Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The stock market crash in the first quarter of 2020 was both steep and dramatic. The FTSE 100 index plunged by a third, crashing by more than 2,600 points to close below 5,000 on 23 March. Thus, the coronavirus crisis provided UK investors with amazing opportunities to snap up cheap shares at unbelievable prices. Some of the UK’s worst-hit stocks have since gone on to double, triple, or go even higher since the March meltdown.Cheap shares can keep getting cheaperAs I write, the FTSE 100 hovers around 5,780 points, up almost a sixth (15.8%) from its 23 March low. So, this healthy bounceback means that there are no decent cheap shares left to buy, right? Wrong, because some quality shares have, for reasons best known to the market, fallen back to reach (or even breach) their March lows.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…As a value investor, I often see markets behaving irrationally by repeatedly marking down the value of great businesses until they enter the category of cheap shares. Furthermore, shares that become bargains frequently get cheaper, even to the point that they become crazily mispriced. That’s all part and parcel of market momentum.This FTSE 100 stock has crashed since mid-MayHabitual Fool readers will know that I have a long-term shareholding in pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK). Indeed, I’ve been an admirer of this business since the late Eighties, when it was just Glaxo.As a global healthcare business, GSK’s mission is “to research, develop and manufacture innovative pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products“. It spent £4.3bn on R&D in 2019 and currently has 35 new medicines and 15 new vaccines in development. What’s more, it has world-leading franchises in immunology/oncology (cancer), HIV/AIDS, and respiratory treatments.For me, as a world leader in certain key fields, GSK is a genuine British success story. However, the wider market profoundly disagrees with my views, because GSK shares have been cheap for a while. And their price keeps tumbling!For me, GSK has become a beautiful bargain buyI won’t (and don’t) buy just any old cheap shares. My aim is to buy into great businesses as and when attractive entry points come along. With GSK, I believe now is surely a great time to buy big. That’s because as well as being priced to sell, GSK stock is what I call an ‘SLR share’. This means that it offers ‘Safety, Liquidity, and Returns’ that are simply too tempting to turn down.As I write, GSK shares trade around 1,335.3p, valuing this FTSE 100 champion at £68bn. Yet they soared to 1,742.2p on 13 May, in the powerful relief rally following March’s low. Hence, they have fallen more than £3 (23%) in just over five months.This morning, GSK’s stock dipped below its March low to touch 1,324.4p, which seems bizarre to me. Today, they absolutely qualify as cheap shares, given that they trade on a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.2, for an earnings yield of 9.8%. In addition, for the past five years, GSK has paid a yearly cash dividend of 80p a share. That’s a current dividend yield of 6%, easily covered 1.64 times by earnings.To sum up, in today’s ultra-low-rate world, I’d be mad to turn down a steady 6% yearly cash return from a solid, growing business. That’s why I would buy these cheap shares today, preferably in an ISA, so that I can bank a juicy tax-free passive income and future capital gains to retire rich! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Cliff D’Arcy Cliff D’Arcy | Thursday, 22nd October, 2020 | More on: GSK Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Stock market crash/cheap shares: I think this FTSE 100 stock is a crazy bargain buy! Image source: Getty Images. 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Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. The 3 best ethical UK shares I’d buy in January Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Making the world a cleaner, healthier and safer place has become a mainstream preoccupation in recent years. Businesses helping to achieve these goals are likely to prosper. Because of this, investing in ethical UK shares is no longer the niche activity it once was.Peter Michaelis, manager of the Liontrust UK Ethical Fund, has summed up the attraction well: “To me, it’s a commonsense way of investing, you invest in the way the world is going to be, not the way the world has been in the past.”5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…With this in mind, here are three ethical UK shares I’d be happy to buy today for the long term.Wind of changeThe British Isles has about the best wind resource in the world, so it’s no surprise to find ethical UK shares available in this form of renewable energy. Greencoat UK Wind (LSE: UKW) is a significant player. It’s a FTSE 250 firm, and has a market value of £2.5bn at a current share price of 134.6p.The company gives investors the opportunity to participate directly in the