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March 2021

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1United StatesAlabama. It's now a felony in Alabama to provide HRT or affirmative surgery to trans kids under the age of 20. The bill is yet to be approved by the governor.
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8Russia Germany Ex-staffer at RT’s news agency Ruptly’s office in Berlin reveals that the company purposefully put out provocative videos to support extremist politics, and tries to undercut prices and other anti-competitive practices against traditional news agencies such as Reuters and AP.
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7IsraelIranIsrael is currently dealing with the largest environmental disaster in its history, with a massive oil spill along its shores. But what's weird is that it's unclear where the oil came from. Israel is claiming that an Iranian-linked oil tanker turned off its transmitter and intentionally dumped oil 40 miles off the coast of Israel. Iran of course disputes this. The ship's ownership is overly complicated, making determining responsibility unclear. Israel was nearly vaccinated enough to reopen the beaches to tourism, whereas Iran is in the middle of dealing with trying to get the best possible nuclear deal with the US, so this comes at a bad time for both countries. Interesting times and all...
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16CyprusWiki Eurovision Heart.svg Its singer says it's about an abusive relationship. But the Cyprus Orthodox Church says that "El Diablo", the Cypriot entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, promotes submitting to the will of Satan.
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26United States Study found that police killings declined by as much as 20% in municipalities where Black Lives Matter protests were held
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24 United States Richard Barnett, the self-described white nationalist who, on January 6, carried a weapon into the United States Capitol, posed for pictures sitting at Nancy Pelosi's desk, and left a note for Pelosi stating "Nancy, Bigo was here, you bitch," threw a temper tantrum in court complaining that he's being incarcerated pending trial.
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13United Kingdom Wales Support for Welsh independence reaches an all-time high, with 39% of Welsh people polled say that they would vote Ie/Yes if there was a Welsh independence referendum tomorrow.
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35Poland Three Polish women who protested against "LGBT" and "gender" being labelled sins by putting up posters of a Madonna and Child with rainbow halos are found not guilty of offending religious feelings.
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-26United Kingdom The esteemed publication the New Scientist has been sold to the Daily Mail's parent company DMGT for £70 million.
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28United StatesTexas. Texas is enjoying the taste of that sweet, sweet deregulation as their largest power cooperative is filing for bankruptcy protection, following the recent snowstorm.
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24Israel The High Court of Justice rules that people who convert to Judaism in Israel through Reform and Masorti movements must be recognized as Jews and thus entitled to Israeli citizenship, puncturing the longstanding Orthodox monopoly on conversions
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33United States It has now been revealed that one of the accounts that were in the Gab hack, belonged to former president Trump.
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12United States Nope, not The Onion. Six of Dr Seuss's books have been pulled from publication for being too racist. Additionally, a number of schools in San Francisco are being renamed to remove racist Presidents such as Abraham Lincoln.
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5United Kingdom An investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission has determined the family resort Pontins racially discriminated against Irish people by training its employees to refuse service to people with Irish names and accents.
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41United States Gab, the original Twitter for Nazis, has been hacked, with over 70Gb of personal information and private chats made available.
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41France Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to 3 years in jail (2 of which are suspended) after being convicted of corruption.

February 2021

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32Malaysia Malaysian man wins landmark challenge against gay sex ban
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7United KingdomScotland Anas Sarwar wins Scottish Labour leadership race
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22the World According to a study, the Atlantic Ocean circulation is at its weakest in at least 1,600 years
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-11United StatesTexas. Federal judge rules eviction moratorium to be unconstitutional
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16United Kingdom Adrian Hanstock has been appointed to the position of temporary Chief Constable of the British Transport PoliceWikipedia, making him the first openly LGBT chief of police of a police force in the United Kingdom.
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15United KingdomGermany A German man has been jailed for sending hoax bomb and murder threats to hospitals, protesters and politicians in the UK to extort Bitcoin money.
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18United States One of the most famous toy lines goes gender neutral as Hasbro drops the "Mr." from its Mr. Potato Head brand.
