All those creepy Muslim organization names look the same to me, and in this case, a woman's foundation probably came within 2 letters of being a terror org - which is within 1 or 2 degrees of freedom, so Ban Her! She's a Witch!
Yes, the plot looks remarkably like Terry Gilliam's Brazil, except they haven't whisked her off to Gitmo (yet) to drill her teeth in an interrogation room.
But as a caveat to those who think metadata doesn't matter, yes, government fuckups have wings that fly far. History notes that government surveillance usually errs in ways beneficial to them, not in ways beneficial to the public or their targets. "Err on the side of caution" doesn't bode well for this lady's rights, and as is typical, the government doesn...
By Garance Franke-Ruta, TheAtlantic.com, Dec. 4, 2013
There's no heartbreak like the heartbreak of first love, and when it comes to politics, no disappointment more bitter than that of a young person who grows up to realize her one-time idol is all too human.
In a surprise move, the Holy See yesterday announced that Pope Francis is to assemble a panel of experts to advise him on the problem of clerical sex abuse. This Vatican Child Protection Commission represents arguably the first concrete proposal to emerge from the so-called “G8” Council of Cardinals who have been meeting with the pope in Rome this week.
Originally appointed in April by Pope Francis to help him both govern and reform the Catholic Church, the G8 council is only now getting down to serious work [....]
As far as the composition of the commission’s panel of experts goes, it seems likely that the...
By Mohammed Ghobari in Sanaa, Reuters, Dec. 5, 2013 (WITH VIDEO)
A suicide bomber and gunmen wearing army uniforms attacked Yemen's defense ministry on Thursday, killing 52 people including foreign medical staff, government sources said, in the country's worst militant assault in 18 months.
One attacker drove a car packed with explosives into the gate of the ministry's compound, then gunmen in another vehicle sped in and opened fire on soldiers and doctors and nurses working at a hospital inside, witnesses told Reuters.
The U.S. military raised its alert status in the region after the coordinated strikes...
By Nima Elbagir, Laura Smith-Spark and Faith Karimi, CNN, Dec. 5, 2013 (WITH VIDEO)
Bossangoa, Central African Republic -- Months after a coup escalated chaos and violence in the Central African Republic, the U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved the deployment of African and French forces there.
The council also voted to impose an arms embargo on the nation, which is east of Cameroon and north of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A representative of the Central African Republic told the council the vote would "give reasons to hope for a new dawn" for the country's embattled population.