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5 January, 2021

PDF in Linux

I have a couple of programs that I can use to manipulate PDFs, like split them into separate files, or merge them. Right now, I have PDF Arranger and the free version of Master PDF (which isn't FOSS). LibreOffice Draw, they say, can sometimes work as an editor. But these solutions weren't, I think, suitable for the situation I had this morning of receiving a scanned PDF (really a picture inside a PDF container), which needs to be signed, dated and returned by email. The free version of Master PDF won't let you add anything without including a watermark. So I thought of Inkscape. It opened the PDF, allowed me to add my signature image file and, with its text tool, to add the date, then I could save it back to PDF. Perfect. For more solutions, there's the link below (it doesn't mention Inkscape).

Links blog

✭ 10 Best Linux PDF Editors You Can Use in 2020
https://itsfoss.com/pdf-editors-linux/

✭ Watching a show at Israel's High Court
https://notes.pinboard.in/u:hosh/283cd83b92ea027a4898
Watching a show at Israel's High Court - Opinion - Haaretz.com
Samah Salaime from Neve Shalom - Wahat al-Salam wrote an opinion piece in Haaretz following the High Court decision (see below).

#israel

✭ A scion of Zionist aristocracy wants to quit the Jewish people. Will Israel let him?… | Balfour Project
https://balfourproject.org/a-scion-of-zionist-aristocracy-wants-to-quit-the-jewish-people-
Why Avraham Burg, who has served as Knesset speaker, interim president and head of the Jewish Agency, is asking Israel to annul his registration as a Jew
#israel

(Judaism is regarded as a "nationality" in Israel; following the recent supreme court ruling not to accept a challenge by Arab citizens to the 2018 "Nation State Law" that establishes a formal inequality between Jewish and Arab citizens, Burg has asked to have the Jewish nationality scratched from his designation in the population registry.)

✭ OHCHR | United Kingdom: UN expert cautiously welcomes refusal to extradite Assange
https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=26638&LangID=E
"I am gravely concerned that the judgement confirms the entire, very dangerous rationale underlying the US indictment, which effectively amounts to criminalizing national security journalism," Melzer said.
#Assange

✭ Coronavirus live news: Belgium to get half of January Pfizer vaccine doses it ordered; Italy measures extended | World news | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/jan/05/coronavirus-live-news-england-to-enter-
India: The Covaxin vaccine was granted emergency approval before final-stage human trials had been completed. Health experts have widely criticised the move as premature, pointing out that there is no publicly available data on its efficacy.
#india #COVID-19