ownership of UK wind farms. It aims to provide shareholders with an annual dividend that increases in line with Retail Price Index inflation. It’s on track to pay a dividend of 7.1p a share for 2020. At the current share price, this gives a yield of 5.3%I think the yield and dividend-growth policy make Greencoat a highly attractive stock. Not only for income-seeking investors, but also for those looking to benefit from the powerful wealth-compounding effect of reinvesting dividends.Ethical UK shares #2Halma (LSE: HLMA) is a FTSE 100 firm, valued at £9.6bn at its current share price of 2,530p. Its technologies are focused on growing a safer, cleaner and healthier future. And many of its businesses are market leaders within the four sectors it operates in:Process Safety. Technologies that protect people and assets at work.Infrastructure Safety. Technologies that save lives, protect infrastructure and enable safe movement in public spaces.Environmental & Analysis. Technologies to improve environmental protection and the security of life-critical resources.Medical. Technologies which enhance the quality of life for patients and improve the quality of care delivered by healthcare providers.I’m confident Halma is a strong ethical UK share with high growth prospects for decades to come. This is why I’d be willing to pay a premium 45 times earnings for the stock with a view to owning it for the long term.Ethical UK shares #3Intertek (LSE: ITRK) is another FTSE 100-listed UK share with similar ethical credentials to Halma. And it has similar long-term growth prospects, in my view. It comes with a market value of £9.5bn, and a rating of 32 times earnings at its current share price of 5,870p.The company’s network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices in more than 100 countries delivers assurance, testing, inspection and certification solutions. Post-Covid-19, it sees new opportunities, due to the world moving further towards:Safer, more diversified supply chains with greater traceability, improved intelligence and increased resilience.A lower carbon economy, stay-local lifestyles, more remote working, distance learning and online shopping.Better personal safety, higher health, hygiene and wellbeing standards and greater investment in healthcare.I’d happily back all three of these ethical UK shares to help improve not only the world at large, but also my personal wealth!
Herrera is a Marxist economist, a researcher at the Centre national de la Recherche scientifique (CNRS), who works at the Centre d’Économie de la Sorbonne, Paris. Translated by Workers World staff.March 11 — At the beginning, in early November 2018, when the first “Yellow Vests” were protesting on social networks against the fuel tax increases ordered by President Emmanuel Macron’s Prime Minister Édouard Philippe’s government, the dominant media — all owned by big money — accused them of being against defending the environment. Initially, therefore, the Yellow Vests were presented by their critics as archaic rural people — but connected to the internet! — passionately “attached to their cars” and obtusely indifferent to ecology. As if the few euro cents levied by these taxes and earmarked for “ecological transition” would make us forget that France, haloed with the prestige of the international environmental conference COP21 in Paris, still does not have a credible environmental policy.Then as soon as the Yellow Vests were first mobilized on Nov. 17, the media attacks quickly escalated, accusing them of being extreme right-wing “racists.” Of the hundreds of thousands of Yellow Vests demonstrating all over the country, one or two were filmed or recorded intimidating “foreign-looking” people. The Yellow Vests were also called “misogynists” because another of the same ilk made inappropriate comments about a woman. Three fools, in short, were given the platform to turn 300,000 demonstrators into macho xenophobes! By doing this, their opponents rendered the Yellow Vests “hateful,” as a way of discrediting the collective action of blocking roads and traffic circles and making demands with ardor and vehemence.It did not take long for the security experts brought in by the media to conflate Yellow Vests with “rioters.” This was the new leitmotif of the continuous disinformation channels after every Saturday mobilization until Macron finally declared that those who responded to calls to demonstrate with the Yellow Vests were ipso facto “accomplices” to any violence that might occur. That was playing the Yellow Vests as imbeciles.And this is what the media lackeys of Macronia did — by interviewing Yellow Vests, relishing their verbal errors and their inexperience in public speaking. All that remained was to claim they were all “resistant” to reforms, ungrateful in the face of the state’s generosity and inconsistent in the expression of their demands.Then came the moment when the main thrust of media attacks against Yellow Vests consisted in insisting on their “divisions.” The most vigorous and