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Only six countries have equal rights for men and women

March 3, 2019 |

The world is moving towards legal gender equality — but it’s moving very, very slowly.
CNN.com – RSS Channel – World

Saudi prosecutors say women’s rights activists to face trial

March 2, 2019 |

Prosecutors in Saudi Arabia say they have referred detained women’s rights activists to trial and that those charged “enjoy all rights preserved by the laws in the kingdom” after them being reportedly tortured in custody.
FOX News

Bungie splits from Activision, retains rights to its Destiny game series

January 11, 2019 |

Two giants of the video game industry — Santa Monica’s Activision Blizzard and Washington-based game developer Bungie — are getting a surprise divorce, with just one year left to go on a 10-year contract inked in 2010.

Bungie announced the split in a blog post Thursday afternoon, and both companies…


L.A. Times – Business

Florida election official Brenda Snipes’ constitutional rights violated when she was suspended, judge rules

January 10, 2019 |

Former Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes may be getting redeemed, as a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday that former Gov. and current U.S. Sen. Rick Scott violated her constitutional rights when he suspended and “vilified” her without first allowing her to make her own case.
FOX News

Billions Living Under Authoritarian Regimes Need Bitcoin Says Human Rights Activist

December 30, 2018 |

Billions Living Under Authoritarian Regimes Need Bitcoin Says Human Rights Activist

When reporting on cryptocurrency, the mainstream media often focuses on price drops relating to USD. But a human rights activist reminds the general public that Bitcoin is not another commodity or stock on the market, rather, a tool for liberation.

Also Read: Iranian Students in the UK Use Bitcoin to Bypass Banks

Bitcoin is a Tool for Freedom, Not Speculation

Billions Living Under Authoritarian Regimes Need Bitcoin Says Human Rights ActivistAlex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation, has published an article titled ”Why Bitcoin Matters for Freedom” in Time Magazine. In it he explains how cryptocurrency can help people retake control of their lives from oppressive regimes.

“Speculation, fraud, and greed in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry have overshadowed the real, liberating potential of Satoshi Nakamoto’s invention,” writes Gladstein. “For people living under authoritarian governments, Bitcoin can be a valuable financial tool as a censorship-resistant medium of exchange.”

The article focuses on the current situation in Venezuela as the prime example of its thesis. It details how Venezuelans are using Bitcoin to evade runaway hyperinflation and harsh capital controls. It also shows how after greatly devaluing citizens’ savings, the Maduro regime is using the banking system to confiscate much of the money sent from abroad by people that want to help their families back home.

Taking Bitcoin From 40 Million Users to 4 Billion

Billions Living Under Authoritarian Regimes Need Bitcoin Says Human Rights ActivistBeyond Venezuela, the article notes how Bitcoin can help citizens suffering from inflation in Zimbabwe, those who want to avoid mass surveillance in China, NGOs that have their bank accounts frozen in Russia, and refugees without access to basic banking services. It also explains that cash fiat is used without government permission, but can be made virtually useless by hyperinflation and that many countries are moving to become cashless societies – thus strengthening the need for cryptocurrency.

“Less than 1% of the world’s population — no more than 40 million people — have ever used Bitcoin. But, according to the Human Rights Foundation, more than 50% of the world’s population lives under an authoritarian regime,” writes Gladstein. “If we invest the time and resources to develop user-friendly wallets, more exchanges, and better educational materials for Bitcoin, it has the potential to make a real difference for the 4 billion people who can’t trust their rulers or who can’t access the banking system. For them, Bitcoin can be a way out.”

When will we see widespread Bitcoin adoption by people living under authoritarian regimes? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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Bitcoin News

China Holds Hush-Hush Trial of Rights Lawyer

December 27, 2018 |

A human rights lawyer detained three years ago in China finally got his day in court Wednesday, but not even his wife knows how it went. The proceedings for Wang Quanzhang, accused of subversion, were closed to the public, reports the New York Times , and police would not even let…
Newser

Mattel’s stock falls after it loses licensing rights for some DC Comics toys

December 24, 2018 |

Mattel Inc. shares’ losing streak continued Monday after the toymaker lost the licensing rights for certain DC Comics products, including boys’ action toys, and Goldman Sachs analysts cut their estimates for the company.

Toronto-based Spin Master Corp. will be the new licensee for DC in the boys’…


L.A. Times – Business

Hospital chain Dignity Health buys naming rights to Carson’s StubHub Center

December 13, 2018 |

The home of the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer franchise will get its third name next season since opening just 15 years ago.

Hospital operator Dignity Health will take over naming rights of the StubHub Center in a 10-year deal announced Thursday with stadium owner AEG. The stadium will now be called…


L.A. Times – Business