Facebook’s Metaverse Heralds a Brave New Underworld of Metacrime

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has probably not had the year he had hoped for. In late spring, New York Times reporters Sheera Frankel and Cecilia Kang made waves with the release of their new book, An Ugly Truth, which took readers deep inside Facebook’s cutthroat corporate culture and revealed that internal concerns about the spread of hate and misinformation on the social media titan’s massive platform
| Politics, The Soapbox, Facebook |

Black Friday’s Supply Chain Problems Are Really Labor Problems

The media is once again commemorating Black Friday by running stories intended to answer any question that might be Googled by someone who is ready to shop. The Washington Post can tell you what time stores will be open and where to snag the best deals.  A New Hampshire outlet took strategy tips from a woman who will wear a “Black Friday Queen” t-shirt while she shops
| Sold Short, Labor, supply chain |

Tennis Star Peng Shuai Subjected to Apparent “Forced Reappearance”

On November 17, state media outlet CGTN tweeted a screenshot of an email apparently still in the process of being drafted, that had been sent from Peng Shuai to Steve Simon, the CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association: https://twitter.com/CGTNOfficial/status/ On November 19, CGTN editor Shen Shiwei released a series of photos of Peng, which Hu Xijin quote tweeted with the caption,
| CDT Highlights, China & the World, Economy |

Mexico eyes COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, especially for older adults

But his government has gradually opened the door to giving more people shots, including teenagers. Several countries, including the United States, are already administering booster shots given data showing that protection from the original inoculations wanes over time, and with rising breakthrough infections among the fully vaccinated driven by the easily transmitted Delta variant of the virus. The Pan American Health Organization
| World, adults, booster shots |

Does Britain's sleepwalking into a racist two-tier citizenship system serve the UK's interest?

The UK is sleepwalking into a racist two-tier system of citizenship following the revelation that Home Secretary, Priti Patel, had quietly introduced a highly controversial plan last week to strip people of citizenship without giving them notice to appeal. The question is, is this really about combatting Daesh terrorists or does Patel have a new target in mind? New proposals
| Article, Europe & Russia, Opinion |

Egypt makes 10 messages during inauguration of COMESA summit

Egypt encourages land connection projects between the countries of the continent, foremost of which is the Cairo-Cape Town project, which passes through most of the COMESA countries. Egypt seeks to complete the efforts made to study the feasibility of the project to connect the Mediterranean Sea and Lake Victoria, an ambitious project to facilitate free trade and the movement of individuals
| Egypt, Main Slider, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi |

The Broken Dreams of Desperate Migrants Fleeing Africa for Saudi Arabia

Eastern promise Fentahun Derebe left Gondar in northern Ethiopia when he had barely finished high school. PHOTO: AFP Migrants from Somalia walk through the forest as they cross the Belarusian-Polish border in Siemianowka, Poland, on Oct 25, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS Ethiopian migrants holding assistance packages at the support centre run by the UN’s International Organisation for Migration in Hargeisa on Sept 19, 2021. PHOTO: AFP Under the radar
| Africa, Social Issues, Travel/Migration |

Big Brother Watch calls for a vote on “draconian” Covid passes in Northern Ireland

Civil liberties group Big Brother Watch is calling on the Northern Irish Health Minister to give the Assembly a prior vote on mandatory Covid passes Big Brother Watch warns that “democracy must not be swerved” Campaigners warn against a “checkpoint society” Madeleine Stone, legal and policy officer at Big Brother Watch, said: “Covid passes have failed in Scotland and Wales and will fail in
| Press Releases, covid passes, northern ireland |

Israeli pilgrimage disaster inquiry urges cap on visitors, food

An Israeli state inquiry into a crush that killed 45 people, including Americans and Canadians, at a Jewish pilgrimage site in April recommended, on Monday, that future admissions be capped and ceremonies streamlined in order to prevent overcrowding, Reuters reports. The panel, headed by a former Supreme Court Chief Justice, submitted interim findings designed to help authorities better plan for
| Asia & Americas, Canada, Israel |

Canadian Police Arrest Journalists Covering Pipeline Construction in British Columbia

NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrests of two reporters — award-winning photojournalist Amber Bracken and documentarian Michael Toledano — who were detained on Friday, November 19 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in the Wet’suwet’en territory in northern British Columbia. RSF calls for the immediate release of these journalists, who were simply doing their jobs by reporting on
| News |

Giving Thanks to Those Who Give So Much

Chris Norwood: “Education has a huge, huge impact” for the vulnerable in healthcare. C.S. Muncy Richard Chow: Fighting for taxi drivers, and winning. C.S. Muncy Naheed Bahram: Empowering refugees from her native Afghanistan. C.S. Muncy The Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers: Cleaning the beaches under an orange canopy designed to keep geese out of planting areas. C.S. Muncy Quick-takes for the NYC Honor Roll: More
| NEW YORK 2021, THE FRONT ARCHIVES, November Print Edition 2021 |

How to Solve the Cost of Living Crisis? Pay Rises, Now!

Averages conceal the scale of the problem. No, Brexit isn’t to blame. There are other theories for this inflation spike. Free market economists claim that increased government spending, or the £550bn of new money created by Quantitative Easing (QE) since coronavirus erupted, are responsible for price rises. But neither of these explanations really work. Climate change is the real cause. The alternative is redistribution. Pay
| Articles, Opinion, climate change |

Can creative modes of educational tools advance the mind and the learning experience?

Dr. Hashem is an Australian Egyptian award-winning international director, an educator in media theory/literacy practice, researcher and writer, and currently a professor at the American University in Cairo. He has over 19 years of experience in the fields of media and communications. He Studied at the University of Melbourne (Media and sociology) and Deakin University (Creative practice/Drama/Storytelling) and is now
| Main Slider, Opinion, creative modes of education |

UK protects citizen privacy by radically strengthening its data protection laws

READ NEXTUK overhauls privacy rules and moves away from Europe’s GDPR UK Government personal and corporate data protection aims Concerns and issues raised in ICO YOU MIGHT LIKE Here’s how the UK plans to break down digital trade barriers Away from UK GDPR Data – a new direction Strengthen UK’s position by simplifying the data used by researchers and developers of artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge
| Latest, Big Data, Compliance |

Rittenhouse Jury Has to Decide If the Men Who Tried to Stop Him Were Heroes or Villains

Update: November 19, 2021 The jury in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse returned not guilty verdicts on all counts on Friday. Photo: Sean KrajacicSean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP Photo: NBC Chicago, via YouTube Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Correction: November 17, 2021, 8:25 p.m. EST This article was updated to clarify that the Turkish photojournalist Tayfun Coskun’s photograph of Gaige Grosskreutz beside Kyle
| Justice, Robert Mackey |

Inside Wagnergate: Ukraine’s Brazen Sting Operation to Snare Russian Mercenaries

On 29 July 2020, Belarusian state media announced that the country’s security services had arrested 33 fighters from the Wagner private military contractor. These men were, according to the report, part of a group of more than 200 fighters present in Belarus to destabilise the country in the run-up to its Presidential elections in early August. All of the men,
| UK & Europe, Belarus, Ukraine |

The US Is Blocking Climate Reparations

At COP26, the US and its rich allies refused to consider how to pay for the damage their emissions are wreaking on developing nations. British prime minister Boris Johnson welcomes US president Joe Biden to COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 1, 2021. (Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street via Flickr) “Loss And Damage Is Happening Now” Opposing the Glasgow Loss and
| News |

Russia to impose mandatory QR-codes in coronavirus fight

The Russian government submitted legislation to parliament Friday that, if passed, would make QR-codes obligatory to access mass public events, eateries, retailers, and cultural institutions, as well as trains and planes. The new regulations are contained in two laws that are now before the State Duma, and could be passed in a matter of weeks. If...]]>
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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee First Drive Review: Still the Defining Rugged-Luxury SUV

Jeep The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve. 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee: By the Numbers Base price (Summit Reserve as tested): $39,185 ($73,085) Powertrain: 5.7-liter V8 | 8-speed automatic transmission | four-wheel drive Horsepower: 357 @ 5,150 rpm Torque: 390 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm Seating capacity: 5 Cargo volume: 144.6 cubic feet Max towing capacity: 7,200 pounds Off-road angles: 28.2° approach (air suspension, position 2) | 24° breakover | 26.6° departure Curb
| News |

