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Facebook's anonymous censors take down Latin America's Telesur, and nothing can stop them

5 hours 34 min ago

Preview When Facebook decides to censor, there is absolutely nothing to stop them. For the second time, left-leaning Latin American news network Telesur has had its Facebook page removed, with no explanation given.

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Arsenal keeper Cech left frustrated after being mocked on Twitter over weekend gaffe

5 hours 43 min ago

Preview Petr Cech was left unamused after a video appeared on Twitter mocking an attempted pass that almost resulted in an own goal in the match between Arsenal and Manchester City, getting over 7,500 likes since it was posted on Sunday.
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Rees-Mogg to ambush May with ‘positive’ no-deal plan, released before Tory conference – reports

5 hours 44 min ago

Preview Scores of MPs are planning to challenge Theresa May by backing a ‘positive’ plan for leaving the EU with no deal, according to reports. The move follows warnings of civil strife should the UK leave the bloc without a deal.
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24/7 Work Emails Are Making Your Entire Life Worse

5 hours 50 min ago

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Bosses call it “work flexibility,” but the expectation to be accessible during non-work hours through our smart devices is really a chaotic (and unpaid) lack...

Westminster targeted by terrorists for 3rd time in 18 months

6 hours 2 min ago

Preview A man ploughed his car into a security barrier outside the UK Parliament on Tuesday. It brought the total number of actual and attempted terrorist attacks against Britain’s seat of democracy to three in just under 18 months.
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Kremlin calls for individual approach to investigating internet extremism

6 hours 20 min ago

Preview In comments over recent news of a wave of criminal probes into “likes” and “reposts” of extremist materials on social networks, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary said that investigators must look into every such case separately.
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US ‘shoots itself in the foot’ suspending Open Skies Treaty with Russia – retired general

6 hours 25 min ago

Preview America's 2019 defense budget has suspended US-Russia ties under the milestone Open Skies Treaty, designed to build trust and reduce tensions. The US could go even further on the heels of an anti-Russia frenzy, an analyst told RT.
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Will the court ruling against Monsanto open floodgates to more lawsuits? RT’s Boom Bust takes a look

6 hours 36 min ago

Preview A California jury has ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer.

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Norwegian anti-immigration MP quits as minister after Iran trip with asylum seeker girlfriend

6 hours 37 min ago

Preview A right-wing Norwegian politician from an anti-immigration party has quit his post as fisheries minister after a vacation with his Iranian girlfriend - an asylum seeker whose application in Norway was rejected three times.

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Tell the Organic Trade Association: BASF and Cargill Do Not Belong

6 hours 44 min ago

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Recently, we wrote a report revealing that chemical company BASF was a member of the Organic Trade Association. It turns out, Cargill is, too! How is this allowed to be?...

‘This is hell’: Eyewitnesses relay tragic Genoa bridge collapse (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

6 hours 50 min ago

Preview Around 30 people have been confirmed dead following Tuesday’s bridge collapse in Genoa. As emergency services continue to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy eye witnesses are recalling how the disaster unfolded.
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Philip Freneau: The Prospect of Peace

6 hours 58 min ago


Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

American writers on peace and against war


Philip Freneau
The Prospect of Peace

Though clad in winter’s gloomy dress
All nature’s works appear,
Yet other prospects rise to bless
The new returning year:
The active sail again is seen
To greet our western shore,
Gay plenty smiles, with brow serene,
And wars distract no more.

No more the vales, no more the plains
An iron harvest yields;
Peace guards our doors, impels our swains
To till the grateful field:
From distant climes, no longer foes,
(Their years of misery past,)
Nations arrive, to find repose
In these domains at last.

And, if a more delightful scene
Attracts the mortal eye,
Where clouds nor darkness intervene,
Behold, aspiring high,
On freedom’s soil those fabrics plann’d,
On virtue’s basis laid,
That make secure our native land,
And prove our toils repaid.

Ambitious aims and pride severe,
Would you at distance keep,
What wanderer would not tarry here,
Here charm his cares to sleep?
O, still may health her balmy wings
O’er these fair fields expand,
While commerce from all climates brings
The products of each land.

Through toiling care and lengthen’d views,
That share alike our span,
Gay, smiling hope her heaven pursues,
The eternal friend of man:
The darkness of the days to come
She brightens with her ray,
And smile’s o’er Nature’s gaping tomb,
When sickening to decay!

Zambians protest introduction of tax on internet calls

7 hours 47 min ago

Zambians are protesting the implementation of a 30 Ngwe ($0.1) levy on internet calls over platforms like WhatsApp, Skype and Viber.

The resolution to implement the new tariff was passed by Zambia’s cabinet chaired by president Edgar Lungu on Monday.