unifying French social movement of recent decades, supported by a large majority of their fellow citizens (who, without wearing a yellow vest on their backs, wear it in their hearts), was at the same time presented as becoming heterogeneous, contradictory, quarrelsome and “divided.”Closing the circleAnd finally Yellow Vests were called “anti-Semitic” when one of them — who was a reactionary — launched some swear words against the intellectual Alain Finkielkraut — he is also a reactionary. (Did he not once upon a time declare that the Palestinians in Gaza were “excess humans”?) Both were unacceptable individuals, confronting each other. This closed the circle: “Yellow Vests are the far right!,” so they say.Roselyne Febvre, the head of political service at the public television channel France 24, summarized bourgeois opinion on Feb. 28: “There is only raw anger … from which [emerged] a taste for violence, anti-Semitism, racism, conspiracy, in short all the worst of humanity. Has it [the mobilization of Yellow Vests] become a kind of stable of jackasses? … When you listen to them today, nothing sounds rational.”All this is clear: The Yellow Vests embody “the worst of humanity” and the elites are rational. However, the Code of Ethics for Journalists states: “The professional handling of information requires respect for the principles of integrity and impartiality. Communicate the facts honestly, refrain from any lies, approximation, prejudice or manipulation.”This shows how, continuously and in a thousand ways, the corporate media make war against an entire population by insulting the Yellow Vests. See how they are discredited, slandered and belittled, those Yellow Vests who fought for our dignity by no longer tolerating the unbearable. They are now referred to as “extremely few,” though they number 1 in 10 of the population and have the widespread sympathy and support of many French people.Will the time for the death blow come soon? What these ladies and gentlemen from the media, the authorities and finance fail to understand, however, is that the anger of the Yellow Vests will not disappear any time soon because the root causes of this anger have not disappeared. The limitations of the movement may be visible. But the Yellow Vest spirit made a people ready for combat.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Molly Jenkins Twitter Opinion: Why we should focus on America’s educational system ReddIt Molly Jenkins https://www.tcu360.com/author/molly-jenkins/ Linkedin Opinion: Why Beto O’Rourke’s campaign will end like Hillary Clinton’s Molly Jenkinshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/molly-jenkins/ printIn the wake of the recent mass shooting (I hate that is even a sentence) at Stoneman Douglas High School, social media and society have been in an uproar about gun-control, and rightfully so. It is a shame that in America children are scared to go to school and parents are scared to send them.It is undeniable that there is an issue that needs addressing. Something must be done. But the problem is, the issue of stopping these crimes against humanity is not as black and white and we may think, or wish.Some argue that the Second Amendment is not necessary in today’s world. Guns should not be allowed. They say the Second Amendment was about the militia not about a right to own guns in general, and guns at the time of the creation of the Bill of Rights were not nearly as dangerous as those used today (i.e. assault weapons). So, why not make guns illegal, strip away the Second Amendment, just take away Americans’ right-to-bear-arms? Well, the other way of looking at the Second Amendment is that it is a guard against tyranny. It is a right to protect your family, friends and self. It is a protection of our liberty and, in many cases, it saves lives.Now, just because I view the Second Amendment as the latter, does not mean I do not think there is an issue that needs addressing. Because let me tell you, something MUST be done.But, as President Ronald Reagan once said, “You won’t get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens.” The issue is not that Americans are allowed to have guns, it is more complicated than that.First, the path to gun ownership is too easy for people who should not have access to guns to gain access. So logically, we need some reform in the process of obtaining a gun license.Second, there needs to be more done to get mentally unstable people the help they need. In the case of the Sutherland Springs shooting, the gunman Devin Kelley “legally” bought guns – or so it seemed. He actually illegally owned guns but was able to purchase them because the Department of the Air Force failed to report his felony offenses to the FBI. Kelley would not have been able to buy a gun if the information had been correctly registered.Additionally, the Stoneman Douglas gunman, Nikolas Cruz, reportedly had shown previous warning signs of mental health issues, such as cutting himself, and yet the system allowed him to purchase