• A new deepfake detection tool should keep world leaders safe—for now - MIT Technology Review

    An AI-produced video could show Donald Trump saying or doing something extremely outrageous and inflammatory. It would be only too believable, and in a worst-case scenario it might sway an election, trigger violence in the streets, or spark an international armed conflict.

    Fortunately, a new digital forensics technique promises to protect President Trump, other world leaders, and celebrities against such deepfakes—for the time being, at least. The new method uses machine learning to analyze a specific individual’s style of speech and movement, what the researchers call a “softbiometric signature.”

    The team then used machine learning to distinguish the head and face movements that characterize the real person. These subtle signals—the way Bernie Sanders nods while saying a particular word, perhaps, or the way Trump smirks after a comeback—are not currently modeled by deepfake algorithms.

    In experiments the technique was at least 92% accurate in spotting several variations of deepfakes, including face swaps and ones in which an impersonator is using a digital puppet. It was also able to deal with artifacts in the files that come from recompressing a video, which can confuse other detection techniques. The researchers plan to improve the technique by accounting for characteristics of a person’s speech as well. The research, which was presented at a computer vision conference in California this week, was funded by Google and DARPA, a research wing of the Pentagon. DARPA is funding a program to devise better detection techniques.

    The problem facing world leaders (and everyone else) is that it has become ridiculously simple to generate video forgeries with artificial intelligence. False news reports, bogus social-media accounts, and doctored videos have already undermined political news coverage and discourse. Politicians are especially concerned that fake media could be used to sow misinformation during the 2020 presidential election.

    Some tools for catching deepfake videos have been produced already, but forgers have quickly adapted. For example, for a while it was possible to spot a deepfake by tracking the speaker’s eye movements, which tended to be unnatural in deepfakes. Shortly after this method was identified, however, deepfake algorithms were tweaked to include better blinking.

    “We are witnessing an arms race between digital manipulations and the ability to detect those, and the advancements of AI-based algorithms are catalyzing both sides,” says Hao Li, a professor at the University of Southern California who helped develop the new technique. For this reason, his team has not yet released the code behind the method .

    Li says it will be particularly difficult for deepfake-makers to adapt to the new technique, but he concedes that they probably will eventually. “The next step to go around this form of detection would be to synthesize motions and behaviors based on prior observations of this particular person,” he says.

    Li also says that as deepfakes get easier to use and more powerful, it may become necessary for everyone to consider protecting themselves. “Celebrities and political figures have been the main targets so far,” he says. “But I would not be surprised if in a year or two, artificial humans that look indistinguishable from real ones can be synthesized by any end user.”

    #fake_news #Deepfake #Video #Détection

  • Trump Shrugs Off Khashoggi Killing by Ally Saudi Arabia - The New York Times

    But in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Trump said the episode had already been thoroughly investigated. He said the Middle East is “a vicious, hostile place” and noted that Saudi Arabia is an important trading partner with the United States.

    “I only say they spend $400 to $450 billion over a period of time, all money, all jobs, buying equipment,” the president told Chuck Todd, the show’s moderator. “I’m not like a fool that says, ‘We don’t want to do business with them.’ And by the way, if they don’t do business with us, you know what they do? They’ll do business with the Russians or with the Chinese.”

    #usa #trump #cynisme

  • T.C. 75 : La doctrine du « vent-divin »

    T.C. 75 : La doctrine du « vent-divin »

    12 juin 2019 –, qui a pourtant appris à ménager Trump selon la “tradition” établie par Russiagate et interprétée à front renversé, observe dès son titre que “la diplomatie US”, c’est-à-dire nommément le président lui-même et nullement l’un de ses adjoints-“fou”, Bolton ou Pompeo, a « franchi la ligne de l’absurdité ». Dans le texte, elle donne la parole à un expert chinois Sourabh Gupta, spécialiste principal des politiques à l’Institute for China America Studies, parlant de la péremptoire consigne de Trump à Xi (interview à NSBC) de se trouver au G20 en personne pour une rencontre en marge et en tête-à-tête, entre hommes, sans quoi un nouveau train ($300 milliards) de tarifs douaniers sur les importations chinoises sera automatiquement et instantanément mis en place (...)

  • Tension grows in Lebanon over refugees in #Beqaa

    Tension remains high on Monday in Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley, following the forced displacement of hundreds of Syrian refugees at the weekend.

    Local media reported the possibility that about 400 refugees, including many women and children, may be forcibly transferred to Syria, which is where they originally fled from the armed conflict that is still underway.

