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To Exist in the Eyes of Others

by JBB — last modified Dec 16, 2018 08:26 PM
By Édouard Louis and Alexandra Schwartz | Source: The New Yorker (via Znet) | In recent weeks, France has been seized by the protests of the gilets jaunes, an amorphous, leaderless group that consists, in part, of people like Louis’s family and former neighbors, who are furious with a government they feel has both forgotten and exploited them. Recently, on Twitter, Louis, who is twenty-six and lives in Paris, expressed frustration that the grievances of the gilets jaunes had been met with sensationalism by the press and disdain by politicians.

Palestinians Offer New Details of Israel's Botched Gaza Raid | The New York Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 12, 2018 08:43 AM
"It remains unclear what the Israeli team did inside Gaza. One official said they posed as aid workers, pretending to move disabled people to hospitals in a van. The team had a wheelchair, along with a member disguised as a disabled woman. They visited many houses and even rented an apartment in Gaza City, he said. ... When [Hamas commander] Nour Baraka ordered their detention for further questioning, the Israeli team opened fire and killed him. As the team fled, Hamas security men fired back, apparently killing the Israeli commander."

114,000 Syrians returned home in 2018 | CTV

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 12, 2018 08:35 AM
"Nearly 114,000 Syrian refugees have returned home this year, the Russian military said Tuesday, a mere fraction of the nearly 6 million who have fled the country since the start of the seven-year conflict. UN agencies said they need $5.5 billion in the coming year to support Syria's neighbours hosting the refugees. The UN said Tuesday that Syria's neighbours, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq, are hosting the majority of the Syrian refugees, while dealing with their own economic and social challenges. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said that over the last eight years around one million Syrian children were born in the region and registered as refugees."

Five Eyes | Wikipedia

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 07, 2018 05:26 PM
"In recent years, documents of the FVEY have shown that they are intentionally spying on one another's citizens and sharing the collected information with each other in order to circumvent restrictive domestic regulations on spying. ... The former NSA contractor Edward Snowden described the FVEY as a "supra-national intelligence organisation that doesn't answer to the laws of its own countries"

CSIS director warns of state-sponsored espionage threat to 5G networks | The Globe and Mail

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 07, 2018 05:22 PM
"Mr. Vigneault said large corporations typically hold the most valuable information but they try to put in state-of-the-art cyberdefences, while Canadian universities are largely unaware how they are vulnerable to economic espionage and the threat of infiltration by unnamed state actors who would use their expertise to gain an edge in military technologies. Huawei has developed research and development partnerships with many of Canada’s leading academic institutions. The CSIS director’s warnings come as the United States has mounted an intense campaign to convince Canada and other members of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance to bar Huawei from being involved in 5G mobile technology and software."
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