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We are witnessing the rise of authoritarianism on a chilling scale
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US midterms ads accuse Democrats of 'terror' ties

A number of midterm campaign ads have attempted to link Democratic candidates in tight Congressional races to "terrorism".

Most recently, California Republican Duncan Hunter, who has been indicted on charges of violating campaign finance laws, has drawn criticism over ads his campaign ran attacking his opponent's Palestinian background.

The increasingly embattled Hunter's campaign released controversial ads attacking Campa-Najjar, a 29-year-old Palestinian Mexican American progressive.

In one ad last month, Hunter inaccurately implied that Campa-Najjar was a "radical Muslim" who sought to "infiltrate" Congress.

The Republican incumbent also called Campa-Najjar a "security threat", attempting to link the Democratic challenger to his deceased grandfather, who was involved in planning the deadly 1972 Munich Olympics attack on Israeli athletes.

In Ohio, Representative Steve Chabot, an outspoken supporter of Trump's travel ban, has attempted to link his opponent, Aftab Pureval, to "terrorism" owing to the 36-year-old Democratic challenger's former employment at a law firm that settled terrorism-related lawsuits against Libya.

Pureval was not involved in the settlements, which were approved by Congress, the New York Times reported.

In New Jersey, the Congressional Leadership Fund targeted Tom Malinowski for arguing that Guantanamo Bay detainees should receive due process while he was Washington director of Human Rights Watch.

In one ad, the Super PAC claimed Malinowski "criticised America for waging war against al-Qaeda".

And in Virginia, Abigail Spanberger, a former undercover CIA operative, was targeted over her former part-time teaching job at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria.

"Spanberger doesn't want us to know that she taught at an Islamic school nicknamed 'Terror High,' a terrorist breeding ground," the ad claims.


https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/m...51233.html
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Belarus to require identification for internet usage

Belarus is introducing a law requiring the users of online resources to identify themselves. According to Interfax, this rule has been added to the new version of the law “On the mass media” which came into force on December 1.

During the first stage of the procedure, citizens will register and sign a user agreement including their telephone number, which is in turn linked to certain passport details.

The agreement must contain a warning that users are not allowed to post messages online containing information the dissemination of which is prohibited by Belarusian legislation.

Users’ accounts will be activated when the owner of the web resource sends them an SMS with an activation code. Each cellphone number can only be used to register one account on each online resource.


http://uawire.org/belarus-to-require-ide...rnet-usage
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Media freedom hits 10-year low

Freedom of expression and information has hit the lowest point in a decade worldwide, with Poland, Croatia, Romania, Russia and Hungary among the offenders, according to a report published Wednesday.

Rights organization Article 19, which published the report, said the decline is “being driven by worldwide demise of media freedom” and a rise in “strongman” politics. The NGO highlighted the fact that 78 journalists and 312 rights defenders were killed around the world in 2017, and 326 journalists jailed.

According to the report, global freedom of expression has been dropping for a decade, but took a particularly steep tumble over the past three years, including in EU countries.

Article 19 singled out Poland for criticism, noting that independent journalists and media outlets in the country had faced intimidation and state media was moved under government control.

The report also highlighted incidents including former Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico referring to the media as “filthy anti-Slovak prostitutes” and “idiotic hyenas” and Czech President Miloš Zeman brandishing a fake Kalashnikov inscribed with the word “journalists” at a press conference.

Hungary “has become increasingly autocratic,” the report noted, “passing one of Europe’s most repressive laws against non-governmental organizations” in 2017. “Prior to the general election in 2018, pro-government media published articles that discredited journalists, and by October 2017, [Prime Minister Viktor] Orbán had effectively bought up all of Hungary’s regional media.”

The decline of media freedom in the United States is “one of the most worrying developments,” according to Article 19.

The ability of American journalists to do their jobs is being undermined by “attacks, arrests, border stops, searches of devices, prosecution of whistleblowers and restrictions on the release of public information,” the report noted.

In Russia, “the pressure on the media, legal restrictions, threats, and violence against communicators and rights defenders have escalated year on year” since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012.

A recent string of high-profile journalists’ murders have highlighted the worsening media climate. In October, journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by Saudi security forces. Czech journalist Ján Kuciak and Bulgarian journalist Victoria Marinova were also murdered earlier this year, and Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was slain in a car bombing last year.

