Friday’s Mini-Report, 10.28.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Sometimes Russia does the hacking, sometimes it gets hacked: “A Ukrainian group calling itself Cyber Hunta has released more than a gigabyte of emails and other material from the office of one of Vladimir Putin’s top aides, Vladislav Surkov, that show Russia’s fingerprints all over the separatist movement in Ukraine.”

* ISIS: “The U.N. says ISIS has abducted tens of thousands of civilians whom it will likely use as human shields in the city of Mosul. The extremist group has forced almost 8,000 families to leave their homes, probably as a tactic to defend Mosul from the U.S.-backed offensive launched last week, a spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday.”

* A case worth watching: “The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday said it would take up a case involving the hot button issue of transgender rights, a surprising move given the court’s usual go-slow approach on controversial questions.”

* The number of arrests in the Dakotas is increasing: “In a conflict that has been building for months over the fate of a pipeline through this region, tensions boiled over into skirmishes late Thursday night between law enforcement officials and protesters near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation after officers moved to sweep protesters off private land here.”

* Syria: “A smothering Syrian blockade and round-the-clock airstrikes have sought to starve and shock rebel-held areas of Aleppo into surrender. On Friday came the counterpunch: an apparent last-resort rebel offensive that could be a pivotal battle for both sides.”

* Following up on a story from yesterday: “Anita Hill, whose testimony at Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing in 1991 blew open a nationwide conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace, said she believes there should be an investigation into new allegations of harassment against Thomas.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.



Friday's Mini-Report, 10.28.16