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Briefing: Trump threats unsettling, Russia flights near Korea, Brazil rainforest, Venezuela crisis Briefing: India rules privacy fundamental right, U.S. oil company misled public on climate change, WikiLeaks fight with U.S. plan
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What WikiTribune's tracking: Global financial markets are unsettled after latest Trump brinksmanship over a U.S. government shut down, Russia exercises military muscle near Korea, Brazil opens protected area to mining. Fresh challenges to Maduro in Venezuela. What WikiTribune's tracking: Global financial markets are unsettled after latest Trump brinksmanship over a U.S. government shut down, Russia exercises military muscle near Korea, Brazil opens protected area to mining. Fresh challenges to Maduro in Venezuela.
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<h1>Update</h1> <h1>Update</h1>
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<li>India's <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-court-privacy-idUSKCN1B40CE">Supreme Court has unanimously ruled</a> that personal privacy is a fundamental right for the country's citizens in a landmark ruling. This is a major setback to the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narendra_Modi">Narendra Modi</a>-led government, which previously argued people don't have a right to privacy.</li>  <li>India's <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-court-privacy-idUSKCN1B40CE">Supreme Court has unanimously ruled</a> that personal privacy is a fundamental right for the country's citizens in a landmark ruling. This is a major setback to the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narendra_Modi">Narendra Modi</a>-led government, which previously argued people don't have a right to privacy.</li>
<li>A <a href="http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa815f/meta#erlaa815fs5">peer-reviewed Harvard University study</a> of American international oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil found the company's advertisements were misleading about climate change. Though, the study found, the company acknowledged the dangers of climate change internally, ExxonMobil's advertorials emphasised uncertainties and "promoted a narrative inconsistent" with climate scientists' views.</li>  <li>A <a href="http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa815f/meta#erlaa815fs5">peer-reviewed Harvard University study</a> of American international oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil found the company's advertisements were misleading about climate change. Though, the study found, the company acknowledged the dangers of climate change internally, ExxonMobil's advertorials emphasised uncertainties and "promoted a narrative inconsistent" with climate scientists' views.</li>
<li>The <a href="http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/julian-assange-slams-absurd-us-plan-label-wikileaks-non-state-intelligence-service-1636418"><em>International Business Times</em> reports</a> that founder of whistleblowing platform WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has "slammed" a US Senate bill that aims to label WikiLeaks a "non-state hostile intelligence service". <a href="https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/900449135605817344">Assange said</a> this suggestion is "absurd" and is "equivalent to suggesting that the CIA is a media organisation".</li>   <li>The <a href="http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/julian-assange-slams-absurd-us-plan-label-wikileaks-non-state-intelligence-service-1636418"><em>International Business Times</em> reports</a> that founder of whistleblowing platform WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has "slammed" a U.S. Senate bill that aims to label WikiLeaks a "non-state hostile intelligence service". <a href="https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/900449135605817344">Assange said</a> this suggestion is "absurd" and labelling a media organisation as an intelligence service is "equivalent to suggesting that the CIA is a media organisation".</li>
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<h1>Earlier</h1> <h1>Earlier</h1>
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<li>Global financial markets were unsettled by <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-trump-budget-idUKKCN1B320Y">fresh rhetoric from President Donald J. Trump</a> tying the possibility of a shutdown of the U.S. government to his plans for a wall with Mexico.</li>  <li>Global financial markets were unsettled by <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-trump-budget-idUKKCN1B320Y">fresh rhetoric from President Donald J. Trump</a> tying the possibility of a shutdown of the U.S. government to his plans for a wall with Mexico.</li>
<li>Russia sent <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-russia-southkorea-bombers-idUKKCN1B40MK">nuclear-capable bombers</a> on missions near the Korean Peninsula in what appeared to be a ratcheting up of its engagement in the area.</li>  <li>Russia sent <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-russia-southkorea-bombers-idUKKCN1B40MK">nuclear-capable bombers</a> on missions near the Korean Peninsula in what appeared to be a ratcheting up of its engagement in the area.</li>
<li>As<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/24/russia-military-exercises-tensions-west-zapad"> reported by the </a><em>Guardian, </em>Russia is preparing what could be its biggest military exercise since the Cold War. Russian troops have started arriving in Belarus and Kalliningrad ahead of a demonstration on NATO's doorstep including 100,000 troops next month.</li>  <li>As<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/24/russia-military-exercises-tensions-west-zapad"> reported by the </a><em>Guardian, </em>Russia is preparing what could be its biggest military exercise since the Cold War. Russian troops have started arriving in Belarus and Kalliningrad ahead of a demonstration on NATO's doorstep including 100,000 troops next month.</li>
<li>Brazil opened up <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-41033228">an area of protected rainforest</a> -- said to be the size of Denmark -- to mining. <em>WikiTribune</em> reports on the importance of <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/stories/deforestation-risks-wiping-out-future-medical-cures/">tropical forests</a> to medical discoveries.</li>  <li>Brazil opened up <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-41033228">an area of protected rainforest</a> -- said to be the size of Denmark -- to mining. <em>WikiTribune</em> reports on the importance of <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/stories/deforestation-risks-wiping-out-future-medical-cures/">tropical forests</a> to medical discoveries.</li>
