Now Vladimir Putin is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize!

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News Story Source: by Jack Newman
Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the second time for the prestigious prize 

Lawmakers, professors and academic groups can submit nominations

A five-strong committee then submit a shortlist before announcing winner  

The prize money for the award has been raised by one million Swedish krona

Alfred Nobel left money to fund the prizes which have been running since 1901 

Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The leader was put forward by a group of Russian writers led by Sergey Komkov, according to Russian news agency TASS.

They submitted the application in Oslo on September 10, putting him alongside Donald Trump in the list of potential candidates for the prestigious award.

A presidential spokesman said Putin, who was also nominated in 2013, was not put forward by the Kremlin. 

The favourite to win this year’s Peace Prize is the World Health Organisation, with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and
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China has built nearly 400 ‘suspected detention centres’ where more than one million Uighurs

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China has expanded its network of detention centres in Xinjiang, new study says

The Australian think tank found over 380 interment camps in the Chinese region

Over one million Uighurs and Muslim people are believed to be detained there

Beijing is also accused of ‘coercing’ 500,000 Tibetans into mass labour camps

China’s network of detention centres in the northwest Xinjiang region is much bigger than previously thought and has been expanded in recent years, according to research presented by an Australian think tank Thursday.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute said it had identified more than 380 ‘suspected detention facilities’ in the region – where China is believed to have detained more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking residents.

The number of facilities is around 40 per cent greater than previous estimates and, according to Australian researchers, has been growing despite China’s claims that many U
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Hong Kong prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong is arrested for participating –

Read more on this subject: Activism
News Story Source: by EMILIA JIANG
He rose to prominence as a student leader during the 2014 Umbrella Movement 
Wong was accused of participating in an ‘unauthorised assembly’ last October
The 2019 protest came after the city’s new law to ban masks at demonstrations

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has been arrested for allegedly participating in an unauthorised assembly last October, according to his social media post.

Mr Wong tweeted on Thursday that he was arrested when he reported to the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s Central Police Station.

He said he was also accused of violating a pre-coronavirus pandemic law banning the wearing of masks in public places on the pretext they obscure identity.

He is expected to leave the police station and address journalists later on Thursday.

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Pandemic spurs journalists to go it alone via email

Read more on this subject: Science, Medicine and Technology
News Story Source: by Sara Fischer
Context: Many of those writers, working with new technology companies like Substack, TinyLetter, Lede, or Ghost, have made the transition amid the pandemic.

The pandemic strained the finances of traditional newsrooms and publications and sent most journalists to work from home.

“I think many people in the journalism world saw how quickly their business fortunes can change during COVID and decided they would rather run their own business as opposed to be dependent on another businesses’ ebbs and flows,” says Alex Kantrowitz, former Buzzfeed reporter turned author of the Big Technology newsletter on Substack.

Driving the news: Several prominent businesses and technology or political journalists have left their news companies to launch their own newsletters, including:

Alex Kantrowitz (formerly of Buzzfeed), Casey Newton (formerly of The Verge), Josh Constine (formerly of TechCrunch), Andrew Sullivan (formerly of New York Magazine), Emily Atki
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Saudi dissidents launch opposition party amid ‘repression’

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News Story Source: by AFP
Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy that does not tolerate any political opposition, but the formation of the National Assembly Party on the anniversary of the kingdom’s founding comes amid a growing state crackdown on dissent and freedom of expression.

“We hereby announce the establishment of the National Assembly Party, which aims to institute democracy as a form of government in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the group said in a statement.

The development is unlikely to seriously undermine the authority of the Arab world’s most powerful ruling family. 

But it poses a fresh challenge to Saudi Arabia’s rulers as they grapple with low crude oil prices and gear up to host a G20 summit in November amid the coronavirus pandemic.

There was no immediate reaction from Saudi authorities.

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Federal Payments to Farmers Have Tripled Since 2017, and Trump Just Promised Even More

Read more on this subject: Government Debt & Financing
News Story Source: by ERIC BOEHM
It was March 2, 2018, when President Donald Trump’s top trade adviser appeared on Fox Business Network to reassure Americans that other countries wouldn’t retaliate against new tariffs proposed by the White House.

Those tariffs on imported steel and aluminum were the first major battle in what’s become an expensive and largely unsuccessful 2 1/2 year-long trade war. But even at that early stage, it was obvious to some observers that the trade war wouldn’t be as easy or beneficial as the Trump administration was promising. “Should we expect China and others to come back and say, ‘Oh really America? Well take this, I’m going to raise tariffs and retaliate on farm goods,” Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo directly asked Peter Navarro, director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, during that March 2 interview.

“I don’t believe any country is going to retaliate for the simple reason that we are the most lucr
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IRGC Taunts US With Spy Drone Close-Ups Of Nimitz Carrier In Strait Of Hormuz

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News Story Source: by Tyler Durden
State-run Tasnim reports: “In remarks on Wednesday, IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri said the homegrown drone has detected the US carrier strike group before the flotilla cruised through the Strait of Hormuz and into the waters of the Persian Gulf.”

The Nimitz along with battleship escorts sailed through the area last Friday, according to separate reports.

Tunsgiri made the remarks upon the occasion of a military ceremony marking the IRGC’s naval force receiving nearly 200 domestic produced drones and helicopters. 

The IRGC Rear admiral described, “Monitoring and tracking all maritime movements in the Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of ??Oman will be made possible by these drones that will greatly increase our capabilities in this area.”

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The Silent Exodus Nobody Sees: Leaving Work Forever

Read more on this subject: Employment & Jobs
News Story Source: by Charles Hugh Smith
The exodus out of cities is getting a lot of attention, but the exodus that will unravel our economic and social orders is getting zero attention: the exodus from work. Like the exodus from troubled urban cores, the exodus from work has long-term, complex causes that the pandemic has accelerated.

These are the core drivers of the exodus from work.

1. labor’s share of the economy has been in multi-decade decline. It’s easy to blame globalization and/or automation–and it’s true that the decline in labor’s share accelerated from 2000 on. But this trend began around 1970, long before China joined the World Trade Organization and the advent of “software eating the world.” (see chart below)

2. While it’s convenient for those reaping the big gains (see chart below) to blame globalization and/or automation, the real driver was financialization–the neoliberal move to deregulate finance so it could turn everything into an exploitab
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New ‘Born-Again’ AC Cobras Arrive In The UK With Electric-Only Option

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News Story Source: by James Fossdyke
The first batch of new “born-again” AC Cobras have arrived in the UK, offering the choice of petrol or electric power. However, the “faithful recreations” of Carroll Shelby’s fire-spitting sports car are being offered to British customers without the classic V8 engine, with more modern forms of propulsion on the menu.

Buyers in the UK get the choice of a Ford 2.3-litre petrol engine or an electric motor. The former is the same four-cylinder unit found in entry-level versions of the Mustang, while the latter offers a silent, zero-emission alternative. Both powertrains are being fitted by AC Cars’ Derby-based technical partner, Falcon Electric.

Those engines form the basis of two special-edition Cobras, each of which will be limited to just 58 examples. AC Cars says that number is significant because it is now 58 years since the Cobra was first created.

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