Conspiracy theorist David Icke should be banned from Australia, minister told

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Jewish groups and Labor party call on David Coleman to revoke visa of ‘hate preacher’

The Australian government is being pressured by Jewish groups and the Labor party to revoke the visa of the conspiracy theorist David Icke before a speaking tour in March.

Labor has written to the immigration minister, David Coleman, calling on him to ban Icke from the country on the basis ofhis “extreme antisemitic views, including campaigning for Holocaust denial to be taught in schools”.

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From Fake News to Enemy of the People: An Anatomy of Trump’s Tweets | Inter Press Service

The president’s tweets can have an impact and consequences for the press both at home and abroad. His rhetoric has given cover to autocratic regimes: world leaders from Cambodia to the Philippines have echoed terms like “fake news” in the midst of crackdowns on press freedom. And the rhetoric has sometimes resulted in harassment of individual journalists in the U.S., where CPJ is aware of several journalists who say they were harassed or threatened online after being singled out on Twitter by Trump. CPJ’s database of tweets can be viewed here and our methodology can be found here.

Source: From Fake News to Enemy of the People: An Anatomy of Trump’s Tweets | Inter Press Service

Health Department Warns South Asian NYers About Lead Risks In Spices And Powders

Health Department Warns South Asian NYers About Lead Risks In Spices And Powders

The South Asian community in New York City is at high risk for lead poisoning, the Health Department warned on Wednesday with the launch of a new campaign to raise awareness about lead poisoning. The initiative is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recently-announced LeadFreeNYC initiative, which aims to screen apartments and eliminate lead exposure among children over the next two years. [ more › ]

From books to bullets: inside Amazon’s push to ‘defend’ America | US news | The Guardian – it’s the cloud

In the not too distant future, US soldiers may rely on Amazon-run systems to trade intelligence, relay orders and call for help. Drone footage might be scoured for wanted men and women by Amazon software. Defense department quartermasters would use Amazon technology to move ammunition and supplies.

Source: From books to bullets: inside Amazon’s push to ‘defend’ America | US news | The Guardian

Fish and chip shops are selling endangered sharks, DNA tests prove

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People buying generic fish such as rock could in fact be eating a range of shark species

Fish and chip shops and fishmongers are selling endangered sharks to an unwitting public, according to researchers who used DNA barcoding to identify species on sale.

Most chip shop fish sold under generic names such as huss, rock, flake and rock salmon turned out to be spiny dogfish, a shark species classified as endangered in Europe by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s red list.

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European parliament recognises Guaidó as interim Venezuelan leader

Imperialism redux and deja vu – grab some oil!

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Vote in Brussels comes as arrest and expulsion of foreign journalists in Venezuela draws condemnation

The European parliament has recognised Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó as de facto head of state, heightening pressure on Nicolás Maduro, amid condemnation over the arrest of foreign journalists reporting on the country’s turmoil.

MEPs voted 439 in favour to 104 against, with 88 abstentions, at a special session in Brussels to recognise Venezuelan congress head Guaidó as interim leader. In a statement the parliament urged the bloc’s 28 governments to follow suit and declare Guaidó “the only legitimate interim president” until there were “new free, transparent and credible presidential elections”.

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