    The epicentre of the refugee tension in Lebanon is in #Deir al-Ahmar in the northern Beqaa Valley.

    Since the start of the civil war in Syria in 2011, over a million Syrians have taken refuge in Lebanon, a country whose own population is less than four million.

    Lebanese authorities have recently intensified the dismantling of refugee camps and increased pressure on the refugee community.

    Lebanon did not sign the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention, and since 2011 the country has considered the presence of “foreign guests” in its territory as a temporary situation.
    #réfugiés #réfugiés_syriens #Liban #asile #migrations #expulsions #renvois #retour_au_pays #camps_de_réfugiés #démantèlement

    • Thousands of Syrian refugees could be sent back, says Lebanese minister

      Gebran Bassil claims many refugees are not living in political fear, but stay for economic reasons.

      As many as three quarters of Syrian refugees in Lebanon could return to Syria because they face no fear of political persecution or threat to their security, Lebanon’s controversial foreign minister has said.

      Gebran Bassil also urged the UK to rethink how it was spending aid money on keeping 1.5 million refugees in Lebanon, where he said they were taking the jobs from the Lebanese, and undercutting wages.

      The UK has supplied as much as £500m to help house, feed and educate Syrian refugees in Lebanon since the start of the ciivl war in 2011.

      Bassil is the son in law of the president, Michel Aoun, and the leader of the Lebanese Free Patriotic Movement, the largest political party in the country’s parliament. Last week he faced allegations of racism that he denies after it was alleged he had implied that some refugees might be corrupt.

      In an interview with the Guardian, he said: “Most of the Syrians – much more than 75% – are no more in security and political fear, but are staying for economic reasons. We know more than 500,000 Syrians working in Lebanon. They are working every where in breach of our labour laws, and yet even though they break the law they are not being repatriated.

      “They are working in Lebanon, taking jobs from the Lebanese because they paid at cheaper rate because they have no taxes to pay and they are being assisted on top of the wages they are paid.”

      Aid agencies working with refugees have cited concerns over loss of property and conscription into the Syrian army and fear of reprisals as major reasons why they did not want to return home. The agencies have resisted Lebanese government efforts to tear down any semi-permanent structure put up by refugees.

      Bassil insisted it was not his government’s policy to try to force Syrians to return to their homeland.

      He added: “The British taxpayers are paying money for an unlimited period of time that is not being spent in the right direction. They should be paid to return to their country. As President Trump said, money spent on a refugee to go back to his country is much much less than to keep him out of his country.”

      He defended his country’s record of welcoming Syrian refugees. He said: “No one country did what Lebanon did. No one country is able to host 200 refugees per square kilometre, more than 40% of its population. Imagine here in Britain you are receiving 50 million people. That is the comparison.

      “Despite all that we have endured we never thought of forcing anyone to return. We are talking of a dignified and safe gradual return for people who are willing. That now applies to the majority of Syrians in Lebanon because now most of Syria is safe and most of those in Lebanon do not face any political or security obstacles for their return. They are staying because they are assisted to stay in the Lebanon, and if they go back to Syria they will lose that assistance. This is the main reason.”

      Bassil added: “They are receiving aid for every aspect of their lives they are receiving free education, shelter and healthcare. They are better covered on health than the Lebanese. They are afraid that once they leave, they will lose the assistance”.

      He said the number of movements across the border is 700,000 to 800,000 a month, and people who hold refugee cards go regularly to Syria and come back to Lebanon.

      “The tension is mounting internally. Our economy is really collapsing. How can you put your own economy on your feet when you carry this burden.”

      Bassil also denied that any of his remarks could be construed as racist, arguing every country puts its citizens first.

  • A la recherche du Plan perdu...

    A la recherche du Plan perdu...

    Lorsqu’un ministre d’une grande puissance, ou supposée telle disons, parlant d’un plan de paix majeur dont tout le monde parle et discute entre diplomates, sur lequel tous les commentateurs discourent, lorsqu’il dit : « Si quelqu’un a vu le plan américain, merci de nous en informer ! », vous vous doutez de quelque chose. Il s’agit du ministre français Le Drian, à Rabat, au Maroc, et là-dessus ajoutant : « J’en parle d’autant plus aisément que j’ai participé à la rencontre du président Macron avec le président Trump avant-hier »

    Comme Le Drian se trouve au Maroc et que Pompeo puis Kushner, gendre du président Trump, viennent d’y passer pour parler de ce plan, les Marocains doivent savoir quelque chose, non ? Pas du tout, répond Nasser Bourita, ministre des (...)

