Grind for August 30th, 2018
“Nothing in life is promised except death.”
– Kanye West
UN fact-finding mission accuses Myanmar military of genocide
A UN report released Monday recommends genocide charges against Myanmar’s commander-in-chief and five generals based on a violent campaign against Rohingya Muslims – a minority population living mainly in the Rakhine province.
The military’s crimes against the Rohingya – which include mass killings, gang rape, and the destruction of hundreds of villages, “undoubtedly amount to the gravest crimes under international law,” reads the report.
The offensive against the Rohingya, which began last August, has been described as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”
More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled to nearby Bangladesh, which is now home to the largest refugee camp in the world.
In the meantime, Myanmar’s military insists it is fighting a terrorist insurgency in Rakhine state and has denied targeting civilians.
UN officials have recommended the case be referred to the International Criminal Court in Hauge. The recommendation is supported by groups including Amnesty International and Save the Children.
In the end, it will be up to the willingness of the UK and other veto-wielding members of the United Nations Security Council to forcefully pursue the allegations against Myanmar.
“The international community needs to send a firm signal to all perpetrators, including the Myanmar military, that crimes of this magnitude will not be allowed to pass unaccounted for,” says Michael McGrath of Save the Children.
Trump accuses Google of liberal bias
President Trump on Tuesday said that Google’s search engine is more likely to produce liberal stories than conservative ones – a bias that presents readers with a negative view of his presidency.
“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media,” tweeted Trump. “In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD.”
Trump questioned the legality of Google’s search algorithms and claimed that 96% of search results on “Trump news” come from left-leaning sources.
“Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good…this is a very serious situation – will be addressed!”
In mid-August, Trump claimed that tech companies and social media platforms were “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices” and promised that his administration wouldn’t let that happen.
Trump’s claims about Google reflect concerns from members of Congress, who in recent months have questioned Google about its political bias.
Google’s reputation as a trustworthy search engine has suffered since the 2016 presidential elections, when the company went all in for Hillary Clinton. Not only did Google employees donate $1.6 million to her campaign, but Google actually modified its autocomplete function to hide bad information about her.
Eric Schmidt, who worked as Executive Chairman of Google from 2001 to 2015, helped set up companies to analyze political data for Clinton’s campaign.
Google, of course, has denied all accusations.
In the meantime, top executives from Google and Twitter are scheduled to testify about election interference before the Senate Intelligence Committee on September 5th.
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