Australia Says Farewell To The F/A-18 Legacy Hornet As Final Flight Looms

Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A flown by Group Captain Jason Easthope, Chief of Staff, Air Combat Group, puts on the final handling display for an RAAF Classic Hornet at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales, on November 29. Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence A traditional water salute for the F/A-18A at the end of its
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Hezbollah MP: Lebanon Has Left the “Israeli” Era and Will Not Return To It

Islam Times - The head of the Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc MP Mohamad Raad said, “We smell a coup against the Taif Agreement. This coup aims at reassuring the ‘Israeli’ enemy that the Lebanese people can't face its aggression, so that it dictates its normalization and authoritarian policies and control even deciding the fate of our gas wealth in
| Lebanon |

Sisi discusses projects to protect Egyptian coastal beaches on the Mediterranean

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on met Monday with the Commander of the Navy Ahmed Khaled, the head of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces Ehab al-Far, head of the Financial Affairs Authority of the Armed Forces Ahmed al-Shazly and several leaders of national contracting and construction companies to follow up on projects to protect the Egyptian coastal beaches on
| Environment, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Alexandria |

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 |

I Discuss the Significance of WikiLeaks’ Release of ‘The Guantánamo Files’ in a Primary Sources Podcast with Clive Stafford Smith

“WikiLeaks and ‘The Guantánamo Files'”: a screenshot of the ‘Primary Sources’ podcast featuring Andy Worthington and Clive Stafford Smith in conversation with Chip Gibbons of Defending Rights and Dissent. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months.
| Andy Worthington's TV and radio appearances, Guantanamo, Guantanamo lawyers |

Reminder: The Rich are Vampires

How and why has aging become so stigmatized and who benefits from this perception? Where are the “mandates” for basic self-care instead of experimental gene therapies? Why can’t humans be encouraged and motivated to eat healthy, get enough sleep, do exercise each day, and practice stress management? Could it be that Big Pharma (and others) can’t make billions off such fundamentally helpful,
| Capitalism, Classism, Poverty |

As Climate Emergency Shakes Iran, Government Attacks, arrests Water Protesters at Isfahan, wounding 3

“IRIB [Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting] is trying hard to belittle the people by calling the protests “tiny” and to create a rift between the farmers of Isfahan and the people. How hard they tried to prevent the people of Isfahan from gathering on Friday, but the people came.” “About a third of Iran’s 24 most important wetland areas, home to hundreds
| Authoritarianism, Climate Crisis, Drought |

Electric cars aren’t enough to hit climate targets: we need to develop better public transport too

Many Indian cities are famous for using three-wheeled rickshaws as a popular transport method. Adam Cohn/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA Avoid Many cities have been designed with widespread car ownership in mind, but newer cities don’t have to follow this pattern. Damian188/Wikimedia Shift The TransMilenio bus service has been widely recognised as a shining example of sustainable mass transit. Felipe Restrepo Acosta/Wikimedia Improve
| Climate Crisis, Environmentalism, Green Transportation |

Community Accountability in Palestine: An Alternative to Policing

Related PostsBeyond Failed Frameworks: A Re-Imagined Collective FutureRadical Futures: When Palestinians ImagineThe Palestinian Authority Security Forces: Whose Security?The Systematic Torture of Palestinians in Israeli Detention The Colonial Makeup of Policing in Palestine Reimagining Accountability and Justice in Palestine A Model for Community Accountability Stop the immediate violence Recognize the violence Recognize the consequences of the violence without excuses Make repairs for the harm, including, public apology, counselling,
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Villa Somalia’s rigged election likely to lead the country into a cycle of clan violence

As many independent observers even call the parliamentary selection as “vote for hire scheme”, local clan militia build-up is gaining more support as the only way to stop the rigging. On Friday, the Waceysle clan elders of the seat number HoP067 held a press conference in Mogadishu— even as armed police and intelligence officers raided the hotel to halt the clan gathering
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Women in STEM: Enhancing the Nuclear Safety Culture

“The concept of a ‘safety culture’ is something that I identified for myself as very important, early on in my career,” says Maria Moracho Ramirez, Senior Safety Officer at the IAEA. “It relates to a culture of behaviour, and if you’ve been a trainer, you know that training for influencing behaviours is very complicated.”
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Hefty fines await UK smart device consumers using default passwords

