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Libya’s recognized PM vows to liberate Tripoli

11 December 2014 - 07:56 PM

Libya’s recognized PM vows to liberate Tripoli

Libya’s recognized government will continue a military campaign to claim back and liberate the capital Tripoli, Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said on Wednesday.

“Our troops are moving towards Tripoli to liberate it,” Thinni told Al Arabiya News Channel.

He said his forces were advancing on Tripoli from the west and would also seize the main border crossing to Tunisia.

Libya is divided between two governments since a group called Libya Dawn seized Tripoli in August after a month-long battle with a rival group, setting up its own parliament and government.

Eh...a step in the right direction. Not to say it isn't still a mess though.

Darrien Hunt, killed by Utah police while cosplaying, appeared to flee during encounter...

26 November 2014 - 07:25 PM

Darrien Hunt, killed by Utah police while cosplaying, appeared to flee during encounter: New video released by the Utah County Attorney's Office shows Darrien Hunt, a 22-year-old black man, apparently running for his life moments before two white police officers shot and killed him.


Front paged on /r/politics. Nice work.

So wait, students in Thailand is protesting military rule by giving the Hunger Games sa...

20 November 2014 - 06:42 PM

Uh, cool? Or well, sort of lame but I respect that they're protesting at least.


The central figure in "The Hunger Games," the hit sci-fi series about an oppressed people's struggle against a totalitarian regime, is being evoked for real, now, in Thailand among university students expressing their opposition to that southeast Asian nation's military rulers.

Several students, from Bangkok to about 450 kilometers (280 miles) away to the northeast, have been detained in recent days after flashing the signature anti-establishment, three-fingered salute from"The Hunger Games."

By Thursday evening, all of those held had been released, according to lawyers. At that point, according to Human Rights Watch's Sunai Phasuk, about 100 police and military troops had congregated then at a busy cinema in the Thai capital where "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" was set to debut.

Stung by sanctions scandal, Cuba defends North Korea at U.N.

18 November 2014 - 04:21 PM

Stung by sanctions scandal, Cuba defends North Korea at U.N.

(Reuters) - Cuba, which was involved in a violation of U.N. sanctions against North Korea last year, has come to the aid of Pyongyang to defend it against a Western-led push to bring its alleged human rights abuses to The Hague, envoys said on Wednesday.

A European-Japanese draft resolution submitted to a U.N. General Assembly committee that covers human rights recommends the referral of North Korea to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. That resolution is tentatively scheduled to go to a vote on Nov. 18.

North Korea has lobbied at the United Nations for countries to oppose the resolution, dismissing it as part of a U.S.-led political plot to overthrow the country's leadership using falsified human rights criticism based on a U.N. inquiry report that alleged systematic torture, starvation and killings.

Cuba, which like North Korea is a member of the 120-country bloc of non-aligned states, has circulated to all 193 United Nations members an amendment to the draft resolution that calls for deletion of the language recommending that the Security Council consider referring Pyongyang to the ICC.

Western diplomats said it was ironic that Cuba had taken up Pyongyang's defence at the United Nations.

"First the Cubans get caught red-handed violating Security Council sanctions on North Korea, and now they are going to try to cover for them in the Third Committee to water down the resolution on their human rights abuses," a U.N. diplomat said.

"But unlike the weapons stored in the well of the Chong Chon Gang, you can't sugar coat the atrocious human rights conditions in the DPRK (North Korea)," he added.

GamerGate and the politicization of absolutely everything

01 November 2014 - 04:49 PM

GamerGate and the politicization of absolutely everything

1. If you want to understand why Gamergate has blown up, you could start with a recent study by Stanford University's Shanto Iyengar and Sean J. Westwood. They handed 1,000 people some sample student resumes and asked them to decide which deserved a scholarship. The resumes included clues to both the race and the political orientation of the applicant, as well as information about their grades.