firearms.Society needs to stop being afraid of pointing out people who have clear mental issues and stand up and say something. Our society has become too sheltered and afraid of offending people by pointing out other’s irregularities or oddities. Perhaps, if people were more aware and vocal about things they noticed, there would be fewer shootings. This is a further example of the need for better preventative health care and mental health practices in America. Liberals may argue that it is hypocritical for a conservative to say this when most conservatives support cuts to Medicaid and other health care funding. However, I would beg to differ that is another issue entirely. In fact, if you ask me: mental health is a legitimate issue. How we deal with it is simply another debate (but a debate to be had).Of course, even if these gunmen had been unable to buy guns legally there are ways to gain access to guns illegally. And even further, if they were unable to access guns period, there are still other methods of destruction available.For example, there is the growing trend of people using cars to kill people – and this is happening in countries that have more gun restrictions than America. Melbourne, Barcelona, London, Stockholm, Nice, Berlin, Jerusalem, Quebec….I’ll stop now but there are more. Cars and trucks are not the only alternative weapon as there are bombs, chemicals, hazardous material and more. The point is, we can not realistically ban everything and anything that could potentially be used to wreak havoc, as the list is endless.At the end of the day, bad people will do bad things regardless of the laws you put in their way. Evil and crazed minds will find a way to cause harm. So, to the point of Reagan, stripping away the rights of the Americans who abide by the laws does nothing to solve the issue of evil crime in America – it is nothing more than a band-aid. Additionally, good Americans who have access to guns use them for protection.Imagine a single mother who got out of an abusive relationship. She may legally have a gun at home to help her sleep at night, knowing that if her ex-boyfriend were to show up at her door she could defend herself.Look at Stephen Willeford, the hero from the Sutherland Springs shooting. When Willeford heard what was happening he grabbed his gun and shot the shooter. His heroic act and legal ownership of a gun saved many Americans that day. The fix to this terrible issue that we face today, and have faced too many times in the past, does not lie in Americans’ Second Amendment rights. The fix lies in noticing these individuals that have mental issues and getting them help and off the streets as well as in the system so that they are not able to purchase guns. The system to have a gun license and purchase such needs to be stricter but should not impede on our Second Amendment rights. This is where our effort should be focused. Taking away guns from everyone only throws a wrench in evil people’s plans to cause destruction and devastation, it will not stop unstable humans from walking the Earth and wreaking havoc on innocent people. Let’s come together, politics aside, and put an end to this. And lastly (liberals prepare your eye-roll), let’s send our thoughts and prayers to all those who have been affected by the recent and past shootings. Molly Jenkinshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/molly-jenkins/ Linkedin + posts ReddIt Facebook Molly Jenkins is the Associate Editor of the Skiff. She is a junior journalism major and nutrition minor from Portland, Oregon. The thing she misses the most from Oregon are Por Que No?’s Tacos. Molly Jenkinshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/molly-jenkins/ Previous articleOscars: Which films are competing for Best Picture Sunday, where to watch themNext article‘Man on Fire’ discusses the lingering racism in Grand Saline, Texas Molly Jenkins RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The idea of a healthy soda may seem like an oxymoron for some, but Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are working to change this perception.The two global companies, whose original formulas were both created in the late 19th century, are now introducing carbonated drinks promoted as “sparkling beverages.” These new beverages are fortified with vitamins and minerals, according to an article in the New York Times on March 7.This month, Coca-Cola is introducing Diet Coke Plus, and PepsiCo will be offering its new beverage, Tava, in Fall 2007, according to the Times article. 