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Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian territory ‘unlawful’, UN world court rules

news.un.org Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian territory ‘unlawful’: UN world court

The UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Friday declared that Israel’s continued presence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory “is unlawful”, and that “all States are under an obligation not to recognize” the decades-long occupation.

Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian territory ‘unlawful’: UN world court

cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/932327

> The Court was responding to a request for an advisory opinion by the General Assembly on the legal consequences arising from the policies and practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. > > The advisory from the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) is a legal opinion provided by the Court on questions of international law. > > Unlike judgments in contentious cases between States, advisory opinions are non-binding and are sought by United Nations bodies such as the General Assembly or the Security Council. > > While not legally binding, advisory opinions can shape international policies, increase moral pressure, and unilateral measures adopted by individual States such as sanctions.

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Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian territory ‘unlawful’, UN world court rules

news.un.org Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian territory ‘unlawful’: UN world court

The UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Friday declared that Israel’s continued presence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory “is unlawful”, and that “all States are under an obligation not to recognize” the decades-long occupation.

Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian territory ‘unlawful’: UN world court

cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/932327

> The Court was responding to a request for an advisory opinion by the General Assembly on the legal consequences arising from the policies and practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. > > The advisory from the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) is a legal opinion provided by the Court on questions of international law. > > Unlike judgments in contentious cases between States, advisory opinions are non-binding and are sought by United Nations bodies such as the General Assembly or the Security Council. > > While not legally binding, advisory opinions can shape international policies, increase moral pressure, and unilateral measures adopted by individual States such as sanctions.

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Die INSM und der Deckmantel „Bürokratieabbau“: Ein Blick auf eine fragwürdige PR-Kampagne der Konzernlobby, die das Lieferkettengesetz schwächen will

www.lobbycontrol.de Die INSM und der Deckmantel „Bürokratieabbau“

Konzerne und Wirtschaftslobbyverbände leisten sich neben der klassischen Lobbyarbeit auch PR-Kampagnen, um ihre Geschäfts- und Gewinninteressen durchzusetzen. Die Botschaften der PR-Lobbyinitiative INSM konzentrieren sich dabei aktuell auf den Begriff Bürokratieabbau. Dieser wird als Feigenblatt gen...

Die INSM und der Deckmantel „Bürokratieabbau“

Bürokratieabbau gehört aktuell zu den zentralen Forderungen aus der Wirtschaft, die auch die Konzernlobby über die Medien an Politik und Öffentlichkeit richtet. Besonders fällt dabei die „Initiative Neue Soziale Marktwirtschaft“ (INSM) auf. Die INSM ist eine von Arbeitgeberverbänden finanzierte PR- und Lobbyorganisation. Sie nutzt den Begriff für eine umfangreiche Kampagne, die unter dem Deckmantel „Bürokratieabbau“ ganz bestimmte Gesetze verhindern will. Auch die Debatte um das deutsche Lieferkettengesetz wurde von diesem Begriff gelenkt.

Bürokratieabbau ist zu Recht ein Begriff, dem viele Menschen etwas abgewinnen können. Die INSM benutzt ihn jedoch, um dahinter ihre Lobbyanliegen zu verstecken, die zu Lasten des Gemeinwohls gehen könnten: Die INSM will erreichen, dass es weniger gesetzliche Regeln für Unternehmen gibt. Dabei geht es ihr hauptsächlich um Bürokratie, die Konzerne betrifft. Manche Gesetze sollen sogar ganz verhindert werden – zum Beispiel das Lieferkettengesetz. Dabei braucht es Regeln, um sicherzustellen, dass Konzerne nicht ihre Gewinne höher priorisieren als Menschenrechte, faire Löhne, Umwelt- oder Verbraucherstandards.

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23 Schwimmer positiv getestet: China, Welt-Anti-Doping-Agentur und IOC geraten in Erklärungsnot

www.n-tv.de China, WADA und IOC geraten in Erklärungsnot

23 Schwimmer aus China wurden 2021 positiv auf Dopingmittel getestet, wegen einer simplen Erklärung jedoch freigesprochen und nicht gesperrt. ARD-Recherchen bringen diese Version, die Welt-Anti-Doping-Agentur und IOC glauben, kurz vor Beginn der Olympischen Spiele in Paris ins Wanken.

China, WADA und IOC geraten in Erklärungsnot

Bislang vertrauen sowohl WADA als auch das Internationale Olympische Komitee der Version aus China, dass die 2021 positiv getesteten Sportler unschuldig sind. Zur Kontamination mit dem verbotenen Herzmittel Trimetazidin sei es demnach in der Hotelküche gekommen. Sollten einige der Sportler in jenem Hotel allerdings gar nicht gewohnt haben, bekäme diese Argumentation erhebliche Risse.

"Die Liste der 23 sieht aus wie ein Fake", heißt es in dem Chat zudem. Pikant: Auch einem weiteren Informanten zufolge wohnten die betroffenen Schwimmer nicht alle unter einem Dach. "Betroffene Athleten haben mir gesagt, dass ganz sicher zwei der Schwimmer, möglicherweise sogar mehr, nicht in diesem Hotel untergebracht waren. Sie wohnten in einer anderen Unterkunft", sagt der namentlich nicht genannte Whistleblower in dem Film "Geheimsache Doping: Schmutzige Spiele", der seit dem heutigen Freitag in der ARD Mediathek zu finden ist.