The report also took aim at “the narrative of fake news,” which “has been seized upon by world leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, Bashar al-Assad and Nicolás Maduro, to openly attack the media and close down scrutiny of their policies and actions.”


https://www.politico.eu/blogs/on-media/2...ow-report/
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•REC⁴  Wrote: (12-01-2018 07:08 PM)
Egyptian actress Rania Youssef is going on trial in Egypt on Jan 12 for wearing this dress. She's accused of committing an indecent act.

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Egyptian actress Rania Youssef to stand trial for 'inciting immorality' over dress

An Egyptian film star faces trial next month accused of promoting immorality after attending the Cairo Film Festival in a see-through dress.

Rania Youssef will face a trial in January in Cairo after receiving a number of complaints about her attire, accusing her of inciting immorality and promoting vice.


https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-n...y-13672157



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Egyptian news anchor Amr Adib asks actress Rania Youssef to look at the camera & apologize to the Egyptian people for wearing the dress. She obliges: I’m only a human; please forgive me.. He then insists she vows to never wear “a dress without a petticoat.”

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Polish activists are under attack for standing up to hate

14 brave women who were beaten and prosecuted for protesting against Poland's far right are still awaiting justice.

Elzbieta had gathered with a small group of women in central Warsaw with a large "Stop Fascism" banner.

She and 12 other women joined the march, and once in the midst of it, they unfurled their seven-metre-long banner. Another woman from their group filmed the action.

The footage she captured shows what happened next: a violent assault, in broad daylight by more than a dozen participants in the march.

The women suffered injuries, bruises and cuts. One of them was knocked to the ground, lost consciousness and had to be examined by medics. There were no police in the vicinity to protect them.

More than a year later, the women are still awaiting justice.

In September, their attempt to get a legal remedy for the violence and abuse they suffered was blocked after the prosecutor dropped the investigation. She asserted that the attackers had not intended to seriously harm the women but were merely "expressing their displeasure" that they had joined the march. While she acknowledged that the assault and the insults qualified as criminal offences, the prosecutor concluded that there was no public interest in continuing the case and recommended the women to pursue private prosecution.

To add insult to injury, a few months after the attack, the women learned that the police had opened an investigation against 13 of them for "obstructing a lawful assembly". Nine of them were subsequently charged and convicted, and now have to pay fines and legal costs of 500 zlotys ($127).


https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinio...12399.html

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Anti-fascists were stabbed at a neo-Nazi rally. Then police tried to charge them

California law enforcement pursued criminal charges against eight anti-fascist activists who were stabbed or beaten at a neo-Nazi rally while failing to prosecute anyone for the knife attacks against them, according to police records reviewed by the Guardian.

In addition to the decision not to charge white supremacists or others for stabbings at a far-right rally that left people with critical wounds, police also investigated 100 anti-fascist counter-protesters, recommending more than 500 total criminal charges against them, according to court filings from civil rights attorneys.

Meanwhile, for men investigated on the neo-Nazi side of a June 2016 brawl at the state capitol, police recommended only five mostly minor charges, none related to stabbings.

The Guardian previously interviewed two victims who were injured, then pursued by police – Cedric O’Bannon, a black journalist and stabbing victim who ultimately was not charged, and Yvette Felarca, a well-known Berkeley activist whose case is moving forward on Thursday. Previous records also revealed that police had worked with the neo-Nazi groups to target the anti-racist activists.


https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018...s-stabbing
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Philippines' Duterte: 'Kill those useless Catholic bishops'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said his country's Catholic bishops are "useless fools" and should be "killed", the latest attack by the controversial leader on the church, which has opposed his deadly war on drugs.

In a speech at the presidential palace on Wednesday, Duterte was quoted in local news reports as saying in a mix of Filipino and English: "These bishops that you guys have, kill them. They are useless fools. All they do is criticise."

The Philippines has more than 100 million people, an estimated 90 percent of whom identify as Catholic.

Three Catholic priests have been killed since December last year, raising alarm in the country and prompting the church and opposition leaders to condemn the continued "culture of impunity".

Recently, Duterte threatened to have a bishop's head cut off.

Although he did not specify the clergyman's name, he alleged in the same speech that a certain "Bishop David" was engaged in corrupt practices.

Duterte provided no evidence to back his accusation.

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Caloocan, outside Manila, is one of the most outspoken critics of Duterte's war on drugs. His district has seen one of the highest numbers of extrajudicial killings in the past two years.

