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Paying with a glance: Moscow's latest expansion of facial recognition tech

Posted by BeyondGeography | Mon Oct 11, 2021, 10:37 AM (5 replies)

Burkina Faso tries alleged killers of revolutionary icon Sankara

Fourteen men, including a former president Compaore, will go on trial in Burkina Faso from Monday over the assassination in 1987 of Thomas Sankara, the country's revolutionary leader and a pan-Africanist icon.

It will be nearly 34 years to the day since Sankara was gunned down during a putsch led by an erstwhile comrade and close friend -- one of the most shocking episodes in a country well-versed in political brutality.

Suspicions have long been directed at Sankara's successor as president, Blaise Compaore, who ruled the impoverished Sahel state for the next 27 years. Compaore was toppled by a popular uprising in 2014 and fled to neighbouring Ivory Coast, which granted him citizenship. He is the chief accused among 14 figures in the trial, which will unfold at a military court in the capital Ouagadougou.

…A young army captain and Marxist-Leninist inspired by Ghana's Jerry Rawlings, Sankara came to power in a coup in 1983.

Aged just 33, he embarked on a campaign of radical change.

He renamed the country Burkina Faso (the land of honest men) from the colonial-era Upper Volta, carried out a wave of nationalisations and banned female genital mutilation, polygamy and forced marriages.

Four years after Sankara took the helm, he and 12 other leaders were dead.

More at https://www.africanews.com/2021/10/08/burkina-faso-tries-alleged-killers-of-revolutionary-icon-sankara/

https://twitter.com/AUC31/status/1447521129300729858
Posted by BeyondGeography | Mon Oct 11, 2021, 07:40 AM (4 replies)

Schubert Piano Sonata D. 784, op. 142 A Minor (Pires)

Posted by BeyondGeography | Sat Sep 25, 2021, 06:49 AM (0 replies)

Osama (2003)

Click here for the whole film:



Cinema at its powerful best, IMO, and, unhappily, newly relevant. Anchored by an incredible performance by Marina Golbahari:

And Barmak's protagonist truly is helpless, in a way that films rarely have the courage to convey. This is no wishful feminist parable about a strong-willed young woman facing tough odds. "Osama" is a weak, confused, foolish girl, a pawn not only of the Taliban but of her mother and grandmother as well. She passively watches her life unfold as if she were outside of it, but with a constant fear in her eyes that shows she knows she's not. Those eyes are perhaps the greatest marvel in this somber, eloquent film. Golbahari, like the rest of the cast, is not a professional actor, yet her face is as evocative as that of any movie star. When she is silently watching, her eyes have an almost disconcerting intensity. Now fourteen years old, Golbahari was one of thirteen children and begged in the streets before Barmak found her. She reportedly witnessed the death of one of her sisters in a rocket attack. It is hard not to wonder, with sadness, what else those young eyes may have seen.

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2004/05/the-movie-review-osama-and-kandahar/69427/

Golbahari now lives in exile (France) and has received death threats for being photographed at a South Korean film festival without her head covered.
https://twitter.com/nouvelles2025/status/1430930860782624780
Posted by BeyondGeography | Fri Sep 24, 2021, 01:23 PM (1 replies)

Looks like we have a new bestie in the world

Scott Morrison is reliable?

https://twitter.com/SyedaShabanaAsh/status/1440400903299756034
“The United States has no closer or more reliable ally than Australia,” Biden said on Tuesday ahead of a bilateral meeting with Morrison on the sidelines of the United Nations general assembly in New York.
Posted by BeyondGeography | Tue Sep 21, 2021, 04:03 PM (5 replies)

SMH: Australia's foreign policy is getting clumsy and arrogant

https://twitter.com/lisazdavies/status/1439365751018647555
“They’re just having a sook.”

It’s a sentence that has been heard a few times over the past 48 hours, as Coalition MPs rubbish any suggestion that Australia has seriously harmed itself in infuriating France over dumping the $90 billion submarine deal.

It’s a thuggish mentality, devoid of humility, that encapsulates everything that is wrong about Australian foreign policy at the moment. The idea that we couldn’t have done this any other way is laughable for a number of reasons.

First, the Morrison government should not have given France the impression that the submarine deal was back on track over the past six months. As recently as June this year, French President Emmanuel Macron backed Australia in its worsening tussle with China, standing alongside Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the Elysee Palace courtyard in Paris. What Macron didn’t know was that four days earlier, Morrison had used a meeting with US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss the secret plan to ditch the French submarines and build a nuclear-powered fleet with the United States and Britain.

Second, Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Peter Dutton should not have agreed to significantly enhance defence cooperation with their French counterparts less than a month ago when they were about to announce the submarine deal was dead.

