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Prigozhin Met Putin, Biden In UK, Floods Everywhere

Woman was looking for dry ground after floods in Russia.

Flash floods have triggered evacuations on Russia’s Black Sea coast where this woman was looking for dry ground.

Yannick Champion-Osselin, Marine Béguin, Valeria Berghinz and Anne-Sophie Goninet

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Welcome to Monday, where the Kremlin confirms Wagner leader Prigozhin met with Putin after the failed mutiny, Joe Biden is in the UK ahead of the NATO Summit in Vilnius and major flooding has been reported from New Delhi to New York, Spain to Japan to Russia. Meanwhile, in Argentine daily Clarín, Jasmine Bazan asks if memes are subjected to copyright laws.

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• Prigozhin met Putin after rebellion, says Kremlin: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin five days after the mercenaries' insurrection. In the three hour meeting on 29 June, Wagner commanders supposedly affirmed that their soldiers would continue to fight for Putin.

• Biden in UK: U.S. President Joe Biden has arrived in the UK for meetings with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, before heading to Windsor to discuss climate finance and meet with King Charles for the first time since the monarch was crowned. The talks with Sunak were set to include the post-Brexit Northern Ireland peace process, as well as the war in Ukraine, particularly the question of sending cluster munitions to Ukraine and Kyiv’s NATO membership ahead of Tuesday’s alliance summit in Lithuania. Biden said on Sunday that it was premature for Ukraine to join NATO now.

• Swedish and Turkish leaders meet ahead of NATO summit: Sweden's Prime Minister will meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a last-ditch attempt to bridge a diplomatic impasse over Stockholm’s NATO membership. Erdogan has voiced his frustration with Sweden's so called ‘failure’ to deal with suspected Kurdish militants as promised, as Western countries worry about the Kremlin's divisionary influence. Hungary and Turkey are the only two countries standing in the way of the unanimous ratification of Sweden’s NATO membership ahead of tomorrow's Summit.

• Amidst rising tensions in the Indo-Pacific, Germany to take part in Australian drills: For the first time, Germany will be sending troops to Australia to join the international Talisman Sabre drills, showing a shift of focus onto the Indo-Pacific. Up to 240 German soldiers will join training in jungle warfare and landing operations with some 30,000 service members from 12 other nations, including the U.S., South Korea and France. In recent years, Germany’s military presence in the Indo-Pacific has grown, balancing its security and economic interests with its most important trading partner, China.

• Stabbing attack at Chinese kindergarten kills six: A 25-year-old man has been detained over a knife attack on a kindergarten in southern China that killed a teacher, two parents and three children. Despite a low rate of violent crime due to strict gun laws and tight security, attacks on schoolchildren have been a problem for many years in China.

• Hundreds gone missing off Canary Islands: At least 300 people traveling in migrant boats from Senegal to Spain's Canary Islands have disappeared, launching a search by rescuers. Two vessels have been missing for 15 days, carrying 65 and up to 60 passengers respectively. A third with about 200 people aboard has now also gone missing. Aid group Walking Borders raised the alarm, highlighting that many children are on board.

• 100 million users join new Threads app: In the latest installment of the Musk vs. Zuckerberg saga, new data has revealed that the Threads social media app, which aims to rival Twitter, has signed up more than 100 million users in less than five days. Meta chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s new app seems to be capitalizing on Elon Musk’s controversial and chaotic changes to Twitter which have alienated some users. Meta claims to be creating a "saner, kinder place" than Twitter, despite the groups history of privacy violations — which have made the app unavailable in Europe due to the EU's data legislation.


The Dutch daily De Volkskrant dedicates its front page to the collapse of the Dutch four-party coalition government after 18 months in power. Following the opposition of the minority Christian Union party to the measures proposed by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on immigration, the deep ideological divisions between the four parties caused the coalition to collapse just a few months before the elections. After that, Mark Rutte declared he would not run for a fifth term in office and would leave politics following the elections.



Egypt’s annual inflation rate has reached 36.8% in June — setting a record high as the country is battling price hikes and a depreciating currency. Food and beverages prices rose by 64.9% last month over the same time last year, data from the Central Agency for Mobilization and Statistics shows. The most populous Arab country is the world’s largest wheat importer, particularly from Russia and Ukraine.


Who owns that meme? The answer is all over the internet

In Argentine daily Clarín, Jasmine Bazan takes a look into how copyright laws may or may not be applicable to memes, which normally use an existing image without any consent. The question is a reminder of how the Internet has changed the basics of communication and commerce.

⚖️ Argentine public law specialist and law professor Gustavo Arballo cites two parts to the ownership issue: the creator of the meme and those sharing them. In principle, he says, memes are within the provisions of the Argentine Law 11.723 (governing intellectual property), for using material already subject to property rights (a company logo, for example). Reuse of such material "should have the permission of the original rights holder. As habitually this does not happen, [the owners] can oppose its spread and take legal action," if they see harm being done to their interests.

🇪🇸 Argentina, he says, currently had no regulations on the use and modification of existing works for artistic, humorous or satirical purposes. Spain in contrast has introduced a (2021) Pastiche law to regulate the online manipulation of images as memes do. The law allows one to take elements of an artist's work and modify or combine them without the author's authorization, "provided there is no risk of confusion with, or harm being done to the original work or provisions."

📣 Meme, as a word, precedes the internet. Coined by the biologist Richard Dawkins, it relates to imitation and repetition as mechanisms for spreading a concept in a community. Tomás Balmaceda, a young philosopher interested in how science and ideas interact, describes memes as "perfect vehicles to summarize ideas and complex points of view, with the ability to convey different, even contradictory, voices and perspectives."

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“We believe that the world is big enough for both of our countries to thrive.”

— U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stated that her just completed visit to Beijing markS a step forward for the stability of U.S.-China relations. Following four days of talks with China, Yellen admitted that the two countries still had significant disagreements, but that a channel of communication had been established and that the recent years of strained ties could begin to be mended.

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Hijabs Are Just A Pretext: The Real Target Of Iran's Crackdown Are Students

The Iranian regime's repression of students and universities has reached one of its highest point in the post-revolution era, as authorities are determined to nip any unrest in the bud, and push on with plans to make society even more repressively Islamist.

A girl walks past a large mural depicting a man holding a flag

A girl walks in downtown Tehran past a large mural without her mandatory headscarf on April 8, 2023

Firoozeh Nordstrom


LONDON — An editor of the Amir Kabir newsletter, run by students of Tehran's prestigious Amir Kabir University (formerly the Tehran Polytechnic), has told Kayhan-London that "louts" working with the Iranian government's morality patrols were intensifying their "guidance" activities in top universities including Amir Kabir, Tehran University, the Sanaati Sharif (Sharif Industrial) and Elm va Sanaat (Science and Industry) universities.

These churn out Iran's top graduates, especially in technical courses, though many are inclined to emigrate at the first opportunity. Moralizing on campus means, in plain terms, state agents entering university premises to admonish but also harass, humiliate, detain and, if need be, beat students over issues of social distancing, segregation, headscarves and personal appearances.

This is part of the Islamic Republic's intensified morality drive following the repression of mass protests in late 2022, sparked precisely by the roughshod methods of its earlier public morality drive.

The student activist, who is not being named, said that in the past year universities had hardened their clampdown on dress code violations and placed security cameras on campuses to check on students. Male and female students were intermittently blocked from either entering or leaving campuses, depending on the time of the day checks were carried out, or had student ID cards confiscated. Besides the headscarf, violations of dress norms include boys with piercings and girls wearing too short an overall (called the Islamic manteau) or spotted smoking.

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