<li>Venezuela's exiled attorney general says she has <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-41031469">evidence of corruption</a> in the Maduro regime as the country slips further into crisis. <em>WikiTribune</em> reports on the prospect of Venezuela becoming <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/stories/venezuela-slides-toward-biggest-dictatorship-in-latin-america/">"the next Libya"</a>.</li>  <li>Venezuela's exiled attorney general says she has <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-41031469">evidence of corruption</a> in the Maduro regime as the country slips further into crisis. <em>WikiTribune</em> reports on the prospect of Venezuela becoming <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/stories/venezuela-slides-toward-biggest-dictatorship-in-latin-america/">"the next Libya"</a>.</li>
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<h1>What we’re reading and watching:</h1> <h1>What we’re reading and watching:</h1>
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<li>The <em>Financial Times</em> extends a <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/92f4e036-6b69-11e5-aca9-d87542bf8673">long-running investigation</a> into the funding of so-called Islamic State with <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/b2f616d4-8656-11e7-8bb1-5ba57d47eff7">fresh reporting</a> on the organization moving currency and assets out of Iraq and Syria as its physical presence is threatened. <em>[These links may be behind the FT.com paywall.]</em></li>  <li>The <em>Financial Times</em> extends a <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/92f4e036-6b69-11e5-aca9-d87542bf8673">long-running investigation</a> into the funding of so-called Islamic State with <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/b2f616d4-8656-11e7-8bb1-5ba57d47eff7">fresh reporting</a> on the organization moving currency and assets out of Iraq and Syria as its physical presence is threatened. <em>[These links may be behind the FT.com paywall.]</em></li>
<li>The <em>New Yorker</em> carries a detailed interview with and investigation of Wikileaks founder <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/08/21/julian-assange-a-man-without-a-country">Julian Assange</a> from his sanctuary in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The report raises important questions about Russia's links to some of the leaks.</li>  <li>The <em>New Yorker</em> carries a detailed interview with and investigation of Wikileaks founder <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/08/21/julian-assange-a-man-without-a-country">Julian Assange</a> from his sanctuary in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The report raises important questions about Russia's links to some of the leaks.</li>
<li><em>Reuters </em>reports that The White House is to <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-military-transgender-idUSKCN1B4052">send a memo</a> to the Pentagon on Trump's transgender military ban. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is to consider the "deployability" of those who can serve in war zones.</li>  <li><em>Reuters </em>reports that The White House is to <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-military-transgender-idUSKCN1B4052">send a memo</a> to the Pentagon on Trump's transgender military ban. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is to consider the "deployability" of those who can serve in war zones.</li>
<li>An interesting<a href="https://harpers.org/archive/2017/09/the-rise-of-the-valkyries/"> piece</a> in <em>Harper's </em>magazine on women in the Alt-Right which offers one of the clearest explanations of what the movement is: an internet phenomenon which attracts neo-Nazis, white nationalists, paleo-conservatives, and Men's Rights Activists. And how women who are dissatisfied with modern, liberal western society are managing to carve a niche in the movement.</li>  <li>An interesting<a href="https://harpers.org/archive/2017/09/the-rise-of-the-valkyries/"> piece</a> in <em>Harper's </em>magazine on women in the Alt-Right which offers one of the clearest explanations of what the movement is: an internet phenomenon which attracts neo-Nazis, white nationalists, paleo-conservatives, and Men's Rights Activists. And how women who are dissatisfied with modern, liberal western society are managing to carve a niche in the movement.</li>
<li>Jon Snow, British broadcaster and veteran journalist conducted an incredibly moving speech and <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/23/grenfell-british-media-divide">wrote in the </a><em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/23/grenfell-british-media-divide">Guardian</a> </em>about the lack of diversity in the mainstream media and "dangerous" lack of connection between the elite and those not of the elite. His words are prompted by coverage of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire">Grenfell Tower Fire</a>, the tragedy that saw at least 80 deaths after a 24-storey London tower block went up in flames.  <li>Jon Snow, British broadcaster and veteran journalist conducted an incredibly moving speech and <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/23/grenfell-british-media-divide">wrote in the </a><em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/23/grenfell-british-media-divide">Guardian</a> </em>about the lack of diversity in the mainstream media and "dangerous" lack of connection between the elite and those not of the elite. His words are prompted by coverage of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire">Grenfell Tower Fire</a>, the tragedy that saw at least 80 deaths after a 24-storey London tower block went up in flames.
- <em>This is a crucial story on today's media bubble, given that the death of local newspaper industries has left local stories untold, often until disaster strikes</em> - <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/author/lydia/">Lydia Morrish</a> - <em>This is a crucial story on today's media bubble, given that the death of local newspaper industries has left local stories untold, often until disaster strikes</em> - <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/author/lydia/">Lydia Morrish</a>
- More on Grenfell Tower from the <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/24/world/europe/grenfell-tower-london-fire.html?mcubz=0">New York Times</a>.</em></li> - More on Grenfell Tower from the <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/24/world/europe/grenfell-tower-london-fire.html?mcubz=0">New York Times</a>.</em></li>
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<em>– Peter Bale is the launch editor of WikiTribune. He is a former Reuters news agency correspondent and has held senior roles in news organisations from CNN to The Times and investigative news service, The Center for Public Integrity</em> <em>– Peter Bale is the launch editor of WikiTribune. He is a former Reuters news agency correspondent and has held senior roles in news organisations from CNN to The Times and investigative news service, The Center for Public Integrity</em>
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