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CrowdStrike legt weltweit Windows lahm
  • Ich frage mich, ob es jetzt irgendwas an den Plänen Deutschlands, der EU oder anderer Staaten und Unternehmen ändert, die sich weitgehend auf Microsoft oder Cloud-Lösungen anderer Anbieter verlassen?

    Deutschlands Bundeskanzler Scholz dazu laut Marketscreener:

    "Es wird von den Sicherheitsinstitutionen Deutschlands in enger Abstimmung mit denen vieler anderer Länder der Welt dazu etwas gesagt werden", sagte Scholz [...]. "Da kann man auch beruhigt drauf warten." Er selbst habe derzeit "nichts Aktuelles" zu den Problemen zu sagen.

  • You’re more likely to believe fake news shared by someone you barely know than by your best friend: “The strength of weak ties” applies to misinformation, too

    cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/925900

    > Archived link > > Half a century ago, a young Stanford professor named Mark Granovetter published what would become one of the seminal papers in the field of sociology. “The Strength of Weak Ties” argued for the important of mere acquaintances — not just your friends — in the growing field of social network analysis. (It’s been cited more than 73,000 times.) > > Granovetter surveyed a few hundred people in the Boston area who had recently taken a new job they learned about through a contact. (It’s who you know, right?) It turned out their weak ties — people they reported seeing once a year or less — were responsible for nearly twice as many job discoveries as their closest friends (people they saw twice a week or more). > > [...] > > Granovetter’s insight has been fundamental to the explosion of social networking platforms. Facebook is fundamentally a tool for flattening out all your strongest and weakest ties — from your spouse or sibling all the way to that kid you sat next to for two weeks in fifth grade. They all exist side by side, first-class citizens in your feed. LinkedIn was essentially Granovetter’s research turned into a startup. (Indeed, the strongest empirical support for Granovetter’s thesis is a massive study looking at more than 20 million LinkedIn users.) > > So why do your weak links matter so much? One big reason is that they’re more likely than your closest friends to possess novel, salient information that you might lack. Your BFFs likely live in roughly the same knowledge universe that you do and are thus less likely to come across a new insight that’s unknown to you. That kid from fifth grade lives far enough outside your personal bubble to present you with a truly important piece of information.

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    Forced labour in China: 'Growing evidence" that Beijing forcibly transfers workers from Xinjiang to other regions within the country seeking to avoid Western sanctions

    cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/924771

    Edit for including the archived link.

    > More must be done to identify companies participating in labor transfer schemes, in particular outside of the Uyghur Region, the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region, says. > > The Coalition is joint force of civil society organisations and trade unions united to end state-sponsored forced labour and other egregious human rights abuses against people from the Uyghur Region in China, known to local people as East Turkistan. > > While the coalition welcomes regulations by the U.S. administration aimed to end the state-sponsored forced labor of Uyghur and other Turkic and Muslim-majority peoples in supply chains such as the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), it says that "more must be done to identify companies participating in labor transfer schemes, in particular outside of the Uyghur Region", writes Charlotte Tate, Advocacy Lead for the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region. > > - There is growing evidence that Chinese government-led programs to transport Uyghurs to other parts of China, where the working conditions strongly indicate forced labor, are increasing. > > - Recent research has documented the government’s increased efforts to forcibly transfer Uyghurs outside of the Region, finding that in 2023, “Xinjiang significantly expanded the scale of the Pairing Assistance program, which facilitates cross-provincial labor transfers, aiming to increase transfers to other Chinese regions by 38 percent—levels exceeding those of any year since the mid-2010s.” > > - In the context of government control and coercion that Uyghurs and other Turkic and Muslim-majority peoples are experiencing in China, all state-sponsored labor transfers from the Uyghur Region should be considered coerced labor by companies. Individuals who refuse the government’s requirements risk being arbitrarily detained, along with their families. > > - An investigation published by the Outlaw Ocean Project into the seafood industry, which was recently added as a high-priority sector for enforcement, found that over 1,000 Uyghurs were placed in at least 10 seafood processing facilities after being forcibly transferred thousands of miles from the Uyghur Region. > > - This investigation found those same companies imported over 47,000 tons of seafood into the U.S. between 2018 and 2023. However, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can only apply the UFLPA to future shipments if those seafood processors are included on the UFLPA Entity List, which may come as a surprise to some. > > - "Increasing UFLPA enforcement efforts on labor transfers outside of the Uyghur Region would send a strong signal to importers that they must focus attention beyond direct sourcing from the area," Tate says.

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    Forced labour in China: 'Growing evidence" that Beijing forcibly transfers workers from Xinjiang to other regions within the country seeking to avoid Western sanctions

    cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/924771

    Edit for including archived link.

