The Daily Populous

Monday September 4th, 2023 evening edition

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The social media company formerly known as Twitter has been accused in a revised civil US lawsuit of helping Saudi Arabia commit grave human rights abuses against its users, including by disclosing confidential user data at the request of Saudi authorities at a much higher rate than it has for the US, UK, or Canada.

The new legal filing comes days after Human Rights Watch condemned a Saudi court for sentencing a man to death based solely on his Twitter and YouTube activity, which it called an “escalation” of the government’s crackdown on freedom of expression.

The convicted man, Muhammad al-Ghamdi, 54, is the brother of a Saudi scholar and government critic living in exile in the UK.

Saudi court records examined by HRW showed that al-Ghamdi was accused of having two accounts, which had a total of 10 followers combined.

On 28 September 2015, Twitter received a complaint from a Saudi user that their accounts had been compromised.

Twitter, the lawsuit alleges, “had every reason to expect that Alzabarah would immediately flee to Saudi Arabia, which is exactly what he did”.

Even once Twitter was aware of the breach, it continued to meet and strategize with Saudi Arabia as one of its vital partners in the region. »

Some Republicans Worry that a Trump Nomination Could Bring Steep Down-Ballot Losses for the GOP

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It’s a grim sort of arrested development for Republicans, with Trump positioned as a modern-day Adlai Stevenson, Democrats’ losing nominee in 1952 and 1956.

Polls have repeatedly shown that a majority of voters don’t want either Trump or President Joe Biden to run in 2024.

“There’s a lot unknown,” said one veteran conservative activist who is supporting Trump, but also has a keen sense of Trump’s weaknesses. »

EU blindsided by ‘spectacular’ solar rollout

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“[Solar] development has been spectacular,” said Javier Esparrago, an energy expert at the European Environment Agency, arguing that the fast rollout ultimately “all boils down to [the] costs” of solar power per kilowatt-hour plummeting 90 percent in the past decade.

Rapid solar growth has blindsided politicians and analysts — and could mean good news for global climate efforts.

For now, EU countries should focus on ramping up their 2030 solar targets, Rossi said, to encourage greater investment in the sector and wider clean energy system. »

2 passengers were kicked off an Air Canada flight because they refused to sit in seats covered in puke, fellow traveler says

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An Air Canada traveler said two passengers were kicked off a plane for complaining about their seats.

According to Susan Benson, the passengers boarded the flight to find the seats covered in puke.

Security escorted two Air Canada passengers off a plane after they refused to sit in a seat someone had vomited in, according to a woman who said she was seated in the row behind them. »