Friday, July 20, 2018

American journalist investigates organised crime in Southeast Asia — drugs, dognapping, defectors and the role of the Catholic Church | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

American journalist investigates organised crime in Southeast Asia — drugs, dognapping, defectors and the role of the Catholic Church | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post: From the drug dens of Myanmar to the mean streets of Thailand, writer Patrick Winn has come to understand his adopted home – and offer a written antidote to misrepresentations in Western media

Death Sentence Having Little Effect on Drug in Southeast Asia

Death Sentence Having Little Effect on Drug in Southeast Asia: The UN report says Colombia remains the world’s top producer of cocaine. Yet the amount of the drug seized in Asia in 2016 was three times greater than the amount seized one year earlier.

Myanmar’s Military Planned Rohingya Genocide, Rights Group Says - The New York Times

Myanmar’s Military Planned Rohingya Genocide, Rights Group Says - The New York Times: A meticulous campaign by the security forces led to the Muslim minority group’s exodus, a report by Fortify Rights finds.

China mediation diplomacy in focus as Xi Jinping heads to Africa

China mediation diplomacy in focus as Xi Jinping heads to Africa: Across the developing world, Beijing has engaged in mediation diplomacy, a style of conflict resolution where it's the sole or principal moderator, to protect its assets and gain recognition as a global superpower.

1.5 million affected by hack targeting Singapore’s health data - The Verge

1.5 million affected by hack targeting Singapore’s health data - The Verge: Singapore has been hit by the country’s "worst" cyberattack. Hackers stole information belonging to 1.5 million patients from SingHealth. Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, was among those targeted.

As Pakistan prepares for elections, its powerful military appears to be meddling

As Pakistan prepares for elections, its powerful military appears to be meddling: Pakistan's powerful army is accused of targeting former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and stifling media coverage ahead of a July 25 vote.

What Stays on Facebook and What Goes? The Social Network Cannot Answer - The New York Times

What Stays on Facebook and What Goes? The Social Network Cannot Answer - The New York Times: Asked about the kind of content Facebook keeps up and the kind it removes, company executives from Mark Zuckerberg on down have been comically tripped up in their responses.

God bless the ‘deep state’ - The Washington Post

God bless the ‘deep state’ - The Washington Post: Trump ignores evidence of his own intelligence community on election hacking.

The intelligence community has never faced a problem quite like this - The Washington Post

The intelligence community has never faced a problem quite like this - The Washington Post: But America’s agencies are resilient and are likely to “get on with it.”

Justice Department plans to alert public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy - The Washington Post

Justice Department plans to alert public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy - The Washington Post: The effort is designed to foil covert operations such as the one Russia undertook in 2016 to disrupt the presidential election.

Trump’s very bad, very weak week - The Washington Post

Trump’s very bad, very weak week - The Washington Post: With plenty of help from Trump.

‘That’s going to be special’: Tensions rise as Trump invites Putin to Washington - The Washington Post

‘That’s going to be special’: Tensions rise as Trump invites Putin to Washington - The Washington Post: What Trump and Putin discussed in Helsinki remains mostly a mystery.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh's poll numbers aren't good. Will it matter? - CNNPolitics

Brett Kavanaugh's poll numbers aren't good. Will it matter? - CNNPolitics: President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, has the lowest initial net support for confirmation compared with other recent Supreme Court nominees, according to two new polls released this week.

Mueller releases list of more than 500 pieces of evidence against Manafort | TheHill

Mueller releases list of more than 500 pieces of evidence against Manafort | TheHill: Special counsel Robert Mueller's office on Wednesday released an itemized list of evidence prosecutors are considering for use against Paul Manafort as the former Trump aide's Washington D.C. trial approaches.

Hackers account for 90% of login attempts at online retailers — Quartz

Hackers account for 90% of login attempts at online retailers — Quartz: Selling stolen personal data is a big business for hackers: Somewhere on the dark web, your e-mail address and a few passwords are probably for sale (hopefully, old ones). Cyber criminals buy troves of this information to try to login to websites where they can grab something valuable like cash, airline points, or merchandise like...