    > More must be done to identify companies participating in labor transfer schemes, in particular outside of the Uyghur Region, the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region, says. > > The Coalition is joint force of civil society organisations and trade unions united to end state-sponsored forced labour and other egregious human rights abuses against people from the Uyghur Region in China, known to local people as East Turkistan. > > While the coalition welcomes regulations by the U.S. administration aimed to end the state-sponsored forced labor of Uyghur and other Turkic and Muslim-majority peoples in supply chains such as the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), it says that "more must be done to identify companies participating in labor transfer schemes, in particular outside of the Uyghur Region", writes Charlotte Tate, Advocacy Lead for the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region. > > - There is growing evidence that Chinese government-led programs to transport Uyghurs to other parts of China, where the working conditions strongly indicate forced labor, are increasing. > > - Recent research has documented the government’s increased efforts to forcibly transfer Uyghurs outside of the Region, finding that in 2023, “Xinjiang significantly expanded the scale of the Pairing Assistance program, which facilitates cross-provincial labor transfers, aiming to increase transfers to other Chinese regions by 38 percent—levels exceeding those of any year since the mid-2010s.” > > - In the context of government control and coercion that Uyghurs and other Turkic and Muslim-majority peoples are experiencing in China, all state-sponsored labor transfers from the Uyghur Region should be considered coerced labor by companies. Individuals who refuse the government’s requirements risk being arbitrarily detained, along with their families. > > - An investigation published by the Outlaw Ocean Project into the seafood industry, which was recently added as a high-priority sector for enforcement, found that over 1,000 Uyghurs were placed in at least 10 seafood processing facilities after being forcibly transferred thousands of miles from the Uyghur Region. > > - This investigation found those same companies imported over 47,000 tons of seafood into the U.S. between 2018 and 2023. However, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can only apply the UFLPA to future shipments if those seafood processors are included on the UFLPA Entity List, which may come as a surprise to some. > > - "Increasing UFLPA enforcement efforts on labor transfers outside of the Uyghur Region would send a strong signal to importers that they must focus attention beyond direct sourcing from the area," Tate says.

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    Security researchers criticize Microsoft over handling of bug reports

    cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/899847

    > Edit for an addition: If you are interested in the technical details of this bug, you can read about it here. > > Several Cybersecurity firms have criticized Microsoft for mishandling bug reports - Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD) - claiming that Microsoft’s lack of proper communication with security researchers could deter future vulnerability disclosures, putting users at greater risk. > > A CVD is a widely adopted processes in security research. When independent researchers detect a vulnerability of a vendor like Microsoft, they report the issue with all the details, allowing the vendor to fix it before it gets published. Typically, software vendors acknowledge the researcher's work and sometimes reward them for their contribution. In a recent post on its website, however, Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) accuses Microsoft of a "lack of transparency" which "leaves researchers who practice CVD with more questions than answers". > > ZDI refers to a Microsoft patch release in in July (CVE-2024-38112), which Microsoft said was being exploited in the wild. > > "We at the Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) agree with them because that’s what we told them back in May when we detected this exploit in the wild and reported it to Microsoft", the firm writes. > > "However, you may notice that no one from Trend or ZDI was acknowledged by Microsoft. This case has become a microcosm of the problems with coordinated vulnerability disclosure (CVD) as vendors push for coordinated disclosure from researchers but rarely practice any coordination regarding the fix." > > "CVD doesn’t work if the only ones coordinating are the researchers," the ZDI says. They add that there are multiple occasions from others vendors. "The lack of coordination doesn’t just hurt the vendor/researcher relationship. It hurts the end users." > > ZDI concludes: > >Why is CVD not working? Have the number of bugs being disclosed increased to the level where vendors simply cannot cope with the level of coordination? Have budget cuts reduced the number of response personnel vendors employ? Has the rush to automation come at the expense of coordination? Are researchers just reporting to an API and no humans are reviewing the reports? As I said, we’re left with more questions than answers.

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    Security researchers criticize Microsoft over handling of bug reports

    www.zerodayinitiative.com Zero Day Initiative — Uncoordinated Vulnerability Disclosure: The Continuing Issues with CVD

    On patch Tuesday last week, Microsoft released an update for CVE-2024-38112 , which they said was being exploited in the wild. We at the Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) agree with them because that’s what we told them back in May when we detected this exploit in the wild and reported it to Mi

    Zero Day Initiative — Uncoordinated Vulnerability Disclosure: The Continuing Issues with CVD

    cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/899847

    Edit for an addition: If you are interested in the technical details of this bug, you can read about it here.

    > Several Cybersecurity firms have criticized Microsoft for mishandling bug reports - Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD) - claiming that Microsoft’s lack of proper communication with security researchers could deter future vulnerability disclosures, putting users at greater risk. > > A CVD is a widely adopted processes in security research. When independent researchers detect a vulnerability of a vendor like Microsoft, they report the issue with all the details, allowing the vendor to fix it before it gets published. Typically, software vendors acknowledge the researcher's work and sometimes reward them for their contribution. In a recent post on its website, however, Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) accuses Microsoft of a "lack of transparency" which "leaves researchers who practice CVD with more questions than answers". > > ZDI refers to a Microsoft patch release in in July (CVE-2024-38112), which Microsoft said was being exploited in the wild. > > "We at the Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) agree with them because that’s what we told them back in May when we detected this exploit in the wild and reported it to Microsoft", the firm writes. > > "However, you may notice that no one from Trend or ZDI was acknowledged by Microsoft. This case has become a microcosm of the problems with coordinated vulnerability disclosure (CVD) as vendors push for coordinated disclosure from researchers but rarely practice any coordination regarding the fix." > > "CVD doesn’t work if the only ones coordinating are the researchers," the ZDI says. They add that there are multiple occasions from others vendors. "The lack of coordination doesn’t just hurt the vendor/researcher relationship. It hurts the end users." > > ZDI concludes: > >Why is CVD not working? Have the number of bugs being disclosed increased to the level where vendors simply cannot cope with the level of coordination? Have budget cuts reduced the number of response personnel vendors employ? Has the rush to automation come at the expense of coordination? Are researchers just reporting to an API and no humans are reviewing the reports? As I said, we’re left with more questions than answers.