The heavy punishments include outright bans, aiming to curtail attacks on household smart devices The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) Bill is a suite of new regulations designed to improve security on smart home devices Fines could hit up to £10 million or 4% of a company’s gross revenue — with up to £20,000 a day levied for persistent infractions Britons care
| Latest, Hardware, IoT |

This Victory Gives Confidence for Future Struggles

You must shine your light in the courtyards of workers who wither when there is a drought, and drown when there is a flood, ones who face devastation in every disaster, and who find liberation only in death. You must show what goes on in the courtyards of the workers for whom the bread is scarce, who live in darkness, who are robbed of their self-respect, and who lose, with their crops, all
| India, Labor, Prime Minister Norendra Modi |

MFWA prioritises promotion of public access to governance information

Improving the capacity of the media to lead in providing public education and awareness about ATI laws, their utility for members of public and how members of the public can assert their right of access to information under the law. So far, training programmes have been held for journalists in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Niger and a guidebook for journalists Empowering
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Palestinian doctor loses last Israeli appeal over daughters killed in Gaza

“Our hearts go out to the appellant … but within the bounds of the proceedings before us there is no recourse or remedy,” the three-justice panel said in its ruling. Asked if this might include turning to the International Criminal Court, he said: “All options are open.” Writing by Dan Williams and Nidal al-Mughrabi Editing by Gareth Jones
| Middle East, "Daughters for Life", appeal |

America, Rediscover Thanksgiving’s Radical Past

Gratitude can feel like a reprieve from all the tiresome aspiration of capitalism; an embrace of what we have. While famous for moving the date of Thanksgiving to increase Christmas shopping and boost the economy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt also indirectly played a role in culturally elevating a less capitalistic view of Thanksgiving.
| Apocalypse Soon, Climate Change, Thanksgiving |

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 |

U.S. amends Syria sanctions rules over NGO activities

The department said the new transactions and activities in the amended general license are authorized only in support of not-for-profit activities already allowed such as humanitarian projects and democracy-building. “The United States continues to focus on deterring the malign activities of Bashar al-Assad, his regime, cronies and foreign enablers, as well as terrorist groups, including by limiting their ability to access
| Main Slider, Middle East, Bashar al-Assad |

Lincoln’s Invention of Thanksgiving was all About how Black Lives Matter

“On special occasions the chaplains would be called upon to speak to the entire regiment. When the president set aside special days for prayer and fasting or for thanksgiving, the men would be ordered to a parade formation to hear the chaplain’s message. On Thanksgiving Day of 1863, the year of the Emancipation Proclamation, Chaplain Hunter preached on the text,
| African-Americans, Featured, History |

Nashville DA’s Office Seeks to Vacate Claude Garrett’s 29-Year-Old Murder Conviction

Photo: Liliana Segura/The Intercept A Sense of Urgency Faulty, Outdated, and Unsubstantiated “Detectives relied so heavily on the fire investigation that they failed to perform basic investigative functions.” Photo: Courtesy of Claude Francis Garrett Smoke deposits showed that the door “was not even closed” during the fire, let alone locked. Until the Door Opens Garrett still faces a series of legal hurdles before he can be released.
| Justice |

Lebanon has yet to give IMF figure for financial losses, central bank governor says

The issue has obstructed attempts to chart a way out of the crisis that has devastated Lebanon since 2019, sinking the currency by more than 90%, causing poverty to skyrocket and leading many Lebanese to emigrate. Salameh said an IMF program was essential for Lebanon to exit the crisis, noting the external financing it would unlock and discipline that would impose
| Middle East, BDL, france |

Intelligent technology will shape the future of retail

Demand for AR and VR tech is rising in various industries Younger users prefer using intelligent tech for a variety of use cases The retail industry is adapting more intelligent tech to cater to younger consumers READ NEXTCreating an immersive retail experience through sound Big spenders like intelligent technology YOU MIGHT LIKE Retail, F&B breaches spell cyber risks heading into holiday season
| Latest, AI, Augmented Reality |

