‘Crisis’ Is An Opportunity

 Morning Star Editorial | December 09, 2017

“THE most powerful international corporations must not be allowed to continue to dictate how and for whom our world is run.”

This sentence from Jeremy Corbyn’s landmark Geneva speech yesterday sums up a growing mood of defiance among ordinary people.

The sense that the planet is dominated and exploited by an unaccountable elite lies behind repeated demands from developing countries for a greater say.Read More »

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Facebook is still censoring black activists

by Thabi Myeni

Facebook

The growing power of social media is undeniable, so Facebook’s rules are not only harmful to freedom of speech, a basic human right; they also exclude marginalized people from using the power of social media to affect meaningful change through social activism.

A few months ago, US-based investigative journalism website, ProPublica, leaked internal documents revealing Facebook’s guidelines for dealing with hate speech and abusive language for its moderators in training. These “guidelines” fall nothing short of racist, discriminatory and tone deaf. One example of blatant racism was a multiple-choice question asking the moderators-to-be, “Which group is protected from hate speech?”, among the options were female driver, white men and black children. The correct answer to the question was: white men.

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WTO Summit ‘Illegitimate From Day One’

Global Justice Now | December 08, 2017

  • Campaigners slam president Macri’s ‘draconian summit’ as civil society delegates returned from airport
  • Call for no deal on ‘new issues’ like e-commerce

Statement on the World Trade Organisation’s 11th Ministerial Summit in Buenos Aries, Argentina, which takes place from 10-13 December 2017.

On the summit:

“President Macri has excelled in his draconian approach to this summit. We’ve never before seen such a silencing and censoring of civil society voices. His attempts to block over 60 experts and campaigners from the host country are unprecedented, with observers now being returned home from the airport. This disgraceful display of power shows that Argentina should not host the G20 summit next year – Macri is unfit for that responsibility.”Read More »

Family members linked to nearly half of child trafficking cases, new UN-backed data reveals

UN News Centre | November 28, 2017

Almost half of identified cases of child trafficking begin with some family member involvement, UN Migration Agency (IOM) reported. Photo: IOM/Amanda Nero

Almost half of identified child trafficking cases has begun with a family member’s involvement, new data from the United Nations migration agency has revealed.

Statistics on human trafficking prevention efforts and identifying and protecting survivors –based on data released by The Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC), the world’s first human trafficking data portal to include such data contributed by multiple agencies – revealed that family involvement is up to four times higher than in cases of adult trafficking.

“Our Organization is taking a leading role in increasing the access to this critical information in order to strengthen counter-trafficking interventions,” said William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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Forced From Home

LA Progressive | November 28, 2017

 doctors without borders

It is very difficult these days to not engage in political discussion. Outrage from both the left and right dominate the news cycles and breaking news has become a seemingly hourly occurrence. It is far too easy to apply a political calculus to virtually all events regardless of their significance. So it is time to take a break, maybe only a momentary lapse, but a break nonetheless and focus on a deadly serious issue where politics does not play a role.

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Facebook to Tell Users If They ‘Fell’ for Russian Propaganda

teleSUR | November 23, 2017

In a row of social media outlets taking action against ‘foreign meddling’, Facebook seeks to show users if they were affected by Russian ‘disinformation.’

Facebook is set to release a new tool that will allow users to see if they were duped by ‘Russian propaganda’ during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to an announcement made on Wednesday.

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Algorithmic Censorship: Google News to ‘De-Rank’ RT, Sputnik

teleSUR | November 20, 2017

“It’s basically RT and Sputnik,” Schmidt continued. “We’re well aware and we’re trying to engineer the systems to prevent (propaganda).”

“It’s basically RT and Sputnik,” Schmidt continued. “We’re well aware and we’re trying to engineer the systems to prevent (propaganda).” | Photo: Reuters
“Good to have Google on record as defying all logic and reason: facts aren’t allowed if they come from RT,” said Editor-In-Chief Margarita Simonyan.

In the face of an ongoing outcry regarding alleged Kremlin meddling in U.S. electoral processes, Alphabet’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said that the parent company to Google News would begin to reduce the presence of Russian state-owned media sites that had previously been given normal placement on the search company’s news and advertising sites.

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China Shifts Course, Predicting ‘Minsky Moment’ in Global Financial Instability

by Jack Rasmus

teleSUR | November 01, 2017

China

China’s currency, the yuan. | Photo: Reuters

In the past year, the U.S. and global “real” economies have enjoyed a moderate recovery. Much of that has been due to China stimulating its economy to ensure real growth in anticipation of the Communist Party’s convention, which has just ended. China’s President Xi Jinping and central bank (People’s Bank of China) chair, Zhou Xiaochuan, have announced post-convention, that China’s real growth will slow and have warned that a global “Minsky Moment” (financial crisis) may be brewing. China will now try, once again, to tame its shadow bankers and speculators who have been feeding China’s debt and bubbles, and prepare for the global financial instability that is brewing.

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Cuba in U.N. report: U.S. economic blockade violates international law

by W. T. WHITNEY JR.

Cuba in U.N. report: U.S. economic blockade violates international law

Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez speaks to the U.N. General Assembly. | Bebeto Matthews / AP

Annually for 25 years, the United Nations General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly for an end to the U.S. economic blockade against Cuba. The nations of the world vote again on November 1, 2017. Last year, the United States and Israel abstained, but all other nations voted “No” to the blockade.Read More »

China experiencing a Latin American boom

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Granma | October 13, 2017

Photo: Peraza Forte, Iramsy

BEIJING.– Since Latin America and the Caribbean became an especially attractive area for China, the country has not spared any effort to understand our continent’s culture and learn its language.

The boom underway in Chinese-Latin American ties since 2000, thanks to the expansion of political dialogue and strong economic relations, has led many Chinese to develop an interest in the region.Read More »