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    khpg.org Russian propagandist justifies missile strike on Ukraine’s main children’s hospital because Ukrainians 'are not people'

    Those who incite to genocide typically attempt to dehumanize their victims, but it is disturbing that Andrei Perla’s ‘justification’ for Russia’s killing and maiming of sick children has elicited so little reaction

    Russian propagandist justifies missile strike on Ukraine’s main children’s hospital because Ukrainians 'are not people'

    cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/890963

    > Archived link > > Those who incite to genocide typically attempt to dehumanize their victims, but it is disturbing that Andrei Perla’s ‘justification’ for Russia’s killing and maiming of sick children has elicited so little reaction. > > Russia’s missile attack on Okhmatdyr, Ukraine’s main children’s hospital, aroused enough international outrage for Moscow to go into denial mode. Not so, however, Russian propagandists, one of whom positively told Russians to quit making excuses. The strike was no accident, according to Andrei Perla, a columnist for Tsargrad, and can be repeated as Ukrainian children, any Ukrainians “cannot be considered people”.[...] > > In the propagandist's own words: > > >“The pitiless law of war is very simple – such enemies cannot be considered people. We must acknowledge the simple and terrible [truth] that there are no people on the other side. Not one person. Our missiles do not kill people, not one person. There are no people there.” > > >“Simple and terrible, but we shouldn’t try to justify ourselves for hitting a children’s hospital. We need to say: do you want it to stop? Then surrender. Capitulate. And then, perhaps, we will spare you. > > >“If we don’t forbid ourselves from viewing them as people, from pitying them, protecting them – we will weaken ourselves. We will restrict our ability to save our own children. We will obstruct the path to Victory.” > > >“If the aim of the SMO* is to ensure Russia’s security, denazify and demilitarize Ukraine, then the path to this aim is for surviving Nazis [sic] and all their families to have to flee in panic to the West. Before the Polish border. From shelling. From the ruins of their cities and homes, losing on the way their blue and yellow flags and slippers.”

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    khpg.org Russian propagandist justifies missile strike on Ukraine’s main children’s hospital because Ukrainians 'are not people'

    Those who incite to genocide typically attempt to dehumanize their victims, but it is disturbing that Andrei Perla’s ‘justification’ for Russia’s killing and maiming of sick children has elicited so little reaction

    Russian propagandist justifies missile strike on Ukraine’s main children’s hospital because Ukrainians 'are not people'

    cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/890963

    > Archived link > > Those who incite to genocide typically attempt to dehumanize their victims, but it is disturbing that Andrei Perla’s ‘justification’ for Russia’s killing and maiming of sick children has elicited so little reaction. > > Russia’s missile attack on Okhmatdyr, Ukraine’s main children’s hospital, aroused enough international outrage for Moscow to go into denial mode. Not so, however, Russian propagandists, one of whom positively told Russians to quit making excuses. The strike was no accident, according to Andrei Perla, a columnist for Tsargrad, and can be repeated as Ukrainian children, any Ukrainians “cannot be considered people”.[...] > > In the propagandist's own words: > > >“The pitiless law of war is very simple – such enemies cannot be considered people. We must acknowledge the simple and terrible [truth] that there are no people on the other side. Not one person. Our missiles do not kill people, not one person. There are no people there.” > > >“Simple and terrible, but we shouldn’t try to justify ourselves for hitting a children’s hospital. We need to say: do you want it to stop? Then surrender. Capitulate. And then, perhaps, we will spare you. > > >“If we don’t forbid ourselves from viewing them as people, from pitying them, protecting them – we will weaken ourselves. We will restrict our ability to save our own children. We will obstruct the path to Victory.” > > >“If the aim of the SMO* is to ensure Russia’s security, denazify and demilitarize Ukraine, then the path to this aim is for surviving Nazis [sic] and all their families to have to flee in panic to the West. Before the Polish border. From shelling. From the ruins of their cities and homes, losing on the way their blue and yellow flags and slippers.”

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    khpg.org Russian propagandist justifies missile strike on Ukraine’s main children’s hospital because Ukrainians 'are not people'

    Those who incite to genocide typically attempt to dehumanize their victims, but it is disturbing that Andrei Perla’s ‘justification’ for Russia’s killing and maiming of sick children has elicited so little reaction

    Russian propagandist justifies missile strike on Ukraine’s main children’s hospital because Ukrainians 'are not people'

    Archived link

    Those who incite to genocide typically attempt to dehumanize their victims, but it is disturbing that Andrei Perla’s ‘justification’ for Russia’s killing and maiming of sick children has elicited so little reaction.

