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Who is afraid of the ignorant clown?

The religious police of Saudi Arabia does not let itself be fooled by an X for an U

Saudi Arabia, closely allied with the U.S., has a very poor human rights record. Violations include willkur, torture, executions, as well as downright racist curtailment of women’s rights. The power of the Saudi prince’s clan is based on an alliance with the Wahhabi religious scholars, who represent a Salafi and extremely conservative direction of Islam.

The so-called "Committee for the prevention of ubel and the demand for virtue", a kind of religious police, brutally ensures the observance of the laws of the state, formed on the model of an original Islamic community, apparently in accordance with the literal interpretation of the Koran, as demanded by the arch-conservative interpretation of the Wahhabis. At the top of the list: Dress codes and the separation of men and women in public. Critics and reformers have a hard time, but at least we hear from them more and more often.

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Us army lets microsoft develop data glasses with facial recognition

Us army lets microsoft develop data glasses with facial recognition

Soldiers train with the Integrated Visual Augmentation System. Image: DoD

The Integrated Visual Augmentation System will integrate as much available visual data as possible, monitor soldiers’ performance and optimize targeting accuracy

The Army Futures Command, founded a year ago, wants to equip the US Army with new technologies. By the end of the month, it plans to be fully operational, accelerating developments and acquisitions beyond the usual channels. However, criticism has already come from the GAO that not enough small companies are being included. It’s all about AI applications, autonomous vehicles and robots, 3D printers, new weapons, new missiles like the Precision Strike Munitions, which are said to have an INF-compatible range of just 499 km. On Wednesday, the command presented itself and its projects to members of the press.

Techno

Playstation 2 is potentially a weapon

Japan imposed export restriction on game consoles.

When the news began to spread on the Internet at the beginning of last week, skepticism initially prevailed. An English newspaper reported that the Japanese government had imposed export controls on the Playstation 2. The hardware of the console is so powerful that it can be misused for weapons systems, for example, a missile guidance system.

An English technology journalist promptly suspected that a PR ploy by Sony’s local marketing department could be behind it. "This is exactly the kind of news that appeals to the target group of gamers", he said, "that your Playstation is so powerful that it can push a satellite out of orbit".

Secrets

What did the bnd know?

The Malpasset dam is believed to have been blown up by the FLN, causing 400 casualties

In 2010, almost three years ago, political scientist Matthias Ritzi published his doctoral dissertation at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Innsbruck with the thesis "Richard Christmann: Intelligence conflicts between Germany and France in the years 1936 to 1961".

In it, Matthias Ritzi informed that the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) was informed by its resident in Tunis, Richard Christmann, about planned attacks by the Algerian "National Liberation Front" (Front de Liberation Nationale, FLN) against oil installations and also against dams in France was informed in advance. In 2011, Ritzi and Erich Schmidt-Eenboom published the book based on the dissertation: "In the Shadow of the Third Reich – The BND and its Agent Richard Christmann." This book was u.a. discussed in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and in Neues Deutschland with a focus on the Algerian war. In Telepolis appeared a multi-page review The secret agent for special tasks, in which it also heibt:

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Parliament and government buildings attacked

Internal Palestinian fighting also in the West Bank

The bloody clashes between the former (Fatah) and the new Palestinian government (Hamas) have spread from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank. The Palestinian police do not maintain internal order. It is closely allied with the Fatah movement and apparently refuses to protect citizens and government institutions effectively.

When a Palestinian motorist refused to stop at a Palestinian checkpoint on Ramallah’s city limits Tuesday night, officers opened fire. The man died. He was traveling in a stolen car and wanted to avoid an inspection," he said. The police, however, were expecting a "musta’arab," literally one who pretends to be an Arab. The "Musta’aribin" are furrowed Israeli intelligence units that operate in disguise. Just three weeks ago, one of these units shot dead three people in the middle of the busy city center.

