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Hatim Salman Nusrat

UAE significantly slashed funding for Palestinian refugee agency in 2020
World

UAE significantly slashed funding for Palestinian refugee agency in 2020

  • The United Arab Emirates drastically reduced funding to the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in 2020, as it signed a U.S-brokered normalisation accord with Israel.
  • The Gulf state contributed $51.8 million to the refugee agency in 2018 and 2019, but it reduced that contribution by an unprecedented margin in 2020, down to a mere $1 million.
Updated 08 Feb, 2021 10:25am
Indian government threatens Twitter with penalties, if it does not block accounts
World

Indian government threatens Twitter with penalties, if it does not block accounts

  • In the aftermath of the online backlash against the Indian government's callous treatment of protestors, India has threatened to 'punish' Twitter if it does not comply with the government's request to restore a block on accounts connected to allegedly inflammatory tweets about farmers’ protests.
  • On Monday, Twitter blocked over 250 accounts, following a request by the Indian government, under the presupposition that the tweets could potentially 'incite' violence.
Updated 04 Feb, 2021 08:37pm
Russia can make the internet autonomous, but wants to avoid the "double-edged sword"
World

Russia can make the internet autonomous, but wants to avoid the "double-edged sword"

  • Russia has the technological capabilities to ensure that the autonomous operation of the Russian segment of the Internet, but would remain hesitant to expand their reach to such extremes.
  • Medvedev conceded that the Russian equivalent to the isolated segment of the internet is only a backup plan, in the extreme case if Russia is disconnected from the globally interconnected system as a whole.
Updated 03 Feb, 2021 12:11pm
Senate Investigation reveals Obama Administration knowingly funnelled aid funds to terrorist affiliate
World

Senate Investigation reveals Obama Administration knowingly funnelled aid funds to terrorist affiliate

  • The Obama Administration sent public funds to a non-profit humanitarian agency, which improperly transacted with an organization that had previously been sanctioned over its ties to terrorist groups.
  • The probe revealed that World Vision funnelled rough $5 million to Maktab al-Khidamat, the predecessor to Al-Qaeda; adding that insufficient vetting practices led to such dangerous levels of ignorance.
Updated 02 Jan, 2021 03:52pm
Drug Dealers on the Dark Web are illegally selling 'Pfizer COVID Vaccines'
World

Drug Dealers on the Dark Web are illegally selling 'Pfizer COVID Vaccines'

  • As the United Kingdom is slated to be the first country in the world to carry out a large-scale rollout of the Sars-CoV2 vaccine, the dark corners of the internet are inundated with the "Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine" for sale.
  • These unverified doses of the vaccine could cost as much as $1300 per dose; blatantly exploiting the unprecedented demand for vaccinations amidst the second wave of the pandemic.
Updated 04 Dec, 2020 04:40pm
Key takeaways from the final U.S. Presidential Debate
World

Key takeaways from the final U.S. Presidential Debate

  • After an outrageously heated first outing between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, both candidates were visibly restrained earlier today - as the mute button, or the threat of it, dictated the nature of a somewhat inconsequential debate.
Updated 23 Oct, 2020 05:29pm
Report exposes Facebook for spreading climate change misinformation
World

Report exposes Facebook for spreading climate change misinformation

  • According to a report by InfluenceMap, a U.K. based think-tank, approximately 8 million people have viewed deliberately misinformed advertisements on Facebook, which peddled conspiracy theories like fossil fuels are not a threat to the environment, and that climate change is a “hoax”
Published 08 Oct, 2020 04:53pm
Key takeaways from the vice-presidential debate
Markets

Key takeaways from the vice-presidential debate

  • After last week’s calamitous Presidential debate, the Vice Presidential debate was poised to provide a more policy-oriented counterweight, with Kamala Harris and Joe Biden attempting to clarify their starkly contrasting policies amongst a surge in political misinformation.
Updated 08 Oct, 2020 03:44pm