A U.S.-Mexico Pledge to End Disappearances Fails to Grapple With the Complicity of the State

Experts say that accomplishing that goal would require a fundamentally new approach to security and insecurity in Mexico. “Multiple drivers for the conflict haven’t been really touched so far — neither from the U.S. side, nor from the Mexican side.” Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images It was evident from the beginning that state violence, including enforced disappearances, was a feature, not a bug, of
| Justice, World |

Greece supports Egypt’s position on GERD: Greek PM

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his support for Egypt’s position on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) dispute. “We support Egypt’s positions regarding the Renaissance Dam,” he said, adding that the issue must be resolved by peaceful means, and that the Nile waters are vital for life. He stressed the need to return peace and stability to the Libyan state through
| Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Cyprus |

Ruling Class Fears of The Day of Reckoning: Historical Causes for the Biases Against Crowds

Expose the propagandist roots and branches of our biases against crowds while showing some of the scientific evidence that supports the actual behavior of crowds. To outline what historical events occurred that supported the prejudice against crowds. Propose that it is ruling-class fears of crowds that fuels the perpetuation of unscientific theories about crowds. Propose that ruling class fears that working-class people mobilized
| Censorship, Classism, Counter Enlightenment |

Fifty percent of Egyptian projects to be green starting 2021: minister

This can have a direct link with the construction sector by making use of urban communities waste to produce clean energy, she added. In her speech during the third International Conference Sustainable Construction and Project Management Integrated Management for Smart Cities, organized by the Ministry of Housing from June 20 to 22 at the National Center for Housing and Building Research,
| Environment, e-waste, environment minister |

Cameroon: UN Agency Says Cameroon Home to Half a Million Refugees

[VOA] Yaoundé -- Marking World Refugee Day, June 20, the United Nations Refugee Agency, the UNHCR, is calling on host communities to show more sympathy and love for those fleeing crises in their home country and who are now threatened by COVID-19. The UNHCR says Cameroon is home to close to half a million refugees, mostly from Nigeria and the
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East Africa: We Need Radical Change to End Violence Against Women and Girls - GBV Experts

[UNFPA] If violence against women and girls is to end and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 on gender equality is to be achieved on the African continent by 2030, robust interventions, sustained investments and political commitment need to be in place and supported by diverse partners working togethers. This was the conclusion of more than 100 gender equality experts, policymakers,
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Methane menace: Aerial survey spots ‘super-emitter’ landfills

The state hopes to eventually replace the planes with space satellites. California in April announced a $100 million project, backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, to launch satellites in 2023 that will pinpoint large emissions of greenhouse gases from landfills and other sources, such as refineries, pipelines and farms. Reporting by Nichola Groom; editing by Richard Valdmanis and Brian Thevenot
| Environment, climate change, pollution |

I Visited a Chinese Lab at the Center of a Biosafety Debate. What I Learned Helps Explain the Clash Over Covid-19’s Origins.

Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images I was living in Shanghai when a new avian flu virus emerged there in 2013. The outbreak started in February, shortly after the Lunar New Year, when an 87-year-old man and his two sons showed up at a local hospital with a fever and other symptoms. By early March, the elderly man was dead, leading an
| Politics, Voices, World |

India's Vaccine Makers Are Pandemic Profiteers, Not Humanitarians

The Prince of Profit Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images Westward Expansion The TRIPS waiver might become yet another humanitarian response to India’s viral surge that enriches Poonawalla. Photo: Noah Seelam/AFP via Getty Images Immunity for Sale Do you have a coronavirus story you want to share? Email us at coronavirus@theintercept.com or use one of these secure methods to contact a reporter. By distributing vaccines through the
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Iran’s Leading Candidate for President is a far right Notorious Hanging Judge

“Ebrahim Raisi was the first candidate to comment on what his possible government would do in relation to the existing social gaps. Raisi said this social issue sourced from injustice and the judiciary has already come up with plans to implement justice at various administrative levels. He added that justice should be observed in relation to economic capacities and decisions. He
| Featured, Iran |

The Mink Shall Inherit the Earth: Animals Given Russian Covid Vax Pass Immunity on to Offspring

The fate of millions of European mink became a matter of global attention last year after Denmark gassed its entire population of 15-17 million of the furry animal over coronavirus fears. The story gained further attention after authorities had to exhume the animals’ carcasses and incinerate them due to concerns about environmental pollution.
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Northern Cyprus: Three journalists facing jail time for reporting sale of passports

NewsThree journalists are being tried in Turkish-recognized Northern Cyprus on a charge of “violating privacy” for exposing an alleged plan to sell Turkish Cypriot passports. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the North Nicosia criminal court that began trying them on 4 June to take account of the public interest value of their reporting.
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Israel: Biden has 'no intention' of launching new initiative on Palestinian file

