Sovereign Rights

Russian Gov't Resigns after Putin’s State-of-the-Nation address Proposes Changes to the Constitution

Russian Gov’t Resigns after Putin’s State-of-the-Nation address Proposes Changes to the Constitution

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced that the entire government is resigning in a surprise statement released shortly after President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state-of-the-nation address. Accepting the resignation, Putin thanked the ministers for their hard work and asked them to function as a caretaker government until a new one can be formed. Medvedev and Putin had met for a work meeting to discuss ...
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Report: Inside Google’s Quest for Millions of Medical Records

Report: Inside Google’s Quest for Millions of Medical Records

Roughly a year ago, Google offered health-data company Cerner Corp. an unusually rich proposal. Cerner was interviewing Silicon Valley giants to pick a storage provider for 250 million health records, one of the largest collections of U.S. patient data. Google dispatched former chief executive Eric Schmidt to personally pitch Cerner over several phone calls and offered around $250 million in discounts and incentives, people familiar with the matter say ...
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Report: Iran Tortured, Sexually Abused, and Killed Protesters in Detention

Report: Iran Tortured, Sexually Abused, and Killed Protesters in Detention

A report from the Paris-based Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) on Sunday charged Iranian officials with killing one person who was detained during last month’s protests and torturing several others. Three imprisoned students told KHRN they were threatened with rape and ordered not to discuss sexual and physical violence they experienced or witnessed. KHRN said it has accumulated “evidence and testimony from people that showed high ...
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“Monstrous”: Canadian Police Prepared to Shoot Indigenous Land Defenders, Documents Show

“Monstrous”: Canadian Police Prepared to Shoot Indigenous Land Defenders, Documents Show

In an exclusive report Friday that outraged human rights advocates worldwide, The Guardian revealed that Canadian police wanted snipers on standby for a January 2019 crackdown on Indigenous land defenders who were blocking construction of a natural gas pipeline through unceded Wet’suwet’en territory. The Guardian reported on official records—documents as well as audio and video content—reviewed by the newspaper related to the police “invasion” that led ...
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2019–20 Coronavirus Outbreak Begins in Wuhan, China

2019–20 Coronavirus Outbreak Begins in Wuhan, China

An outbreak of a novel coronavirus, given the designation of 2019-nCoV, was identified around mid-December 2019 in the city of Wuhan in central China when an emerging cluster of people contracted pneumonia with no clear cause. A majority of the earliest cases were directly associated with stallholders who worked at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which also sold live animals and game meat, though the exact origin of the virus had not been determined.1 Although the first ...
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Hong Kong Protesters Crush China Supporters in Historic Election Win

Hong Kong Protesters Crush China Supporters in Historic Election Win

The Hong Kong pro-democracy movement fueled record voter turnout and a crushing defeat for pro-China parties in Sunday’s District Council election, leaving the establishment with only 60 of the nearly 500 seats on the council. Voters took to the streets to celebrate the victories – and the losses of public officials who had become the villains of the pro-democracy movement like Junius Ho, a District Council ...
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Report: US Failing to Stop China from Stealing Research

Report: US Failing to Stop China from Stealing Research

Another effort to warn U.S. citizens of the imminent and mounting threats to their sovereignty went largely unreported. A staff report from the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations entitled “Threats to the U.S. Research Enterprise: China’s Talent Recruitment Plans” should have been called “China’s plans to rule the World Through the Theft of U.S. Technology.” The report details “not only the lengths and expense China has ...
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WSJ Report: Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans

WSJ Report: Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans

Google is facing a federal investigation after a report that revealed the tech giant was working on a project to collect health data on millions of Americans. Google partnered with Ascension, the second-largest health care system in the U.S., in an effort to create software using artificial intelligence (AI) technology to analyze patient information and give people recommendations to improve their health as part of a not-so-secret project titled ...
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Google Agrees To Buy Fitbit For About $2.1 Billion

Google Agrees To Buy Fitbit For About $2.1 Billion

Google has agreed to purchase fitness watchmaker Fitbit for about $2.1 billion, the activity-tracking company announced in a Friday press release. Both companies have received backlash for their data-collection practices — Google for its massive scale of data collection and Fitbit for collecting specific individual health-related data. “Fitbit will come under Google’s privacy policy. Similar to our other products, including Fit, we will be transparent about the data we collect and ...
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Facebook Pays $644,000 UK Fine Over Cambridge Analytica Case, Doesn’t Admit Fault

Facebook Pays $644,000 UK Fine Over Cambridge Analytica Case, Doesn’t Admit Fault

Facebook has agreed to pay the Information Commissioner’s Office, the United Kingdom’s privacy regulator, a £500,000 fine on Wednesday over its Cambridge Analytica data leak, but did not admit any wrongdoing in the matter. The fine, equal to about $644,000 at current exchange rates, comes after more than a year of legal back-and-forth between the social network and U.K. regulators. It’s also the maximum amount the ...
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