Four French thugs have been suspended and are in custody after a video that shows them brutally beating a Black man was posted online Thursday, NPR has reported.

The incident has provoked an outcry across France and comes as President Emmanuel Macron’s government is trying to push through controversial legislation that would restrict the filming of thugs. Civic and journalist freedom groups oppose the bill, calling it a shield for brutality.

Forbidding people from filming thugs (and other official forces) only puts them in power for more violation of human rights and more criminal activities.

Also, the incident proves no matter how much liberty and democracy you have in your country, there always will be some people who violate people’s rights, so the fight for freedom and individual liberty should not stop, for any reason or matter.

The Guardian has reported that Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iranian nuclear scientist, was ambushed with explosives and machine gun fire in the town of Absard, 70km east of Tehran. Efforts to resuscitate him in hospital failed. His bodyguard and family members were also wounded.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said Israel was probably to blame, and an adviser to Iran’s supreme leader, vowed retaliation. “We will strike as thunder at the killers of this oppressed martyr and will make them regret their action,” tweeted Hossein Dehghan.

There is no evidence of a role for Israel in this attack, but it is highly unlikely that anyone other than Israel ordered or planned this terrorist attack.

This is an obvious violation of international laws. A state-sponsored terrorism encourages other countries to get involved in such actions and with that, world will be in absolute chaos.

It is not the first attack on Iranian scientists. Not even first that one balming Israel. This terror attack is only the last on long list of attacks blamed on Israel.

Ardeshir Hosseinpour, Masoud Alimohammadi, Majid Shahriari, Fereydoon Abbasi, Darioush Rezaeinejad, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan are other Iranian nuclear scientists that are assassinated, all believed in Israeli-sponsored terrorist attacks.

After Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a peace deal, thousands of people, who were displaced because of the war, are now returning to their homes, in fear; DW has reported.

“Our main task here is to restore normal life in Artsakh, provide social guarantees for the families of killed servicemen and citizens, find out the fate of the missing as soon as possible, provision of social guarantees for their families, disabled soldiers and citizens, as well as the implementation of social-psychological work in general,” the Armenian president said.

However, many Armenians fear for future conflicts in the region. Azerbaijan has never recognized the Armenian Genocide and there are still many conflicts between people. For example, in 2019, Henrikh Mkhitaryan didn’t play in UEFA Europa League final in Azerbaijan over safety concerns.

Now that Azerbaijan took lands in the region, and Azerbaijanis are probably going to these places, there’s fear for hate crimes and more massacres. I’m not saying that Azerbaijanis will definitely do this but I say there’s a huge possibility that many people, both Armenian and Azerbaijani, didn’t forget everything and have a little hate in themselves.

Both governments and people should pay attention to this. And I also believe no other government should be involved as it’s the interest of people of this region, not any other one.

Following reports of the imminent execution of Ahmad Reza Jalali, an Iranian-Swedish physician and researcher, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said that she had contacted Mohammad Javad Zarif and called for an end to the execution.

The Swedish Foreign Minister tweeted that he had conveyed his country’s official protest to the Iranian Foreign Minister. “Sweden condemns the death penalty and tries to stop execution of the sentence against Jalali,” she said.

“Unfortunately, the information provided by the Swedish authorities about the situation of Mr. Jalali, who is in prison for security crimes, is incomplete and incorrect,” said Saeed Khatibzadeh, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

He added: “As Mohammad Javad Zarif explained to Ms. Linde,” the judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran is independent and any interference in the issuance or execution of judicial rulings is rejected and unacceptable. “

Vida Mehrannia, the wife of Ahmad Reza Jalali, said that her husband told her by telephone on Tuesday that he was to be transferred to Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj to serve his death sentence.

Execution is an inhumane sentence and should be stopped. I don’t know how accurate the accusations against Mr. Jalali are and I don’t know if the officials are telling the truth but there should be other punishments than execution, of course if the crime really did happen.

Mr. Jalali has denied the allegations and says he is innocent.

Digital payment systems like PayPal, Stripe, Apple Pay, etc. have central computer infrastructure. Whoever controls this infrastructure has total control over individual transactions and can deny any withdrawal, payment, or donation.

A potentially corrupted state can easily abused this as a tool of power for repressing political opposition. That’s why centralized digital payment systems are not ethical and frankly a threat to democracies.

For example, The Guardian has recently reported that Belarus tells banks to seize money raised to help out protesters. Authorities in Belarus have ordered banks to seize money raised in small donations and paid out as compensation to victims of a police crackdown on protesters.

The funds were transferred to people who were beaten or fined after taking part in ongoing demonstrations against the regime of the dictator Alexander Lukashenko.

