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Aug 26 10:12

What lies beneath the burkini. France no longer a Christian nation

The first underwater nuclear explosion was carried out at Bikini Atoll in 1946. In 2016, burkini, Islamic swimsuit, produced a social explosion on French beaches. The French Themis grossly violated the rights of Muslim women in black: if they want to express their religious beliefs, they need to leave a public beach. After the terrorist attack in Nice, several municipalities in France banned the wearing of burkini. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls supported the initiative. Is the ban based on Islamophobia, the threat to lose national identity or the fear of suicide bombers? Whatever it is, the French are struggling against the form - they do not know what to do with the content. Many in France were outraged with the recent incident on Cote d'-Azur, when French police officers forced a Muslim woman in burkini to take her swimsuit off. "The people around were watching the police telling her to take it foo," angry people were blogging.

Aug 26 10:10

The Louisiana Catastrophe Proves The Need For Universal, Single-Payer Disaster Insurance

Of the tens of thousands of Lousianans who had their homes flooded this month, most do not have flood insurance. They weren’t supposed to need it, because flooding had never been a problem where they live. And now it is clear that the federal emergency help they receive will be wholly inadequate.

Aug 26 10:05

Russian Defense Ministry invites Japanese counterparts to join mission in Aleppo

Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov invited counterparts from the Japanese military authority to join the humanitarian mission in Syria's Aleppo, press service of the Russian ministry said on Friday. The press service said the deputy defense minister voiced the invitation during a meeting with Japan's Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador in Russia Toyhisa Kozuki on August 25. "The deputy head of the Russian Defense Ministry informed about the humanitarian mission in Aleppo, which was initiated by Russia, and invited the counterparts from the Japanese Ministry of Defense to join the mission," the press service said in a statement. The Russian deputy minister also informed the Japanese ambassador about the snap exercise of the Armed Forces, which began on Thursday at the order of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. "The deputy minister stressed specifically the exercise complies fully with all the international obligations Russia has," the press service said...

Aug 26 10:05

Post-Apocalyptic Fantasyland

Post-apocalyptic movies are popular for a reason. We live in a world that is brimming with long lines, bills, traffic jams, bureaucracy, and stressful jobs. So even though we intuitively understand that living in an apocalyptic hellscape would be an absolute horror show, in the back of our minds we kinda wish that we had an excuse to blow off all of our modern responsibilities.

Aug 26 10:03

Zika: Brazil Admits It’s Not the Virus

Waking Times

Amidst growing fear-based propaganda warning of the threat of Zika virus comes a quiet admission from health officials in Brazil: Zika alone may not be responsible for the rise in birth defects that plagued parts of the country.

Aug 26 10:00

Kosovo: Europe's grey area used by criminals, extremists

Kosovo is a grey area in the heart of Europe and an abode for criminals and radical extremists, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin said on Thursday as he took the floor at a session of the UN Security Council, which discussed the Kosovo peace settlement. "The feebleness of law enforcement and the security structure in Kosovo has transformed the region into a grey area in the heart of Europe, which Islamic radicals, as well as members of criminal networks use as an abode and a transit point," he said. "This facilitates the use of the territory by extremist groups for the recruitment and training of militants," Churkin explained. "Kosovo ranks among Europe's top three for the number of IS combatants per capita of the local population, and that's why should any measures be taken to check the situation, they would still be clearly insufficient," he stressed.

Aug 26 09:56

Russian pilots put out 17 wildfires endangering Portuga

Seventeen blazes, charring a total area of 2,000 hectares in Portugal, have been extinguished by the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s aircraft over the past two weeks, the ministry’s press service has informed TASS. "During this period, the Emergencies Ministry’s aircraft dropped over 1,000 tons of water making 89 discharges. They extinguished a total of 17 infernos with a total area of nearly 2,000 hectares and prevented the blaze from spreading to three national parks and eleven populated localities, home to more than 62,000 people," the ministry said. Two Russian Beriev Be-200 aircraft arrived in Portugal on August 13 and began operations the next day. The Beriev Be-200 multipurpose airplane, known as one of the world’s most effective aircraft for firefighting, has a capacity of 12 tons of water and is capable of suppressing large-scale wildfires by conducting multiple water drops on a fire site.

