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Hamas Says Truce “Close,” New U.S. Aid Package To Kyiv, Brazil’s Hottest Day

​Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcoming United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Kyiv.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcoming United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Kyiv.

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Welcome to Tuesday, where Israel is yet to comment on Hamas’ leader saying a truce deal is “approaching,” the drama multiplies at OpenAI over the firing of CEO Sam Altman, and Joe Biden makes a fowl blunder. Meanwhile, Lizaveta Tsybulina in Russian independent news outlet Vazhnyye Istorii reports on Moscow’s efforts to cull the onslaught of data breaches led by Ukrainian hackers since the beginning of the Russian invasion.



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• Israel/Gaza update: Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said the group is “approaching a truce agreement” with Israel, raising hope of a pause in hostilities in Gaza and that hostages from the Oct. 7 attacks could be released. This comes after weeks of negotiations between the U.S., Israel and Hamas, mediated by Gulf state Qatar. There was no immediate response from Israel. Meanwhile, two journalists working for the pan-Arabic channel Al Mayadeen were killed by a rocket strike near Lebanon’s border with Israel on Tuesday, as the Committee to Protect Journalists said at least 50 journalists and media workers have been killed since the conflict began.

• U.S. defense chief visits Kyiv, announces more military aid: In an unannounced visit to Kyiv, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin unveiled a new military aid package for Ukraine worth $100 million and promised the long-term support of the United States for the embattled country. For more, read this piece about Ukraine’s army recruitment problem.

• North Korea plans third attempt at spy satellite launch: North Korea has notified Japan that it will attempt to launch a spy satellite in the coming days, following two unsuccessful attempts earlier this year. The move defies warnings from South Korea and multiple UN resolutions which ban Pyongyang from using ballistic missile technology.

• OpenAI staff threaten to quit over Sam Altman sacking: More than 700 of OpenAI’s 770 employees have signed a letter to call for the resignation of the ChatGPT company’s board and to say they will quit if ousted chief executive Sam Altman is not reinstalled. Some investors in the startup are also considering legal recourse against OpenAI’s board, Reuters reports.

• First video emerges of trapped Indian workers in collapsed tunnel: A camera has captured the first images of 41 workers who have been trapped in a tunnel in India's Uttarakhand state for more than a week, showing them standing in the confined space and communicating with rescuers. The camera was slipped inside a new wider pipeline that was drilled on Monday, allowing rescue workers to give the men their first hot meal in days.

• Papua New Guinea volcano eruption triggers evacuations: A volcanic eruption on a remote Papua New Guinea island has forced some residents to begin evacuating while flights from the island's Hoskins airport were canceled. The country’s geological hazard division downgraded the alert level from Level 4 to Level 3 on Tuesday but warned the outburst of Ulawun, the South Pacific nation’s most active volcano, could continue indefinitely.

• Wrong pop icon, Joe: During the traditional pardoning of the turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving in Washington, U.S. President Joe Biden compared the two birds’ long and arduous travel to D.C. to how hard it is to get “a ticket to the Renaissance tour or Britney's tour [...] in Brazil right now.” That’s Taylor Swift, Mr. President!


Rome-based daily La Repubblica lends its front cover to the latest case of femicide that has sparked widespread demonstrations. Giulia Cicchettin was allegedly killed last week by her ex-boyfriend, who was apprehended by authorities in Germany on Sunday after being on the run since Nov. 11. Cicchettin, 22, was set to graduate in engineering last Thursday, which investigators say may have triggered the alleged killer’s possessive rage. “On the side of women,” writes La Repubblica. Italy has now reported 105 cases of femicide so far in 2023.


44.8 °C

Brazil has recorded its hottest ever temperature rising up to 44.8 °C (112.6 °F) as parts of the country endure a suffocating heatwave. The record was hit in the town of Araçuaí, in Brazil's southeastern state of Minas Gerais. The unprecedented weather has been attributed to the El Niño phenomenon and climate change. According to the National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet), Araçuaí's high of 44.8 °C had beaten the country's previous record of 44.7 °C, measured in 2005.


How pro-Ukrainian hackers have undermined Russia's war every step of the way

Authorities in Moscow continue to struggle to stem the tide of data breaches from hackers inside and outside Ukraine, who have been one of the unsung heroes in the resistance to the Russian invasion, reports Lizaveta Tsybulina in Russian independent news outlet Vazhnyye Istorii/Important Stories.

💻 Following the Russian invasion, a substantial number of hackers worldwide expressed solidarity with Ukraine, and took action. “BlackBird,” one of the founders of the DC8044 community, explained that the primary objective of hacking Russian entities is to acquire data useful to Ukrainian security forces. Hackers closely cooperate with Ukrainian intelligence services as well: they are engaged in reconnaissance, sabotage and information operations.

❌ Obviously, all else being equal, the more people use the Internet, leaving their data there, the more data leaks will happen. Russia is among the world leaders in the use of the Internet, and the COVID-19 pandemic only increased this reliance. The West's economic sanctions do not make matters easier for Moscow: many Western IT companies, whose anti-hacking solutions were previously purchased by Russian businesses — Cisco, IBM, Imperva, Fortinet, Norton, Avast — have limited or stopped their activities in Russia.

💰 The Ministry of Digital Development is now preparing a bill that it hopes can reduce the number of data breaches. It increases fines for companies whose data has been leaked. For the first breach - 3–15 million rubles ($33,000 - $170,000), for a repeat leak - 3% of the company’s annual turnover, but no less than 15 million rubles and no more than 500 million rubles ($5,500,000).

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A lost BBC interview with street artist Banksy has been revealed in which the anonymous artist reveals what his first name is. In the 2003 recording, BBC reporter Nigel Wrench asks him if he is called "Robert Banks", and the artist replies: "It's Robbie." This has long been the subject of speculation online, with variations of Robin, Robert and Robbie suggested. The full interview can be heard on BBC Sounds as Radio 4's The Banksy Story. From our own vault, here’s a piece from French economic daily Les Echos: Banksy and the indestructible force of capitalism.

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Look At This Crap! The "Enshittification" Theory Of Why The Internet Is Broken

The term was coined by journalist Cory Doctorow to explain the fatal drift of major Internet platforms: if they were ever useful and user-friendly, they will inevitably end up being odious.

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The universe tends toward chaos. Ultimately, everything degenerates. These immutable laws are even more true of the Internet.

In the case of media platforms, everything you once thought was a good service will, sooner or later, disgust you. This trend has been given a name: enshittification. The term was coined by Canadian blogger and journalist Cory Doctorow to explain the inevitable drift of technological giants toward... well.

The explanation is in line with the most basic tenets of Marxism. All digital companies have investors (essentially the bourgeoisie, people who don't perform any work and take the lion's share of the profits), and these investors want to see the percentage of their gains grow year after year. This pushes companies to make decisions that affect the service they provide to their customers. Although they don't do it unwillingly, quite the opposite.

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Annoying customers is just another part of the business plan. Look at Netflix, for example. The streaming giant has long been riddling how to monetize shared Netflix accounts. Option 1: adding a premium option to its regular price. Next, it asked for verification through text messages. After that, it considered raising the total subscription price. It also mulled adding advertising to the mix, and so on. These endless maneuvers irritated its audience, even as the company has been unable to decide which way it wants to go. So, slowly but surely, we see it drifting toward enshittification.

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