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“These orchestrated intimidatory operations are utterly arbitrary and counter-productive,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The media must not be the collateral victims of what is an entirely unjustified witch-hunt against government opponents. We call on the authorities to end this intimidation and to punish those responsible for these pressures against journalists.” Follow the news on Russia When the young reporter Margarita Murakhtaeva’s relatives in Nizhny Novgorod received a visit from the police on 27 January, they were told she was being prosecuted for “participating” in a demonstration she had covered. Murakhtaeva works for Koza Press, a local news website founded by her mother, Irina Slavina, a journalist who took her own life by setting herself on fire last October after repeated harassment by the local authorities. Russian journalists are being subjected to “preventive visits” and searches of their homes – and some others to criminal proceedings – ahead of a second round of demonstrations in support of jailed Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny tomorrow. Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Russia is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Covid19Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Other journalists have received “preventive visits”, including Tikhon Dzyadko, the chief editor of the independent TV channel Dozhd, whose Moscow home was visited on 25 January, and Sofia Rusova, a Moscow-based journalist who specializes in the environment and is member of the Journalists and Media Workers Union (JMWU). Artemy Troitsky has been added to this list of suspects although he lives in Tallin, the Estonian capital. All of these journalists are facing up to seven years in prison if convicted.Repression is also intensifying in Russia’s far-east, where two journalists who have been covering protests against a local governor’s detention were convicted yesterday of “participating in an unauthorized demonstration.” On 28 January, police went to the home of Elena Solovyova, a Novaya Gazeta reporter who had covered the pro-Navalny demonstrations on 23 January, in order to inform her that she was being prosecuted for “participating in an unauthorized demonstration.” News RSF_en Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Organisation News January 30, 2021 More intimidation of journalists ahead of second round of pro-Navalny protests May 21, 2021 Find out more Dozens of criminal cases have been initiated in Moscow in another disturbing sign of increasing authoritarianism. At least four journalists have been charged with “violating public health norms” because they urged Russians to participate in the demonstrations. They include Mediazona publisher Piotr Verzilov, sports presenter Nikita Belogolovtsev, and Tatiana Felgengauer, a reporter for Echo of Moscow, an independent radio station. to go further May 5, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns these serious press freedom violations and urges the authorities to end the wave of harassment of the media that began after Navalny’s return to Russia on 17 January.In the wake of the pro-Navalny demonstrations on 23 January, police searched the home of Sergei Smirnov, the editor of Mediazona, a leading online source of reporting on police and judicial abuses, on 27 January and confiscated the hard disk of his computer. Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Covid19Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment June 2, 2021 Find out more News Credit: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts
to go further RSF_en AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Organisation Help by sharing this information Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News November 29, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition journalists again the victims of police violence June 4, 2021 Find out more News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Azerbaijan Reporters Without Borders today condemned the violence used by police against at least 12 journalists working for various news media when a demonstration organised by the opposition alliance Azadlig was dispersed by force on 26 November in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.“The fact that the crowd did not disperse voluntarily at the end of the two hours allowed by the authorities for the demonstration should not have led to the use of such violence by the police, and it is unacceptable that journalists should be beaten during opposition demonstrations whether authorised or not,” the press freedom organisation said.“We call on interior minister Ramil Usubov to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of Azerbaijani and foreign journalists,” Reporters Without Borders added.Some 10,000 people gathered in the capital’s Gelebe (Victory) Square in the first demonstration of this scale since the disputed final results of the 6 November legislative elections were proclaimed on 23 November. The aim of the protest was to denounce electoral fraud and to demand new elections and the government’s resignation.As soon as the two hours allowed for the demonstration had expired, the police used baton charges, tear gas and water canon to break up the crowd, which included women, children and old people. About 10 people were left lying on the ground and had to be taken to hospital. Hundreds were hit and at least 29 people were