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25 October, 2020

Treaty banning nuclear weapons about to come into force

At least one good thing will emerge from the problematic year 2020. The treaty that will make nuclear weapons illegal has just been signed by the 50th nation and will come into effect in 3 months time. The list of signatories excludes all the nations that already have nuclear weapons, obviously, as well as most of Europe and East Asia. But there are some surprises: Ireland, Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, New Zealand, Ecuador, Peru, Thailand and South Africa are among the places that it would be worthwhile to emigrate to, at least on the merits of this treaty. The State of Palestine is there too.

✭ Now that nuclear weapons are illegal, the Pacific demands truth on decades of testing | Pacific islands |
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/25/now-that-nuclear-weapons-are-the-pacific-dem
Nuclear weapons will soon be illegal. Just over 75 years since their devastation was first unleashed on the world, the global community has rallied to bring into force a ban through the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

✭ Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
http://disarmament.un.org/treaties/t/tpnw/text
site
 with the text and signatories

Links

✭ When disposing of disposable facemasks, clip or pull off those rubber ear-holders so as not to harm animals

✭ Palestinian teen dies after being ‘beaten by Israeli soldiers’ | Palestine | Al Jazeera
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/25/palestinian-teen-dies-after-assault-by-israeli-s
Doctors say he died from neck wounds consistent with being beaten.
"There were visible signs of beatings on Snobar’s neck”

The army says he fell and hit his head on a rock and wasn't beaten. Sounds like the former version is more reasonable because falling wouldn't cause neck injuries.

✭ India's Covid pandemic has created a second crisis — child trafficking - CNN
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/24/asia/india-covid-child-trafficking-intl-hnk-dst/index.h

Jaipur, one of India's most popular tourist destinations (and site of one of the world's largest literary festivals) does an amazing job of hiding its fetid underbelly from visitors. When I think of Jaipur, it's all pretty mahals, picturesque Rajput forts and elephants strolling down wide avenues.

✭ Russians Who Pose Election Threat Have Hacked Nuclear Plants and Power Grid - Slashdot
https://yro.slashdot.org/story/20/10/24/1321248/russians-who-pose-election-threat-have-hac
The group, known to researchers as "Dragonfly" or "Energetic Bear" for its hackings of the energy sector, was not involved in 2016 election hacking. But it has in the past five years breached the power grid, water treatment facilities and even nuclear power plants, including one in Kansas...

✭ Debian Donates 10,000 Euros to Fund Free and Decentralized Livestreaming - Slashdot
https://linux.slashdot.org/story/20/10/24/010213/debian-donates-10000-euros-to-fund-free-a
PeerTube (developed by Framasoft) is "the free and decentralized alternative to video platforms, providing you over 400,000 videos published by 60,000 users and viewed over 15 million times," according to its web site. But now they're exploring livestreaming, writes Debian developer Phil Hands (Slashdot reader #2,365):