A planned visit to China’s Xinjiang province this week by a Russian national who serves as the United Nations’ top counterterrorism official has infuriated human rights advocates and some Western governments, who fear Beijing will use the trip as propaganda.
The visit by Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov marks the first high-level visit by a U.N. official to the predominantly Muslim territory since Beijing began forcing an estimated million local members of the Uighur minority into detention camps,..MORE: oreignpolicy
New research combining the results of more than 50 studies globally has found that on average, people could be ingesting about 5g of plastic every week – equivalent to a credit card – in the air they breathe, the food they eat and, especially, the water they drink ….MORE: straitstimes
Experts warn that the challenge can lead to cerebral hypoxia, which is a condition that leads to a decrease of oxygen supply to the brain, despite the presence of adequate blood flow, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.“Brain cells are extremely sensitive to oxygen deprivation and can begin to die within five minutes after oxygen supply has been cut off,” the institute says….more: nypost
This snake did not put out the welcome mat for Jerel Heywood. The unsuspecting man got a stinging surprise when he stepped up to the front door of his buddy and fellow Lawton, Okla., resident Rodney Copeland. A 5-foot-5-inch snake was coiled…more: NTP
A shadowy UK government propaganda unit that privately declares that it works to “effect behavioural and attitudinal change” among British Muslims has drawn up plans to begin operating in France. The Research, Information and Communications Unit (RICU), which is based at the Home Office in London, generates films, social media, websites, leaflets and news stories that are intended to influence public opinion while concealing the British government’s role in their creation….middle east
“The Sri Lankan authorities must protect the country’s Muslim minority as it is being targeted by mobs in horrific attacks on their homes, mosques and businesses in the wake of the Easter Sunday massacre.
“These attacks did not emerge out of a vacuum. There were clear signs that a backlash against Muslims was underway, and the authorities could have acted on reports of threats earlier, potentially preventing much of the violence over recent days….more: Amnesty
News is emerging today that a weakness in WhatsApp has allowed spy software on to phones, possibly for years. The implications for our privacy are huge. Civil rights groups are outraged.As the world’s biggest gathering of tech leaders, inventors, writers and shoppers converged on Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show at the start of the year, many noticed an unusual billboard.Apple, the world’s biggest tech company, usually avoids the fray. But, this year, it bought a huge site on the side of the Marriott Hotel overlooking the conference, for a giant poster. “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone,” read the words — a parody of the famous gambling city’s marketing catchphrase: “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”..more theday