• Revision ID 13556 REVISION
  • 2017-10-28 18:20:20
  • by Peter Bale (talk | contribs)
  • Note: Fixed formatting, added Sydney story
 
   
Title Title
Catalonia declares independence, Facebook moves on transparency Catalonia declares independence, Facebook moves on transparency
Summary Summary
  Spain's Senate voted to impose direct rule on Catalonia following a disputed independence referendum
Highlights Highlights
Content Content
<strong>WikiTribune's tracking these stories and more. To collaborate on the Briefing, please sign up.</strong> <strong>WikiTribune's tracking these stories and more. To collaborate on the Briefing, please sign up.</strong>
<h2>Curated top stories</h2> <h2>Curated top stories</h2>
<ul> <ul>
<li>Spain's government, led by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics-catalonia-rajoy/spains-rajoy-sacks-catalan-government-calls-snap-election-idUSKBN1CW2OC?il=0">dissolved the regional parliament of Catalonia</a>. Snap elections are scheduled on December 21. Rajoy said that the move would allow citizens living in Catalonia to " decide their future." Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, now removed by Madrid, has <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41788898">called for "democratic opposition" to direct rule from Madrid</a>.  <li>Spain's government, led by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics-catalonia-rajoy/spains-rajoy-sacks-catalan-government-calls-snap-election-idUSKBN1CW2OC?il=0">dissolved the regional parliament of Catalonia</a>. Snap elections are scheduled on December 21. Rajoy said that the move would allow citizens living in Catalonia to " decide their future." Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, now removed by Madrid, has <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41788898">called for "democratic opposition" to direct rule from Madrid</a>.
On Friday, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41780116">Catalonia's parliament unilaterally declared independence from Spain</a>, <a href="http://www.eldiario.es/catalunya/politica/MINUTO-Diada_13_685361458_14933.html">according to the ElDiario.es news site</a>. <em>(Earlier, WikiTribune <a href="http://www.eldiario.es/edilive/_3a20">cited reports that the court had declared the move void</a>. Those reports have since been corrected.)</em>  The declaration comes as Spain's Senate debates imposing direct rule on the region following a disputed independence referendum.  (<a style="color: #008d6f;" href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/10/23/europe/madrid-to-apply-article-155-and-enact-direct-rule-over-catalonia/10131/"><strong>Full report</strong></a>.)</li> On Friday, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41780116">Catalonia's parliament unilaterally declared independence from Spain</a>, <a href="http://www.eldiario.es/catalunya/politica/MINUTO-Diada_13_685361458_14933.html">according to the ElDiario.es news site</a>. <em>(Earlier, WikiTribune <a href="http://www.eldiario.es/edilive/_3a20">cited reports that the court had declared the move void</a>. Those reports have since been corrected.)</em>  The declaration comes as Spain's Senate debates imposing direct rule on the region following a disputed independence referendum.  (<a style="color: #008d6f;" href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/10/23/europe/madrid-to-apply-article-155-and-enact-direct-rule-over-catalonia/10131/"><strong>Full report</strong></a>.)</li>
<li>Facebook<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-advertising/facebook-says-will-make-ads-more-transparent-idUSKBN1CW2LG?il=0"> will require political ads</a> on the social media platform to show which individual or organization purchased the promoted post. Every ad will be accompanied with text saying "Paid by..." This move towards greater transparency comes after <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/technology/facebook-russian-political-ads.html?_r=0">allegations of Russian-state actors</a> purchasing Facebook ads in order to influence the 2016 U.S. elections.</li>  <li>Facebook<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-advertising/facebook-says-will-make-ads-more-transparent-idUSKBN1CW2LG?il=0"> will require political ads</a> on the social media platform to show which individual or organization purchased the promoted post. Every ad will be accompanied with text saying "Paid by..." This move towards greater transparency comes after <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/technology/facebook-russian-political-ads.html?_r=0">allegations of Russian-state actors</a> purchasing Facebook ads in order to influence the 2016 U.S. elections.</li>
