Facebook bans RT’s digital content project Redfish for posts marking end of Mussolini’s dictatorship and Holocaust Memorial Day

RT’s Redfish, an award-winning Berlin-based digital content project, has had its Facebook page of over 830,000 followers deleted over posts commemorating the Holocaust and the defeat of Italian fascism. The company’s Facebook account was suspended on Friday after a recent post that criticized fascism. Redfish said Facebook deleted the page on the grounds that its posts commemorating the Holocaust and the defeat of Italian fascism violated its community standards. The post in question featured an upside-down photo of Italy’s dictator Benito Mussolini. It was written on April 28, marking the day when Adolf Hitler’s Axis ally was executed.

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China’s social credit program creeps into Canada

China’s Orwellian “social credit system” that records the social and financial behaviour of individuals and corporations across China, using a vast surveillance system, has expanded globally, and is now openly operational at the renowned Haidilao hot pot restaurant, in Western Canada. Ryan Pan, a manager with Haidilao Hot Pot in Vancouver confirmed that over 60 surveillance cameras have been installed in the restaurant at the request of the Haidilao corporation, as part of the social credit system in China. He said that the Vancouver location has 30 tables with two cameras assigned to each table. When asked specifically why Haidilao required so many cameras to monitor staff and patrons, Ryan Pan said that the cameras were installed to “punish” staff if they didn’t adhere to corporate standards and to “people track”. Pan also said that the video is sent back to China but declined to say why this was, other than to say the reason for this was “secret.”

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Biden recklessly says it’s a patriotic responsibility for vaccinated people to wear masks

President Biden is continuing his atrocious messaging on vaccines. In a Today Show interview, the fully vaccinated Biden claimed that he would continue to wear a mask near people — even outside in case somebody came up near him — because it’s his “patriotic responsibility.” This has absolutely no basis in science.

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Senate confirms former Obama official Samantha Power to lead USAID

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Samantha Power to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Senators voted 68-26 to confirm Power, who served in the Obama administration as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. President Biden is also expected to put Power on the White House National Security Council, where she served during Obama’s first term. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee advanced Power’s nomination earlier this month by a voice vote. But she faced questions during her confirmation hearing about the surge of migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border and about her previous support for military intervention in Syria and Libya. Power — a former war correspondent, activist and academic — is reentering public office with a focus on soft power. As the head of USAID, she’ll oversee the distribution of billions of dollars in foreign aid. She’ll also likely have sway on Biden’s broader foreign policy, an area where she played a key role during the Obama…

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One year after George Floyd, Minneapolis is ‘Murderapolis’ again

It would be foolish to deny that there’s a specific significance when citizens are unjustly killed by the police, as a jury in Minneapolis determined last week happened to George Floyd. Armed agents of the state funded by taxpayer money have special obligations, and that includes avoiding the unjust killing of citizens. When the killing is captured on video, an intense emotional reaction is doubly understandable. But with the gigantic outpouring of global attention that the Floyd case received — and with virtually every major elite US institution united in both their condemnation of the death-inducing act, and their claimed resolve to continue doing unspecified reparative “work” — it would be foolish to not also notice the comparatively miniscule attention that other instances of unjust killings receive. If one unjust killing (Floyd) generates sustained, historic, society-altering attention, and hundreds or thousands of others generate virtually no attention, the reasons for that…

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NHS app will be used as Covid ‘vaccine passport’ for foreign travel

International travellers will be asked to demonstrate their Covid vaccination and testing status using the NHS smartphone app, the UK government has confirmed, as experts warned that “vaccine passports” could be required for years. The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said work had started on developing the app many people used to book appointments with their GPs so that it could show whether they been vaccinated and tested for the virus. He promised that a list of possible holiday destinations would be released within a fortnight. But, in interviews on Wednesday morning, he was coy about when people would be able to start travelling abroad for holidays, saying the public would have to “wait and see” when they could go to some of the most popular foreign holiday destinations. “Spain specifically, I’m afraid I just don’t have the answer to that because the joint biosecurity centre will need to come up with their assessment and we can’t do that until a bit nearer the time,” he told…

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Palestinians blame Israel as parliamentary, presidential elections are delayed

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday postponed planned elections amid a dispute over voting in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem and divisions in his Fatah party. Abbas announced the postponement of parliamentary elections due on May 22, and a senior Palestine Liberation Organization official later confirmed that it extended to the presidential ballot planned for July 31. The 85-year-old president blamed Israel for uncertainty about whether it would allow the Palestinian election to proceed in Jerusalem as well as in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. “Facing this difficult situation, we decided to postpone the date of holding legislative elections until the participation of Jerusalem and its people is guaranteed,” he said in a speech on Palestinian TV. The postponement came three months after the elections were called, and on the day that campaigning was due to begin. The polls were widely seen as a response to criticism of the democratic legitimacy of Palestinian…

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18 French active-duty servicemen to face military court over open letter blasting ‘Islamist hordes’ and looming ‘civil war’

Eighteen French servicemen, who have been identified as signatories of a letter warning President Emmanuel Macron about a looming “civil war,” will come before a military court, the Armed Forces Chief of Staff said. Each of the identified soldiers and officers would appear before a higher military council, the Armed Forces Chief of Staff, General Francois Lecointre, told Le Parisien. All of them would be subjected to “disciplinary sanctions,” with the harsher ones reserved for the most senior ranks, he added. “I believe that the higher the responsibilities, the stronger the obligation of neutrality… is,” the general said. The chief of staff also said that those among the semi-retired generals who signed the controversial letter could potentially be forced to leave military service and go into full retirement. “These generals will each appear before a higher military tribunal. Following this procedure, it will be the President of the Republic who will sign a decree on [their]…

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Value investing icon jumps off Manhattan skyscraper to his death days after liquidating fund

Desperate analysts languishing on the bottom rung of finance’s long career ladder aren’t the only ones committing suicide anymore. Charles de Vaulx, a renowned value investor and co-founder of International Value Advisors, according to Barrons: “died suddenly Monday afternoon, leaving the asset management industry in shock. It was an apparent suicide, according to the New York Police Department, who confirmed to the press that de Vaulx jumped from the 10th floor of a Manhattan skyscraper to his death. The apparent suicide comes just days after he finished winding down his investment firm. “de Vaulx, 59, had built a long career as a risk-aware global investor who never deviated from his deep-value approach, even when it meant keeping as much as 40% of his funds in cash because he couldn’t find attractive investments during a 13-year stretch in which the markets favored faster-growing companies. De Vaulx’s conviction set him apart in the industry, even among other battle-tested…

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Trump supporter found guilty of threatening to kill lawmakers

A supporter of former President Trump has been found guilty of threatening to kill lawmakers before President Biden’s inauguration in January. A jury in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn handed down the verdict for Brendan Hunt, a Queens resident, on Wednesday, The Washington Post reported. Hunt could face up to 10 years in prison. Authorities said Hunt had posteda video on social media shortly after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot titled “KILL YOUR SENATORS: Slaughter them all.” Hunt said in the video that people should take guns to Biden’s inauguration later that month and “literally just spray these motherf—ers.” Authorities said Hunt also posted on Facebook in December that he wanted Trump to “hold a public execution of pelosi aoc schumer etc” or else “the citizenry will,” referring to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). While the jury in Brooklyn convicted Hunt on one count of threatening to…

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