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Breach of North Korea's servers reveal that the country has only 28 websites

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance at the Sci-Tech Complex
A data breach of North Korea servers has pulled back the shroud of secrecy which surrounds the country's internet presence - by revealing it only owns 28 websites.

Very little is known about the internet habits of the notoriously introvert nation, whose government does not allow its people to travel without express permission.

However, an apparent error has caused all 28 of the country's .kp domains to be made accessible to the rest of the world.

War Whore

Video showing police kill innocent unarmed father with his hands up

Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby fatally shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher Friday night when he experienced car trouble after leaving night classes at Tulsa Community College — and now, dash cam video of the shooting shows the man's arms were in the air when Shelby took his life.

"His hands were in the air from all views," pastor Rodney Goss of the Morning Star Baptist Church, who viewed footage from both dash cams and a police helicopter prior to the public release, told the Tulsa World. "It was not apparent from any angle at any point he lunged, came toward, aggressively attacked, or made any sudden movements that would have been considered a threat or life-threatening toward the officer."

Police had thus far claimed Crutcher — whose SUV broke down in the middle of the road — approached the officers aggressively while refusing to obey commands to raise his arms, an action the helicopter pilot notes would perhaps be worthy of deploying the Taser.

"He's got his hands up for her now," the pilot says of Crutcher, adding a moment later the man appears uncooperative and may need to be tased.

Comment: See also:
  • Police reveal Cleveland boy shot by cop did not point BB gun at him


US fighter plane crashes off Okinawa coast, crew rescued

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A US military aircraft has crashed into the sea off the coast of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, according to local media reports. The coastguard is reported to have dispatched a helicopter and patrol boat to search for the plane.

The military aircraft, which is believed to be an AV-8B Harrier II ground attack aircraft, was stationed at the US airbase on the island of Okinawa. According to the Okinawa Times, the fighter plane crashed after taking off into sea off the island's east coast.

The crash site is reportedly 150km east of the Kunigami prefecture, in the island's north.

The 11th Regional Coast Guard is conducting a search for the plane, with a helicopter and patrol boat having reportedly been dispatched.

The crew of the aircraft has been rescued, the Japanese daily Ryukyu Shimpo reports, citing local officials.

Arrow Down

Teachers in Wales warn of growing tide of racism among children

© Rebecca Naden / Reuters
Teachers in Waleshave been noticing anti-immigration views expressed by pupils in schools from as young as eight years old.
Teachers in Wales say children as young as eight are using racist insults against their classmates, including one Bangladeshi student being told "he was in ISIS" and questioned over whether he had a visa following the Brexit vote.

The findings were published by the charity Show Racism the Red Card Wales, which has warned of a "growing tide of racist attitudes among young people."

It says one in four teachers polled had dealt with a racist incident at their school in the past year. The consultation was a survey answered by 435 teachers.

Other incidents recorded include a female pupil being "picked on" because she wears a headscarf and a black British pupil being told to "go back to their own country."

Some young people were also reported as labelling immigrants as "people who cause riots," "bombers," "terrorists" and "people who are trying to hurt us."

Comment: The children are simply parroting what they hear at home, mirroring the increasing anti-migrant sentiment in the UK: UK hate crimes skyrocket 500% after Brexit

Monkey Wrench

Yahoo's massive data breach: A hacker named "Peace" is bringing chaos to the internet giant just as its sale to Verizon is pending

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is expected to confirm the hack of 200 million accounts
Yahoo is poised to confirm a massive data breach of its service, according to several sources close to the situation, hacking that has exposed several hundred million user accounts.

While sources were unspecific about the extent of the incursion, since there is the likelihood of government investigations and legal action related to the breach, they noted that it is widespread and serious.

Earlier this summer, Yahoo said it was investigating a data breach in which hackers claimed to have access to 200 million user accounts and one was selling them online. "It's as bad as that," said one source. "Worse, really."

The announcement, which is expected to come this week, also has possible larger implications for the $4.8 billion sale of Yahoo's core business — which is at the core of this hack — to Verizon. The scale of the liability could bring untold headaches to the new owners. Shareholders are likely to worry that it could lead to an adjustment in the price of the transaction.


Young voters to Killary: We can't stand you

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Temple University in Philadelphia on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016.
Students all over Penn State University agree on this much about Hillary Clinton: "She's slimy," said Anay Pope.

And Pope, 25, is a Clinton supporter. For the moment.

Clinton's poll numbers are sagging, and the biggest reason is that she's plunging among young voters. A Quinnipiac University poll this month found that in a four-way race, Clinton is up 5 points nationally with 18- to 34-year-old voters, down from a 24-point lead just a month before.

Just days ahead of the first debate Monday and less than two months before voting ends, interviews with more than 30 young voters in the battleground state of Pennsylvania underscore her two challenges: Many young voters are taking serious looks at Donald Trump as well as Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party's Jill Stein. And many are debating whether they even want to vote this year.

Comment: The election scam in the US is so bad that it's not even a choice between the two lesser of evils. Voters are becoming more disillusioned than ever.

Bad Guys

Prosecutor claims forced sterilization of 272,000 Native American women "not a crime against humanity"

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A memory from Sabina Huillca: "A nurse put me on a stretcher and tied my hands and feet. I asked them to bring me my little baby girl but instead they anesthetized me. When I woke up, the doctor was stitching my stomach. I started screaming, I knew I had been sterilized."