  • UAE’s Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed’s Growing Influence On The U.S. (ht...

    UAE’s Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed’s Growing Influence On The U.S.

    New York Times correspondent David Kirkpatrick says the UAE ruler has convinced President Trump to take an aggressive position against his enemies, including Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood.

    #news #npr #publicradio #usa posted by pod_feeder_v2

  • Cartels dans l’Ohio : les termites de l’Empire

    Cartels dans l’Ohio : les termites de l’Empire

    Entre les rhétoriques officielles, surtout avec cette administration Trump devenue essentiellement une productrice de narrative avantageuses pour la puissance US et issues d’imaginations fantaisistes, – celle de Trump ou celle de Bolton, par exemple, – et les vérités-de-situation qui apparaissent de plus en plus souvent, on trouve un abîme grandissant qui implique une inconscience à mesure de l’extension des véritables conditions de la situation des USA. (Peu ou prou, le même schéma peut être retrouvé dans divers pays du bloc-BAO.)

    C’est ce que nous désignerions comme “l’Empire dévoré du dedans”, selon un processus que nous qualifiâmes également par la mise en évidence du phénomène des “termites”, citant un éditorial qui date de plus de dix ans et qui (...)

  • Thousands of Immigrant Children Said They Were Sexually Abused in U.S. Detention Centers, Report Says

    The federal government received more than 4,500 complaints in four years about the sexual abuse of immigrant children who were being held at government-funded detention facilities, including an increase in complaints while the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the border was in place, the Justice Department revealed this week.

    The records, which involve children who had entered the country alone or had been separated from their parents, detailed allegations that adult staff members had harassed and assaulted children, including fondling and kissing minors, watching them as they showered, and raping them. They also included cases of suspected abuse of children by other minors.

    From October 2014 to July 2018, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a part of the Health and Human Services Department that cares for so-called unaccompanied minors, received a total of 4,556 allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment, 1,303 of which were referred to the Justice Department. Of those 1,303 cases deemed the most serious, 178 were accusations that adult staff members had sexually assaulted immigrant children, while the rest were allegations of minors assaulting other minors, the report said.

    “The safety of minors is our top concern when administering the UAC program,” Jonathan H. Hayes, the acting director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, said in a statement, using an abbreviation for unaccompanied children. “None of the allegations involved O.R.R. federal staff. These allegations were all fully investigated and remedial action was taken where appropriate.”

    [Read the latest edition of Crossing the Border, a limited-run newsletter about life where the United States and Mexico meet. Sign up here to receive the next issue in your inbox.]

    The records do not detail the outcome of every complaint, but they indicate that some accusations were determined to be unfounded or lacking enough evidence to prosecute. In one case, a staff member at a Chicago detention facility was accused in April 2015 of fondling and kissing a child and was later charged with a crime. The report did not state whether that person had been found guilty.

    The documents, first reported by Axios, were made public by Representative Ted Deutch, Democrat of Florida, the night before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday about the Trump administration’s policy of family separations at the southern border. That policy, which was put in place last spring, resulted in more than 2,700 children being separated from their parents under President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting anyone caught crossing the border illegally, including those with families seeking asylum on humanitarian grounds.

    For most of the four years covered by the report, the number of allegations made to the Office of Refugee Resettlement stayed about the same from month to month. But the number of complaints rose after the Trump administration enacted its separation policy. From March 2018 to July 2018, the agency received 859 complaints, the largest number of reports during any five-month span in the previous four years. Of those, 342 allegations were referred to the Justice Department, the report showed.

    During the hearing on Tuesday, a discussion of the records sparked a heated exchange between Mr. Deutch and Cmdr. Jonathan White of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, who last year repeatedly warned a top official in Health and Human Services that the family separation policy could permanently traumatize young children.
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    As Mr. Deutch read some of the report, Commander White interjected, “That is false!”

    He later apologized, claiming that a “vast majority of allegations proved to be unfounded.” He said he was unaware of any accusations against staff members that were found to have merit.
    #viol #viols #abus_sexuels #USA #Etats-Unis #rétention #détention_administrative #enfants #enfance #rapport #migrations #asile #réfugiés

    L’article date de février 2019

  • Trump Administration Considered Tariffs on Australia - The New York Times

    Some of President Trump’s top trade advisers had urged the tariffs as a response to a surge of Australian aluminum flowing onto the American market over the past year. But officials at the Defense and State Departments told Mr. Trump the move would alienate a top ally and could come at significant cost to the United States.