Ranking the 20 Premier League Clubs by Average Age of Their Squads

Some Premier League clubs pride themselves on what they do with their young players. Others value grizzled experience over youthful enthusiasm. 20. Burnley – 29 19. Watford – 28.8 18. West Ham – 28.6 17. Wolves – 28.2 16= Everton – 28 16= Crystal Palace – 28 16= Liverpool – 28 13. Newcastle – 27.8 12. Chelsea – 27.6 11= Man Utd – 27.5 11= Leicester City – 27.5 9. Brighton – 27.3 8. Man City
| Sports, age ranking, Football |

QR-codes for all

Hello! This week our top story is Russia’s decision to make QR-codes its main tool to fight the pandemic as coronavirus death rates remain at record highs. We also look at why several big Russian companies have scrapped IPOs at the last minute, and the official launch of advertising on messaging app Telegram. Russia embraces mandatory...]]>
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Palestinians open vaccines to children age 12 and up

456,632 Palestinians tested positive for COVID-19; 448,487 recoveries; 4,742 deathsOf those who tested positive, 240,859 live in the West Bank and 185,417 in the Gaza Strip1,336,174 Israelis tested positive for COVID-19; 1,321,919 recoveries; 8,138 deaths Palestinians children play at the beach after the coronavirus restrictions eased in Gaza City on January 23, 2021. (Photo: Mahmoud Alhende/APA Images) Support Mondoweiss Show your support
| Newsletters, COVID-19 vaccine, covid-newsletter-fri |

Armistice Day Turned into Love-a-killer-Navy-SEAL Day

I’m rushing this since it is officially, November 11, the dreaded day of dishonor we call Veterans Day. Parades, ceremonies, and a fake day off—Veterans Day, observed on November 11 each year, is one of the country’s 12 Congressionally designated federal holidays. Make now bones about it — this holiday is distinct from Memorial Day: more nonsense with roots from
| Armistice Day, Cold War, General |

Homeless at the Gates of Disney World

Osceola County, Florida, begins at the Southern gates of Disney World and stretches down U.S. Route 192, a drag lined with mini-malls, evangelical churches, flea markets, pawn shops, and dollar stores. In his new book, Sunbelt Blues: The Failure of American Housing, Andrew Ross describes the county’s two distinct housing markets: There is the 15-bedroom home in Reunion that rents for $50,000 a week for VIP
| critical mass, Books, Culture |

Big Brother Watch launches legal challenge to Welsh Covid passes

• NGO begins first human rights legal challenge in the UK against Covid passes • Campaigners call the Welsh Covid pass scheme “authoritarian, invasive and unevidenced” • Challenge comes as the Welsh government extends Covid pass checks to cinemas and theatres • Big Brother Watch has instructed John Halford and Shirin Marker of Bindmans LLP. • A copy of the pre-action letter is available
| Press Releases |

The Cult of the Toothpick King: Central Africa Revisited

You [Roger Winter] also generously provided facilities for members of the RPF in the United States to meet and disseminate much needed information. (From: Citations to 2010 Medal Recipients, Rwanda New Times, July 05, 2010) The word ‘notorious’ is neutral, though its interpretation is usually colored by the presumption of a pejorative connotationMichela Wrong, Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder
| Book Review |

More Than 30,000 Health Care Workers Are on the Verge of Striking

On November 4, a handful of unions representing more than 30,000 Kaiser Permanente workers notified the health system of their intention to strike on November 15, a move that would be among the largest hospital workplace actions in recent memory. The strike, should workers not make a deal with their employer, would be truly massive in scope. It would affect at least 366 facilities in
| Sold Short, Labor, Health Care |

Armed With Online Option, Afghan Girls Say ‘Bring It On’ When It Comes To Taliban Education Ban

Sahar, 17, an 11th grader, copies lessons from YouTube onto a whiteboard while her sister, Sewita, 19, looks on, at their home in Kabul on October 19. Afghan girls sit in a classroom in Kabul on September 18. Written by RFE/RL senior correspondent Michael Scollon, based on reporting by RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi. RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi Subscribe Michael Scollon
| Afghanistan, Children, Education |

