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Deadly tornado ravages El Reno community in Oklahoma | News

Storms brought widespread damage to the small community of El Reno, Oklahoma, late on Saturday.

Just before midnight local time, a tornado touched down in the town of 19,000 people.

Tornado warnings were issued only minutes before the tornado touched down and some residents said that the sirens only went off after the tornado had already begun causing damage.

One area that was hit particularly hard was in the southeastern part of El Reno, where a hotel and trailer park took a direct hit.

At least two people have died and an unknown number are still missing. First responders and firefighters have been working overnight to get people out of the “levelled” hotel.

It is estimated that 30 people were in the hotel at the time the tornado hit.

After the storms moved through El Reno, they continued through Oklahoma City and Tulsa, where both cities reported additional tornadoes touching down.

El Reno is no stranger to deadly damage from tornadoes. At the end of May 2013, an EF3 tornado tore through the town, killing eight and injuring 151.

The width of that tornado was the widest ever recorded and stayed on the ground for 26 kilometres.

May is normally the most active month in the United States for tornadoes with an average of 276. Just in the last six days, severe storms have spawned 155 tornadoes.


SOURCE:
Al Jazeera and news agencies

Long wait for families of Bangladesh forced disappearance victims | Bangladesh News

Nearly two dozen people gathered on a rooftop in Shahinbagh, a sleepy neighbourhood in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, have one thing in common: all of them have loved ones who have been missing, some for years.

With vacant eyes that betrayed strain and weariness, each person at the gathering – mostly women and children – was holding the photograph of their loved ones who have disappeared.

The meeting on Wednesday was organised by “Mayer Daak” (‘Mothers’ Call’ in Bengali), a group that represents the families of the victims of forced disappearance of opposition members and activists.

Mayer Daak has been conducting such gatherings for nearly six years, apart from organising public rallies including one held on Saturday, where family members formed a human chain to press the authorities to find their family members.

“When my husband was picked up by some plainclothed men on the night of December 2, 2013, I was four months pregnant,” Farzeena Akhter told Al Jazeera.

“My son, who is nearly six years old now, has never seen his father’s face,” she said.

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Family members of the missing persons meeting in Dhaka [Faisal Mahmud/Al Jazeera]

‘A thousand nights wait’

Akhter’s husband Parvez Hossain was the secretary general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the main opposition party in the Muslim-majority country.

Before the 2014 general elections in Bangladesh, Hossain, along with four other men, was allegedly picked up by law enforcement personnel in plain clothes.

“We have gone to many places, to the police, the detective branch (DB) and the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) since then. None of them could provide any information. I have spent more than a thousand nights waiting for his return. Now, I just want to know whether he is alive or not,” she said.

The RAB is an elite anti-crime and “anti-terrorism” unit of police and military.

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Farzeena Akhter says she just wants to know if her husband Parvez Hossain is alive [Faisal Mahmud/Al Jazeera] 

Akhter’s eight-year-old daughter Adiba Islam Ridhi couldn’t reply when asked what she remembered of her father. “I want my father back. I miss him so much,” she said, her voice choking.

Dhaka-based human rights organisation Odhikar has documented 505 enforced disappearances between 2009-2018, the first two terms of the Awami League (AL)-led Grand Alliance government, which returned to power for a third consecutive term at the beginning of this year.

A 2017 report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and another produced last month by Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) detailed how state actors, including military and police, worked in tandem to make people disappear.

“Of the 507 cases of enforced disappearances that have been documented by civil society organisations from January 2009 to the end of 2018, 62 people were found dead, 286 returned alive, and the whereabouts of 159 disappeared persons are still unknown,” the FIDH report said.

‘Silencing criticism and dissent’

Both reports cited a rise in the forced disappearances of political workers and dissidents opposed to the AL-led government.

“The systematic nature of this targeting suggests that enforced disappearances are being used as a political tool by the government to silence criticism and dissent,” the FIDH report read.

“State law enforcement agencies – particularly RAB and the detective branch of the police – have been involved in secret detentions and killings, despite public assertions to the contrary,” the HRW report said.

Adnan Chowdhury, a BNP activist, was picked up from his home on the night of December 4, 2013 by a group of people wearing RAB uniforms.