    The administration ultimately agreed not to take any action, at least temporarily.

    The measure would open yet another front in a global trade war that has pitted the United States against allies like Canada, Mexico, Europe and Japan, and deepened divisions with countries like China. It would also be the end of a reprieve for the only country to be fully exempted from the start from steel and aluminum tariffs that Mr. Trump imposed last year.

    #guerre_commerciale #etats-unis

  • Sagesse de Pompeo

    Sagesse de Pompeo

    Tout est possible dans cette étrange époque et dans la non moins étrange administration Trump, particulièrement au niveau de la sécurité nationale. Parmi ce “tout est possible”, il y aurait un comportement inattendu de retenue et de “savoir-faire” politique modérateur de la part du secrétaire d’État Pompeo, réputé pour être l’une des deux chenilles du bulldozer Bolton-Pompeo qui accomplit depuis un an un travail de destruction massive pour le compte du président Trump. (Dans nos commentaires, nous ne lui ménageons pas nos encouragements et nos considérations distinguées pour sa fonction de brute ; d’où notre attention curieuse pour ce qui paraît être de la sagesse.)

    Le Washington Post a publié des confidences sur une réunion secrète qu’aurait eue, le 28 mai, Pompeo avec des dirigeants (...)

  • Chine - États-Unis : une nouvelle étape de la #guerre_commerciale | Le mensuel

    #conflit_commercial #croissance_mondiale #protectionnisme #économie_mondiale

    La mise à l’index de #Huawei par les États-Unis, matérialisée par la suspension des #relations_commerciales entre Google et la firme chinoise de téléphonie, marque une nouvelle étape dans la guerre commerciale en cours. Celle-ci n’est pas seulement due à la personnalité ou aux calculs politiques de Trump, ce démagogue aux déclarations à l’emporte-pièce. Elle résulte de l’exacerbation de la #concurrence entre firmes visant le marché mondial dans une économie capitaliste en #crise. Elle ajoute de l’incertitude et des tensions dans une économie déjà instable. Elle est déjà payée par les travailleurs, en #Chine, aux #États_Unis et ailleurs dans le monde.

    – La guerre dans la technologie des télécommunications
    – Une guerre à plusieurs cibles
    – Une guerre lourde de menaces
    – Les travailleurs paient la facture

  • “Déclarer la guerre” à Silicon Valley

    “Déclarer la guerre” à Silicon Valley

    Hier, dans l’après-midi, on pouvait lire sur la page d’accueil de ZeroHedge.comces deux titres successifs (ensuite, l’ordre a été chamboulé depuis, le site ayant l’habitude d’ajuster le classement de ses nouvelles “du-jour” par ordre d’importance selon son jugement, à mesure qu’elles arrivent) :

    • « Trump Declares War On Silicon Valley : DoJ Launches Google Anti-Monopoly Probe. »

    • « Trump Declares Trade War On India, Imposes New Tariffs »

    Inutile de traduire, n’est-ce pas, l’essentiel étant bien entendu cette idée que Trump est cet homme qui ne cesse de “déclarer la guerre”, dans tous les domaines possibles, – en général, sauf le militaire, ce qui implique que sa folie s’appuie sur un reste de bon sens du jugement…

    (Ainsi, il y a trois jours, le 30 mai, Trump (...)

  • Israël : la crise politique affaiblit un peu plus le plan de Trump

    En dissolvant la Knesset pour organiser de nouvelles élections en septembre, le premier ministre israélien a plongé son pays dans une crise politique évitable. Et peut-être sabordé « l’accord du siècle » du président américain.

    #PROCHE-ORIENT #Israël,_Jared_Kushner,_Donald_Trump,_Palestine,_Benjamin_Netanyahou

  • Chine-USA : « Le risque est d’une guerre froide commerciale »

    L’escalade des tensions entre les États-Unis et la Chine semble sans fin. Chaque jour ou presque, les deux pays agitent de nouvelles menaces de rétorsion. Mary-Françoise Renard, responsable de l’Institut de recherche sur l’économie de la Chine, revient sur ce que ces menaces représentent pour la Chine et la façon dont le pouvoir chinois y répond.

    #Entretien #Donald_Trump,_Xi_Jinping,_economie,_guerre_commerciale,_Chine,_commerce_mondial,_Etats-Unis

  • Netanyahu shows off Trumps map of Israel with Golan Heights marked nice - anews

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, embroiled in political chaos after failing to assemble a governing coalition, attempted Thursday to divert public attention with his signature strategy: political theater.

