DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, announced that August 2020 ended in over 2 billion total searches via its search platform.

While Google remains the most popular search engine, DuckDuckGo has gained a great deal of traction in recent months as more and more users have begun to value their privacy on the internet.

DuckDuckGo saw over 2 billion searches and 4 million app/extension installations, and the company also said that they have over 65 million active users. DuckDuckGo could shatter its old traffic record if the same growth trend continues.

Even though DuckDuckGo is growing rapidly, it still controls less than 2 percent of all search volume in the United States. However, DuckDuckGo’s growth trend has continued throughout the year, mainly due to Google and other companies’ privacy scandal.

While ago, Navid Afkari, an Iranian held in prison with death sentence accused of murder, got executed which many human rights and social activists believe the death sentence for murder was unfair and he was executed with no evidence.

Now, two of his brothers are still in prison with charges of assisting in murder. In a released voice recording of Navid, he told that he and his brothers were tortured a lot and forced to confess against each other. Now, social activists are concerned that the two other brothers face an end similar to their executed brother.

There was no evidence shown to public that proves the guilt of Afkari brothers. The only evidence was their own confession which they claim was under torture and in this case, the confession is worthless. Torture is inhumane and execution is against human rights.

I believe the killer should be punished but with a proper humanly punishment not execution. Whoever killed the murdered person in this case, or assisted in the murder, should be arrested and punished with no doubt but the arrest should be with proper evidence and there shouldn’t be any death sentence, not in this case nor any other. No person should lose its life because of past mistakes.

It’s very sad to see UAE, an Arab country, signed a relationship normalization contract. It’s sad to see an Arabic country is trying to make relationship with an apartheid, racist, and human rights-violator state such as Israel instead of helping Palestinians taking back their rightful land.

I always support peace and I am against killing people, no matter what the situation is, but this contract only powers Israel to put more force on Palestinians. Israel has shown world that it doesn’t want nor tolerates an Palestinian country/state where Palestinians and people are in power, no matter what their religion is.

It wasn’t long ago that Israel publicly announced that it’s a Jewish state and showed how it supports fascism and apartheid and violates human rights.

It’s a really sad day for Palestinians and all humans, as we are one step close to more murder of Palestinians. UAE, Bahrain, USA, and Israel are four sides of this contract. They should be ashamed.

Google has a long history of helping and obeying governments for benefit. For example, Google planned to help China to censor the internet. Now, there’s a report from Quartz that says Google Maps Street View blurred “fight for freedom” and “democracy” graffiti in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) first reported yesterday two separate instances of graffiti that had been blurred out. One read “[Chinese leader] Xi Jinping must die for the sake of the world,” and another read “liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time,” a protest slogan that authorities have since banned under the new national security law. Both spray-painted slogans are revealed if viewed from a distance.

A Google representative told HKFP that the blurring was due to an algorithm error in its automatic blurring technology typically used to obscure faces and vehicle license plates, but did not provide further details. As of today, the two slogans remain blurred.

The Chief Justice of Massachusetts ordered a study of patterns of sentencing, and it found clear evidence of racial bias. Since the study controlled for other pertinent variables, there is no doubt about the conclusion: sentencing in Massachusetts is subject to systemic racism.

That the study was ordered by the state’s highest judge gives me hope it will lead to considered action to reduce the injustice.

Mehdi Mahmoudian, a social activist, announced on his Twitter page, quoting the Afkari family, that Navid Afkari had been executed this morning.

Navid was an Iranian wrestler who had been sentenced to death by the Government of Iran for taking part in the 2018 Iranian protests. His brothers Vahid and Habib were sentenced to 54 and 27 years in prison in the same case.

He repeatedly told his family and media that all his confessions were under torture and none of them were true.

Today we commemorate the September 11 attacks, which killed President Allende of Chile and installed Pinochet’s murderous military dictatorship. More than 3,000 dissidents were killed or “disappeared” by the Pinochet regime. The USA operated a destabilization campaign in Chile, and the 1973 September 11 attacks were part of that campaign.

Henry Kissinger, subsequently Hillary Clinton’s mentor, was behind this as well as many other atrocities. Chilean army officers have been convicted of murdering singer Victor Jara a few days after the 1973 coup against President Allende. That was after torturing him first.

Authorities in Belarus have arrested one of the last leading members of an opposition council still free in the country and attempted to enter the Minsk apartment of the Nobel prize-winning writer Svetlana Alexievich.

Unidentified men in ski masks on Wednesday seized Maxim Znak from the office of the country’s opposition coordination council and dragged him out of the building. His associate, Gleb German, said Znak, a lawyer and a member of the body’s presidium, had time to text message “masks” before his phone was grabbed.

Alexievich is now the only member of the council’s seven-person leadership body not in prison or in exile. She said unknown men rang her bell at about 9am local time. It was unclear if they had come to take her away. Alexievich later allowed EU diplomats into her home and spoke to journalists.

She said her “like-minded” friends from the presidium were now either behind bars or had been “thrown out of the country”. Znak was the last one, she said. She suggested, however, that the brutal tactics of Belarus’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, to “kidnap the best of us” would not work and that the protest movement would continue.

Thugs in Salt Lake City answered a 9-1-1 call from a woman who said her unarmed 13-year-old son was uncontrollably upset. They treated him as if he were an armed and dangerous gangster.

Golda Barton told KUTV she called 911 to request a crisis intervention team because her son, who has Asperger’s syndrome, was having an episode caused by “bad separation anxiety” as his mother went to work for the first time in more than a year.

“I said, ‘He’s unarmed, he doesn’t have anything, he just gets mad and he starts yelling and screaming,’” she said. “He’s a kid, he’s trying to get attention, he doesn’t know how to regulate.”

She added: “They’re supposed to come out and be able to de-escalate a situation using the most minimal force possible.”

Instead, she said, two officers went through the front door of the home and in less than five minutes were yelling “get down on the ground” before firing several shots.

“He’s a small child,” she said. “Why didn’t you just tackle him? He’s a baby. He has mental issues.”

The shots did not kill him, but after those injuries he may wish they had.

This is a precise example of the reason behind “Defund the police”. The city should have sent an unarmed team of calmers and deescalaters, not thugs.