The Daily Populous

Sunday September 3rd, 2023 evening edition

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Last July, we noted how media reform activists had petitioned the FCC to revoke Fox News’ local broadcast license in Philadelphia.

More specifically, the group argued that Fox News’ rampant election fraud propaganda technically violated the “character clause” embedded in the Communications Act the FCC is supposed to use to determine whether an organization should hold a broadcast license.

To be clear, a single Fox broadcast affiliate losing its license to broadcast in Philly wouldn’t have much of an impact on Fox’s ongoing efforts to spew GOP propaganda nationwide.

I remain unconvinced that the current Rosenworcel FCC has the political backbone to follow through on such a request.

Fox opposed that request, but the FCC announced that it will make the change in a notice issued yesterday.

The idea that she’d actively push to strip away a Fox broadcast license and wade hip deep into a political firestorm seems well out of character for a regulator who’s clearly not keen on meaningfully challenging corporate power.

Push To Strip Fox’s Broadcast License Over Election Lies Gains New Momentum. »

Weekly data: South Africa’s unprecedented rooftop solar boom

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Some 15 of South Africa’s 17 coal power stations were commissioned between 1961 and 1996.

South Africa’s central bank estimates that it has cut 2% from the country’s economic growth rate this year.

South African energy expert Anton Eberhard has crunched data released by Eskom to find that South Africa's installed rooftop solar PV capacity increased from 983MW in March 2022 to 4,412MW in June 2023. »

Russian Anti-War Activist Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Internet Posts

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The Danube has become Ukraine's main route for exporting grain since the collapse in July of a United Nations-brokered deal allowing safe shipments from the Black Sea.

The Russian military said its latest drone strikes hit the Ukrainian port of Reni on the Danube River, on the border with Romania.

Central Asian migrants in Russia have also been approached by military recruiters with promises of fast-track citizenship and salaries of up to $4,160, it said. »

Tribe getting piece of Minnesota back more than a century after ancestors died there

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Our people starved to death there,” said Kevin Jensvold, chairman of the Upper Sioux Community, a small tribe with about 550 members just outside the park.

Decades of tension exploded into the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 between settler-colonists and a faction of Dakota people, according to the Minnesota Historical Society.

After the U.S. won the war, the government hanged more people than in any other execution in the nation. »

Gabon coup: How France's neo-colonial empire in its former territories is disintegrating

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A torn campaign billboard shows ousted Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba in Libreville on August 31, 2023.

Whilst the international community has condemned the coup in Gabon, it has not attracted the same vehement criticism that last month’s coup in Niger did.

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said France was watching the coup d’etat in Gabon “with the utmost attention.”. »