2. Race mattered. But political orientation mattered even more. Democrats and Republicans chose the resumes that shared their politics roughly 80 percent of the time. Of course, it's the grades themselves that should have driven the decisions — but the activation of political identity made grades pretty much irrelevant. "We found no evidence that partisans took academic merit into account," the researchers wrote.

9. Though there are liberals within Gamergate and conservatives opposing it, the broad coalitions that have emerged around Gamergate are very clear. The conservative site Breitbart has been a leading source for Gamergaters convinced there's a media conspiracy against them. (Sample headline: "WHILE THE MEDIA SLANDERS GAMERS AS ‘TERRORISTS,' GAMERGATE IS HUNTING TROLLS AND ABUSERS.") Christina Hoff Sommers, a scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, has become the movement's protector against claims that it's anti-woman.

11. What's telling about the constellation of forces here is that none of them actually care much about video games. Prior to Gamergate, Sommers did not traffic in critical analyses of video gaming. Prior to Gamergate, Salon did not spend a lot of time writing about video games. Prior to Gamergate, the Colbert Report did not regularly cover gaming news. Rather, these are outlets and players that specialize in political conflict. And Gamergate has become a political conflict. Video games, at this point, are an excuse for that conflict.

13. One thing that comes clear when you spend much time reading inside the Gamergate community is the feeling of being misunderstood — and, for that matter, smeared — is very, very real. If you're reading about Gamergate on the left, virtually all you're reading about is the intense, horrifying harassment against women that's happening under Gamergate's banner. If you're reading about Gamergate from inside Gamergate, virtually all you're reading about is how the media is smearing Gamergate by equating it with harassers who don't represent the movement's real tactics or goals (some Gamergaters even believe the trolls are part of a false flag operation meant to discredit Gamergate). Gamergaters are furious that the media focuses on all the bullying happening under Gamergate rather than all the money Gamergaters are raising for anti-bullying efforts. Anti-Gamergaters are furious that Gamergate focuses more on bad jokes from Gawker than the monsters in its midst.

14. Within Gamergate, there's a deep sense of conspiracy — the belief is that the reaction to their campaign has been so unfair and so overwhelming that the only possible explanation is a wide-ranging conspiracy. Much of the subreddit Kotaku In Action is dedicated to try to untangle this sinister web. This has led to some...odd theories. People have reported that, as editor of Vox.com, I own or run Polygon.com, despite the fact that Polygon has been around a lot longer than Vox.com (the confusion here stems from the fact that both sites share the same corporate parent, Vox Media). They've suggested that "weird Twitter" is secretly controlled by Nick Denton, founder of Gawker Media. But the sense of siege is very real within Gamergate. "This is a gamers vs. the media issue," says the top-voted comment on the guide to Kotaku In Action.

17. A lot of the people glomming onto Gamergate are doing so because they're angry at the way the "social justice left" has been able to set some of the terms of online discourse. In Gamergate, they saw a point of weakness — a way to make gains in a fight they've otherwise been losing. You can see this in a lot of Breitbart's coverage, which makes clear this isn't about video games so much as it's a new front in a larger battle:

It's easy to mock video gamers as dorky loners in yellowing underpants. Indeed, in previous columns, I've done it myself. Occasionally at length. But, the more you learn about the latest scandal in the games industry, the more you start to sympathise with the frustrated male stereotype. Because an army of sociopathic feminist programmers and campaigners, abetted by achingly politically correct American tech bloggers, are terrorising the entire community - lying, bullying and manipulating their way around the internet for profit and attention.

This resonates with a lot of Gamergaters, who though they see themselves as liberals, they feel dismissed and even hated by the social justice left — they're for equal pay and they voted for Barack Obama, so why are they being made the enemy just because the women in their games have skimpy outfits?

19. Broad media coverage of Gamergate doesn't focus on the debates about how video games should be reviewed and by whom because the media doesn't much care about video game reviews. They care, on the right, about political correctness and speech policing, and on the left, about sexism and online harassment. Gamergate happens to be about video games but it could be about anything. Video games are the excuse for this fight, not the cause of it.

Included the highlights. Full article at the link at top.