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  • WIGO World

January 2021

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16United StatesLarry King has died at age 87 from Covid-19.
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7United Kingdom One of Britain's major far-left groups, the Socialist Workers Party, has been kicked-off Facebook. And they are not happy.
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7the World The World Economic Forum (aka Davos Forum) published its 2021 Global Risk Report: it's bad (you can read it here)
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19Canada Julie Payette has voluntarily resigned as Governor General of Canada, after a damning report on her record which included bullying and creating a toxic work environment for her staff.
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12United Kingdom European Union The UK has caused a diplomatic row with the EU, after the country refused to give the organisation or its delegation ambassadorial-level diplomatic status, despite over 140 countries doing so.
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64United StatesCanada President Joe Biden revokes the Keystone XL pipeline permit.
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53United States Q-anon believers all over the world (but mostly in the US) beginning to realize they got played
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36United States Joe Biden picks transgender doctor Rachel Levine as his assistant healthcare secretary.
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8Spain Explosion in Madrid leaves 3 dead, several injured
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50United States Joe Biden has been officially sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.
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16United States Trump's long-awaited pardon list has been released. 73 people received a pardon, including former aid Steve Bannon (who is facing fraud charges) and the rapper Lil Wayne (who pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges). Despite much speculation, Trump did not pardon himself or any family members.
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23United States According to a whistleblower, some of the largest banks on Wall Street have engaged in widespread manipulation of mortgage funds
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11Germany How ordinary women became SS torturers
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15Australia The Mines and Metals Association is demanding the government take away protections from workers because Covid-19 has made it harder to bring in strike breakers and scabs from other places in Australia
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33 United Kingdom The famous 6m (19½ ft) high "Trump Blimp" used by protesters on the American president's official visit to the UK back in July 2018 is to be held in the permanent collection at the Museum of London.
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25United States Russia A FBI affidavit reports that one of the main protagonists of the Congressional Insurrection Riley Williams was planning to steal Speaker Pelosi's laptop to later sell to Russia's foreign intelligence agency, the SVR.
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20United Kingdom UK MPs, including Michael Gove and Nadine Dorries were active on Parler.
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5United Kingdom The UK is set to pass laws to protect statues from "baying mobs". The proposal comes in the wake of the toppling of the Colston statue after the Black Lives Matter protests in the UK (Colston was a slave trader). The proposer called those who tried toppling the statue to be erasing the history "at the hand of the flash mob, or by the decree of a 'cultural committee' of town hall militants and woke worthies".
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27United States "This is not justice. I dissent." Justice Sotomayer pens a scathing dissent of SCOTUS' bloodlust in granting federal executions, which has included overruling stays of execution, granted by lower courts.
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39United States Texas. The National Rifle Association has said it has filed for Chapter 11 in the Northern District of Texas. It plans to come out of bankruptcy by changing into a Texan non-profit foundation.
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38United States Treason Barbie, freshman Congresswoman Lauren Boebert is outraged... OUTRAGED... that Democratic Congressman Maloney should accuse her of giving terrorists a pre-attack tour of Congress, except the Congressman never mentioned her by name.
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106United States Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives for "incitement of insurrection", making him the first President to be impeached twice.
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60United StatesMichigan. Ex-Michigan governor Rick Snyder has been informed he will be facing charges for the Flint Water Crisis Update: Snyder is charged with with willful neglect of duty
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52United States The GOP's piggy bank, Sheldon Adelson, dead at 87.
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33United States Unfortunately for comedians everywhere, it's not true that one of the insurrectionists died of a heart attack after accidentally tasing his balls
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53Canada United States Canada's national security minister Bill Blair is looking into whether making the Proud Boys group an official terrorist organization. That would put in the same category as Daesh and al-Qaida.
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43United States The bank that has the biggest financial relationship with Trump, Deutsche Bank has said it is stopping doing any business with the Trump Organisation. Which could lead to major financial problems for the president and his family.
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44Turkey Harun Yahya, a notorious Turkish televangelist and proponent of Islamic creationism, was sentenced to 1,075 years in jail for his crime of running a sex cult among others.
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32United States The USPGA has stripped Trump National golf course of the 2022 PG Championship.
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64United States A hacker has crawled the Parler database and released up to 70Tb of posts, pictures and videos, including a complete dump of every Parler post made on January 6. For extra laughs, Parler didn't strip metadata from uploaded photos.
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58United States Parler is now in severe difficulties, after the app stores Google Play, Apple App Store & Amazon Appstore removed the company's own app from their stores. Plus, Amazon's AWS has threatened to pull their hosting of the service due to possible violations of service. Update: Parler has now been booted off AWS.
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38United StatesThis is getting serious, Trump's lawyer Lin Wood has been told by Parler(!) that he could be thrown off the platform, after he messaged a call for Pence to be executed. Update: Following publication of the article, Parler CEO John Matze said in a statement to Mediaite that they have removed said posts.
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44United StatesNATO US allies say that Trump attempted a coup with help from federal law enforcement
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42United States Alaska. Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski demands that Trump resigns as president and if he doesn't, she will quit the GOP.
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34United StatesPelosi has said the Democrats in the House of Repesenatives are going to file an articles of impeachment on T**** on Monday.
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19United StatesSovereign-States-Within-Europe-Flag-Loop.gif How Europe's far-right responded to the pro-Trump Capitol riots
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81United States Biden's win has been officially certified by Congress. UPDATE: Four Five people are now known to have died in the Capitol riot. One of them is a U.S. Capitol PoliceWikipedia officer, injured fighting with rioters.
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114United Statesthe District of Columbia. Welp, Trump has incited a riot over the ceremonial Electoral College voting process, and rioters have broken into the Capitol building itself. If you want to stage a coup, this is basically Step 1. Extra: Baked Alaska is livestreaming from within. Update: Twitter has suspended Trump's account for inciting violence and spreading lies about the election.
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31United StatesNew York. A Groyper and Election Truther has been arrested after planting a hoax bomb in New York.
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13GCC Flag.svg Saudi Arabia Qatar The Saudi Arabian-led GCCWikipedia have agreed to end their three year blockade and restore full ties with fellow GCC member Qatar.
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33United States Tulsi Gabbard is outraged that Democrats introduced gender neutral terms in new House rules
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12United StatesPortugalChinaEuropean Union In an interview, the Portuguese PM António Costa said that blocking the EU-China trade agreement because of the US would be a "terrible sign"
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11IranSouth Korea Ahoy, mates! Iran commits piracy, as they seize a South Korean tanker. Allegedly, this is over a dispute that SK has with Iran, where SK is refusing to pay billions in revenues owed, because politics.
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35United KingdomUnited StatesAustralia A British judge rules that Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the US on the grounds that authorities there wouldn't be able to stop him from trying to commit suicide.
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27United StatesTexas. Good guy with a gun is disarmed, shot and killed by a bad guy without one.