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Lawmakers Press Tech Companies On Efforts To Combat Extremism Online The Hill By Emily Birnbaum Lawmakers said Wednesday that they continue to have questions after Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft briefed a House panel on their efforts to take down extremist content online.Members of the House Homeland Security Committee questioned representatives from some of Silicon Valley's largest companies in a closed-door briefing about how they deal with white supremacist and bigoted content online. "While I'm encouraged by their answers, we still have a long way to go," Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), who sits on the committee, told The Hill after the briefing. Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) invited the tech companies to come to Capitol Hill and discuss their efforts to crack down on violent extremists following the mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques earlier this month, an attack that was live-streamed online. Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/technology/436145-lawmakers-press-tech-companies-on-efforts-to-combat-extremism-online...
Chicago Tribune by John Kass, Contact ReporterI’d hate it when some old-time police sergeant, usually an old white guy but sometimes black, would stand, hand on hip and sigh.And in the laconic and bitterly ironic tone of Chicago police, he’d make the big speech of five words:“Gonna be a bad summer.”I’d cringe, because, well, who the hell doesn’t know this?People are outside in summer. Rich people go places. But poor people go outside. And in Chicago, guns go outside with them.Calling it “gun violence” lets local politicians off the hook, because they want to shift the blame away from the lousy schools they’ve provided and taxes that cripple or drive away businesses so there are no jobs.The proper name is “gang violence,” and the gangs kill people over drugs, money, over revenge, over nothing, over they just felt like it.It was always going to be a bad summer. But something...
The National Yemen - Elite troops supported by Emirati forces have begun a campaign to track down Al Qaeda militants in mountain hideouts in the Shabwa province of southern Yemen.The campaign, called White Mountains, complements a mission in which troops were sent to the three Shabwa districts of Nesab, Markha and Khourah in April 2018.“Fierce clashes flared between our forces and Al Qaeda militants in the district of Khoura, lasting for about three hours," Col Mohammed Al Bouhar, commander of the Shabwa force, told The National."It ended as our forces took control over their main base in the area that was used as training base."There were no casualties reported but the extremists from the base fled towards the province of Al Bayda, Col Al Bouhar said. Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemen-uae-backed-forces-launch-military-operation-to-track-down-al-qaeda-1.841734...
Asharq Al-Awsat Fighters recall the last moments of the battle that lasted for weeks after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced last Saturday seizing ISIS' last bastion in Baghouz following six months of a wide attack that started in Sep. in 2018 in Deir Ezzor.Judy Kubani, a Kurdish fighter from Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) along the border with Turkey, said that the battle in Baghouz was different than the rest because those who remained were foreigners having a wide experience in fighting, and they took shelter in tunnels.Kubani added that SDF, backed by the US-led international coalition, was continuously slowing down the battle to avoid the loss of civilians used as human shield by ISIS. He stressed that they had to be cautious because hundreds of civilians were obliged to stay with the group.Raha, from Women's Protection Units, recounted how she and her fellows were involved in a six-hour battle. Read...
The Post and Courier Plotting terrorism would become a state crime in SC under bill approved by HouseBy Seanna Adcox COLUMBIA — Supporting terrorism would become a state crime under legislation approved Tuesday by the S.C. House, which its backers say could have kept a Ladson man who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State locked up years before he pleaded guilty to a federal charge.If it had been a state law in 2015, then-York high school student Zakaryia Abdel Abdin could have been charged with something more than illegal gun possession when an arrest revealed a plot to rob a gun store and attack military bases. Potentially, there would have been no need for the FBI to keep tabs on Abdin and eventually arrest him at the Charleston airport in April 2017 as he was boarding a flight to join the terrorist group, said House Speaker Pro Tem Tommy Pope,...