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Thursday, 21 June


David Runciman: The Last World Cup "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The evidence for the premise that international sport spreads peace and goodwill has always been fairly thin: every major tournament is dressed up that way but the legacy is more often mothballed stadiums and simmering resentment, as was the case after South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014. Rarely, though, has a regime so brazenly signalled its indifference to the niceties of international sport, which require at least the pretence that bad behaviour gets put on hold. As the saying goes, hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue, and this is the currency in which Fifa likes to trade. But Putin isnt having any of it. He seems to have treated the award of the tournament as a licence to try his luck.

Rosemary Hill: Unhappy Ever After "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A marriage that makes a good end to a comedy will often make as good a beginning to a tragedy. If any couple bore out that maxim it was Annabella Milbanke and George Gordon Byron. The happy chapter lasted barely 24 hours, the ever after is with us still.

Pankaj Mishra: The Wrong Human Rights "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Samuel Moyn wants to reinstate socialism which was, after all, the central language of justice globally before it was supplanted by human rights as an ethical ideal and political objective. This may seem like a quixotic project.

Letters "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 12 (21 June 2018)

Table of contents "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Table of contents from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 12 (21 June 2018)

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Friday, 15 June


Shelter Dog With No Time Left Reaches Out Her Paw To Ask For Help "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Jon Patel and his wife Kayla werent entirely convinced they wanted a dog. But in early May, Jon went to a local shelter in Jackson, Tennessee, to have a look around.

There was a bunch of pit bulls and cats there, and the dogs were barking and jumping up on the cages, Jon Patel told The Dodo.

But one young pit bull wasnt barking or jumping at all, and she immediately caught Jons attention.

Credit: Jon and Kayla Patel

She was just sitting there very calmly while the other dogs were barking their heads off, Jon said. So I went over to her cage, and she stuck her little paw out, and when I reached my hand down, she stuck her little paw out through the cage, and I grabbed it. After that, I called Kayla and said, Weve got to get this dog.

The Patels learned that the pit bulls former owner had surrendered her, claiming that she was no longer cute.

Credit: Jon and Kayla Patel

Once she grew out of being a puppy, they just abandoned her there, Jon said. A lot of people get them [pit bulls] when theyre puppies because they think theyre cute, and when they grow up, they just abandon them, and thats what happened to her.

To this day, I dont understand why anyone would give her up because shes so sweet and loving, Kayla Patel told The Dodo. Shes never met a person or a tennis ball that she doesnt love immediately.

Credit: Jon and Kayla Patel

The dog, whom the Patels named Ellie, was...


Trainer Puts Lipstick On Captive Beluga To Make Her Look 'Prettier' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A recent video shows a female trainer at a Chinese marine park doing something bizarre to a captive beluga she smears bright red lipstick across the whales mouth, laughing as she does it. According to a news report, the trainer said she was trying to make the whale prettier.

The stunt, which took place at Sun Asia Ocean World, a marine park in the coastal city of Dalian in northeastern China, was captured on video and released on a popular Chinese social media site earlier this month. The video got a lot of views it was played more than 100,000 times before being deleted this week, according to a news report. However, the video made some people very unhappy.

I cant believe people can do such things to make themselves popular, one commenter wrote before the video was deleted, according to Metro.

Another commenter asked, Is it safe to put lipstick on a whale? Has she thought about that before putting it on?

Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist at the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), said she isnt necessarily concerned about the harmful effects of the lipstick if this stunt was a one-time event, the makeup probably didnt cause much physical harm to the animal. Yet Rose is worried about the message this incident sends to the public.

Credit: iqiyi

What bothered me most about it, and what bothered me generally about whats going on in China, is that theres no respect shown to the animal, Rose told The Dodo. Its all very anthropomorphic Its just so bizarre to treat the animal like its a canvas to paint on. It showed a very significant lack of respect.

Rose, who has visited several Chinese aquariums and dolphinariums in the past few years, said she unfortunately isnt entirely surprised by the stunt.

Im disappo...


