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Anti Immigration is the Theme. The Upsurge of the Rightwing

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In the past decade, massive movements of displaced, as well as opportunist immigration, have happened all over the globe. Central America has seen groups of potential refugee’s in the tens of thousands march to the USA Border trying to get across, or at least put pressure upon Mexican-US Authorities, with the message of how urgent Latin American poverty, criminality and political oppression truly have been. The US presently has @15-30 million undocumented persons within its borders, and this mass exodus of potentially illegal immigrants complicates this nation’s economic and political plans. Republicans refuse entry of these displaced people since they also want to expel the illegals presently within the US borders. Democrats attempt to stay their own policies of openness, realizing the growing public pressure to not allow for indiscriminate immigration at this time.
In Canada refugee’s simply need to walk across the border or arrive at an airport, asking for refugee status. In return, many are allowed to stay in Canada for months, even years as they are processed and their applications considered. Canada’s Liberal Immigration and Refugee Policies are bitterly opposed by the Conservative Party empowered by Western and Prairie Public support. A true divide has appeared between rural and urban Canada that will become more critical as the next federal election comes upon us.
The EU(Europe) has many of its own problems both politically economic, criminal and social. France, Denmark, Greece and most other nations have very active and prospering right-wing political parties. The totality of this can be seen in France’s last federal election, where far-right and even extremist political parties captured 30%+ of the public vote. Germany too has a reviving right-wing sector that has its tentacles within most of the nation’s political parties. While Germans attempt to remember but not prioritize their historical roots, the shadows of The Reich still are felt and feared to this day. The EU has accepted, unwillingly at times, millions of displaced and opportunistic refugees escaping the poverty, oppression and racial discrimination of Africa and Asia. How has this massive population movement affected Europe? Criminality is on the rise everywhere. In Scandinavia, many of the citizens do not go out after 10 pm, as groups of refugees, mostly young men rule the night, often verbally and physically assaulting, robbing and raping individuals. The local Police are under orders to maintain the peace, but not get involved unless necessary. Growth in these Criminal Gangland activities, as well as simply groups of men targeting local citizens, continue to grow. The authorities have hesitated on using more forceful methods to quell this criminality, hoping to not be viewed as oppressive governments. Racist Domestic Terrorism has grown since 1988 by 68%, with hate crime incidents escalating. Well-meaning citizens and their governments do know not how to find and answer this question: What do we do with all these wanted and unwanted refugees (?)’ s ??? Billions upon Billions of euros have been spent on these refugees’ housing, healthcare, education, and relocations. With the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict adding further fuel to this crisis, EU Authorities are exhausted and looking a bit weak. A perfect time for The Right to sway public opinion and ultimately voters’ choices.
Eurasia and Asia Major have a tradition where the political rightwing is viewed as a nationalistic force. The Military has strong political and economic ties, making the heads of the military very rich while oppressing and manipulating their populations as they see fit. Burma, Cambodia, and China are such regimes where nationalism is the uniting force that keeps the rightwing in power, while the authorities continue to be an important part of their nation’s criminal world. In China, the military complex has as its leader a General who acts just like Russia’s Oligarchs did, taking over profitable corporations, and issuing protectionist policies to businesses. Yes, most large corporations pay a protection tax just like they would if Al Capone ran the roost. The Rightwing and Criminality seem to somehow complement each other. 
Also, the “communism” that exists in China is not leftwing or progressive in the least. It identifies well with historical past dictatorships where profit and power are their true motivations. Burma has to deal with its Drug Cartels and the Generals who are supposed to be eradicating them. Wonder how a General that makes officially @$150,000 a year can be a multi-millionaire in a few years. Yah 🙁
Latin America has within its own continental borders mass movements from regions affected by natural disasters, criminality, political oppression and climate change-impacted poverty. The Amazon is being destroyed through illegal deforestation, toxic waste dumping, the slave trade, and illegal mining and its population is deprived of this wealth. Argentina is going through another severe drought which drives the rural population to urban centers with no employment opportunities, so onto Chile or Brazil. 
The Caribbean has continued to feel the effects of everything Mother Nature can throw at it. Natural Disasters, oppressive regimes, lack of employment opportunities and poverty finds the average islander in need. Haiti, Cuba, and Jamaica are just a few of the islands where the rightwing has control. Massive amounts of foreign aid move to these areas, only to disappear in an international global account somewhere. Criminality is a defining reason for many islanders to seek refugee status in “safer” regions around North America. Many of these “gangbangers” also become “refugees” in America or Canada, joining up with their compatriots, and living their lives of criminality. Their presence within Canada and America gives nationalist and right-wing pontiffs and groups reasons to call for severe immigration-refugee controls. 
The Rightwing claims the progressive left use immigration and even the transient refugee population as a tool of political manipulation and a power grab for funds. Rightwing leaders like Frances Le Pens claim they will throw all illegal immigrants and refugees out of France, while Greece’s rightwing may be diminished with the leaders of The Golden Dawn jailed, its multi-million membership still politically influential. Illegal immigrants and refugees remain the politically right’s, boogie men. They appeal to those who have lost or cannot find a job, those without the home they would like while refugees are housed on the taxpayer’s dime. Any excuse or claim will do, so long as it is stinging and has staying power. The New Right has been renamed, rebranded and re-imaged, but it is still the same as previously seen. Its methods are often identical with the added illusion of public respectability perhaps.
Prejudice, ignorance and fear still rule the day, and those who will stand against these destructive forces are exhausted and often disillusioned. New blood is needed within those forces of patience, acceptance and social activism. Doing something important this weekend folks? Those of you who know what it is like to be a new Canadian or American, an immigrant like you needs your help, advice and direction. Be constructive at all times, and stop those who only know how to destroy hope, democracy and fairness.
Steven Kasab
Bradford, Ontario
skaszab@yahoo.ca