The Hebrew-language Walla news website in Israel has quoted a US official as saying that the Biden administration intends to progress slowly with the new government led by Naftali Bennett. There is "no intention" of launching a new initiative on the Palestinian issue any time soon, it claimed. New Israeli Prime Minister Bennett had his first phone discussion with US
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East |

Go back to my country? As a Palestinian, I wish I could

I was taking part in a recent protest in California, proudly waving my Palestinian flag, when a couple drove past in a white pick-up truck and shouted, "Go back to your country!" A light breeze grazed my arms, so I decided to retrieve my hoodie. I was offered an escort by another protester for safety. As I crossed the intersection
| Article, Asia & Americas, Big Slide |

Bitcoin as legal tender? Here’s why the World Bank denied El Salvador’s plea

El Salvador became the first country in the world to vote in favor of formally implementing bitcoin as legal tender Two weeks later, citing environmental and transparency concerns, the World Bank refused to accept El Salvador’s request for technical help What does ‘legal tender’ mean? Should your business accept Bitcoin? What else is being done by the nation?
| Latest, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency |

The Flying Pangolin, by Andreas Canetti

This paper has not been written by a microbiologist or virologist but by a scholar with a background in security politics, military strategy, and history in an attempt to understand the present crisis, which demands knowledge in several disciplines. We know that the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) with its disease COVID-19 is very contagious. Many people...
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The other Big Lie undermining Democracy: Why our Recent Wars Began, and how Badly they were Bungled

Bipartisan Congressional investigations into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including sworn testimony by presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump, as well as vice presidents Cheney, Biden, and Pence, and those failed former commanding generals of ours. Bipartisan Congressional investigations into the military’s endless lies about progress in its wars, coupled with war crimes inquiries as needed. Major reductions in military spending by
| Militarization, National Security State, Pentagon |

The Intersectional Empire Takes on the World, by Oliver Williams

When Donald Trump suggested renaming Fort Bragg after Al Sharpton, it was a punchline. Contrary to the former Presidents wishes, ten Army posts named after Confederate generals are to be renamed. Trump's joke could well be prophetic. To guess what kind of names the powers that be might go for, we can look to the...
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Tunisia: Tunisian-Italian Twinning Project to Support Administrative Justice Reform in Tunisia Extended to October 2021

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- (TAP Correspondent /Maroua Ben Abdennebi) - The Tunisian-Italian twinning project to support the reform of administrative justice in Tunisia will be extended until October 2021, said the President of the Italian Council of State, Filippo Patroni Griffi, in a speech delivered Thursday at the Council's headquarters in Rome, before President Kais Saied.
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The Méndez Principles: Sharpening the View on Interrogation and Utilitarianism

Resistance – Bentham expressed clear reservations because, “[i]n men of firm tempers acute pain especially when suffered by such means will sometimes raise such a stock of spirits as shall be sufficient to enable them to support it.” Effective interviewers aim to facilitate cooperation, not resistance. Memory – Bentham preferenced chronic over acute pain “when the nature of the discovery sought
| Human Rights, Intelligence activities, Law Enforcement |

Turkey has strategic position to become green hydrogen exporter to Europe, EBRD bank says

Turkey's strategic position on the Southern Gas Corridor could help it become an exporter of green hydrogen to Europe, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) says, SP Global reports. Cristian Carraretto, associate director of Green Economy and Climate Action at EBRD said that Europe is the driving force in terms of demand growth for hydrogen and this creates the
| EU, Europe & Russia, News |

Israel dismisses probes into 90% of anti-Arab religious hate crimes

Israel has reportedly closed nine out of ten investigations into anti-Arab religious hate crime cases between 2018 and 2020 on account of not being able to locate the perpetrators. The cases entailed the vandalising of at least ten mosques and churches in both the occupied West Bank and within Israel. A decision by the State Prosecutor's Office is yet to
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Al-Azhar urges global response to resolve Nile crisis

The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Dr Ahmed El-Tayeb called on the world to assume its responsibility, stressing on the importance of action and standing together by Egypt and Sudan in their endeavour to preserve their rights to Nile waters. In a strongly worded statement, El-Tayeb demanded the international community "confront the claims made by some parties of owning the Nile
| Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia |

Sudan disappointed with outcomes of ties with Israel

Sudan is disappointed with the results of normalising relations with Israel and complained about insufficient investments in the fields of agriculture and technology, Israeli broadcaster Kan reported. The channel quoted Sudanese officials as saying that the US has not yet fulfilled the promise to invest in Sudan, as it pledged during the announcement of normalising relations with Israel nine months ago. The officials noted that signing
| Africa, Israel, Middle East |

