TWITTER bans bots pimping Saudi propaganda

❝ Anyone who tweeted about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the past two weeks saw major pushback on Twitter from accounts in Saudi Arabia. But that could slow down in the coming days. Twitter has now reportedly banned an unspecified number of alleged bots that were pushing pro-Saudi propaganda.

The revelation comes from an NBC News report about the “hundreds of accounts that tweeted and retweeted the same pro-Saudi government tweets at the same time.” But Twitter doesn’t get all the credit for spotting the bot network. The accounts were first spotted by IT specialist Josh Russell, whose work was shared with the social media giant via spreadsheet.

❝ Khashoggi, a Saudi national and permanent resident of the U.S., became an exile from Saudi Arabia not for his criticism of the Saudi royal family but because he criticized President Trump shortly after he was elected president in November of 2016. Khashoggi had questioned Trump’s close relationship to Russia and what that would mean for America’s alliances in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia banned Khashoggi from writing and making TV appearances in the country in deference to the American president.

Just in case you haven’t noticed any of our fearless journalists explaining why Khashoggi was exiled and then murdered.

Jamal Khashoggi’s Apple Watch recorded his torture and murder


Jamal Khashoggi and fiancee Hatice Cengiz

According to a Sabah Gazetesi report, Khashoggi recorded what is believed to be audio evidence of his death inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey more than a week ago. Sabah Washington correspondent Ragip Soylu posted a screenshot of the story to Twitter on Friday.

In its report, Sarah claims Khashoggi recorded questioning by a “hit squad.” A copy of the audio file was synced with Khashoggi’s iPhone, which was in the possession of fiancee Hatice Cengiz. Cengiz was waiting outside the consulate during the alleged exchange, assumedly within Bluetooth range of the Apple Watch in question…

While Saudis were able to wipe certain files from Khashoggi’s device or devices, they were less successful in deleting data from iCloud, the report says.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for the truth to come out voluntarily from the criminal Saudi royals…or their pimp in the White House.

American Medical Association takes a stand against gun violence


Jim Watson/AFP

❝ With frustration mounting over lawmakers’ inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis.

At its annual policymaking meeting, the nation’s largest physicians group bowed to unprecedented demands from doctor-members to take a stronger stand on gun violence — a problem the organizations says is as menacing as a lethal infectious disease.

The action comes against a backdrop of recurrent school shootings, everyday street violence in the nation’s inner cities, and rising U.S. suicide rates.

❝ “We as physicians are the witnesses to the human toll of this disease,” Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency-medicine specialist at Brown University, said at the meeting.

RTFA. Nice to see a leading body of successful, well-educated professionals stand in responsible commitment to fighting a social disaster. Ain’t always the case.

UN Offers Award in Name of Slain Mexican Journalists

❝ The United Nations has announced a new journalism award – The Breach/Valdez Award for Journalism and Human Rights – to “recognize the career of journalists in Mexico who have excelled in a journalistic investigation for human rights,” says the international organization.

❝ The accolade is named after two Mexican journalists assassinated in 2017 – Javier Valdez and Miroslava Breach – both gunned down by criminal organizations for investigating the connections between illegal cartels and high-ranking Mexican politicians…

❝ “With this award, we’d also like to contribute to combatting systemic impunity and violence that journalists face and more broadly human rights activists,” said Giancarlo Summa, U.N. Director of the Center for Information at a press conference to announce the award…

A U.N. statement reads that the killings of Breach and Valdez indicate that, “no journalist, not even though with international recognition, is safe from violence in particular when they attack corruption in this country.”

¡Hasta la victoria siempre!

Murdered by Israeli Military Thugs


Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh

Shocked at the “incomprehensible” killing of a wheelchair-bound amputee protester by Israeli security forces, the top United Nations human rights official has called on the country to open an independent and impartial investigation into the incident…

“However, as far as we can see, there is nothing whatsoever to suggest that Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh [the protester] was posing an imminent threat of death or serious injury when he was killed,” he added, stressing: “Given his severe disability, which must have been clearly visible to those who shot him, his killing is incomprehensible – a truly shocking and wanton act.”

I’m not shocked. I will never grow accustomed to the murder of protestors by thugs of any government. But, no one should be surprised by this murder on behalf of the Israeli government.