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Facebook Blocks Australia

The News Media Bargaining Code of July of 2020 under the Treasury Laws Amendment covers news media and the digital platforms they share content and garner traffic on. On Thursday 18th February, Facebook blocked news sites from sharing and viewing news links across the platform for Australian users. Using their machine learning system led to classification errors with charities and government pages regarding COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, other emergency services were blocked from sharing information.

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How Long can Ethiopia’s Political Prisoners Survive?

Abiy Ahmed and Jawar Mohammed are two of the largest political figures in Ethiopia, yet one stands in the Ethiopian parliament, and the other, in a prison cell. The two men were not always so distant. They worked together during the Oromo protests in 2018 that helped bring Mr. Ahmed to power, but since then they have drifted politically, with Mr. Ahmed leading the government with the Prosperity Party, and Mr. Mohammed splitting off with the Oromo Federalist Party. Their differences were cemented when Mr. Mohammed was charged with terrorism, among other offences, along with 23 other opponents of the Ahmed-led government, in September 2020.

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The Multi-Million Dollar Bash

I want you to imagine something. You are at the latter end of a long-distinguished career as a world famous iconic musician, you have written and sold multitudes of seminal albums and performed in front of millions of fans over the years. The Covid-19 pandemic hits and ruins any hope of touring on a new album or once off concerts. Through all that what should one do? Cash in obviously, and cash in big!

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GAA Club Hopes to Break Down Sectarian Borders

As we reflect on 2020, it was the 100 year anniversary of Bloody Sunday when Croke Park hosted the Dublin and Tipperary football teams for a great challenge match. Spectators filled the grounds, completely unaware that the RIC were mobilising, intent on carrying out an act of deadly retribution for the earlier assassinations of British intelligence agents by Michael Collins’ “Squad”, which then helped nationalism grow within the GAA, and may have alienated the unionist community from its games.

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