Journalists were told that the new tariff was designed to protect the telecommunications industry and jobs in such companies, following the ‘rise in the use of internet phone calls at the expense of traditional phone calls.’

‘‘Jobs such as call centre workers, talk time sellers, conventional call technicians will reduce drastically if more Zambians migrate to internet calls and create jobs in America and elsewhere,’‘ explained the information minister and government spokesperson, Dora Siliya.

The 30 ngwee tariff on internet calls ONLY is cost sharing to save jobs in telecoms. What’s up and Facebook owners don’t pay to access citizens phones via our telecom infrastructure yet citizens expect functioning & expanded network.
Social media surfing not impacted by tariff.— Hon. Dora Siliya, MP (@Dora_Siliya) August 14, 2018

Government claims that 80% of the eight million active users (first quarter of 2018) are using Whatsapp, Viber and Skype to make calls.

Bloggers ask gov’t to withdraw new tax

Zambians including bloggers, opposition politicians and ordinary citizens have since cried foul over the new tariff, arguing that mobile subscribers acquire data bundles from the telecommunications companies, in order to access the platforms in question.

The Bloggers of Zambia issued a statement on Tuesday, calling on the government to withdraw the tariff and the other Cyber laws that are in the pipeline.

“We are concerned about the proposed tariff of 30 Ngwe per day because it is a major threat to freedom of expression, access to information, media rights, freedom of assembly online an affront to the enjoyment of digital rights,” the bloggers said in a join statement issued with MISA Zambia.

The government also intends to introduce the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Bill, which it says will promote responsible use of digital platforms and safeguard users of electronic platforms which include social media from unscrupulous users that mean harm.

Reactions from Zambians online

Tax on WhatsApp calls? Zambia is not a country. It’s a business.— Absolut Vanilla (@tandiiwe) 13 août 2018

Better we shouldn’t have WhatsApp in zambia. Iam not ready to pay that 30ngwee.i will go back to mxit and 2go.— tony thee goon ?? ‘ (@tonytheegoon) 14 août 2018

This level of engagement and knowledge is worrying. All internet & telecom services providers pay for the use of infrastructure in Zambia…..so whatsapp or facebook are not interested in paying for the infrastructure because the ISPs already….Mwazi zambloggers #OpenSpaceZM https://t.co/qGNcJ04xet— Peter Green (@Green1257) 14 août 2018

Internet regulation or repression of free speech

Zambia’s actions follow an increasingly consistent pattern by governments in Africa to regulate social media platforms.

Ugandans are still resisting a daily social media tax of $0.05 that was imposed in July. Human rights groups including Amnesty International condemned the tax as an attack on freedom of speech.

Tanzania in April approved new Internet Regulations that required bloggers to pay up to $900 to operate in the country, while also introducing stringent measures like compulsory passwords for all mobile phone owners. Defaulters of the new regulations face hefty fines of up to $2000 and jail time.

In May, Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta, signed into law the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Bill 2018. New York-based media rights watchdog the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) had warned that the bill could criminalise free speech.

Liverpool refer Mo Salah to police after video emerges of player texting while driving (VIDEO)

7 hours 50 min ago

Preview Merseyside Police confirm that a video has been passed to a “relevant department” after a video emerged on Twitter apparently showing the Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah using his cell phone while driving.
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China’s Tesla-killer ready to go public in New York

8 hours 2 min ago

Preview Chinese electric carmaker Nio, which is often seen as an alternative to Elon Musk’s Tesla, is preparing to list shares on the New York Stock Exchange.
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Cameroon legend Eto'o joins Xavi and Sneijder at Qatar Sports Club

8 hours 5 min ago

African football legend and ex-Cameroon captain Samuel Eto’o has joined the 13th club of his long career when he signed for Qatar Sports Club on a free transfer, days after leaving Turkish club Konyaspor by
mutual consent.

Eto’o, a four-time African footballer of the year, becomes the latest big-name arrival to join the Qatar Stars League after ex-Spain international Xavi and former Netherlands playmaker Wesley Sneijder.

The management of Qatar Football Club is pleased to invite you to attend the press conference to present the international star Samuel Eto'o, which will be held on Tuesday at 8:00 pm at the Club— Qatar Sports Club (@QatarSportClub) 13 août 2018

The 37 year old striker played with Xavi at Barcelona and Sneijder at Inter Milan, winning the Champions League with both teams.

Eto’o is Cameroon’s all-time leading goalscorer with 56 goals, and twice an African Cup of Nations winner.

Cameroon appoints Clarence Seedorf as new head coach of the Indomitable Lions


Saudi Arabia and Iran reignite the oil price war

8 hours 9 min ago

Preview The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is becoming increasingly evident in the oil pricing policies of the two large Middle Eastern producers.
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