According to Shena Cavallo with IC Magazine, In Peru, during the presidency of Alberto Fujimori, 272,000 women and 22,004 men were sterilized between 1996 and 2000 as part of the National Reproductive Health and Family Planning Program. Most of the men and women were indigenous, poor, and living in rural areas. The program'salleged aim was to eradicate poverty through lower birth rates, but evidence has emerged over the years that it was coercive and blatantly violated reproductive rights.
Thousands of women have testified that medical practitioners performed the procedures against their will. In many cases, the women did not even speak enough Spanish to understand what they were consenting to and in some cases, providers did not even go through the motions of obtaining informed consent. Some women have shared stories of providers offering them money to have the procedure or intimidating them with threats or violence. Some women died due to complications and other women still suffer serious health complications today.
In a huge loss for hundreds of thousands of forcibly sterilized indigenous people, Public Prosecutor Marcelita Gutiérrez decided NOT to pursue charges of crimes against humanity against former President Fujimori and several staff members of the Ministry of Health. Gutiérrez stated that instances of forced sterilizations of indigenous women were not conclusive evidence that the practice was state policy and were, rather, isolated cases.

Health providers that did the actual work disagree with Gutiérrez, they say they were required by state officials to meet daily quotas. Dr. Hernando Cevallos, a leader of a regional medical doctor's union, for example, received an order to sterilize 250 women in 4 days in 1997.

Victims and their allies are appealing the dismissal of the case and hoping to appeal to a higher court, such as the Inter-American Court. Tania Pariona, a newly elected member of the national Congress and indigenousactivist,said of Gutiérrez's decision, "I believe we are facing a situation of shameful impunity in the country."

Cavallo continues, "Congresswoman Pariona went on to highlight the scale of the reproductive health program (in terms of the number of people sterilized) during this period, pointing out that in many indigenous communities today there is not even a single ob-gyn to perform a safe delivery. More than 15 years after the end of this "reproductive health" program, the Peruvian state continues to fail indigenous women."

Because the state ignores it, activists and organizations continue to make significant progress in advancing the rights of indigenous communities and building the capacity of the next generation of advocates.
This past year, IWHC's partners REOJIP (Peruvian Network of Indigenous Youth) and Chirapaq (through its Center for Indigenous Peoples' Cultures of Peru) organized a series of trainings in Lima, Ayacucho, and Ucayali with 75 young indigenous men and women. These trainings ensure that young people are informed of their rights and have a safe space to discuss issues related to sexual and reproductive health. The workshops also offer youth a space to discuss and challenge stereotypes and biases about sexuality, gender, and relationships, all while affirming and strengthening their indigenous identity.

Chirapaq was formed in 1986 in Ayacucho, Peru, by a group of Andean and Amazonian women to defend indigenous rights and strengthen indigenous identity. Today, Chirapaq investigates violations of indigenous peoples' rights, offers human rights trainings, and works to document and preserve local culture.
After participating in these trainings, indigenous adolescents and young people are not only better informed of their rights, but also many form their own groups and train their communities.

In fact, Tania Pariona participated in CHIRAPAQ's workshops on cultural identity when she was 10 years old and later went on to participate in IWHC's Advocacy in Practice (AiP) trainings and has become a leading voice for indigenous rights in Peru and throughout the region.

IWHC and Chirapaq share the belief that awareness-raising and training are the first steps to nurture advocateswho will go on to fight for the health and rights of women, girls, and young people.

Hopefully the state will step up and punish those accountable for these atrocious crimes. Even if the courts will not hold these disgusting individuals accountable, activists will continue to educate people so this type of thing does not happen again.

Heart - Black

'The case of JonBenet Ramsey': Investigators agree on theory of brother Burke Ramsey

'The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey
"In my opinion, the Ramsey family did not want law enforcement to solve this case, and that's why it remains unsolved," says retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente.

After going through the evidence and conducting interviews with some of the those involved in the case, a panel of law enforcement specialists all agreed on the theory that Burke Ramsey killed his sister, JonBenet, during Christmas 1996.

Retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente and former Scotland Yard criminal behavior expert Laura Richards worked with specialists for the CBS two-part special, The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey. The series premiered Sunday night.

The panel of investigators included forensic linguistics expert James Fitzgerald, famed criminologist Werner Spitz, former Boulder Country District Attorney's Office investigator James Kolar, statement analyst Stan Burke and forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee.

Comment: See recent videos for more on the death of JonBenet with Former New York City prosecutor, retired FBI supervisory special agent and profiler, Jim Clemente.

Update: It seems the two videos of Jim Clemente have been taken down on youtube. Here are a couple more videos of Jim Clemente analyzing the 911 call and recent investigation into the death of JonBenet Ramsey.


Raging fire at power plant causes total blackout in Puerto Rico

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A massive blaze at a power plant in Puerto Rico has left around 1.5 million islanders without electricity. The causes of the fire remain unknown.

The fire has damaged the two main transmission lines of 230,000 volts, according to a local power company, Electric Power Authority (EPA). An investigation by the company is under way, while no injuries have been reported.


Another Black Victim: Police shooting of Terence Crutcher prompts federal investigation

© Tulsa Police Department / Reuters
A still image captured from a dashcam video from Tulsa Police Department shows Terence Crutcher seen with his hands in the air followed by police officers during a police shooting incident in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. on September 16, 2016. Video taken September 16, 2016.
Following the killing of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher by Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby, the US Department of Justice is opening an investigation into whether Crutcher's civil rights were violated.

The video of Crutcher's death released Monday was quickly shared around social media. In a press conference that day, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan called it "very difficult to watch," and "disturbing."

Jordan also announced that the Department of Justice would conduct an impartial probe into the shooting, which was confirmed on Tuesday.

"The Justice Department is committed to investigating allegations of excessive force by law enforcement officers, and will devote whatever resources necessary to ensure that all allegations of civil-rights violations are fully and completely investigated," US Attorney Danny Williams, Sr. told the Wall Street Journal.