The BY_help fund, set up by the London-based Belarusian Andrei Leonchik, raised £2m within a few days of putting out the call in August, mostly from small donations from Belarusian citizens keen to show solidarity.

But authorities have now ordered banks to freeze any funds transferred by Leonchik, as well as opening a criminal case against him, according to leaked documents. One letter addressed to several Belarusian banks said Leonchik, together with the opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, was collecting money “to support protest actions in Belarus” with the aim of toppling the government, and ordered them to freeze funds.

This is just an exhibition of how an abuser can use power against democracy. Now imagine what an abuser can do with its power in payment systems like Apple Pay or PayPal.

Imagine how United States’ Government can control every transaction happened in these systems in order to protect its corruption. For example, imagine the Bully had enough power to seize the money collected to be used against him. Or a Chinese power abuser forces a company to give it the money collected to help Hong Kongers fight for their rights.

BBC has reported that Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong and two fellow campaigners are facing the prospect of prison after pleading guilty to unlawful assembly during last year’s mass protests.

Mr Wong said he expected to go to jail, possibly facing five years behind bars. However, as the alleged offenses took place before China enacted a harsh national security law in June, they avoided a potential life sentence.

“We three have decided to plead guilty to all charges,” Mr Wong told reporters gathered at the court on Monday. “It will not be surprising if I am sent to immediate detention today.”

“We will continue to fight for freedom – and now is not the time for us to kowtow to Beijing and surrender,” he added.

No matter how many freedom fighters and activists go to jail, regimes like China can’t wipe the word freedom and they can’t stop people.

Wealth of Jeff Bezos in 2009: $6.8 billion
Wealth of Jeff Bezos in 2020: $184 billion

Wealth of Mark Zuckerberg in 2009: $2 billion
Wealth of Mark Zuckerberg in 2020: $103 billion

U.S. Minimum Wage from 2009-2020: $7.25

We need an economy that works for all of us, not the 1%.

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I see many people accusing all of protesters of being a covidiot. Not all protesters are covidiots. During the pandemic, many lives are damaged and many people are in financial crisis because of the situation of the economy.

Many countries are struggling financially and many jobs are lost. People are now very confused and they are experiencing a lot of problems and difficulties economically.

Many of them who are protesting against the coronavirus lockdowns and laws are those who have nothing left and don’t have any money to spend for living. Those whose shops are closed or aren’t getting paid are protesting as well of those idiots who don’t want to wear a mask.

We should not blame everybody. I can’t accuse all of the coronavirus protesters and I can’t accuse all of them to be a covidiot. For sure those who are protesting against social distancing and/or wearing a mask are idiots and worthy of the phrase. I also believe there should be a fine or a ticket for them to be punished but sadly many of those who protest are simply people who are in danger of losing everything.

Many governments do not help the people who have been harmed and endangered, and they have left the people alone. Those endangered and harmed people have every right to protest and should not be blamed not accused of anything.

Among all those years that many people invited you to boycott Black Friday, this might be the most serious one that you should listen to. Black Friday is tempting, I can’t lie. I really would like to buy a thing for less than half of its usual price but it’s affecting more than an individual.

Black Friday usually only takes effect on online shops like the evil Amazon and/or some big chain stores around the U.S. or some other countries and this just helps those stores to grow and get more powerful thus makes people have less power to change the way they behave.

This year, the case is more special than other years. With the pandemic and everything going on, the economy of many countries are collapsing and many shops are suffering from it.

Also, local stores suffer a lot. Since the pandemic began, close to 100,000 businesses have permanently closed. Small businesses ― defined as private companies with fewer than 500 employees ― have especially struggled to survive this year due to less cash flow and smaller operating margins.

This is not just during the pandemic. Even before the pandemic, many local stores were suffering from Black Friday because many people get attracted to those big (usually chain) stores and never shop from local stores again.

Local businesses are struggling to survive and Black Friday is not good news for them.

Black Friday also produces tons of waste. Aside from the physical and financial toll that Black Friday has on shoppers, there are also environmental consequences.

The promise to deliver items in just a couple of days (looking at you, Amazon Prime) requires putting thousands more trucks and ships in service, adding to the pollution that’s already in our air and water. There’s also the ridiculous amount of packaging involved, which floods recycling centers and ends up in landfills.

That’s not to mention how so much of the crap that’s purchased during the Black Friday shopping frenzy ends up in the hands of people who don’t even want it. In fact, 61% percent of Americans say they received at least one unwanted gift over the holidays, according to a 2019 survey by Finder.com, a consumer savings site. That equates to $15.2 billion spent on unwanted gifts. Clothing and accessories make up the most gifted but unwanted items, fueling the carbon-intensive fast-fashion industry that contributes to overflowing landfills.