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15.07.2020

US Intelligence Agencies Spied on Assange

US Intelligence Agencies Spied on Assange

Court records confirm: Behind Julian Assange’s surveillance was the security team of US billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Rafael Lutz for the online newspaper INFOsperber A campaign has been going on for years against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has used the WikiLeaks   disclosure platform to uncover a number… »

14.07.2020

Germany’s Green Party calls for end of extraditions to Hong Kong

Germany’s Green Party calls for end of extraditions to Hong Kong

In light of a controversial security law, Germany’s Green Party has called on the government to end an extradition agreement with Hong Kong. There is “good reason” Germany has no such deal with China, a lawmaker said. A member of Germany’s Green Party on Monday called on the country’s government… »

13.07.2020

Finland ends homelessness and provides shelter for all in need

Finland ends homelessness and provides shelter for all in need

In Finland, the number of homeless people has fallen sharply. The reason: The country applies the “Housing First” concept. Those affected by homelessness receive a small apartment and counselling – without any preconditions. 4 out of 5 people affected thus make their way back into a stable life. And: All… »

12.07.2020

UNESCO expresses deep regret over Turkey decision to change status of historic Hagia Sophia

UNESCO expresses deep regret over Turkey decision to change status of historic Hagia Sophia

As the Turkish President signed a decree on Friday converting the ancient Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque, the UN cultural agency (UNESCO) said that it “deeply regrets the decision” made “without prior discussion”, having earlier in the day called on the State to abide by… »

12.07.2020

How literary censorship inspired creativity in Victorian writers

How literary censorship inspired creativity in Victorian writers

In an open letter published in Harper’s Magazine, 152 writers, including JK Rowling and Margaret Atwood, claim that a climate of “censoriousness” is pervading liberal culture, the latest contribution to an ongoing debate about freedom of speech online. As we grapple with this issue in a society where social media allows… »

11.07.2020

Opinion: Genocide denial concerns us all

Opinion: Genocide denial concerns us all

Protecting the truth from deniers and serving justice for victims of the Srebrenica genocide is our best bet to prevent genocides from occurring again, writes Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic. That genocide was perpetrated in and around the Bosnian city of Srebrenica 25 years ago is incontestable. Several… »

10.07.2020

UN chief underscores need for reconciliation 25 years after Srebrenica genocide

UN chief underscores need for reconciliation 25 years after Srebrenica genocide

Twenty-five years after the Srebrenica genocide, peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina remains fragile, underscoring the need for true reconciliation in the region, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday in a video message marking the anniversary of the worst atrocity crime in Europe, since the Second World War. In paying… »

10.07.2020

Putin’s “Soft Authoritarian” Regime and Russian Freedom

Putin’s “Soft Authoritarian” Regime and Russian Freedom

Viewpoint by Jonathan Power* One of the founders of Russia’s Pussy Riot rock band, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, was interviewed at length on the BBC this past weekend. She has no time for President Vladimir Putin. When the group played inside the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour she was sent to jail… »

09.07.2020

Watershed data indicates more than a trillion dollars of corporate profit smuggled into tax havens

Watershed data indicates more than a trillion dollars of corporate profit smuggled into tax havens

UK, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands – the “axis of tax avoidance” – are responsible for 72 per cent of global tax losses Analysis of new OECD data published yesterday, on the basis of a reporting standard developed by the Tax Justice Network, has tracked for the first time $467… »

08.07.2020

Norwegian Government Pension Fund: exclude nuclear weapons producers from investments

Norwegian Government Pension Fund: exclude nuclear weapons producers from investments

The ethical committee of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund recommended this week to include significant policy improvements on issues that PAX has advocated for, including nuclear weapons, lethal autonomous weapons and controversial arms trade. In brief, it builds the norm against weapons causing indiscriminate harm and against the controversial… »

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