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Euroskeptic, populist parties form alliance in Europe

Euroskeptic populist parties formed a new and expanded right-wing alliance on Monday that aims to become the strongest faction in the European Parliament and seeks to radically transform European Union policies on migration, security, family and environment.


Iran floods: Fresh evacuations with more rain forecast

Flood-hit Iran is evacuating more towns and villages, with further rain expected on Saturday.Three weeks of heavy rainfall have left much of the country submerged and cost at least 70 lives.More downpours are forecast for the south-west, with 400,000 people at risk. Dangerously full dams are being opened to ease water build-up.


Paris prosecutor opens fresh inquiries into Macron officials over ex-bodyguard scandal

French prosecutors have opened two new preliminary investigations into the case concerning Alexandre Benalla, the disgraced former security aide to President Emmanuel Macron.


Erdogan casts doubt on Istanbul vote, hints at possible re-run

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday t*rkey’s local elections were marred by “organized crime” at ballot boxes in Istanbul, raising the possibility of re-running a March 31 vote that handed a slim majority to the main opposition party.


Right-wing Israeli politician’s foot fetish VIDEO shows up on Pornhub before parliamentary election

An right-wing politician running in Israel’s general election is reaching a whole new (and unexpected) audience after a video of him engaging in a bizarre foot-tickling interview appeared in Pornhub's gay category


South Korea's President Plans to Ask Trump to Ease Sanctions on Kim Jong Un

Moon Jae-in plans to ask the U.S. to ease sanctions on North Korea when he meets President Donald Trump at the White House this week, say unnamed South Korean officials cited by the Korean Times.



Huge fines, criminal sanctions, and bans: Here's how tech firms could be punished for toxic content under new UK laws

The UK government unveiled on Monday a new policy paper outlining how it plans to take a tough stance on "harmful content" online.The paper's definition of harmful content is broad, ranging from terrorist content, to images of self-abuse, and child sexual exploitation.


After A Decade Of Netanyahu, Hopes Fade For A Palestinian State

When it came down to a final issue for Israeli voters to ponder before Tuesday's election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an extraordinary campaign pledge: If re-elected, he said on Saturday, he would annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.


Sudan: Army Fires Warning Shots at Police to Protect Protestors

Sudanese army protected anti-government protestors from tear-gas throwing police officers in Khartoum.Sudanese soldiers intervened to protect demonstrators on Monday after security forces tried to break up a sit-in of thousands of anti-government demonstrators outside the Defense Ministry in Khartoum, witnesses and activists said.


US pulls forces from Libya as fighting approaches capital

The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to "security conditions on the ground," a top military official said Sunday as a Libyan commander's forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli and clashed with rival militias.



News threads are /leftypol/ shit


Trump fires U.S. Secret Service chief in another high-level ouster

President Donald Trump is removing the director of the U.S. Secret Service, the agency that provides protection for him and other top U.S. officials, the White House said on Monday, a day after the ouster of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.


DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speaks for first time since resignation announcement

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen abruptly resigned Sunday, as the president continues to fume over continued illegal border crossings. CBS News first reported Nielsen's impending departure, which Mr. Trump confirmed in a tweet after a 5 p.m. meeting with Nielsen at the White House.



State of decay: US inmates sue jail over mold, mice & maggots falling on dining tables

The sorry state of a California prison, with mice falling on dining tables and mold growths covering the walls, has prompted inmates to sue the management. Lawyers say it is part of a systemic infrastructure decay problem.A filed in a California court describes the stomach-churning details of life in the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in the city of Corcoran.


Obama, Pelosi push Democrats further to the right

In back-to-back interventions this week, the current and former top Democrats in Washington called for the party to move even further to the right. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former President Barack Obama were singing from the same hymn book, disparaging rhetorical calls for “Medicare for all” and other reform policies in favor of a conservative, pro-business approach.


Dem senator: Some women coming forward against Biden 'because they support other candidates'

“There are folks who, I think, are coming forward and standing up about this because they support other candidates, and there are folks who, I think, are coming forward out of a genuine sense of feeling disrespected or unappreciated,” Coons, who is Biden’s successor in the Senate, said in an appearance on CNN.



Tesla fired dozens of salespeople after its disappointing Q1 delivery report

Tesla dismissed "several dozen" sales employees on April 4, Bloomberg's Dana Hull first reported. The cuts affected employees in Chicago; Brooklyn, New York; and Tampa, Florida.


China's gold-buying spree continues as central-bank market booms

China's gold-buying run has shown no signs of abating after the People's Bank of China added yet more of the precious metal to its reserves in March.Figures on the central bank's website indicate it increased reserves to 60.62 million ounces in March from 60.26 million a month earlier, according to Bloomberg, a fourth consecutive month of higher figures.


Univision has sold Gizmodo Media Group and The Onion to a private-equity firm for an unknown amount

Univision Communications reached a deal to sell Gizmodo Media Group and The Onion to private-equity firm Great Hill Partners for an undisclosed amount.With the sale, Great Hill will form a new company called G/O Media Inc., headed by digital content industry vet Jim Spanfeller, who also will be a "significant investor" in the company.