    Addressing a nation bewildered by the prospect of an unprecedented second election campaign in the same year, Netanyahu brandished an official State Department map that had been updated to incorporate the long-disputed Golan Heights as part of Israel.

    He said that U.S. President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner gifted him the map during his visit to Israel. Kushner and other architects of the administration’s Mideast peace plan are traveling the region to build momentum for the long-awaited proposal.

    #clichés_arabes #israël

  • How We Investigated the New York Taxi Medallion Bubble - The New York Times

    It took a year, 450 interviews and a database built from scratch to answer a simple question: Why had anyone ever agreed to pay $1 million for the right to drive a yellow cab?

    By Brian M. Rosenthal
    May 22, 2019

    Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together.

    The story started, like a lot of stories seem to, with President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael D. Cohen.

    On April 9, 2018, the F.B.I. raided Mr. Cohen’s office, thrusting him into the national spotlight. The next day, the top editors at The New York Times asked five reporters to start working on a profile. I was one of them.

    The other reporters researched Mr. Cohen’s family, his legal career, his real estate interests and, of course, his work for the president. I took on the last piece of his business empire: his ownership of 30 New York taxi medallions, the coveted permits needed to own a yellow cab.

    After a few weeks of reporting, the team learned enough to publish our story on Mr. Cohen. And I discovered enough to know what I wanted to investigate next.

    At that time, the taxi industry was becoming a big story. Mr. Cohen had owned his medallions as an investment, counting on them rising in value because of the city’s decision to issue only about 13,000 permits. But thousands of the medallions were owned by drivers themselves, and two driver-owners had just died by suicide. Public officials were talking about how the price of a medallion had plummeted from over $1 million to under $150,000. Most were blaming ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft.

    I had a different question: Why had anybody ever paid $1 million for the right to the grueling job of being a cabby?

    When I pursue an investigation, I identify the single most important question that I am trying to answer, and orient all of my reporting around it. (For example, why did it cost more to build subway track in New York than anywhere else in the world? Or why did Texas have the lowest special education rate in the country?) In this case, I ended up interviewing about 450 people, and I asked almost all the same question: Why did the price reach $1 million? It became my North Star.

    I heard plenty of theories, but I began to get somewhere only when I had an epiphany: No driver-owner had ever really paid close to $1 million for a medallion. On paper, thousands of low-income immigrants had. But while they had poured their life savings into their purchase, virtually all had signed loans for most of the cost — and never really had a chance to repay.

    I needed to examine as many loans as possible, to see if they were as unusual and reckless — and predatory — as some of my sources said they were. But how?

    I got a lead from an unexpected source: the lenders themselves.

    After prices had started crashing, the lenders in the industry had tried to squeeze money out of borrowers. Many of them had filed lawsuits against borrowers — lawsuits which had to include copies of the loans.

    I ultimately reviewed 500 of these loans, and I saw disturbing patterns: Almost none of them included a large down payment. Almost all of them required the borrower to repay everything within three years, which was impossible. There were a lot of interest-only loans, and a wide variety of fees, including charges for paying loans off too early. Many of the loans required borrowers to sign away their legal rights.

    Armed with the loan documents, I started calling dozens of current and former industry bankers, brokers, lawyers and investors. Some pointed me to disclosures that lenders had filed with the government, which were enormously helpful. Others shared internal records, which were even better.

    New York City did not have reliable digital data on medallion sales, so I used paper records to build a database of all the 10,888 sales between 1995 and 2018. The city taxi commission had never analyzed the financial records submitted by medallion buyers, so I did. Nobody knew how many medallion owners had gone bankrupt because of the crisis, so I convinced my boss to pay a technology company, Epiq, to create a program that sped through court records and spat out a tentative list — and then two news assistants helped me verify every result.

    As I dug into the data and the documents, I sought out driver-owners. I wanted to understand what they had been through. To find them, I went to Kennedy International Airport.

    The fare from taking someone from the airport into Manhattan can make a cabby’s day, and so drivers wait in line for hours. And over several visits during a couple of months, I waited with them, striking up conversations outside a food stand run by a Greek family and next to pay phones that had stopped working years ago. After talking briefly, I asked if I could visit their homes and meet their friends.

    In all, I met 200 taxi drivers, including several I interviewed through translators because they did not speak English fluently. (Some of those men still had signed loans of up to $1 million.) One by one, they told me how they had come to New York seeking the American dream, worked hard and gotten trapped in loans they did not understand, which often made them give up almost all of their monthly income. Several said that after the medallion bubble burst, wiping out their savings and their futures, they had contemplated suicide. One said he had already attempted it.