Aug 26 09:52

Slovakia's PM speaks out against anti-Russian sanctions

"In my opinion is it is high time to reconsider the sanctions from a rational point of view and say that they are harmful for both the EU and Russia," he said. "They have not settled the problem, which they were supposed to influence." On Thursday, the Slovak prime minister visited Russia, where he had a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. "Yesterday, with Vladimir Putin we came to the common opinion that our purpose is to develop mutual trade," Fico wrote on his Facebook page. At present, Slovakia is currently chairing the European Council for a six-month period. In the past, Slovakia’s prime minister has come out in favor of having the anti-Russian sanctions lifted several times. Fico said that his government is interested in correcting the current situation in the relations between the EU and Russia. According to him, Slovakia is committed to restoring full partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation between Brussels and Moscow.

Aug 26 09:49

DPR militia report 3,000 cases of shelling over past week

"The Ukrainian Armed Forces have shelled populated localities in the DPR 3,004 times over the past week using weapons banned by the Minsk agreements in 2,518 attacks," the Donetsk news agency quoted Sinenkov as saying. Sinenkov added that intensive artillery attacks had damaged and destroyed 202 houses in the villages of Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Yasinovataya, Dokuchayevsk and Kominternovo as well as the Kiyevskoye, Kirovskoye and Petrovskoye neighborhoods of Donetsk. "Between August 20 and August 26, 14 people were killed on the republic’s territory as a result of Ukraine’s aggression. Among them were 11 servicemen and three civilians," the press service said. One civilian has gone missing over the past week.
Russia airlifts 19 seriously ill kids from DPR to Moscow http://tass.com/society/896117

Aug 26 09:47

Russia files appeal with Swiss court on CAS ruling on Paralympians' ban

The Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) has submitted an appeal with the Swiss Federal Court against the ruling passed this week by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which upheld the suspension of all Russian Paralympians from the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, an RPC official told TASS on Friday. Mikhail Terentyev, a member of the RPC Athletes Council, said the appeal would be considered by the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland on Monday.
Some 15 Russian Paralympians to send personal requests to IPC for 2016 Rio http://tass.com/sport/896155

Aug 26 09:45

Moscow says US claims against Russia’s combat readiness checks groundless

The Russian Foreign Ministry has suggested that the United States should do away with its own arms control flaws, and not make a fuss over Russia's actions. The ministry has also stressed that US claims against Russia over the inspection of combat readiness of the Armed Forces are groundless and unsubstantiated. "We’ve given attention the statements by the Pentagon spokesperson Michelle Baldanza, which she made in connection with a snap inspection combat readiness of the Armed Forces," it said. "In line with a tradition Washington has formed, these claims contain many groundless and unsubstantiated proposals".

Aug 26 09:43

Video: Iraqi City Of Mosul Faces The Bloody Prospect Of ‘Liberation’

Sabah Alnasseri: Corruption and factional fighting within the parliament will soon be accompanied by intensified conflict as the army attempts to take Mosul from the Islamic State.

Aug 26 09:43

Word Games: What the NSA Means by “Targeted” Surveillance Under Section 702

By Cindy Cohn

We all know that the NSA uses word games to hide and downplay its activities. Words like “collect,” “conversations,” “communications,” and even “surveillance” have suffered tortured definitions that create confusion rather than clarity.

There’s another one to watch: “targeted” v. “mass” surveillance.

Since 2008, the NSA has seized tens of billions of Internet communications. It uses the Upstream and PRISM programs—which the government claims are authorized under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act...

Aug 26 09:35

Axing CCTV In London A ‘Crazy Idea,’ Counter-Terrorism Expert

Former counter-terrorism detective David Videcette has blasted a central London council’s plans to scrap CCTV cameras at a time when the British capital faces a ‘severe’ terrorist threat.

The former Metropolitan Police detective, who worked on the 7/7 London bombings investigation, told RT’s Anastasia Churkina that CCTV cameras are useful in the event of a terrorist attack and that losing them would be “devastating for the police.”

Aug 26 09:26

Apple Upgrades Security After Alleged Israeli Group’s Spyware Attack On Arab Activist

A botched hack attempt using “sophisticated spyware package” allegedly tailored by an Israeli group on the iPhone of an Arab activist has triggered Apple to issue an “important” security update for its mobile operating system, iOS.

The attackers tried to lure Ahmed Mansoor, a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based human rights activist, with text messages embedding a suspicious link to “secrets” about detainees tortured in Arab jails.

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