    Russia’s missile attack on Okhmatdyr, Ukraine’s main children’s hospital, aroused enough international outrage for Moscow to go into denial mode. Not so, however, Russian propagandists, one of whom positively told Russians to quit making excuses. The strike was no accident, according to Andrei Perla, a columnist for Tsargrad, and can be repeated as Ukrainian children, any Ukrainians “cannot be considered people”.[...]

    In the propagandist's own words:

    >“The pitiless law of war is very simple – such enemies cannot be considered people. We must acknowledge the simple and terrible [truth] that there are no people on the other side. Not one person. Our missiles do not kill people, not one person. There are no people there.”

    >“Simple and terrible, but we shouldn’t try to justify ourselves for hitting a children’s hospital. We need to say: do you want it to stop? Then surrender. Capitulate. And then, perhaps, we will spare you.

    >“If we don’t forbid ourselves from viewing them as people, from pitying them, protecting them – we will weaken ourselves. We will restrict our ability to save our own children. We will obstruct the path to Victory.”

    >“If the aim of the SMO* is to ensure Russia’s security, denazify and demilitarize Ukraine, then the path to this aim is for surviving Nazis [sic] and all their families to have to flee in panic to the West. Before the Polish border. From shelling. From the ruins of their cities and homes, losing on the way their blue and yellow flags and slippers.”

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    Greek Navy Extends Advisory to Curb Russian Oil Ship-to-Ship Transfers

    www.marinelink.com Greek Navy Extends Advisory to Curb Russian Oil Ship-to-Ship Transfers, Sources Say

    The Greek navy this week extended an advisory effectively banning ship traffic off the coast of the southeastern Peloponnese and further…

    Greek Navy Extends Advisory to Curb Russian Oil Ship-to-Ship Transfers, Sources Say

    Archived link

    Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022, international sanctions have made trading Russian crude and oil products difficult, prompting traders to seek loopholes to export them, including offshore ship-to-ship transfers.

    Waters around Greece’s southern coast and the Laconian Gulf have recently been meeting points for transfers from tankers carrying Russian oil onto other vessels.

    Greek officials have in the past said Greek authorities cannot inspect vessels that carry a foreign flag in international waters and such naval advisories help rein in offshore ship-to-ship transfers.

    Greece, over the past months, has been issuing and extending such advisories for military exercises off the Laconian Gulf and even further, off the island of Kithira, urging merchant and other vessels to avoid the area.

    The latest advisory was extended until Sept. 15, 2024.

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    "Ernsthafte und systematische Menschenrechtsverstöße gegen Palästinenser": EU sanktioniert israelische Personen und Organisationen wegen Siedlergewalt und Blockade von Hilfstransporten

    www.israelnetz.com EU-Sanktionen gegen gewalttätige Siedler - Israelnetz

    Wegen Menschenrechtsverstößen sanktioniert die EU israelische Personen und Organisationen. Ein Vorwurf ist die Blockade von Hilfstransporten.

    EU-Sanktionen gegen gewalttätige Siedler - Israelnetz

    Die Europäische Union hat Sanktionen gegen fünf Personen und drei Organisationen aus Israel verhängt. Sie seien verantwortlich für „ernsthafte und systematische Menschenrechtsverstöße gegen Palästinenser im Westjordanland“, heißt es in einer Mitteilung des EU-Rates. Hintergrund ist die Globale Sanktionsregelung der EU im Bereich der Menschenrechte (EUGHRSR).

    Die Sanktionen richten sich unter anderen gegen den Siedler Mosche Scharvit und dessen Außenposten Chavat Mosche (Mosches Farm) im Jordantal. Von dort aus hat er sich laut EU an Siedlergewalt beteiligt und palästinensische Bewohner in umliegenden Hirtendörfern bedroht. Die physische und verbale Belästigung sei seit Oktober 2023 eskaliert.

    Auch Zvi Bar Josef mit seinem Außenposten Chavat Zvi (Zvis Farm) im Westjordanland ist von der Maßnahme betroffen. Er habe mehrfach Palästinenser angegriffen und schwer verletzt, hieß es. Ähnliche Vorwürfe gibt es gegen Issachar Manne, den Gründer der Chavat Manne (Manne-Farm) in den Hügeln südlich von Hebron.

    Zwei weitere sanktionierte Israelis sind die rechtsextremen Politiker Baruch Marsel und Ben-Zion „Benzi“ Gopstein. Marsel ruft nach Angaben der EU offen zu einer ethnischen Säuberung von Palästinensern auf. Gopstein ist Gründer und Vorsitzender der extremistischen Organisation „Lehava“. 2019 verfügte das Oberste Gericht, dass die beiden Politiker nicht bei den Knessetwahlen kandidieren durften.

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    www.euractiv.de EU-Gericht bestätigt strengere Wettbewerbsregeln für TikTok

    Der Gerichtshof der Europäischen Union hat am Mittwoch (17. Juli) die Entscheidung der Europäischen Kommission bestätigt, die Muttergesellschaft von TikTok, Bytedance, als "Gatekeeper" im Sinne des Gesetzes über digitale Märkte zu bezeichnen. Damit unterliegt das Unternehmen strengeren Wettbewerbsre...