Russian Diplomat Who Died at Berlin Embassy is Senior Intelligence Figure’s Son

German magazine Der Spiegel has reported that a Russian diplomat was found dead last month after falling from one of the top floors of the Russian Embassy in Berlin. The diplomat’s lifeless body was found at approximately 7:20 am on 19 October 2021 by police guarding the embassy compound. It is not clear if the fall was the reason for the
| News, Berlin, Russia |

Health Ministry activates app to serve as e-health passport for coronavirus vaccine at airports

The Ministry of Health on Wednesday implemented a mobile phone app for Android and iPhone, to serve as an e-health passport at airports to substitute paper certificates providing coronavirus vaccination. The application shows whether the person has received the vaccine or not, and is equipped with a QR code serving as the medical passport.
| Egypt, Main Slider, airports |

Tunisia, Algeria discuss regional issues

Tunisia and Algeria are in complete agreement on all regional issues, Tunisian Foreign Minister, Othman Jerandi, said yesterday. Jerandi spoke following a meeting with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in Algiers. "I expressed to President Tebboune how much we respect and love Algeria and the Algerian people, as well as our attachment to the existing brotherly relations between the two countries," Jerandi
| Africa, Algeria, News |

Widening China COVID lockdowns hit Uyghurs and Tibetans hard

Health workers conduct Covid-19 coronavirus tests on travelers at the exit of Yantai Railway Station in China's eastern Shandong province, Nov. 2, 2021. Credit: AFP No sign of end A drone sprays disinfectant over volunteers disinfecting a school following local cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Lanzhou, Gansu province, China October 27, 2021. Credit: Reuters Food prices climb
| News |

A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Verification

How can we tell whether the posts, articles and claims we see on the internet and social media sites are true? Online conspiracies and deliberately misleading, partisan content are serious issues, after all. “What Advice Can You Give?” As this guide looks at some of the first steps for uncovering misinformation and disinformation, it is not fully comprehensive. Other good guides can
| Guides, Resources, Social Media |

The Haunting of Louise Erdrich

In an article about W.G. Sebald for The New York Review of Books, Ben Lerner recently tried to grapple with the fact that the author, so inspired and tormented by the evils of Europe’s history, had no qualms about upsetting its inhabitants. In his novel Austerlitz, for example, Lerner writes, “Sebald repurposed Susi Bechhöfer’s experiences in the Kindertransport as she’d described them in a BBC
| critical mass, Culture, Books |

Leaving Paid Family Leave Out of Build Back Better Is a Tragedy

One might think, following a tragedy of unimaginable scale, that there would be political will to provide some assistance to people to allow them to weather the unexpected without ruining their lives. But even under the extraordinary circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, the congresspeople who work far less than most Americans (for a base salary of $175,000) have declined to offer their constituents the most
| Joe Manchin, Joe Biden, Build Back Better |

Obama’s Failure to Adequately Respond to the 2008 Crisis Still Haunts American Politics

Meltdown, a new podcast from David Sirota and Alex Gibney, makes a compelling case that the failures of 2008 and 2009 — when Barack Obama had a chance to enact the visions of reform that swept him into office — are key to understanding American politics today. Former US president Barack Obama. (Matt A.J. / Flickr) The Status Quo Progressive
| News |

Saudi Aramco signs new initial deals during the FII

Author: Tue, 2021-10-26 19:37 Modern Industrial Investment Holding Group and Intercontinental Energy – an MoU to develop a green hydrogen and ammonia project in Saudi Arabia; South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd. and Yousef Abdulrahman AlDhabyan Agricultural Est. (YADGREEN) – two separate MoUs to evaluate the feasibility of establishing a National Green Services Company to develop and innovate nature-based solutions (NBS) that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions; BFG – an
| News |

A C.I.A. Fighter, a Somali Bomb Maker, and a Faltering Shadow War

The hunt for an elusive Somali militant illustrates why Al Shabab, despite a decade of American covert action, are at their strongest in years. Mogadishu’s streets bear the scars of war, many of them decades old. Lido beach in Mogadishu, bustling with restaurants and hotels, has become a popular spot — a sign of Somalia’s progress and, last year, a target for
| Conflict/Crime, Somalia, World News/International |