…Australia hasn’t just angered the most important European power in the Indo-Pacific. It has dragged its greatest ally, the US, into a diplomatic row with Europe at a time when Biden is trying to mend relations in the continent after years of Donald Trump publicly snubbing European allies. Australia’s actions right now have serious implications on the world stage and there are questions about whether our diplomacy has been strong enough to support our strategic intentions…

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-s-foreign-policy-is-getting-clumsy-and-arrogant-20210918-p58ssr.html
Posted by BeyondGeography | Sat Sep 18, 2021, 11:55 PM (2 replies)

Secret Talks and a Hidden Agenda: Behind the U.S. Defense Deal that France Called a 'Betrayal'

In meeting after meeting with their French counterparts, U.S. officials gave no heads-up about their plans to upend France’s largest defense contract.

The United States and Australia went to extraordinary lengths to keep Paris in the dark as they secretly negotiated a plan to build nuclear submarines, scuttling France’s largest defense contract and so enraging President Emmanuel Macron that on Friday he ordered the withdrawal of France’s ambassadors to both nations.

Mr. Macron’s decision was a stunning and unexpected escalation of the breach between Washington and Paris, on a day that the two countries had planned to celebrate an alliance that goes back to the defeat of Britain in the Revolutionary War.

Yet it was driven by France’s realization that two of its closest allies have been negotiating secretly for months. According to interviews with American and British officials, the Australians approached the new administration soon after President Biden’s inauguration and said they had concluded that they had to get out of a $60 billion agreement with France to supply them with a dozen attack submarines.

…But it was unclear how they would terminate the agreement with France, which was already over budget and running behind schedule. “They told us they would take care of dealing with the French,” one senior U.S. official said.

…American officials insist it was not their place to talk to the French about their business deal with Australia. But now, in light of the blowup, some officials say they regret they did not insist that the Australians level with the French about their intentions earlier.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/17/us/politics/us-france-australia-betrayal.html


We farmed out the dirty work to the Aussies and, surprise, surprise, they didn’t do it, right up until an August 30 meeting in Paris between the Australian and French defense ministers. Did we even ask them if they gave France a heads-up? Did we even care?

Wherever you come down on AUKUS, the Biden Adminsitration badly mishandled this.
Posted by BeyondGeography | Fri Sep 17, 2021, 11:18 PM (9 replies)

France recalls its ambassador to the US in protest of Biden's submarine deal with Australia

Source: NY Times

France announced on Friday that it is immediately recalling its ambassador to the United States, Philippe tienne, in protest of President Biden's announcement of an agreement to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia without consulting French officials.

In a statement, the French foreign minister said the decision was made by French President Emmanuel Macron.

"At the request of the President of the Republic, I have decided to immediately recall our two ambassadors to the United States and Australia to Paris for consultations," Jean-Yves Le Drian, the foreign minister said. "This exceptional decision is justified by the exceptional gravity of the announcements made on 15 September by Australia and the United States.

In the statement announcing that the ambassador, Philippe tienne, would return temporarily to Paris -- a severe diplomatic step that is usually used against adversaries -- Mr. Le Drian made it clear that his country sees the actions of the two nations as a serious breach of trust. He said the U.S.-Australia partnership constitutes "unacceptable behavior between allies and partners, the consequences of which affect the very conception we have of our alliances, our partnerships and the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Europe.”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/17/us/politics/france-ambassador-recall-us-australia.html
Posted by BeyondGeography | Fri Sep 17, 2021, 04:05 PM (39 replies)

US in damage control mode: Biden angers France, EU with new Australia, UK initiative

Posted by BeyondGeography | Fri Sep 17, 2021, 10:20 AM (7 replies)

Grand jury in Elijah McClain investigation indicts officers, medics in 2019 death

Source: NBC News

Police and paramedics in suburban Denver will face charges in the case of Elijah McClain, the young Black man who died in 2019 after he was detained and placed in a chokehold by officers, following eight months of a grand jury investigation convened by Colorado's top prosecutor.

State Attorney General Phil Weiser on Wednesday said that two officers with the Aurora Police Department and one former officer and two paramedics will be charged with one count each of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, as well as other charges. The indictment is a total of 32 counts, Weiser said.

…McClain's encounter with police began just after 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 24, 2019, after he bought iced tea from a corner store. At the time, McClain, a massage therapist, was wearing a ski mask — which he typically did because of a blood condition that made him feel cold, according to his family.

Three Aurora police officers were called to the area on a report of a suspicious person wearing a mask and waving his arms. Bodycam video later released showed officers ordering McClain to stop. He responded that he was an introvert and to "please respect the boundaries that I am speaking."

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/grand-jury-elijah-mcclain-investigation-indicts-officers-medics-2019-death-n1278240?cid=sm_npd_ms_tw_ma
Posted by BeyondGeography | Wed Sep 1, 2021, 12:39 PM (5 replies)
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