Actions to reduce harm 2021

(Certainly governments, corporations and other organizations do take actions to reduce harm or otherwise improve the lives of the people. This is often, even typically, the result of political action by citizens. This post gives examples.)

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Struggle for control – staying in power 2021

The Kremlin’s fears: How Russian authorities prevent opponents from running for office Stanislav Andreychuk Wilson Center August 3, 2021
On June 22, the Movement for the Defense of Voters’ Rights “Golos,” Russia’s leading independent election monitoring group, reported that around nine million Russian citizens have been effectively denied the right to run for any public office. Nearly one in ten Russians over eighteen years of age cannot stand even for a minor elected position.

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Harming people – Keeping people oppressed 2021

Private Israeli spyware used to hack cellphones of journalists, activists worldwide Dana Priest, Craig Timberg and Souad Mekhennet Washington Post July 18, 2021
NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, licensed to governments around the globe, can infect phones without a click.

Berta Cáceres assassination: ex-head of dam company found guilty Nina Lakhani The Guardian July 5, 2021
A US-trained former Honduran army intelligence officer who was the president of an internationally financed hydroelectric company has been found guilty over the assassination of the indigenous environmentalist Berta Cáceres.

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