Algeria's Movement of Society for Peace ready to join gov't coalition

Algeria's Movement of Society for Peace (MSP) announced, following the announcement of the legislative election results on Tuesday night, that it would consider any proposal to join the next government, provided that it is a serious offer that would be compatible with the party vision and platform. On Tuesday, the National Independent Authority for Elections (ANIE) announced that the National Liberation Front
| Africa, Algeria, News |

Bomb targets US-led coalition convoy west of Iraq

A bomb attack targeted a convoy of trucks carrying logistical equipment for the US-led anti-Daesh coalition, west of Iraq, a security source said. Anadolu reported Iraq Army Lieutenant Alaa Muhammad as saying: "An explosive device was planted near the highway within the administrative borders of Anbar Governorate, and exploded when a convoy of civilian trucks carrying logistical equipment belonging to the
| Asia & Americas, Iraq, Middle East |

Desertification and Drought Day: The Role of Nuclear Techniques in Combatting Desertification and Supporting Recovery

There’s nothing like a patch of bright maize field growing on fertile land, showered by refreshing rainwater. Two vital natural resources enabled the expansion of human civilizations throughout millennia: soil and water. Now they are both endangered by the altered landscape as a result of human exploitation, as well as climate change.
| News Story |

What can we expect from the Berlin II international conference on Libya?

Germany is preparing to host the second Berlin conference on Libya on 23 June in cooperation with the UN Mission in the North African country. The first conference was convened in January last year. Since then, Libya has seen a number of positive political and military developments. In terms of the latter, the country has been enjoying a ceasefire that
| Africa, Article, Europe & Russia |

Israel court delays release of Sheikh Kamal Al-Khatib

Israeli Magistrate's Court in Nazareth yesterday extended the detention of Sheikh Kamal Al-Khatib, the deputy chairman of Islamic Movement in Israel, until Sunday. Lawyer Omar Khamaisi, head of Al-Khatib's defence team, said that the judge looked at his file and spotted a number of mistakes and postponed the decision on his release to Sunday. According to the lawyer, the judge
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Hamas chief meets Morocco PM

Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh yesterday met with Moroccan Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani and officials from the ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD), the movement said in a statement. Haniyeh thanked El Othmani for the invitation, stressing that it reflects the depth of relationship between Morocco and Palestinian, as well as the people of both countries. "I hope that this
| Africa, Israel, Middle East |

UAE resumes flights to Syria

Direct flights between Syria's Damascus and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)'s cities of Dubai and Sharjah will resume on 20 June, the Syrian Ministry of Transport announced yesterday. In an official statement, the ministry said that the national airline, Syrian Air, will operate three flights to Sharjah and four to Dubai every week. In December 2018, the UAE reopened its
| Europe & Russia, Middle East, News |

Three Indian journalists could be jailed for nine years for tweets about video

NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the police of northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state to immediately withdraw the absurd charges, including “criminal conspiracy,” that they brought against three journalists for tweeting about a video of an elderly man being beaten up by other men. The accusation clearly borders on harassment, RSF says.
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Iraq PM calls on Sunni, Shia tribes in Salahadin to support state rule

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi yesterday called on Sunni and Shia tribes in Salahadin Governorate, to support the state authority and help preserve peace in society, Anadolu news agency reported. This came in a statement issued by Al-Kadhimi's office, on the sidelines of his visit to the province and meeting with tribal dignitaries in the city of Samarra where Shia and Sunni
| Iraq, Middle East, News |

Iran's Khamenei calls on people to actively participate in elections

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei yesterday called on Iranians to participate in the presidential elections scheduled tomorrow, saying the social system in Iran needs voters. "The elections are a fateful event in the country's history," Khamenei said in a live speech, accusing what he called "anti-Iranian media outlets" of seeking to confuse voters and convince them to boycott the elections.
| Iran, Middle East, News |

Palestine: poll shows significant support for Hamas after recent Israeli onslaught

A new poll published yesterday revealed a dramatic increase in support for Hamas following last month's brutal Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip. Conducted by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research, the study interviewed 1,200 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza last week. It found that about 53 per cent believe Hamas is "most deserving
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Libya seeks Qatari support for stability initiative at next week's Berlin conference

Libya's foreign minister on Wednesday expressed hope that Qatar will support her country's stability initiative, set to be presented at the second Berlin meeting next week, Anadolu reports. Najla Mangoush made the remarks in a meeting with her Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani on the sidelines of an Arab League meeting in the Qatari capital Doha,
| Africa, Europe & Russia, Germany |

