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Over 240,000 people back Chinese tech worker protest

A protest by tech workers in China over inhumane working conditions has gained widespread support from software engineers and others internationally.In March of this year a GitHub user with the name 996icu created a project named 996.icu. The project was named to protest the “996” work culture in Chinese tech companies.


'Urgent': Risk of nuclear war now greater than at any time since 1945, UN warns

The risk of conflict involving nuclear weapons is at its highest since the Second World War, a senior United Nations (UN) security expert has warned.


6 Die In Jakarta Riots After President Joko Widodo's Election Win Is Confirmed

Confirmation of Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's reelection win has set off violence in Jakarta, where officials say at least six people died after protests morphed into riots in the capital. Widodo's challenger, retired military general Prabowo Subianto, is refusing to concede the race.


Chagos Islands dispute: UN backs end to UK control

The UN has passed a resolution demanding the UK return control of the Chagos Islands to Mauritius.In the non-binding vote in the General Assembly in New York, 116 states were in favour and only six against, a major diplomatic blow to the UK.


Right-wing Finnish youth group causes uproar over ‘racist’ tweet against non-whites

Finns Party Youth, the junior wing of the Finns Party, tweeted a screenshot from a European Parliament ad which depicted two dark-skinned parents and their child.“Vote Finns so that Finland’s future will not look like this,” Finnish Youth captioned the image.


Andrea Leadsom quits: Resignation letter in full

Commons leader Andrea Leadsom has resigned from the government amid a backlash against Theresa May's Brexit plan from Conservative MPs.


Italy's Matteo Salvini Hopes To Lead Nationalist Wave In Upcoming European Elections

As a recording played the late tenor Luciano Pavarotti singing Puccini's Nessun Dorma aria, with its refrain of "Vincerò!" (I will win), Salvini took center-stage before a crowd of some 20,000 cheering fans.


Philippines' Duterte loses patience, orders trash shipped back Canada

The Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his government to hire a private shipping company to send 69 containers of garbage back to Canada and leave them within its territorial waters if it refuses to accept the trash, his spokesman said on Wednesday.


Two cops injured in IED blast by Maoist in Chhattisgarh

Two District Reserve Guard (DRG) personnel were injured on Tuesday when Maoists detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said.


Ukraine Considers Referendum on Possible Russian Peace Deal

Ukraine may submit any preliminary peace deal agreed with Russia to the Ukrainian people for a referendum, the new head of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's administration told Ukrainian television Tuesday.



'Fool of low IQ': North Korea roasts Biden after presidential hopeful attacks Kim Jong-un

Pyongyang has unleashed an avalanche of insults directed at Joe Biden after the Democratic presidential hopeful referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a dictator.The verbal lashing comes just days after the presidential hopeful suggested during a rally in Philadelphia that US President Donald Trump was "embracing dictators like [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and Kim Jong-un."


‘I want to bomb Trump Tower.' Feds charge N.J. man with supporting terror group

Authorities claim the Basking Ridge resident corresponded with members of Hamas, a Palestinian fundamentalist group considered a terror organization by United States, eventually wiring the group $100 and bragging about it on social media.



Retired US generals are lining up to tell Trump why pardoning troops accused or convicted of war crimes is a really bad idea

Several retired US generals have criticized the president's reported plans, arguing that doing so would be "immoral," a "mistake," an "abdication of moral responsibility," and a betrayal of American ideals.


Teachers strike in New Haven School District, Northern California

On Monday, more than 600 teachers in the New Haven School District of Union City and South Hayward in Northern California went on strike demanding higher pay and increased funding for public education. The strike is part of the growing wave of teachers strikes across the United States and internationally.


3 more wealthy parents plead guilty to paying bribes for better ACT, SAT scores in college scandal

Gregory and Marcia Abbott's daughter's scored so extraordinarily on the ACT – a 35, up from a 23 – when they paid $50,000 last spring for someone to correct her answers that they hoped to do the same for her SAT subject exams.



Exploitation of workers becomes more socially acceptable if the workers are perceived as "passionate" about their jobs

In a new paper in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a team from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business found that people look more favorably on exploiting workers (making do "extra, unpaid, demeaning work") if the workers are "passionate" about their jobs.Likewise, people exploited in their jobs are more likely to be perceived as "passionate" by others.


Purdue Pharma accused of 'corrupting' WHO to boost global opioid sales

Purdue Pharma, the drug manufacturer that kickstarted the US opioid epidemic, corruptly influenced the World Health Organization in order to boost painkiller sales across the globe, according to a report by members of Congress.




Grand Theft Austria

Even just last week it was Western Europe’s most popular and successful right-populist coalition. But on Saturday the Austrian government led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (Austrian People’s Party, ÖVP) and Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (Freedom Party, FPÖ), imploded as snippets of a secret 2017 video surfaced.The recording shows Strache and a friend relaxing in a luxurious Ibiza villa with a woman they believed to be a wealthy Russian heiress. In an entrapment sting, she promised she could use her purchase of Austria’s biggest tabloid to make the paper a campaigning tool for the FPÖ. Strache accepted the plan — suggesting he could provide her lucrative government contracts in return.The affair has moved forward at breakneck speed, with Strache forced to step down, Kurz forcing the resignation of FPÖ Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, and snap elections now unavoidable. Ines Schwerdtner and Steve Hudson spoke with Benjamin Opratko, editor of the Austrian magazine Mosaik, to better understand what exactly is going on in the country, and what the government’s collapse could mean for the future of Austrian politics. The text below is adapted from an interview conducted for halbzehn.fm.


Public-Private Partnerships Fad Fails

After the failure and abuses of privatization and contracting-out services from the 1980s, there has been renewed appreciation for the role of the state or government. Earlier promoters of privatization have taken a step backward, only to take two more forward to instead promote public-private partnerships (PPPs).PPPs for Most PurposesPPPs are essentially long-term contracts, underwritten by government guarantees, with which the private sector builds (and sometimes runs) major infrastructure projects or services traditionally provided by the state, such as hospitals, schools, roads, railways, water, sanitation and energy.PPPs are promoted by many governments associated with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and some multilateral development banks – especially the World Bank – as the solution to the financing shortfall needed to achieve development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Since the late 1990s, many countries have embraced PPPs in many areas ranging from healthcare and education to transport and infrastructure – with mixed consequences. They were less common in developing countries, but that is changing rapidly, with many countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa now introducing enabling legislation and initiating PPP projects.


Nicaragua in the Shadow of Western Fascism

Current US and EU foreign policy embodies fascism in terms of its aspect combining corporate power with State power and policy.In her Sorbonne University exam results, French philosopher Simone Weil scored better than Simone de Beauvoir or Jean-Paul Sartre. She well understood the varieties of Western fascism and imperialism. So it’s worth paying attention to her remark that Europeans were shocked by Nazi crimes because the Nazis did to them what Europeans did to the people in their colonies. Weil’s remark was hardly news to people in the majority world, but it bears repeating to people in North America and Europe now.Current US and EU foreign policy embodies fascism in terms of its aspect combining corporate power with State power and policy. The glitzy contemporary version prioritizes monopoly corporate finance and media as a means to achieving what the US and EU elites want, avoiding the mass destruction of war with uncertain global outcomes against obdurate, determined antagonists.




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