Man accused of death threats against Malaysia’s king and PM Mahathir among seven held over suspected militant links | South China Morning Post

Man accused of death threats against Malaysia’s king and PM Mahathir among seven held over suspected militant links | South China Morning Post: Malaysia has been on high alert since gunmen allied with Islamic State (IS) militant group carried out a series of attacks in Indonesia

Rodrigo Duterte: Philippine president attacks Catholic Church, calls God ‘stupid’ - The Washington Post

Rodrigo Duterte: Philippine president attacks Catholic Church, calls God ‘stupid’ - The Washington Post: The Philippine leader is known for his off-color and off-the-cuff rhetoric. But in a deeply religious nation, he might have gone too far.

Suspects in Novichok case flew out of UK in wake of attack, source says - CNN

Suspects in Novichok case flew out of UK in wake of attack, source says - CNN: British police have identified two suspects in the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN Thursday.

Erdogan, Flush With Victory, Seizes New Powers in Turkey - The New York Times

Erdogan, Flush With Victory, Seizes New Powers in Turkey - The New York Times: In a flurry of decrees since his inauguration last week, the Turkish president has made clear that he will wield unchecked authority in all walks of life.

E.U. Fines Google $5.1 Billion in Android Antitrust Case - The New York Times

E.U. Fines Google $5.1 Billion in Android Antitrust Case - The New York Times: European officials hit the internet giant with the record penalty for abusing its power in the smartphone market, the region’s latest move to rein in the clout of tech companies.

Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina ordered to remain in custody after prosecutors argue she has ties to Russian intelligence - The Washington Post

Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina ordered to remain in custody after prosecutors argue she has ties to Russian intelligence - The Washington Post: Federal prosecutors said she was linked to oligarch with ties to the Putin administration and appeared ready to flee.

Contentious nation-state law declaring Israel the Jewish homeland approved by lawmakers - The Washington Post

Contentious nation-state law declaring Israel the Jewish homeland approved by lawmakers - The Washington Post: The law’s passage was celebrated as a historic moment by Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies, but Arab legislators said the law was an expression of Jewish supremacy that had turned them into second-class citizens.

Putin wants to silence Bill Browder. Trump is eager to help. - The Washington Post

Putin wants to silence Bill Browder. Trump is eager to help. - The Washington Post: As Putin tries to stifle Bill Browder, Trump champions the Russian strongman’s agenda.

Maria Butina makes Trump's Russia utterances impossible to stomach - The Washington Post

Maria Butina makes Trump's Russia utterances impossible to stomach - The Washington Post: Maria Butina isn’t part of Mueller’s investigation, but she is in U.S. custody.

Censure the president - The Washington Post

Censure the president - The Washington Post: An official reprimand would not be a substitute for impeachment but a possible precursor to it.

Why won’t Republicans finally demand Trump release his tax returns? - The Washington Post

Why won’t Republicans finally demand Trump release his tax returns? - The Washington Post: Recent developments suggest he may be under increasing financial pressure.

Congrats, comrades, on shaking Democrats up the right way - The Washington Post

Congrats, comrades, on shaking Democrats up the right way - The Washington Post: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her comrades are shaking up politics in constructive and promising ways.

How Trump’s tariffs on Mexico are taking jobs from U.S. workers - The Washington Post

How Trump’s tariffs on Mexico are taking jobs from U.S. workers - The Washington Post: “We’re fighting against our own country,” one Missouri worker said.

As Russians describe ‘verbal agreements’ at summit, U.S. officials scramble for clarity - The Washington Post

As Russians describe ‘verbal agreements’ at summit, U.S. officials scramble for clarity - The Washington Post: The Trump administration has offered few specifics on meetings that the president describes as a “tremendous success.”

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Zuckerberg Tries to Clarify Remarks About Holocaust Deniers After Outcry - The New York Times

Zuckerberg Tries to Clarify Remarks About Holocaust Deniers After Outcry - The New York Times: Facebook’s chief executive had said in an interview that false and “deeply offensive” conspiracy theories alone were not enough to get someone barred from the site.