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- The Amazon-owned Twitch streaming service has blocked several prominent left-wing streamers for using a derogatory term aimed at white people. The word in question – ‘cracker.’ It started when several moderators on Hassan Piker and Vaush’s channel received bans from Twitch after using the word ‘cracker.’ Both content creators have since gone on social media to comment on the sudden bans, and many left-wing media outlets have since expressed outrage over what they see as overzealous moderation by Twitch.
- An article with the attention-grabbing headline “Just one wrong move!” appeared in state-run English-language newspaper the Tehran Times on Tuesday. “An intensification of the Israeli military threats against Iran seems to suggest that the Zionist regime has forgotten that Iran is more than capable of hitting them from anywhere,” the authors of the piece suggested. Alongside the warning was a map of Israel, almost entirely covered with red pins symbolizing possible targets Iranian missiles could strike.
- The UK Supreme Court has rejected a legal challenge brought against the government over its failure to provide gender neutral passports after an LGBTQ rights campaigner claimed the lack of an ‘X’ option breaches human rights laws. Christie Elan-Cane, who identifies as a “non-gendered” individual “fighting for legal recognition,” initially launched the legal challenge to secure legal recognition for British people who don’t identify as male or female. The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed Elan-Cane’s appeal on Wednesday.
- Two of America’s largest real estate search engines have removed neighborhood crime data from their websites. While prospective buyers use this data to find safe addresses to live in, the companies involved say it’s racist. Until this week, buyers searching for a new home on Realtor.com could look at any number of informative map layers about their prospective new neighborhoods, from availability of public transport to public school ratings, or a heat map showing reported crimes. However, in a company update posted on Monday, Realtor CEO David Doctorow announced that the crime statistics layer has been removed, in an effort to “level the playing field” and “reimagine how we integrate safety data.”
- On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Margarita Gracheva, 29, is entitled to almost $418,000 for both past and future medical expenses, and loss of income, as a result of the ordeal inflicted by her spouse. In 2017, Gracheva’s then husband, Dmitry Grachev, became violent, tore up her passport, sent her death threats and locked her in her car after she told him of her plans to file for divorce. Gracheva went to the police, but was advised by an inspector to withdraw the complaint as his actions were apparently merely a “manifestation of love.”
- South Korea’s leading milk producer, Seoul Dairy Cooperative, has found itself in hot water after releasing an ad that depicts women as cows. The controversial video, which has since been re-uploaded by the public, was made to promote the company’s flagship brand, Seoul Milk. It shows a man walking through the woods with a large camera. He eventually reaches a meadow where he films a group of beautiful women in white clothes doing yoga in the lush grass and drinking water from a spring. But the cameraman accidentally steps on a twig, and with the cracking sound, all the ladies suddenly turn into cows. The clip concludes with the slogan: “Clean water, organic feed, 100% pure Seoul Milk. Organic milk from an organic ranch in the pleasant nature of Cheongyang.”
- It was revealed on Tuesday that NASA’s Parker Solar Probe had made contact with the Sun’s ‘corona’ in April – a milestone that Johns Hopkins University senior scientist Nour Raouafi, who worked on the project, described as “fascinatingly exciting.” “Flying so close to the Sun, Parker Solar Probe now senses conditions in the magnetically dominated layer of the solar atmosphere – the corona – that we never could before,” Raouafi explained, claiming scientists “can actually see the spacecraft flying through coronal structures that can be observed during a total solar eclipse.”
- Six sexual harassment cases have been filed against Tesla in Alameda County Superior Court in California, suggesting that female staff at the factory in Fremont were exposed to inappropriate touching, lewd comments, and harassed in other ways, according to a report in the Washington Post. “Although Tesla publicly claims that it fosters a safe and respectful environment for its workers, the truth is that for years Tesla has subjected women working in its Fremont facilities to nightmarish conditions of rampant sexual harassment,” the opening paragraph of each lawsuit reads.
- The Duke of York and his legal team said his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre has a “tendency to change her story,” as they fight to get the case tossed. Meanwhile, prosecutors in Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial rested on Friday after a number of witnesses were called over 10 days, including four alleged accusers and two of Epstein’s former pilots. Maxwell is being charged with several felony counts, some of which include human trafficking charges. She has denied all charges against her, and her lawyers argue she is being made a “scapegoat” for Epstein’s crimes.
- The coronavirus pandemic crisis and the measures implemented to address the pandemic have led to a record increase in the global debt to $226 trillion, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday. The IMF explained that the global debt increased by 28 percent to 256 percent of GDP in 2020. The global public debt ratio increased to a record 99 percent of GDP, while private debt from non-financial corporations and households also reached new highs, it said. Advanced economies are facing the most significant spike in public debt, which increased from 70% of GDP in 2007 to 124% in 2020, it added.
- A Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation was prompted after the FBI submitted information that multiple officials had solicited prostitutes and one official supplied a foreign law enforcement officer with a package of approximately 100 white pills. The investigation also determined that four agents “lacked candor about their interactions with prostitutes…and that one of those officials made false statements in an OIG compelled interview …when the official denied having engaged in sex acts with a prostitute.”
- It is 500 years since the Spanish conquest of Mexico but a line winding around a Madrid block shows that the legacy of half a millennium is more than rancor. Mexican President López Obrador stepped up his campaign for Spain to ask forgiveness for its conquest of his country. Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the leader of Madrid’s regional government, contested that Spain had given the Americas the Spanish language, Catholicism “and as a result, civilization and freedom.” This was always set to be a turbulent year for relations between the old capital and the former colony: 2021 also marks the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s declaration of independence from Spain.
- Malta became the first European country to allow limited cultivation and possession of cannabis for personal use, following a vote in parliament on Tuesday. The law, which was approved by 36 votes to 27, allows adults in Malta to possess up to seven grams (0.25 oz) of cannabis and grow up to four plants. The bill was promoted by Equality Minister Owen Bonnici, who says Malta has adopted a “harm-reduction approach” with the establishment of an authority to regulate the sale of cannabis for personal use by adults from non-profit associations. Smoking cannabis in public will remain against the law and anyone caught consuming cannabis in front of a child will be liable for fines of between 300 and 500 euros (US$340-$564).
- Threats of flooding and a surge in dengue fever cases loom in Greater Jakarta as the weather phenomenon La Niña returns for the second time this year and it is expected to last until February of next year. Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD Jakarta) has warned residents of the capital and its satellite cities — Bogor, Depok and Bekasi in West Java and Tangerang in Banten — of possible extreme weather and subsequent hydrometeorological hazards as a result of the weather anomaly. “The public should remain vigilant about potential extreme weather, including heavy downpours, strong winds, thunderstorms and hail that could result in flash floods, landslides or whirlwinds,” the agency posted on Instagram on Sunday.
- Nepal – The conservation of Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, the only hunting reserve in the country, has become an uphill task due to institutionalised encroachment of the area, according to officials. According to Surya Khadka, the assistant warden at the hunting reserve, around 240 hectares of land in the reserve have been intruded upon. The Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve sprawls over 1,325 sq km in the Dhaulagiri Himal range of Baglung, Myagdi and Rukum (East) districts. Established in 1983 and gazetted four years later, the reserve is home to 32 species of mammals and 130 bird species. Officials at the reserve say their effort to evict the encroachers has not been successful.
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