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 |

Former Guantánamo Prisoner Kidnapped in Yemen, Held at an Unknown Location

Abdulqadir al-Madhfari (identified by the US as Abdel Qadir Hussein al-Mudhaffari, and given the prisoner number ISN 40), in a photo taken at Guantánamo and included in his classified military file, released by WikiLeaks in 2011. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and
| Guantanamo, Guantanamo media, Life after Guantanamo |

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 |

US newspaper fights against attempts to force allegiance to Israel

A local newspaper in the American state of Arkansas has complained that it is being pressured to declare its allegiance to Israel and that it will not boycott the country, as states in the US continue to pass legislation outlawing the practice. In an article on the New York Times, the founder of the Arkansas Times, Alan Leveritt, recounts that,
| Asia & Americas, BDS, International Organisations |

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 |

Morocco buys Israel's anti-drone system to protect its airspace

Morocco has acquired Israel's Skylock Dome anti-drone air defence system, the Royal Armed Forces announced yesterday in a statement. The system, first revealed in February at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, can detect and knock out unmanned drones, according to Skylock Systems. Skylock CEO Itzik Huber said his company offers relatively cheap defence
| Africa, Israel, Middle East |

Six months after Raman Pratasevich’s arrest, “extremism” charge increasingly used against Belarusian media

NewsSix months after Raman Pratasevich, the editor of an allegedly “extremist” Belarusian exile news outlet, was arrested when his Ryanair flight was diverted to Minsk, he is still awaiting trial in an unknown location. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for his immediate release and condemns the increasingly frequent use of “extremism” charges against journalists and media outlets.
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We do exist: Why the Palestinian voice should take centre stage

At a recent New York event, the President of the Foreign Press Association Ian Williams declared, before an approving audience, that it is time "to reclaim the narrative on Palestine". This phrase – 'reclaiming the narrative' – is relatively new to the Palestinian discourse. Years ago, the concept, let alone its implementation, were quite alien: the pro-Israel crowd refused, and
| Article, Israel, Middle East |

Gantz: 'We will not allow Hamas to get foothold in Jerusalem'

The Israeli government "will not allow Hamas to get foothold in Jerusalem," Arabs48 reported Defence Minister Banny Gantz saying yesterday. Gantz's remarks came following a shootout that took place in Jerusalem on Sunday where a Palestinian teacher and Israeli soldiers were killed and four Israelis were wounded. Hamas claimed that the Palestinian teacher, Fadi Abu Shkeidem, 42, was one of its leaders in the Palestinian holy city. "Hamas is trying to
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Egypt FM reiterates refusal to use Yemen as base to target Saudi Arabia

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry reiterated his country's "categorical rejection" of using Yemen as a platform to target Saudi Arabia and harm navigation in the Red Sea. This came after Shoukry met with the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, and discussed a number of issues including Cairo's support for Yemen's unity, sovereignty and independence. "Shoukry wished that
| Africa, Egypt, International Organisations |

Internet shutdowns and blockings continue to hide atrocities of military coup in Sudan

Immediately restore full access to the internet and all communication services; Allow internet service providers to operate freely by providing open, reliable, and secure access to the internet and digital communications platforms;  Refrain from imposing future shutdowns even in times of crises; and  Uphold the fundamental rights of the people of Sudan, including peaceful assembly and association, freedom of opinion and expression, and
| Freedom of Expression, Privacy, #KeepItOn |

Crypto market tops US$3 trillion – but how much is the true value?

The combined total of the cryptocurrency market has been valued at US$3 trillion, for the first time ever But the soaring value is offset by the number of risky, highly-volatile crypto assets that are prevalent in the market right now New fad-based coins have sprouted up and disappeared just as quickly — sometimes leaving inexperienced traders in the lurch and holding a
| Latest, Cryptocurrency, digital currency |

It’s time for the European Commission to dismantle disinformation

Phasing out advertising based on personal data, including tracking and other inferred data;  Establishing minimum safeguards for default settings that require an “opt-in;” Establishing meaningful and qualitative transparency obligations; Enforcing the GDPR and adoption of a strengthened ePrivacy Regulation; Ensuring that online platforms properly disclose that a user is or will be subjected to algorithmic decision making; Supporting people against the power imbalance between online
| Freedom of Expression, Privacy, Big Tech |

