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Fury over “state piracy” as West weighs action against Belarus – www.channelnewsasia.com

From www.channelnewsasia.com Excerpt: KYIV/VILNIUS: Western politicians accused Belarus on Monday (May 24) of state piracy amounting to a “warlike act”, searching for a way to retaliate that would match the gravity of the offence after Minsk forced an airliner down and arrested a dissident journalist. Sunday’s action, in which a Belarusian warplane intercepted a Ryanair […]…

Why Arkansas Is a Test Case for a Post-Trump Republican Party – www.nytimes.com

From www.nytimes.com Excerpt: Asked about Ms. Rutledge’s criticism, Ms. Sanders ignored her rival and trumpeted her own record-setting early fund-raising. “I take nothing for granted,” she said via text message. Should Ms. Sanders emerge as the Republican standard-bearer, she may face a third-party opponent from well outside the pro-Trump orbit. State Senator Jim Hendren, who […]…

India told social media firms to remove posts mentioning the ‘Indian variant’ of Covid-19, say reports – www.businessinsider.co.za

From www.businessinsider.co.za Excerpt: Covid-19 victims being cremated at Seemapuri crematorium in New Delhi, India. Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images India’s tech ministry reportedly asked social media companies to remove the term “Indian variant.” The demand was sent via a letter on Friday, Reuters and AFP reported. The letter reportedly said the phrase […]…

Tokyo Olympics: SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son warns Japan has ‘a lot to lose’ by proceeding with Games – www.scmp.com

From www.scmp.com Reuters Excerpt: In a series of tweets, SoftBank Group’s founder and CEO Masayoshi Son expressed bewilderment and concern about the Tokyo Olympics going ahead amid Japan’s slow-going vaccination drive during the Covid-19 pandemic.“Currently more than 80 per cent of people want the Olympics to be postponed or cancelled. Who and on what authority […]…

To Advance Its Own Interests, Turkey Should Now Help Stabilize Libya – warontherocks.com

From warontherocks.com Emadeddin Badi Excerpt: Ten years into Libya’s revolution, the proliferation of armed actors and a succession of sclerotic governments have taken their toll on the country’s security. Add organized crime and porous, ill-policed borders, and the country has become a major hub for smuggling weapons, drugs, and people. It is against this backdrop […]…

China bitcoin mining: Huobi suspends domestic bitcoin mining amid global sell-off, wider Beijing scrutiny – www.scmp.com

From www.scmp.com Tracy Qu Excerpt: Cryptocurrency exchange Huobi has suspended bitcoin mining services and sales of mining equipment in mainland China, becoming one of the first Chinese-founded platforms to do so, as the price of bitcoin continues to fall after the central government announced a crackdown.“In order to be more focused on the expansion of […]…

Opinion | I’m From Gaza. Hamas Is Irrelevant. – www.nytimes.com

From www.nytimes.com Excerpt: Which is perfect for the Israelis. Hamas, with its iron grip and rocket attacks, is the ideal hook on which to hang all blame. Its popularity has declined since 2006, though that has been buoyed lately — but that, too, actually is irrelevant. What Palestinians think of Hamas has nothing to do […]…

Facebook launches Transparency Center, reveals data on piracy and hate content – www.industryleadersmagazine.com

From www.industryleadersmagazine.com Excerpt: Facebook has launched a new Transparency Center, which along with its biannual report on government data requests, will also provide updates on the company’s policies and how it safeguards information on the site with human and tech filters. The social media platform company also announced its transparency report for the first quarter […]…