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Beware the Darkverse and the Cyber-Physical Threats it Will Enable

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DALLAS, August 8, 2022 – Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global cybersecurity leader, today released a new report warning of a “darkverse” of criminality hidden from law enforcement, which could quickly evolve to fuel a new industry of metaverse-related cybercrime.

To read a full copy of the report, Metaverse or MetaWorse? Cyber Security Threats Against the Internet of Experiences, please visit: https://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/us/security/news/cybercrime-and-digital-threats/metaworse-the-trouble-with-the-metaverse.

The top five metaverse threats outlined in the report are:

  • NFTs will be hit by phishing, ransom, fraud and other attacks, which will be increasingly targeted as they become an important metaverse commodity to regulate ownership.
  • The darkverse will become the go-to place for conducting illegal/criminal activities because it will be difficult to trace, monitor and infiltrate by law enforcement. In fact, it may be years before police catch up.
  • Money laundering using overpriced metaverse real estate and NFTs will provide a new outlet for criminals to clean cash.
  • Social engineering, propaganda and fake news will have a profound impact in a cyber-physical world. Influential narratives will be employed by criminals and state actors targeting vulnerable groups who are sensitive to certain topics.
  • Privacy will be redefined, as metaverse-like space operators will have unprecedented visibility into user actions – essentially when using their worlds, there will be zero privacy as we know it.

Bill Malik, vice president of infrastructure strategies for Trend Micro: “The metaverse is a multibillion-dollar hi-tech vision that will define the next internet era. Although we don’t know exactly how it will develop, we need to start thinking now about how it will be exploited by threat actors. Given the high costs and jurisdictional challenges, law enforcement will struggle to police the metaverse in general in its early years. The security community must step in now or risk a new Wild West to develop on our digital doorstep.”

As imagined by Trend Micro, the darkverse will resemble a metaverse version of the dark web, enabling threat actors to coordinate and carry out illegal activities with impunity.

Underground marketplaces operating in the darkverse would be impossible for police to infiltrate without the correct authentication tokens. Because users can only access a darkverse world if they’re inside a designated physical location, there’s an additional level of protection for closed criminal communities.

This could provide a haven for multiple threats to flourish—from financial fraud and e-commerce scams to NFT theft, ransomware and more. The cyber-physical nature of the metaverse will also open new doors to threat actors.

Cybercriminals might look to compromise the “digital twin” spaces run by critical infrastructure operators, for sabotage or extortion of industrial systems. Or they could deploy malware to metaverse users’ full body actuator suits to cause physical harm. Assault of avatars has already been reported on several occasions.

Although a fully-fledged metaverse is still some years away, metaverse-like spaces will be commonplace much sooner. Trend Micro’s report seeks to start an urgent dialog about what cyber threats to expect and how they could be mitigated.

Questions to start asking include:

  • How will we moderate user activity and speech in the metaverse? And who will be responsible?
  • How will copyright infringements be policed and enforced?
  • How will users know whether they’re interacting with a real person or a bot? Will there be a Turing Test to validate AI/humans?
  • Is there a way to safeguard privacy by preventing the metaverse from becoming dominated by a few large tech companies?
  • How can law enforcement overcome the high costs of intercepting metaverse crimes at scale, and solve issues around jurisdiction?

