was enroute to Russia to attend an international conference in St. Petersburg.

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    Ryan Grim @ The Intercept, 2020: Joe Biden, Five Years Before Invasion, Said the Only Way of Disarming Iraq Is “Taking Saddam Down” >Biden told Ritter that no matter how thorough the inspections, the only way to eliminate the threat was to remove Saddam Hussein. […] “You and I believe, and many of us believe here, as long as Saddam is at the helm, there is no reasonable prospect you or any other inspector is ever going to be able to guarantee that we have rooted out, root and branch, the entirety of Saddam’s program relative to weapons of mass destruction. […] > >Hussein, it turned out, did not have an active WMD program. > >During questioning, Biden mocked Ritter as “ol’ Scotty boy” and suggested that his demands — that the international community compel Iraq to cooperate with inspectors — if met, would give Ritter the unilateral authority to start a war in Iraq. Biden argued that such decisions belonged to higher-level officials. “I respectfully suggest they have a responsibility slightly above your pay grade, to decide whether or not to take the nation to war,” Biden said. “That’s a real tough decision. That’s why they get paid the big bucks. That’s why they get the limos and you don’t. I mean this sincerely, I’m not trying to be flip.”

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    www.nytimes.com Under Pressure, Biden Allows Ukraine to Use U.S. Weapons to Strike Inside Russia

    White House officials said the president’s reversal, a major policy shift, extended only to what they characterized as acts of self-defense so that Ukraine could protect Kharkiv, its second-largest city.

    Under Pressure, Biden Allows Ukraine to Use U.S. Weapons to Strike Inside Russia

    http://archive.today/2024.05.30-203844/https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/30/us/politics/biden-ukraine-russia-weapons.html

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    www.telesurenglish.net Boluarte Authorizes the Entry of US Military Into Peru

    <p>The US military presence occurs amid protests against President Dina Boluarte called by worker and farmer organizations.</p>

    Boluarte Authorizes the Entry of US Military Into Peru
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    www.theatlantic.com New 9/11 Evidence Points to Deep Saudi Complicity

    Two decades of U.S. policy appear to be rooted in a mistaken understanding of what happened that day.

    New 9/11 Evidence Points to Deep Saudi Complicity

    >The global War on Terror was based on a mistake.

    Quintupling down are we? Never change, The Atlantic.

    ETA: Not sure if there’s a paywall, so just in case: https://archive.ph/68sf0

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    United States | News & Politics @lemmy.ml davel [he/him] @lemmy.ml

    Jewish Biden appointee publicly resigns over president’s handling of Israel-Hamas war

    >Lily Greenberg Call, a special assistant to the chief of staff in the Interior Department, accused US President Joe Biden of using Jews to justify US policy in the conflict.

    >“He is making Jews the face of the American war machine. And that is so deeply wrong,” she said, noting that ancestors of hers were killed by “state-sponsored violence.”

    >“I think the president has to know that there are people in his administration who think this is disastrous,” Call said of the war overall and US support for it. “Not just for Palestinians, for Israelis, for Jews, for Americans, for his election prospects.”

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    Exxon Mobil is suing its shareholders to silence them about global warming

    www.latimes.com Column: Exxon Mobil is suing its shareholders to silence them about global warming

    Exxon Mobil objects to the Securities and Exchange Commission's rule on shareholder proposals. So why is it suing these small investors instead of the SEC?

    Column: Exxon Mobil is suing its shareholders to silence them about global warming

    In case of paywall: http://archive.today/M5OFY

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    BBC: Biden plans to send $1bn arms shipment to Israel

    www.bbc.com Biden plans to send $1bn arms shipment to Israel

    The weapons transfer comes as Israeli tanks were spotted advancing deeper into residential areas of Rafah.

    Biden plans to send $1bn arms shipment to Israel
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    www.nextgov.com CISA, FBI resuming talks with social media firms over disinformation removal, Senate Intel chair says

    The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold an election security hearing in two weeks, according to Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.