<li>The <a href="https://apnews.com/6d0b665a9b194d88bfbdf4d81c118acc/US-economy-grew-at-3-percent-rate-in-July-September-quarter">U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of three percent in its third quarter,</a> despite being hit by hurricanes Harvey and Irma during August and September. <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/15/texas-and-florida-face-economic-blow-from-hurricanes-harvey-and-irma.html">Some economists </a>forecast that the disasters could slow growth by a full percentage point during the quarter. However, it was the first time in three years that growth reached at least three percent in two consecutive quarters.</li>  <li>The <a href="https://apnews.com/6d0b665a9b194d88bfbdf4d81c118acc/US-economy-grew-at-3-percent-rate-in-July-September-quarter">U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of three percent in its third quarter,</a> despite being hit by hurricanes Harvey and Irma during August and September. <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/15/texas-and-florida-face-economic-blow-from-hurricanes-harvey-and-irma.html">Some economists </a>forecast that the disasters could slow growth by a full percentage point during the quarter. However, it was the first time in three years that growth reached at least three percent in two consecutive quarters.</li>
<li>An official from the U.S.-led coalition says that Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces have reached a ceasefire agreement. <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-iraq-kurds-ceasefire/iraqi-forces-kurdish-peshmerga-agree-on-ceasefire-u-s-led-coalition-says-idUKKBN1CW1M1?il=0">Reuters</a> reports the apparent ceasefire comes after clashes and tensions between the Kurds and Iraqis following a disputed Kurdish independence referendum.</li>  <li>An official from the U.S.-led coalition says that Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces have reached a ceasefire agreement. <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-iraq-kurds-ceasefire/iraqi-forces-kurdish-peshmerga-agree-on-ceasefire-u-s-led-coalition-says-idUKKBN1CW1M1?il=0">Reuters</a> reports the apparent ceasefire comes after clashes and tensions between the Kurds and Iraqis following a disputed Kurdish independence referendum.</li>
</ul> </ul>
<h2>Earlier</h2> <h2>Earlier</h2>
<ul> <ul>
<li>UN investigators said Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s forces are responsible for a gas attack on rebel-held town Khan Sheikhun that killed more than 87 people in April, according to <a href="https://www.afp.com/en/news/23/un-report-finds-syrian-regime-responsible-sarin-attack">the AFP news agency</a>. The announcement came as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said there is "no future" for the Assad regime and the UN special envoy for Syria announced peace talks would resume on November 28, according to <a style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;" href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/tillerson-says-no-role-for-assad-family-in-syrian-government/2017/10/26/7cb971ca-1ea1-4cd4-bd5f-8fb2e775c2d3_story.html?utm_term=.f95e00339550"><em>The Washington Post</em></a><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;">.  <li>UN investigators said Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s forces are responsible for a gas attack on rebel-held town Khan Sheikhun that killed more than 87 people in April, according to <a href="https://www.afp.com/en/news/23/un-report-finds-syrian-regime-responsible-sarin-attack">the AFP news agency</a>. The announcement came as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said there is "no future" for the Assad regime and the UN special envoy for Syria announced peace talks would resume on November 28, according to <a style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;" href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/tillerson-says-no-role-for-assad-family-in-syrian-government/2017/10/26/7cb971ca-1ea1-4cd4-bd5f-8fb2e775c2d3_story.html?utm_term=.f95e00339550"><em>The Washington Post</em></a><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;">.
