Long-simmering social tensions in Mexico are threatening to boil over as failing neoliberal reforms to the country’s formerly nationalized gas sector are compounded by open corruption, stagnant standards of living, and rampant inflation.
The U.S. media has remained mostly mute on the situation in Mexico, even as the unfolding civil unrest has closed the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, California, several times in the past week. Ongoing “gasolinazo” protests in Mexico over a 20 percent rise is gas prices have led to over 400 arrests, 250 looted stores, and six deaths. Roads are being blockaded, borders closed, and government buildings are being sacked. Protests have remained relatively peaceful overall, except for several isolated violent acts, which activists have blamed on government infiltrators.
Read more at: http://theantimedia.org/protests-mexico-brink-revolution/
BuzzFeed is being widely criticized by reporters for its decision on Tuesday to publish an unsubstantiated 35-page dossier alleging that the Russian government is blackmailing Donald Trump with dirt on illicit sexual and financial activities.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/11/journos-blast-buzzfeed-for-publishing-unsubstantiated-trump-dossier/#ixzz4VUdhpg7X
Gabriel Sherman @gabrielsherman
Putting out unverified gossip is what Trump does. If media does it, we become like him, risk losing further credibility with readers.
Jeffrey Goldberg @JeffreyGoldberg
This report contains unverified information, sourced to anonymous figures whose existence has not been proven.
David Corn @DavidCornDC
I accurately characterized the memos-this is important stuff-but didn’t publish details. Even Donald Trump deserves journalistic fairness
Jake Tapper @jaketapper
Efforts today to conflate responsible reporting on IC presentation of 2 page annex with irresponsible posting of uncorroborated 35-pager.
Michael B Dougherty @michaelbd
No, but seriously, what Buzzfeed did tonight hurts all journalists.
“The incoming Trump administration has told allies it is moving ahead with plans to relocate the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — even as those countries issue stark warnings of the potential impact and the Palestinians and Arab nations are escalating calls not to do it.”
Read more at: http://linkis.com/www.cnn.com/2017/01/Y8wso
U.S. “Naval Air Systems Command, successfully demonstrated one of the world’s largest micro-drone swarms at China Lake, California. The test, conducted in October 2016 and documented on Sunday’s CBS News program “60 Minutes”, consisted of 103 Perdix drones launched from three F/A-18 Super Hornets. The micro-drones demonstrated advanced swarm behaviors such as collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing.”
“I congratulate the Strategic Capabilities Office for this successful demonstration,” said Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, who created SCO in 2012. “This is the kind of cutting-edge innovation that will keep us a step ahead of our adversaries. This demonstration will advance our development of autonomous systems.”
“Due to the complex nature of combat, Perdix are not pre-programmed synchronized individuals, they are a collective organism, sharing one distributed brain for decision-making and adapting to each other like swarms in nature,” said SCO Director William Roper. “Because every Perdix communicates and collaborates with every other Perdix, the swarm has no leader and can gracefully adapt to drones entering or exiting the team.”
Read more at: https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/1044811/department-of-defense-announces-successful-micro-drone-demonstration
Read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4105554/Pentagon-tests-world-s-largest-hive-mind-controlled-drone-swarm-jam-weapons-spy-enemy-launch-deadly-attacks.html
“The whitewashing of the PLO must end.”
“It is not in the least surprising that the PLO-controlled Palestinian Authority did not condemn the terrorist attack on Sunday. It is not surprising because the PLO-controlled PA encouraged the attack.
As Khaled Abu Toameh wrote for the Gatestone Institute, in the aftermath of last month’s US-enabled passage of UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which criminalizes Israel, the PA went on the warpath.”
Amount raised in the fourth quarter was down 8% from the corresponding quarter of 2015.
Read more at: http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Israeli-startups-raise-record-48b-in-2016-477989
“If Facebook’s numbers are any indication, they’re abandoning Sharpton by a ratio of at least 175 to one. A source close to Sharpton says the Rev is hoping to draw at least 5,000 people. But even that would be a small showing compared to the Women’s March’s expected attendance.”
Read more at: http://heatst.com/politics/coming-soon-al-sharptons-inaugural-humiliation/
“And if somehow Trump restores some of those lost American jobs? If by chance he doesn’t embark on more wars of Empire? If he destroys a swath or two of foul corruption inside the DC Beltway?
NO, NO, NO, THE LIBERALS SAY. OUR GIRL HILLARY WOULD HAVE DONE WHATEVER GOOD THERE WAS TO BE DONE. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN HER JOB. SHE WOULD HAVE DELIVERED.
Sure she would. She would have flown and floated over the White House like an angel made out of cotton candy and pointed her wand at Washington criminals and dismissed them straightaway.”
Read more at: https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/the-liberal-mind-crashes-and-burns/
VIENNA (AP) — Iran is to receive a huge shipment of natural uranium from Russia to compensate it for exporting tons of reactor coolant, diplomats say, in a move approved by the outgoing U.S. administration
Read more at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/diplomats-world-powers-ok-natural-uranium-shipment-iran-132551463.html