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The Union Flag flies near the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, June 7, 2017.


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The United Kingdom likes to see itself as a champion for human rights defenders globally. It has recently published guidelines for the protection and support of rights defenders around the world. While welcome, real support requires a willingness to speak out even when it carries political costs.

The new guidelines praise the courageous work of human rights defenders in the face of risks including threats, intimidation, harassment, and detention. The guidelines rightly identify groups which are in greater danger, such as journalists, women, and LGBT activists, and express the UK’s commitment to support them “wherever they are in the world.”

But when it comes to actually standing up for human rights defenders, the UK’s record is patchy. While it sometimes speaks out in private, it remains reluctant to do so publicly, even though doing so would raise the cost to states that seek to silence those who speak truth to power.

The UK government has so far done very little about credible reports of the torture, sexual harassment, and assault of Saudi women activists currently on trial for defending human rights in their country. It has failed to hold Hungary to account for its efforts to clamp down on human rights groups and rule of law. And it has failed to criticize United Arab Emirates authorities for the unjust imprisonment of Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor on his peaceful calls for reform.

The UK hopes that by publishing these guidelines, defenders might be encouraged to understand that the British government might be able to support them. But if the UK is really serious about this, it should be willing to speak out publicly on their behalf when they are in trouble, including when their safety is at risk in countries that are UK allies.

In short, the UK’s new Prime Minister should make it a priority to protect and support human rights defenders no matter where they are in the world.

Source: Human Rights Watch News

Critical Time for Human Rights in Guinea

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Critical Time for Human Rights in Guinea

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Blog: Critical Time for Human Rights in Guinea


Anti-riot police clash with Guinean opposition supporters in Conakry on March 22, 2018. 


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Next year, Guinea’s human rights record will come under scrutiny in a review carried out by the Human Rights Council. Human Rights Watch yesterday gave the Council a report that looks at the state of human rights in the country and where progress is still needed.

Guinea’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) comes at a pivotal moment. Since President Alpha Condé came to power in 2010 – ending five decades of authoritarian rule – Guinea has made significant progress in strengthening the rule of law, particularly by improving oversight of security forces and limiting the role of the army in law enforcement.

Now though, with presidential elections set to take place in late 2020, a rights crisis may return. The government has, since July 2018, banned virtually all demonstrations, but opposition supporters are likely to take to the streets if Condé tries to change the constitution so he can stand for a third term.

Political protests in Guinea are often violent. Scores of demonstrators, as well as several members of the security forces, have been killed in the past decade, and Human Rights Watch has documented dozens of alleged fatal shootings by the police and gendarmerie.

Condé’s government has done too little to deter state-sponsored violence by investigating and prosecuting alleged unlawful killings. He came to power in 2010, but the first conviction of a member of the security forces for shooting a protester dead didn’t happen until February 2019.

Human Rights Watch’s report ahead of the UPR repeats the recommendation first made in April, that the government revive a special judicial unit to more effectively investigate protest deaths.

Guinea’s UPR is a critical occasion for United Nations member states to push the government to make progress on human rights issues, particularly ahead of the 2020 elections. They should, as a priority, urge the government to ensure security forces use force only when absolutely necessary, to address long-standing impunity for state-sponsored violence, and to respect freedom of assembly.

Source: Human Rights Watch News

Amazon Removes Documentaries Showing Better Ways to Fight Disease

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by Jeff Witzeman

Amazon Prime Video has quietly been removing films from its library that deal with vaccines and cancer treatment. 

Most recently (May 30th, 2019) Cancer Can Be Killed, Burzynski: Cancer Cure Cover Up, and Behind the Fear: The Hidden Story of HIV.

Cancer Can Be Killed was completely wiped off the site presumably because the reviews were so good, the evidence had to be destroyed before anyone could see them.

March 1st was when censorship was rolled out in full force, beginning with a letter from Congressman Adam Schiff (D) to Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon asking him what he was doing to control the “medically inaccurate” information on his site.

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Source: Humans Are Free

Lawsuit Likely to Expose Google’s Rampant Censorship, Prejudice, and Illegal Practices

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Lawsuit Likely to Expose Google’s Rampant Censorship, Prejudice, and Illegal Practices

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Blog: Lawsuit Likely to Expose Google’s Rampant Censorship, Prejudice, and Illegal Practices


by Justin Deschamps

A recent development in the James Damore lawsuit is likely to expose Google’s rampant censorship, prejudice, and illegal practices.

In 2017, Damore was fired for penning an internal memo that exposed the companies prejudicial hiring practices and corporate culture.

Big Tech is one aspect of the Deep State’s censorship and propaganda agenda — if they can control what people see online, they can control what people believe, which means they can manipulate your opinions, conversations and behavior. This is one way the powers that be maintain their control.