Argentinas Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Fernando Oris de Roa? "IndyWatch Feed"

Fernando Julio Oris de Roa, a wealthy agribusinessman who developed an interest in public policy, presented his credentials as Argentinas ambassador to the United States to President Donald Trump on January 24, 2018. Its his first such posting.


Oris de Roa was born November 4, 1952. His great-grandfather, Lino Oris de Roa (1845-1920), emigrated to Argentina from Spain and became an Army officer to helped conquer to Araucanian people in the Patagonian region in the 1870s.


Fernando Oris de Roa began his career at Continental Cereals in 1970, and rose to become its president in 1987. He left the company in 1992 and the following year led a group of investors who purchased San Miguel, a failing lemon producer and processor. Oris de Roa turned the company into the largest lemon producer in the world, but his methods made enemies in the United States. In 2000, he made a deal with U.S. citrus grower Sunkist to export Argentine lemons to the United States and have them labeled and marketed by Sunkist. This did not sit well with lemon growers in California and Arizona who saw their market share and profits threatened.


In 1999, Oris de Roa co-wrote the book Emotional Solvency: Learning to Generate Well-Being with Mara Carmen Gear and Ernesto Csar Liendo. A few years later, he took time out from his career to earn a Masters in public policy from Harvards Kennedy School of Government in 2003. Following that, Oris de Roa founded the poultry company Avex and set up a chicken growing and processing plant to concentrate on the export market. At its height, the Avex plant killed 75,000 chickens a day. He was also the president of the poultry company Los Valientes.


Oris de Roa served on the board of directors of Patagonia Gold before resigning in 2006. He became non-executive director of Orocobre Limited in June 2010, an Australian company that mines lithium and borax in Argentina.


Oris de Roa was made director of Expofrut, a pear and apple processor, in 2011. That year, a seasonal worker for Expofrut, Daniel Solano, disappeared after being arrested. Solano had protested labor fraud at Expofrut in which the company was accused of withholding half of workers salaries. President Maurici Macris appointment of Oris de Roas as ambassador in November 2017 was criticized because of his ties to the still-unsolved disappearance of Solano.


In 2011, Oris de Roa founded Investors Toolbox, a venture capital and private equity firm. He created Bravo Charabon, another agricultural firm, in 2013. He was director of Advantage Lithium until January 2018.


Oris de Roa ventured out of the business world in 2016 to become under...


Apple prohibits developers from using, selling users Contacts "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

According to new rules recently published by Apple, iOS app developers must refrain from creating a database of the information gleaned from users Contacts and to sell it on. Wealth of private information The information contained in Contacts can be substantial. Aside from the contacts first and last name, phone numbers and email addresses, each entry can contain additional information such as date of birth, job details, company name, photo, social profiles, additional notes, and More

The post Apple prohibits developers from using, selling users Contacts appeared first on Help Net Security.


Air quality in Delhi deteriorates beyond severe levels after dust storm sweeps over western India "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The air quality in Delhi deteriorated beyond the "severe" level on June 14, 2018, because of a ground-level dust storm in western India that had increased coarser particles in the air, according to data provided by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)....... Read more

Hey, schnell, nennt doch mal drei wichtige Dinge, die ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hey, schnell, nennt doch mal drei wichtige Dinge, die die Union schon hingekriegt hat!

Knnt ihr nicht? Nicht mal die "Welt" kann das. Wow.

Die Lage ist apokalyptisch fr die CDU, wenn nicht mal die Welt was zum jubelpersern findet.

Die New York Times outsourced ihre E-Mail an Google. ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die New York Times outsourced ihre E-Mail an Google. Das ist ganz furchtbar, wenn ihr mich fragt. Heise meint dazu:

Eigene Mail-Server seien zu teuer. Google die Verantwortung ber die Mails anzuvertrauen sei die bessere Alternative, so der Konsens unter Sicherheitsforschern.
Ich wei ja nicht, welche "Sicherheitsforscher" ihr da gefragt habt, aber ich zumindest vertrete die Gegenposition. Wenn du als Verlag es nicht hinkriegst, einen ordentlich abgesicherten Mailserver hinzustellen, dann solltest du den Verlag zumachen und nicht die Mail zu Google schieben. Mails bei einem Verlag beschlagnahmen oder trojanisieren ist deutlich schwieriger fr eine Regierung und ihre Handlanger als bei Google.