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45United States A coalition of Christian evangelical leaders releases an open letter condemning the role of "radical Christian nationalism," particularly white nationalism, in feeding the political extremism that led to the 2021 U.S. Capitol riot
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45United StatesGermany US deports former Nazi concentration camp guard Friedrich Karl Berger to face charges for his participation in the Holocaust.
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33Myanmar Burma still caught in an increasingly violent nationwide police crackdown against anti-coup protests, with two killed on 20 February. Former elected leader Suu Kyi remains detained.
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34Vatican City Pope Francis seems to have ousted one of the Church's most outspoken conservatives, Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, by declining to allow him to continue serving after age 75. The pope and the cardinal differed on major issues like homosexuality and relations with Muslims.
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27United StatesNew York. New evidence in Malcolm X assassination points to possible conspiracy by NYPD and FBI
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23Turkey The LGBT+ Studies Club at the Boğaziçi University has been banned while President Erdogan calls gay rights protestors terrorists
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27United StatesBuzzfeed has revealed that Zuckerberg override his advisers advising him to ban Infowars and Alex Jones back in April 2019. This was several overrides that Zuckerberg did over various far-right groups in Facebook.
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15SpainCatalonia Violent protests in Spain after the arrest of rapper Pablo Hásel for glorifying terrorism
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30FranceIn a somewhat alarming turn of events the French government, led by President Macron, plan to investigate social science fields (especially on studies of race, gender, post-colonial studies) they claim are "imported from American universities and contribute to undermining French society." Academics fear crackdowns and possible government censorship.
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39United StatesTexas. Antarctica Wind turbines did not cause the Texas blackouts, instead it was corporate greed (more specifically Telecom's greed). In fact there are wind turbines in Antarctica (last link to Twitter)
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41United Kingdom The Supreme Court has ruled that Uber drivers are employees, and not self-employed contractors. This means that Uber must follow all the rules and laws regarding employment, including the minimum wage, holiday leave and maximum working times.
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34United StatesUS immigration news: Biden attempts to rein in ICE by issuing guidelines meant to focus the agency on actual national security threats, and Congressional Democrats unveil a pathway to citizenship bill for undocumented immigrants.
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18France Minister of Higher Education and Research Frédérique Vidal calls for an inquiry into "islamo-leftism"
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12United StatesKansas. Bob Dole diagnosed with stage four lung cancer
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53 Flag of Mars.svg Perseverance lands on Mars.
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33the World The massive carbon footprint of the rich
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42United StatesTexas. While Texas is battered by historic winter storms, leaving millions shivering without power, gas or water, Ted Cruz allegedly flies to Cancun, on holiday. Oh, and Rick Perry, the guy who used to be Secretary of Energy, says Texans would rather freeze than have their power grid regulated.
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31Australia "Time to reactivate MySpace": Facebook, who claim to be incapable of preventing fake news and far right content from being published their platform, manages to block sharing Australian news as well as the contents of news publishers pages on their platform. Even then it managed to stuff that up, blocking government pages such as Queensland Health (during a pandemic), the Western Australian Department of Fire and Emergency Services (during bushfire alerts in that state), the Bureau of Meteorology and their own page.
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-4United Kingdom Unelected British peer Lord Frost is to be made a British cabinet minister to improve relations with the EU, which he condemned as run by unelected bureaucrats.
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85United States Good riddance.: Rush Limbaugh dead at 70
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20Sovereign-States-Within-Europe-Flag-Loop.gif The European Space Agency is recruiting up to six new astronauts. It wants to see more female applicants than in the past and is keen for one of the new recruits to be someone with a disability.
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23GuineaAfter five years, the Ebola virus has resurfaced in Guinea, killing three.
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-36United StatesUS Senate votes to acquit Donald Trump in his historic second impeachment on a vote of 57-43. Seven GOP Senators voted against the former president.
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11Italy After weeks of political turmoil, Mario Draghi replaces Giuseppe Conte as Italy's Prime Minister, the country's 7th Prime Pinister since 2010.
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9United StatesTexas. Texas’ Lieutenant-General Dan Patrick has proposed a law to prohibit the state from doing business with any investment firms that boycott oil and gas companies. The proposed law is based on the previous law that attacks BDS, which was challenged in the courts and upheld.
