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May 2022

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10AfghanistanThe Afghanistan War reignites as the National Resistance Forces (NRF) attack Taliban positions in the Panjshir Valley. The NRF also accuses the Taliban of committing war crimes in retaliation against its actions.
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9AfghanistanAfghanistan hardening restrictions on women: ordering them to wear head-to-toe clothing that leaves only their eyes visible while in public, barring girls from attending school past sixth-grade, and demanding that female television presenters cover their faces.
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5Belgium Gay Pride Flag.svg Belgian authorities have connected an outbreak of monkeypox to the recent gay fetish Darklands festival in Antwerp, after three visitors contracted the virus during the event. It appears to be part of a worldwide outbreak, although numbers are still small.
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15 United States The Washington Post has revealed that back in 2014, Tucker Carlson e-mailed Joe Biden's son Hunter, to try to help his son Buckley to get a place in the highly distinguished Georgetown University. Ironically the e-mail was found on Biden's laptop, the same laptop that was involved in an earlier scandal back in 2019 in relation to Zelenskyy and Ukraine. Non-paywall version
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14EthiopiaSomaliaKenyaUkraineRussiaMore than 23 million people are facing extreme hunger in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Factors include the region's worst drought in 40 years, and falling food exports from Russia and Ukraine, which supply 90% of the wheat in East Africa. While the international community sent $16 billion in one month to help Ukraine, so far the East African hunger crisis has only received $93 million.
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12 Sri LankaSri Lanka’s central bank has confirmed the country has missed a deadline for foreign debt repayments, the first sovereign default in the Asia-Pacific region this century, according to Moody’s.
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9 United Kingdom Met police conclude their Partygate investigation, with 126 fines being issued to 83 individuals. Boris Johnson hasn't received any additional fines.
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22Sweden Finland NATO Sweden and Finland have both formally submitted their applications to join NATO.
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16Russia Logo WTO-OMC.svg Flag of WHO.svg Russian lawmakers have said it is looking to withdraw from World Trade Organization and World Health Organization.
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11United Kingdom The new head of the policing watchdog, the HMICFRSWikipedia and former chief of police for Merseyside Andy Cooke, has said that police officers should use their lawful discretion regarding shoplifting of food, in order to eat it.
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18UkraineRussiaAzovstal surrenders - now the question is whether Russia will stick to the agreement and allow the Azov battalion troops to be exchanged as POW's, with one Russian MP calling for them to be executed. ISW Daily campaign assessment for May 17 notes that many Russian bloggers are outraged that negotiations were entered into in the first place - reflecting the uncompromising propaganda about Russian successes attacking the plant, and the "nazi" nature of the defenders.
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14United StatesAum Shinrikyo, Basque separatist group ETA, and radical Jewish group Kahane Kach all taken off the US' terror blacklist for being completely irrelevant.
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18United States The racist Great Replacement conspiracy theory and thinly veiled white nationalism have gone mainstream on the political right thanks to hate and anger-fueled media exemplified by Tucker Carlson.
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20United States Florida. The mayor and city of Miami, Florida backed a speculative cryptocurrency asset called "MiamiCoin", which has dramatically crashed and is now worth about a third of a penny.
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19United Kingdom Gay Pride Flag.svg Blackpool FC's Jake Daniels has come out as gay, making him the first openly gay male professional footballer in UK soccer in over 30 years after Justin Fashanu, and only the second current gay male professional footballer worldwide.
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20United States France Russia No Big Mac for you. Restaurant chain McDonald's has said it is to completely withdrew from the Russian market and sell its 847 restaurants to a local buyer.
And no, va-va-voom for you, the French giant carmaker Renault has sold off its 66% stake in its Russian subsidiary AvtoVaz, also known as Lada, to a state-owned institute.
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32United States the World NASA-funded project at the University of Florida manages to grow plants in lunar soil samples.
