#CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries

first_img Help by sharing this information News March 13, 2020 #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries June 8, 2021 Find out more They include China, where the human rights website, Civil Rights & Livelihood Watch, also known by the Chinese name Minsheng Guancha, has been blocked by the government since shortly after its creation in 2006. Its founder, Liu Feiyue was sentenced in 2019 to five years in prison on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” and “publishing articles that opposed the socialist system.” Thanks to Operation Collateral Freedom, around 230,000 visitors have been able to access the independent Burundian news website Iwacu since December 2019. Unblocked by RSF in 2018, Iwacu is one of Burundi’s few remaining independent media outlets. Operation #CollateralFreedom circumvents Internet censorship by means of a technique in which “mirrors” or duplicates of the censored websites are created on international servers belonging to the world’s Internet giants located around the world. If a country wants to block access to the mirrors, it must also deprive itself of access to all the sites and services hosted on these servers, which would inflict significant “collateral damage” on its own economy, hence the operation’s name. Saudi ArabiaBahrainBurundiChinaDjiboutiEgyptUnited Arab EmiratesIranPakistanPhilippinesTurkmenistanVietnamMiddle East – North Africa AfricaAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms InternetFreedom of expressionPredators RSF_en >>> See the RSF website in Egypt <<< RSF’s own website, which publishes information in several languages including Arabic about press freedom violations around the world, is one of the more than 500 news sites that have been blocked in Egypt without reference to the courts, for no clear reason, during the past three years. The RSF site, rsf.org, has been blocked within Egypt since August 2017. Operation Collateral Freedom is enabling Egyptian Internet users to access it again. News Organisation Operation Collateral Freedom is also now unblocking the website of La Voix de Djibouti, a radio station that is Djibouti’s only independent media outlet. Created  in 2010, it is one of the few spaces for free speech and information and, without it, Djibouti would become a news and information black hole. To escape persecution, the radio station is based in Paris from where it broadcasts by satellite and on its website, which is blocked by the authorities. June 11, 2021 Find out more Saudi ArabiaBahrainBurundiChinaDjiboutiEgyptUnited Arab EmiratesIranPakistanPhilippinesTurkmenistanVietnamMiddle East - North Africa AfricaAsia - PacificEurope - Central Asia Online freedoms InternetFreedom of expressionPredators center_img News How and why does RSF circumvent the censorship? In what is the sixth year of “Operation Collateral Freedom,” RSF is adding four more sites to the list of those it is already unblocking by means of a technique known as website mirroring, under which “mirrors” or copies of the sites are placed on international servers beyond the reach of censors. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 to go further News Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Receive email alerts RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance >>> See the list of websites unblocked by RSF <<< June 9, 2021 Find out more To mark World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, celebrated on 12 March, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announces that its “Operation Collateral Freedom” is now providing alternative online access to a total of 21 news websites that are blocked in their own countries. Follow the news on Middle East - North Africa All of these websites are blocked in their own countries – a total of 12 countries – by authoritarian or dictatorial regimes that are increasingly blocking access to independent news sites.last_img read more

Prostitute was pregnant as she worked Limerick streets

first_imgLinkedin Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook Print Twittercenter_img NewsLocal NewsProstitute was pregnant as she worked Limerick streetsBy admin – November 18, 2012 594 Previous articleIreland defeat Fiji at Thomond ParkNext articleHome help cuts “must be reversed” admin THEY had been promised a ‘completely different life’But prostitutes operating in the Catherine Street area of Limerick city in October 2011 and again last May ended up on criminal charges before Limerick District Court last week. 20-year-old Alexandra Chera and 23-year-old mother of one, Larisa Sturzea, who was pregnant while working as a prostitute, had been promised a “totally different life than what it turned out to be”, when they left Romania and came to Ireland.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up They were charged with loitering to solicit or importune others for the purposes of prostitution on dates in May. Both women pleaded guilty to the charges.Murish Gavin solicitor for Ms Chera said his client was a 20-year-old woman who “was promised a totally different life than what it turned out to be and now she just wants to finalise these matters and go home”.Judge Eugene O’Kelly convicted Ms Chera of the prostitution charge and applied the Probation act after he heard that she had made contact with certain services with a view to returning to Romania shortly.However, the court heard that Ms Sturzea, who had since moved to Dundalk, was not in a position to return to Romania as her three-month-old child was subject of a HSE care order. However she did have access and contact with the infant.Judge O’Kelly heard that the accused had now “regularised her life” and he adjourned the matter until May 9 and remanded her on continuing bail. Emaillast_img read more

