Escalating Crisis in Ukraine Poses an Imminent Threat to World Peace 03 Jan 2022; posted by the editor - International, World News
U.S. Peace Council Statement
For weeks, the U.S. corporate media have been shrill in declaring that Russia, having positioned tens of thousands of Russian troops on the border, may be about to invade Ukraine. U.S. State Department spokesmen have been threatening Russia with punishing economic sanctions if there were an invasion. Daily, if not hourly, TV viewers are shown satellite images supposedly showing Russian troop concentrations on the Ukraine border, accompanied by unflattering photos of a scowling Vladimir Putin, depicted as the evil source of the newU.S.-Russia tensions.
Live entertainment sector reopening 30 Jul 2021; posted by the editor - Events, Entertainment, Music, Arts, Ireland
The Live Music Support Scheme (LMSS) funding has been extended to the end of October to take account of the restrictions that currently remain in place for the live events sector. The extension is one of the measures announced today by Catherine Martin, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and Media.
Israel, the world, and true justice 22 Jul 2021; posted by the editor - Opinion
It is time that the democratic world, and any of those who profess to believe in justice, truth and freedom - to take an effective and powerful stand against the hypocritical, discriminate and racist bully policies of the Israeli administration and to no longer give Israel sanction to continue its obscene actions.
Press media watchdog asks ICC to investigate Israeli war crimes 21 May 2021; posted by the editor - Journalism, International
By Reporters Without Borders
The press freedoms watchdog Reporters Without Borders is calling on International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to investigate Israeli airstrikes, which it says it regards as war crimes.
When algorithms come for journalists 22 Feb 2021; posted by the editor - Journalism
By Freedom of the Press Foundation
Journalists - especially those without institutional newsroom support - rely on tools from major tech companies like Google and YouTube for newsgathering, production and distribution as a matter of course. As these information giants publicly wrestle with controversial content moderation decisions that dominate headlines and Congressional hearings, their decisions also run the risk of stifling routine reporting. When content is removed or an algorithm tweaked behind closed doors, news organizations and journalists are often left without any sort of transparency into the process or a clear path to appeals.
Leading digital players must adhere to democratic obligations 15 Jan 2021; posted by the editor - Internet news
By Reporters Without Borders
After overlooking the fake news and hate speech that Trump posted throughout his four years as US president, Twitter unilaterally decided on 8 January to permanently close his @realDonaldTrump account and then, a few days later, 70,000 other accounts linked to the pro-Trump QAnon movement. Facebook, Instagram and Twitch also suspended the presidential accounts for an unspecified period, while Amazon then suspended the pro-Trump social media Parler.
Restoring the Threat of Impeachment for Future Office Holders 10 Jan 2021; posted by the editor - General, Features, United States
By David Swanson
In the past 150 years, U.S. presidents have lied, cheated, stolen, warmongered, incited hatred and violence, driven inequality and corruption through the roof, taken over major powers from the Congress and abused them, gained the power of nuclear war and abused it through numerous threats, accelerated the destruction of the earth's environment, failed to protect the basic rights of people, pardoned their cronies for outrageous crimes, committed thousands of specific, open, public, and indisputable impeachable offenses, and been impeached for only two things.
RSF condemns 'unnecessarily cruel' decision to keep Julian Assange detained 06 Jan 2021; posted by the editor - General, Human Rights, Journalism, International, United States, United Kingdom
In a 6 January hearing at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser considered Julian Assange’s application to be released on bail. She ruled against his release, stating that Assange had an “incentive to abscond,” and “as a matter of fairness” she needed to give the US government the chance to pursue an appeal, which it has indicated it intends to do. Baraitser stated that Assange’s mental health is being managed at Belmarsh prison, and that the prison has its Covid-19 situation under control.