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Mayor Bill de Blasio sued by business owners over New York City’s vaccine mandate

A group of restaurant owners and five small businesses filed a lawsuit Tuesday, Aug. 17, against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over the city’s vaccine mandate targeting “certain establishments.” The lawsuit was filed in Richmond County Supreme Court.

China Admits Taliban Ties Aimed at Getting Afghanistan’s $3 Trillion in Rare Earths

In the course of hectoring the United States for its “bungled and embarrassing withdraw from Afghanistan” on Thursday, China’s state-run Global Times admitted Beijing has a rapacious interest in Afghanistan’s vast rare-earths mineral resources and snarled it was none of America’s business if China makes deals with the Taliban to get what it wants.

French rebel as grocery stores begin demanding COVID passport

Over the past few weeks, France has extended COVID pass requirements to nearly all basic venues including bars, cafés, restaurants, cinemas, trains, stadiums, and gyms. Supermarkets are the latest addition to this list.

It Turns Out All Those Plastic COVID Barriers Might Have Made Things Worse

They were elementary and homemade at first before becoming commercialized and mass-produced, but plastic dividers became as commonplace during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic as the paper masks that now litter city streets.

The Epic v. Google lawsuit finally makes sense

Google pulled every trick it could, an unredacted complaint alleges

‘Dangerous Territory Ahead:’ What a Vaccine-Segregated Society Looks Like for Unvaxxed

The idea that COVID countermeasures might include forced vaccination and vaccine passports, resulting in a segregated society where only those participating in the vaccine experiment would have human rights, was once labeled a wild conspiracy theory — but we are now heading into that dangerous territory.

Subway franchise owners fed up with woke spokeswoman Megan Rapinoe’s TV ads; customers call for restaurant boycott over ‘anti-American’ behavior

Some Subway franchise owners are fed up with U.S. women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe and her apparent aversion to American patriotism.

Federal judge bucks Gov. DeSantis’ effort to ban ‘vaccine passports,’ says cruise line can require vaccination proof

A federal judge in Miami has ruled that Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings can require passengers to provide proof of vaccination, bucking Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' efforts to ban "vaccine passports" in the state.

U.S. tech products enable Chinese surveillance in Xinjiang

U.S. technology companies are still supplying China’s surveillance state with equipment and software for monitoring populations and censoring information, including in the Xinjiang region, despite damning revelations that have led to genocide accusations against Beijing, according to researchers.

Tech Platform Criticizes Apple’s New iPhone ‘Surveillance’ of User ‘Private Content’

WhatsApp head says Apple's new child safety tool "introduces something very concerning into the world."

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