Zarqawi's death 'not changing much'

CNN's senior editor of Arab affairs, Octavia Nasr, discusses the potential state of affairs following the death of one of Al Qaeda's top men. Nasr claims that, while the death of Al-Zarqawi is "a blow to Al Qaeda" events following his death "could go either way." Middle Eastern media has expressed "more jubilation than sorrow." However, the tone of Islamic Websites is entirely different. One Web site has already claimed that it has "1,000 Al Zarqawi's ready to go." Others have immediately called for his replacement.

Nasr notes that, while western media focuses primarily on Al Qaeda, there are countless other insurgent groups in Iraq that can do just as much damage as Al Qaeda. In their case, Zarqawi's death will not be "a big deal."


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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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