Articles chosen with care. Comments welcomed. Linked articles in bold purple
◆ D-Day: 73 years ago today. The US, Britain, and Canada opened a second front against the Nazis.
◆ A young, low-level intelligence contractor is first person charged with leaking, re Russian interference in 2016 election (New York Times)
She’s a big Bernie Sanders supporter and may have thought this was part of the “Resistance,” which she has supported online.
The case showed the department’s willingness to crack down on leaks, as Mr. Trump has called for in complaining that they are undermining his administration. His grievances have contributed to a sometimes tense relationship with the intelligence agencies he now oversees.
The Justice Department announced the case against the contractor, Reality Leigh Winner, 25, about an hour after the national-security news outlet The Intercept published the apparent document, a May 5 intelligence report from the National Security Agency. –New York Times
Comment: Good. A first step.
Now, go after the big boys and girls, who aren’t as careless as kids still on their parents’ insurance.
◆ Chicago’s free fire zone: 3 dead, 3 wounded in eight hours (Chicago Tribune)
“I always see this on TV,” [the uncle of 23-year-old-victim Devonta Scott] said looking at frantic relatives holding each other splashed in strobing police lights. “I just never thought it would happen to me.” –Chicago Tribune
And then, the most common ending to all this shootings in poor, black neighborhoods.
Police reported no arrests. –Chicago Tribune
Comment: The problems are extremely serious and just as hard to manage.
- The city needs a lot more police but cannot afford them.
- The worst neighborhoods know who the criminals are, but they don’t cooperate with the police, either because they don’t trust the cops or they fear the bad guys, or both
- The gangs have splintered, so dozens and dozens of gangs are fighting lethally for each street corner.
- The gang members have no fathers, no education, and no jobs
The headlines mislead outsiders in one important respect. The crime and killing is largely a product of–and confined to–very poor neighborhoods. Occasionally, it spills out as members try to escape their enemies or rob the rich, but that’s uncommon.
◆ The sanctions against Qatar are beginning to bite.
Qatar flight ban begins as Gulf crisis grows (BBC) The Saudis and Egyptians are leading this move.
Several countries have cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism in the Gulf region.
Qatari nationals in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been given two weeks to leave.
Qatar denies backing militants and its foreign minister has called for “a dialogue of openness and honesty”.
Egypt said it was closing off its airspace to Qatar from 04:00 GMT on Tuesday “until further notice”. –BBC
Comment: The sanctions are a very good idea against a very bad actor, one the US has coddled for years because we have bases there. No more. And the shift in US policy made it easier for the Arab states to form this coalition.
The question is whether it’s a first step or a showy diversion to avoid taking others, such as staunching the local donations to terrorists.
For a magazine-length piece on Qatar’s controversial history, this new article in The Atlantic is very good.
◆ Over 130 British Imams have refused to perform burial services for the attackers (CBS)
The ritual is normally carried out for every Muslim, regardless of their actions.
In what is a highly unusual move, Muslim religious leaders from different schools of Islam — both Sunni and Shia — issued a statement late Monday saying their pain at the suffering of the victims of Saturday’s attacks had led to their decision, and they called on others imams to follow suit. –CBS
Comment: Good. Also good: it seems like several Muslims who knew the attackers told the police about them, but the officials dropped the ball.
One reason why important things slip through the cracks: the UK current has 500 active terror investigations, plus another 3000 top-tier subjects of interest, and 20,000 more one tier below that. Those numbers are overwhelming.