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Lyra McKee murder: Journalist shot dead during Derry rioting

One of Northern Ireland's "most promising" journalists has been shot dead during rioting that police are treating as a terrorist incident.Dissident republicans are being blamed for killing 29-year-old Lyra McKee after violence broke out during police searches in Londonderry on Thursday.


Ecuador turns to Interpol to arrest former foreign minister & Assange supporter Patino

The former foreign minister of Ecuador will be placed on Interpol’s Red Notice list, after fleeing the country for fear of prosecution, as the government of Lenin Moreno continues to crack down on Julian Assange’s supporters.


'We Pray For The Caliphate To Return': ISIS Families Crowd Into Syrian Camps

The women huddle for shelter from the rain under a corrugated iron roof, their long black cloaks dragging in the mud as they wait in line for food and pray for the return of the ISIS caliphate.


White House says Trump spoke to Libyan commander Haftar on Monday

The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump spoke by phone to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar and discussed “ongoing counterterrorism efforts” by the leader of a military assault on the capital of Libya in opposition to the country’s internationally recognized government.


Teenage girl burned to death after reporting sexual harassment against headteacher in Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi teenage girl has been burned to death for reporting that her headteacher sexually harassed her.Nusrat Jahan Rafi, a 19-year-old from a small town 100 miles south of Dhaka, was killed at her school less than two weeks after she filed the complaint.


Sudan protesters 'to name transitional government'

The leaders of Sudan's protest movement say they will name members of a transitional authority on Sunday, to replace the current military junta.Following months of protests, the army ousted long-standing leader Omar al-Bashir last week.


Leica comes under fire for video featuring Tiananmen Square massacre

German camera brand Leica has come under fire in China after the release of a promotional video that features the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.The video, released earlier this week, comes just weeks before the 30th anniversary of the student-led demonstrations were shut down after Chinese soldiers fired at protesters.


Billboards in the sky, is it real? Space ads will be ‘so popular people would hate them’

The stars in the night sky will very soon be outshone by the glare of billboards – and in the not-too-distant future. That’s at least what Russian startup StartRocket has in mind as the company has announced plans to install a giant display at an altitude of nearly 500 kilometers.


Mali government resigns after massacre, insecurity

Mali’s prime minister and his whole government resigned on Thursday, four weeks after a massacre of some 160 Fulani herders by an ethnic vigilante group shocked the nation.


Chinese authorities arrest editors involved with workers’ protests

Chinese authorities intensified their crackdown on labour activists and leftist students last month, arresting journalists sympathetic to the plight of workers and critical of the government. This followed the detention of students and workers, 44 of whom are still in custody, for their involvement in a struggle by Jasic Technology workers last year to form an independent trade union.



<obtrusive unavoidable pollution in orbit as space ads

how did philip k dick miss this one?




> A Russian company called StartRocket says it’s going to launch a cluster of cubesats into space that will act as an “orbital billboard,” projecting enormous advertisements into the night sky like artificial constellations. And its first client, it says, will be PepsiCo — which will use the system to promote a “campaign against stereotypes and unjustified prejudices against gamers” on behalf of an energy drink called Adrenaline Rush.



>campaign against stereotypes and unjustified prejudices against gamers

Is this an epic troll?


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>Pepsi satellite billboard fighting gamer stereotypes to sell energy drinks

The world ended in 2012 and we've been in bizarro world ever since.


Armed vigilantes illegally detaining migrants on US border after being emboldened by Trump, human rights group says

Armed vigilantes are illegally detaining hundreds of migrants attempting to cross the southern US border, human rights activists have claimed.Ex-military veterans dressed in camouflage and armed with semi-automatic rifles can be seen rounding up Central Americans on videos shared online.


Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have officially requested Mueller testify before Congress

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler sent a letter Thursday to former FBI Director and special counsel chief Robert Mueller requesting he testify before Congress.


New York City population shrinks for second year in a row

The Big Apple isn’t as big as it used to be.New York City is hemorrhaging residents, losing about 40,000 people last year, according to an annual Census Bureau report released Thursday.



USW forces rotten deal on Harley-Davidson workers in Wisconsin

The United Steelworkers Local 2-209 and USW Local 460, which claim to represent over 1,000 steelworkers at Harley Davidson plants in Menomonee Falls and Tomahawk, Wisconsin, has rejected its membership’s demands for an improved contract and instead forced through the same concessions-filled deal workers rejected less than two weeks earlier.


