How far will the crackdown on dissent go?

first_img Reporters Without Borders is stunned to learn that the opposition news websites Grani.ru, Kasparov.ru and EJ.ru are being blocked. The communications regulatory agency Roskomnadzor announced this evening that they “have been added to the unified register of banned content at the request of the prosecutor general’s office of the Russian Federation.”Well-known opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s blog on LiveJournal is also being blocked.“It is clear from the blocking of these sites a day after the dismissal of Lenta.ru’s editor that we are at a turning point for online freedom of information in Russia,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “We call on Roskomnadzor to explain itself and to reverse this outrageous decision.“This new jump in censorship is unfortunately the predictable consequence of the adoption of a law in late December that allows the prosecutor-general’s office and Roskomnadzor to block any content they regard as ‘extremist’ without referring to a judge. We expressed our alarm at the time about the broad and vague character of this concept, which includes calling for unauthorized demonstrations.”Deloire added: “If the Russian constitution still means anything, the authorities must repeal this provision, which took effect on 1 February and which legalizes the most arbitrary censorship.”The Roskomnadzor communiqué said Grani.ru, Kasparov.ru and EJ.ru “are disseminating calls for participation in unauthorized mass actions.” It provided no other details. In an interview for the Gazeta.ru news site, Grani.ru CEO Yulia Berezovskaya said she had not idea what the offending content was. She also said she had received no prior warning or explanation from Roskomnadzor.According to Roskomnadzor, Alexei Navalny’s blog violated his house arrest order. Navalny is charged with embezzlement and, on 28 February, a court prohibited him from leaving his home or using any means for communication. To get round the ban, Navalny said he had asked his wife and colleagues to update the blog on the basis of the notes he gave them.Internet users in several parts of Russia also said this evening that the Echoes of Moscow independent radio station was blocked. The radio station’s editor-in-chief, Alexei Venediktov, said on Twitter that the Akado and Biznessviazholding access providers were blocking it. But for the time being it is not on the unified register of banned content and Reporters Without Borders has not been able to obtain any further information.(Image: Screen capture from Roskomnadzor website) RussiaEurope – Central Asia RussiaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing March 13, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 How far will the crackdown on dissent go? Organisation Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News May 21, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Receive email alerts to go further News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News May 5, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Russialast_img read more

Family Powder Day

first_imgI had the greatest day of my life yesterday. School was out because of the snow and there were several inches of fresh powder on the little ski resort just outside of town. So I spent the day shredding pow with my twin six-year-old kids.I’ve been working toward this moment for the last three years. I started taking the kids to ski when they were still two. We bought them these little plastic skis with soft bindings and we’d take them to the hill and push them down, build snowmen, drink hot chocolate, and feed them M&Ms every time we rode the magic carpet. The idea was to associate skiing with good times. We kept this practice up for the next three years, eventually trading their plastic skis for real skis and boots. I’d run up and down the baby slope helping each of them if they fell, plying them with M&Ms and hot chocolate, throwing snowballs…we’d watch Warren Miller ski porn on the minivan DVD player to and from the slopes and I’d make little ski movies of them mostly eating shit face-first into the snow. But I never got to ski with them because I was too busy trying to make sure they stayed safe and had fun.And it worked. The kids got better every time we’d hit the hill and, more importantly, their love for skiing grew. The M&M bribery lessened, their turns got better, and finally, they outgrew the baby slope. It wasn’t gnarly enough for them.So yesterday, we spent the entire day skiing fresh powder together for the first time ever. The kids rode the lift like champs, put their skis on themselves, and shredded the fresh pow like those pros in the Warren Miller flicks. We spent hours running laps, the kids combing the edges of the slopes looking for fresh powder and little jumps. Occasionally, they ate it, but always got up smiling, and when the lifts shut down I had to drag them off the mountain, promising that we’d come back on the next snow day.It was the culmination of three years of hard work. My kids are finally skiers. Legit skiers. The whole drive home, I imagined the years of epic ski trips in front of us. Weekends at Snowshoe, holidays in Vail. When they’re older, backcountry hut-to-hut missions…the future is bright.It’s the kind of day where you pop a bottle of champagne while you make tacos for your tired and hungry kids. But champagne gives me a headache, so I popped a Pisgah Brewing Graybeard IPA, which is my current hoppy obsession. Beer never tasted sweeter.I’ve had glorious powder days before—with deeper snow and bigger mountains—but I’ve never enjoyed them this much.last_img read more

Town of Palm Beach sets new curfew due to increase in coronavirus cases

first_imgThe Town of Palm Beach announced Monday that it is issuing new curfew hours due to the record increase in coronavirus cases, particularly among young people, and lack of available hospital beds.The new hours are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., effective Thursday, July 2, until further notice.last_img