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Facebook backtracks after removing Warren ads calling for Facebook breakup | Politico

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 11, 2019 09:54 PM
"The ads, which had identical images and text, touted Warren's recently announced plan to unwind "anti-competitive" tech mergers, including Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram. “Three companies have vast power over our economy and our democracy. Facebook, Amazon, and Google," read the ads, which Warren's campaign had placed Friday. "We all use them. But in their rise to power, they’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field in their favor.” A message on the three ads said: “This ad was taken down because it goes against Facebook's advertising policies.”"

Footage Contradicts U.S. Claim That Nicolás Maduro Burned Aid Convoy | The New York Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 11, 2019 07:00 PM
"After the truck was destroyed, the Colombian government sent CCTV footage from the bridge to American officials and Colombian journalists, according to officials and journalists who received them. The footage was edited to show circles around Venezuelan security forces throwing tear gas canisters, which explode on impact, toward the aid convoy. Subsequent images show the truck erupting into smoke, implying that it was the Venezuelan officials who were responsible. But the footage distributed by the Colombian government removes the 13-minute period before the fire begins."

Venezuela must pay Conoco over $8 billion: World Bank | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 11, 2019 07:54 AM
"Conoco previously has used legal seizures of Venezuelan oil assets to enforce its claims. ... Venezuela’s main foreign asset is U.S.-based Citgo Petroleum, an oil refiner that recently appointed with Washington’s support a board of directors independent of Venezuela’s socialist government. ... Canadian mining firms Rusoro Mining Ltd and Crystallex International Corp last fall each settled an arbitration claim with Venezuela for more than $1 billion. ... Venezuela’s nationalization wave, led by Chavez as part of his Socialist project, led to more than 20 international arbitration claims, which remain mostly unpaid."

Heavily Armed Soldiers Aborted a Plan to Enter Venezuela by Force | Bloomberg

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 11, 2019 07:47 AM
"Despite calls for military intervention, no major government involved -- U.S., Brazil or Colombia -- is planning such a move. Those who oppose the idea say it’d require tens of thousands of troops and billions of dollars in a country twice the size of Iraq with both a standing army and citizen militias. But as the situation deteriorates and as hundreds of soldiers escape to Colombia, debate over targeted military operations continues behind the scenes."

Demonizing Ilhan Omar: Why the entire political establishment wants to crush one woman | Salon

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 10, 2019 09:37 PM
"A majority of states have passed laws punishing -- and in some sense prohibiting — participation in boycotts against Israel. This is specifically aimed at the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) strategy, modeled on the one used to pressure South Africa to end apartheid in the 1980s, even as Israel supported South Africa. These anti-BDS laws clearly aim to punish political speech and are inherently abhorrent to the First Amendment." ... Labeling anyone who speaks of Jews and money in the same sentence as an anti-Semite weakens our fight against the real anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi, and other white nationalist forces that have seen a resurgence in recent years. It also stifles legitimate discussion about the enormous power of special interests, something that threatens our democratic political system."

Ilhan Omar in Her Own Words: I Know What Hate Feels Like | Democracy Now

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 09, 2019 09:24 AM
"So, for me, I want to talk about—I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country. I want to ask: Why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, of fossil fuel industries or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying group that is influencing policy? Right? ... But now that you have two Muslims who are saying, “Here is a group of people that we want to make sure they have the dignity that you want everybody else to have,” we get to be called names, and we get to be labeled as hateful?"

Tom Watson sets up centre-left group within Labour party | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 09, 2019 09:21 AM
"In particular, he urged Corbyn to reshuffle his shadow cabinet, and to take personal oversight of the handling of antisemitism cases. But with little sign of the Labour leader making any concessions to the splitters, and the antisemitism crisis in the party deepening, Watson plans to bring like-minded backbenchers together in what is being called the Future Britain Group at a meeting on Monday."

How anti-Semitism row is tearing apart the Labour party | Financial Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 09, 2019 09:19 AM
"Accusations that the leadership has tolerated a culture of anti-Semitism are splitting Britain’s main opposition party. It was one of several reasons cited by eight MPs who quit last month to set up an independent group in parliament, in the most significant Labour schism in decades. ... A group of Corbyn supporters has responded to the controversy by doubling down in indignation while some pro-Palestinian activists argue the furore over anti-Semitism is being used to stifle legitimate criticism of Israel."
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