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One easy thing Facebook should do in Myanmar

In March, human-rights investigators from the United Nations found that Facebook had played a role in spreading hate speech in Myanmar, fueling ethnic violence that has spurred more than 650,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee Myanmar’s Rakhine state into neighboring Bangladesh. The report, which came amid growing concerns about the way that social networks can incite violence, contained some of the gravest charges leveled against Facebook to date.

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  • Date:11/13/2018

Having a pro-environment agenda won these mayors re-election

Climate change commitment is quickly becoming a more prominent factor that citizens consider when voting for officials. In the recent US elections held at the municipal level, six mayors facing re-election battles within America’s 100 largest cities showed their commitment to the environment by signing the Global Covenant of Mayors of Climate and Energy. Of those six mayors, each one emerged victorious. This follows a wider trend which shows that the last 15 mayors to sign the covenant have won re-election in the past two years.

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  • The Conversation
  • Date:11/12/2018

San Francisco just passed a radical new measure to help the homeless

The city of San Francisco has one of the highest concentrations of billionaires in the world. It also has one of the highest rates of homelessness. To fix this issue, a new measure has been passed that will raise the city’s gross receipts tax by an average .5 percent on annual gross receipts over $50 million that major tech companies generate. The money that the measure will generate, which is an estimated $250 million a year, will be spent to help aid homeless in San Francisco.

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  • Recode
  • Date:11/09/2018

Blockchain startup proposes communes for San Francisco’s homeless

It’s so Bay Area. Hours before an election in which San Francisco voters voted to approve a new tax (Proposition C) to fund homeless services, I got a PR pitch from a cryptocurrency-based real estate company suggesting that the city beta test an agricultural commune to help solve its homelessness problem.

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  • Date:11/09/2018

The nationalist sentiment didn’t exist in the Middle Ages

Nowadays borders are a prevalent subject on the political agenda that’s kept alive by people who feel the need to belong within a certain defined area, secluded from external factors. But this wasn’t always the case. In the Middle Ages, borders didn’t exist and people like merchants, pilgrims or simply curious travellers used to globe-trot thousands of miles from one place to the other. Have a look here to see how the Middle Ages can teach us a thing or two about coexisting together without nationalism.

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  • Forbes
  • Date:11/07/2018

Israel-Arab ties warm up after long deep freeze

Israel's leaders often refer to their country being in a "tough neighbourhood" but recently there have been some extraordinary signs of friendliness with parts of the Arab world. Late last month, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife met the Sultan of Oman on a surprise, eight-hour visit - the first of its kind in over two decades.

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  • Date:11/07/2018

This is Europe’s ‘most innovative city’

The winning city was announced by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, in a ceremony at the 2018 edition of Web Summit in Lisbon, the world’s largest tech event: "Athens stands out as an example that a city facing many challenges can achieve great things,” he told the audience. “Through innovation, Athens has found a new purpose to turn around the economic and social crisis.

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  • Date:11/07/2018

More than a meal: the swanky Rio restaurant for homeless people

In a chic, minimalist restaurant with an Italian name and an innovative menu, near the centre of Rio de Janeiro, Valdicir dos Santos tucks into his dinner. It consists of banana skin and vegetables served with tangerine sauce, beans, rice and farinha – the flour, ground from dried bread instead of the usual manioc, that Brazilians sprinkle on everything.

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  • Date:11/07/2018

Wyoming court rules against law that targeted scientific data-gathering

A Wyoming court has ruled the controversial Data Trespass Law as unconstitutional because it violates free speech, a right protected by the First Amendment. Critics of the law have argued that the law would silence whistle-blowers who expose public land management issues, particularly malpractice within the agriculture industry. For a state with as much precious nature as Wyoming, the ruling is a major win for environmentalists.

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  • Date:11/01/2018

A basic income experiment is on the verge of starting in Switzerland

Rebecca Panian The Swiss village of Rheingau is being targeted for a basic income experiment. The idea is being promoted and produced by the Dorf Testet Zukunft organization (Village of the Future Test).

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  • Date:10/31/2018
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