1. King of “fake news”: Macron manipulates social media for his own gain - research
New study has shown a “nebula” of anonymous Twitter accounts being used to forward the ideas of Macron and his ruling party, including the promotion of candidates for EU elections.
That's despite strict legislation against “fake news” and anonymous accounts announced by Macron earlier this year.
2. WikiLeaks founder charged in computer hacking conspiracy
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Julian P. Assange, 47, the founder of WikiLeaks, was arrested today in the United Kingdom pursuant to the U.S./UK Extradition Treaty, in connection with a federal charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified U.S. government computer.
According to court documents unsealed today, the charge relates to Assange’s alleged role in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.
The indictment alleges that in March 2010, Assange engaged in a conspiracy with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, to assist Manning in cracking a password stored on U.S. Department of Defense computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNet), a U.S. government network used for classified documents and communications. Manning, who had access to the computers in connection with her duties as an intelligence analyst, was using the computers to download classified records to transmit to WikiLeaks. Cracking the password would have allowed Manning to log on to the computers under a username that did not belong to her. Such a deceptive measure would have made it more difficult for investigators to determine the source of the illegal disclosures.
During the conspiracy, Manning and Assange engaged in real-time discussions regarding Manning’s transmission of classified records to Assange. The discussions also reflect Assange actively encouraging Manning to provide more information. During an exchange, Manning told Assange that “after this upload, that’s all I really have got left.“ To which Assange replied, “curious eyes never run dry in my experience.”
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Julian Assange's lawyers made a statement to the press after Assange's appearance at Westminster Magistrates' Court. He has been found guilty of breaching his bail.
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3. CPC MP Pierre Poilievre: “The Prime Minister has caught himself in a trap”
First, Trudeau said Wilson-Raybould never once complained about his interference in the SNC trial. Now he admits she did.
4. “Qatar Papers” book reveals Doha’s lavish funding for Muslim Brotherhood in Europe
LONDON: A book recently published by two French journalists claims to reveal the details of lavish payments made by Qatar to Muslim Brotherhood organizations across Europe.
The 295-page book titled “Qatar Papers - How the State Finances Islam in France and Europe” is reportedly based on official documents and testimonies that shed light on Doha’s extensive funding to promote the Brotherhood’s ideology on the continent.
Written by French investigative reporters Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot, the book publishes evidence of cheque and money transfers from Qatar that have been used to underwrite Brotherhood-linked projects around Europe.
The book’s introduction says it unveils 140 documents “for the first time” that detail Qatar's funding of dozens of mosques and Islamic societies to promote the influence of the Brotherhood in European countries like France and Switzerland — documenting payments of €72 million ($80.8 million) to Brotherhood groups that are active in seven European countries.
5. Protestors interrupt Trump’s speech to Jewish Republicans holding signs reading “The occupation is a plague”
6. France and Mali troops kill 30 militants in major counter-terrorism operation near Burkina Faso border
French and Malian troops killed or captured more than 30 extremists and dismantled a jihadist training camp during a major counter-terrorism operation near Mali’s border with Burkina Faso, the French military told AFP on Thursday, April 10.
“Over 30 members of armed terrorist groups were neutralized,” the military said, a term meaning that they were killed or captured.
A French military doctor was also killed during the operation, the military previously reported.
The operation was launched in late March in the Gourma, a crossroads region in Mali’s central belt that flanks the border with Burkina Faso.
7. GERMANY: School tells parents if daughter wears hijab, her bullying problem might go away
Two German parents say they were shocked when a school headmaster suggested they make their daughter wear an Islamic headscarf to solve her issues with bullying.
The young fifth-grade girl was the target of alleged bullying by Muslim girls in a Frankfurt school where she was singled out because she has a German-Hebrew name, blonde hair, and does not wear an Islamic headscarf, Bild reports.
The girls’ mother claimed that the girl began developing a fear of going to school and that she had been both verbally and physically attacked by other students.
8. Gilets jaunes protester to file “wilful violence” police complaint
Relatives of a 73-year-old gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protester who was seriously injured when French riot police pushed back demonstrators in Nice on Saturday are to file an official complaint for “wilful violence.”
Geneviève Legay was taken to hospital with a fractured skull after she was knocked over in a charge by officers wielding shields and batons at an unauthorised rally in the centre of Nice. Her condition was described as serious but stable. The French authorities have launched an inquiry into the incident.
On Sunday, Arié Alimi, a lawyer representing the Legay family, told the French broadcaster LCI: “We will be filing an official complaint for wilful violence with weapons and in a group by persons in authority over vulnerable people. And against the [police] prefect for complicity.”
Geneviève Legay is interviewed in her hospital bed about the extent of the injuries and insulting comments made by police and politicians about how she came to be injured.
In this discussion on France 3, journalists review their tape of the incident and compare that to what politicians and police have said about how the woman was injured.
9. Tunisian actor in antisemitic, homophobic diatribe: “I can't tolerate homosexuals, the smell of Jews”
Tunisian actor Walid Nahdi said in an April 4, 2019 broadcast on Radio Med (Tunisia) that he would not go to Israel if given an opportunity to do so, and that he cannot tolerate the Jews and their “distinct odor.” He said that he also does not feel comfortable around and cannot stand homosexuals. Tunisian actress Manal Abdul Qawi, who was also on the show, rebuked Nahdi and defended Jews, saying that Tunisian Jews love Tunisia more than many non-Jews do. She also said that homosexuality is a private matter. Abdul Qawi added that she accepts all races and religions and that she values personal freedom. Yamina Thabet, the head of the Tunisian Association for Support of Minorities (see MEMRI TV Clip No. 7063), has filed a legal complaint against Walid Nahdi following his comments. This excerpt was not posted by Radio Med to their social media accounts; rather, it was uploaded to the Internet by other Tunisian accounts.
10. European Court upholds conviction of woman who condemned Muhammad’s marriage to 6-year-old
March 25, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The Austrian courts were right to condemn Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff for having sharply criticized the prophet Muhammad’s marriage with a six-year-old girl, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has implicitly decided.
On Tuesday, the jurisdiction in charge of implementing the European Convention on Human Rights, ratified by the 47 member-states of the Council of Europe, refused to refer Sabaditsch-Wolff’s appeal against a Chamber judgment approving the Austrian decision last fall to the Grand Chamber of the Court. The ECHR did not trouble to motivate its refusal.
The ECHR judgment E.S. v. Austria of October 25, 2018, is now final. And as the European Court’s decisions are based on case law, the consequences for free criticism and enunciation of facts regarding Islam and its history in particular will be far-reaching, in particular because the ruling justifies the condemnation in the local Austrian context, where the statements criticizing Muhammad “were likely to disturb the religious peace.”
According to research by the Pew Center in 2016, 6.7 percent of the Austrian population are Muslims, a growing population due to immigration.