In an interview with Al Jazeera last year, Bishop David said it was his moral obligation to oppose the killing of human beings.


https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/p...20894.html
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VIDEO: Threatened with prison and the closure of the Rappler news site she co-founded, Philippine journalist Maria Ressa says there is one clear response to the government onslaught she faces: to fight back.

https://twitter.com/AFP/status/1070664157429669888

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Trade conflicts cost Nebraska more than $1 billion in revenue, Farm Bureau says

“Retaliatory tariffs make our U.S. products more expensive for international customers, meaning they buy less or buy from someplace else,” Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson said Monday in a statement.

Jay Rempe, a Nebraska Farm Bureau senior economist, told the newspaper that corn, soybeans and pork have been negatively impacted by the trade conflicts.

“The total loss in Nebraska farm revenues due to the retaliatory tariffs ranges from $695 million to $1.026 billion so far in 2018,” Rempe said. “That’s roughly 11 to 16 percent of the export values of Nebraska agriculture goods in 2017.”

The analysis also said that when direct farm losses are combined with the state’s labor income losses, the total economic loss to Nebraska ranges between $859 million and $1.2 billion.


https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-...te-up-to-1
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I live in an economical deprived area.
I dont think I know anyone who has ever been to jail.
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Half of US adults have had close family member jailed

Nearly half of all US adults have had an immediate family member incarcerated at some point in their lives, according to a new study.

Researchers also reported one in seven adults have seen immediate family incarcerated for over a year, with minorities most impacted.

The report estimates 64% of US adults have had someone in their family spend at least one night in jail or prison.

One in five US adults has had a parent incarcerated, according to the study, resulting in serious financial and emotional consequences.

One in seven adults have had a spouse incarcerated.

African American adults were 50% more likely than white Americans to have had a family member jailed, and three times as likely to have family jailed for 10 years or more, found the research.

Latino adults were 70% more likely than white Americans to have a loved one incarcerated for over a year.

Low income families were also disproportionately affected, with adults making less than $25,000 (£19,000) a year 61% more likely to have family incarcerated than those earning over $100,000 a year.

And 54% of jailed parents were the breadwinners of their families.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-cana...ow_twitter
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So Trump has vast powers if he decides to go all un-American and shuts down the US in a "national security emergency" because he gets his feelings hurt by the Mueller report contents, saying Trump is under sealed indictments and is being referred to Congress for criminal investigation by impeachment.
chuckle

But would he risk it, some kind of illegal power grab to maintain his presidential power? Scream1

Only time will tell.

Trump can activate an ‘entire parallel legal regime’ — which includes an ‘internet kill switch’: Atlantic reporter

"lizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice and author of a new article on presidential emergency powers published in The Atlantic, told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday that there is little to no Congressional oversight over those powers, which could allow President Trump to declare martial law and even shut down portions of the internet.

“There is a vast set of laws, an entire parallel legal regime, that becomes available to the president when he declares an emergency,” Goitein said, adding that such a declaration is entirely up to the president. “Some of these laws and the powers they give the president are perfectly sensible, but some of them are more like the stuff of authoritarian regimes. We’re talking about powers to shut down wire communications, to freeze Americans’ bank accounts, to deploy the military to act as a domestic police force and more. This is some very frightening stuff.”

Goitein added that “there are very, very few constraints” on Trump’s ability to declare a national emergency, and all it takes is his signature to renew it. There is little to no oversight, she contended.

“This law has been in place for more than 40 years and Congress has never met to consider a vote, she said. “Congress has never voted on ending a state of emergency, so the oversight that is supposed to be there has really been absent.”

After co-host Willie Geist noted some of the president’s more extreme powers -including “an internet kill switch by which the president could assume control of U.S. internet traffic” and “boots on Main Street in the form of troops”- Goitein said she worried that no one would be willing to stand up to the president.

“One of the things we have to worry about in our current political environment is that Congress and the courts might not be willing to step in and act as a check,” she said. “That’s why the system we had that gives the president so much discretion and then sort of crosses its fingers that Congress and the courts will step in if the president goes too far really needs to be rethought by Congress starting now.”"

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/12/trump-c...-reporter/

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Trump resignation/impeachment countdown! Scream1
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Canada job numbers higher on cannabis boost

Canada's pot legalization helped to significantly boost job numbers in November and push the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage points to 5.6 percent -- the lowest level since 1976, the government statistical agency said on Friday.