    The day after we began publishing our findings, city officials announced they were exploring ways to help these driver-owners, and the mayor and state attorney general said they were going to investigate the people who channeled them into the loans.

    In the end, the three front-page stories that we published this week about the taxi industry barely mentioned Mr. Cohen at all.

    But they did something much more important: They told the stories of Mohammed Hoque, of Jean Demosthenes and of Wael Ghobrayal.

    Brian M. Rosenthal is an investigative reporter on the Metro Desk. Previously, he covered state government for the Houston Chronicle and for The Seattle Times. @brianmrosenthal

    #USA #New_York #Taxi #Betrug #Ausbeutung

  • Guerre à l’Iran : la solitude de Trump

    Pour briser le régime iranien dont les ambitions régionales sont jugées dangereuses par ses voisins, alliés des États-Unis, le président américain menace Téhéran de sanctions renforcées et d’une intervention militaire. Mais nombre de pays, estimant cette attitude irresponsable, ou redoutant comme Israël un embrasement du Proche-Orient, l’appellent à la retenue.

    #Etats-Unis #Iran,_Netanyahou,_guerre,_Rohani,_trump

  • Les peuples Sioux partent à l’attaque des banques françaises - Les Inrocks

    S’ils ont perdu face à Trump, qui a relancé la création du pipeline Dakota Access, cinq activistes Sioux de Standing Rock lancent une série d’actions contre les banques européennes, qu’ils accusent de financer des projets climaticides. On était avec eux à Paris, à l’offensive contre la BNP Paribas et la Société Générale.

    #dakota #again #peuples_autochtones #banques_françaises #premières_nations #natives #Native_Americans

  • Iran building new crossing on Syria border that would let it smuggle weapons, oil, experts say | Fox News

    La contribution de Fox à l’effort de guerre US contre l’Iran....

    The images, obtained exclusively by Fox News and captured earlier this week, show a new construction in the Albukamal Al-Qaim crossing.
    A new construction in the Albukamal Al-Qaim crossing was seen via satellite.
    The area is under the control of Pro-Iranian Shiite militias. Last summer, Iran increased its presence in the area.

    According to analysts for ISI, which captures satellite data, the existing border crossing is still closed and destroyed, and the Iranians have put a lot of effort and resources into building the new one.
    Iran has put significant effort into building the new crossing, analysts said.

    Photos obtained by Fox News showed an Iraqi army base near the deserted post.
    The existing border crossing remained closed, analysts said.

    The border crossing would enable Iran to maintain land access in Syria, Beirut and the Mediterranean Sea. Regional and western sources said the Iranians are planning to use this new route for smuggling operations, including trafficking weapons and oil, to avoid the looming U.S. sanctions. Without Syrian or Iraqi supervision, Iran and its allies would have an unprecedented advantage in transferring whatever they wish, experts say.
    An Iraqi army base seen near the deserted crossing.

    This development sheds new light on the rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran, which escalated after President Trump canceled the temporary waivers permitting countries, including Iraq, Turkey, Japan and China, to purchase Iranian oil without violating U.S. sanctions.

    #iran #puissance_du_mal

  • صفقة القرن..”اليوم الموعود” قد يكون 12 حزيران : اتّصالات بالجُملة بين زعماء المِنطقة وحملة تسويق عنيفة للأفكار الأمريكيّة.. عبّاس حضر لعمّان بطلبِ الملك عبدالله الثاني والرئيس العراقي بالصورة والموقف المِصري “يتوارى” | رأي اليوم

    Jared Kushner, sans la moindre référence autre que celle d’être le gendre de Trump, fera-t-il mieux que tous les diplomates de la terre réunis depuis plus d’un demi-siècle ? On nous annonce la "révélation" du #deal_du_siècle — très bien vendu — pour le 12 juin.

  • Assange inculpé pour espionnage, danger majeur pour la liberté d’informer

    Le département de la justice américain vient de révéler 17 nouvelles charges contre Julian Assange. Le fondateur de WikiLeaks est inculpé au nom de la loi sur l’espionnage de 1917. Aux États-Unis, pays du sacro-saint premier amendement, jamais un éditeur n’avait été poursuivi pour ces motifs. Il s’agit d’une attaque en règle de l’administration Trump contre la liberté d’informer.

    #Analyse #Julian_Assange,_espionage,_WikiLeaks

  • Assange inculpé d’espionnage par la justice américaine

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