Amazon Is Aggressively Pursuing Big Oil as It Stalls Out on Clean Energy

Amazon hasn’t announced any new deals to supply clean energy to its data centers since 2016, and it quietly abandoned plans for one of its last scheduled wind farms last year. Meanwhile, in 2017, according to internal company documents viewed by Gizmodo, Amazon undertook a concerted push to win over a new industry, perhaps best summed up by the name of a presentation at Amazon Web Services’ annual company Sales Kick-Off event that February: “Positioning for Success in Oil & Gas.”




What Will You Say to Your Grandchildren?

Facing oncoming climate disaster, some argue for “Deep Adaptation”—that we must prepare for inevitable collapse. However, this orientation is dangerously flawed. It threatens to become a self-fulfilling prophecy by diluting the efforts toward positive change. What we really need right now is Deep Transformation. There is still time to act: we must acknowledge this moral imperative.Every now and then, history has a way of forcing ordinary people to face up to a moral encounter with destiny that they never expected. Back in the 1930s, as Adolf Hitler rose to power, those who turned away when they saw Jews getting beaten in the streets never expected that decades later, their grandchildren would turn toward them with repugnance and say “Why did you do nothing when there was still a chance to stop the horror?”Now, nearly a century on, here we are again. The fate of future generations is at stake, and each of us needs to be prepared, one day, to face posterity—in whatever form that might take—and answer the question: “What did you do when you knew our future was on the line?”


Netflix’s Trigger Warning with Killer Mike: Provocation and pessimism from the Atlanta rap artist

Netflix is currently airing Trigger Warning with Killer Mike, a six-part documentary series developed by and starring Atlanta rapper and political activist Michael “Killer Mike” Render (born 1975).The show consists of episodes in which Render conducts social experiments in a manner that seeks to address particular social problems confronting the population in the United States. His “experiments” tend to range from the sincere but misguided and intentionally “provocative,” on the one hand, to the quite reactionary, on the other.


Right to Repair Initiatives Gain Support in US

Twenty US states have now teed up right to repair legislation, although no measure has been enacted so far.Many consumers are annoyed to discover that although they may purchase an expensive electronics device, they either cannot repair it themselves or use a third party repair service, because of how manufacturers have designed the device itself, warranty restrictions, or lack of necessary equipment, parts, or diagnostic information. Ditto for farmers and farm equipment.Yet support is building to mandate a right to repair, as I discussed earlier this year in Global Gains on Right to Repair. This would be welcome news for consumers, who would no longer be tethered to the original manufacturer of their electronics for repair. Consumers might choose then to opt for easier and cheaper repairs, rather than replacement. Farmers would likewise benefit.




>What Will You Say to Your Grandchildren?

"I am suing the shit out of that doctor who did my vasectomy."


>Euroskeptic, populist parties form alliance in Europe

Kek, I wonder what these fags' take on DiEM25 is?

>Huge fines, criminal sanctions, and bans: Here's how tech firms could be punished for toxic content under new UK laws

inb4 nobody admits this has been in the works since the snooper's charter rather than being a reaction to recent events

>Obama, Pelosi push Democrats further to the right

>she dismissed the “Medicare for all” proposal pushed by a number of candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination as well as members of her own caucus in the House of Representatives. Accepting the $32 trillion price tag placed on the proposal by a right-wing think tank

Reminder we have our own thinktanks, which indicate a government spending increase 1/3rd that figure, and that the tax restructuring Sanders wants to pay for that spending would result in higher after-tax income for all but the top 5%:


>Obama even advocated conciliation with the racist anti-immigrant policies espoused by Trump and the European fascist movements such as the Alternative for Germany. “We can’t label everybody who is disturbed by immigration as racist,” he said. “You know, that’s a self-defeating tactic. You push away potential allies, people who maybe just haven’t thought about it…”

Get fucked, wooswoos.

>Tesla fired dozens of salespeople after its disappointing Q1 delivery report

On the one hand, Tesla's continued resistance to unionization is harmful. On the other hand, without Tesla lighting a fire under them, the rest of the auto industry would be content to sit on their laurels and move as slowly as possible on transitioning to electric. Hopefully Tesla gets unionized soon.

>Univision has sold Gizmodo Media Group and The Onion to a private-equity firm for an unknown amount

That a once genuine and fun paper like The Onion become a propaganda outlet for the DNC under the same company that recued Gawker from getting hulkslammed is a disgrace to American counterculture.

>What Will You Say to Your Grandchildren?

I like that this article opposes the blackpilled doomer memes coming from the likes of The Oil Drum, but while it does focus primarily on policy-level changes to industrial civilization, it's still peppered with nauseatingly saccharine appeals to personal lifestylism and feel-good virtue signaling.

>Right to Repair Initiatives Gain Support in US

About time. Next up, we need firm laws against walled gardens and loss-leader pricing from the likes of the cellular industry.



>Amazon Is Aggressively Pursuing Big Oil as It Stalls Out on Clean Energy

Fuck Bezos. This fucker needs to go.











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