Category: World News

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US pulls 2 more from Cuba amid new potential health cases

AP | Source URL WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has pulled out two more of its workers from its embassy in Cuba and is testing them for possible brain injury, three U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Friday, amid concerns they may have been affected by mysterious health […]

French opposition, media cry foul over ‘fake news’ bill

AFP | Source URL Paris (AFP) – French lawmakers accused the government of attempting to legalise censorship during a stormy debate Friday over a bill designed to fight so-called fake news during election campaigns. President Emmanuel Macron launched a crusade against misinformation after being targeted during his 2017 campaign by […]

Pope to journalists: Be responsible, avoid ideological warfare

Carol Glatz | CRUX | Source URL ROME – Journalists must meticulously uphold their craft of responsible reporting and not be tempted into partisan or ideological warfare, Pope Francis said. “Today, in a world where everything is fast, it is ever more urgent to call upon the tough and strenuous […]

Uganda’s unenforceable social media tax is augmented by a biometric requirement for SIM card purchases

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing | Source URL Uganda’s social media tax may be an unenforceable mess, but that doesn’t make it harmless (it opens the door to selective enforcement and invites programs of censorship and mass surveillance in the name of fighting “tax evasion”) but that’s only half of dictator Yoweri […]

Far-right demonstrators mass at the gates of Downing Street to demand EDL founder Tommy Robinson is released following his arrest for breaching the peace

Lara Key | Daily Mail | Source URL Hundreds of Tommy Robinson supporters flocked to Downing Street on Saturday to demand the release of the far-right leader. Robinson, 35, was arrested on suspicion of breaching the peace on Friday after he was seen filming outside a court house. It has […]

COLUMN-China’s Muslim minority faces a modern Orwellian nightmare

Reuters | Source URL May 14 (Reuters) – In China’s northwest Xinjiang province, the predominantly Muslim Uighur minority have nowhere to hide. Facial recognition software reportedly alerts authorities if targeted individuals stray more than 1000 feet from their homes and workplaces. Residents face arrest if they fail to download smartphone […]

War On Cash Goes into Full Effect — Purchases Over $10,000 ILLEGAL in Australia

Jay Syrmopoulos | The Free Thought Project | Source URL Canberra, Australia – The Australian government announced that it will soon be illegal to use more than $10,000 cash to purchase anything, forcing individuals that wish to buy more expensive items to use a cashier’s check or electronic transfer, ostensibly in the […]

Police Now Threatening to Arrest People Who Make Fun of Their Facebook Posts About Drug Busts

John Vibes | The Free Thought Project | Source URL When stumbling across a police department’s social media page, it easy to see how out of touch law enforcement is with the rest of society. If police understood what people truly cared about, their social media pages would at least […]

Ecuadorian Embassy Adds New Rules For Julian Assange — No Visitors, Phone Calls Or Internet

Aaron Kesel | Activist Post | Source URL WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained according to the UN for almost 8 years. Now Ecuador has expanded that arbitrary detainment to solitary confinement by forbidding Assange from any human contact including visitations, phone calls and barring his Internet usage. All […]

Pentagon Confirms Chinese Fired Lasers at U.S. Pilots

Bill Gertz | Washington Free Beacon | Source URL | Blog Archive The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that Chinese nationals fired lasers near a military base in east Africa against U.S. military aircraft in the region, injuring several pilots. Pentagon Press Secretary Dana White said the U.S. government made diplomatic protests […]

‘Europe arrest abuse is key reason for Brexit’ Assange rages at Catalan leader’s arrest

JULIAN Assange today compared the EU to Hitler’s Nazis in a series of rambling tweets attacking the arrest of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont. He bizarrely also claimed the use of the cross-border European Arrest Warrant – the method used to detain Assange – was one of the key reasons Britain […]

China introduces “Xi Jinping Thought” in the classroom

Source URL The Communist Party is reworking its ideological education efforts to make them more palatable to the current generation, while introducing classes on “Xi Jinping Thought.” The Wall Street Journal takes a look: Show less “Xi Jinping Thought is a 14-point theory that emphasizes the party’s “people-centric” approach to governance, […]

Swedish Justice Minister Pressures Social Media Giants to Ban ‘Extremist Material’ Ahead of Election

Chris Tomlinson | Breitbart | Source URL | Blog Archive Swedish Justice Minister Morgan Johansson has promised to put more pressure on social media giants Facebook and YouTube owner Google to remove illegal “hate speech” material. The Minister’s remarks come after many in the Swedish media railed against YouTube over right-wing channels that […]

EU Commission Says Social Media Companies Must Take Down ‘Terrorist Content’ Within One Hour

Tim Cushing | TechDirt | Source URL | Blog Archive Once social media companies and websites began acquiescing to EU Commission demands for content takedown, the end result was obvious. Whatever was already in place would continually be ratcheted up. And every time companies failed to do the impossible, the EU Commission […]

Soros Calls on EU to Regulate Social Media to Fight Populism

Liam Deacon | Breitbart | Source URL | Blog Archive Billionaire open-borders activist George Soros has demanded the European Union (EU) regulate social media because voters’ minds are being controlled and “manipulated”. He claimed the size of social media firms made them a “public menace” and argued they had led people […]

Poland limits Sunday shopping to benefit family life

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday signed into law a bill that largely limits trade on Sundays, saying it will benefit employees’ family life. The legislation, worked out by the conservative government and the Solidarity trade union, is expected to draw protests from large Western supermarket chains that are the […]

Cabinet ministers caught selling Brexit information to Chinese company

LONDON — Three former Cabinet ministers have been secretly filmed and exposed trying to make money from giving out information on Britain’s exit from the European Union. Andrew Lansley, Peter Lilley, and Andrew Mitchell were caught trying to profit from providing “intelligence” on Brexit negotiations to a Chinese company, according […]