Chloe Chua: Self in Mind (Jaehyuck Choi) / Winter (Vivaldi)

Save net neutrality

When the FCC repeal goes into effect on June 11th, “the Internet as we know it” will not suddenly die. Nothing will happen right away. Shills for big telecom companies will immediately start saying “See? The sky didn’t fall, guess we never needed net neutrality in the first place.”
The big ISPs aren’t going to immediately start blocking websites or rolling out harmful paid prioritization scams. Not while Congress and the courts are still deliberating. Not while major states like California and New York are considering legislation. Not while they know the whole Internet is poised to attack as soon as they break the rules.
Even if the ISPs get their way in the end, the Internet’s death will be slow. You probably won’t even notice it happening at first. That’s what makes it so sinister. But over time, there will be less innovative startups, less choice and diversity of opinion online, less creativity, more centralization, less awesome. We’ll also lose one of the most important tools we have for exposing corruption, challenging tyranny, and holding the powerful accountable.
But we’re not going to let that happen. We’ve turned net neutrality into a mainstream issue for the first time ever. And now we’re building a movement to make sure that we protect it for generations to come.
The fight ahead is not going to be easy, but victory is within reach.



Don't execute Noura for self defense against the man who raped her!

At 16, Noura was forcibly married off by her father. She refused, and in protest left her family home on the outskirts of Khartoum to stay with her aunt in Sinnar, a city almost 250 kilometers away. Noura lived with her relative for three years before her father called to say that the wedding was cancelled, and that she should come home.
Upon her arrival, Noura found that she had been tricked, that the wedding to which she had never agreed was still happening, and shortly after was given away to her unchosen husband.


Hillary Clinton: Need to take reports of Chinese meddling seriously

“Experts are sounding the alarm about Chinese efforts to gain political power and influence policy decisions,” she said during a speech in Auckland Monday night.
“(Academic) Anne-Marie Brady of the University of Canterbury has rightly called this a new global battle, and it’s just getting started,” added Clinton.
China vehemently denies allegations that it tries to influence the domestic politics of other countries for its own benefit.
Clinton’s comments follow a report by Brady published last month in the Journal of Democracy, accusing Beijing of carrying out a “concerted foreign-influence campaign” in New Zealand.
“The campaign aims to further the political and economic agendas of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) by co-opting local elites, securing access to strategic information and resources, and manipulating public discourse,” said the report.

US Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution on Tibetan Reincarnation

Marking the first time ever that a national legislature has supported the Tibetan Buddhist community’s right to identify and install their religious leaders, the United States Senate unanimously passed S.Res.429, which calls any interference by the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the religious process “invalid”. The resolution also commemorated the 59th anniversary of Tibet’s 1959 uprising as “Tibetan Rights Day”.

Three-member European Parliamentary Delegation led by MEP Thomas Mann, MEP Csaba Sogor and MEP Ramon Tremosa received a private audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Wednesday morning. The delegation is on a six-day visit to Dharamshala, the seat of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration.
In an exclusive interview with Tibet.net, MEP Thomas Mann said that the meeting entailed important discussion and marked a special occasion as it coincided with Europe Day.
“In whole Europe, people are celebrating the way of European Union, our values, progress and also our problems. So on this special day, we had the opportunity of meeting His Holiness. He underlined how important the European Union is. Although he knows that we have some conflicts and differences but he said, ‘the most important is what you have done in all the last years… So its most important and your fight for freedom is very important,” MEP Mann said.



BlackRock steps up lobbying of the European Commission

BlackRock met EU officials to discuss financial market matters more times than any other company in the seven months to July, in a sign of the growing influence of the world’s largest asset manager. The US giant, which has $4.5tn in assets under management, had more meetings with European Commission officials ... than Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Deutsche Bank.

India: teenage girl raped and burned to death

A 16-year-old girl has been kidnapped and gang raped, then burned to death when her family tried to seek justice, in the latest case of horrific sexual violence to emerge in India.



Six months ago, Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was brutally killed by a car bomb just meters from her home. The investigation into her killing is ongoing, but there is little doubt that she was murdered because of her work. With a brazen, unapologetic and uncompromising style, she denounced corruption, nepotism, clientelism, and all kinds of criminal behaviors in her tiny EU member state.
A group of 45 journalists representing 18 news organizations from 15 countries picked up Daphne’s work after it was abruptly halted by her gruesome death on the doorstep of Europe. For five months they kept digging — poring over her findings, gathering documents, talking to sources — to try to get to the bottom of the many leads the formidable woman left behind.
The Daphne Project was coordinated and led by Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based organization established specifically to continue the work of killed, imprisoned, or otherwise incapacitated journalists.


Spain's terrorist "justice" and Iran's terrorist police

Among the politicians facing charges of rebellion is Jordi Sanchez, the latest candidate put forward by Catalan lawmakers to become leader of the region. Supreme court judge Pablo Llarena refused last week to release him from jail and he faces up to 25 years on charges of rebellion, marking the latest of four unsuccessful attempts to elect a new leader. If a new leader is not named before the end of May, Catalonia will be forced to call another election.

Shocking video footage of a young woman being wrestled to the floor by Iranian “morality police” because her hijab was loose has sparked outrage after it was posted online.