    CISA, FBI resuming talks with social media firms over disinformation removal, Senate Intel chair says

    >Key federal agencies have resumed discussions with social media companies over removing disinformation on their sites as the November presidential election nears, a stark reversal after the Biden administration for months froze communications with social platforms amid a pending First Amendment case in the Supreme Court, a top senator said Monday. > >Mark Warner, D-Va., who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters in a briefing at RSA Conference that agencies restarted talks with social media companies as the Supreme Court heard arguments in Murthy v. Missouri, a case that first began in the Fifth Circuit appellate court last July. The case was fueled by allegations that federal agencies like the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency were coercing platforms to remove content related to vaccine safety and 2020 presidential election results.

    >Foreign adversaries have been found deploying fake social media personas that have engaged with or provoked real-life users in an attempt to assess U.S. domestic issues and learn what political themes divide voters. > >The U.S. has been putting its foot down in diplomacy talks on election interference, telling major economic adversaries like China to not intervene in election processes come November. Two weeks ago in Shanghai and Beijing, cyberspace and digital policy ambassador Nathaniel Fick and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken gave a stern warning to Chinese officials about election dynamics. > >“The secretary … delivered a very clear message that we view interference in our domestic democratic process as dangerous and unacceptable,” Fick said in a separate RSA briefing with reporters Monday. “Diplomacy is most important when it is most challenging, which is why the discussions with the Chinese at this moment matter a lot,” he said.

    !xi !putin-wink Sounds like no more rubles or Xi bucks. Back to sharing one toothbrush no iphone 😂

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    Media Criticism @lemmy.ml davel [he/him] @lemmy.ml

    FAIR: TikTok Law Is an Attempt to Censor, Not a Warning to Big Tech

    fair.org TikTok Law Is an Attempt to Censor, Not a Warning to Big Tech

    It’s not a good-faith regulation to protect the populace, but an effort to either seize or severely weaken TikTok in the name of US interests.

    TikTok Law Is an Attempt to Censor, Not a Warning to Big Tech

    Emphasis original: >[NYT’s Cecilia] Kang’s thesis [link] was premised on years’ worth of media and policymaker fearmongering that TikTok user data was susceptible to surveillance by the Chinese government (BuzzFeed News, 6/17/22; Forbes, 10/20/22; Guardian, 11/7/22). According to Kang’s colleagues, the law’s enactment was prompted by “concerns that the Chinese government could access sensitive user data” (New York Times, 4/26/24). In 2023, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte sought to prohibit TikTok throughout his state on the grounds that “the Chinese Communist Party” was “collecting US users’ personal, private and sensitive information” (Montana Free Press, 5/17/23). (Gianforte’s attempt was later thwarted by a federal judge.) > >If such fears were officials’ genuine motivation, one could hope that broader data-privacy regulation might follow. Yet, as the Times neglected to mention, the spying accusations are tenuous—and deeply cynical. As even US intelligence officials concede, apprehensions about China’s access to TikTok user data are strictly hypothetical (Intercept, 3/16/24). And, despite its bombshell headline “Analysis: There Is Now Some Public Evidence That China Viewed TikTok Data,” CNN (6/8/23) cautioned that said evidence—a sworn statement from a former ByteDance employee—“remains rather thin.” > >Given their dubious nature, it’s hard to see these data-privacy claims as anything other than a pretext for the US to throttle TikTok. By forcing either divestment or a ban, the US, at least in theory, wins: It transfers a tremendously lucrative and influential company into its own hands, or it prevents that company from serving as a platform—albeit one with plenty of problems—on which people can engage in and learn from discourses that are critical of US empire.

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    Vijay Prashad at Gabriel Rockhill’s CTW: Lenin and the Route to Anti-Imperialism

    On how Lenin’s theory of imperialism was a conjunctural one to the period rather than a general/universal one, and how to conjuncturaly theorize on later periods, up to the present.