arrested, including an opposition party leader.At least 12 journalists were the victims of police violence. Most were showing their press ID and some of them were wearing the navy-blue jacket which the Press Council gives to journalists to protect them from attack. Many of them were attacked as they were photographing the police dispersing protesters.Among the journalists hit by the police were: – Elbrus Seyfullayev of the news agency Azerpress;- Shahin Aydin of the weekly Bizim Yol;- Shaida Tulagayeva, a cameraman working for the BBC;- Shirin Safarov of the daily Baki Khabar;- Zaur Rasulov, a correspondent for the Russian-language daily Novoe Vremia;- Anar Bayramoglu, a correspondent for the newspaper Sharg;- Samir Neymanoglu of the news agency Turan;- Mustafa Hacili, deputy editor of the daily Yeni Musavat;- Sarvan Rizvanov of the news agency Turan;- Elman Mailov, a correspondent for the daily Express;- Aga Safarov, a correspondent for the Turkish daily Hurriyet;- Zohrab Ismail of the daily Azadlig, also a member of the Press Council.According to the final results announced on 23 November, President Ilham Aliyev’s party won 58 of the 125 parliamentary seats, the opposition got 10 seats and the remaining seats went to various other pro-government candidates. At least 12 journalists with different news media were hit by police when a demonstration organised by the opposition alliance Azadlig in Baku on 26 November was dispersed by force. Reporters Without Borders condemns the use of violence and calls on interior minister Ramil Usubov to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of Azerbaijani and foreign journalists. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan April 9, 2021 Find out more
Reporters Without Borders, Privacy International, Digitale Gesellschaft, FIDH, and Human Rights Watch welcome news that the European Commission will move ahead and add specific forms of surveillance technology to the EU control list on dual use items, thus taking steps to finally hold companies to account who sell spy equipment and enable human rights abuses. November 7, 2014 – Updated on January 25, 2016 EU catches up, takes steps to control export of intrusion spyware, IP monitoring RSF_en These important steps demonstrate that policymakers are beginning to wake up to the real harm that exists in an industry that has previously acted with impunity, and allowed repressive states to commit serious abuses against pro-democracy activists, human rights defenders, political dissidents, and journalists.Critically, by adding intrusion software and IP monitoring to the control list, this places exporters of surveillance technology such as FinFisher, Hacking Team and Amesys under more scrutiny as now they will be obligated to apply for licences for their technologies when exporting out of the EU, providing Governments with an opportunity to prevent the technology from being exported to human rights abusing regimes.Many NGOs including, including those in the Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance Exports (CAUSE), of which Privacy International is a member, have long campaigned on the damaging implications that surveillance technologies have on undermining fundamental human rights. This work has driven surveillance technology to be taken seriously as an issue at national, EU and international levels.There are very real concerns about how these controls may negatively impact legitimate security research or ensnare legitimate technologies. The new language doesn’t control “intrusion software” per se, but rather the software and technology used on servers to disseminate it. In other words, the controls are not aimed at the malware and rootkits that actually infect a device, but on the actual software used to create, deliver and instruct them. It is also important to remember that it is made very clear in the Wassenaar Arrangement (and by extension the EU list) that controls do not apply to technology or software in the public domain or relating to basic scientific research.And while having these controls in place may not explicitly stop the export each time, these changes holds them more accountable to lawmakers and the public, while making the industry more transparent.While we welcome this move to bring the EU into line with the 2013 Wassenaar updates and more into line with other international export regimes, it has come at a slow speed and more needs to be done. These updated controls have been known and publicised since December 2013 but due to bureaucratic delays in Brussels, it has taken this long for the controls to filter into the regulations of the 28 Member States, many of whom are leading exporters of surveillance technology.Importantly, it has to be remembered that any changes made at the December 2014 Wassenaar Arrangement will not be incorporated into EU member states for possibly yet another year. The United States, a large exporter of such technology, has brought in some controls this past year but not all mentioned in the 2013 