AFP: Dutch Police Arrest Dozens Over New Covid Riots

AFP: Dutch Police Arrest Dozens Over New Covid Riots. “Dutch police said Sunday they had arrested 48 people after a second night of violent riots erupted over the government’s coronavirus measures. Prosecutors meanwhile updated to four the number of people shot when police opened fire during an ‘orgy of violence’ in the port city of Rotterdam on Friday night.”

Daily Beast: Police clashed with anti-vax crowds in Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands as ICUs and morgues fill up across the continent.

Daily Beast: Police clashed with anti-vax crowds in Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands as ICUs and morgues fill up across the continent.. “Tensions over new COVID-19 restrictions triggered by a deadly surge erupted across Europe in city after city this weekend, some exploding into violent clashes with police. More than 30,000 demonstrators took to the streets Sunday in Brussels, near the EU headquarters, to oppose new measures that include mask mandates and and work-at-home rules.”

The 19th: Violence on planes is at an all-time high. Flight attendants’ jobs have never been more dangerous.

The 19th: Violence on planes is at an all-time high. Flight attendants’ jobs have never been more dangerous.. “This year, there has been a more than five-fold increase in the number of violent incidents on planes. The Federal Aviation Administration, which is chiefly responsible for investigating incidents of unruly passenger behavior, initiated 183 investigations in 2020 — about average, though likely high for a year when travel was significantly interrupted. As of mid-November 2021, the FAA has initiated 990 investigations.”

BBC: Facebook deletes Ethiopia PM’s post that urged citizens to ‘bury’ rebels

BBC: Facebook deletes Ethiopia PM’s post that urged citizens to ‘bury’ rebels. “Facebook has removed a post from Ethiopia’s prime minister for violating its policies against inciting violence. On Sunday, Abiy Ahmed called on citizens take up arms to block the advance of the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The TPLF has fought a year-long campaign against government forces, capturing key towns in recent days.”

‘It goes to some very dark places’: Health expert on rising threats against her (Times of Israel)

Times of Israel: ‘It goes to some very dark places’: Health expert on rising threats against her. “A top health official has spoken out about the threats and abuse being directed at her, days after she was assigned a bodyguard over what authorities believe to be an increased level of danger to her safety. Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, the Health Ministry’s head of public services and a top COVID adviser to the government, has been repeatedly threatened by anti-vaccine activists and conspiracy theorists who view her as the public face of the health system’s inoculation effort.”

‘Dot Coms to Pipe Bombs’: Terrorism Research Center Studying Offline and Online Extremism (University of Arkansas)

University of Arkansas: ‘Dot Coms to Pipe Bombs’: Terrorism Research Center Studying Offline and Online Extremism. “Researchers at the University of Arkansas’ Terrorism Research Center were recently awarded $893,721 from the National Institute of Justice to study online radicalization and domestic violent extremism in the United States. The three-year project is one of the most comprehensive investigations to date examining risk factors for violent, non-violent, and cyber extremism, spanning across multiple terrorist ideologies — extreme right-wing, extreme left-wing, and radical Islamic terrorism.”

America ‘on fire’: Facebook watched as Trump ignited hate (Associated Press)

Associated Press: America ‘on fire’: Facebook watched as Trump ignited hate. “Leaked Facebook documents provide a first-hand look at how Trump’s social media posts ignited more anger in an already deeply divided country that was eventually lit ‘on fire’ with reports of hate speech and violence across the platform. Facebook’s own internal, automated controls, meant to catch posts that violate rules, predicted with almost 90% certainty that Trump’s message broke the tech company’s rules against inciting violence. Yet, the tech giant didn’t take any action on Trump’s message.”

Washington Post: Inside Facebook, Jan. 6 violence fueled anger, regret over missed warning signs

Washington Post: Inside Facebook, Jan. 6 violence fueled anger, regret over missed warning signs. “Facebook has never publicly disclosed what it knows about how its platforms, including Instagram and WhatsApp, helped fuel that day’s mayhem. The company rejected its own Oversight Board’s recommendation that it study how its policies contributed to the violence and has yet to fully comply with requests for data from the congressional commission investigating the events. But thousands of pages of internal company documents disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission by the whistleblower Frances Haugen offer important new evidence of Facebook’s role in the events.”

‘It is becoming unbearable:’ Journalists say they have become ‘scapegoats’ at anti-vaccine protests (Committee to Protect Journalists)

Committee to Protect Journalists: ‘It is becoming unbearable:’ Journalists say they have become ‘scapegoats’ at anti-vaccine protests. “Journalists in Europe told CPJ that some protesters target members of the press, who they see as representing the same forces they are rallying against. While most of the reporters vowed to continue their coverage of demonstrations against lockdowns, masks, and COVID vaccines, some also voiced concern that reporters—especially those without institutional support, like freelancers—may not be able to continue much longer.”

Politico: Garland taps FBI in response to ‘disturbing spike’ in threats against educators

Politico: Garland taps FBI in response to ‘disturbing spike’ in threats against educators. “Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday ordered federal law enforcement authorities to huddle with local leaders in the coming weeks to address what the nation’s top prosecutor called a recent ‘disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence’ against educators and school board members.”

The Tribune: Grover Beach bank manager beaten, called racist slur after asking man to wear a mask

The Tribune: Grover Beach bank manager beaten, called racist slur after asking man to wear a mask. “A Grover Beach bank manager and Army veteran says he was called a racist slur and then attacked and beaten in the parking lot — all because he asked a customer to wear a mask. Police have confirmed they are investigating a report of a hate crime and battery that occurred in the city last week, but they declined to disclose further details.”

The Daily Beast: Angry Men With Zip-Ties Ambush School Principal After COVID Masking Request

The Daily Beast: Angry Men With Zip-Ties Ambush School Principal After COVID Masking Request. “Police arrested a 40-year-old Arizona dad after he stormed into an elementary school principal’s office with a friend wielding plastic handcuffs, insisting the administration broke the law by asking his child and six others to wear a mask and quarantine after being in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.”