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    Full text: China-France Joint Statement on the Situation in the Middle East

    >At the invitation of H.E. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, paid a state visit to France from May 5 to 7, 2024. The two heads of state had an in-depth exchange of views on the situation in the Middle East: > >1. As permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, China and France are working together to find constructive solutions, based on international law, to the challenges and threats to international security and stability. > >2. China and France condemn all violations of international humanitarian law, including all acts of terrorist violence and indiscriminate attacks against civilians. They recall the absolute imperative of protecting civilians in Gaza in accordance with international humanitarian law. The two heads of state expressed their opposition to an Israeli offensive on Rafah, which would lead to a humanitarian disaster on a larger scale, as well as to forced displacement of Palestinian civilians. > >3. The two heads of state stressed that an immediate and sustainable ceasefire is urgently needed to enable the delivery of large-scale humanitarian aid and the protection of civilians in the Gaza Strip. They called for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages and the guarantee of humanitarian access to meet their medical and other humanitarian needs, as well as respect for international law with regard to all detainees. They called for the immediate and effective implementation of relevant United Nations resolutions, in particular Security Council resolutions 2712, 2720 and 2728. This is the only credible way to guarantee peace and security for all and to ensure that neither Palestinians nor Israelis will suffer from the horrors they have experienced since the attack on October 7, 2023. > >4. The two heads of state called for the effective opening of all necessary corridors and crossing points to enable rapid, safe, sustainable and unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid throughout the Gaza Strip. The two heads of state stressed the importance of strengthening the coordination of international humanitarian efforts. > >5. The two heads of state called on all parties to refrain from unilateral measures on the ground that might aggravate tensions, and in this respect condemned Israel's policy of settlement construction, which violates international law and constitutes a major obstacle to lasting peace as well as to the possibility of establishing a viable and contiguous State of Palestine. The two heads of state reiterated that the future governance of Gaza cannot be dissociated from a comprehensive political settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the two-State solution. > >6. The two heads of state called for a decisive and irreversible relaunch of a political process to concretely implement the two-State solution, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security, both with Jerusalem as their capital, and the establishment of a viable, independent and sovereign State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders. The two heads of state reaffirmed their commitment to this solution, which is the only way to meet the legitimate aspirations of the Israeli and Palestinian people for lasting peace and security. > >7. The two heads of state also expressed deep concern over the risk of escalation in the region, and called for the prevention of regional turbulence. China and France are working with their partners to deescalate the situation and call on all parties to exercise restraint. > >8. China and France reaffirm their commitment to promoting a political and diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action concluded in 2015 is a major outcome of multilateral diplomacy. The two countries are concerned about the risks of escalation, recall the importance of cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency and facilitation of diplomatic efforts, and reaffirm their commitment to safeguarding the international non-proliferation regime and promoting peace and stability in the Middle East. > >9. The two heads of state stressed the importance of safeguarding freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, and called for an immediate cessation of attacks on civilian vessels to safeguard maritime security and global trade and prevent regional tensions and humanitarian and environmental risks. > >10. The two heads of state called for the observance of the Olympic Truce during the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Olympic Truce calls on all parties to stop hostilities throughout the Games. As conflicts spread and tensions rise, the Truce is an opportunity to work toward a durable resolution of conflicts in full respect of international law.

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    NYT awarded Pulitzer for Oct. 7 Al-Aqsa Flood coverage at Columbia University today

    https://www.pulitzer.org/prize-winners-by-year/2024 >International Reporting: Staff of The New York Times > >For its wide-ranging and revelatory coverage of Hamas’ lethal attack in southern Israel on October 7, Israel’s intelligence failures and the Israeli military’s sweeping, deadly response in Gaza.

    Context:

    The Intercept: “Between the Hammer and the Anvil” The Story Behind the New York Times October 7 Exposé >Israel promised it had extraordinary amounts of eyewitness testimony. “Investigators have gathered ‘tens of thousands’ of testimonies of sexual violence committed by Hamas on Oct. 7, according to the Israeli police, including at the site of a music festival that was attacked,” Schwartz, Gettleman, and Stella reported on December 4. Those testimonies never materialized.

