Facebook and YouTube are complicit in “censorship and repression on an industrial scale” in Vietnam, according to a report by Amnesty International that accuses the platforms of openly signalling that they are willing to bow to the wishes of authoritarian regimes, The Guardian has reported.
By giving more power to giants like Facebook and Google (owner of YouTube) we just put ourselves in danger of oppression. These giants don’t care about our rights; what they do care about is benefit.
If they obey a government like Vietnam, they surely obey governments like United States when needed, and that can lead to violating free speech and people’s rights.
If a com[any that gains its power from people acts against people, it should be punished. Sadly, governments mostly don’t side with people. They thrive for power and side with giants like Facebook so they can remain in control of people.
Four French blue pigs 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 blue pigs. Civic and journalist freedom groups oppose the bill, calling it a shield for brutality.
Forbidding people from filming blue pigs (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.
SWI has reported that Swiss public television, SRF, has found a second company besides Crypto AG was involved in manufacturing manipulated devices allegedly used for spying by foreign intelligence.
According to SRF sources, the Swiss company Omnisec AG had ties to US intelligence services. This follows revelations in February by SRF, German television ZDF and The Washington Post that Zug-based firm Crypto AG was at the heart of a huge international spying operation led by the CIA, and to a lesser extent by the German BND spy agency. Omnisec was one of the largest competitors of Crypto AG.
Swiss cryptologist and professor Ueli Maurer was a consultant for Omnisec for years and told SRF that in 1989 US intelligence services (National Security Agency) contacted Omnisec through him.
Of concern are the OC-500 series devices. Devices were sold to several Swiss federal agencies. However, Swiss authorities only noticed the devices weren’t secure in the mid-2000s.
This is the world we live in. Everything, everything can be dangerous to our privacy.
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.
Business Insider has reported In a letter to pro-privacy nonprofits, including Human Rights Watch and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Apple accused Facebook of collecting “as much data as possible” while showing a “disregard for user privacy.”
Facebook shot back saying Apple is abusing its dominance to “self-preference their own data collection.”
Apple’s letter was defending the delayed rollout of a privacy feature that will require users to opt in to being followed by ad-trackers on apps. Facebook previously complained this feature would gut its advertising revenue.
This is good. A fight between two of the biggest violators of people’s privacy can be really good as more people now can understand how these companies are abusing their ability to collect people’s data and misusing this power.
Apple is a privacy hero in the mind of a lot of people while it’s just another one of the biggest privacy-violating companies in the world.
Facebook also accused Apple of sending the letter as a “distraction” from privacy concerns that emerged last week after a series of Mac computers had difficulties opening apps. Security researcher Jeffrey Paul claimed in a blog this was because macOS has started harvesting data from users.
“The truth is Apple has expanded its business into advertising and through its upcoming iOS 14 changes is trying to move the free internet into paid apps and services where they profit,” Facebook said.
“As a result, they are using their dominant market position to self-preference their own data collection while making it nearly impossible for their competitors to use the same data. They claim it’s about privacy, but it’s about profit,” the statement read.
“This is all part of a transformation of Apple’s business away from innovative hardware products to data-driven software and media.”
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 blue pigs 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.
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.