About Trend Micro

Trend Micro, a global cybersecurity leader, helps make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Fueled by decades of security expertise, global threat research, and continuous innovation, Trend Micro’s cybersecurity platform protects hundreds of thousands of organizations and millions of individuals across clouds, networks, devices, and endpoints. As a leader in cloud and enterprise cybersecurity, the platform delivers a powerful range of advanced threat defense techniques optimized for environments like AWS, Microsoft, and Google, and central visibility for better, faster detection and response. With 7,000 employees across 65 countries, Trend Micro enables organizations to simplify and secure their connected world. www.TrendMicro.com.  

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Mike Tyson up in arms with Hulu claims it stole his story

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Los Angeles, United States of America (USA)- Former heavyweight boxing champion, Mike Tyson, has accused American streaming service, Hulu, of making a biographical series about his life without his approval and providing him with compensation.

In an Instagram post, Tyson made it clear that he doesn’t support the series, called Mike, and said that Hulu is the streaming version of the slave master.

“Don’t let Hulu fool you. I don’t support their story about my life. It’s not 1822. It’s 2022. They stole my life story and didn’t pay me. To Hulu executives, I am just a n—– they can sell on the auction block.

Hulu tried to desperately pay my brother (UFC president) Dana White millions without offering me a dollar to promote their slave master take-over story about my life. He turned it down because he honours friendship and treats people with dignity. I will never forget what he did for me just like I will never forget what Hulu stole from me.

Hulu stole my story. They are Goliath and I am David. Heads will roll for this. Hulu is the streaming version of the slave master. They stole my story and didn’t pay me. Hulu’s model of stealing the life rights of celebrities is egregiously greedy.

(Neither) Hulu nor any of their supercilious team ever tried to engage in any negotiations with this black man. In their eyes, I am still just a n—– on the auction block ready to be sold for their profit without any regard for my worth or my family. They say this story is an exploration of a black man. It’s more like an exploitation of a black man.

Hulu thinks their tracks are covered by hiring black sacrificial lambs to play the part of frontmen for their backdoor robbery is appalling, but I will always remember this blatant disregard of my dignity.

Someone should get fired from Hulu. Producers were lying to my friends saying I supported the unauthorized series about my life,” said Tyson in an Instagram post.

The eight-episode season of Mike which is set to premiere on the 25th of August stars Michael Jai White, George C. Scott, Paul Winfield, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and Tony Lo Bianco. The show is directed by Uli Edel.

According to Hulu, Mike is an eight-episode limited series, which explores the tumultuous ups and downs of Tyson’s boxing career and personal life from being a beloved global athlete to a pariah and back again.

 

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Chad’s military junta signs ceasefire agreement with over 40 rebel groups

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Doha, Qatar- Chad‘s military junta has signed a ceasefire agreement with more than 40 rebel groups.

The national reconciliation talks are planned for August 20. Ahead of those talks, the military government in Chad vowed to not take any military or police operations against the signing groups in countries neighboring Chad.

Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, told those at the national reconciliation talks that other groups will join the march of reconciliation and peace, with a view to achieving the aspirations and dreams of the Chadian people.

“The initial peace agreement we are celebrating today will be an important turning point towards stability and prosperity for the Chadian people,” said Al Thani.

Besides the ceasefire, the agreement signed on Monday includes a disarmament program, amnesty and the safe return of rebels outside Chad, the end of recruitment by rebel groups, and the release of prisoners on both sides.

Nevertheless, the signing of the agreement was overshadowed by the absence of Chad’s most powerful armed group, the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), which refused to join in the accord, making any prospects for a return to stability all the more uncertain.

FACT said in a statement ahead of the ceremony that it rejects the accord that will be put to signatories on Monday, calling for a new committee to organize new talks and saying participants in the national dialogue would not be treated equally.

The Union of Resistance Forces, which tried to oust the elder Déby in 2019 by sending a column of fighters in 50 pickup trucks from Libya only to be beaten back by French airstrikes signed the agreement, but another powerful group, the Military Command Council for the Salvation of the Republic, rejected the pledge.

After Chad’s longtime autocratic ruler, Idriss Déby, died while fighting against rebels in April last year, his son Gen. Mahamat Idriss Déby seized power and vowed to lead the country through an 18-month transition period.

Human rights organizations have criticized Déby for a broad crackdown on peaceful protests and the arrests of hundreds of members and supporters of the opposition.

“Chad’s significant military commitments in the fight against terror have meant that the international community has felt comfortable turning a blind eye to the serious human rights violations in the country,” said Human Rights Watch’s director for Central Africa, Lewis Mudge.

 

 

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