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30 December, 2020

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✭ Egypt drops inquiry into murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni | World news | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/30/egypt-drops-inquiry-into-of-italian-student-
Prosecutors reject Italy’s finding that Egyptian security officials were behind kidnap and torture
#MENA

✭ Study Finds More Than $100 Billion Spent on App Stores in 2020 - Slashdot
https://apple.slashdot.org/story/20/12/30/1533249/study-finds-more-than-100-billion-spent-
"A new report by Sensor Tower reveals that 2020 has been a record-setting year for worldwide spending on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, which collectively passed $100 billion in a single year for the first time ever in November."

Don't look at me; all my apps are free and from FDroid.
#technology

✭ DJ Sama Abdul Hadi detained as party at Muslim holy site sparks angry scenes and scapegoating claims - CNN
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/30/middleeast/palestinian-dj-sama-abdul-hadi-arrested-nabi
"Her lawyer urged people to look at the facts. "If she wasn't given a license, the event wouldn't have happened. Period," Mashal said. "Therefore, who's responsible for not thinking about what the reaction would be? I don't know."
#palestine

✭ Honduran environmental activist Felix Vasquez killed in front of family - CNN
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/30/americas/honduras-activist-killed-scli-intl/index.html
"Honduras
 is one of the world's most dangerous countries for activists, with 14 land and environmental defenders killed last year, up from four people in 2018, according to data made available by advocacy group Global Witness."
#environment

✭ 'We cannot make it without science': Greta Thunberg says climate experts are being ignored
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/29/we-cannot-make-it-without-science-gret
“That would be very nice if they actually meant something,” Thunberg said. “We can’t just keep talking about future, hypothetical, vague, distant dates and pledges. We need to do things now. And also net zero … that is a very big loophole, you can fit a lot in that word ‘net’.”
#environment

✭ The Guardian view on the future of the Union: Britain faces breakup | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/dec/29/the-guardian-view-on-the-future-of-t
"If Mr Johnson was a different kind of politician, he would listen to what Mr Starmer said last week about renewing the union, or what Gordon Brown has been saying about rebuilding consent through citizens’ assemblies with a wide remit to reimagine Britain’s constitutional arrangements. A lot of politicians from all parties, including the Conservatives, are open to this. The big question is whether the voters of Scotland are open to it too. But there is little time left. The chance of reform may have sailed with Brexit. The task of offering Scots an alternative union that they can believe in next May is already down to the wire."
#UK