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20 января, 21:57

How Donald Trump Did It

In PBS FRONTLINE's new documentary, viewers learn how Donald Trump defied the odds, Washington and the media.

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20 января, 16:43

Davos 2017 - Artists on the Frontlines Fighting the Taliban with Music

http://www.weforum.org/ Challenging international stereotypes of Afghanistan and empowering young women to follow their passion in the face of adversity is all in a day's work for the members of ""Zohra"", Afghanistan's first all-female orchestra. Join a discussion with director Ahmad Sarmast and conductors Negin Ekhpulwak and Zarifa Adiba to be inspired by the undying dream of a group of women to become leaders and role models through music.

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20 января, 13:14

Deep in the jungle, Brazil struggles to battle drug trade

VILA BITTENCOURT, Brazil (Reuters) - In an isolated army outpost deep in the Amazon jungle, Felipe Castro leads 70 soldiers on the frontline of Brazil’s fight against its biggest security threat: the drug trade.

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19 января, 21:14

Martin McGuinness quits politics to recover from serious illness

Outgoing Sinn Féin deputy first minister of Northern Ireland announces he will not fight snap election due to health concernsMartin McGuinness, the outgoing deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, has quit frontline politics to concentrate on recovering from “a very serious illness”.McGuinness resigned as deputy first minister last week in protest at the handling of a botched energy scheme, forcing a snap election. He has now revealed that after “a lot of thinking” he will not be contesting those elections due to ill health. Continue reading...

19 января, 11:15

Edward Lucas on the Baltics, Trump, Putin, and other matters

Here is one good bit of many: I think that there are two big dangers from a Trump administration: one is a crisis, either the collapse of NATO or starting a nuclear war with another state, and the other is that he does a “grand bargain”, particularly because things probably won’t go very well for […] The post Edward Lucas on the Baltics, Trump, Putin, and other matters appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

18 января, 20:05

Welcome 2017: The Magic is in Our Hands

Farewell 2016 - Welcome 2017 The magic is in our hands! For me, 2016 was all about turning resolutions into revelations. It was a year full of events, shedding new light on some deep social conflicts, and saying hello to some much-needed changes... something I chose to see positively. 2016 found me in auto-recovery mode after leaving behind 2015 which was a momentous year of change and first-hand experiences - including dealing with newly involved political players in my homeland Greece, spearheading change in a public space that is known to be challenging and rather inflexible (Greece and the EU), and negotiating on the side of the Greek Government vis-à-vis the country's lenders. In so many ways, this was a tough and taxing experience. And so I crossed from auto-recovery to MAGIC... I was able to garner all my leftover energy and fulfill my promise to keep moving so as not to lose my balance. Just like Albert Einstein had compared life to riding a bicycle. He had said that you need to keep moving in order not to lose your balance. So that's exactly what I did. 2016 was a successful year in terms of continuing to achieve lasting change in poor countries, cities, and neighborhoods with the international team of Thought 4 Action (T4A). This personal mark of our methodology in fighting poverty and building a robust middle class, maintains the magic and the purpose to continue! At T4A, we are proud to keep the movement alive and make the inspiration of change a reality for millions of people in the appropriate ecosystems. Through all my travels, I was able to break new ground in the political entrepreneurship and changemaking movement. During my stay in the US, I worked with the T4A team to develop executive courses on "Leadership for Growth and Change" tailored for public and private sector thought and action leaders with the audacity to dream and the tenacity to deliver. We also engaged in publically pushing for change and innovation in the areas of economic policy and politics. This work was applied in several places around the world, including parts of South and North America, and has been presented in lectures, policy briefs and articles that I authored or co-authored. It represents over 19 years of frontline experience, built on the successful application of transforming informal societies, people, and markets into vibrant formal entities and agents. One example is the case of economic standstill in terms of growth. I have come to the realization that serious and deep innovative thinking in economic policy is needed to overcome the period of "slow growth," as coined by Willem Buiter, chief economist of Citigroup Global. I believe the traditional ways of handling economic policy need to be revised. Simply because, the known developed-world has been saturated and new ideas do not easily reach the decision-making "top", thus there is greater rigidity to change. This is a rather oxymoron phenomenon, as the developed world gives the impression of being open and welcoming to new ideas... Unfortunately, this is not always the case in practice. This is the reason we have noticed such abrupt changes in 2016. And this is why T4A launched "Political Entrepreneurship: building leadership in a public private ecosystem," which was presented to global innovative entrepreneurs last October at "Opportunity Collaboration." It was exciting to see the development of a productive dialogue on public policy from the side of entrepreneurs. A raw inspiration - one that emerges from new ideas - and the realization that it is possible to transform informality and stagnation, as well as, to create a formidable spirit for the future is what helped spearhead the magic. It is the reason I kept going. It is the reason we were able to build the local Greek T4A team and to hold a brilliant event streamed live to over 19,000 viewers around the world (www.t4action.org). The event, titled "Transformation through Innovation" was beyond any doubt a success. Now that we have stirred the waves and are in motion, we are gathering traction and gaining momentum. Forget about coasting on cruise control. We need to hit the accelerator to ensure that 2017 will be a year full of positive surprises and positive new trends. It's a new year and a new opportunity to ignite the engine of change. Let's challenge ourselves to pass from moving to flying! Happy and inspiring New Year. The Magic is in our Hands! -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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18 января, 19:31

