Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange — slightly imprisoned in an embassy away from the prying hands of American politicians who would strangle him for exposing certain delicate information — had seen the future according to analysts including his critics. Assange had once said technology allowed higher powers to achieve “higher conspiratorial power,” which today appears as fake news and the shaping of public belief through technology.
One of Assange’s points include having political machineries more vulnerable to sabotage that a governing conspiracy is “slowed until it falls, stupefied; unable to comprehend and control the forces in its environment,” excerpted from his 2006 essay upon founding Wikileaks. According to NYTimes, six years later, Assange’s essay reveals the possibility of major data breaches of Democratic National Committee email accounts and Hillary Clinton adviser John Podesta.
While the links of Russian-sponsored hackers are yet to be proven, it had forced the hand of the US Democratic Party with the resignations of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, CNN Political Analyst and Interim Chair Donna Brazile and reinforced the position of US President-Elect Donald Trump in the political firefight of the time.
Wikileaks — according to Julian Assange and Wikileaks journalists — is not intended to advance political propagandas but only to expose the truth. However, without a Russian-speaking member of Wikileaks and most political scandals revealed by Wikileaks benefitting the European rival of the US, it could only mean one thing.
Brazilian Senate Head Renan Calheiros is charged with multiple corruption charges but the call for his suspension the Brazilian Supreme Court overturned. The Supreme Federal Tribunal had voted 6-3 on Wednesday to reinstate Calheiros. The senate leader had earlier disobeyed the suspension ruling but still won the sympathy of the supreme court.
Brazilian President Michel Temer is closely allied to Renan Calheiros. The latter is now deferred presidency because of his 12 corruption cases. If the trial clears him as innocent, he can run for President the next Brazilian elections.
According to sources, before the Supreme Court vote, the Brazilian President has met with the justices. Many suspect that this is to avert a crisis involving Calheiros that can affect the Brazilian government.
Calheiros is called for trial from corruption committed since 2007 receiving kickbacks from several lobbyists including the Mendes Junior Construction company — to which Calheiros denied as something that happened. The tribunals own investigators probes Calheiros’ activities with Petrobas. A former Petrobas director claims that Calheiros demanded to be paid $1.7m or else he will withdraw support for the oil company’s interests.
Another case involves a business executive who claims that Calheiros has received more than $10m in bribes over the last 10 years.
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failure of dialogue and cooperation between the United States coalition forces and Russian peace efforts had resulted to a breakdown of a unified stance on the issue.
The United States had accused Russia of supporting the Assad military as it bombed hospitals including rebel-held areas known to have heavy concentrations of civilians.
The use of indiscriminate weaponry such as barrel bombs have led to a high amount of civilian deaths.
Russia’s bombing runs have also flushed out and killed many US and Saudi-Arabia-backed opposition rebels against Syria’s regime.
According to Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova:
The problem is that for the whole time we were involved in Russian-American negotiations… we realized very clearly that the US had no joint position. Different organizations, different structures in Washington were taking different positions on what’s going on Syria. They had absolutely different views,” Zakharova said.
The Americans “were changing their opinion and their point of view on what’s going on in Syria, actually, every day… Probably, that was the main reason why they failed in fulfilling those agreements that we achieved,” she added.
According to the Spokeswoman, the United States should have been ‘honest’.
“The reality was very clear. We had two main tasks. First one was the separation of Jabhat al-Nusra [terrorists] and moderate opposition. And our American colleagues failed in fulfilling their promise. The second task was to pull back the governmental forces and moderate opposition forces from Castello Road. And our American colleagues, unfortunately, failed for the second time,” she said.
According to the spokeswoman, the Americans “told us that they have no possibilities to influence the moderate opposition.”
The Bank of America had announced its plans to cut about two dozen investment banking jobs in Asia. Some affected include top dealmakers in the region.
The job cut will coincide with the Goldman Sachs abandonment of several investment banking branches in Southeast Asia that amounts to 30% of its regional business.
Bankers handling coverage and deals would be made redundant this week.
The banks are facing pressure from investors as Hong Kong and other financial hubs are overtaken by Chinese Mainland banks, sweeping away the competition.
The banks have suffered consecutive losses in the last few quarters.
Meanwhile, Bank of America would post information of higher third quarter revenues in its investment banking business.
In July, Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan announced a new expense target of $53 billion for 2018, $3.3 billion less than its total expenses over the past four quarters.
The new target came after years of working through a sweeping cost-cutting project dubbed “New BAC” and an ongoing efficiency initiative called “Simplify and Improve.”
Besides Bank of America and Goldman, many western banks have announced plans to scale down their operations in Asia in the past year, as they grapple with slowing revenue growth and higher operating costs in the region.
A massive hole in Gatwick Airport’s main runway had delayed hundreds of flights nationwide as planes for Gatwick were diverted to other airports after the local management announced a shut-down.
Flights circled the skies for hours until they were redirected.