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-14United States Texas. Trans flag.svg Texas Supreme Court rules that child welfare agencies can launch child abuse investigations into parents and doctors who provide gender-affirming care for trans youth.
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-10United States Nebraska. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts plans to hold a special legislative session to pass a total abortion ban with no rape or incest exception should Roe be overturned.
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23Finland NATO Finland formally confirms its bid to join NATO, a move made in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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26United States The United States passes one million Covid deaths.
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33El Salvador El Salvador, which embraced bitcoin as legal tender and invested substantial public funds in it, lunges towards default as the value of the cryptocurrency plummets
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122the World The NFT market collapses
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60United States Leaked US Supreme Court opinion suggests abortion law repeal. Interestingly, this is one of the rare times an opinion is "accidentally" revealed beforehand, leading to speculation that someone intentionally leaked it in hopes of pressuring SCOTUS to change their mind. It's unclear what this means on a State level, but expect a plethora of states (with a certain balance of legislators) suddenly deciding to criminalize abortions.
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3 United Kingdom British Virgin Islands Due to the situation in the BVI, the UK government has said it is planning to establish direct-rule over the overseas territory.

April 2022

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10 United StatesKansas. The Shawnee City Council, in Kansas, has voted unanimously to ban co-living, making having over three housemates illegal.
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32United StatesFlorida. United KingdomBritish Virgin Islands Bloody hell, the premier of the British Virgin Islands has been arrested in a Floridian airport on cocaine smuggling and money laundering charges by U.S. federal DEA agents.
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34Canada Ukraine Canadian MPs have unanimously passed a motion in the House of Commons calling Russia’s actions in Ukraine a genocide.
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24 Saint Kitts and Nevis Crown of Saint Edward (Heraldry).svg ...and another one, Ma'am. The deputy prime minister of the Caribbean nation of St Kitts & Nevis has said that the dual-island nation is looking to become a republic, after a visit by the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
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43PalestinePalestinian farmer finds 4,500-year-old goddess statue while working his land
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-11United States Musk buys Twitter.
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23Nicaragua Nicaragua shuts down 25 groups critical of sandinista dictator Daniel Ortega
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35United StatesNorth Carolina. Possible photos of North Carolina Congressman and theocrat Madison Cawthorn have been leaked to Politico showing him dressing in women’s underwear at a possible sex party. This is not kinkshaming but it is hypocrisy shaming.
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19United States A Colorado climate change activist, Wynn Bruce, after planning since 2020, lit himself on fire in front of the Supreme Court. He died of his injuries.
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20United Kingdom Antarctica Gay Pride Flag.svg Two male scientists from the British Antarctic Survey are planning to make history by tying the knot in the British Antarctic Territory. This will be the first time a same-sex marriage would be held on the icy continent.
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-7United Kingdom Police are investigating after someone put "Z - Glory to Russia" graffiti on the world-famous Dark HedgesWikipedia in Northern Ireland.
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30SwedenFinlandNATO UPDATED: The likely timetable for how Sweden [and Finland] could join Nato – following Finland's speedy progress and Sweden's recent acceleration to be in sync, widely believed to precede applications before or early June.
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28United StatesFlorida. Florida’s legislature votes to dissolve the Reedy Creek Improvement District, a special district in Florida which allows Disney World to operate outside of local government supervision, in retaliation for their opposition to HB 1557
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28Ireland Members of the Irish Defence Forces' trade union RACO have voted overwhelmingly to affiliate themselves with the trade union confederation ICTU despite it being illegal, over low pay and poor working conditions.
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47United States In the United States, six companies control 90% of what is read, watched, and heard
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22United States Gizmodo has released 28 documents that are part of the ″Facebook Papers." These Documents contain information about how Facebook knew about the damage their site is doing, in particular to the events of January 6th 2021.Quick addition, They uploaded more.
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36Russia Magic wooden splinter failed to protect the Russian Black Sea fleet ex-flagship Moskva. ...aaaaand always look on the bright side of life.......