“I am certain that RAB took my son,” said his father Ruhul Amin Chowdhury. “I saw people wearing that uniform coming to my house and take him.” 

He says his son was taken because of his political affiliation.

“I believe the RAB can pick anyone but they don’t have the capacity to give them back unless there are orders from those with more power. This is completely the policy of the government,” Chowdhury said.

He said he had no hope now of his son returning after having waited for six years.

Asked why he attended the Mayer Daak gathering, he said, “Because my wife Fatema Begum still believes our son is alive.”

Begum said seeing others at the meeting gave her some consolation. “All of us here know how it feels. I can’t explain the agony of not knowing whether your near and dear ones are alive or not,” she said, holding her son’s photograph.

Mufti Mahmud Khan, head of the RAB’s media wing, denied the charges. “We don’t know anything about these missing persons,” he told Al Jazeera.

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Begum Fatema Begum with a photo of her missing son M Adnan Chowdhury [Faisal Mahmud/Al Jazeera]

‘Mothers’ Call’

Hazera Khatun founded Mayer Daak in August 2014 to create a platform for the family members of the victims of forced disapearances in Bangladesh.

Her son Sajedul Islam Shumon was a well-known BNP leader from Dhaka’s Shaheenbagh area and was picked up, along with five others, on December 4, 2013 allegedly by the RAB.

Shumon’s sister Sanjida Islam said they met senior RAB officers after her brother went missing, who she said “informally admitted” to picking him and the others.

“One former RAB officer told us that the men were brought into his custody immediately after being picked up, but were then taken away by other RAB officials. He now assumed they had all been killed,” she told Al Jazeera.

Khatun hosted the latest Mayer Daak meeting at her home, with her family providing the main financing for the group. “I still hope my son is alive,” said the 78-year-old.

“We met before Eid-ul Fitr. We try to do that each year to let everyone out there know that we also have the wish and right to celebrate a joyous occasion like Eid with all our family members.”

Saudi Arabia’s Jizan airport targeted by Houthi drone: Masirah TV | News

Yemen’s Houthi movement launched a drone attack on military hangars in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan airport near the Yemeni border, the group’s al-Masirah TV reported on Sunday.

There was no immediate confirmation from Saudi authorities or from a Saudi-Emirati-led coalition that has been battling the Houthis in Yemen since March 2015.

The Houthis, who overthrew the Saudi-backed internationally recognised government from power in the Yemeni capital Sanaa in late 2014, have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi cities in the past two weeks.

Last Thursday, the rebel group said they had targeted the airport in the Saudi Arabian city of Najran with a drone strike. The kingdom said the attack was intercepted by its air defences and destroyed.

Najran, 840km southwest of Riyadh, lies on the Saudi-Yemen border and has repeatedly been targeted by the Houthis.

Earlier this month, the Houthis attacked an oil pipeline near the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Yemen’s four-year conflict has triggered what the United Nations terms the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with over 24 million people, more than two-thirds of the population, in need of aid.

Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have been killed.

The latest hostilities coincide with rising tensions between Iran and Gulf Arab states allied to the United States and come just as a sensitive, UN-sponsored peace deal is being carried out in Yemen’s main port of Hodeidah, a lifeline for millions.


SOURCE:
Al Jazeera and news agencies

Afghan forces mistakenly kill a family during Taliban raid | Afghanistan News

An Afghan security forces raid against Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar province mistakenly killed a family of six, including a woman and two children, on Friday.

The forces, who mistook the family for Taliban fighters when they were driving out of the area after the night attack in Sherzad district, opened fire on their vehicle killing all of them, said Attahullah Khogyani, the provincial governor’s spokesman.

“At least 10 insurgents were also killed in the raid,” he told Al Jazeera.

Several villagers on Saturday carried the victims’ bodies in a procession in the provincial capital of Jalalabad to demand justice.

Afghan people protest over killing of civilians in a night raid [Mohammad Anwar Danishyar/AP]

Afghan people protest over killing of civilians in a night raid [Mohammad Anwar Danishyar/AP]

 

The United Nations said in its quarterly report in April that between January and March 2019, armed groups killed 227 civilians and injured 736 others.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Saturday it was concerned about the heavy toll on civilians in the conflict during the holy month of Ramadan and urged parties to do more to prevent casualties.

