Syria News Links 30 April 2018

30 April 218 — williambowles.info

Syria announces Yarmouk camp evacuation agreement

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/syria-announces-yarmouk-camp-evacuation-agreement-180430162239804.html

Two killed, 13 wounded in shelling in Syria’s Homs – Russian reconciliation center
http://tass.com/society/1002574

Aggression: Imperialism strikes Syria again
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Racism, Russophobia and the Western Media: Selected Articles

29 April 2018 — Global Research

Whether It’s Russiagate, Skripal or Syria, the Media Have Lost Their Grip on Reality

By Paul Mansfield, April 29, 2018

“Blame Russia” for absolutely everything world we currently occupy has reached a point almost beyond return and is scaling heights that would turn Joseph McCarthy green with envy. Whether it is internally produced political turmoil and scandal, or because of generally reckless and failed foreign policy endeavours, the US and UK governments are more wiling than ever to pin the blame on Russia without fail. Continue reading

COPS campaign update April 2018

29 April 2018 — COPS

It’s been a busy month of revelations abour Britain’s political secret police. Here’s a rundown:

The Met finally admitted that Special Branch officers illegally supplied info on political activists for construction industry blacklisting. Activists have long shown that spycops officer Mark Jenner was a member of construction union UCATT, and whistleblower officer Peter Francis has named five trade unions that were spied on.
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Syria News Links 25-29 April 2018

30 April 2018 10:21:09 — williambowles.info

29 April 2018

Syria: SDF reclaim territory hours after government capture
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/syria-sdf-reclaim-territory-hours-government-capture-180429184747155.html

Pro-Regime Syrian Forces Take Control Of At Least Two Villages Near Iraq Border
http://kclu.org/post/pro-regime-syrian-forces-take-control-least-two-villages-near-iraq-border

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Gaza News Links 28 April – 30 March 2018

29 April 2018 — williambowles.info

28 April 2018 

Israeli snipers shoot another 178 Palestinian protesters, killing three
http://mondoweiss.net/2018/04/israeli-palestinian-protesters/

Israel needs Palestinian violence to shift world opinion — and ‘The New York Times’ helps out!
http://mondoweiss.net/2018/04/palestinian-violence-opinion/

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How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections—Part 1

28 April 2018 — WSWS

US election meddling in the age of the Internet

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo

This is the first part in a two-part series

In recent months, Google, Facebook and Twitter have signed agreements with the Mexican National Electoral Institute (INE), the organization charged with carrying out elections in Mexico, in what amounts to a massive campaign to manipulate the outcome of the July 1 general elections in the world’s tenth most populous country.

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EU Bans Neonics!

27 April 2018 — SumOfUs

I’m writing quickly to let you know some breaking news: WE WON! The EU neonics ban just passed.

A majority of European governments voted in favour of the European Commission’s proposal.

This is a massive win for the bees — and you and SumOfUs members around the world have helped make this happen. Thank you so much for your incredible support!

I’ll be in touch in the coming days with a more detailed report back.

In the meantime, let’s celebrate!

Wiebke and rest of the SumOfUs team

P.S. It’s only thanks to SumOfUs members like you that we won this amazing and historic bee-saving ban. But the battle to save the bees is far from over. Bayer and co will not give up now and neither can we. To keep the bees safe from pesticide giants we need sustained support from members like you — it’s the most powerful form of support. Please can you set up a small monthly donation today so that we can keep fighting for and saving the bees.

 

 

More information:

EU to fully ban neonicotinoid insecticides to protect bees, Reuters, April 27 2018.

The Real Reason Social Media Makes Hollywood So Nervous By J. F. Sargent

26 April 2018 — FAIR

Scene from the Black Mirror episode Nosedive

The Black Mirror episode “Nosedive” envisions a dystopia where every human interaction is rated on social media.

There’s an episode of the Netflix show Black Mirror called “Nosedive,” about a world where everyone can rate their interactions with everyone else on a scale of 1–5, and each person’s average rating determines their socioeconomic status. The moral of the episode (because most episodes of Black Mirror have a techno-moral at the end) was a warning against the dangers of mob mentality and groupthink on social media. It’s easy to see where they got the idea: you only need to look at the story of Justine Sacco, whose life was turned upside down over an offensive joke she wrote on Twitter, or Zoe Quinn, who’s life was torn apart over lies spread by a vengeful ex, to see that internet hatred and rumor-mongering is dangerous, and we haven’t figured out how to deal with it yet. It’s scary, but TV is obsessed with it.

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