Das ist aber leider kein Einzelfall. nytimes: google. latimes: cnn: proofpoint.

Abgesehen vom Spiegel ist aber die Konzentration der Medien in Deutschland auf so wenige Eigentmer vorangeschritten, dass die ganzen Konglomerate immerhin ihre eigenen Konzern-Server haben (bei Gruner+Jahr, Burda und MSH).

Zur deutschen Medienkonzentration empfehle ich brigens die aktuelle Anstalt.

Wenn man die Mail immer ordentlich Ende-zu-Ende verschlsselt, ist es natrlich egal, ob die bei Google oder im eigenen Serverraum liegt. Aber das macht ja keiner. Die heulen lieber alle rum, dass das nicht benutzerfreundlich genug ist.

Man stelle sich mal vor, jemand verweigere im Winter das Gehstegkehren mit der Begrndung, das sei ihm nicht benutzerfreundlich genug, und dann kmen andere zu Schaden!


Germany: Ricin found in Muslims apartment, cops say no evidence of connection to jihad groups "IndyWatch Feed War"

Why they consider it necessary to state that they found no evidence of any connection to extremist groups is unclear. Perhaps they wish to distract attention away from the fact that Seif Allah H. was obviously motivated by the teachings exhorting Muslims to wage warfare against unbelievers that are found in the Quran and Sunnah. []


Andrew C. McCarthy on Russiagate, Clinton-Trump Investigation Double Standards, Muellers Mandate, DOJ-FBI-CIA Politicization (Part II) "IndyWatch Feed War"

BY BEN WEINGARTEN, ON JUNE 13, 2018 My Guest Andrew C. McCarthy (@AndrewCMcCarthy) is senior fellow at the National Review Institute, contributing editor of National Review and author most recently of essential books on the threat of Islamic supremacism including Willful Blindness: A Memoir Continue reading


Resurrection City II Evicted From Dupont Circle Park "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Note: This week a poor people-led Poor Peoples Campaign marched from Philadelphia to Washington, DC and arrived at Dupont Circle. They began to resurrect a Resurrection City II in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Resurrection City built in DC after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They protested at HUD []


Yemen The Starvation Siege Has Begun "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Cross-posted from Moon of Alabama

Last night the Saudi coalition launched its attack on the city of Hodeidah in Yemen. Hodeidah is the only Yemeni harbor on the Red Sea coast that can take large vessels. It is ruled by the Houthi who in 2014 took over the capital Sanaa and disposed of the Saudi installed Hadi government. 90% of the food for the 18 million people living in Houthi controlled areas comes through Hodeidah.

Saudi-owned satellite news channels and later state media announced the battle had begun, citing military sources. They also reported coalition airstrikes and shelling by naval ships.The initial battle plan appeared to involve a pincer movement. Some 2,000 troops who crossed the Red Sea from an Emirati naval base in the African nation of Eritrea landed west of the city with plans to seize Hodeidas port, Yemeni security officials said.

Emirati forces with Yemeni troops moved in from the south near Hodeidas airport, while others sought to cut off Houthi supply lines to the east, the officials said.

The port is now classified as a zone of active military conflict. Prolonged fighting may well destroy the port infrastructure. Even if the Saudi coalition forces take and reopen it they will continue to block food supplies for the central highlands of Yemen. They want to starve the Houthis into submission.

The attack from the south includes 3,000 to 5,000 troops under the command of Tariq Sale, a cousin of the recently killed former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh. They have been equipped with trucks and new weapons by the UAE. More forces are on their way from Aden and Taiz. They are supported by Emirati artillery, tanks and Saudi aerial bombing. The Saudi coalition forces are commanded by former officers from Australia, the U.S. and UK who have been hired by the UAE.

The New York Times editors do not want to understand the real problem with this attack:

A coalition led by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia is poised to attack the Red Sea port of Al Hudaydah, the home to 600,000 Yemenis and the lifeline for humanitarian aid that sustains most of the countrys people.