African effort to replicate mRNA vaccine targets disparities

And they are doing it with unusual backing from the World Health Organization, which is coordinating a vaccine research, training and production hub in South Africa along with a related supply chain for critical raw materials. It’s a last resort effort to make doses for people going without, and the intellectual property implications are still murky. Coronavirus pandemic Disruptions to schooling fall
| Middle East, africa, coronavirus |

If All Refugees Lived in One Place, It Would Be the 17th Most Populous Country in the World

No Madonna and Child could touch that picture of a mother’s tenderness for a son she soon would have to forget. The air was heavy with odours of diarrhoea of unwashed children with washed-out ribs and dried-up bottoms struggling in laboured steps behind blown empty bellies. Most mothers there had long ceased to care but not this one; she held a ghost smile between her teeth and in her eyes the
| COVID-19, Environment, Human Rights |

Our Future vs. Neoliberalism

In country after country around the world, people are rising up to challenge entrenched, failing neoliberal political and economic systems, with mixed but sometimes promising results. Progressive leaders in the U.S. Congress are refusing to back down on the Democrats’ promises to American voters to reduce poverty, expand rights to healthcare, education and clean energy, and repair a shredded social safety
| Labor, Trade, & Finance, margaret thatcher, Neoliberalism |

Generational, Historical, Familial, Capitalism Trauma

parents divorcing one or both parents addicted. poverty no real adults who are mentors, kind criminality or incarceration of adults in their lives bad food bad role models bad birth bad diet lack of inquiry or inquisitiveness of those around a world/households that are addicted to TV, sports, the lizard brain mush of entertainment physical and verbal abuse low birth weight crime in and around the neighborhoods no public or safe public spaces parents who
| 5G Technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Biotechnology |

Housing Is the Great Endangered Necessity of the Build Back Better Bill

Congress is fighting over whether the $3.5 trillion proposal is going to get just a little trim or a serious haircut. Most media reports and most Democrats list some combination of the following benefits and investments the plan would bring: childcare, universal pre-K, free community college, and more funding to address the climate crisis. These are groundbreaking investments, for sure. But one major issue is
| Politics, Housing, Eviction |

Iran stresses Shia Sunni solidarity to counter plots targeting Islamic unity

Iranian Foreign Ministry warned of plots targeting solidarity of the Shi and Sunni communities and called for boosting integrity in the world of Islam. It also urged different Islamic denominations to avoid violence and extremism in the name of Islam and also necessity of protecting Shia and Sunni religious centers in Afghanistan. The terrorist attack on Kandahar Shia mosque has come only
| News |

Oil prices ease off highs as US factory data weighs on market: Energy market wrap

Author: Mon, 2021-10-18 19:56 The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies led by Russia, or OPEC+ as the alliance is known, raised its output targets by 400,000 barrels per day in September. It has also agreed to raise them by a further 400,000 bpd in October and in November. Main category: Business & EconomyTags: OilgasSaudiOPECOPEC+renewables TotalEnergies opens UK offshore wind hub in North
| News |

Can the Collapse of West Antarctica’s Ice Sheet and massive Sea Level Rise be Avoided?

New modelling shows if warming stays below 2℃, West Antarctica’s ice sheet remains intact. Author provided A new approach to projecting change in Antarctica Low emissions prevent ice shelf thinning These maps of Antarctica show the projected change in ice thickness between the present and the year 2300, for a low-emissions scenario (left) and a high-emissions scenario (right), with red indicating ice loss
| Climate Crisis, Ice Melt, Oceans |

Service Workers Are Now Frontline Public Health Enforcers

The final affront to Helen Yin was the signage. It’s not like customers read signs anyway, the former bartender said, but at least you could point to one as proof that the person pouring the beer wasn’t personally making the rules. Yin worked in bars and restaurants for 15 years, until last month. Management at the “lucrative bartending gig” she’d had for three years in
| Sold Short, Covid-19, Covid-19 Vaccines |

Climate Change Is Killing Autumn

Every October, I buy a bunch of tiny pumpkins for the table. When I saw them in the store last week, I was startled. How could it be that time already? I was wearing sandals. But there was nothing freakish about the pumpkins’ arrival. They were right on schedule. The weird part is everything else. It is still over 70 degrees in New York
| Apocalypse Soon, Climate Change, Environment |