Home Office refuses to enforce privacy code on NHS staff using video

Surveillance camera commissioner’s advice that trusts be required to comply with code to protect patients is rejectedThe government has rejected a request by the surveillance camera watchdog to allow it to monitor the increasing and unregulated use of CCTV and body-worn video cameras in hospitals.The body cameras, which record sound as well as images, are being increasingly deployed in hospitals in an effort to tackle abuse of frontline health service staff. Continue reading...

18 января, 18:51

EPA nominee Pruitt survives Democrat assault

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is facing a tough grilling from Senate Democrats today at his nomination hearing for the top job at the Environmental Protection Agency -- an agency he has sued on behalf of his state over dozen times. President-elect Donald Trump's decision to pick Pruitt to run the agency has been hailed by conservatives, who have long complained the Obama EPA has vastly overreached with its air and water regulations, implementing rules they say only Congress has the authority to make. Pruitt, who also has strong backing from Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), has been targeted by greens for his ties to the oil and gas industry, which has been a major contributor PACs backing him, as well as his role leading a group of Republican attorneys general with close ties to fossil-fuel companies Here are highlights of the hearing in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee: Barrasso: EPA's failed leadershipSenate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) opened the hearing by criticizing the agency's “failed environmental leadership” under President Barack Obama that he argues contributed to two environmental disasters — the Flint, Mich., lead-contamination water crisis and the Gold King mine spill in Colorado.“Those disasters hurt people, many from low income and minority communities who can least afford it,” Barrasso said. “Clearly a change is needed,” he added. “Any new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency needs to protect the environment in a responsible way that doesn’t ignore the good work that states do to protect their air, land and water, as well as their economies.”Pruitt promises to curb EPA rolePruitt addressed conservatives complaints about EPA, promising lawmakers that under his leadership, the agency would stop “picking winners and losers,” according to prepared remarks.He also accused the agency of overstepping its power, saying it had "bootstrapped its own powers and tools through rulemaking" that had triggered protracted litigation and that he would rely on the states rather than federal officials to be "our nation’s frontline environmental implementers and enforcers." Farmers, ranchers and small business owners have felt "hopeless, subject to a never ending torrent of new regulations that only a lawyer can understand,” Pruitt's said. “They fear the EPA, and that just shouldn’t be the case. If confirmed, I will work tirelessly to ensure that the EPA acts lawfully, sensibly, and with those hardworking Americans ever in mind.”Carper: Pruitt views are troublingSen. Tom Carper, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, indicated he is leaning against approving Pruitt, marking the second time the Delawarean has opposed an EPA administrator.“Too much of what I’ve seen of his record on the environment and his views about the role of the EPA are troubling and in some cases deeply troubling,” Carper said. In 2005, Carper voted against George W. Bush’s third EPA administrator, Stephen Johnson, though Carper said at the time he opposed Johnson because of the Bush administration was allegedly blocking studies of power plant pollution, according to the New York Times.