In contrast, Afghan and international security forces killed 305 people and injured 303, a 39 percent jump from the same period last year.

Aerial operations in the three months by both Afghan and international military forces caused 145 deaths, half of them women and children, UNAMA said.

The Taliban, which was removed from power by US-led forces in 2001, has been waging a bloody rebellion against the country’s Western-backed government.

Pro-government forces have been struggling to combat the armed group, which holds sway over nearly half of the war-torn country.

Iran will defend itself against any aggression: FM Zarif | News

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran will defend itself against any military or economic aggression and called on European states to do more to preserve a nuclear deal his country signed with them.

Speaking in a news conference in Baghdad with his Iraqi counterpart Mohamed Ali al-Hakim on Sunday, Zarif said his country wanted to build balanced relations with its Gulf Arab neighbours and that it had proposed signing a non-aggression pact with them.

Iraq is willing to act as an intermediary between its neighbour and the United States, al-Hakim said, adding that Baghdad does not believe an “economic blockade” is fruitful – a reference to US sanctions.

“We are trying to help and to be mediators,” said al-Hakim, adding that Baghdad “will work to reach a satisfactory solution” while stressing that Iraq stands against unilateral steps taken by Washington.

The mediation offer echoed one made on Saturday by Mohamad al-Halbousi, the Iraqi parliament speaker. Hakim also expressed concern for Iran’s spiralling economy.

Iranians make up the bulk of millions of Shia from around the world who come to Iraq every year to visit its many Shia shrines and holy places and their purchasing power has slumped after Trump reimposed the sanctions.

“The sanctions against sisterly Iran are ineffective and we stand by its side,” al-Hakim said.

Speaking about the rising tensions with the US, Zarif said Iran would be able to “face the war, whether it is economic or military through the steadfastness and its forces”.

Iraqi President Barham Salih discussed with Zarif “the need to prevent all war or escalation,” his office said.

Zarif’s visit to Iraq follows a decision by Washington to deploy 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East.

US presence at its ‘weakest’

On Saturday, Zarif called the deployment of extra US troops to the region “extremely dangerous and a threat to international peace and security”.

It follows a US decision in early May to send an aircraft carrier strike force and B-52 bombers in a show of force against what Washington’s leaders said was an imminent Iranian plan to attack US assets. No evidence was given on the alleged plan.

A senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said that the US military presence in the Middle East was at its “weakest in history”.

“The Americans have been present in the region since 1833 and they are now at their weakest in history in West Asia,” said Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, a deputy guards commander, according to semi-official news agency Fars.

Washington says the latest reinforcements were in response to a “campaign” of recent attacks including a rocket launched into the Green Zone in Baghdad, explosive devices that damaged four tankers near the entrance to the Gulf, and drone attacks by Yemeni rebels on a key Saudi oil pipeline.

Iran has denied any involvement.

The US this month ended the last exemptions it had granted from sweeping unilateral sanctions it re-imposed on Iran after abandoning the 2015 nuclear deal in May last year.

‘Nuclear referendum’

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suggested the Islamic republic could hold a referendum over its nuclear program.

The official IRNA news agency said Rouhani, who was last week publicly chastised by the country’s supreme leader, made the suggestion in a meeting with editors of major Iranian news outlets on Saturday evening.

Rouhani said he had previously suggested a referendum to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2004, when Rouhani was a senior nuclear negotiator for Iran.

At the time, Khamenei approved of the idea and though there was no referendum, such a vote “can be a solution at any time,” Rouhani was quoted as saying.

A referendum could provide political cover for the Iranian government if it chooses to increase its enrichment of uranium, prohibited under the 2015 nuclear deal.

Earlier last week, Iran said it quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity though Iranian officials made a point to stress that the uranium would be enriched only to the 3.67 percent limit set under the deal, making it usable for a power plant but far below what is needed for an atomic weapon.

Rouhani’s remarks could also be seen as a defence of his stance following the rare public chastising by the supreme leader.

