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Yes, I should have been more careful in formulating my post. What I meant is that I feel there is a tendency to centrally control the societies across the world and limit individual freedom (e.g., the chat control they currently discuss in the EU, abortion ban in the US, and a lot more developments).

But there’s clearly much difference in the “western” lifestyle compared to other regions whose peoples live under extremely oppressive regimes. So I agree, my statement was not fair. I stand corrected.


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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Georgia police are invoking a 2017 terrorism law against activists accused of little more than trespassing.
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Recognizing and demarcating Indigenous lands leads to reduced deforestation and increased reforestation, according to a new study that looked at more than 100 Indigenous territories in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. Here is the study: https://academic.oup.com/pnasnexus/article/2/1/pgac287/7005261?login=false
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That’s really devastating. Things like that make me increasingly feel that there’s no difference between political administrations in so-called “western” countries like the US and those in China or Iran. Sometimes we all appear to be on the road to autocracy.


"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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Yes, it’s also mentioned in the article. I found it interesting as it gives some background information on Brazil and the circumstances to those who don’t know the country well (such as me).


Severe malnutrition and disease are decimating the Yanomami population in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, and on Jan. 20 the federal government declared a public health emergency. It didn’t come as a surprise to those familiar with the circumstances, who have issued warnings for several years.
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After receiving advertising payments from Novo Nordisk, CBS’s 60 Minutes aired a 13-minute promotion of Wegovy, the Novo Nordisk weight loss drug, during its Jan. 1 broadcast, making it appear to be a news story. The segment violates the FDA’s “fair balance” requirement for ads, according to a complaint filed today by the Physicians Committee, a nonprofit public health advocacy organization.
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'I can't afford to spend any more time here, I don't have the money', says the man whose leg was shattered by the gunfire. The man's mother and son are "worried he's going to lose his job at a warehouse the next day unless he can go back to work."
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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 species' precipitous population decline has continued year after year. Scientists recently estimated that only 340 North Atlantic right whales remain, including just 70 reproductive females that give birth every three to 10 years.
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Women are being targeted by new forms of harassment including online violence, verbal abuse on social media and pornography with “barbaric” content, it said.
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The Indian government seeks to block a BBC documentary examining the role of the prime minister, Narendra Modi, during riots in the western state of Gujarat in 2002. Modi has been haunted for decades by allegations of complicity in the violence.
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"Children are literally being picked up from outside the building, disappearing and not being found. They’re being taken from the street by traffickers,” a whistleblower says.
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After a week that saw the conviction of elite Metropolitan police officer David Carrick, who abused his power to commit 48 rapes over two decades, women from police forces across England come forward to tell the abuse they have suffered at the hands of serving officers.
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MI5 repeatedly refused to investigate evidence that an alleged Russian spy was attempting to cultivate influence with senior Conservative politicians and channel illegal Russian funds into the party, a Tory member has alleged in a new complaint lodged with the investigatory powers tribunal (IPT).
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'Justice', a secretly made documentary expanding on allegations of sexual assault against supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh, has premiered at this year’s Sundance film festival. It aims to shine a light not only on the women who have accused Kavanaugh, a Donald Trump nominee, but also the failed FBI investigation into the allegations.
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The Supreme Court has upheld the prison sentence of a teen for playing Minecraft.
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A sizable majority voted in August to reject a ballot measure that would have paved the way for a statewide abortion ban—but that isn't stopping Republicans from attempting to force residents to continue unwanted pregnancies by imposing city-by-city bans.
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More than a year after the legislation was first tabled in Sierra Leone's Parliament, lawmakers voted unanimously to pass the Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Act in November. Now, Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio has signed the bill into law.
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A very small step in the right direction. Would be great if, though, if other countries would follow. China, US, Australia, …


On Matrix (as suggested already) there is a room called “Redecentralize” with some competent people imho.


As for a privacy-respecting website builder, you may consider b2evolution, although their themes could be better.




Register an account and click “Make a contribution” (although you don’t). You should receive an email confirming that you successfully booked a ticket. (The only thing I don’t understand is that a site like opencollective.com is using Cloudflare if I may say so.)


is it creating more racism than diamonds extraction in africa or oil extraction in lands which previously were property of indian people?

It may not be worse than what they do in mining diamonds and other stuff, but it’s racism and therefore bad enough I would say.




Microsoft has also been using its Purview classifier algorithm for some time, which doesn’t create a good culture I would say.



Yeah, old habits die hard. Everyone has to find one’s own way (and time schedule) to change them :-)

There’s a lot of research in that respect. Some food for thought:

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/fish-have-feelings-too/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/animal-emotions/201406/fish-are-sentient-and-emotional-beings-and-clearly-feel-pain




The German article says the Swedish prime minister REJECTS media reports claiming that her country blocks a joint investigation. This is a wrong translation.

The correct headline must be “Sweden does not block joint investigations”.

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