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Beyond Musk: Is The Right-Wing Shift Of Tech Spreading Worldwide?

The culture of Silicon Valley was once associated with social liberalism and tolerance. However, the tech community worldwide, from moguls such as Elon Musk or Peter Thiel, to IT professionals in Poland, and self-described OSINT users in India, is showing signs of a noted right-wing shift.

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Putin & G20, Trouble In Korean Waters, Eminem v. Republicans

👋 Molweni!*

Welcome to Tuesday, where Putin tells Modi about his G20 plans, Florida declares a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Idalia looms, and Australian doctors make a discovery that’s not for the faint of heart. Meanwhile, for Worldcrunch, Cameron Manley looks at the propaganda changes afoot in Russian textbooks and classrooms.

[*Xhosa, South Africa]

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Why Erdogan Is Watching Modi's Seduction Of The West So Closely

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received warmly in the U.S. and in France — visits which must have provoked some jealousy in Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who faces many of the same anti-democratic criticisms as Modi, can't expect the same kind of red-carpet welcome in Washington.


ISTANBUL — It has been a pretty good month for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which included greenlighting Sweden's NATO membership and holding a one-on-one meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden.

Based on these news, and not long after Turkey's recent presidential election, it looks like Erdogan is taking steps to straighten out his relations with the West. Finally, a chance to leave the tension-filled recent years behind, despite numerous ongoing issues.

However, some on the other side of the world are waltzing through the doors Erdogan can barely crack open. While Ankara deals with weapon embargoes, alongside political and economic pressures, some leaders with similar policies are welcomed on the red carpet.

I’m talking about the kind reception Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received recently,first in the U.S. and then in France. Modi’s visit to the U.S., about a month ago, was shadowed by the Wagner mercenary uprising in Russia, but it was a development that was worth talking about.

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Auckland Shooting, Kissinger Meets Xi, Columbus Letter Returned

👋 नमस्कार*

Welcome to Thursday, where a shooting leaves two dead in Auckland as the soccer Women’s World Cup kicks off in New Zealand and Australia, Russia launches new attacks on Odessa and Mykolaiv and Italy’s got some 15th-century mail. Meanwhile, Persian-language media Kayhan-London reports on the murder of a 15-year-old girl by her parents, in the context of so-called “honor killings” in Iran.

[*Namaskār - Marathi, India]

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Harish Khare

"Untouchable" For President — Could A Dalit Leader Unseat Modi?

India goes to the polls next year, with a united opposition hoping to unseat Prime Minister Modi after 10 years in power. Mallikarjun Kharge, who may be the best candidate, is from India's "lowest" caste system.


DELHI — If Novak Djokovic, the greatest grass-court player ever, can be defeated, then India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, can be vanquished in next year’s court of the people. Modi has been in power since 2014 and appears to have a tight grip on power.

But even though India's opposition political landscape remains extremely untidy, it still has a Carlos Alcaraz up its sleeve. His name is Mallikarjun Kharge. If the opposition leaders play the game intelligently, India could have its first Dalit prime minister next May. Dalit — previously known as "untouchable" — is the lowest stratum of India's deeply entrenched caste system.

The messiness of the opposition’s unity or lack of it revolves round the vexatious issue of leadership. That issue, itself, is predicated on a few givens.

The leaders of 26 Indian opposition parties are meeting to firm up their strategy to take on Modi's party in the next year's general election. Taking on Modi's BJP, which won more than 300 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha (the lower house of India's parliament) in 2019, will be a big task, even for a united opposition. The question still is who will lead the opposition.

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Katarzyna Skiba, Michelle Courtois and Marine Béguin

Putin On Wagner, Hollywood On Strike, Pets On Stage

👋 Сәлем*

Welcome to Friday, where Vladimir Putin has harsh words for the Wagner Group, Hollywood actors join screenwriters on the picket line and a dramatic video emerges of the largest Burmese python ever captured. We also look at the social media trend of “deinfluencers” who give advice to their followers about what not to buy.

[*Salem - Kazakh]

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Pierre Haski

Narendra Modi, A Modern Master Of Frenemy Diplomacy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's triumph during his state visit to the U.S. is part of a well-honed strategy of realpolitik and geo-economic opportunism. How the West responds says a lot about where the world is heading.


PARIS — In 2005, before becoming India's prime minister, Narendra Modi was refused a visa to enter the U.S. He was then the leader of Gujarat, an Indian state that was the scene of large-scale violence against Muslims, and Modi was accused of complicity through inaction.

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Marine Béguin, Yannick Champion-Osselin, Sophie Jacquier and Anne-Sophie Goninet

Ukraine Targets Crimea, Pope & Lula, Musk v. Zuck

👋 Dumela!*

Welcome to Thursday, where Ukraine says it has struck a road in Russian-occupied Ukraine that leads to Crimea, time is running out in the search for the missing submarine and Lula meets Pope Francis, just back from the hospital. Meanwhile, Alfonso Masoliver, for Spanish daily La Razón, travels with Rwandan fishermen on the silent waters of one of Africa's largest lakes.

[*Tswana, Botswana and South Africa]

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Emma Albright, Sophie Jacquier, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Katarzyna Skiba

Titanic Sub Search, Police Raid Paris Olympics HQ, 500 Planes At Once

👋 ନମସ୍କାର*

Welcome to Tuesday, where Russia targets several Ukrainian cities with airstrikes overnight, the search continues for the missing Titanic wreck tourist submarine, and IndiGo places a record order for 500 Airbus planes. Meanwhile, Xu Kaiming in Chinese-language digital media The Initium shines a light on how North Korea’s shady cryptocurrency business funds its nuclear weapons program.

[*Namaskār - Odia, India]

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Kusum Arora

Trafficking Women: A Travel Agent Scam, From India To Oman

Female travel agents are luring financially weak women from villages to send them to the Gulf nations as domestic workers and caretakers where abuse is the norm.

JALANDHAR — On May 20, when Paramjit Rani* boarded the Muscat-New Delhi-Amritsar flight, it was the most precious moment of her life. She was finally escaping from the clutches of her Arab owners in Muscat, where she was held captive and allegedly forced to perform forced sexual activities.

Paramjit returned to India within two months of her stay in Muscat. She was on a 12-day tourist visa trip. She was working as a caretaker and maid at a hospital in Muscat on a monthly salary of 30,000 rupees ($364). She went to Muscat on March 16 and returned on May 20.

While in most cases, travel agents dupe gullible people, in Paramjit’s case, it was her husband’s maternal aunt who conned her.

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This Happened — May 26: Modi Becomes India’s Prime Minister

Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India on this day in 2014, after his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), won a majority in the Indian general election.

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Art Or Islamophobia? How A Bollywood Blockbuster Is Stoking Tensions In India

Bollywood film The Kerala Story has done huge numbers at the Indian box office after public support by Hindu nationalist parties. But the film is facing claims it is Islamophobic propaganda that peddles conspiracy theories about Muslims.


NEW DELHI — India's Supreme Court has ordered the state governments of West Bengal, in the northeast of the country, and Tamil Nadu, in the southeast, to ensure that the Bollywood film TheKeralaStory is screened everywhere.

The movie is based on the true stories of three women from the state of Kerala, in the southwest of India, who were allegedly forcefully converted to Islam and forced to join the terror outfit ISIS. TheKeralaStory has been a box office smash in India, becoming the second highest grossing Hindi film of 2023.

However, it has faced litigation and protests in the states of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, with accusations that it is Islamophobic propaganda that is promoting the agenda of Hindu nationalists.

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