Russia Denounces US Senate Report on Meddling as ‘Unfounded’

Russia has denounced a U.S. Senate report which accuses the Kremlin of election meddling with the intent to undermine democracies, saying it is “unfounded” and damaging for relations between the two countries. U.S. Senate Democrats on Wednesday warned that Russian operations to undermine democracy extend far beyond U.S. elections and accused President Donald Trump of failing… Please follow and like us:

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Death Threats Against FCC Chairman Are Unprecedented and Must Stop

When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rolled back President Barack Obama’s “net neutrality” policy, Chairman Ajit Pai told reporters, “It’s not going to kill democracy.” But could it kill him? Federal officials are certainly concerned, now that a flood of death threats has reached a level most insiders say they’ve never seen. This is “routine for… Please follow and like us:

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Social media companies should ditch clickbait, and compete over trustworthiness

By Aram Sinnreich, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, American University School of Communication and Barbara Romzek, Professor of Public Administration and Policy, American University. It’s time to build trust. Arthimedes/Shutterstock.com Social media websites and online services, created to profit from connecting people and encouraging global conversations, have a deep and troubling dark side. Malicious users have… Please follow and like us:

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Erdogan urges world to resist US threat in Jerusalem vote

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday called on UN member states not to be swayed by US leader Donald Trump’s threat to cut funding, during a key vote on a motion rejecting US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “I am calling on the whole world: never sell your democratic will in return for petty… Please follow and like us:

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Is Tor Browser Safe, Signal App Private? Snowden Says FBI Should Use Them

In the wake of reports that text messages between two FBI officials revealed negative opinions of then-candidate Donald Trump, former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden offered a piece of advice for those trying to keep communications private: “Use Tor. Use Signal.” The recommendation from the former government employee was directed specifically at FBI… Please follow and like us:

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SOCIAL MEDIA – Former execs say Facebook ‘exploits’ psychology to addict users

Facebook responded Tuesday to criticisms from a former executive who said the social media giant’s addictive nature was “ripping apart the social fabric”, saying it was working to understand the platform’s effects on “well-being”. The social media giant issued its statement after Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook vice-president for user growth between 2007 and 2011, said… Please follow and like us:

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Biggest Crash Ever Is (Probably) Coming by 2020: Harry Dent

Brace yourself for the most devastating market crash ever in “the greatest political and economic revolution since the advent of democracy.” That’s the dire alert from colorful, controversial prognosticator Harry S. Dent Jr., in an interview with ThinkAdvisor. Dent, who chiefly uses demographic cycles to forecast the economy and markets, correctly predicted Japan’s 1989 economic collapse,… Please follow and like us:

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EU cuts funding to Turkey in 2018 budget

An EU 2018 budget deal was announced Saturday that cuts funds destined to Turkey, citing doubts about Ankara’s commitment to democracy and human rights. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had led calls for a cut to the funds, which are linked to Turkey’s stalled bid to join the bloc, following mass-scale arrests in the country since the… Please follow and like us:

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US sanctions 10 more Venezuelan government leaders

MIAMI — Denouncing last month’s regional Venezuelan elections as irregular, the Trump administration imposed new individual sanctions Thursday against 10 Venezuelans it accused of undermining democracy, censoring the news media and engaging in the corrupt administration of government-run food programs. The Treasury Department froze U.S. assets, banned U.S. travel and prohibited Americans from doing business with… Please follow and like us:

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Dems Use Facebook-Twitter Hearing to Attack Trump

The purpose of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Tuesday was to find out what social media companies are doing to stop Russian election interference, but Democrats seemed mainly interested in getting President Donald Trump. One by one, representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google described the efforts they have taken to identify and eliminate bogus accounts… Please follow and like us:

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SPAIN – Other European regions continue to push for more autonomy

While Catalonia is still struggling to define what independence will look like after its unilateral declaration of emancipation from Spain on Friday, FRANCE 24 takes a look at some of the other independence movements across Europe. After a first illegal referendum on independence in 2014 – and despite fierce opposition from Madrid, which deemed the vote… Please follow and like us:

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Trump threatens NBC’s broadcast licenses following critical stories

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, who has threatened press freedoms before, suggested Wednesday that NBC might lose its broadcast licenses following critical stories detailing his behavior. “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!” the president tweeted. Substantively,… Please follow and like us:

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SPAIN – ‘Is this what Spain is about?’ Catalans look to EU after referendum crackdown

Catalan separatists are hoping Sunday’s violent police crackdown on those trying to vote in an independence referendum will persuade EU leaders to intervene in their intensifying dispute with the government in Madrid. An elderly woman forcibly dragged from a polling booth, another with blood trickling down her face and police attacking firefighters as they tried to… Please follow and like us:

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FRANCE – French unions stage fresh protests over labour law reform

French unions will stage new protests Thursday against an overhaul of the country’s labour code, hoping to build pressure on President Emmanuel Macron days before his signature reform is expected to become law. The marches come a week after hundreds of thousands of people — 200,000 according to police, half a million according to organisers –… Please follow and like us:

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Pence hints at economic sanctions against Venezuela: ‘Our resolve is unwavering’

MIAMI — Vice President Mike Pence hinted Wednesday at soon-to-come economic sanctions against the Venezuelan government, but he offered little in the way of specifics of what a more robust U.S. response might look like or when it might come, choosing instead to deliver a broader message of hope to increasingly despondent Venezuelans. Pence indicated the… Please follow and like us:

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