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54United States Texas. InfoWars files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, due to the lawsuits in regards to the Sandy Hook shootings.
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34the World In relation to the below post, Scientists worldwide have been protesting and getting arrested. Climate revolution is needed now, this can't be a gradual transition anymore, at least if we want to minimize harm to the world; that ship has already sailed.
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30the World OH BOY!!! A new study claims we have about 3 years to full throttle reverse on climate change to avoid that 1.5°C of warming. It's doubtful we will deal with this in time, if the past is any indication.
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17Saint Lucia Crown of Saint Edward (Heraldry).svg More annus horribilis for Elizabeth? St Lucia's prime minister Phillip J. Pierre has said in his country's throne speech that the island-nation is looking to become a republic.
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8United StatesFlorida. Florida Man given authority to draw state’s congressional boundries.
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22United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are fined by the Metropolitan Police for breaking Covid lockdown laws by attending parties at 10 Downing Street.
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21PakistanImran Khan is voted out of office and is expected to be replaced by opposition leader Shebaz Sharif as acting PM.
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21 United Kingdom United States It's now been revealed that the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, held a U.S. green card [permanent residency permit] until 2019, which means that he could be breaking U.S. immigration laws. Green card holders must pay U.S. tax on their worldwide income, pledge that the U.S. is their forever home and must not take up elected office in their home country.
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-27United StatesMichigan. Two men are acquitted of all charges, and the jury deadlocked on the other two in the trial of four conspirators of the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor, Gretchen WhitmerWikipedia.
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24United States North Carolina. Charles Donohoe, the leader of a North Carolina chapter of the Proud Boys, pleads guilty to conspiracy for his role in the January 6 insurrection
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39United Nations Russia The UN's General Assembly has voted to suspend Russia from the United Nations Human Rights CouncilWikipedia, vote of 93 to 24, with 58 abstentions.
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16United Kingdom India The multi-millionaire Indian-born wife of the Chancellor of the Exchequer [Minister of Finance] Rishi Sunak holds a special tax-exemption status of a non-dom, meaning that she doesn't have to pay tax on her dividends which tantamount to not paying £11.6 million ($15.2 million, €13.9 million) a year in tax.
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29Russia Ireland The Russian embassy in Dublin has asked the Irish government to come to its assistance as local fuel suppliers have boycotted the embassy, stopping deliveries of heating oil used for heating and hot water.
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19 United Kingdom A letter from the chief executive of commercially-funded publicly-owned broadcaster Channel 4 Alex Mahon to staff has revealed that the current government is pressing ahead with privatising the broadcaster by the end of its term. This is despite a public consultation where 90% of the respondents said to keep it publicly owned.
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19Lebanon Lebanon goes bankrupt
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17Russia The Russian Civil Aviation Authority is returning to the pencil and paper. The hackers deleted his data
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39Ukraine Journalists and soldiers have found dead bodies strewn around the streets of the northern Ukrainian city of Bucha, and the mayor says there is a suspected mass grave of around 280 men. Some are comparing the situation in Bosnia in the 1990s.
Russia claims it's all false flag done by Kyiv "regime", of course.....
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22Russia Russia threatens to fine the Russian edition of Wikipedia if they don't remove "sensitive information" from their page on the war in Ukraine contradicting the Kremlin's position on the conflict— including calling the invasion a "war".
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30United Kingdom Mexico Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) has been refused entry and detained after arriving at Cancún airport, Mexico, for being "a threat to national security".
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45United States New York. Amazon workers in Staten Island have successfully voted yes to form a union! This marks the first Unionized amazon workplace in the US, This is already considered to be a massive win for US unions. Hopefully this catches on and Amazon workers finally get some justice.
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45United Kingdom Gay Pride Flag.svg The UK government decides to go ahead with a ban in England and Wales on so-called conversion therapy that aims to "cure" gay people of being gay and bi people of being bi. Unfortunately, the ban doesn't cover conversion therapy for trans people.