    >“It doesn’t make any sense,” said Abdush’s sister, that in a short timespan “they raped her, slaughtered her, and burned her?” Speaking about the rape allegation, her brother-in-law said: “The media invented it.”

    >“There is nothing,” Schwartz said she was told. “There was no collection of evidence from the scene.”

    Vanity Fair: New York Times Launches Leak Investigation Over Report on Its Israel-Gaza Coverage Management has questioned staffers, including Daily producers, after The Intercept revealed internal debate over a yet-to-air episode on Hamas weaponizing sexual violence. Such a probe is highly unusual, say staffers, one of whom dubbed it a “witch hunt.”

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    United States | News & Politics @lemmy.ml davel [he/him] @lemmy.ml

    San Diego jury finds two Los Angeles men guilty of ‘antifa’ conspiracy in unique prosecution

    www.sandiegouniontribune.com San Diego jury finds two Los Angeles men guilty of 'antifa' conspiracy in unique prosecution

    Both defendants counter-protested at a 2021 "Patriot March" in Pacific Beach that included scuffles with Trump supporters

    San Diego jury finds two Los Angeles men guilty of 'antifa' conspiracy in unique prosecution
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    Second Thought: Is The US Headed Towards Fascism?

    >The economic base of fascism has always been the petit bourgeois, or as I like to call them, the roofing class. Small business owners. The guys who have a handful of contractors and pay 1,200 bucks a month on an F-150 Raptor that’s never been used for any kind of manual labor.

    >Every worker in this country has always been at the mercy of the elite, but not the elite fascists assume are pulling the strings. It’s not a shadow cabal of elite Jews, it’s just the people who own the means of production. They’re not shy about it. People like Warren Buffet routinely admit there’s a class war being waged, and that the capitalists want to make sure that they win it.

    >On the whole, there’s a reason the ruling class tolerates fascism and not socialism. Socialism is genuinely revolutionary, whereas fascism is just a cancerous offshoot of capitalism that can, in their mind, be used as a tool when needed.

    >What we’re seeing today has the same hallmarks of every other period where fascism has grown in popularity: economic insecurity, the formation of fascist paramilitaries, and a series of charismatic figures trying to tap into the rising tide of far-right populism for personal gain.

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    www.middleeastmonitor.com Israel using Meta's WhatsApp to kill Palestinians in Gaza through AI system

    Israel's AI-aided system Lavender is identifying alleged 'suspects' in Gaza which the military is targeting in air strikes by tracking their WhatsApp contacts, Tech for Palestine's Paul Biggar has said....

    Israel using Meta's WhatsApp to kill Palestinians in Gaza through AI system

    >According to software engineer and blogger, Paul Biggar, however, one key detail on the methods employed by the Lavender system that is often overlooked is the involvement of the messaging platform, WhatsApp. A major determining factor of the system’s identification is simply if an individual is in a WhatsApp group containing another suspected militant. > >Aside from the inaccuracy of the method and the moral question of targeting Palestinians based on shared WhatsApp groups or social media connections, there is also notably the doubt it brings to the platform being privacy-based and guaranteeing “end-to-end” encryption for messages. > >Stating that WhatsApp’s parent company, Meta, makes it complicit in Israel’s killing of “pre-crime” suspects in Gaza, Biggar accused the company of directly violating international humanitarian law, as well as its own public commitment to human rights. > >These revelations are the latest evidence of Meta – formerly Facebook – aiding in the suppression of Palestinian and pro-Palestinian voices, with the platform long having been criticised for taking significant steps to shut down dissent against Israeli and Zionist narratives. Those measures have included permitting adverts promoting a holocaust against Palestinians and even attempting to flag the word ‘Zionist’ as hate speech.

    >Questioning the accuracy of the report, a WhatsApp spokesperson told MEMO: “We have no information that these reports are accurate. WhatsApp has no backdoors and we do not provide bulk information to any government. For over a decade, Meta has provided consistent transparency reports and those include the limited circumstances when WhatsApp information has been requested. Our principles are firm – we carefully review, validate and respond to law enforcement requests based on applicable law and consistent with internationally recognized standards, including human rights.

