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Authorities arrest Russian protesters and send them to war



Hundreds of people have been arrested by authorities as protests against Russia’s new “partial mobilisation” continue across the country.

The Kremlin has ordered the partial mobilisation of reservists in response to what it says is a deteriorating security situation in Ukraine.

But the move has been met with widespread opposition, with many seeing it as a pretext for fresh military action. On Monday, police detained more than 200 people in Moscow during a protest against the mobilisation.

Another 150 were arrested in the city of St Petersburg. The arrests came as several thousand people took to the streets of both cities to voice their anger at the Kremlin’s decision. Demonstrators chanted slogans such as “No to war!” and “Putin is a liar!”

The independent monitoring group OVD-Info said more than 500 people had been detained in total across Russia.

Heavy handed

In Moscow, police used batons and pepper spray to disperse the crowd and make arrests. Several protesters were seen being dragged away by officers.

The demonstrations came a day after Russia’s top general warned that the country was prepared to use nuclear weapons if its security was threatened.

Gen Valery Gerasimov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that Moscow would now respond to any threat with “a weapon of comparable or ‘greater’ power”.

The comments were seen as a stark warning to the West amid fears of a new arms race.

Worsening relations

Relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated sharply in recent years, with Western countries imposing sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine. Tensions have also risen over Moscow’s involvement in Syria and its alleged meddling in Western elections.

The partial mobilisation announced last week is likely to increase tensions further. Under the plan, reservists will be called up for training later this month and could be deployed to crisis zones if necessary.

President Vladimir Putin has insisted that the move is not linked to any specific event or threat but is needed to ensure Russia’s security. However, many believe it is a response to NATO’s increased activity near Russia’s borders.

Putin has sought to downplay fears of a new Cold War, saying that there is no intention of confrontation.

But with relations already at a low ebb, there are concerns that the partial mobilisation could lead to further escalation.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Is journalism taking a hit in Ukraine?



Ukraine’s media are adapting amid increased restrictions and the pressures of war

Ukrainian journalists have resumed reporting allegations of corruption by officials in Ukraine.

Kyiv had cracked down on wartime censorship.

Dr Paul Lushenko is a U.S. Army Lieutenant who said democracy and transparency is impacted during war.

“It is true that in the times of war, the tensions between civil liberties and national security can be skewed.

“It’s not to say it’s without risk. There are several examples where several well-known international investigative journalists have been targeted based upon their reporting,” he said.

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Is ‘AI’ the future of fantasy?



Artificial Intelligence advancements have ignited conversations about which industries will be impacted the most.

One industry seeing an uptick in AI generated content is the online adult entertainment industry.

Companies around the world are racing to rollout artificial intelligence applications and programs. The new technology is here to stay—and has changed our lives forever.

In a recent viral conversation on Twitter, a user posted an assortment of images featuring life-like women—but they were entirely generated by artificial intelligence.

While the images were made to look like real photographs—the women do not exist.

Such ‘AI”advancements have ignited conversations about which industries will be impacted the most.

So, is AI generated content good or bad for the online adult entertainment industry?

Brie Nightwood, an OnlyFans creator joins us to discuss.
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Why OPEC policy decisions will have a major impact on oil prices



Despite the fall in oil prices, OPEC and its allies policy decisions can have a major impact on oil prices.

In May 2023, the total number of rigs drilling for oil and gas was already down by around 7% when compared with its peak in December 2022.

Slower drilling activity eventually translates into slower production growth, creating a delay of up to 6 months.

In the meantime, high levels of production are keeping inventories elevated, especially in the case of gas, which is keeping prices under pressure.

OPEC and its allies are weighing the possibility of further oil supply cuts, despite the fall in oil prices.

OPEC+ and its allies led by Russia, pumps around 40% of the world’s crude.

So, its policy decisions can have a major impact on oil prices.

Bloomberg’s Senior Oil and Gas Analyst Fernando Valle joins us to discuss.

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