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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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Johannesburg Blaze Kills Dozens, North Korea’s Mock Nuclear Strike, Tomatina Extravaganza

👋 ሰላም ሃለው*!*

Welcome to Thursday, where at least 73 are killed in a Johannesburg building blaze, North Korea simulates a “tactical nuclear strike,” and Spain’s yearly tomato debauchery yields striking images. Meanwhile, Giulia Zonca for Italian daily La Stampa reports on the controversy caused after a Turin gym installed urinals shaped like a woman's open mouth.

[*Selam halewi - Tigrinya, Eritrea and Ethiopia]

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Who Owns That Meme? The Answer Is All Over The Internet

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.


BUENOS AIRES — The meme — a composite picture or joke sent out online — is typically meant to be funny, but can also be seen as a particularly modern and sometimes powerful form of communication. At their best, memes ingeniously sum up an event, a life situation or predicament, breaking down perception barriers with minimal explanations, thanks to the creator's wit.

The meme idea emerged in the scientific world — and not as a joke — and its dynamics may yet deserve a scientific study. Why do some go viral while the vast majority simply disappear? There is certainly little organization in the distribution and evolution of memes, which thrive not on word-of-mouth but on clicks.

But there is another question that is no less important: are memes subject to laws, such as intellectual property or personal image rights?

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Emma Albright, Anne-Sophie Goninet, Valeria Berghinz and Katarzyna Skiba

Moscow Drone Attacks, Palestinians Flee, L.A. Supermoon

👋 નમસ્તે*

Welcome to Tuesday, where Russia reports drone attacks on Moscow as Putin takes part in his first international event since the Wagner mutiny, thousands of Palestinians are fleeing the Jenin refugee camp, and enter Threads, Meta’s response to Twitter. Meanwhile, German daily Die Welt gets exclusive access to the production floor of the armament Rheinmetall factory, which is running at Cold War levels to supply Ukrainian forces.

[*Namaste - Gujarati, India]

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Marine Béguin, Yannick Champion-Osselin, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Chloé Touchard

Russia Kills 10 In Zelensky Hometown, Trump Heads To Court, With A Little Help From AI

👋 Hej!*

Welcome to Tuesday, where a Russian missile strike kills at least 10 in Zelensky's hometown, Former President Donald Trump lands in Florida ahead of his court appearance, and Paul McCartney teases a new Beatles song. Meanwhile, we feature a special investigation by Colombian daily El Espectador on the so-called “Aragua Train,” the largest criminal organization in Venezuela engaged in forced prostitution and people-smuggling operations.


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DeSantis, Trump, Twitter: The Medium (#Musk) Is The Message

Republican contender for the U.S. presidency launched his bid on Twitter in conversation with Elon Musk. But the move backfired after numerous technical glitches — not the best start to his campaign.


The surprise came not from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' declaration of his candidacy, but from the way it was announced last night. No family staging and no declaration on Fox News. No, in 2023, when you're right in the United States, you declare your candidacy on the social network Twitter, in conversation with its owner, billionaire Elon Musk!

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Emma Albright, Yannick Champion-Osselin, Sophie Jacquier and Anne-Sophie Goninet

Wagner Pulls Out Of Bakhmut, Korean Military Drills, RIP Tina Turner

👋 Ha’u!*

Welcome to Thursday, where the Russian Wagner paramilitary group says it has started withdrawing from the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, the U.S. and South Korea launch live fire military drills near the North Korean border and “the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” Tina Turner dies at age 85. Meanwhile, Bartosz T. Wielinski in Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza shows how Poland’s ruling PiS party is up to its old scapegoating antics again, this time with Ukraine as its target.

[*Hopi, Arizona, U.S.]

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Emma Albright, Inès Mermat, Anne-Sophie Goninet, Ginevra Falciani and Bertrand Hauger

Israel Protests, SVB Buyout, Lebanon’s Springtimes

👋 Γειά σου*

Welcome to Monday, where Israel is rocked by mass protests following Netanyahu’s decision to fire the country’s Defense Minister, collapsed Silicon Valley Bank is bought by a rival and a dispute over daylight savings divides Lebanon in two time zones. Meanwhile, German daily Die Welt meets with a Chechen battalion fighting alongside Ukraine against Russia.

[*Yassou - Greek]

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This Happened — March 3: Oscars Selfie

The Oscars selfie was a photograph posted during the 86th Academy Awards ceremony on this day in 2014, featuring several high-profile celebrities. It captured the selfie craze, and the obsession with celebrity culture.

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Ginevra Falciani & Renate Mattar

Zelensky Asks For Wings, Pyongyang Nuclear Parade, Disney Good And Bad News

👋 Oraire ota*

Welcome to Thursday, where Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky lands in Brussels to address European leaders, North Korea parades intercontinental ballistic missiles in Pyongyang, and there’s good news if you like Disney movies (less so if you work there). Meanwhile, we look at why it’s becoming difficult for close Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin to get new mercenaries to sign up for his Wagner paramilitary Group.

[*Nkore, Uganda]

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Emma Albright & Ginevra Falciani

Deadly Strikes On Kyiv, Nine Killed In Israel West Bank Raid, Trump’s Meta Comeback

👋 ආයුබෝවන්*

Welcome to Thursday, where Kyiv is facing a new barrage of Russian missiles, Israel troops kill nine Palestinians in Jenin, and Donald Trump is allowed back on Facebook and Instagram. Meanwhile, Niccolò Zancan and Giuseppe Legato in Italian daily La Stampa take us to Campobello di Mazara, the quiet Sicilian village where Italy's most-wanted fugitive Matteo Messina Denaro was hiding in plain sight.

[*Ayubōvan - Sinhala, Sri Lanka]

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