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24European UnionMyanmar EU provided crowd control training to Myanmar police units involved in crackdown on pro-democracy protests, but claims it did due to concerns about possible human rights abuses
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34United States Hustler founder, First Amendment advocate and pain-in-the-ass for the religious right, Larry Flynt, dead at 78.
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24Denmark Denmark's Social Democratic PM backs a "zero asylum seekers" goal in a speech to parliament
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32United KingdomAustraliaNew Zealand There has now been further revelations that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles have used a little known legal power of “Queen’s consent” to vet and lobby laws in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Needless to say it's not really news.
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14United States Former Secretary of State, and Theranos investor, George Schultz, dead, at 100.
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30United Kingdom It has been reported by The Observer, that Queen Elizabeth has personally lobbied in the 1970s for exclusion of financial transparency legislation, so no-one would know her financial affairs.
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15United States Former White House staffer Hogan Gidley begs "woke" companies to hire Trump loyalists for "depth of knowledge" on governing
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18Brazil Brazil's watershed anti-corruption "Car Wash" probe ends with a whimper
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27Germany A 95 year old German woman charged with complicity in more than 10,000 murders in the Stutthof concentration camp during WWII
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25United States According to BuzzFeed News, Parler tried to get exclusive rights to the social media account of Trump in return for a 40% stake in the company, potentially breaking anti-bribery laws.
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24United StatesNevada. Welcome to the world of Cyberpunk. Nevada bill would allow tech companies to create governments
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36United States Joe Biden thinks that his "erratic" predecessor shouldn't have access to intelligence briefings, as former presidents usually do, because he can't be trusted not to "slip and say something."
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29United States According to data, the GameStop mania may not have been the retail trader rebellion it was percieved to be, as institutional investors also participated in the short squeeze
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29United States The Fox Business Network has canceled Lou Dobbs Tonight, and is planning to completely distance themselves from the presenter.
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48Indonesia Indonesia makes it illegal for public schools to make students wear religious clothing. That is to say, they can't force girls to wear headscarves.
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18United States Parler's former CEO John Matze claims that he was fired (effectively by Rebekah Mercer) from his position, because he was planning to step up monitoring on the platform and to ban neo-Nazi groups.
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26United States Star of Home Alone 2, Zoolander and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Donald J. Trump. quits the Screen Actors Guild before he can be forced out of it.
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42United StatesSaudi ArabiaYemen The US will formally cease its support for Saudi Arabia in its "intervention" in Yemen.
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33United States Parler's CEO has been fired.
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20Poland Poland's justice ministry proposes that women who are forced to give birth by the country's abortion ban are given “a room to cry in”.
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43Canada Canada becomes the first nation in the world to officially designate the Proud Boys as a terrorist entity.
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45ChinaMass rape in Uighyr concentration camps. Allegedly. Due to media blackouts in China, it's impossible to verify every detail of everyone's stories, yet there are a lot of stories. There also appears to be a forced prostitution aspect as well, considering that many of the rapists appear to be from outside the camps and are paying/bribing for the prettier women, making this uncomfortably close to the "comfort women" of WWII. It also appears that it's not unusual for a raped woman to never be seen again, implying the possibility of the women being sold into indefinite sexual slavery.
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26United Kingdom RIP Maureen Colquhoun. The UK's first openly lesbian Member of Parliament and a campaigner for gender balance, access to abortion and protection for sex workers has died at the age of 92.
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18United States Pete Buttigieg has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Secretary of Transportation, making him officially the first openly LGBT U.S. department secretary [government minister].
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19Russia Opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for two years and eight months
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18 Russia Switzerland Two researchers have used computer modeling and data from cadaver crash tests to conclude that an unusually small, delayed avalanche is the most likely explanation for the incident at Dyatlov Pass.
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40Brazil Brazil has currently the highest number of people in extreme poverty in a decade
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7United StatesFlorida. Two FBI agents are dead following a shooting while executing a search warrant.
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6United StatesScreech from Saved by the Bell dead at 44
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31Myanmar Military coup in Burma - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi 'detained by military' .... because coups always end so well and improve things so much. Guess who was providing "security services" in Myanmar?