Leaders

When politicians “disasters”

If politicians'katastrophen uben'

The CDU wants new emergency laws against flooding, among other things (here: Passau, 2013) Image: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-3.0-DE

CDU/CSU parliamentary group leader expects thunderstorms, floods and new pandemics in the wake of the climate crisis and wants to prepare for "all national and European emergencies"

In the first part of the speech by Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) on Thursday in the Bundestag, it was clear: this man belongs to a governing party and is currently defending the requested lockdown measures to contain the Corona pandemic against criticism from FDP leader Christian Lindner. "The lockdown is working", said Brinkhaus – and it was "mercifully", That Lindner was trying to campaign in this way, "in the most serious crisis that has this republic". Polls show that this is not well received, he said. "Freedom is always the freedom of the weak" said Brinkhaus with a view to the elderly and the previously ill, who are particularly endangered by the corona virus – this no longer sounded one hundred percent like the CDU.

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House of commons rejects may’s brexit deal for third time

house of commons rejects mays brexit deal for third time

Graphic: TP

EU Council President Tusk Appointed for 10. April Special Summit on

This afternoon, after a five-hour debate, the House of Commons voted for the third time on Theresa May’s exit deal – and rejected it again. This time with 344 to 286 votes. Because parliament speaker John Bercow with reference to a rule from the year 1604 "SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES" had demanded before the deal was presented a third time, May had removed the accompanying supplementary statement.

Finance

Record year for coal funding

The energy and climate newsreel: Future electricity market design, nuclear waste woes, and banks’ deal with coal

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is currently considering the future design of the electricity market. Since Friday the "Green Book Electricity Market" which had already been announced as part of the 10-point energy agenda.

The electricity market is in a transitional phase in which overcapacity is being reduced, renewables are being added, and about 12 GW of nuclear power in Germany will be decommissioned by 2022. Renewable energy plants had to be increasingly integrated into this system "ame the same responsibility for the overall system as conventional power plants".

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Spain now also drags puigdemont’s lawyer to court

spain now drags puigdemont's lawyer to court as well

Image Gonzalo Boye: Òmnium Cultural / CC-BY-SA-2.0 / Image Carles Puigdemont: Generalitat de Catalunya / Public Domain

Gonzalo Boye, successful in defending the Catalan exiled president on the international stage, is suddenly alleged to be "Money laundering" in drug trafficking

Is it a coincidence that just before upcoming decisions about the possible extradition of Carles Puigdemont from Belgium to Spain, his Spanish lawyer is being covered with an indictment? At any rate, at the National Court of Justice in Madrid, Judge MarIa Tardon is now suing the lawyer Gonzalo Boye for "Money laundering" within a criminal organization.

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Sarrazin serves crude race doctrine

It may be that Sarrazin and Co. put the finger on a wound, but they themselves create a new-old wound – racism and suicidal cultural stagnation

Is Sarrazin, an SPD member and board member of the Bundesbank, merely putting his finger on the wound with his primarily anti-Muslim rhetoric, or is he an arsonist who makes resentment popular and legitimate?? Such questions are hardly clear without contradiction, because here it is not primarily a matter of facts, but of interpretation, i.e. speculation that strengthens or contradicts opinions. In any case, Bild has found in Sarrazin a good candidate to stir up the topic of anti-Islamism, although the newspaper may not care which way the level will swing. One is always already there.

The SPD is gradually becoming embarrassed by its member who has been shunted off to the board of the Bundesbank, although it is or was well blessed with difficult candidates from Clement to Schily or Riester to Schroder. Sarrazin, who together with the Bild-Zeitung published his book "Germany abolishes itself", not only serves cliched xenophobic resentments, which have now changed from anti-Semitism to anti-Islamism, but also argues on a non-scientific level of Nazi racial doctrine. So, in all seriousness, he thinks that Muslim immigrants are genetically dumber – "educationally distant" – which is why they have not been able to integrate. Intelligence, according to the professional politician, is inherited between 50 and 80 percent.