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Source: Humans Are Free

Protect the Right to Criticize the Government: It’s Un-American To Be Anti-Free Speech

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Protect the Right to Criticize the Government: It’s Un-American To Be Anti-Free Speech

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Blog: Protect the Right to Criticize the Government: It’s Un-American To Be Anti-Free Speech


Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us? The constitutional theory is that we the people are the sovereigns, the state and federal officials only our agents. We who have the final word can speak softly or angrily. We can seek to challenge and annoy, as we need not stay docile and quiet.” — Justice William O. Douglas

Unjust. Brutal. Criminal. Corrupt. Inept. Greedy. Power-hungry. Racist. Immoral. Murderous. Evil. Dishonest. Crooked. Excessive. Deceitful. Untrustworthy. Unreliable. Tyrannical.

These are all words that have at some time or other been used to describe the U.S. government.

These are all words that I have used at some time or other to describe the U.S. government. That I may feel morally compelled to call out the government for its wrongdoing does not make me any less of an American.

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Source: Humans Are Free

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Washington, D.C.—In response to reports that the Trump Administration plans to set next year’s refugee cap at zero, Human Rights First’s Jennifer Quigley issued the following statement:

The United States is a country built by refugees. To refuse to admit refugees, at a time when there are a record number of people fleeing their homes around the world, is a cowardly, racially-motivated abdication of our nation’s values.

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Two children skip across the funeral parlour’s greasy tarmac car park, carrying a bag of sweets – a handle each – with gap tooth grins; like dandelion kings. Their sister’s sitting at the bus stop with some friends, coughing over an illicit shared cigarette: all the time in the world and no cash to go […]

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Donald Trump rages amidst the “hunt for high-ranking officials,” who wrote in a commentary that he was part of the “resistance” — Archy Worldys

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SkyTrain construction soars to $500M per K, but why is ‘confidential’ — Vancouver Sun

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The New Democrats commissioned the detailed budget for the project, vetted the numbers, and know what each component is expected to cost. They just aren’t telling the taxpaying public anything about it.

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Jeff Bezos’s First Major Political Donation Is $10 Million to Elect Veterans — MADNESS GOODNESS BLOG

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By KAREN WEISE Mr. Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, made what was by far their largest political contribution to the With Honor Fund, which backs congressional candidates with military backgrounds. Published: September 4, 2018 at 03:00PM from NYT

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The Gospel of Hard Work, According to Silicon Valley



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Silicon Valley’s emphasis on work-life balance may be evolving, but its priesthood still values a very particular kind of grit. This ideological tension came to blows earlier this week in a marathon Twitter fight that started on Memorial Day, with anecdotal evidence and closing arguments still trickling in days later.

The dialogue began innocently enough when Blake Robbins, a tech investor who has worked or interned for companies like Google, Nest, and SpaceX, deployed a flurry of tweets about his philosophy on work-life balance. “When I first got into tech. I thought it was ‘cool’ to work on the weekends or holidays. I quickly realized that’s a recipe for disaster,” Robbins wrote. “Not hanging with friends and family because you’re working isn’t ‘cool.’ Burning out isn’t ‘cool.’ I promise you…your competition isn’t beating you because they are working more hours than you. It’s because they are working smarter.”

But the mood quickly turned. “Totally false,” venture capitalist Keith Rabois tweeted back at Robbins. “Read a bio of Elon [Musk]. Or about Amazon. Or about the first 4 years of FB. Or PayPal. Or Bill Bellichick [sic]. It is pure arrogance to believe you can outsmart other talented people.”

The fetishization of hours clocked in the office is nothing new for this crowd. Silicon Valley’s sense of self-worth is deeply tied to the idea that hard work is a prerequisite for success. Why else would mild bromides about burn-out strike such a nerve? For the rest of the business world, “working smart” is a time-management cliche, not a call to arms.

Nonetheless Robbins’ plea for saner hours prompted a venture capitalist pile-on, not so much on this one guy, but on the idea that luck may have had anything to do with success, even for a cohort of Stanford graduates.

Devoted to Crushing It

Work ethic is a perennial topic in the tech industry, which has its own blinkered take on the American dream of bootstrapped socioeconomic mobility. Parables of extreme devotion — like the story of Elon Musk sleeping on a bean bag next to his desk at night in order to get his online city guides startup off the ground or the story about Elon Musk keeping a sleeping bag near Tesla’s production line — are recited faithfully by entrepreneur acolytes and established VCs alike.

This week’s Twitter debate reminded Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer whose allegations of a toxic work culture kicked off an independent investigation, of The Protestant Ethic and Spirit of Capitalism, the major work authored by German sociologist Max Weber. “There’s this concept of the ‘Protestant work ethic’ that’s intrinsically related to capitalism, the idea being that, to the Protestant, ‘hard work’ is a religious duty, a profession of faith and devotion,” she tells WIRED. “The harder you work, the better a Christian you are, the better chance you have of salvation.”

The ideology has become so powerful, it’s had a strong downstream influence on startups, the types of markets these companies develop, and even the way they advertise contract work to their potential labor supply. (A recent New Yorker article about the gig economy’s marketing style called Lyft “ghoulishly cheerful” for celebrating the fact that a driver worked through her last week of pregnancy.)

However, this standard Silicon Valley trope was met with instantaneous backlash Monday. Detractors aimed their fire directly at the investors pushing this prosperity gospel about how only the deserving ascend to the top. David Heinemeier Hanson, creator of the programming language Ruby on Rails, cofounder of communication software Basecamp, and a best-selling author, ripped into Rabois & Co. in a blog post calling their ideology “trickle-down workaholism.”

