22/10/2018

Our Apparent Surrender – Immolation of Privacy in the Digital World

 Human Wrongs Watch

By Fernando Velázquez*

The almighty god of technological progress demands countless sacrifices.
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Internet security | Photo from Wall Street International.

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We sacrificed our time at first; navigating at all times and everywhere in that immense cloud of information called the Internet, and even we stay in it through various apps that locate us and call us at any moment.

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22/10/2018

Minimalism

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22/10/2018

Brazil: Bolsonaro’s Son Threatens Electoral Court with Violence

Eduardo Bolsonaro warned TSE they would face dire consequences if they contested his father’s candidacy.
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Grande Expediente – Dep. Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSC-SP) | Lucio Bernardo Jr. – Câmara dos Deputados | Source CC BY 3.0

21 October 2018 (teleSUR)* — A soldier and a corporal are enough to close Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court (TSE), Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of Brazilian Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro, said Sunday [21 October 2018].
A controversial video surfaced this weekend showing Federal Member of Parliament Elect Bolsonaro warning the TSE they would face dire consequences if they contested his father’s candidacy.
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Allegations of electoral crimes, specifically the abuse of economic power and illegal use of social media, triggered calls for an investigation to bar the popular right-wing candidate from the presidential race and from politics for the next eight years.

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22/10/2018

Blue Awakening as Latin America and Caribbean States Say No to Plastic

22 October 2018 (UN Environment)*From the remote Galápagos Islands to the humid depths of the Amazon forest, governments are cutting back on plastic, citizens are cleaning beaches, and innovators are seeking alternative products as part of a region-wide movement to turn the tide on plastic pollution.

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Wembley/ Unsplash | Photo from UN Environment
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Awareness of the need to act is growing in a region that is particularly vulnerableto marine litter – the Caribbean is the second most polluted sea in the world – and to other environmental threats caused by our changing climate, such as increasingly powerful storms.

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21/10/2018

‘The Hungarian Government Shifts to High Gear in the Persecution of Vulnerable Groups’

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By The Hungarian Helsinki Committee*

The Punitive State: if you can’t solve it, ban it!

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The Hungarian Helsinki Committee

Whenever there’s public dissent or the government finds no solution to a social problem, governments of the Fidesz party resorts to prohibition or punishment.

Harassment and discrimination of the homeless people has been ongoing for long, but this new level of persecution of homelessness began at the time of the second Fidesz government and has continuously been on Fidesz’s agenda ever since.

In summer 2018, the two third majority of the parliament banned homelessness in the whole country, making the lives of one of the most vulnerable social groups even harder.

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21/10/2018

‘Major Blow’ to Global Stability: Russian Lawmakers React to Trump’s INF [Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty] Pullout

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MOSCOW, 21 October 2018 (Sputnik)*The United States decision to leave INF under the pretext of alleged Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) was condemned by Russian Lawmakers.

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A bundle of three Soviet RSD-10 missiles prepared for demolition at the Kapustin Yar launch site. The missiles were destroyed in accordance with the INF Treaty. © Sputnik / Vladimir Rodionov 

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On Saturday [20 October 2018], US President Donald Trump announced the country’s withdrawal from the INF treaty over the alleged Russian violations of the agreement.

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21/10/2018

Gender Wars in the No-Longer United States

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ellyn Kaschak*

17 October 2018, (Wall Street International)* — I am a lifelong American citizen, born and raised in New York. I have lived my adult life in Northern California. I have been a professor, a therapist and a writer for all my adult years. I have only felt moderately comfortable in these roles, as I was repeatedly ridiculed and criticized and even sexually assaulted once or twice for the crime of believing that I, a woman, could do these jobs.
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Sexual discrimination in employment | Photo from Wall Street International.

My family was also horrified and wanted me to stay home, marry and give them grandchildren.

Of course, I was not the only one and the U.S. is not the only country where this discrimination and harassment occur.

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20/10/2018

Brazil Court Summons Bolsonaro on Electoral Crimes

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Brazil court summons far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro for electoral crimes, stemming from allegations that he created a fake news campaign.

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Bolsonaro discute violência contra mulheres na Câmara. | Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil | CC BY 3.0 br
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19 October 2018 (teleSUR)* – Jair Bolsonaro has five days to appear before the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) and present his case, amid allegations of disseminating fake news. TSE Minister Jorge Mussi made the decision after an online petition — requesting Bolsonaro be disqualified in the race for the presidency in Brazil — was started.

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20/10/2018

The Bolsonaro Effect

Human Wrongs Watch

It sounds like a distasteful joke, but Brazilians are on the verge of electing a far-right president (Jair Messias Bolsonaro) and it is difficult to estimate what this means to progressive forces in Brazil. Español Português

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18 October 2018 (openDemocracy)* – It sounds like a distasteful joke, but Brazilians are on the verge of electing a far-right president. After winning the first ballot on 7 October, candidate Jair Messias Bolsonaro (Social Liberal Party) now leads the polls for the second ballot enjoying 58% of voting intentions (considering only the valid votes). It is difficult to estimate what this means to progressive forces in Brazil.

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20/10/2018

Children Separated at Border, Suffering Alarming and Prolonged Effects – Independent Human Rights Experts

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Separating children from their undocumented parents is a traumatic violation of their rights, UN independent experts said on 19 October 2018.

Johnathan Levinson : Children play at the Todos por Ellos family shelter in Tapachula, near Mexico’s border with Guatemala. 

The group of experts said in a statement that the treatment of migrants as criminals, provokes intolerance and xenophobia, in addition to posing a danger to their well-being.

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