Social Media Porn Ban, Cali Text Tax, Brexit Woes, and Chinese Concentration Camps

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Welcome to the first Being Libertarian news roundup.

Each week, we will be rounding up the most important stories from across all of our publications so that you can stay up to date on all that happens in this crazy world of ours. Check it out!

International

  • The America-based social media giant, Facebook, makes the move along with Tumblr to ban and remove sexualized content from their site.
  • Time Magazine has announced that their Person of the Year for 2018 will be dead and imprisoned journalists that have suffered in their search for truth.

Asia

  • A Canadian ex-diplomat, Michael Korvig from the International Crisis Group, has gone missing in China.
  • People seeking asylum fleeing from China to Australia skyrockets over 300% from 2017 numbers.
  • The United Nations seeks to access Xinjiang, where over one million Uyghur Muslims are reported as being imprisoned.

Read more on the Asian stories here.

Canada

  • China makes vague threats against Canada because of the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer.
  • Protests erupt into violence in the capital city of Ottawa as Antifa counter-protesters clash with protesters opposing Canada’s move to sign the UN Global Impact on Migration.
  • The Prime Minister hosts the First Ministers meeting while tensions are still high with key premiers.

Read more on the Canadian stories here.

Europe

  • Theresa May barely survives a no confidence vote that was triggered by the displeasure over her handling of the Brexit negotiations.
  • In addition was May’s decision to postpone the withdrawal bill despite her fellow countrymen and representatives from the European Union telling her there is no room for improvement. You can read more on the issue here.
  • In France, protesters have gained international attention for their fight against the government. The Yellow Vest Movement, as it has been named, is not as anti-tax as it seems. Read why here.

South Africa

  • The South African Human Rights Commission is called upon to deal with a call for racist mass murder from the prominent public figure, Andile Mngxitama.
  • The Abantu Book Festival was held this past week, and made the shocking decision to ban all white people from attending.

United States of America

  • The US state of California positions itself to implement a tax on text messaging services. Read an in-depth breakdown here.
  • A Federal District Court judge, Reed O’Connor of Texas, recently ruled that the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is unconstitutional.
  • White House staff selections continue. Most notably was the news that Mick Mulvaney would become the acting Chief of Staff.
  • Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi face another showdown due to the building of the border wall with threats of a government shutdown if the funding does not pass.

You can read more on the US stories here.

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Killian Hobbs

Redheaded lover of Liberty, Economics, Philosophy, and Debate. Proud Canadian and prouder part of Being Libertarian, Think Liberty, and The Rational Standard as News Editor and Managing Editor for Think Liberty. You can also listen to my podcast "Coffee Shop Philosophy" on the Think Liberty Network.