16 января, 23:25

Rob Schneider, Of All People, Decides To Explain MLK To John Lewis

On Monday, Rob Schneider, that guy in that one Adam Sandler flick, decided to explain the historical significance of Martin Luther King Jr. to civil rights icon John Lewis ― who, coincidentally, can be seen in the below photo marching on the frontlines with King during the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery. In a tweet, Schneider said some stuff that we’re frankly just not going to paraphrase because, c’mon, it’s the guy from “The Waterboy” explaining Martin Luther King Jr. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to a man who was standing next to Martin Luther King Jr. on the day of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.  Rep. Lewis. You are a great person. But Dr. King didn't give in to his anger or his hurt. That is how he accomplished & won Civil Rights.— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) January 16, 2017 Here’s a screenshot of the tweet for when Schneider decides to take it down: Perhaps you are asking, does Schneider’s tweet come in reference to Lewis, a Georgia Congressman, saying Donald J. Trump is not a “legitimate” president? To which I answer: Who cares? Martin Luther King & John Lewis at the March on Washington. Lewis is the only surviving speaker from the day #MLKDAY pic.twitter.com/jNz4khBlFp— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) January 16, 2017 Rob Schneider in “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” (2007) pic.twitter.com/HGdLNGMJde— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 16, 2017 @KaraRBrown IMAGINE BEING ROB SCHNEIDER AND THINKING YOU CAN LECTURE JOHN LEWIS ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.— KB (@KaraRBrown) January 16, 2017 .@RobSchneider don't whitesplain mlk to the man who literally sat at the table with mlk pic.twitter.com/oAg4VqlEb4— Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 16, 2017 in a new segment called "hey world remember rob schneider?"... https://t.co/gAD5YXlYVV— Desus Nice (@desusnice) January 16, 2017 #WhitesplainingExample986: When you try and tell a civil rights legend how to fight for civil rights. https://t.co/hoog7jRekM— Lilly Workneh (@Lilly_Works) January 16, 2017 “Home Alone 2” just keeps getting worse. pic.twitter.com/7tYIH7CTYe— Matt Jacobs (@tarantallegra) January 16, 2017 Do I even want to know what this Rob Schneider stuff is?— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) January 16, 2017 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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16 января, 17:22

Разработка мобильной карточной игры по Titanfall отменена

Студия Respawn Entertainment приняла решение прекратить создание мобильной коллекционной карточной игры Titanfall: Frontline, за основу которой взята вселенная одноимённого шутера. Мы многому научились во время бета-тестирования Titanfall: Frontline и поняли, что игровой процесс не соответствует тому, что мы видели в оригинале  Студия Respawn Entertainment Анонс карточной коллекционной игры Titanfall: Frontline для мобильных устройств состоялся в 2015 году. В ней пользователи могли собирать команду пилотов и титанов, чтобы потом сражаться между собой. Разработкой проекта занималась студия Respawn Entertainment совместно с корейским разработчиком Nexon.

