Thursday tradition continues, and in the Lakeside Diner begun by Southern Dragon, today we will look at foreign media, and a perspective that doesn’t come from reportage the U.S. press usually does provide.

Barrett Brown was sentenced to prison following his release of information about government actions, as reported in The SideShow, Avedon Carol reported, as she takes a few days off from the long ongoing blog.

The U.S. government decided today that because I did such a good job investigating the cyber-industrial complex, they’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex,’ Brown said mischievously in a written statement following his sentencing. ‘For the next 35 months, I’ll be provided with free food, clothes, and housing as I seek to expose wrongdoing by Bureau of Prisons officials and staff and otherwise report on news and culture in the world’s greatest prison system.’ ‘Wish me luck!’ he added.

Three Chinese militants attempting to leave their ranks have been executed by IS according to reports from that group, a concern for the country that borders Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Around 300 Chinese extremists were fighting with ISIS after travelling to Turkey, the Global Times, a tabloid run by China’s ruling Communist Party’s official newspaper, said in December.

The paper on Thursday cited an unnamed Kurdish security official as saying that a Chinese man was “arrested, tried and shot dead” in Syria in late September by ISIS after he became disillusioned with jihad and attempted to return to Turkey to attend university.

The demonstrations against IS continued in Jordan after its gory action in executing Jordanian pilot Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh and distributing video of the gory event.

The group that exploited disaffected Iraqis and Syrians last June as it vanquished Mosul and Raqqa and Deir Azzor, has very little to offer today besides fear and terror. As it ransacks libraries in Mosul, sells kidsrapes girls and stones women, while failing at providing social services, the Caliphate is seen to be detouring to the old tactics of its founder Abu Musaab Zarqawi.

Top executives including its chief officer resigned from Petrobras, Brazil’s state-run petroleum industry, in the wake of scandal about corruption in its highest office.

The scandal involves alleged price-fixing, bribes and kickbacks, which implicates Brazil’s ruling party.

Prosecutors have uncovered around $800m in bribes and other illegal funds. More than 200 businesses are being investigated and more than 80 people, including three former executives from Petrobras, are facing possible charges.

Petrobras shares soared 16% on Tuesday on rumours that Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff would sack the chief executive.


Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.