Contributor’s links post for March 30, 2019

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Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

This is the new Samizdat. We muse use it while we can.

About Eeyore

Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

96 Replies to “Contributor’s links post for March 30, 2019”

  1. Turkish jets hit PKK in N Iraq (hurriyetdailynews, Mar 30, 2019)

    “Turkey pounded shelters of PKK’s ringleaders in northern Iraq’s Mount Qandil in an air operation on early on March 30, according to a statement from Turkish Defense Ministry.

    The statement said Turkish fighter jets also hit “PKK terrorists in Hakurk and Ava?in-Basyan areas, who were in preparation of attacking Turkey’s border troops.

    PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU. It has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including many women and children.”

  2. Belgium’s Anti-Migration Party Proposes to Ban Dual Citizenship (sputniknews, Mar 31, 2019)

    “Belgium’s anti-immigration New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party proposed a bill on migration and integration on Saturday, ahead of Europe’s May parliamentary vote, suggesting to ban dual citizenship.

    “Those who want to be granted our [Belgian] citizenship will have to give up their original citizenship. Belgian citizenship is not a right, it is a reward. It symbolizes a successful full integration”, the bill reads.

    The migration bill also proposes that people living in Belgium without a visa should lose their right to seek asylum there and be returned to their country of origin.

    The legislation states that it supports regulated, organized and limited migration that would let Flanders, the Dutch-speaking northern part of Belgium, choose “who and how many” can live there.

    The large proportion of naturalized citizens in Belgium have reportedly pushed the country’s authorities to introduce tougher naturalization requirements for foreign nationals, which were adopted by the country’s parliament in October 2012 and came into effect on 1 January 2013. In particular, the new migration legislation required all applicants to live in Belgium for at least five years, speak one of the country’s three official languages (French, Dutch or German) fluently and have a job with regular income.

    The N-VA, the largest party in Belgium, quit the government coalition last December over a divisive UN migration pact that was designed to strengthen global cooperation on migration. The pact represents the international community’s attempt to establish a common global approach to all aspects of international migration. It comprises 23 objectives for better managing migration at local, national, regional, and global levels.

    Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has resigned reportedly over the migration issue and a caretaker government was formed to run the country until a new vote in May.”

  3. Mark Zuckerberg asks governments to help control internet content (BBC, Mar 30, 2019)

    “Mark Zuckerberg says regulators and governments should play a more active role in controlling internet content.

    In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, Facebook’s chief says the responsibility for monitoring harmful content is too great for firms alone.

    He calls for new laws in four areas: “Harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.”

    It comes two weeks after a gunman used the site to livestream his attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

    “Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree,” Mr Zuckerberg writes, adding that Facebook was “creating an independent body so people can appeal our decisions” about what is posted and what is taken down.

    He also describes a new set of rules he would like to see enforced on tech companies.

    These new regulations should be the same for all websites, he says, so that it’s easier to stop “harmful content” from spreading quickly across platforms.

    What does Mark Zuckerberg want?

    In brief, Mr Zuckerberg calls for the following things:

    Common rules that all social media sites need to adhere to, enforced by third-party bodies, to control the spread of harmful content

    All major tech companies to release a transparency report every three months, to put it on a par with financial reporting

    Stronger laws around the world to protect the integrity of elections, with common standards for all websites to identify political actors

    Laws that not only apply to candidates and elections, but also other “divisive political issues”, and for laws to apply outside of official campaign periods

    New industry-wide standards to control how political campaigns use data to target voters online

    More countries to adopt privacy laws like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force last year

    A “common global framework” that means these laws are all standardised globally, rather than being substantially different from country to country

    Clear rules about who’s responsible for protecting people’s data when they move it from one service to another

    The open letter, which will also be published in some European newspapers, comes as the social network faces questions over its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal around data misuse during election campaigns.

    The site has also been criticised for failing to stop the spread of footage of the Christchurch killings, in which 50 Muslims died as they prayed.

    The video was livestreamed to the attacker’s Facebook page on 15 March, before being copied 1.5 million times.

    Mr Zuckerberg’s letter did not specifically name these incidents.

    However, the site earlier announced that it was considering introducing restrictions on live-streaming in the wake of the Christchurch attacks. On Thursday, it also said that it would ban white nationalism and separatism from the site.

    On Friday it also started labelling political ads appearing on Facebook in EU countries, showing who the advertiser is, how much they paid and who they’ve targeted.

    “I believe Facebook has a responsibility to help address these issues, and I’m looking forward to discussing them with lawmakers around the world,” Mr Zuckerberg says.”

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