Passengers hospitalised from diverted flight to Shannon

first_imgWalk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Twitter Email Print 64 patients waiting for beds in UHL Advertisement 53 patients waiting for beds at UHL “We wish these passengers and crew a quick recovery from their injuries,” the statement added. Previous articleFUEL from Druid Theatre Co for the artists’ roadNext articleLimerick Pensioner targeted in rural armed raid Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Updated statement on service disruptions UL Hospitals Group RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin NewsBreaking newsPassengers hospitalised from diverted flight to ShannonBy Staff Reporter – August 31, 2016 861 Facebook Numbers of Limerick hospital group staff sidelined by COVID-19 reduces by 162 in past 7 days TAGSfeaturedShannonUnited Airlinesuniversity hospital limerick Management at most overcrowded and most COVID-hit hospital apologise to patients ‘waiting over 100 hours’ for a bed WhatsApp The United Airlines flight was diverted to ShannonThe United Airlines flight was diverted to Shannon16 PEOPLE from a United Airlines flight have been hospitalised this Wednesday morning after their plane was diverted to Shannon due to a medical emergency onboard.It has been confirmed that 14 passengers and two crew were taken from the flight that was bound from Houston to Heathrow.UA flight 880 had 223 passengers onboard but was diverted to Shannon after a number of people took ill after the plane experienced severe and unexpected turbulence during the transatlantic crossing.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up United Airlines issued a statement saying that “The aircraft diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland where it was met by medical personnel.The airline said that it is providing care and support to customers and crew of the flight.The 14 passengers and two crew were met by emergency personnel waiting on the runway and treated before being brought to the University Hospital Limerick.last_img read more

Governor Mike Pence Directs Flags Be Flown at Half-Staff Statewide for Victims of Orlando…

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Governor issues statement, calling the attack “senseless act of terror”Indianapolis – In accordance with a presidential proclamation issued this afternoon, Governor Mike Pence directs flags be flown at half-staff at state facilities statewide to honor the victims of Sunday’s terror attack in Orlando. Flags should be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on Thursday, June 16. Governor Mike Pence also issued the following statement:“Karen and I are shocked and saddened by the senseless act of terror committed in Orlando this morning,” said Governor Pence. “On behalf of the state of Indiana, we extend our prayers to the victims, their families, and the Orlando community. Today’s horrifying news stands as a grave reminder that we live in dangerous times and the war on terror continues.  For this reason we must commit to ensuring the safety and security of our people.”Governor Pence has also asked the Indiana State Police to offer any assistance to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), particularly during a vigil tonight at the Old National Center in Indianapolis to honor the shooting victims in Orlando.Today’s flag directive overlaps a previous directive from the Governor, which directed that flags be lowered to half-staff for the passing of Hoosier West Point Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey. Cadet Winey was one of nine soldiers killed when their truck overturned in a flooded area in Ft. Hood. He was in Fort Hood for Cadet Troop Leader Training. Flags for Cadet Winey should remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of his funeral, Saturday, June 18.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: America first – or America last?

first_imgForeign direct investment in the USSource: US Bureau of Economic Analysis Immigrants have founded half the start-ups in recent years, but – according to a recent study from Duke University and the Kauffman Foundation – the rate of start-ups has declined significantly, primarily as a result of immigration policies in the US. Trump’s isolationist stance is likely to exacerbate this trend significantly.As Posen argues elsewhere (for example, in this article from February this year), if the US continues its retreat from economic leadership, it will impose serious pain not only on the rest of the world but also on itself.Trump puts forth the belief that the US has somehow been taken advantage of by its allies and trading partners in the multilateral US-led post-war world. There may be some truth in the area of defence: the US provides security guarantees to its allies and an umbrella of nuclear deterrence. The US military also polices the freedom of navigation in international waters and airspace. These, as Posen points out, are classic public services provided by the US, essentially on its own, that every country benefits from whether or not it contributes.When it comes to the everything else in the global multilateral ecosystem, many, including Posen, argue that it is the US that has been the one free-riding in recent years. US president Donald Trump’s actions are proving to have the exact opposite effect to his objective of “America First”.In a recent article, economist Adam Posen, president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, makes the case that the president is actually ruining the US’s attractiveness as a place to do business – a case of putting “America last”.One strong piece of evidence supporting Posen’s view is foreign direct investment (FDI) into the US. According to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, in the first quarter of 2016 the total net inflow of investments was $146.5bn (€128.4bn). For the same quarter in 2017 it had gone down to $89.7bn, and by 2018 it was down even further to $51.3bn.As Posen makes clear, this precipitous drop cannot be ascribed to changes in Chinese investment, which flow both ways with little contribution to changes in the figures. The falloff, he says, is a result of a general decline in the US’s attractiveness as a place to make long-term business commitments. US president Donald Trump and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 gathering in JuneCredit: Adam Scotti, Canadian Prime Minister’s OfficeFrom accusations of not paying its dues to international organisations on time, to spending a far smaller share of its GDP on aid than other wealthy countries, according to the OECD, and withdrawing from international efforts to combat climate change even as other countries have begun to shift toward greener growth. Is the world moving towards a post-American era?China’s president Xi Jinping appears to have become the global spokesman for the cause of global free trade and capitalism. Indeed, at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2017 he declared: “Whether you like it or not, the global economy is the big ocean that you cannot escape from. Any attempt to cut off the flow of capital, technologies, products, industries, and people between economies, and channel the waters in the ocean back into isolated lakes and creeks, is simply not possible. Indeed, it runs counter to the historical trend.”Posen argues that, so long as the US economy remains very large (which it will) and at the technological frontier (which it probably will), and maintains its commitment to globally attractive values, the country will be capable of remaining the leader.However, even he admits that it is worth watching the flows of direct investment, especially of net FDI, into the US as an early indicator of how far the global economy has moved toward a post-American era. The data on flows of both investment and people suggest that Trump’s approach to globalisation is certainly moving the world in that direction.center_img But it may not just be in investment flows that the US is losing its attractiveness. The best and brightest from across the world have always been attracted to its shores and its ability to attract them has been one of its great strengths. Silicon Valley would not be where it is today without Chinese and Indian immigrants.last_img read more