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    nypost.com College students aren’t having enough sex — so they’re turning to anti-Israel protests: NYU professor

    “I think part of the problem is young people aren’t having enough sex so they go on the hunt for fake threats,” Scott Galloway said.

    College students aren’t having enough sex — so they’re turning to anti-Israel protests: NYU professor

    >“I think part of the problem is young people aren’t having enough sex so they go on the hunt for fake threats and the most popular threat through history is [antisemitism].”

    >Galloway said American society would not survive if its people could not rally behind noble causes — adding that much of what he was seeing reminded him of the early rise of Hitler. > >“It’s easy to poke fun at these kids, but history has a way of repeating itself, and this is how it starts. In ’30s Germany, a progressive community, a thriving gay community, excellent academic institutions. And how it started, was it was fashionable to wear a brown shirt and mock students at the University of Vienna,’ Galloway said.

    >Galloway repeated his observation which went viral this week that if students at terrorist encampments were chanting slogans calling for the death of black or gays they would be swiftly stamped out. > >And that professors who did so would never work again.

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    www.theguardian.com Senior Democrat calls for arrests of ‘leftwing fascists’ urging Gaza ceasefire

    Congressman Adam Smith says ‘totalitarian’ protesters are ‘trying to silence anyone who dares to disagree with them’

    Senior Democrat calls for arrests of ‘leftwing fascists’ urging Gaza ceasefire

    >Protesters calling for Israel to cease fire in its war with Hamas who have disrupted US public events and infrastructure are practicing “leftwing fascism” or “leftwing totalitarianism”, a senior US House Democrat said, adding that such protesters are “challenging representative democracy” and should be arrested. > >“Intimidation is the tactic,” said Adam Smith of Washington state, the ranking Democrat on the House armed services committee. “Intimidation and an effort to silence opposition … I don’t know if there’s such a thing as leftwing fascism. If you want to just call it leftwing totalitarianism, then that’s what it is. It is a direct challenge to representative democracy now.” > >Smith was speaking – before the outbreak this week of mass protests on US college campuses, many producing arrests – to the One Decision Podcast and its guest host Christina Ruffini, a CBS News reporter.

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    NYT op-ed: Government Surveillance Keeps Us Safe

    www.nytimes.com Opinion | Government Surveillance Keeps Us Safe

    A surveillance law referred to as Section 702 is needed to protect us from foreign threats.

    Opinion | Government Surveillance Keeps Us Safe

    Paywall bypass: http://archive.today/KYV3b

    >Mr. Waxman served in senior national security roles in the George W. Bush administration. Mr. Klein served as the chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board from 2018 to 2021.

    • Matthew Waxman: https://w.wiki/9qQ3
    • Adam Klein: https://www.strausscenter.org/person/adam-klein/
      • Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law: https://w.wiki/9qQ8
      • Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board: https://w.wiki/9qQ2
      • Center for a New American Security: https://w.wiki/9qP$

    >Some of the bill’s critics argued that the F.B.I. should be required to obtain a warrant from a special FISA court before using the information collected under 702 when investigating Americans who may be involved in terrorism, espionage or other national security threats. But requiring such a warrant would have been unnecessary and unwise. > >Getting a FISA court order is bureaucratically cumbersome and would slow down investigations — especially fast-moving cybercases, in which queries have proved especially useful. It would cause agents to miss important connections to national security threats. And because this information has already been lawfully collected and stored, its use in investigation doesn’t require a warrant under the Constitution. > >Another problem is that the probable cause needed for a warrant is rarely available early in an investigation. But that’s precisely when these queries are most useful. Database checks allow an agent to quickly see whether there is a previously unnoticed connection to a foreign terrorist, spy or other adversary. > >Balances struck between security and privacy need continual refinement. Recent years have shown Section 702’s great value for national security. But they have also revealed lax compliance at the F.B.I. The latest reauthorization boosts privacy without blinding our country to threats in today’s dangerous world.

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