Amazon faces investor pressure over facial recognition

Amazon is holding a high stakes shareholder vote on whether or not to limit some of its cutting edge technology, Shareholders hold back their own company because of users’ privacy when they’re offline//Natasha Singer, The New York Times Continue reading Amazon faces investor pressure over facial recognition

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AL JAZEERA’s ‘AJ Shorts’ wins human rights press award in Hong Kong

AL JAZEERA’s ‘AJ Shorts’ wins human rights press award in Hong Kong

The Al Jazeera English Online unit AJ Shorts was honoured alongside fellow awards winners from The New York Times, Reuters, BBC, Washington Post and leading East Asian news outlets at this year’s Human Rights Press Awards ceremony in Hong Kong.

The AJ Shorts digital documentary, Growing up too Fast in Afghanistan, won in the Short Video (English) category, which was announced at the event on May 16. The film is the first-person narrative of a 14-year-old boy, Khudai, whose father was killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS) group, forcing him to abandon school and take odd jobs to ensure the survival of his mother and five younger sisters.

Filmed and directed by Preethi Nallu, Growing up too Fast in Afghanistan also garnered two awards at the Webby Awards gala in New York City earlier this month.

Al Jazeera Media Network’s director of Digital Innovation and Programming Carlos Van Meek said he is proud of his team’s accomplishments.

“This was a great collaboration between our broadcast partners and our digital team. I credit everyone involved for thinking laterally and working together across platforms to get the most out of a great story. Much more of this to come,” said Van Meek. Continue reading AL JAZEERA’s ‘AJ Shorts’ wins human rights press award in Hong Kong

Ex-White House Counsel McGhan defies House Subpoena, Skips Hearing. What now?

Ex-White House Counsel McGhan defies House Subpoena, Skips Hearing. What now?

House judiciary chair Nadler accused Donald Trump of multiple crimes on McGahn no show hearing//Crimson Tazvinzwa

The president has directed former White House Counsel Don McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena and skip a House Judiciary hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

The US House Judiciary Committee convened a hearing on Tuesday with another empty chair at the witness table, as former White House counsel Don McGahn refused to testify.

In a further escalation of a struggle between President Donald Trump and Congress over its power to investigate him, the White House on Monday told McGahn, who left his post in October, to disregard a subpoena from the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee subpoena to appear at the hearing. Continue reading Ex-White House Counsel McGhan defies House Subpoena, Skips Hearing. What now?

Zimbabwe Secures US$500 Million Afreximbank Loan Against Platinum Mining Collateral

Zimbabwe Secures US$500 Million Afreximbank Loan Against Platinum Mining Collateral

Zimbabwe secured a $500 million loan from the African Export-Import Bank to try and stabilize its currency market by offering platinum production as collateral, a person familiar with the details of the agreement said.

Country’s central bank said it secured $500 million loan
Loan will be used to stabilize’s Zimbabwe’s currency market
The Southern African country secured a $500 million loan from the African Export-Import Bank to stabilize its tottering currency market by offering platinum production as collateral, sources say. Continue reading Zimbabwe Secures US$500 Million Afreximbank Loan Against Platinum Mining Collateral

Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Says The President’s Attorney Jay Sekulow Told Him To Give False Info To Congress

Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Says The President’s Attorney Jay Sekulow Told Him To Give False Info To Congress

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen told lawmakers behind closed doors that Jay Sekulow, one of the president’s attorneys, encouraged him to give untrue information to lawmakers about the Trump Tower project in Moscow, according to transcripts released Monday. Continue reading Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Says The President’s Attorney Jay Sekulow Told Him To Give False Info To Congress