16 января, 00:45

Professors Pledge To "Use Regular Class Time" To Protest Trump

A national “teach-in” movement is asking professors to set aside class time between Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the presidential inauguration to “protest” oppression and challenge “Trumpism.” As CampusReform's Anthony Gockowski reports, so far, 17 American colleges and universities have signed on to participate in the campaign originating out of UCLA, including such prestigious institutions as Princeton and UC-Berkeley. The movement, known as “Teach, Organize, Resist,” is set to kick-off on January 18, strategically “poised between Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the presidential inauguration” as an explicit means of “challenging Trumpism.” “Transform your classrooms and commons into spaces of education that protest policies of violence, disenfranchisement, segregation, and isolationism,” the organizers urge educators on the movement’s homepage, clarifying elsewhere on the site that participation “is an opportunity to affirm the role of critical thinking and academic knowledge in challenging Trumpism.”   “On that day, we intend to teach about the agendas and policies of the new administration, be it the proposed dismantling of economic and environmental regulations or the threatened rollback of the hard-won rights that form the fragile scaffolding of American democracy,” a description for the teach-in explains, later accusing Trump of institutionalizing “white supremacy” and allegedly proposing the “expansion of state violence targeting people of color” and other marginalized groups.   “On that day, we intend to organize against the proposed expansion of state violence targeting people of color, undocumented people, queer communities, women, Muslims, and many others,” the description continues.   “On that day, we intend to resist the institutionalization of ideologies of separation and subordination, including white supremacy, misogyny, homophobia, Islamophobia, and virulent nationalism.” The movement, which has been spreading on social media under the hashtag “J18,” was started by “departments, centers, and collectives at UCLA,” but has since amassed the support of 18 other institutions, many of them public. Professors at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for instance, are asking “all UCSB faculty to actively support” the teach-in, even suggesting that they “insert a note” about it in syllabi or “use your regular class time to attend a panel with your students.” Those professors who elect not to require their students to attend the events, however, are still asked to “not penalize students for a missed class if they intend to attend panels.” Scripps College, on the other hand, will be hosting a teach-in on “conservatism and right wing movements,” which will discuss Republican “strategies and tactics of mobilizing support, producing consent, and fragmenting opposition” in order to “help fellow students understand our present political moment.” Other prestigious institutions, including Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley, are also among the 17 American institutions participating (two others are foreign, and another is the American Anthropological Association). All told, nine of the participating schools are public, and a total of 46 teach-ins are currently scheduled to take place. “Let it be known that on #J18 and beyond, universities, colleges, and high schools refused to bear silent witness to the politics of hate and fear; that in these times, these places of teaching and learning not only served as a sanctuary for its students and workers but also stood up to proclaim the power of knowledge on the frontlines of social justice,” the organizers declare optimistically.

15 января, 05:49

Pakistan beat Australia to win second one-day international – as it happened

Australia 220 (48.2 overs); Pakistan 221-4 (47.4 overs)Pakistan win second ODI by six wickets with 14 balls to spare 11.17am GMT 48th over: Pakistan 221-4 (Malik 42, Akmal 18) - Target 221The pace of Head and Faulkner’s overs makes you think Smith’s just put this pair on to repair his over-rate. Akmal eventually connects with a couple of Head’s pies, a pair of fours to tie the scores. 11.14am GMT 47th over: Pakistan 212-4 (Malik 42, Akmal 10) - Target 221Umar Akmal really swings from the hips but his timing needs some work. Faulkner’s changes of pace continue to bamboozle both batsmen and he concedes just one run to extend play a few minutes further. Continue reading...

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14 января, 17:34

Amid primary care struggle, field hospital opens near Mosul fighting

NEAR MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Civilians and soldiers wounded as Iraqi forces attempt to retake Mosul from Islamic State are receiving treatment in a high-tech field hospital about 20 km from the frontlines.

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14 января, 13:23

On Mosul frontlines, Islamic State's local fighters direct the battle

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - As Iraqi government forces advanced towards his eastern Mosul neighborhood in November, a group of Islamic State militants stormed Abu Rami's home, put a gun to his head and told him and his family to get out immediately.

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13 января, 20:58

How The Boomers Became Politically Polarized

The new PBS FRONTLINE documentary reviews Obama's tenure and its connection to a polarized nation.

