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SPLASH! News: Russian Hack Theory, May Exploits Terror Attacks, Muslim Ban, and More

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Andre Roberge – New Evidence Suggests “Russian Hack” Theory Could be Diversionary Tactic

On June 1st, the Associated Press reported that Guillaume Poupard, head of France’s cybersecurity agency ANSSI, remarked that the hack on the Macron campaign “was so generic and simple that it could have been practically anyone.” Furthermore, Mr. Poupard postulated, “we can imagine that it was a person who did this alone. They could be in any country.” Instead of being a sophisticated hack forged by Russian operatives, as previously stipulated, it’s looking like French officials were correct on their early call, warning candidates of phishing attacks.

This claim of Russian involvement in the French election, as illustrated so joyously in Joy Reid’s tweet above, is again found not to be the case. The reporting of what led to the Russian hacking drumbeat in the French election is another example of a larger issue at hand; there is no concrete evidence.

Take this report from The Guardian. The first lines of the article assert that “Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by hackers linked to Russia” and that “researchers added to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin.” Yet the article later admits when quoting the evidence that “Trend Micro did not accuse any country of pulling the strings” and that “this is not a 100% confirmation.”

Michael Sainato – British PM Theresa May Shamelessly Exploits Terror Attack For Political Gain

Leading up to the British General Election on June 8, Conservative Party Prime Minister Theresa May’s once comfortable lead has gradually been disappearing, with the Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn closing down her lead in polls to within one point. She dodged a televised debate a few days ago to avoid worsening her downward trajectory. Now, in the wake of a terrorist attack in London that has claimed the lives of seven people and injured dozens more, May has swooped in to try to revive her political campaign, exploiting the attacks and asserting that she is exclusively warranted to benefit from the politically charged atmosphere.

All political parties in the UK have announced a suspension in political campaigning until June 5 due to the attacks, though local parties will still canvas. But the second half of Theresa May’s speech on Downing Street was political theatrics at their worst. “The prime minister moved from the realm of non-partisan opinion and warm platitudes to a political argument, going so far as to outline a series of policy measures in response to the attacks.

Nigel Clarke – Pittsburgh, Paris, and Pyongyang

I am a fan of language.

Particularly enjoyable to me is when a word can have different meanings depending on context, especially when the meanings are contradictory.

Call someone ‘bad’ and you may mean ‘not good’ or ‘very good.’

Along these lines, what I find most interesting is when the establishment purveyors of the mainstream narrative seek to covertly alter the definition of a word or phrase.

This type of alteration was, for me, the overarching theme of a week abnormally saturated with geopolitical tomfoolery.

Trump’s “America First” has, to this point, been a relatively straightforward concept – a sort of pseudo-protectionism in the age of globalism.

While campaigning, he proclaimed that the United States could not continue to police the world at the expense of domestic spending and debt.

David Grossman – In Latest Offense, Bill Maher Calls Himself a “House N*gger”

Bill Maher is no stranger to controversy, however, on Friday night’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, he crossed a line. There are just some things white people don’t do.

During an interview with Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), Maher responded to a comment made by Sasse, by calling himself a “house n*gger.”

The internet immediately responded, many with outrage.

Some defended him.

Maher’s latest offense follows a heated exchange he had with recent guest Dr. Cornel West, in which he pointed his finger in West’s face.

Salam Morcos – Trump Takes the Muslim Ban Case to the Supreme Court

On Thursday night, the White House appealed to the Supreme Court a federal court’s decision to freeze President Trump’s revised Muslim ban, according to a report by CNN.

The President issued an executive order soon after assuming office in January that “officially imposed a ban on seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia.” The executive order was struck down by three federal courts as it violated the establishment clause, which states that “one religious denomination cannot be officially preferred over another.”

Trump later revised the text of the travel ban and excluding Iraq from the list of banned countries. Trump’s attempts weren’t fruitful and last week a federal court, in a 10-to-3 decision, left in place the freeze, finding that the Muslim ban “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”



Written by Pamela Getz

Writer and Activist. Follow Pamela on Twitter @goddesspamela.

Pamela Getz is Editor of International Affairs for Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

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