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Monday, May 01, 2017

Ten Things: Did You Know...?

American columnist calls Turkish President a murderous autocrat
American columnist calls POTTR a murderous autocrat/GA.

News nuggets crimped, trimmed and pruned from the press.

  1. Peter Beinart, writing for the Atlantic, has called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a "murderous autocrat", as Turkey blocks all access inside the country to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, one of the world's most popular websites.
  2. The founder and chairman of the Persian-language Gem TV company has been killed in Istanbul.
  3. People in Hong Kong enjoy free speech and a free press, but don't have the right to democratic elections - meaning they can readily discuss what makes them unhappy, but have limited political means to change things. Meanwhile violence has erupted in Brazil at the end of the country's first general strike in more than 20 years.
  4. Tensions continue to rise between the United States and North Korea, as US President Donald Trump says that a "major, major conflict" is possible. Meanwhile North Korea is being accused of parading fake weapons in its most recent show of military might, as another test-fired ballistic missile failed - the second failed launch in the past fortnight.
  5. A student has admitted building a bomb and leaving it on a London Tube train but said it was for a prank, while Facebook has admitted that it observed attempts to spread propaganda on its site, apparently orchestrated by governments or organised parties.
  6. The British government is protesting against Twitter's decision to withdraw access to user data used to investigate potential terrorist plots, while being criticised for a lack of transparency over its decision to kill a British citizen with a drone strike in Syria in 2015.
  7. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says it would be very difficult for the UK to refuse the US if it asked for support in another military strike on Syria.
  8. As Israel shoots down "a target" over the Golan Heights, hours after it was accused of a missile strike at a military site near Damascus international airport, ex-MP David Ward, who caused controversy in 2013 when he accused "the Jews" of atrocities against Palestinians, has been sacked by his party, the Liberal Democrats.
  9. Far-right protesters stormed into Macedonia's parliament on Thursday after an ethnic Albanian was elected as speaker, while alt-right, former Breitbart Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos declared that he would "bring an army" to UC Berkeley against liberal protestors.
  10. UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has denied claims from a former party donor that the party is at "war" with Muslims, while a counter-terrorism officer was not being racist when he put a monkey toy on a black colleague's desk, a disciplinary panel has found.

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