Twitter’s Collapse Is Bad News for Organizers – But Another Commons Is Possible

TruthOut - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 11:27

Twitter’s demise is not just a story about the excesses of another “tech bro.” In October, when Elon Musk took over Twitter, users on the site began experiencing drastic modifications. These ranged from changes to Twitter’s system of “verified” blue checks, which Musk sold off for $8, to a near absence of content moderation and the elimination of most accessibility features. Musk has also raised...

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South Dakota Threatens Felony Charges for Pharmacists Prescribing Abortion Pills

TruthOut - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 11:14

South Dakota’s Republican governor and attorney general on Tuesday issued a threatening letter directed at the state’s pharmacists in response to a recent move by the Biden administration to ease restrictions on dispensing abortion pills amid the GOP’s nationwide assault on reproductive freedom. Gov. Kristi Noem and AG Marty Jackley’s letter begins by noting that after Dobbs v.

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McCarthy Blocks Schiff, Swalwell From Serving on Intelligence Committee

TruthOut - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 11:02

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-California) has blocked the appointment of two Democrats to the House Intelligence Committee in accordance with demands from several far right lawmakers. Earlier this week, Democratic House leader Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York) nominated Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, both Democrats from California, to serve on the Intelligence Committee they had...

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US joins Germany in sending battle tanks to Ukraine

BBC World News - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 10:35
Ukraine hails the twin announcements as a turning point, while Russia says they are a provocation.
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Virginia school had three warnings about 6-year-old with gun, says lawyer

BBC World News - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 10:35
Teacher Abigail Zwerner was left with serious injuries after being shot in her classroom.
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Burkina Faso unrest: France agrees to pull its troops out

BBC World News - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 10:14
Burkina Faso wants to defend itself against jihadists, who have forced two million from their homes.
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11 Months Out to the 2024 Primaries, Trump Struggles to Stay Relevant

TruthOut - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 10:09

In the immediate aftermath of the November midterms, the media painted Donald Trump and his endorsed candidates as losers and Ron DeSantis, who won reelection as governor of Florida by a thumping margin, as the man of the moment. In response, Trump unleashed waves of online assaults on his onetime protégé. He was, in all likelihood, goaded to insult by a series of post-election polls showing that...

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Beirut blast: Lebanon prosecutor charges judge leading investigation

BBC World News - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 09:56
It comes two days after the judge restarted his investigation, which had been frozen for 13 months.
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Rwanda accused of 'act of war' as DRC fighter jet is hit mid-air

CNN World News - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 09:29
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday denounced Rwanda's accusation that a Congolese fighter jet violated Rwandan airspace, alleging the aircraft was attacked by Rwandan forces in a "deliberate act of aggression that amounts to an act of war."
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White Supremacist Nick Fuentes’s Twitter Was Reinstated — Then Banned Again

TruthOut - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 09:18

On Tuesday, Twitter reinstated the account of Nick Fuentes, a white supremacist who has given high praise to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler as recently as last week — only to suspend Fuentes’s profile within 24 hours of its reinstatement. The site has not specified why it suspended Fuentes’s account for a second time, but one of the few tweets Fuentes shared while back on the platform referenced...

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Millions brace for bad weather day after destructive tornado

BBC World News - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 08:54
Forecasters predict heavy snow in many areas, with a tornado watch in effect in the South.
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Iran has amassed enough material for 'several nuclear weapons,' says IAEA chief

CNN World News - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 08:53
Diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapon should restart, said International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi, who warned that Tehran has amassed enough material for "several nuclear weapons."
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National Guard Wants to Expand Its Training Site to Twice the Size of Chicago

TruthOut - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 08:44

Nestled near the headwaters of the Au Sable River in Northern Lower Michigan, in lands forcibly taken from the Odawa and Ojibwa, the Michigan Army National Guard (MIANG) currently operates the largest National Guard training site in the country, Camp Grayling. At 230 square miles, it could fit Detroit (139 sq. miles), Lansing (37 sq. miles), and Grand Rapids (45 sq. miles) safely within its...

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People With HIV Are Still Being Criminalized in 25 States

TruthOut - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 08:35

In 2008, Robert Suttle’s life was upended. The 30-year-old had been working as an assistant law clerk at the Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport, Louisiana, when police arrested him in front of his colleagues. A former partner had accused him of not disclosing his HIV status and, in Louisiana, that constituted a felony charge of intentional exposure to the AIDS virus. It didn’t matter...

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Moscow Helsinki Group: Russia's oldest human rights organisation told to close

BBC World News - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 08:30
The Moscow Helsinki Group was founded in 1976 to monitor rights abuses in the Soviet Union.
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Gibraltar struggles with post-Brexit limbo

BBC World News - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 07:52
As talks resume on its future, the British overseas territory fears for its sovereignty and border.
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Why Germany delayed sending Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine

BBC World News - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 06:51
Chancellor Olaf Scholz's indecision has earned him criticism both nationally and internationally.
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Peru protests: President calls for 'truce' after clashes

BBC World News - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 06:45
Dina Boluarte says radical groups are behind the ongoing demonstrations calling for her to resign.
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Ukraine welcomes German tank move as 'first step'

BBC World News - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 06:21
Germany's decision to send tanks to Ukraine follows weeks of pressure from Kyiv and Western allies.
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Zambian student who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine laid to rest

CNN World News - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 05:36
The Zambian student who died in battle in Ukraine was buried Wednesday in a private ceremony in his home country, a family spokesman told CNN.
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