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“What the religious undertones in the latest ISIS Christian massacre video mean” TheRebel


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Twitter Cracks Down on Trolls With More Abuse Controls


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Twitter is continuing its campaign against abusive online messages, announcing a new slate of changes to the social network Tuesday aimed at curtailing Internet trolls and bullies.

Twitter has broadened the types of threats that it can punish by changing its rules to ban “threats of violence against others” rather than “direct, specific threats of violence against others.” The social network says the previous phrasing was too narrow to deal with the different types of abuse that occur online. Twitter is also taking a more granular approach to dealing with abuse by locking offending users’ accounts and forcing them to delete certain tweets to access their accounts again. The company also says it will limit the reach of abusive messages in some cases without actually deleting them, though it doesn’t specify how the messages will be limited.

The changes come a day after Twitter announced it would begin allowing users…

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Credit Suisse posts a mixed bag after missing M&A bonanza


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Speculation that incoming Credit Suisse AG [fortune-stock symbol=”CSGKF”] chief executive Tidjane Thiam could raise cash to boost the bank’s balance sheet overshadowed a forecast-beating increase in first-quarter net profit on Tuesday.

Tough new rules on risk and a surging Swiss franc weakened Credit Suisse’s cushion against future losses in the first quarter. With regulators still working on capital requirements for banks’ trading operations, there are potential headwinds to come.

“The risk is that the debate around the incoming CEO shifts from the potential for strategic change to the risk of capital raising,” said Omar Fall, an analyst at Jefferies.

Credit Suisse’s shares were the second-biggest faller in the European banking index, down 3% against the index’s 0.75% rise by mid-morning.

Thiam, chief executive of British insurer Prudential Plc, takes over from Credit Suisse veteran Brady Dougan at the end of June.

Until now the expectation has been that he will…

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Earth First! …116 Environmental Activists Murdered in 2014


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Earth First!..116 Environmental Activists Murdered in 2014

Killing Nature’s Defenders: Study Finds Global Surge in Murders of Environmental Activists… How Many More?

Read the report, “Deadly Environment”   Para la versión española, clique aquí.

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New report shows killings of environmental activists are increasing, with indigenous communities hardest hit. We shine a spotlight on Honduras – the most dangerous country to be an environmental defender

 Each week at least two people are being killed for taking a stand against environmental destruction. Some are shot by police during protests, others gunned down by hired assassins. As companies go in search of new land to exploit, increasingly people are paying the ultimate price for standing in their way.

We found that at least 116 environmental activists were murdered in 2014 – that’s almost double the number of journalists killed in the same period. A…

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Religion der ARD vs Kinderglaube der Geldgeber: ARD und ZDF sehen rot – NZZ.ch


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Religion der ARD vs Kinderglaube der Geldgeber: ARD und ZDF sehen rot – NZZ.ch

Braucht es öffentlichrechtliche Sender?: ARD und ZDF sehen rot – NZZ.ch

Deutsche Ökonomen plädieren dafür, dass sich der öffentlichrechtliche Rundfunk auf eine Nische zurückzieht. Er soll dort aktiv werden, wo Private Lücken hinterlassen. Die Vertreter der Sender verunglimpfen die Überlegungen als «Kinderglaube».

In der Schweiz werden die Bürger im Juni darüber entscheiden, ob Radio und Fernsehen über eine Zwangsabgabe finanziert werden. In Deutschland wurde diese steuerähnliche Variante schon 2013 eingeführt. Die Vertreter der öffentlichrechtlichen Sender könnten sich also zufrieden zurücklehnen. Doch seit einigen Monaten sorgt ein Gutachten von Ökonomen und Juristen für rote Köpfe . Der wissenschaftliche Beirat beim Finanzministerium hat es gewagt, die privilegierte Stellung des öffentlichrechtlichen Rundfunks zu hinterfragen. Dieses Gutachten wurde über 300 000 Mal von der Homepage des Finanzministeriums heruntergeladen. Üblich sind sonst ein paar hundert Aufrufe.  …..

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Former White House Adviser: What Vladimir Putin Could Learn From ‘Doctor Zhivago’


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After the Soviet Union splintered in 1991, I took a few days off from my job at the White House and visited St. Petersburg, Russia. Strolling through the flaking walls of the Hermitage, I realized that communism’s problem was not that it was failing to keep up with the rising standards of 1980s America. The Soviets could not keep up with the standards of 1917 Russia! I’m reminded of that now. Next week, the musical Doctor Zhivago will premier on Broadway at a time when Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be rolling back the clock on liberty, and many Russians worry that their country’s economy is sliding backwards.

I doubt that Putin will be buying a front-row seat for opening night. For one thing, he appears to prefer judo takedowns and bare-chested bronco riding to songs and waltzes. There’s also the fact that during the Cold War, the Central…

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Sepp Blatter likened to Martin Luther King and Jesus Christ, is probably closer to Suge Knight or Elmer Fudd


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The time has come for the leadership of the world’s various federation to stand up, be counted and pledge allegiance to The Sepp – Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, who is currently seeking his 401st (or, fifth) term as FIFA president. Meeting in the Bahamas, several delegates from CONCACAF have gone way beyond the call of duty to swear fealty to their golden god-king.

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb stated that “Membership is sending a message that we continue to support Blatter” in his campaign against the election’s candidates: former Portuguese international Louis Figo, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and Dutch Football Association president Michael van Praag.

To drive Webb’s point home, a couple of CONCACAF federation bosses competed with each other to see who could get Blatter’s boots cleanest after a proper licking. Leaders from Jamaica, Haiti, Turks & Caicos, Cuba, Panama, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Puerto Rico all vowed to…

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