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2020 Jul 11 - 3:16am
Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, known colloquially as AMLO, arrived back in his nation’s capital yesterday aboard an American Airlines flight after his first state visit to the United States since taking office in a historic, landslide victory in 2018. The commercial flight included a stopover at Miami International Airport as coronavirus-induced protocols have resulted in the suspension of direct flights in and out...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, junktag (ignore), Debt Swap, economy, IMF
2020 Jul 11 - 2:55am
A biometric digital identity platform that “evolves just as you evolve” is set to be introduced in “low-income, remote communities” in West Africa thanks to a public-private partnership between the Bill Gates-backed GAVI vaccine alliance, Mastercard and the AI-powered “identity authentication” company, Trust Stamp. The program, which was first launched in late 2018, will see Trust Stamp’s digital identity platform integrated into the GAVI-...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, junktag (ignore), Africa, biometric, cashless payments
2020 Jul 11 - 2:27am
While other continents have largely dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, much of Latin America is in meltdown, as cases soar, bodies pile up, and anger mounts. Its new wave of neoliberal leaders, mistrustful of collective action in any situation and extolling the virtues of individualism in a collective public health crisis, are making the problem far worse. Despite having months to prepare for the worst, over 100,000 people have (officially)...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, junktag (ignore), covid-19, Latin America, Neoliberalism
2020 Jul 11 - 1:09am
While the vigorous and often bitter debate around depictions of “White Jesus” continues to rage, a similar, but quieter discussion is taking place within Islamic communities on the subject of overly white illustrations of key figures in the Muslim tradition, particularly the twelve imams so revered in Shiaism, an subsect of Islam that comprises approximately ten percent of the world’s Muslim population. Depictions of humans are far less common...
Tags: junktag (ignore), junktag (ignore), Top Story, iconography, Islam, Racial Justice
2020 Jul 10 - 11:34pm
A new game called “Prison Empire Tycoon” is going viral. Released in late May, it has risen to become the current number one strategy game in Apple’s App Store and has been among the top 20 most popular games overall since its launch, with at least  3 million downloads to date. In line with many other popular business simulation games like the “Railroad Tycoon” and “Rollercoaster Tycoon” series, where users create huge transport networks or...
Tags: Daily Digest, junktag (ignore), junktag (ignore), Incarceration, Prison Empire Tycoon, Private Prisons
2020 Jul 10 - 8:37pm
Welcome to MintCast — an interview series hosted by Mnar Muhawesh Adley featuring dissenting voices the establishment would rather silence. In this episode, we are joined by activist, journalist and documentary filmmaker Eleanor Goldfield whose new documentary, “Hard Road of Hope,” shares the stories of people in West Virginia and their struggle against the corporate state. West Virginia. It’s been dubbed as a throwaway state with throw...
Tags: Daily Digest, MintCast, junktag (ignore), coal, documentary, Eleanor Goldfield
2020 Jul 10 - 12:33am
The Biden campaign held an online event on Wednesday, July 8 pitched as the former Vice President’s “vision for Venezuela and Venezuelans in the U.S.” Spoiler alert: his vision for Venezuela barely differs from President Trump. This event, which didn’t merit an appearance from Biden himself, was aimed at getting Venezuelan-Americans to volunteer for “Uncle Joe,” as Representative Darren Soto (D-Fl) called him. It was an hour and a half of...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, junktag (ignore), donald trump, Joe Biden, United States
2020 Jul 9 - 9:12pm
Trump’s much-ballyhooed “Operation Warp Speed” unveiled in May of this year to produce and deploy a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. is shaping up to be yet another scheme to funnel millions of dollars into a singularly corrupt pharmaceutical entity with deep ties to Robert Kadlec, the serving Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), who is in charge of the Strategic National Stockpile and is the architect of the...
Tags: Daily Digest, junktag (ignore), junktag (ignore), covid-19, emergent biosolutions, Operation Warp Speed
2020 Jul 9 - 2:16am
Wednesday, July 1, was meant to be the day on which the Israeli government officially annexed 30% of the occupied Palestinian West Bank and the Jordan Valley. This date, however, came and went and annexation was never actualized. “I don’t know if there will be a declaration of sovereignty today,” said Israeli Foreign Minister, Gabi Ashkenazi, with reference to the self-imposed deadline declared earlier by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, junktag (ignore), Annexation, Apartheid, israel
2020 Jul 9 - 2:04am
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed last night that he is strongly considering banning the hugely popular video app TikTok. “I don’t want to get out in front of the president, but it’s something we’re looking at,” he told Laura Ingraham. When the Fox News anchor pushed him further, asking if anybody should download the app, he responded, “Only if you want your private information in the hands of the...
Tags: Daily Digest, Foreign Affairs, junktag (ignore), ban, China, social media
2020 Jul 8 - 11:57pm
The man responsible for some of the most inhumane punishment of whistleblower Chelsea Manning stands a good chance of becoming a Democratic Congressional candidate. On July 14, Democrats in Alabama’s First District will go back to the polls to choose from one of two candidates. In the March primary, James Averhart finished less than 2,000 votes behind leader Kiani Gardner, forcing a runoff. A 30-year military veteran, Averhart began as a Marine...
Tags: Daily Digest, junktag (ignore), junktag (ignore), alabama, chelsea manning, Democratic Party
2020 Jul 7 - 11:47pm
A two-pronged initiative by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security is set to substantially increase Israel’s already significant role in America’s digital health, artificial intelligence (AI), critical health infrastructure, as well as law enforcement, public and border protection and other key sectors. Citing “health challenges” posed by COVID-19, the U.S.-Israel Business Initiative (USIBI), a...
Tags: Daily Digest, junktag (ignore), junktag (ignore), Chamber of Commerce, covid-19, israel

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