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Ratko Mladic jailed for life over Bosnia war genocide

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[The wheels of justice grinding slowly. *RON*]

BBC News, 22 November 2017



Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic has been jailed for life for genocide and other atrocities in the 1990s Bosnian war.

Known as the "Butcher of Bosnia", Mladic led forces during the massacre of Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks) in Srebrenica and the siege of Sarajevo.

The UN tribunal in The Hague convicted him on 10 of the 11 charges.

Mladic, 74, was not in court when the sentence was read out. He had been removed for shouting at the judges.

"It's a lie. Everything you said in this courtroom is a lie," he said.

The outburst came after the judges rejected a request by his team to halt the proceedings because of Mladic's high blood pressure.

Mladic has denied all the charges and his lawyer said he would appeal. Profile: The "Butcher of Bosnia"What is the case against Mladic? What were the crimes?

Mladic was the military commander of Bosnian Ser…

Industry giants fail to tackle child labour allegations in cobalt battery supply chains

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[Where the power for your cell phone comes from; also, the dark side of green technology! *RON*]

Amnesty International, 15 November 2017


Survey of electronics and car companies shows major blind spots in supply chainsApple is the industry leader for responsible cobalt sourcing – but the bar is lowMicrosoft, Lenovo and Renault have made least progress Major electronics and electric vehicle companies are still not doing enough to stop human rights abuses entering their cobalt supply chains, almost two years after an Amnesty International investigation exposed how batteries used in their products could be linked to child labour in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the organization said today.

A new report, Time to Recharge, ranks industry giants including Apple, Samsung Electronics, Dell, Microsoft, BMW, Renault and Tesla on how much they have improved their cobalt sourcing practices since January 2016. It finds that while a handful of companies…

Universal Basic Bullshit

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[By providing the working class with the absolute bare minimum, universal basic income becomes doomsday prep for the tech billionaire. "If, for instance, this year’s $700 billion increase to military spending had been distributed to the 45 million Americans living under the federal poverty line, each individual would have received an outlay of more than $15,500; for a low-income family of four, their annual income would nearly quadruple overnight. The positive effects of this influx cannot be quantified—such a windfall belongs foremost to the spirit—and it seems a national sickness that tax dollars are instead allocated on infinite war and imaginary walls." *RON*]
Carmen Petaccio, The New Inquiry, 14 Novermber 2017

IN the spring of 1968, a full-page letter addressed to Congress appeared in the Sunday edition of the New York Times, written by five prominent liberal economists. The letter’s chief author, John Kenneth Galbraith, argued that…

Against Passion

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[An interesting read. I'll have to go over it again to see how much of it I agree with. What is identity politics? Is it, to paraphrase Dylan Thomas, a part of society you don’t like that’s fighting for its interests as fiercely as yours does? Or is it, as Mark Lilla puts it in The Once and Future Liberal, ‘a pseudo-politics of self-regard and increasingly narrow and exclusionary self-definition’? And, I thought intersectionality was supposed to fix all this! See below. *RON*]


James Meek, London Review of Books, Vol. 39 No. 23 · 30 November 2017
The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics by Mark Lilla Harper, 160 pp, £19.00, August, ISBN 978 0 06 269743 1The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction by Mark Lilla NYRB, 166 pp, £9.99, September 2016, ISBN 978 1 59017 902 4 What is identity politics? Is it, to paraphrase Dylan Thomas, a part of society you don’t like that’s fighting for its interests as fiercely as yours does? Or is it…