changes.Still, this is an important step to finally hold a multi-billion dollar industry, which has a global reach, to account. We look forward to continuing to work with civil society, the research community, and policymakers to ensure that these measures ultimately protect human rights while allowing for legitimate and necessary security research to continue.Kenneth Page, Policy Officer from Privacy International, said:It’s about time that EU Members stopped dragging their feet on surveillance exports, but simply adopting last years internationally agreed changes should not stop them from taking future initiatives”Alexander Sander, Managing Director of Digitale Gesellschaft, said: We welcome the fact that EU is finally taking legal steps in this area. However, we trust these are only the first steps in the process to regulate these harmful surveillance technologies.Lucie Morillon, Programme Director of Reporters Without Borders, said: Europe is at last beginning to control surveillance technology but much remains to be done, especially knowing that two Enemies of the Internet – Gamma International and Hacking Team – were able to participate in the Technology Against Crime trade fair in France in 2013.Christian Mihr, Executive Director at Reporters Without Borders Germany, said:We are relieved that, finally, the German government gave up its reluctance against regulating the export of such spyware. This is an important first step to secure human rightsWenzel Michalski, Director of Human Rights Watch Berlin, said:Time and time again human rights activists and their families have been spied on, detained and even tortured – all enabled by surveillance technologies made here in the EU. The new moves by the EU are long needed steps in the right direction, but more still needs to be done.Karim Lahidji, FIDH President, said:FIDH welcomes this announcement by the EU Commission. Our ongoing litigation work against French surveillance companies Amesys and Qosmos for their alleged complicity in acts of torture in Libya and Syria make a strong case for the EU and its Member States to urgently strengthen their regulation on exports controls to prevent any further human violations resulting from this industry Organisation News Help by sharing this information
ABC News(DENVER) — 911 calls capture a mother’s desperation as she phoned police for help after her 5-year-old daughter was attacked by a bear on Sunday.“My daughter was just attacked by a small brown bear,” the mother says in the call. “I had to chase it through the yard.”The child, identified by her father as Kimberly Cyr, had gone outside of her home in East Orchard Mesa in the predawn hours to investigate noises she believed were coming from a dog, her mother told authorities.The mother heard screams about 2:30 a.m. outside her home, which is above the Colorado River Corridor in Grand Junction, and went outside to investigate, according to a news release by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW).That’s when she saw a bear dragging Kimberly, according to the release. The mother screamed at the bear, which then let her daughter go, the release said.Kimberly was initially rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center with serious injuries, but was later upgraded to fair condition, according to CPW.The girl underwent a nearly three-hour surgery to repair soft tissue injuries caused by the bear’s teeth, according to Dr. Charles Breaux, the pediatric surgeon at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. She has “hundreds” of stitches, but no fractures, Breaux said.Breaux said Kimberly has been the “calmest person in the room” all day.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Janet Weinstein/ABC NewsBy JANET WEINSTEIN, ABC News(DERBY LINE, Vt.) — Stansted, Quebec, and Derby Line, Vermont, are adjoining small towns along the U.S.-Canadian border where the international line snakes through people’s homes, down the middle of a main street and divides the public library in half. They share the same water and each town’s fire department will jump in to help out if there’s trouble.It’s been almost nine months since the land border shut and crossings were limited to essential travel only due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Single passport citizens can’t cross unless they are performing essential work and dual citizens must quarantine for two weeks on either side, making casual back-and-forth trips impossible.Officials have not even given a timetable for when the limits will be removed.For this tiny remote community, and others like it along the international boundary, the new reality is devastating.“I’m now starting to have lonely feelings and I miss them,” Vermont grandmother Wendy Bronson told ABC News. “And with the holidays coming, it’s worse.”Bronson said she has lived along the international line her whole of life. Her days have always included frequent back and forth trips. Her dentist and dermatologist are in Canada. Her job involves visiting nearby Canadian stores. Some of her children and grandchildren live less than 20 miles away in Canada.