13 января, 15:00

3 Ways Data Dashboards Can Mislead You

Executives love dashboards, and why wouldn’t they? Single-screen “snapshots” of operational processes, marketing metrics, and key performance indicators (KPIs) can be visually elegant and intuitive. They show just-in-time views of what’s working and what isn’t — no need to wait for weekly or monthly reports from a centralized data center. A quick scan of a dashboard gives frontline managers transparency and, ideally, the opportunity to make rapid adjustments. But dashboards aren’t the magic view some managers treat them as. Although they can convey snapshots of important measures, dashboards are poor at providing the nuance and context that effective data-driven decision making demands. Data analytics typically does a few things: describes existing or past phenomena predicts future events based on past data prescribes a course of action Most dashboards, though, only cover the first — describing what has happened. Moving from description to prediction to action requires knowledge of how the underlying data was generated, a deep understanding of the business context, and exceptional critical thinking skills on the part of the user to understand what the data does (and doesn’t) mean. Dashboards don’t provide any of this. Worse, the allure of the dashboard, that feeling that all the answers are there in real time, can be harmful. The simplicity and elegance can tempt managers to forget about the all-important nuances of data-driven decision making. To get better at creating and using dashboards, think about these three drawbacks to data dashboards. The Importance Trap Every dashboard is built on a set of priorities and assumptions about what’s important. Many times those priorities are defined by IT, a design expert, or a consultant who deploys dashboards and doesn’t know the company that well. Sometimes, the priorities may even be the default measurements provided by the dashboard software. In many of these cases, companies end up with official-looking views into data that doesn’t align with business priorities. For instance, a small-business owner may have a dashboard that shows a moving average of his customers’ inter-purchase times. Is this information worthy of “front-page attention” each day? Probably not. Not only does the metric itself require significantly more information to drive action, but it simply doesn’t align with his goals and business model. It should go without saying that all elements of a dashboard should be relevant and important. If the choice of what information to present in a dashboard is made without the input of those closest to the business context — whether through default software settings or what one person building the dashboard happens to think is important — it is highly unlikely that the dashboard will be maximally useful. The Context Trap Too often, we think of analytics as representing some sort of unbiased and dispassionate truth. We equate “empirical” and “quantitative” with “objective.” This dangerous belief leads managers to track and even act on metrics simply because they appear on a dashboard — and, well, dashboards don’t lie, right? Consider the manager tasked with maximizing sales leads. He helped design a simple view on his dashboard to see how leads are coming in to the company over time. He sees an upward sloping cyclical pattern:   Based on this data, the manager might focus on the period when leads coming in were highest — here, the second-to-last peak — and try to understand the conditions present during that peak period. However, one could reasonably argue that the period of greatest “success” in this graphic is actually the point at which the number of leads most exceeds the expected number of leads, given the history of cyclicality and growth. If we overlay a deviation from expected leads curve, a different picture emerges:   In this example, the most notable time period may be where expected leads peak (where the gray line is at its highest) but actual leads are low. A manager who seeks to understand the conditions for lead generation success may want to focus energy there rather than when leads were, and were expected to be, high. As this example hints at, there are myriad ways to present data. The burden is on the interpreter and user of the dashboard to ensure that the most relevant and useful metric is conveyed. The Causality Trap Perhaps the greatest danger in using dashboards for decision making is in misattributing causality when comparing elements on the dashboard. Comparisons are a dashboard’s bread and butter, such as showing sales by region, financial performance by month, customer inquiries by channel, and so forth. It’s far too easy — and unfortunately common — for managers to interpret the groupings in a dashboard as causative when they may not be. What if you saw a dashboard graphic like the one below, showing a comparison of lung cancer rates between people who carry lighters or matches in their pockets and those who don’t?   Would you conclude from this comparison that carrying lighters and matches causes lung cancer? Probably not. You would instead surmise that people who carry lighters and matches are more likely to smoke, and that smoking causes cancer. In their specific business context, however, managers frequently fall into the trap of concluding that lighters and matches cause cancer. Dashboards lead them to assign causality when they shouldn’t. Consider a large package delivery company that wanted to reduce vehicle accidents. To do so, they offered drivers the option to upgrade their GPS to a system that would help them avoid high-risk traffic areas. After monitoring drivers’ behaviors for a week, a frontline manager checked her dashboard and found, to her surprise, that the accident rate was actually higher with the upgrade than without:   Many managers would look at this graphic and assign causality. Drivers who upgraded their GPS were in more accidents, therefore the GPS upgrade backfired miserably. But the upgrade was actually quite effective. The manager would have seen this by comparing accident rates for drivers that the company categorizes as “accident prone” or “safe”:   For both groups, the upgrade made them safer. So why did the accident rate increase for the entire fleet of drivers while decreasing for each group? Because in this case almost all of the accident-prone drivers chose to use the upgraded device and almost all of the safe drivers kept the old device. Preexisting driver behavior was confused with the effectiveness of the upgrade. Before dashboards, answering the question of whether the upgrade was effective would have required a data-savvy individual, probably someone trained in statistics. This person almost certainly would have asked, “What else, other than the upgrade, might be responsible for the increase in accidents?” The manager’s mistake would have been avoided easily. But when managers rely only on data dashboards, with the hope and expectation that these visual tools will facilitate decision making, serious shortcomings emerge. Without the nuance and context that dashboards don’t reveal, managers can come to some very wrong conclusions.

