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File: 22276e52fae25d8⋯.jpg (56.35 KB, 400x667, 400:667, nicolai_yezhov_by_shoko_k_….jpg)

 No.138399

NKorea says it tested new weapon, wants Pompeo out of talks

North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations.

https://www.apnews.com/2ff1e53cfc9d42a7821c7f4e6a740642

Trump Administration Announces Measures Against Cuba, Venezuela And Nicaragua

The Trump administration has announced new sanctions and penalties against Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua aimed at both ending the rule of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and weakening Cuba's communist regime.

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/18/714552854/trump-administration-announces-measures-against-cuba-venezuela-and-nicaragua

German Nazi camp guard, 92, charged as accessory to thousands of murders

German prosecutors have charged a 92-year-old former concentration camp guard with being an accessory to murder, in what will be one of the last ever cases against Nazi-era war crimes.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-nazi-trial/german-nazi-camp-guard-92-charged-as-accessory-to-thousands-of-murders-idUSKCN1RU16F

US bitcoin trader may face death penalty in Thailand over 'sea home'

An American bitcoin entrepreneur could be facing the death penalty after Thailand’s navy accused him of violating the country’s sovereignty by building a “sea home’’ off the coast of Phuket.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/18/us-bitcoin-trader-may-face-death-penalty-in-thailand-over-sea-home

U.S. Aid Agency Is Preparing To Lay Off Most Local Staff For Palestinian Projects

Under orders from the Trump administration, the U.S. Agency for International Development is preparing to lay off most of its Palestinian aid workers in its West Bank and Gaza mission, according to U.S. government communications reviewed by NPR.

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/17/714269010/u-s-aid-agency-is-preparing-to-lay-off-most-local-staff-for-palestinian-projects

Separatists kill 14 passengers on bus in southwest Pakistan

Gunmen wearing Pakistani police and paramilitary uniforms ambushed a bus before dawn Thursday and killed 14 people after going through their ID cards and forcing them out on a remote part of a coastal highway in restive southwestern Baluchistan province, officials said.

https://www.apnews.com/cb1b2668a3b2426d8039b936fae4a235

Iran says its armed forces are not a regional threat

“I want to tell the regional countries that the armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran are not against you and your national interests. They stand against invaders… The roots of our problems are the Zionist regime and American imperialism,” Rouhani said.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-army-day-rouhani/iran-says-its-armed-forces-are-not-a-regional-threat-idUSKCN1RU0D7

Facebook bans UK far right groups and leaders

Facebook has imposed a ban on a dozen far-right individuals and organisations that it says "spread hate".The ban includes the British National Party and Nick Griffin, the English Defence League and the National Front.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47974579

Business Quietly Returns to Saudi Arabia After Khashoggi’s Murder

Six months after agents from Saudi Arabia murdered and dismembered the writer Jamal Khashoggi, companies are no longer shying away from the Arab kingdom.The movie theater giant AMC says it is moving ahead with ambitious expansion plans for dozens of cinemas there.

https://archive.is/X6VNv

Frankfurt students protest presence of far-right Alternative for Germany on university campus

Defying protests by students, politicians from all of the establishment political parties, including the Left Party, shared a platform with Jörg Meuthen from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) at a debate at Frankfurt’s University for Applied Sciences (UAS) on April 5. The police had to clear a path for the AfD leader to attend the event.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/18/fran-a18.html

 No.138414

The U.S. Now Ranks As A 'Problematic' Place For Journalists

The United States has become a less safe place for journalists, and the threats they face are becoming the standard, according to a new report by an international press freedom organization.

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/18/714625907/the-u-s-now-ranks-as-a-problematic-place-for-journalists

US attorney general orders denial of bond, indefinite detention of asylum seekers

In the latest outrage against the human rights of asylum seekers, US Attorney General William Barr ordered immigration judges to deny bond to all asylum seekers who are not part of family groups that include children.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/18/immi-a18.html

READ: The Mueller Report, With Redactions

Attorney General William Barr has released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election to Congress and the public.

