What would a former Gitmo detainee, a journalist in a small central Asian newspaper and an editor of a big Western publication have in common? They are provided with documents from WikiLeaks about politics in the region, but what will they do with them? ALL PARTS OF THE MOVIE: http://on.rt.com/rv5ose
Jay Rosen has information about ‘First Look’ (formerly NewCo) up. He includes the Omidyar Group’s press release and his further understanding of it. It says that the journalism will be non-profit, the tech end will be for profit. a Q and A followed below.
GCHQ and NSA targeted charities, Germans, Israeli PM and EU chief
• Unicef and Médecins du Monde were on surveillance list
• Targets went well beyond potential criminals and terrorists
• Revelations could cause embarrassment at EU summit
“The papers show GCHQ, in collaboration with America’s National Security Agency (NSA), was targeting organisations such as the United Nations development programme, the UN’s children’s charity Unicef and Médecins du Monde, a French organisation that provides doctors and medical volunteers to conflict zones. The head of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) also appears in the documents, along with text messages he sent to colleagues.”
‘Venezuelan Elections See Clear Victory for the PSUV Led by Nicolas Maduro & Their Allies‘
“Despite right wing economic war in recent months, the candidates of ‘Chavismo’ comfortably won Sunday’s municipal elections, consolidating President Maduro’s leadership, and further enhancing Venezuelan democracy, writes VSC Secretary Francisco Dominguez.
The PSUV and allied candidates got 49.24 per cent of the popular vote, whilst the right wing candidates, got 42.72 per cent. Thus, the PSUV had an electoral victory by a healthy margin of 7 per cent. The electoral turnout was 59.82 per cent. This is high, since in Venezuela municipal elections tend to have low electoral turnouts.”
(you’ll likely remember that municipal elections were supposed to act as a bellwether for the future of Maduro’s regime.)
‘The NSA review panel didn’t answer the real question: was any of this legal?’ by Marcy Wheeler at the Guardian.
‘President Obama’s NSA review is cast as a set of ‘policy recommendations’ as if this is all just a political debate.’
An article from Common Dreams begins: “President Obama on Thursday announced that he has sent a team of combat-ready soldiers to the country of South Sudan amid growing violence and increasing talk of “civil war” in the African nation.”
South Sudan has the third largest oil reserves in Sub-Saharan Africa. Interesting how that works out. The US is always eager to wage a ‘humanitarian intervention’ wherever oil is to be had.”
i was wrong; i’d thought he’d be sending troops to Central African Republic (CAR).
from the Atlantic, ‘Glenn Greenwald’s New Media Company Is a Bespoke Firm. And we may be about to see a lot more like it.’
and for the glory of it, and especially for juliania, this is the scene from Invictus in which the new zealand all blacks are warming up to play the south african springboks in the world cup rugby final; it’s their Haka war dance. (i can’t stop the blue ink for some reason.)