Ethiopia: Ethiopia, Human Rights, and The Internet

[Brookings] Washington, DC -- No African issue has absorbed as much time in the early months of the Biden administration as has the ongoing--and avoidable--tragedy in Ethiopia's Tigray province. President Biden was forceful and correct in calling for an end to the "large-scale human rights abuses" occurring in Tigray, including the widespread sexual violence and the need for Eritrean and
| News |

Palestinian-Muslim delegation meet Turkish ambassador to London

A Palestinian-Muslim delegation met on Wednesday with Turkish Ambassador to London Ümit Yalçın, offering their thanks to Turkey over its continuous and permanent support for Palestinian cause on the official and popular levels. The delegation included Head of Palestinian Forum in London, Zahir Birawi, Head of Mayfair Cultural Centre in London, Dr Hafez al Karmi, and Director of Middle East
| Europe & Russia, Middle East, News |

Progressives Push for High-Speed Rail Funding in Infrastructure Deal

Progressives Push for High-Speed Rail Funding in Infrastructure Deal Jessica Corbett, staff writer jessica Jun 16, 2021 "This is part of our overall goal to create millions of union jobs in the United States of America building climate infrastructure to bring down our carbon emissions, save our future, and improve our quality of life."
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Iran: the only reformist candidate drops out of presidential campaign

The only reformist candidate in Iran's presidential election has dropped out today, state media have reported. Today is the last day of campaigning ahead of Friday's vote. Former Vice President Mohsen Mehralizadeh withdrew his candidacy along with hard-line rival Alireza Zakani, leaving just five candidates left. Such withdrawals have featured frequently in Iranian elections so as to boost the chances
| Iran, Middle East, News |

Ethiopia: Ethiopia Rejects Arab League Resolution Backing Egypt to Take GERD Meeting to UNSC

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- Ethiopia has "rejected in its entirety" a resolution by the Executive Council of the League of Arab States backing Egypt's position in calling for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to intervene to push Ethiopia to sign a binding agreement on the GERD negotiations before Ethiopia began the second filling of the mega day this
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RSF alarmed by gradual disappearance of independent media in Russia

NewsThe Moscow-based independent news website VTimes opted to go out of business a month after being added to Russia’s mandatory “foreign agents” register. In the run-up to parliamentary elections, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warns that the draconian “foreign agents” law is steadily killing off the country’s independent media and calls on Vladimir Putin to repeal it at once.
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Decoding why ‘zero-trust’ makes the company security posture more trustworthy

Instead of assuming everything behind the corporate firewall is safe, the zero-trust model assumes breach and verifies each request as though it originates from an open network The approach relies on various existing technologies and governance processes to accomplish its mission of securing the enterprise IT environment READ NEXTCan zero trust browsing protect your organization from itself? What is zero-trust security after all? The
| Latest, Business Intelligence, CIO |

Saudi Arabia: “It’s high time to free Raif Badawi”

NewsOn the nine-year anniversary of blogger Raif Badawi’s imprisonment, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Saudi authorities to release him without further delay and to lift the ban on leaving Saudi Arabia to which he was also sentenced. Badawi has completed nine of the 10 years in prison he was sentenced to for “insulting Islam.”
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Progressives, Big Tech Critics Celebrate Confirmation of Lina Khan as FTC Chair

Progressives, Big Tech Critics Celebrate Confirmation of Lina Khan as FTC Chair Jessica Corbett, staff writer jessica Jun 15, 2021 "Her presence on the FTC marks the beginning of the end of an era of lawlessness for powerful corporations that they've enjoyed at the expense of workers, smaller businesses, and democracy."
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Impermanent Vacation

Diaper Party, II, 1951 Cherry Grove Archives Collection, Gift of Harold Seeley Ed Burke in Ethel Merman’s Mermaid Costume, One Hundred Club Party, 1949 Cherry Grove Archives Collection, Gift of Harold Seeley Safe/Haven: Gay Life in 1950s Cherry Grove New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West (Entrance on 76th Street) Nyhistory.org Through October 11, 2021 End of Season APCG Ball, Community House, Woman with Headdress, September 1954
| ART 2021, CULTURE ARCHIVES, From The Archives |

Radio journalist threatened by soldier in northeastern DRC

NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) is extremely concerned to learn that a radio journalist in Ituri, one of the two provinces in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo that has been under a state of siege since 6 May, was threatened by a soldier in connection with his reporting. This intimidation attempt marks yet another step backwards for journalists’ safety in
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Egypt: Egypt, Saudi Arabia Agree to Boost Cooperation in Various Production, Service Sectors

[Egypt Online] Egypt and Saudi Arabia agreed on Monday to develop and promote aspects of cooperation in various production and service domains topped by trade, industry, investment, agriculture, health, education, transport, petroleum, media, environment, classifications and standards and small- and medium-scale projects, as well as financing, banking, customs, food, medicine, health and mineral wealth.
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