Category Archives: Terror and Terrorism

Breaking: Is Nothing Sacred? Saudis Jail Two Wikipedia Editors

[NOTE: I use Wikipedia almost every day. It’s perhaps the finest flower of the rapidly-disappearing era of the free (as in built for honest public service rather than profit or propaganda) internet. But the Saudi rulers know how to deal with such unwelcome ideas & their advocates: if bribery doesn’t suffice (as in golf),  jail, torture, & murder are next on the shelf. Can anyone rescue these latest victims? And the ultimate target: Wikipedia?]

Saudi Arabia jails two Wikipedia staff in ‘bid to control content

Administrators jailed for 32 years, and eight years, as activists warn of ploy to infiltrate website

AFP in Dubai — Thu 5 Jan 2023

An investigation by parent body Wikimedia found the Saudi government had penetrated Wikipedia’s senior ranks in the region, with Saudi citizens acting or forced to act as agents, two rights groups said.
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New Years Ukraine Combat Update

 

Anger in Russia as scores of troops killed in one of war’s deadliest strikes

Reuters — January 1, 2023

Summary
• Third straight night of attacks signals new Russian tactic
• Kyiv says Russian strikes are failing
• Scores of Russian troops reported dead in barracks blast
• Stern Putin New Year speech signals no let-up
• Zelenskiy says Ukraine stands united

Russia acknowledged on Monday that scores of its troops were killed in one of the Ukraine war’s deadliest strikes, drawing demands from nationalist bloggers for commanders to be punished for housing soldiers alongside an ammunition dump. Continue reading New Years Ukraine Combat Update

Wendy, The Fair Daredevil

A long time ago, before we crossed paths, the Fair Wendy rode a motorcycle from Ohio to Pittsburgh and back, then later to Chicago. She loved the independence, the adventure, and the wind.

Monday was Wendy’s birthday; she’s now — well, never mind. I got her a thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle.

She still has the motorcycle, under a tarp behind the house. Fortunately (from my perspective) it’s too rusted to be cranked up.

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Gwynne Dyer on Possible Bibi Comeback & What’s Next

 

Gwynne Dyer: Israel: Yet Another Election

From The Portugal News

By Gwynne Dyer, in Opinion · Oct. 27, 2022

Israeli voters are indefatigable. The election on November 1st will be the fifth in just three-and-a-half years, and yet the turnout is still likely to be around 70%. That’s especially remarkable because all five elections have really been about the same question: should Binyamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu go to jail, or should he be prime minister?

Bibi and friend.

He is on trial for bribery, fraud and breach of trust, the evidence against him is strong, and his peril is real. The court system is one of the few aspects of Israeli public life that have not been politicised: former prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in jail (reduced to 18 months on appeal) on exactly the same charges Netanyahu now faces. Continue reading Gwynne Dyer on Possible Bibi Comeback & What’s Next