“There’s an ingrained mythology around startups that not only celebrates burn-out efforts, but damn well requires it,” Hanson wrote before delivering, quite literally, the money quote: “It’s the logical outcome of trying to compress a lifetime’s worth of work into the abbreviated timeline of a venture fund.”

Hanson dismantles the notion that that long hours are a mandatory part of a startup’s origin story — and, in fact, that there are other forces at play here. If tech financiers’ wealth depends on the productivity of its portfolio companies, then investor attitudes are partly responsible for the unhealthy work habits that have infected so many startups. “It’s not hard to understand why such a mythology serves the interest of money men who spread their bets wide and only succeed when unicorns emerge,” Hanson wrote. “Of course they’re going to desire fairytale sacrifices. There’s little to no consequence to them if the many fall by the wayside, spent to completion trying to hit that home run. Make me rich or die tryin’.”

Rabois tells WIRED that return on investment has nothing to do with it. “I feel it’s professional malpractice to give career advice to younger people that they don’t have to work hard,” he says. “People are going to wind up disappointed with their professional careers, lack of income, certainly with lack of reputation.” And easy affirmations could have devastating effects. “Look, there’s always trade-offs in life and success without sacrifice is a myth,” he says. People may aspire to be fitness models for Men’s Health, for example, but that’s not possible “if you don’t want to go to the gym everyday, if you’re not disciplined about what you eat.”

Rabois also says the call to work hard “has nothing to do with being a VC.” “That’s a nice clickbait sort of article or post,” he says, but it’s misleading. In fact, Rabois adds, practicing law is where he learned about the power of hard work. “High school and college were pretty easy for me,” he says, but in law, “several other very smart people just outworked me.” Tech isn’t even the most demanding field, he argues. “Certainly I worked harder in law than in tech.”

According to Hanson, however, the demand to sacrifice personal time is felt most keenly by employees, not executives, rolling downhill from the founder, gaining speed as it goes and landing on those “who actually have to make good on those exponential expectations.”

“Not only are these sacrifices statistically overwhelmingly likely to be in vain, they’re also completely disproportionate. The programmer or designer or writer or even manager that gives up their life for a 80+ hour moonshot will comparably-speaking be compensated in bananas, even if their lottery coupon should line up. The lion’s share will go to the Scar and his hyenas, not the monkeys,” Hanson writes. (When we’re talking about Silicon Valley salaries, of course, relativity is key.)

Fowler says the pressure manifests itself in two ways. Either management and founders tell employees they need to work long hours or they don’t belong. Or bosses don’t explicitly demand 10 to 14 hour workdays, “but employees who don’t work these hours are denied promotions or are seen as ‘not being cultural fits’ or ‘not being committed or passionate.’” Fowler has seen both examples in practice, including employees with families who “can ‘only work ten hours,’ and therefore aren’t ‘cut out’ for the industry.”

It “definitely limits the idea of a ‘someone who belongs in tech’ to the small section of the population that is young, has little to no responsibility, and honestly who doesn’t know any better,” Fowler says.

Ironically, this week’s debate occurred right in the middle of an initiative to move Silicon Valley culture away from that toxic definition of self-worth. On Tuesday, while Rabois was still tweeting out Nietzsche quotesand anecdotes from Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance in order to prove his point, Kip, a therapy startup backed by Y Combinator posted an Investor Pledge for Mental Health committed to building “a healthier culture in Silicon Valley” when it comes to burn-out, stress, and time management. The pledge was backed by seven small venture capital firms and a dozen or so investors.

Yet the message to startup employees remains muddled. Y Combinator may have invested in mental health, but one of the more contentious parts of this Twitter feud was a slide from a lecture that Rabois gave as part of a Stanford class on startups taught by Y Combinator’s Sam Altman. The slide features a quote from NFL football coach Bill Walsh. In one of his books, Walsh wrote that know you’re doing your job right if you’re up at 3am and “have a knot in your stomach, a rash on your skin, are losing sleep and losing touch with your wife and kids.” In a video of the class, Rabois pulls up the slide and tells the students, “If this doesn’t sound appetizing, you probably shouldn’t start a company truthfully.”

This post has been updated to clarify Robbins’ employment history.

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Couple ordered to hand over homeless man’s GoFundMe money — WGNO

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After Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless man with just $20 in his pocket, gave stranded motorist Kate McClure the money for gas last October, the woman and her boyfriend raised $400,000 to help him out.

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Poverty Task Force invites Municipal Election Candidates and the public to test their knowledge about poverty in our community! —

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At the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force we listen to people in our communities with low income. In the lead up to this election, we asked people with low income what do you want for your families? “It turns out they want what people of all economic levels want: steady income, a home that is […]

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Amazon is 2nd US company to reach $1 trillion market value — The Denver Post

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Amazon has become the second publicly traded company to be worth $1 trillion, hot on the heels of iPhone maker Apple.

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The US Military Sees Endless War as a “Victory” — Russia News Now

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