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UK’s Arms Trade ; Revenge of the Arab Spring ...and More Picks

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Six Things You Need to Know About the UK Arms Trade (Trevin)

Red Pepper “gives the run-down on one of the UK’s most profitable — and most deadly — industries.”

Hacking Gets Small, Nation-Wise (Reader Steve)

Smaller countries have upped their hacking efforts — most notably in Lebanon. And it’s having big consequence.

US Military Ignores Pedophiles in Afghan Security Forces (Jimmy)

The author writes, “The US military showed little interest for years in tackling widespread sexual abuse of children by Afghan security forces it still funds and trains, according to a newly declassified report by a US government watchdog. … The investigation was requested by 93 members of Congress, after an article in the New York Times warned that child sex assault was ‘rampant’ among Afghan forces.”

Philadelphia Just Became the Second US City to Allow ‘Safe Injection Sites’ (Jimmy)

The author writes, “The facilities … provide clean needles and space for people who inject illicit drugs. If an overdose occurs, trained staff can administer naloxone, which reverses the overdose. The facilities also test for HIV, provide wound care, and refer users to substance abuse treatment. … Philadelphia has an estimated 70,000 heroin users, according to its health department.”

Return, and Revenge, of the Arab Spring (Dan)

Unrest again brews in Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring. Much of that uprising’s anger still exists — and it’s beginning to manifest itself through violence once again. Many feel the outcomes of the 2011 uprisings simply put a fig leaf over the repressive regimes.


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