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10 Sep
🗽 The Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks killed thousands and changed a generation forever.

⭕ They also launched a new era of mass surveillance and human rights violations.

🚨 Here’s how 9/11 reshaped the world as we know it. 🧵👇
1️⃣ New security laws

⚖️ From the Patriot Act to the UK’s Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, governments launched new anti-terrorism policies.

💻 This ranges from mass data collection to the use of AI tools.

👨‍💻 Remember Pegasus spyware? 👇…
2️⃣ Language became a weapon

🗣️ “By using imprecise and vague terms [and] confusing terminology... officials bypassed laws, avoided norms, and approved expansive policy measures,” writes @KarenGreenberg3, director at @CNSFordhamLaw…
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8 Sep
🇬🇧 The UK Government will raise National Insurance taxes to its highest level since WWII.

💰 PM Boris Johnson said the reforms will help tackle a growing health and social care crisis.

⭕️ But critics say the hike is unfair for Black, Asian and low income workers. Here's why.🧵 Image
1️⃣ Unequal wealth distribution puts ethnic minorities at a disadvantage

⭕️ The @RunnymedeTrust says for every £1 of white British wealth:

💸 Pakistani households have 50p
💸 Black Caribbean households have 20p
💸 Black African and Bangladeshi households only have 10p Image
2️⃣ Low earners will be taxed more

📈 For people earning less than about £50,000 per year, employers deduct 12% in National Insurance contributions.

📉 But for those earning more, contribution drops to 2%. Image
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2 Sep
🇺🇸 Texas has just enforced the strictest abortion law in the US.

🚨 But it’s not the only state seeking to overturn the landmark #RoevWade ruling in the 1970s that legalized abortion nationwide.

🧵 Here's what's happening across the nation.👇 ImageImage
🔴 Texas

🚫 The #SB8 law banning abortions after 6 weeks came into effect after the Supreme Court declined to block it.

♀ Yet rights groups say 85%-90% of abortions in Texas are obtained after 6 weeks.

📜 Doctors who perform abortions after the cut-off mark can now be sued. Image
🔴 Mississippi

🏛 The Supreme Court agreed to hear the state's bid to revive a law that bans abortion after 15 weeks.

⚖️ The ruling is expected next year.

⭕️ Louisiana approved a similar ban, but it will not take effect before Mississippi's law is decided upon. Image
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13 May
By now you've probably heard that #Bitcoin mining is bad for the environment. @ElonMusk even Tweeted about it yesterday 🪙.

But why does mining use so much energy? And how big is the impact anyway? 🧵
Before we get started, some housekeeping:

1⃣ #Bitcoin = A #cryptocurrency that can be used in transactions or as a store of value
2⃣ Blockchain = A decentralised database that stores information on transactions
3⃣ Blocks = A group of transactions

Got it? Let’s move on 🏃‍♀️.
Bitcoin mining is energy-intensive ⚡️ because of a process called “proof of work.”
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12 May
A new investigation by @TRF_Stories & @newhumanitarian found that 22 women have accused aid workers of sexual abuse

These claims include rape and unwanted pregnancies, and took place in Butembo during Democratic Republic of Congo's biggest Ebola outbreak…
The new claims come as donors pressure aid groups to do more to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse, and follow our joint investigation with @newhumanitarian in 2020, during which 51 women in the nearby eastern city of Beni made similar accusations.…
The women said that male aid workers responding to an Ebola crisis in Butembo, in the eastern DRC, offered them jobs in exchange for sex.

One told us she was forced to have sex with an employee who said he worked for the World Health Organization to obtain and keep a job.
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28 Apr
Amazon has a “shadow workforce” in Mexico.

In a 6-month investigation into Amazon's labour practices in the country, 15 former contract workers we spoke to alleged mistreatment and unfair dismissal after being recruited through labour agencies.

Here's what we learned 🧵
Since opening its first Mexico warehouse in 2015, Amazon has grown rapidly by relying on subcontracted workers.

According to an estimate by workers, two-thirds of Amazon's Mexico warehouse workforce is currently outsourced to contractors.
Interviews with workers, copies of pay slips, and WhatsApp messages from Amazon HR reveal that many had to work overtime beyond legal limits while others were let go without severance, forced to resign, or laid off after falling ill with COVID-19.…
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13 Mar
People gathered at Clapham Common Bandstand in south London this afternoon to pay tribute to Sarah Everard
The Duchess of Cambridge joined women paying tribute to Sarah Everard near to where she was last seen…
Video footage from the Sarah Everard vigil showed scuffles and some women forced to the floor as police moved in to disperse the crowds paying tribute #ReclaimTheseStreets…
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20 Sep 19
Today's #GlobalClimateStrike - inspired by activist @GretaThunberg - is expected to be the largest yet, taking place in 150 countries 🌎🌍🌏

The protests are calling for action on climate change ahead of the @UN Climate Summit in New York

#FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrikes #UNGA
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6 Apr 19
This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the #RwandaGenocide, which claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and left many more homeless

Here's a look at how it all unfolded...

In 1990, rebels of the Tutsi-dominated Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) invaded northern Rwanda from neighbouring Uganda

The RPF’s success prompted President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, to speed up political reforms #RwandaGenocide #Rwanda
In August 1993, Rwanda and the RPF signed a deal to end years of civil war, allowing for power-sharing and the return of refugees

But President Habyarimana was slow in implementing it and a transitional government failed to take off #Rwanda #RwandaGenocide
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