Experts have predicted that 250,000 people could be killed or displaced in the offensive.

The NYT is in principle supporting the Saudi attack. It wants the Houthis removed. It f...


Video of Cops Beating Man Was So Bad, They Were All FiredBut a Corrupt System Just Rehired Them "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


The police chief himself fired three officers after they were caught on video savagely beating a half-naked man, but thanks to a corrupt system, they have been rehired.

The post Video of Cops Beating Man Was So Bad, They Were All FiredBut a Corrupt System Just Rehired Them appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Erdogan's "Trojan Horse" In Macedonia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Erdogan's "peaceful onslaught" on Macedonia has one and one purpose only: to dominate the country under the guise of a long history of brotherly relations. This is Erdogan's modern "Trojan Horse," and the Albanians in Macedonia must realize that they are unwittingly falling into Erdogan's trap.


Larbi Sebbane- Pension Injustice "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

400 Dirhams increase in your pension
(Retired Woman) Its too much add it to the pension of these
Minister, Parilament Member, Director of a Public Institution


UN Warns Attack on Yemen Port Could Starve 8.4 Million People "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Yemen Port(ANTIWAR.COM)  The humanitarian crisis in Northern Yemen is set to get drastically worse, the UN is warning, as the lone sea port into the region, al-Hodeidah, has been attacked by Saudi and UAE-led forces. The port is responsible for feeding some 8.4 million people. UN officials say they are continuing to send aid ships to the Yemen []


Diarrhoea kills 6 in Niger- Official "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

The Executive Director, Niger state Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), Dr Yahaya Nauzo, has confirmed the death of six out of the 43 people suffering from diarrhoea in three local government areas of the state. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Thursday, Nauzo disclosed that the outbreaks []

The post Diarrhoea kills 6 in Niger- Official appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Demystifying Myths of the Six-Day War "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Miko Peled | American Herald Tribune | June 14, 2018 The war that Israel initiated in June of 1967 became the stuff of myths and legends on many levels. Now, after fifty one years it may be time to unravel and demystify what took place during those fateful six days in June. There is []


From 9/11 to Spygate: The National Security Deep State "IndyWatch Feed War"

Front Page Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield, June 14, 2018: On September 4, 2001, Robert Mueller took over the FBI. At his confirmation hearings, fraud had overshadowed discussions of terrorism. And as FBI Director, Mueller quickly diverged from the common understanding Continue reading


Woman in court for allegedly pouring hot water on hubby "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A 32- year-old woman, Joy Imeribe, who allegedly poured hot water on her husband was on Thursday charged before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates Court. The accused, a trader who resides at 21, Karounwi St., Itire, Lagos was arraigned on a one-count charge of assault. The Prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu told the court that the accused []

The post Woman in court for allegedly pouring hot water on hubby appeared first on Newtelegraph.


New York Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation "IndyWatch Feed War"

Attorney general alleges charity illegally coordinated with Trump campaign; Trump calls suit ridiculous

New York state Attorney General Barbara Underwood said her office intends to hold the Trump Foundation accountable for its misuse of charitable assets.
New York state Attorney General Barbara Underwood said her office intends to hold the Trump Foundation accountable for its misuse of charitable assets. PHOTO: HANS PENNINK/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The New York state attorney generals office on Thursday sued President Donald Trump, his children and the familys foundation, accusing the charity of unlawfully coordinating with Mr. Trumps presidential campaign.

The lawsuit also accuses Mr. Trump of using the Donald J. Trump Foundations charitable assets to pay his legal bills and promote Trump businesses. The attorney generals office seeks to dissolve the foundation and asks for $2.8 million in restitution.



Esposa de AMLO, apoya con todo el corazn a la seleccin nacional "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Beatriz Gutirrez Mller, esposa de Lpez Obrador externo su apoyo a la seleccin mexicana de futbol. Suerte a nuestra seleccin nacional los apoyamos con todo el corazn! #Rusia2018 #FelizJueves Beatriz Gutirrez Mller (@BeatrizGMuller) 14 de junio de 2018 Regeneracin, 14 de junio del 2018.-Beatriz Gutirrez Mller, esposa de Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador []

La entrada Esposa de AMLO, apoya con todo el corazn a la seleccin nacional se public primero en Regeneracin.