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/18/708850903/read-the-full-mueller-report-with-redactions

Twitter eats ‘every last drop’ of Tucker Carlson’s weird moment on air

FOX News host Tucker Carlson took more heat than light on Twitter after he somehow compared the media to cannibals, who want to devour 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.“They don’t just want to vote for this guy,” Carlson said. “They want to consume him, like a hearty stew. Every last drop of Buttigieg – yum!” Carlson said Buttigieg had replaced former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke as a “younger, hotter candidate.”

https://www.rt.com/usa/456828-carslon-buttigieg-last-drop/

Nearly 60 Doctors, Other Medical Workers Charged In Federal Opioid Sting

Federal prosecutors are charging 60 doctors, pharmacists, medical professionals and others in connection with alleged opioid pushing and health care fraud, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/17/714014919/nearly-60-docs-other-medical-workers-face-charges-in-federal-opioid-sting

U.S. wins WTO ruling against China grain import quotas

The United States won a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on Thursday against China’s use of tariff-rate quotas for rice, wheat and corn, which it successfully argued limited market access for U.S. grain exports.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china-agriculture/us-wins-wto-ruling-against-china-grain-import-quotas-idUSKCN1RU1PM

Sears sues ex-CEO, Steven Mnuchin and others, claiming asset-stripping drove bankruptcy

Sears Holdings Corp. is suing its former chairman and CEO Eddie Lampert and a handful of former board members, including U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, for allegedly stripping the company of $2 billion in assets, reports CNBC.

https://www.axios.com/sears-sues-ex-ceo-steven-mnuchin-and-others-for-theft-of-billions-1555615740-1709bea1-286f-47b4-8422-9393bf21e23d.html


 No.138416

File: 3bbd4be77b96c7a⋯.png (127.44 KB, 365x312, 365:312, JollyGood.png)

>He and Supranee were the first volunteers to live on one of the floating structures and in February said he was drawn to the community as a place where “freedom-loving people can all gather together and actually be free together”.

Top lel. This story reads like a parody of ancaps. An idiot builds a bouy in international waters where he mines bitcoins and gets violated up the NAP by the nearest bourgeois state which gives him the death penalty.


 No.138423

OP/ED

Can Antitrust Law Rein in Facebook’s Data-Mining Profit Machine?

Facebook is always in the news, but not always for edifying reasons. Recently, the Trump administration sued Facebook for targeting housing ads to people in a discriminatory manner. In 2018, a great deal of coverage focused on how the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica misappropriated thousands of Facebook data points on more than 200 million users and may have used that data in efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Meanwhile, publishing executives continue to gripe about Facebook practices that have brought much of their industry to death’s door. As bad news piles up, some politicians and critics have begun to call for a breakup of big tech companies. But thus far, a step-by-step explanation of how its business model works and the relevant economic arguments have largely been missing.My paper, “The Antitrust Case Against Facebook,” details the quintessential market power fact-patterns that standard economics and competition law have made familiar. Facebook’s ability to inflict harm today on both consumers and news publishers rests heavily, though not exclusively, on a single practice that Facebook engages in: surveillance.

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2019/04/can-antitrust-law-rein-in-facebooks-data-mining-profit-machine.html

The Iran Floods and US Sanctions: 10 Million at Risk, But Who Cares?

You have certainly not heard much about this in the West. And it didn’t get a fraction of the media attention (and none of the hundreds of millions of Euro pledges by the perversely rich) that the Notre Dame fire did.However, if disastrous floods had hit 28 out of 31 provinces and affected 10 million people in some European country or in the US, I believe you would have heard about it from Day One.But now it is Iran. Only the Iranians.The situation is disastrous but not so much because thousands have died. Rather, because floods of this magnitude are likely to have terrible long-term consequences for agricultural and other production, infrastructure, energy production, transport and daily lives (see pictures below and on the links).The basic facts about 3 weeks into the disaster are:28 of 31 provinces affected, the area around Shiraz the most. 78 people have died and 1076 have been injured. 10 million Iranians have been affected and 2 million seem to be in direct need of assistance. More can be studied at the UN OCHA’s Reliefweb.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/04/18/the-iran-floods-and-us-sanctions-10-million-at-risk-but-who-cares/

How the Other Half Goes to College

Rich parents bribing their kids' way into elite schools shows how college admissions is anything but a meritocracy. But the flipside is how poor and working-class kids face barrier after barrier to attending higher education at all, as this advisor to first-generation college students explains.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/04/college-admissions-guidance-inequality-barriers-bribery

https://archive.is/eYPCI


 No.138440

File: 9b8e853a47cc197⋯.gif (1.25 MB, 268x200, 67:50, do it.gif)

>>138423

>Can Antitrust Law Rein in Facebook’s Data-Mining Profit Machine?

<the sheer avalanche of flaming salt if le drumpf administration's DoJ broke up FAANGS right before the election




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