    EU-Gericht bestätigt strengere Wettbewerbsregeln für TikTok

    Der Gerichtshof der Europäischen Union hat am Mittwoch (17. Juli) die Entscheidung der Europäischen Kommission bestätigt, die Muttergesellschaft von TikTok, Bytedance, als „Gatekeeper“ im Sinne des Gesetzes über digitale Märkte zu bezeichnen. Damit unterliegt das Unternehmen strengeren Wettbewerbsregeln.

    Die Bestätigung von Bytedance als Gatekeeper durch das Gericht stärkt die Bemühungen der EU, dominierende Technologieunternehmen zu regulieren.

    Das Gesetz für digitale Märkte (Digital Markets Act, DMA) zielt auf den digitalen Wettbewerb ab, indem sie Gatekeeper benennt, die einen fairen Wettbewerb in wichtigen Internetsektoren sicherstellen sollen. Zu den Gatekeepern gehören unter anderem Alphabet, Apple, Meta, Amazon und Microsoft.

    Die Europäische Kommission hat Bytedance, die Muttergesellschaft von TikTok, im vergangenen September als Gatekeeper benannt, wogegen das chinesische Unternehmen im November letzten Jahres Einspruch eingelegt hat.

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    Philippines and Japan finalize bi-lateral security pact over China’s increasingly aggressive behaviour in South China Sea and Taiwan Strait

    www.lowyinstitute.org Philippines-Japan security pact puts China on notice | Lowy Institute

    Though both nations recognise the indispensability of Washington, they are also hedging against future uncertainties.

    Philippines-Japan security pact puts China on notice | Lowy Institute

    cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/890069

    > The newly-signed Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) is a de facto visiting forces deal, since it establishes procedures for the cooperative activities, while the force of one country is visiting the other country and defines a legal status of the visiting force. Accordingly, it allows the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Japanese Self Defence Forces (JSDF) to dramatically expand joint military activities, including large-scale drills focused on enhancing interoperability and joint response to various contingencies, including disasters as well as armed conflicts. > > Both nations also have a direct interest in preparing for contingencies in neighbouring Taiwan, which is almost equidistantly positioned between important military facilities in northern Philippines and southern Japan. Thus, geography alone makes a more robust Philippine-Japan security cooperation pivotal to their American ally’s “integrated deterrence” strategy against a resurgent China, which has repeatedly warned of potential invasion of the self-ruling island nation. > > The move comes also as there are growing worries over a more transactional and unilateralist American foreign policy under a second Trump administration. By all indications, the United States will remain as the “hub” of a network of partnerships in the Indo-Pacific, but allies are stepping up their own defence spending as well as deepening “spoke-to-spoke” cooperation among themselves.

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    Philippines and Japan finalize bi-lateral security pact over China’s increasingly aggressive behaviour in South China Sea and Taiwan Strait

    www.lowyinstitute.org Philippines-Japan security pact puts China on notice | Lowy Institute

    Though both nations recognise the indispensability of Washington, they are also hedging against future uncertainties.

    Philippines-Japan security pact puts China on notice | Lowy Institute

    cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/890069

    > The newly-signed Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) is a de facto visiting forces deal, since it establishes procedures for the cooperative activities, while the force of one country is visiting the other country and defines a legal status of the visiting force. Accordingly, it allows the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Japanese Self Defence Forces (JSDF) to dramatically expand joint military activities, including large-scale drills focused on enhancing interoperability and joint response to various contingencies, including disasters as well as armed conflicts. > > Both nations also have a direct interest in preparing for contingencies in neighbouring Taiwan, which is almost equidistantly positioned between important military facilities in northern Philippines and southern Japan. Thus, geography alone makes a more robust Philippine-Japan security cooperation pivotal to their American ally’s “integrated deterrence” strategy against a resurgent China, which has repeatedly warned of potential invasion of the self-ruling island nation. > > The move comes also as there are growing worries over a more transactional and unilateralist American foreign policy under a second Trump administration. By all indications, the United States will remain as the “hub” of a network of partnerships in the Indo-Pacific, but allies are stepping up their own defence spending as well as deepening “spoke-to-spoke” cooperation among themselves.

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    Philippines and Japan finalize bi-lateral security pact over China’s increasingly aggressive behaviour in South China Sea and Taiwan Strait

    www.lowyinstitute.org Philippines-Japan security pact puts China on notice | Lowy Institute

    Though both nations recognise the indispensability of Washington, they are also hedging against future uncertainties.

    Philippines-Japan security pact puts China on notice | Lowy Institute

    The newly-signed Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) is a de facto visiting forces deal, since it establishes procedures for the cooperative activities, while the force of one country is visiting the other country and defines a legal status of the visiting force. Accordingly, it allows the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Japanese Self Defence Forces (JSDF) to dramatically expand joint military activities, including large-scale drills focused on enhancing interoperability and joint response to various contingencies, including disasters as well as armed conflicts.

    Both nations also have a direct interest in preparing for contingencies in neighbouring Taiwan, which is almost equidistantly positioned between important military facilities in northern Philippines and southern Japan. Thus, geography alone makes a more robust Philippine-Japan security cooperation pivotal to their American ally’s “integrated deterrence” strategy against a resurgent China, which has repeatedly warned of potential invasion of the self-ruling island nation.