A report on Trump's NAFTA overhaul found that it's not going to do much for the economy

A North American Free Trade Agreement overhaul that was rolled out last year would have a positive but modest effect on the US economy, the International Trade Commission said on Thursday.In a congressionally mandated report, independent experts said President Donald Trump's United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) would increase gross domestic product by 0.35%, or $68.5 billion, and jobs by 0.12%, or 176,000, by the time the deal is fully implemented in six years.


The world's largest investor says a $3.8 trillion market faces growing climate-change risk

BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, is doubling down on its view that investors in the US don't yet fully appreciate the just how disastrous an economic impact climate change could have at a time when environmental, social, and corporate governance investing is garnering mainstream attention.



Why Russiagate Will Never Go Away

Given that Russia’s economy today is smaller than Italy’s and its military budget wouldn’t buy a toilet seat or hammer in the U.S. military procurement system, the question of why Russia would seem a great mystery outside of history. And left unstated is that the U.S. defense industry needs enemies to survive. ‘Radical Islam,’ an invention of oil and gas industry flacks that turned out to be serviceable for marketing Tomahawk missiles and stealth fighter jets as well, lost some of its luster when ISIS and Al Qaeda came over to ‘our side.’ And humanitarian intervention ain’t what it used to be with Libya reduced to rubble and open-air slave markets now dotting the landscape.From 1948 through the early 1990s Russia was Pennywise the evil clown, helping to sell bananas, nuclear weapons and cut-rate underwear around the globe wherever American empire alighted. Costumed ‘communists,’ locals paid a day-rate to dress up and shout whatever slogans conveyed evil most effectively, were a staple of CIA interventions from Iran to Guatemala to the streets of New York, Boston and Los Angeles. Never mind that the slayer of monsters is more monstrous than an army of evil clowns, as the Koreans, Vietnamese, Laotians, Cambodians, Nicaraguans, El Salvadorans, Chileans, Iraqis, Afghanis, Yemenis and on and on, were to learn.The big why (?) here would suggest an eternal mystery were it not for the arithmetic we learned as tykes. The U.S. has an annual military budget that is larger than the next seven evil empires combined.


Twenty years since the Columbine High School massacre

There had been school shootings in the US prior to April 20, 1999, but in its planned and systematic character, in its desperate and cold-blooded brutality, in its scope (Harris, in a diary entry, fantasized—well before the September 11, 2001 attacks—about hijacking an airplane and crashing it in the middle of New York City) and in its conscious “political” timing (on Adolf Hitler’s birthday and the near anniversary of the right-wing terrorist attack in Oklahoma City in 1995), the Columbine event represented something qualitatively new and disturbing.The World Socialist Web Site, in the second year of its publication, recognized this.“However terrible its consequences, the mad rampage of Harris and Klebold has deep social roots,” wrote David North in “The Columbine High School massacre: American Pastoral … American Berserk” on April 27, 1999. What was it, North asked, citing a passage from novelist Philip Roth, that was leading vulnerable young people in America “into disaster”? “Look honestly at this society—its political leaders, its religious spokesmen, its corporate CEOs, its military machine, its celebrities, its ‘popular’ culture, and, above all, the entire economic system upon which the whole vast superstructure of violence, suffering and hypocrisy is based. It is there that the answer is to be found.”The “disaster” of American society has only worsened in the intervening two decades. Inevitably, the specific derangement and mayhem of school shootings, associated with the names of institutions such as Virginia Tech (2007), Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut (2012) and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida (2018), has continued.


The Anti-Sanders Press Influenced the 2016 Primary. Will It Do the Same Again?

Like many I watched the 2016 Democratic primary carefully, and like many I was appalled by what looked like rampant cheating of varying types and degrees by national party leaders, state officials and local functionaries. So I’m going to publish an occasional series on what went down in 2016 as a sort of inoculation against the same occurring again.I have another goal as well. Last time the Sanders campaign was surprised by its popularity, and I suspect it took some time for its leaders to adapt to what it was starting to accomplish. I also suspect that the cheating, the tilting of the playing field, the attacks from the wings by actors not even in the play also surprised the campaign, and it found itself scrambling to respond, or scrambling to decide even to respond at all.



>Chinese authorities arrest editors involved with workers’ protests

/leftypol/ will defend this


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Suppression of labor movements has a class character you fucking imperialist cracker.


>space billboards

I take it back, China and India please continue shooting down satellites. Kessler syndrome now









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