</span></span></li> </span></span></li>
<li>Australia’s High Court ruled that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was ineligible for office because he has dual citizenship with New Zealand. His disqualification comes after four other politicians elected to the Senate quit in July over their dual citizenship. The decision means the center-right government loses its majority as this report from the <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/government-rocked-by-high-court-judgement-as-barnaby-joyce-gears-up-for-byelection-20171027-gz9w1b.html"><em>Sydney Morning Herald</em></a> made clear.</li>  <li>Australia’s High Court ruled that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was ineligible for office because he has dual citizenship with New Zealand. His disqualification comes after four other politicians elected to the Senate quit in July over their dual citizenship. The decision means the center-right government loses its majority as this report from the <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/government-rocked-by-high-court-judgement-as-barnaby-joyce-gears-up-for-byelection-20171027-gz9w1b.html"><em>Sydney Morning Herald</em></a> made clear.</li>
</ul> </ul>
<ul> <ul>
<li>Thousands, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-jfk-release/trump-releases-some-jfk-files-blocks-others-under-pressure-idUSKBN1CV3KL">but not all</a>, of the classified documents about the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy were released by the U.S. government yesterday. The release prompted a scramble from news organizations to find new stories and leads. <em>WikiTribune</em> <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/10/27/united_states/tracking-the-jfk-assassination-papers/12731/">outlines the highlights of the documents</a>.</li>  <li>Thousands, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-jfk-release/trump-releases-some-jfk-files-blocks-others-under-pressure-idUSKBN1CV3KL">but not all</a>, of the classified documents about the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy were released by the U.S. government yesterday. The release prompted a scramble from news organizations to find new stories and leads. <em>WikiTribune</em> <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/10/27/united_states/tracking-the-jfk-assassination-papers/12731/">outlines the highlights of the documents</a>.</li>
</ul> </ul>
<h2>What we're reading</h2> <h2>What we're reading</h2>
<ul> <ul>
<li>In this <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/3fcf54ae-b90f-11e7-9bfb-4a9c83ffa852">piece for the <em>Financial Times</em></a>, Adam Lebor picks apart some of the challenges and contradictions that face Israel. – <em>George Engels</em></li>  <li>In this <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/3fcf54ae-b90f-11e7-9bfb-4a9c83ffa852">piece for the <em>Financial Times</em></a>, Adam Lebor picks apart some of the challenges and contradictions that face Israel. – <em>George Engels</em></li>
<li>The combined wealth of billionaires has increased to a record $6 trillion, more than twice the GDP of the UK. “We are now two years into the peak of the second Gilded Age,” said Josef Stadler, who led the <a href="https://www.ubs.com/microsites/billionaires-report/en/new-value.html">UBS report</a>. – <em>Linh Nguyen</em></li>  <li>The combined wealth of billionaires has increased to a record $6 trillion, more than twice the GDP of the UK. “We are now two years into the peak of the second Gilded Age,” said Josef Stadler, who led the <a href="https://www.ubs.com/microsites/billionaires-report/en/new-value.html">UBS report</a>. – <em>Linh Nguyen</em></li>
<li>Africa's second most populous country, Ethiopia, is set to become one of the continent's economic success stories according to the IMF. <a href="https://qz.com/1109739/ethiopia-is-one-of-the-fastest-growing-economies-in-the-world/">Quartz Africa</a> looks at how the country's economy has turned around, despite relentless political unrest and a heavily-criticised government. – <em>Jack Barton</em></li>  <li>Africa's second most populous country, Ethiopia, is set to become one of the continent's economic success stories according to the IMF. <a href="https://qz.com/1109739/ethiopia-is-one-of-the-fastest-growing-economies-in-the-world/">Quartz Africa</a> looks at how the country's economy has turned around, despite relentless political unrest and a heavily-criticised government. – <em>Jack Barton</em></li>
</ul> </ul>
Sign up to the WikiTribune community to <strong>ADD A STORY</strong>, <strong>EDIT A STORY</strong> or <strong>TALK</strong> about stories.  Sign up to the WikiTribune community to <strong>ADD A STORY</strong>, <strong>EDIT A STORY</strong> or <strong>TALK</strong> about stories
Categories Categories
  Current Affairs
Article type Article type
  briefing
Tags Tags
Author byline Author byline
No No
Has hero Has hero
No No
Hero Alignment Hero Alignment
  full
Hero Image URL Hero Image URL
None None
Featured Image URL Featured Image URL
Sources Sources

Subscribe to our newsletter

Be the first to collaborate on our developing articles

WikiTribune Open menu Close Search Like Back Next Open menu Close menu Play video RSS Feed Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Youtube Connect with us on Linkedin Connect with us on Discord Email us