    The move comes also as there are growing worries over a more transactional and unilateralist American foreign policy under a second Trump administration. By all indications, the United States will remain as the “hub” of a network of partnerships in the Indo-Pacific, but allies are stepping up their own defence spending as well as deepening “spoke-to-spoke” cooperation among themselves.

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    Wall Street Journal fires Hong Kong reporter allegedly over her role as chair of Hong Kong Journalists Association advocating for press freedom

    www.rappler.com Hong Kong journalist group head says she was fired by WSJ amid press freedom row

    Selina Cheng says she was told by her supervisor that employees of the 'Journal' should not be seen as advocating for press freedom in a place like Hong Kong given a potential conflict of interest

    Hong Kong journalist group head says she was fired by WSJ amid press freedom row

    cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/889917

    > The head of the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) said she was fired by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Wednesday, July 17, after she refused demands from senior editors at the paper to sever ties with the organization and to not advocate for media freedoms. > > Selina Cheng, who worked in the Journal’s Hong Kong bureau as a reporter covering China’s automobile sector, was elected on June 22 to be the HKJA’s new chairperson at a time of mounting pressure by authorities under a national security crackdown that has seen reporters arrested and liberal media outlets closed. > > “My supervisor in the UK directed me to withdraw from the election,” Cheng told reporters on Wednesday after walking out of the Journal’s Hong Kong bureau. > > She said she had refused. Cheng said Gordon Fairclough, the WSJ’s world coverage chief, terminated her employment in person in Hong Kong on Wednesday, explaining it was part of a restructuring move. There was no immediate response to an emailed request for comment from Fairclough. >

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    Wall Street Journal fires Hong Kong reporter allegedly over her role as chair of Hong Kong Journalists Association advocating for press freedom

    www.rappler.com Hong Kong journalist group head says she was fired by WSJ amid press freedom row

    Selina Cheng says she was told by her supervisor that employees of the 'Journal' should not be seen as advocating for press freedom in a place like Hong Kong given a potential conflict of interest

    Hong Kong journalist group head says she was fired by WSJ amid press freedom row

    cross-posted from: https://feddit.org/post/889917

    > The head of the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) said she was fired by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Wednesday, July 17, after she refused demands from senior editors at the paper to sever ties with the organization and to not advocate for media freedoms. > > Selina Cheng, who worked in the Journal’s Hong Kong bureau as a reporter covering China’s automobile sector, was elected on June 22 to be the HKJA’s new chairperson at a time of mounting pressure by authorities under a national security crackdown that has seen reporters arrested and liberal media outlets closed. > > “My supervisor in the UK directed me to withdraw from the election,” Cheng told reporters on Wednesday after walking out of the Journal’s Hong Kong bureau. > > She said she had refused. Cheng said Gordon Fairclough, the WSJ’s world coverage chief, terminated her employment in person in Hong Kong on Wednesday, explaining it was part of a restructuring move. There was no immediate response to an emailed request for comment from Fairclough. >

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    Die Stimmung zwischen NATO und China ist eingetrübt, denn auch asiatische Länder wie Taiwan, Südkorea, Japan und die Philippinen setzen auf Allianzen gegen die zunehmende Aggression Pekings
  • Ein wichtiger Grund könnte darin liegen, dass China vor allem am Machterhalt Putins interessiert ist. Weniger wegen Putin selbst, sondern weil ein eventueller Nachfolger unter Umständen offener gegenüber einer Kooperation mit dem Westen sein und vielleicht sogar demokratische Reformen in Russland einführen könnte. Die chinesische Regierung ist nicht gerade ein Freund der europäischen Einheit, und schon gar nicht von Demokratie.

    Ein anderer Grund mag sein, dass ein geschwächtes und von China abhängiges Russland wenig Spielraum hat, wenn Peking Gebietsansprüche stellt. China plant u.a. eine Art "Antarktische Seidenstrasse". Der Klimawandel wird in absehbarer Zeit den Warenhandel auf Schiffen im arktischen Meer möglich machen, und das ist dann allemal schneller als die heutige Route durch den Indischen Ozean und das Rote Meer. Damit China da mitspielen kann, braucht es aber Zugang zur Arktis, also zumindest einen Teil von Sibirien, dass heute russisches Staatsgebiet ist.

    Das ist aber nur meine Meinung.

  • Swedish digital forensic group Qurium shows how Russia is using European companies for propaganda
  • Well, it's probably a blend of many things. The ad industry (and the web in general?) is completely broken, but for disinformation to be spreading you need malicious actors exploiting the system and trying to benefit from this. It's a human thing at its core imo.

  • EU should add China's Xinjiang region and the aluminum sector to Forced Labor Database, rights groups says
  • No, you cannot walk around freely. This exactly is the point. There is no full supply chain transparency. Company executives and auditors say that, human rights experts, even some politicians who visited the country. Audits are just based on interviews, and these are useless, as even if workers would be aware of human rights violations, they cannot say that in an interview. This is said by those who have been there and conducted the audits. Read the sources.