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13 января, 14:55

Library cuts harm young people's mental health services, warns lobby

Professional body Cilip highlights work helping troubled youngsters and warns that reduced funding will shunt problems on to NHS and police Public libraries’ significant role supporting the mental health of young people risks being undermined by swingeing budget cuts forced on local authorities, the head of their professional body warned this week. He added that, if funding is not protected, the work of libraries as frontline information resources for young people in need will be pushed on to the already overstretched police, health and social services.It is estimated that one in 10 UK children experience mental health problems, as do one in four adults. Nick Poole, head of the Chartered Institute of Librarians and Information Professionals (Cilip) providers, told the Guardian that cuts to local library services would “continue to bite the availability of dedicated resources such as advice on anxiety, stress, exams and bullying”. Continue reading...

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11 января, 11:58

Basis for air strikes on jihadists to be set out

The frontline has moved and drone strikes can be justified, the attorney general will say.

11 января, 02:20

Jeff Sessions Offers No Straight Answers On How He'll Handle Legal Marijuana

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has outlined his stance as a firm opponent of marijuana, but during his confirmation hearing Tuesday, he offered only vague answers about how he might approach the drug should he be confirmed as President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general. Although Sessions appeared to suggest there wouldn’t be radical changes in federal policy toward weed, he also left the door open for increased federal interference. “I won’t commit to never enforcing federal law,” said Sessions, responding to a question about whether he’d use federal resources to prosecute people using marijuana in accordance with their state laws. “But absolutely it’s a problem of resources for the federal government.” Sessions went on to say that federal guidelines on marijuana enforcement crafted under Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch had been “truly valuable” in determining how to navigate inconsistencies between federal law ― under which marijuana is illegal ― and state laws that have loosened restrictions on the plant. Sessions also noted that if Congress wanted to clear up this confusion, it could pass a law adjusting the legal status of marijuana. Until then, however, he vowed to do his job “in a just and fair way” while judging how to approach marijuana going forward. “It is not so much the attorney general’s job to decide what laws to enforce,” Sessions said. “We should do our job and enforce laws effectively as we are able.” Marijuana advocates met Sessions’ stance with guarded optimism, though they cautioned that he had not ruled out the possibility of more aggressive action against legal marijuana states and users.   “It’s a good sign that Sen. Sessions seemed open to keeping the Obama guidelines, if maybe with a little stricter enforcement of their restrictions,” said Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, a drug policy reform group. “The truth is, his answer was skillfully evasive, and I hope other senators continue to press for more clarity on how he would approach the growing numbers of states enacting new marijuana laws.” Bill Piper, senior director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, said Sessions was “wishy-washy at best.” “It is clear that he was too afraid to say the Reefer Madness things he said just a year ago (that’s progress), but he left the door open to interfering in the states,” Piper said in an email. “I think he will follow Trump’s lead, whichever way that goes.” Marijuana remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act, despite statewide efforts to scale back on criminalizing the plant over the past few years. Legal recreational marijuana has been approved in eight states and Washington, D.C., which continues to ban sales, unlike the state programs. A total of 28 states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. President Barack Obama’s Justice Department has allowed states to forge their own way on marijuana policy due to guidance urging federal prosecutors to refrain from targeting state-legal marijuana operations. But marijuana advocates are concerned that this guidance will be reversed when the Trump administration enters the White House and a new attorney general, presumably Sessions, takes control of the department. His answer was skillfully evasive, and I hope other senators continue to press for more clarity. Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority Sessions has long held retrograde views on marijuana and the war on drugs, and his nomination as attorney general had received near universal condemnation from advocates in favor of progressive drug policy. “Jeff Sessions is a nightmare,” said Piper in a statement Monday. “He is a threat to progress, especially marijuana reform, sentencing reform, and asset forfeiture reform.” Piper urged the committee to reject Sessions’ nomination and was not swayed by the senator’s testimony on Tuesday. During a Senate hearing last year, Sessions spoke out against weed and urged the federal government to send the message to the public that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” He went on to criticize Obama for not speaking out more forcefully against the drug, saying that “we need grown-ups in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized.” In separate comments last year, Sessions also called the legalization of marijuana “a mistake.” Sessions told PBS’s “Frontline” in a 2015 interview that he believes the war on drugs was a success. But public support for the nation’s longstanding enforcement-first approach to drug use has waned in recent years. The four-decade boondoggle has cost the U.S. more than $1 trillion, cemented America’s position as the world’s leading jailer and ruined countless lives, while failing to drive down addiction rates or the price or purity of drugs. If confirmed, Sessions would sit atop the Department of Justice, the federal agency that oversees federal prosecutors and enforces federal marijuana law. He would have great influence in determining whether to preserve or roll back recent changes to marijuana policy ― changes that reflect shifting public opinion in favor of more lenient weed laws. Drug policy reformers have raised concerns that Sessions could use the FBI to crack down on marijuana operations nationwide, or direct the Drug Enforcement Administration to enforce federal prohibition outside of the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The court ruled in August that a federal rider blocks federal officials from prosecuting state-legal marijuana operators and patients. But that rider must be re-approved annually, and if it’s allowed to expire, Sessions could then order the DEA to enforce federal law nationally. He could also sue the various state governments that have set up regulatory schemes. Sessions offered few details about his plans during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, and some of his supporters have said it’s likely that he’ll take a hands-off approach toward marijuana. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), a vocal proponent for reforming marijuana laws, told The Huffington Post in November that Sessions would not interfere with states that have legalized marijuana, a position that he characterized as consistent with Trump’s. “Jeff Sessions is a loyal man with integrity, he will do what his boss wants him to do,” Rohrabacher said. During the presidential campaign last year, Trump said that he believes states should decide on marijuana legalization for themselves. “In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state by state,” Trump said. Trump’s incoming press secretary, Sean Spicer, echoed similar sentiments on Tuesday during an interview on Fox News. “When you come into a Trump administration, it’s the Trump agenda you are implementing, not your own, and I think Sen. Sessions is well aware of that,” he said. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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10 января, 21:57

Hundreds from eastern Mosul getting medical attention amid fight to retake Iraqi city

Nearly 700 people have been moved to hospitals from the frontlines in Mosul, Iraq, as the United Nations and partners are working to scale up humanitarian efforts for thousands of people fleeing the fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and Iraqi forces.

18 января 2013, 17:16

euronews on the frontline - Европа борется с киберпреступностью

http://ru.euronews.com/ Представьте себе мир, где преступники действуют совершенно безнаказанно. Мир, в котором данные Вашей кредитки можно приобрести за 1 доллар, а заработать на таком бизнесе один триллион долларов в год, или 770 000 000 евро. Программа "На линии огня" провела собственное расследование, чтобы понять, как бороться с организованной преступностью в кибер пространстве, а главное - как победить. Эксперты в области кибербезопасности предупреждают, что в 2013 году кибератаки на финансовый сектор станут еще более изощренными и вредоносными и могут привести к миллионам долларов убытков. Наша зависимость от интернета растет, а вместе с этим резко увеличиваются возможности мошенников и преступников. О противостоянии растущей угрозе мы поговорили с Троэлсом Оертиномг, главой Европейского центра по борьбе с кибер-преступлениям и Риком Фергюсоном, директором Trend Micro, компании, разрабатывающей программное обеспечение для защиты информации. Ñ�оциальные Ñ�ети : YouTube: http://bit.ly/zqVL10 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/euronewsru Twitter: http://twitter.com/euronewsru