Thoughts on Kenosha, by Robert S. Griffin

This is being written the day after the not guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case. I assume you know the basics of the case. Over the past year, I paid about as much attention to the case as the average person, no more than that. It was streaming the trial the past couple of...
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Sinopsis: Hijacking The Mainstream—CCP Influence Agencies in Italian Parliamentary and Local Politics

Hijacking the mainstream: CCP influence agencies and their operations in Italian parliamentary and local politics Government bodies and political parties should build a cordon sanitaire around the CCP’s influence agencies, avoiding interactions that turn them into their instruments. Senators and MPs should reclaim Parliament from totalitarian cooption, declining to endorse parliamentary ‘China friendship’ groups and other platforms acting as effective proxies for
| China & the World, Level 2 Article, Politics |

Palestinian administrative detainee, Kayed Al-Fasfous, wins battle for freedom

Palestinian detainee, Kayed Al-Fasfous, wins a decisive victory and ends his hunger strike which lasted for 131 days after an agreement was reached to end his administrative detention and release him after 23 days. Israeli authorities have issued an order to release him on 14 December. Kayed Al-Fasfous, father of one daughter, has been on a hunger strike for 131
| Israel, Middle East, News |

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
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Rwandan online video reporter given “absurd” seven-year-jail sentence

NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the absurd and arbitrary seven-year prison sentence that Dieudonné Niyonsenga, the operator of an online TV channel called Ishema TV, has received from Rwanda’s high court as a result of an appeal by the prosecutor’s office against his acquittal at his initial trial. The authorities must stop persecuting online journalists, RSF says.
| News |

UN ignored plea for Beirut port disaster evidence, BBC says

The United Nations repeatedly ignored requests from Lebanese bereaved families for information to help the official investigation into the Beirut port explosion which killed 219 people in August last year, BBC revealed. According to the report, the probe into the blast has been beset by delays, rows and recriminations, leaving families and survivors no closer to finding out who, if
| International Organisations, Lebanon, Middle East |

Agreeing his release, hunger striking Palestinian prisoner ends his protest

Palestinian prisoner Ayad Al-Harimi has suspended his hunger strike after 61 days after Israeli occupation authorities agreed to release him on 4 March 2022. The 34-year-old was recently transferred from Ramla prison to Ofer jail. His health had started to deteriorate with and he has suffered from pains all over his body, blurred vision and lost the ability to stand and walk.
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Turkish nationals held in Libya for almost two years re-united with families

Turkish nationals who had been held captive by a Libyan warlord for nearly two years, were re-united with their families on Monday, Anadolu News Agency reports. Nurettin Calik, one of the seven rescued citizens, embraced his family in the Kahramanmaras, a province in south-eastern Turkey, after his release from eastern Libya where he was held illegally by the forces of
| Africa, Europe & Russia, Libya |

Iran says 9 soldiers killed in clashes with US Navy in Persian Gulf

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said, Monday, that nine soldiers were killed in direct clashes with the US Navy in the Persian Gulf waters, local media reported. The Mehr News Agency quoted Navy commander, Alireza Tangsiri, as saying that the clashes took place in the Persian Gulf, without specifying the time, Anadolu News Agency reports. Tangsiri said the clashes
| Asia & Americas, Iran, Middle East |

US Embassy in Israel advises citizens to avoid Jerusalem's Old City

The US Embassy in Israel, on Monday, advised American citizens to avoid visiting the Old City of Jerusalem until further notice, Anadolu News Agency reports. "As security incidents often take place without warning, US citizens are strongly encouraged to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness," the Embassy said in a statement. "Due to recent security
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East |

Four injured as Israeli police raid Jerusalem Governor's house

Four Palestinians were injured on Monday in an Israeli police raid on the home of Jerusalem Governor, Adnan Ghaith in occupied East Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society. A statement by the Agency said the four were hurt after being beaten by Israeli police in Silwan neighbourhood in Jerusalem, Anadolu News Agency reports. The four were treated by
| Israel, Middle East, News |