    At the start of this years, the Chinese government itself has -once again- openly rejected critical calls for human-rights reforms at the U.N. meeting, just to name another example, including a call for an end to persecutions of Uyghurs. It also rejected all recommendations calling on the government to end reprisals against individuals engaging with the international human rights system, even a message of disdain on the ten-year anniversary of the death of Cao Shunli in detention, a former Chinese human rights defender taken into custody on her way to Geneva for China’s 2014 UPR (Universal Periodical Review).

    Prior to the U.N. meeting this year, China had even lobbied non-Western countries to praise its record by asking them to make "constructive recommendations", which were essentially bland questions, make vague recommendations, and use their platform to praise the Chinese government’s rights record. And China has been blocking any domestic civil society groups from participating in the preparation of the state report or from making contributions to the review by the U.N. for decades, very much as it does with supply chain audits.

    And, again, these additional examples are a VERY TINY sample of what is evident.

  • EU should add China's Xinjiang region and the aluminum sector to Forced Labor Database, rights groups says
  • What a rubbish. Even Turkey, a country whose government is not exactly a role model for democracy itself, has long called out China's treatment of its Muslim ethnic Uighur minority "a great cause of shame for humanity". Volkswagen closed its Xinjiang-plant it ran with joint venture partner SAIC as "no full supply chain transparency exists".

    Markus Löning, Germany’s former commissioner for human rights who oversaw an audit on forced labour for Volkswagen last year (this the one report that is often cited in this ignorant communities where wumaos and ziganwus have given up their own personal developments just for parroting propaganda that is out of touch with world) conceded that the basis for the audit had been a review of documentation rather than interviews with workers, which he said could be “dangerous.” He also said that “even if they [workers] would be aware of something, they cannot say that in an interview.” And when asked about potential links between SAIC-Volkswagen and an aluminum producer in Xinjiang, Volkswagen responded: “We have no transparency about the supplier relationships of the non-controlled shareholding SAIC-Volkswagen.”

    In addition, there are numerous Uyguhr people who survived the so-called 're-education camps' who spoke out. A 10 seconds search has found this and that.

    This is a VERY TINY sample of what's wrong with Chinese supply chains and the country's stance against human rights, and it's no limited to cars but spans practically all industry sectors. There is ample evidence.

  • EU should add China's Xinjiang region and the aluminum sector to Forced Labor Database, rights groups says
  • Forced labour and other severe human rights abuses are evident in China's Xinjiang region, even though there is no full supply chain transparency in China. Your remarks regarding the US are true, but here this apparently is a blatant whataboutism.

  • The EU and China are destined for a protracted trade war
  • This [the EU losing a historically ardent supporter of European integration] would significantly impact the EU, especially with the rise of far-right movements within Europe, if China opts to work with individual member states rather than EU institutions [...]

    Working with individual countries rather than blocs is something China has been doing for a long time, in Europe and the EU as well as elsewhere. There are no signs that Beijing is willing to change that. For example, China's 'Belt and Road Initiative" (BRI) is entirely based on agreements with single countries, there is not one BRI contract with any kind of bloc (let me know if I'm mistaken). The BRI is explicitly a series of single-country agreements.

    In Europe you can actually see this in Hungary and Serbia where China invests heavily and has apparently strong ties with the autocratic leadership there, while at the same time there appears to be no Chinese interest of even negotiating at the EU bloc's level. And it has never been. Last year, for example, the Chinese ambassador to France even said independent states that emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union lacked ‘actual status in international law’ - this includes the Baltic states, all EU members.

    Also, from a Chinese perspective, the rise of the far-right in Europe is probably something Beijing welcomed and allegedly promoted, as, for example, we may see in Germany with the recent arrests and prosecutions of right-wing AfD politicians over their alleged ties with China and Russia.

    So I agree that a China-EU trade war is unlikely in 2024 (and, unlike what the article says, also in 2025 imo), but for very different reasons. I don't consider China as a supporter of European integration considering what the government has been doing for a very long time.

  • "Unable to find room": Orbán's big Hungarian presidency speech blocked by EU Parliament
  • We in Europe have a similar problem in Slovakia at the moment with PM Fico with a similar autocratic (and pro-Russian) approach. Europe will have to adapt to the rise of the extremists from the right (and soon from the left too?) and other global development.

  • Russische Angriffe auf ein Kinderkrankenhaus in der Ukraine: "Es ist ein Albtraum"
  • Derailing ist das, glaube ich, schon lange. Alle können mal einen Mumpiz reden oder schreiben, das passiert mir und vermutlich auch anderen. Man muss das nicht immer alles ernst nehmen. Aber in manchen Communities scheinen die Leute jeden Kontakt zur Welt verloren zu haben, Systemkritik hin oder her. Mittlerweile habe ich in etwa eine Ahnung davon, warum diese Community bei Reddit rausgeflogen ist.

  • Studie: Unlautere hochrangige Beamte in China verdienen die acht- bis vierzehnfache Summe ihres regulären Gehalts durch Korruption
  • Jetzt frage ich mich, ob in den Kommentaren zu kritischen Artikeln über China und Russland der Anteil an Whataboutism höher ist als bei entsprechenden Artikeln zu USA oder EU. Ich denke, der Anteil bei China/Russland ist höher. Aber es sollte eine Studie durchgeführt werden.