Passengers inside the planes said the waiting proved to be a “nightmarish” experience for many of them.
Many on-the-ground passengers said the delays had been uncontainable as a domino effect on all local flights had pushed back all flight landings for all incoming and outgoing schedules.
According to journalists, many were puzzled that the airport had shut down without mentioning the reason for the shut-down; a huge hole in the middle of the Gatwick runway.
After the announcement of closure, engineers had begun repairing the tarmac.
Airport authorities had also opened the second runway on site. This runway is only used with the main runway is unavailable.
The airport’s twitter account tweeted: “Our main runway is now open and operating and we are working hard to get you on your way.
“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this evening. Your safety is our number 1 priority.”
A number of passengers expressed their confusion on social media after discovering their flights had been diverted to a different airport.
As if releasing the latest GeForce GTX 1080 were not enough, Nvidia had released its new plethora of cards including its Pascal GPUs designed for laptops.
A few weeks ago, Nvidia had also released its Titan X card for desktop systems.
The graphics card developerh ad dropped its ‘M’ suffix which it uses to differentiate laptop and desktop graphics cards. As with before, technology for graphics in laptops cannot par those made for desktop computers.
The new Pascal cards are focused on laptops to provide a gaming experience similar with their desktop counterparts.
The company claimed that the new GPUs are up to 76 per cent faster than their Maxwell-based predecessors, but built with the same 16nm FinFET process. Each laptop card features the same GPU as its desktop counterpart.
Nvidia said that the new range will enable 4K resolution gaming on laptops at playable frame rates for the first time, and that notebooks with 1080p panels will be able to drive a 120Hz refresh rate if, for some reason, you have advanced robotic eyes and are able to detect such things.
Laptops featuring the new cards have already been announced, and most of the big gaming laptop manufacturers are promoting high-end systems with the latest technology, including MSI and Origin, to name but two.
The UK’s refugee response to addressing the needs of 20,000 refugees is “lamentable” according to a committee of MPs overseeing the enquiry over the UK-France Calais “Jungle” of refugees. The committee noted that it was a “source of shame” to wealthy countries.
According to all-party Home Affairs commitee, they said former Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s efforts to resolve the Calais issue has been near non-existent. The now-Chancellor seemed “complacent” during the time with the situation of thousands of refugees journeying across the Mediterranean from Libya.
Criminal gangs and human smugglers have preyed on these migrants who had given up most of their possessions to get to Europe.
The committee report Migration Crisis highlights the uneven response of local councils to supplement former Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to have the UK help more than 20,000 refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war.
Under the scheme, about 1,602 were accepted with 610 in Scotland, 171 in Yorkshire and Humberside and 105 in Coventry. About 32 refugees have gone to london.
A UN report highlighted that about 65 million people would be displaced from their homes due to the war in Syria and persecution by extremist forces. The refugee figures are higher than those during the end of World War II in 1945.
About 167 civilians had been killed in the US-led air strikes in different areas of Syria. The area, held by the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant, has been heavily assaulted by US air forces.
About 56 civilians including 11 children were killed in air strikes on Tokhar in the northern city of Manbij.
Coalition strikes had also killed 10 more civilians including four children.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in the United Kingdom said the total number of civilians killed by coalition strikes in Manbij is now at 167 with 44 children including.
Manbij is the large tract of land along Syria’s Northern Border with Turkey. The area is currently locked down by the Islamic State. It is a crucial supply point between Raqqa and Turkey. Now the US-backed Kurdish and Arab militias have entered the city and are defending it.
The National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces confirmed that the attack in Manbij had killed 95 people and a great number of civilians had been buried beneath rubble.
“The bombing of al-Tukhar may have resulted in the largest loss of civilian life by coalition operations in Syria. There must be a prompt, independent and transparent investigation to determine what happened, who was responsible, and how to avoid further needless loss of civilian life,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, interim deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Amnesty International.
“Anyone responsible for violations of international humanitarian law must be brought to justice and victims and their families should receive full reparation.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron and French Prime Minister Francois Hollande concluded that the UK will not relieve its British border controls in Calais despite the Brexit vote. Both ministers said they had a “mutual commitment” to keep it in place.
According to a representative:
“They agreed to continue working closely together to protect our shared border in Calais – and to maintain the so-called juxtaposed controls”.
The 2003 Le Touquet Agreement secures the controls. UK passport officials would screen individuals in the French town before they board trains and ferries. According to British border officials, the Calais camp is a way to stop migrants from illegally crossing the Channel.
The Remain Campaign had once endorsed the UK could possibly have Calais camp controls lifted on event of a Brexit vote, though this has not come to pass. He said the ‘Jungle’ refugee camps could return to Kent after an EU exit.
Tory backbencher Nigel Mills last night told the Sun: “We always knew there was no reason for either side to want to change this agreement.
“And I think it just highlights how some of the nonsense spoken by the Remain camp is now falling away.”