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The disappearances – arrests and detentions mostly of young women – are drawing criticism and condemnation from various human rights groups such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
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"The ensuing conversations about the role of monarchy and especially the way the British Empire profited at the expense (and death) of indigenous peoples across the world really opened my eyes", says Cumming who was awarded the OBE - 'Officer of the Order of the British Empire' - in 2009 as part of the Queen's birthday honours list.
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Ciba-Geigy Chemical Corp., the town's largest employer, has been flushing chemicals into the Toms River and the Atlantic Ocean, burying 47,000 drums of toxic waste in the ground. This created a plume of polluted water that has spread beyond the site into residential neighborhoods.
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New guidelines tighten longstanding restrictions, threatening to make it even harder for Palestinians in the West Bank, who already face severe Israeli-imposed movement restrictions, to be with family members who lack a West Bank ID and to engage with foreign students, academics, experts, and others.
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The state of Arizona was sending at least 140 illegal subpoenas to money transfer companies to compel them to turn over private financial data of 145 million individuals, amassing it in a huge database and giving virtually unfettered access to thousands of officers from hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country.
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China decided not to include Paxlovid, an effective COVID-19 drug, in its list of medicines covered by basic medical insurance schemes. The move would effectively block millions of poor people from accessing Paxlovid after the temporary insurance arrangement expires at the end of March 2023. The wealthy and the middle class in China will still manage to get the antiviral drug as they can pay without insurance.
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Keenan Anderson, a 31-year-old high school English teacher, suffered cardiac arrest after police repeatedly used a Taser on him following a traffic accident.
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Private services offering Chinese travellers access to mRNA vaccines are attracting droves of mainlanders to Hong Kong and Macau seeking a booster shot that their government has refused to approve.
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The controversial trial has been decried by human right groups and the European Parliament as “the largest case of criminalisation of solidarity in Europe”.
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Politicians from SPD and CDU power structures all too eagerly attended events organized by associations that seemed to be concerned only with good German-Russian relations and which didn’t appear to represent hard-core corporate interests. The result, however, was that Germany became vulnerable to Russian political and economic blackmail.
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Sweden was sharply criticised for the way it is approaching Turkey in negotiations to join NATO, while a new poll showed that there is strong support among Swedish citizens for Sweden not to give in to Turkey’s demands, even if it delays membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
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Qatar condemned a corruption investigation by Belgium and the suspension of the Gulf state’s access to the EU parliament, saying it could “negatively” impact ties and natural gas supplies to Europe.
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The Russian version is here: https://data.ovdinfo.org/repressii-v-rossii-v-2022-godu#1
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TV Rain, or Dozhd, a liberal station branded a “foreign agent” by the Kremlin in 2021, became one of many independent Russia-based media outlets forced to close its doors following the onset of war against Ukraine.
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On Matrix (as suggested already) there is a room called “Redecentralize” with some competent people imho.


Chinese people are buying and selling painkillers and Covid-19 antiviral drugs through a thriving online black market, as hundreds of thousands of Omicron infections trigger a demand for antiviral and fever-reducing medicines.
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UK: Most former government advisors become “shadow lobbyists” when they leave Whitehall, analysis shows
Special Advisors to the UK government, so-called SpAds, land primarily in corporate lobbying roles and second in policy advocacy roles, lobbying on behalf of special interest organisations that influence government, the study says. The increasing trend of advisors moving to public affairs jobs which was apparent from the 1990s and early 2000s is now a dominant reality.
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Authorities - the U.N., media sources, human rights groups, Palestinian officials - say Israeli violence against Palestinians last year was the worst since the Second Intifada began in 2000.
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One administrator was jailed for 32 years, and another was sentenced to eight years, activists said. An investigation by parent body Wikimedia found the Saudi government had penetrated Wikipedia’s senior ranks in the region, with Saudi citizens acting or forced to act as agents.
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"If [the ruling parties] succeed, it’s a different system, a different Israel,” said Dan Meridor, a former justice minister, stressing that in the absence of a constitution, the country’s courts serve to protect people from “being at the mercy of the governing majority”.
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The European Union has offered free COVID vaccines to China to help contain the outbreak, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.
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Repression of press freedom is on the rise worldwide with Iran, China, Myanmar and Turkey topping the list, the Committee to Protect Journalists says. Increasing arrests also of women and members of ethnic minorities. Numerous detentions also in Vietnam, India and Afghanistan.
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Cross-posted from https://feddit.it/post/101417 With the mission of "building a data factor market and promoting data capitalization", the Chinese organization aims to collaborate with tech companies like Amazon AWS, Google, KPMG, Fraunhofer and others.
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“People are not just demanding the restrictions to be lifted, they are demanding for freedom, for the rule of law, for democracy,” Human Rights Watch’s Senior China Researcher Yaqiu Wang says.
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Checks reportedly happening anywhere randomly, including at streets and entrances to shopping malls
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The research also reveals that the rate of unfriendly or intrusive interruptions of both women and men during conversations has been gradually increasing, with the period during the Trump-Clinton 2016 campaign producing the sharpest spike in intrusive interruptions among commentators.
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Since a key element of reducing inflation is convincing investors, companies and consumers to trust that the central bank can succeed, the study suggests female central bankers are at a disadvantage in generating public trust. This may also put the trend of more female central bankers at risk unless perceptions change.
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"Investigating whether comprehensive childhood anti-poverty interventions including education, monetary, housing. and sanitary components may reduce criminality among young people [...] will be prudent."
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Yes, Briar is aiming at special use cases, e.g., investigative journalists and activists. It offers features such as communicating with peers even if the internet is down. This can be essential in high-risk and war-torn areas or in case of a natural desaster, but it’s certainly not aiming at the average user.

Cwtch is a great project, too, imho, but still in early development. They’ll need time (and funds), but I do hope they continue their good work.

Have been using Jami for some time, and it works great.