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The Challenges of Transforming Food Systems in a Global, Human Security Context

Please respond to a 60 sec survery after watching – Click here to take survey The running order for the video is as follows: Part 1. Why 1945?: 0 – 2 minutes 45 seconds Part 2. Proxy wars to the end of the cold war: 2 min 45 sec – 5 min 42…

XR UK Strategy 2022

The full 2022 XRUK Strategy document can be read in full here. What follows is a digest of its conclusions.  Please read both documents, and if you would like to find out even more, attend one of the dates on the Strategy Tour – both online and in person.  The…

The U.K. Paid $724,000 For A Creepy Campaign To Convince People That Encryption is Bad. It Won’t Work.

This week, the U.K. government launched an unprecedented and deceptive effort to kill off end-to-end encryption. They’ve hired a fancy ad agency to convince people that encrypted messages are dangerous to children. The explicit goal of the “No Place to Hide” campaign, launched on Tuesday, is to prevent Facebook from…

Prioritize Rights, Justice in Southern Thailand Peace Efforts

Click to expand Image A soldier checks vehicles at a checkpoint in downtown Narathiwat, Thailand, June 29, 2015. © 2015 Thierry Falise/LightRocket via Getty Images The Thai government returned to the negotiating table last week with the separatist group Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) to end the armed conflict in the…

Chechen Police Abduct a Woman in Retaliation Against Her Sons

Click to expand Image Zarema Mussaeva. © 2021 Private As all eyes are focused on growing tensions between the Kremlin and NATO, Chechen authorities seem emboldened to be unrestrained in their use of lawless tactics in their war with dissent. Yesterday, Chechen police broke into the apartment of 59-year-old Zarema…

Pelosi Changes Course, Says She’s Open to Stock Trading Ban for Congress Members

As Democrats discuss implementing a ban on stock trading for members of Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) signaled on Thursday that she may be open to passing such a ban, despite her opposition to the proposal. Pelosi reiterated her opposition at a press conference on Thursday, but said that…

Giuliani, Trump Campaign Coordinated Fake Electors Scheme to Overturn Election

New reporting has revealed that the scheme to use fake electors to disrupt the certification of the Electoral College vote on January 6, 2021, was coordinated by members of former President Donald Trump’s campaign team, including Rudy Giuliani, who was his personal lawyer at the time. Giuliani and other campaign…

Digital Rights Updates with EFFector 34.1

Start the new year right by keeping up with the latest news on your digital rights! Version 34, issue 1 of our EFFector newsletter is out now. Catch up on the latest EFF news, from our celebration of Copyright Week to Google releasing a “disable 2g” feature for new Android smartphones,…

Can low carbon jobs really level up post-industrial towns? We went to Bolsover to find out

Can low carbon jobs really level up post-industrial towns? We went to Bolsover to find out A 17th-century castle overlooks the town of Bolsover. Andrew Hill / flickr, CC BY-SA In 2019 Boris Johnson demolished the so-called “red wall” of northern England as scores of Midlands and northern towns voted…

Net zero: UK government sued for weak strategy – so here’s what makes a good climate change plan

Net zero: UK government sued for weak strategy – so here’s what makes a good climate change plan Roserunn/Shutterstock Two-thirds of countries have now committed to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions at some point this century. During 2021, the share of large companies with net zero commitments jumped from…

Short-sightedness is on the rise in both children and adults – new study

Short-sightedness is increasing worldwide. chali_studio/ Shutterstock We’ve known for years now that rates of short-sightedness (scientifically known as myopia) are rising globally. Some estimates even suggest that half of the world’s population will be short-sighted by 2050. In the UK and Europe alone, rates of short-sightedness have doubled in the…

Four surprising ways climate change is affecting people’s health in England and Wales

Four surprising ways climate change is affecting people’s health in England and Wales Jevanto Productions/Shutterstock When you take age out of the equation, temperature-related deaths are on the decline in England and Wales. That’s according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). But more people are…

Afghanistan: Taliban authorities must reveal Alia Azizi’s whereabouts

The Taliban authorities must urgently investigate the abduction of Alia Azizi, a senior female prison official who has been missing for more than three months after she reported for duty in Herat, and immediately and unconditionally release her if in their custody, Amnesty international said. Alia Azizi, a member of…

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