Categories
Genel

France Bans Gender-Neutral Language in Schools, Citing ‘Harm’ to Learning : worldnews From “World News”



France’s language policies are bullshit pseudo-science.Languages naturally change over time and don’t get worse, and minority dialects aren’t just wrong versions of more dominant ones as much as France tries to suppress or exterminate them. No country needs an “academic” body like this(the academic study of what? They’re not studying language they’re trying to order people how to speak arbitrarily).Nobody decides what’s right in English like this. And the Academy doesn’t actually decide what’s right in France. The way people talk changes and regulates itself and France has a gaggle of rich weirdos that take credit for it after decades of pissing against the wind and trying to prevent it.







Read All

Categories
Genel

Chinese county bans birthday parties for public servants | China From “World news | The Guardian”



Authorities in a Chinese county have banned public servants and Communist party members from having birthday parties, housewarmings and other banquet celebrations.Authorities in Funing county, in Yunnan province, also put caps on weddings and funerals, limiting guest numbers and food budgets. The measures, seemingly targeted at potential corruption, include bans on using official vehicles for business or collecting gifts and cash that are “obviously higher [value] than normal reciprocity”.Party members and public servants were also ordered to dial back on extravagant weddings and funerals. Wedding motorcades must not contain more than 10 vehicles, and receptions must not exceed 20 tables or a total guest list of 200. The guest list and wedding cost must be reported to authorities prior to the event, and gifts are limited to values no higher than the previous year’s per capita disposable income of Funing’s urban residents.Funerals should be simple and frugal, the directive said, with fewer wreaths and less burning of fake money. “During the funeral, it is strictly forbidden to hire crying teams, art teams, or lion dance teams to carry out memorial activities,” it said.The measures were being implemented to “carry forward the fine style of hard work and thrift, cultivate and practise socialist core values, and to create a good urban and rural landscape of thriftiness, civility, and honesty,” officials said.Weddings and funerals are often seen as signifiers of social standing and have become increasingly extravagant affairs. China’s central government has long called for citizens to restrain festivities in the name of frugality or to curb behaviour deemed dangerous.In March, state media reported that several counties in Henan, Jiangxi and Shandong provinces had issues guidelines or rules in line with a pledge by the civil affairs ministry to mobilise community organisations to develop more modest alternatives, including group weddings.







Read All

Categories
Genel

Chinese county bans birthday parties in bid to be frugal From “BBC News – World”



The rules only apply to all communist party members, civil servants and village organisation leaders.







Read All

Categories
Genel

Covid-19: Maldives tightens curfew, bans India tourists From “World News Headlines, Latest International News, World Breaking News – Times of India”



MALE: The Maldives, which has one of the world’s fastest growing Covid-19 outbreaks, has tightened restrictions. Residents of Male, the capital, are now required to stay indoors from 4pm, until 4am and visas for tourists from India and other nations in South Asia will be halted from May 13, the Indian Ocean archipelago’s Health Protection Agency said in Twitter postings. The curfew, which had previously started at 9pm, will be imposed for a week. Other restrictions include a ban on group prayers at mosques, halting physical classes at universities and limiting restaurants to takeaways, the agency said. As of Monday the country had the most new cases per 100,000 people in the past five, seven and 14 days. Active cases jumped from 4,978 to 11,629 on May 11. About 36.6% of the population of over 500,000 has received two doses of Covid-19 vaccines.







Read All

Categories
Genel

Indian poet posts video on Facebook mocking the BJP government’s electoral defeat. Facebook suspends his account and bans his live appearance for 30 days. : worldnews From “World News”



This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 75%. (I’m a bot)Noted poet K Satchidanandan has alleged that he was restrained by Facebook from liking, commenting and sharing posts for 24-hours after he tried to upload online a satire video on the BJP’s defeat in the recently concluded Kerala assembly polls.”In solidarity with Satchidanandan, leading contemporary Malayalam poet and former secretary of National Sahitya Academy, whose Facebook account has been closed for posting a video on PM Modi in relation to BJP defeat in recent Kerala election. A most deplorable act. #Facebook”, he tweeted.Spokesperson of the Kerala unit of BJP, M S Kumar said people don’t expect ‘substandard’ posts from a great poet like Satchidanandan.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: media#1 Kerala#2 social#3 Facebook#4 poet#5







Read All

Categories
Genel

Covid: Macron calls on US to drop vaccine export bans From “BBC News – World”



South Africa and India argue that surrendering patents would mean the secret vaccine recipes would be released and other countries could start producing the life-saving jabs, potentially lowering the cost. India is currently in the grip of a devastating second wave, which yesterday alone left more than 4,000 people dead.







