Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Five CSIS employees are accusing the spy agency of Islamophobia, racism and homophobia in a $35-million lawsuit
“‘Careful your Muslim in-laws don’t behead you in your sleep for being homo,’ a CSIS manager allegedly wrote in a 2015 email to an intelligence officer, one of several shocking incidents outlined in a statement of claim obtained by the Star.”
2. Russian lawyer brought former soviet counter intelligence officer to Trump Tower meeting
“He had been working with Veselnitskaya on a campaign against the Magnitsky Act, a set of sanctions against alleged Russian human rights violators. That issue, which is also related to a ban on American adoptions of Russian children, is what Veselnitskaya told NBC News she discussed with the Trump team.
“But, given the email traffic suggesting the meeting was part of a Russian effort help Trump’s candidacy, the presence at the meeting of a Russian-American with suspected intelligence ties is likely to be of interest to special counsel Robert Mueller and the House and Senate panels investigating the Russian election interference campaign.”
– NBC News
3. China tells world to stay out of its ‘domestic affairs’ over Liu Xiaobo’s death
“China has pushed back against a wave of international censure over the death of democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo, telling the world to stay out of its ‘domestic affairs’ and labelling the 2010 decision to award the late activist a Nobel peace prize ‘a blasphemy’.
“Liu, 61, died of multiple organ failure on Thursday, the first Nobel peace prize winner to die in custody since the German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky, who died under surveillance in 1938 after years confined to Nazi concentration camps.”
4. Can small businesses survive on the internet?
“It’s a tough time for streaming music services. Pandora is melting down. SoundCloud says it only has enough funding to make it through the end of the year. Even Spotify is unprofitable. How could a small music blog aggregator run by three 30-somethings from their apartments in Brooklyn and Hoboken possibly survive?
+1: American tech companies are so afraid of offending Indians that they’re censoring all their products – BuzzFeed News
+1: The biggest dark web takedown yet sends black markets reeling – Wired
5. Scientists discover why some people hate cheese
“t’s not difficult to pinpoint the types of people who hate cheese: vegans, lactose-intolerant individuals, sociopaths. Cheese-haters who don’t fall into these categories often have an innate distaste for cheese and their peculiar preferences may have less to do with personal taste — in fact, it just might be genetic.”