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Cutting off communication, no more street protests, improving Parliament, projections for India

?Connections and conversations matter all year round, so it is easy to understand why some people became frustrated after learning that Skype had been blocked in the [United Arab Emirates],? states an editorial. ?The move, made a fortnight ago, is the second time the service has been suspended and follows a period of confusion over the regulations.... In a country where internet usage exceeds 90 per cent of the population, being part of a global conversation means being connected.... Open and smart communication channels will be a vital factor in building smarter cities. ?One ... disruptive technological influence in recent times is social media...,? writes Joseph Rwagatare.

Readers write: An about-face in reaction to sexual harassment, coverage of international news, books that matter, original and fresh story

Regarding the Dec. 7 Monitor Daily article ?Franken resignation shows Democrats? line in the sand?: No woman should have to put up with unwanted sexual advances, either verbal or physical, even though such behavior has been prevalent for decades. Women have had to walk on eggshells, in fear of losing their jobs for reporting sexual harassment. Hurray for women, who have risen to the occasion and come together in efforts to put an end to sexual harassment.

Russia investigation: An eventful week, and what happens next

New details emerged this week in the broadening investigation into alleged efforts by Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. ? The cofounder of the firm that produced the so-called Trump dossier told members of Congress in November that he suspected a number of Trump real estate deals may have been a vehicle for Russian money laundering operations. Glenn Simpson voiced his suspicions in a 165-page transcript released to the public on Thursday by the House Intelligence Committee.

Battle over legal marijuana: a monumental moment for states? rights

West Hollywood is painted with rainbow flags. Known as?The Creative City,?this counterculture hub is set in rolling hills, thrumming with thrift stores, vegetarian restaurants, and, since Jan. 1, four dispensaries selling recreational cannabis. As people waiting in a line outside West Hollywood?s MedMen brush off a rainstorm, Iain McDonald, an actor and Lyft driver from Australia, says he?s puzzled by what he sees as a ?war on California.? ?When they say state vs. federal ? as an outsider ? that doesn?t feel right,? he says.





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