Amanpour explains U.S's 'risky gamble'

In this clip, Amanpour, on location in Haifa, talks about how the U.S.'s way of isolating countries such as Syria and Palestine is backfiring because, "When you isolate these natural interlocutors, you don't really have anybody to talk to necessarily who could put that pressure on."

Well that explains why Bush was so agitated at the G8 summit when he was talking about Syria...

She then talks about the U.S. and U.K.'s desire to hold off on a cease fire and instead 'see Israel do as much damage to Hezbollah and Hamas as possible," saying this is 'something some people are calling a risky gamble.'

You have to assume that the 25,000 Americans still trapped in Lebanon, as well as the approximate 208 fatalities (23 Israeli, 183 Lebanese) probably fall into that 'some people' category.

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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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