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Slush fund exposed in Brazilian Presidential Election

The hashtag #caixa2doBolsonaro is a Twitter hashtag that just reached the top trending world wide. Since it is in portugues, the best translation for it would be "Bolsonaro's Slush Fund".The reason for that hashtag was an article published on Folha de São Paulo, a Brazilian daily newspaper founded in 1921 (Wikipedia). The title in portuguese Empresários bancam campanha contra o PT pelo WhatsApp (Folha de São Paulo), translates to something lie Company Owners finance WhatsApp Campaign agains the Workers Party.

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March in favor of “People’s Vote” to take place in London on October 20th

According to the Evening Standard, "more than 100,000 protesters" are set to hit the streets on the 20th of October in what is predicted to be the biggest march on the subject of another referendum.The march has had endorsement from celebrities, and The Guardian published an article calling for the campaign to engage more with those parts of the UK that voted to leave.

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Fact check: Does a video show people being paid to storm the US border?

Congressman Matt Gaetz tweeted a video showing 2 men giving cash to people and claimed it shows people in Honduras being given cash to "storm the US border".https://twitter.com/RepMattGaetz/status/1052629557826736129Background: Matt Gaetz is the freshman Congressman who GQ Magazine has called "the Trumpiest Congressman in Trump's Washington" meaning that he has a tendency to make bold statements that are widely viewed as controversial.According to the Conservative Tribune by Western Journal, the claim is that a brewing "March of the Migrant" involving thousands of people marching from Honduras through Guatemala and Mexico" in time to be at the US boarder in time for the mid-term elections may be externally funded, possibly by George Soros. (Note: what is Conservative Tribune? It is unclear at this time whether it is a reliable source. If you know more, please edit this article.)

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Food Systems – A Call for a 5th Agricultural Revolution

Pick up a handful of living soil and there are more organism than humans that have ever lived. Soil is the largest reservoir of carbon, plant nutrients, fresh water and biodiversity. Humans in the last few centuries have been treating the soil like dirt and this lack of respect for the living world is contributing to climate change, a rise in chronic diseases and an epidemic of anxiety and depression.At Nobel Conference54 held this fall in Minnesota, USA Leading thinkers and researchers came together to share knowledge at Living Soil A Universe Underfoot.Dr Rattan Lal, Professor of Soil Sciences at The Ohio State University, pointed out that in 1800, human agriculture used 930 10^6 HA of land to feed slightly less than one billion people. By 2017, human use of the planet's land mass for agriculture has climbed 5 times to 4731 10^6 Ha. Nearly half of the earth's terrestrial surface is used for agriculture. "Most soils have lost 25 to 75% of their original soil carbon pool"..

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Serb-Russia, media freedom down on Vucic’s knees

While the Iron Curtain seems to replace its boundaries over Ukraine, Serbia is playing the independent role as Josip Tito did under the former Yugoslavia. “Progressive” President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, now blinks both at Washington and Moscow, with a step over Bruxelles which is paying millions for supporting Serbia accession to EU.Vucic’s agenda remains ambiguous as not national but foreigner media mostly depict it. The Washington Post recently published a brilliant analysis by Micheal Birnbaum: “Russia’s low-cost influence strategy finds success in Serbia”. The article highlights that last summer the Kremlin offered Serbia 2 MiG29 fighters jet. Vucic celebrated the gift gladly, despite the price of $209 million to be paid back to Moscow for maintenance. All come with 75% percent of Serbia imported oil gas from Russia’s Gazprom, which has also bought the National energy company. This is what could prove why Serbia didn’t sign EU sanctions over Russia. “65 percent of Serbia tr..

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China: Social Media Celebrity Detained For Singing National Anthem ‘Disrespectfully’

A parody video by Yang Kaili, a 21-year-old social media celebrity from China, has led to her detention. The online star, followed on live-streaming platform Huya by tens of millions of users, sang a part of the national anthem while dancing. As a result, she was detained on October 7 by Shanghai’s Jingan district's police for "disrespecting" the national anthem. She was released after 5 days in detention.South China Morning Post quotes the police statement, describing her behaviour as "an insult to the dignity of the national anthem which repelled internet users". Yang apologised publicly several times for the incidents, calling it "a stupid mistake": "I sincerely apologise for singing the national anthem in an unserious manner while broadcasting. What I did has hurt your feelings. I’m sorry. Sorry to the motherland, to the fans, to web users, and to the platform" Yang's channel was blocked by Huya, having all of her online videos removed. However, a part of her controvers..

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Media Roundup: M&S Recieve Backlash for selling the ‘Hijab’

Marks and Spencer's, a UK retailer, has received criticism over selling the hijab for school pupils as young as nine years old. Those criticising M&S's decision to stock this headscarf, that is part of the Muslim faith and worn by some woman, claim it is oppressing and sexualising young girls who 'may' be forced to wear it (Dailymail)However, those who support the leading UK store have commented on how inclusive M&S are being for young Muslim girls across Britain and that the wearing of a Hijab does not hinder anyone's education just like any other school uniform does not either. (Independent.)Marks and Spencer's have responded to the backlash by saying how they are just responding to the demand they have received from schools to add hijabs to their 'back to school' collection. (Telegraph)

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Media Roundup: M&S Receive Backlash for selling the ‘Hijab’

Marks and Spencer, a UK retailer, has received criticism over selling the hijab for school pupils as young as nine years old. Those criticising M&S's decision to stock this headscarf, that is part of the Muslim faith and worn by some women, claim it is oppressing and sexualising young girls who 'may' be forced to wear it (Daily Mail).However, those who support the leading UK store have commented on how inclusive M&S are being for young Muslim girls across Britain and that the wearing of a hijab does not hinder anyone's education just like any other school uniform does not either (The Independent).Marks and Spencer have responded to the backlash by saying how they are just responding to the demand they have received from schools to add hijabs to their 'back to school' collection (Telegraph).

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