Read All

Categories
Genel

Donald Trump Calls Online Bans, Including By Facebook, “Total Disgrace” From “NDTV News – World-news”



Facebook’s independent oversight board upheld platform’s ban on Donald Trump (File)Washington, United States: Donald Trump said Wednesday it was a “total disgrace” for online giants to institute social media bans, after a Facebook board upheld the company’s restriction against the former US president which he argued infringed on his free speech.”What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our country,” Trump said in a statement.”Free Speech has been taken away from the president of the United States because the radical left lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before,” the Republican former leader said.”The people of our country will not stand for it! These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our electoral process.”Trump, who has been mostly ensconced in his private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida since leaving the White House on January 20, has continued to peddle his false claim that voter fraud caused his defeat in last year’s election.But he has also latched on to the largely Republican argument that big tech firms support Democratic politicians and have undue influence over political speech.Republican lawmakers have threatened to go after the technology giants if Trump’s party regains a majority in Congress in the next midterm election, set for 2022.”If they can ban president Trump, all conservative voices could be next,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted.”A House Republican majority will rein in big tech power over our speech.”(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)







Read All

Categories
Genel

Olympics bans ‘Black Lives Matter’ apparel, could punish athletes for social protests : worldnews From “World News”



I mean… look. All political, racial, and religious propaganda is banned… it’s the Olympics.Can you imagine the shit storm that would ensue if any country could wear any slogan they wanted? This isn’t about America.America – BLM (that’s cool)Iran – Death to America (uh-oh)Every country has beef with each other. It would cause a havoc.The whole point of the Olympics is to forget the wars, and let the athletes compete.







Read All

Categories
Genel

Germany bans Muslim group over alleged terror donations From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



The GuardianUS seen as bigger threat to democracy than Russia or China, global poll findsBelief in importance of democracy high in 53 sampled countries but inequality and big tech companies seen as biggest threats More democratic countries’ response to the coronavirus pandemic was rated worse than that of less democratic countries. Photograph: Getty Images The US faces an uphill task presenting itself as the chief guardian of global democracy, according to a new poll that shows the US is seen around the world as more of a threat to democracy than even Russia and China. The poll finds support for democracy remains high even though citizens in democratic countries rate their governments’ handling of the Covid crisis less well than people in less democratic countries. Inequality is seen as the biggest threat to global democracy, but in the US the power of big tech companies is also seen as a challenge. The findings come in a poll commissioned by the Alliance of Democracies Foundation among 50,000 respondents in 53 countries. The results will make stark reading for the G7 foreign ministers as they hold a final day of talks in London in which they have collectively assumed the role as bulwarks of democratic values determined to confront autocracy. The survey was carried out by the Latana polling company between February and April, so a hangover effect of Donald Trump’s “America first” foreign policy may linger in the findings. Overall the results show perceptions of the US starting to improve from last year. Whereas in the spring of 2020 people in both more democratic and less democratic countries were equally satisfied with their government’s pandemic response (70%), a year later the approval ratings have dropped down to 65% in less democratic countries, but in more democratic countries the rating has fallen to 51%. In Europe the figure is 45%. Positive ratings reach 76% in Asia. In perhaps the most startling finding, nearly half (44%) of respondents in the 53 countries surveyed are concerned that the US threatens democracy in their country; fear of Chinese influence is by contrast 38%, and fear of Russian influence is lowest at 28%. The findings may in part reflect views on US comparative power, but they show neither the US, nor the G7, can simply assume the mantle of defenders of democracy. Since last year, the perception of US influence as a threat to democracy around the world has increased significantly, from a net opinion of +6 to a net opinion of +14. This increase is particularly high in Germany (+20) and China (+16). The countries still overwhelmingly negative about US influence are Russia and China, followed by European democracies. The study shows an attachment to democracy globally, with 81% of people around the world saying that it is important to have democracy in their country. Only a little more than half (53%) say their country is actually democratic today – even in democracies. The single biggest cited threat to democracy is economic inequality (64%). In almost every country surveyed save Saudi Arabia and Egypt limits to free speech are seen as less of a threat to democracy than inequality. China: just the right amount of democracy, according to 71% of respondents there. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images But half the people surveyed (48%) say the power of big tech companies, as opposed to the simple existence of social media, is a threat to democracy in their country. Among democracies, the US is the most concerned about big tech (62%), but wariness is growing in many countries compared with last year, reflected in broad support for greater regulation of social media. Voters in Norway, Switzerland and Sweden are most confident their country is democratic, but so are the Chinese, where 71% agree that China has the right amount of democracy. In Russia only 33% think their country is democratic. Global support for Joe Biden’s plans to stage a Democracy Summit is high in every country save China and Russia. The findings will also make disturbing reading for the eastern European democracies such as Hungary where only 31% of voters think their country is democratic – on a par with findings in Nigeria, Iran, Poland and Venezuela. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, chair of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, former Nato chief and Danish prime minister, said: “This poll shows that democracy is still alive in people’s hearts and minds. We now need to come out of the Covid-19 pandemic by delivering more democracy and freedom to people who want to see their countries become more democratic. “The positive support for an Alliance of Democracies, whether the UK’s D10 initiative or President Biden’s Summit for Democracy, shows that people want more cooperation to push back against the autocrats. Leaders should take note of these perceptions and act upon them.”







Read All

Categories
Genel

Germany bans Muslim group over alleged terror donations From “World”




The German government has banned a Muslim organization that it accused of supporting “terrorism globally with donations.”







Read All