“You just kind of take it for granted, don’t you?” she said. “There has been this open space all my life that was just the, ‘Hi, how’re you doing, Mrs. Bronson?’ at the border.”Even though members of Bronson’s family are dual citizens and can legally cross, they are subject to strictly monitored 14-day quarantines that neither can afford to do regularly.“I have to remind myself that I’m better off than some and not get on the pity party,” she said. “That is really hard when you’re close to your family and you see them on a regular basis, three or four times a week, and then you can’t see them. FaceTime does not cut that, you know, it doesn’t cut it.”Bronson started to choke up: “I was shut off from my family … and I can’t get to my kids if they need me. They can’t get to me if they need me.”Small business owner Jane McIntyre runs Jane’s Cafe, a three-minute walk from the border in Derby Line. She said her business is taking a big hit from the border closure.“Normally, this road would be very busy because of all the cars coming through,” she said as she stands outside her quiet cafe. She said most of her customers aren’t “regulars,” but instead cross-border travelers on their way to either country.“I think I could probably survive until next fall — September, October — and then I think I would have to give up if it doesn’t change,” she said.Patrol agent in charge of Newport Station Erik Lavallee said he understands the community’s frustration. He’s worked this section of the border for more than 16 years and said many of his agents are active in the community.“We’re in the middle of a pandemic. Unfortunately, the pandemic does not know borders. It does not keep itself to one community or another,” Lavallee told ABC News. “We’re trying to minimize any impact to our local communities and health care resources, and maintain what we do have for the safety and security of our citizens.”He said there have been instances of people meeting outside the Haskell Library, an area where the boundary is marked by a row of potted plants. But, he said, he discourages it.“There have been plenty of instances where we’ve come across folks that are much less than 6 feet. No masks, and especially coming from other parts of the United States, not quarantining prior to meeting up with family members,” he explained.“So from our perspective, in order to keep the community safe and my agents, my personnel here, safe, we’re trying to limit the meetings as best as we can.”There are others with strong American and Canadian ties facing a similar struggle. Two months ago, Devon Weber — an American living in Toronto with her Canadian husband — started a Facebook group called “Let Us Reunite.” She said it has already grown to more than 1,500 families, many of whom are from border communities. She is now leading the organization’s efforts to start lobbying the U.S. government.“The Canadian government has twice passed family travel exemptions,” Weber told ABC News. “We’re asking for reciprocal family travel exemption so our Canadian family can travel to the United States.”Her team also advocates amending land border restrictions because she said there’s a loophole: Canadians can fly into the U.S. for nonessential reasons, but not drive, specifically hurting border communities.“People that live five minutes apart now have to take four airplanes, spend $1,000 and travel 10 hours to see their loved ones,” she said. “That just seems ridiculous to me.”Rep. Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., represents border communities in northern New York. He calls the policy “a disconnect.”“We should expect that the Department of Homeland Security in the United States and our public health officials in Canada would work to create parity as to who can come and how, what mode of transportation they can use. That disparity is not helpful,” Higgins told ABC News.He said Buffalo and western New York sees 80% of their sales tax revenues on the weekends from Canadian shoppers. He also said Canadians spend $10 million a year on health services in the area and 40% of people flying out of Buffalo’s airport are Canadian. His district feels this acutely.But, he added, “The only thing that you can do without a vaccine, without a treatment, is to do all the things that are necessary to drive down the number of COVID-19 cases you have.”And that means keeping the border closed.The US Department of Homeland Security didn’t immediately respond for comment.For now, McIntyre, of Jane’s Cafe, said she is keeping focused on her internal mantra as she tries to make her way through this unprecedented time.“The best thing in my life that I can always do is keep putting one foot in front of the other,” she said.“Do what you need to do that day to make yourself and everybody around you feel better,” McIntyre continued. “And the rest will have to work itself out.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.