The terror will begin: The Islamic State calls for lone-wolf jihad attacks at World Cup "IndyWatch Feed War"

Even if nothing happens at the World Cup, these threats serve to strike terror in the enemies of Allah (Quran 8:60). The terror will begin: ISIS calls for lone-wolf World Cup attacks in chilling series of posters showing bomb blasts at venues in Russia, by Julian Robinson, MailOnline, June 14, 2018: ISIS fanatics have called []


Elon Musks Boring Co. Wins Chicago Airport High-Speed Train Bid "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Elon Musks Boring Co. is the winner in a bid to build a multibillion-dollar high-speed express train to Chicagos OHare International Airport. The result gives the young company a big boost in legitimacy as it tries to get transportation projects underway in Los Angeles and Washington.

The company beat out a consortium that included Mott MacDonald, the civil engineering firm that designed a terminal at Londons Heathrow Airport, and JLC Infrastructure, an infrastructure fund backed by former basketball star Earvin Magic Johnson, people with knowledge of the matter said. The city is expected to announce the news as soon as Thursday, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because they werent authorized to speak publicly.


New Shanghai planetarium takes shape "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

When completed in 2020, this will be one of the worlds largest planetariums.


Assanges Lawyer Calls Out Government, Ashamed to be Australian "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Julian Assanges lawyer, Australian-born Jennifer Robinson, appeared last Sunday on the Channel 7 network broadcast of Weekend Sunrise to discuss her clients demand for the Australian government to protect the Wikileaks editors rights and secure his freedom.

After six years into Assanges captivity inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, theres been virtually zero involvement by the Australian government to assist in the safe passage of Assange back to his native country.

In the interview with the Aussie morning host duo, Robinson shocks and surprises them with one very basic question: Why hasnt Assanges home country come to his defense?

If the Australian government would come to the fore, and help to resolved this situation, he could come out of there at any time. [] How can we not help him? I find the Australian governments position entirely unacceptable and one that makes me ashamed to Australian.


READ MORE JULIAN ASSANGE NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Assange Files



APC, PDP lacks ideology -Mimiko "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

A former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko yesterday tacked the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) and the major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the lack of ideology to take Nigeria out of the economic and political quagmire Mimiko who obtained the membership card of LP from his Ward 7 in Ondo in []

The post APC, PDP lacks ideology -Mimiko appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Mxico y Centroamrica: el expansionismo mexicano en ciernes "IndyWatch Feed Noramerica"

Faltan poco ms de 2 semanas para las elecciones presidenciales en Mxico y segn dan a conocer diferentes encuestas la ventaja de Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador (AMLO) es de 15 a 30 puntos sobre su ms cercano contrincante. De consumarse su victoria porque no hay que descartar las prcticas del fraude electoral recurrente en esa nacin- se esperara que Amrica Latina tuviera un giro geopoltico fundamental.

De entrada la poltica de subordinacin e integracin estadounidense que se ha seguido en las ltimas tres dcadas por los gobiernos neoliberales estara cuestionada realmente y se buscara que Mxico recuperar su soberana en la definicin de su poltica exterior y su liderazgo y apoyo a los pases centroamericanos y del Caribe, principalmente.

AMLO no ha dejado claro cual ser el papel de Mxico ante planes geoestratgicos construidos por el capital trasnacional como el Plan Mesoamrica (antes Plan Puebla Panam) y menos an como visualiza el impacto de las Zonas Econmicas Especiales que se ponen en marcha y que implican el dominio de mercados y bienes naturales estratgicos en Centroamrica y el sureste mexicano. Lo relevante es que s Mxico y Canad tienen dificultades en la renegociacin del Tratado de Libre Comercio de Amrica del Norte, peores desafos se avizoran para los pases de Centroamrica que han concretado acuerdos comerciales con Estados Unidos.

Y es ah donde Centroamrica destaca de manera importante como socio comercial mexicano. Por ejemplo, las ex