Khamenei last week named Rouhani and Zarif — relative moderates within Iran’s Shia theocracy who had struck the nuclear deal — as failing to implement his orders over the accord, saying it had “numerous ambiguities and structural weaknesses” that could damage Iran.

Khamenei, who has final say on all matters of state in Iran, did not immediately respond to Rouhani’s proposal of a referendum.

The Islamic republic has seen only three referendums since it was established in 1979 — one on regime change from monarchy to Islamic republic, and two on its constitution and its amendments.

India’s ‘Big Brother’ biometics project raises privacy concerns | India News

India’s government has been linking people’s personal records to their biological information in the world’s largest biometrics initiative.

Supporters say it could drastically improve the ability of the poor to access basic services, but now concerns about privacy and government surveillance have taken centre stage.

Al Jazeera’s Faiz Jamil reports from New Delhi.

Groups, mosques rally around Muslim foster children in Ramadan | News

London, United Kingdom – In an effort to preserve children’s identity, young Muslims in foster care being taken care of by non-Muslim guardians have received Ramadan gift packages to celebrate Islam’s holy month.

At least 500 children in Britain have received the gift boxes, which contain children’s books, decorations, a copy of the Quran with English translation, food items for when the daily fast breaks, Ramadan recipe books and sweets.

“The meaning of the Quran book is really useful for me and I’ve been able to share things in the box with my whole family,” a 15-year-old child told Al Jazeera.

A 17-year-old said he was excited to receive the decorations in particular, and enjoyed putting them up with his foster carer.

Foster carer Steve Riley from West Yorkshire said: “We took a photo of my little one with all the contents and with the lanterns lit and we’ve put it in the child’s life story book. It was important that the little one was able to take part and have a record of Ramadan.”

Clare Jones (not her real name), a foster carer from Bradford, said: “It’s such a good idea that helps children understand their heritage. Our child absolutely loved the lanterns. We shared the information in the box with the child’s school and they were really impressed too and used it to help the other children in class understand what being a Muslim means and what Ramadan is about.’

There are more than 3,000 Muslim children in foster care each year out of 64,000, according to a report by the Fostering Network.

Research by charity Penny Appeal and Coventry University estimates, however, suggests that the number of Muslim children in foster care has increased to over 4,500 a year. 

“We want to ensure that the efforts of diverse foster carers are recognised and appreciated by giving them the support they need during the special holy month of Ramadan,” said Shadim Hussain, founder of My Foster Family, the organisation leading the gift boxes initiative. 

“This Ramadan gift box will aid them in understanding the needs of a Muslim foster child and will increase the bonds between a foster child and their carer.”

Some Muslim children in need of care have come into the UK as child refugees from war-torn countries such as Syria, or as Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC).

According to a report released by the Bridge Institute, local authorities need more support in teaching cultural and religious sensitivities to foster carers.

Kathy Evans, who heads Children England, a membership body of children’s charities, said: “It’s … really vital that children in care can keep their identity, faith and culture.”

She added that the Ramadan gift boxes are “a great way to reach out to children in care, to keep them feeling involved and included in their religious festivals, and to show their foster carers that they have wider support from the community too.” 

Finchley Mosque and Islamic Centre was among the participating mosques supporting the initiative and sponsored 100 gift boxes.

“We wanted the parents who are looking after Muslim children to feel that they are supported and ensure they have a holistic approach in helping them look after the physical, spiritual and mental needs of the children and aid them with giving them support and guidance during the holy month of Ramadan,” said Imam Oussama, a leading figure at the mosque.

Kurdish leader Ocalan calls end to jail hunger strikes in Turkey | News

Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called for an end to hunger strikes by thousands of jailed supporters in Turkey protesting the conditions of his detention, his lawyers said on Sunday.

“I expect the action to come to an end in light of the broad statements to be made by my two lawyers,” Ocalan said in a message read by his lawyer Nevroz Uysal during a press conference in Istanbul.

Ocalan, the co-founder of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), was allowed to see his lawyers this month for the first time in eight years.

About 3,000 Kurdish prisoners have been holding hunger strikes since November to protest against Ocalan’s isolation and demand improved conditions for him, and eight have killed themselves over the issue, according to the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party.