It said the number of people employed in cannabis-related jobs -- including bud trimming -- in November rose 266 percent to 10,400, against the same period a year earlier.

Recreational-use cannabis was legalized on October 17, creating an entirely new industry.

Pot workers were also paid slightly more than the national average salary, Can$29.58 (US$19.43) versus Can$27.03.


https://www.yahoo.com/news/canada-job-nu...04489.html
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Russian accounts fuel protesters’ outrage online

Hundreds of social media accounts linked to Russia have sought to amplify the street protests that have rocked France, according to analysis seen by The Times.

The network of accounts has circulated messages on Twitter that focus on the violence and chaos of the yellow vest or gilet jaune riots. As the unrest began last month, a group of about 200 monitored accounts was churning out approximately 1,600 tweets and retweets a day. A large proportion of the accounts appear to be so-called “sock puppets”, which purport to be run by westerners.

According to an analysis by New Knowledge, a cybersecurity company, the accounts have spread disinformation, using photographs of injured protesters from other events to bolster a narrative of brutality by French police.


https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/russi...-xx2f2g8th
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•REC⁴  Wrote: (12-08-2018 01:16 PM)
Russian accounts fuel protesters’ outrage online

Hundreds of social media accounts linked to Russia have sought to amplify the street protests that have rocked France, according to analysis seen by The Times.

The network of accounts has circulated messages on Twitter that focus on the violence and chaos of the yellow vest or gilet jaune riots. As the unrest began last month, a group of about 200 monitored accounts was churning out approximately 1,600 tweets and retweets a day. A large proportion of the accounts appear to be so-called “sock puppets”, which purport to be run by westerners.

According to an analysis by New Knowledge, a cybersecurity company, the accounts have spread disinformation, using photographs of injured protesters from other events to bolster a narrative of brutality by French police.


https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/russi...-xx2f2g8th

sounds familiar.


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Quote:"Revolutionary hype is social change analysis on the cheap. Debunking is techno-realism on the cheap. Neither one tells us much about our world."

Quote:Instead, the importance and impact of social media on each of the rebellions we have seen this year has been defined by specific local factors (not least how people live their lives online in individual countries and what state limits were in place). Its role has been shaped too by how well organised the groups using social media have been.

When Tarak Mekki, an exiled Tunisian businessman, politician and internet activist returned to Tunisia from Canada in the days after the Jasmine Revolution he was greeted by a crowd of hundreds. Most of them know Mekki for One Thousand and One Nights, the Monday-night video he used to post on YouTube ridiculing the regime of the fled President Zine Alabidine Ben Ali.

"It's amazing that we participated via the internet in ousting him," he said on his arrival. "Via uploading videos. What we did on the internet had credibility and that's why it was successful."

Tunisia was vulnerable – under the Ben Ali regime – to the kind of external and internal dissent represented by One Thousand and One Nights. In a state where the media were tightly controlled and the opposition ruthlessly discouraged, Tunisia not only exercised a tight monopoly on internet provision but blocked access to most social networking sites – except Facebook.

"They wanted to close Facebook down in the first quarter of 2009," says Khaled Koubaa, president of the Internet Society in Tunisia, "but it was very difficult. So many people were using it that it appears that the regime backed off because they thought banning it might actually cause more problems [than leaving it]."

Indeed, when the Tunisian government did shut it down briefly, for 16 days in August 2008, it was confronted with a threat by cyber activists to close their internet accounts. The regime was forced to back down.

Instead, says Koubaa, the Tunisian authorities attempted to harass those posting on Facebook. "If they became aware of you on Facebook they would try to divert your account to a fake login page to steal your password."

And despite the claims of Tunisia being a Twitter revolution – or inspired by WikiLeaks – neither played much of a part. In Tunisia, pre-revolution, only around 200 active tweeters existed out of around 2,000 with registered accounts. The WikiLeaks pages on Tunisian corruption, says Koubaa, who with his friends attempted to set up sites where his countrymen could view them, were blocked as soon as they appeared – and anyway, the information was hardly news to Tunisians. However, "Facebook was huge," he says.

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/f...arab-libya
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OK, I will bite, most of the people on this site are American and one can only assume this thread turned into 87 pages of American politically divided drama bullshit?

I am well traveled, as opposed to you basement dwellers.

And this is the truth because I have seen it with my own eyes.
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