Earlier this month, Nevroz Uysal, one of Ocalan’s lawyers, said the imprisoned leader wanted the hunger strikers to limit their protests.

“We respect the resistance of our friends inside and outside prisons but want them not to carry this to a dimension that will threaten their health or result in death,” Uysal quoted Ocalan as saying.

Turkey captured Ocalan, then public enemy number one, in February 1999 and imprisoned him on the heavily fortified island of Imrali off Istanbul where he has been kept for 20 years.

The PKK is blacklisted as a “terror” group by Ankara, NATO, the US, the United Kingdom and other Western allies. The conflict has claimed more than 40,000 lives since 1984.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hardened his rhetoric towards Kurdish rebels since the last ceasefire broke down in 2015, reducing the odds of a political solution to the long-running conflict.

Ocalan’s brother, Mehmet, was permitted to visit him in prison in January for the first time since 2016.

Ocalan had been sentenced to death for treason after his capture by Turkish agents in Kenya, but this was commuted to life imprisonment when Turkey abolished capital punishment in 2002 at a time when it appeared close to securing membership of the European Union.


SOURCE:
Al Jazeera and news agencies

Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe tee off amid US-Japan trade tensions | USA News

A round of golf always seems to be on the agenda whenever President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe get together.

So on Sunday, during a four-day state visit to Japan, the US president jumped aboard the Marine One helicopter in Tokyo and flew south to the Mobara Country Club for a steamy morning round with the Japanese leader.

Abe is Trump’s closest friend among world leaders and it is the fifth time they have played golf together since Trump took office, said The Associated Press.

Trump tweeted that he was “Going to play golf right now with @AbeShinzo. Japan loves the game.” Abe also posted a selfie photo on Twitter of him and Trump, smiling widely on the greens.

Trade imbalance

Abe’s strategy is to keep his country out of Trump’s crosshairs amid US-Japan trade tensions and the continued threat North Korea poses to both nations.

Trump has been seeking a bilateral trade agreement with Tokyo since he pulled the US out of the multinational Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement two years ago, though analysts expect no breakthroughs during Trump’s visit.

“Great progress being made in our Trade Negotiations with Japan. Agriculture and beef heavily in play. Much will wait until after their July elections where I anticipate big numbers!” he wrote, referring to Japan’s upcoming parliamentary elections.

Reporting from Tokyo, Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay said, “It seems certain that trade will be discussed. However, we are not expecting any significant announcement over the next few days.”

Trump had told business leaders after arriving in Tokyo on Saturday evening that the US and Japan were “hard at work” negotiating a new bilateral trade agreement that he said would benefit both countries.

“With this deal we hope to address the trade imbalance, remove barriers to United States exports, and ensure fairness and reciprocity in our relationship. And we’re getting closer,” he said.

The Trump administration has been threatening Japan with new tariffs on imports of autos and auto parts on national security grounds. Trump has suggested he will impose tariffs if the US can’t wrest concessions from Japan and the European Union.

In April, Japan’s trade surplus surged almost 18 percent to $6.6bn.

North Korea’s missile tests

At the golf course, Trump ignored a shouted question from a US reporter about whether he believed North Korea had violated UN Security Council resolutions.

Earlier, Trump downplayed North Korea’s recent series of short-range missile tests. He tweeted that the tests weren’t a concern for him – even though they most certainly are for Japan, due to the country’s proximity to the North.

“North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me,” Trump wrote in a message that appeared to undermine his national security adviser, John Bolton, who told reporters Saturday the tests violated UN Security Council resolutions.

Trump said he “has confidence” that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “will keep his promise to me.”

“They [Trump and Abe] will also discuss North Korea, particularly given the two missile tests Pyongyang conducted earlier this month,” Al Jazeera’s Hay said.

The US president arrived in Japan on Saturday with his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, to open the four-day visit.

On Monday, Trump will become the first head of state to meet Japan’s new emperor, Naruhito, since he ascended to the throne on May 1.

Trump is slated to head for Washington on Tuesday after he addresses US sailors aboard the USS Wasp, stationed at Yokosuka.


SOURCE:
Al Jazeera and news agencies

Argentina’s crisis: Where did it all go wrong for Macri? | Argentina

It wasn’t meant to be like this. Mauricio Macri’s election to the Argentine presidency in 2015 was supposed to usher in an end to economic and political crises. International investors welcomed moves to float the peso and eliminate export capital controls.

Last year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) increased the size of its bailout to $56.3bn. As with all IMF loans, Argentina had to agree to cut pension benefits and public utility subsidies.

Not surprisingly, Macri’s popularity has fallen as so many people depended on those programmes, which had helped the country recover from a 2002 economic crisis.

That austerity has crippled the poorest in society. The economy is in recession.

Macri pledged to bring inflation down to single digits, but inflation stands at 54.7 percent.

What’s behind the spike in inflation?

The currency has fallen 18 percent this year alone. Now, you would think a falling currency would be useful for exporters. But the cost of imported goods has risen, and that has been passed on to consumers.

In a surprise move, former President Cristina Kirchner announced plans to run as vice president with one of her former ministers taking on the role of presidential hopeful. That is much to the relief of overseas investors.

“For Macri, it’s really an uphill struggle,” explains Jimena Blanco, head of Latin America Research at Verisk Maplecroft, a risk analysis and forecasting company. “There’s a structural lack of confidence in Argentina, not just inside Argentina, but outside Argentina. When you talk about Macri doing the right things, there is a lot of debate about whether he did that and the pace at which he did that and also whether he went far enough, soon enough.”

According to Blanco, “the key area of criticism is late 2017 when the government changed its inflation goals and didn’t really explain why, when it went early to the markets to borrow ahead of schedule, and of course we saw in April why when the peso went on a rapid depreciation and then that happened again later in September. So it’s really a difficult situation for Macri, especially heading into a crucial election in October.”

“For Argentina, economic and political volatility feed into each other,” says Blanco. “It makes the current political landscape extremely uncertain. Anyone who says they expected Cristina Kirchner to announce her candidacy as VP rather than presidential candidacy would probably be lying. It took the political arena by surprise last weekend. We can expect anything between now and the 22 of June when candidacies are announced.”

Should Facebook be broken up?

When a founder of Facebook calls for the social media network to be broken up, you really do need to sit up and take notice. The social media giant has been at the centre of a storm over the access to data of its users – most notably by Cambridge Analytica. The British political consultancy harvested data of millions of Facebook users without their consent while working with Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

In a financial filing, Facebook has said it expects to be fined up to $5bn by US regulators for that and many other transgressions. That’s a slap on the wrist for the social media giant that racked up $56bn in revenue in 2018.

So unconcerned are investors by the fine, the company’s share price has risen 40 percent this year alone, pushing the value of Facebook to $527bn.

Steve Bartlett, CEO of the global social media agency Social Chain, doesn’t believe Facebook should be broken up. 

“The reason why you break up companies because usually they’re a fundamental and required product for a civilisation and they have a monopoly over that space. And first and foremost you need to define what monopoly we’re claiming that Facebook has.”

“Social networking is a very broad topic and really you could consider social networking anything from iMessage to text messaging … When you look at Facebook’s business model, they make 99 percent of their revenue from advertising and they certainly, even on the internet, don’t have a monopoly over advertising. Google owns 32 percent of online advertising market so even Google is more of a monopoly per se than Facebook are.”

Also on this episode of Counting the Cost:

Pakistan IMF: Pakistan has agreed on a deal with the IMF to receive a $6bn loan. But under its terms, its currency will have to be devalued against the dollar, and electricity and gas prices will increase. That is likely to prove unpopular, as Kamal Hyder reports from Islamabad.

Venezuela gas: Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves, yet its people are scrambling to fill car tanks, as petrol supplies dry up. They have already faced chronic deficits in medicine, food and electricity. But harsh US economic sanctions, and mismanagement of the oil industry, have pushed the energy sector to crisis point, as Lucia Newman reports from the economic hub of Valencia in Venezuela.

Facial recognition: Automatic Facial Recognition (AFR) technology uses our unique facial dimensions to let us access bank accounts, go cashless in holiday resorts, and use automated border controls. But AFR can also track us, and invade our privacy, as Paul Brennan reports on the UK’s first legal challenge against the technology.

Source: Al Jazeera



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