Revealed: secret European deals to hand over private data to America

29 June 2013 — The Guardian (this link takes you to the replacement story)

[This is the original version. Thirty-five minutes later a slightly edited version appeared and then three hours later the entire article was removed for “investigation”, whatever that means, possibly the fact that the Guardian used Wayne Madsen as his views are deemed “controversial”. See Newsniffer]

At least six European Union countries in addition to Britain have been colluding with the US over the mass harvesting of personal communications data, according to a former contractor to America’s National Security Agency, who said the public should not be “kept in the dark”.

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Anglo-American Militarism: Don’t Worry About Surveillence, In Britain, Everything’s Okay By Colin Todhunter

12 June 2013 — Global Research

In the name of ‘humanitarian intervention’, a ‘war on terror’, fighting for ‘democratic freedoms’ or whatever the script happens to be this week, British Foreign Secretary William Hague can be relied on to sell US-British militarism to a public fed up with constant wars and (increasingly less) ignorant of their underlying reasons (1).

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Wikileaks / Bradley Manning Newslinks 1 May 2013

1 May 2013 — williambowles.info

 

Pirate Party gains three seats in Iceland’s parliament

CBS News

Physically isolated near the Arctic Circle, it is one of the world’s most wired countries and has been a hub for the online secret-spilling group WikiLeaks. Jonsdottir has worked with WikiLeaks in the past. In 2011 the country announced it would crowd …

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57582088/pirate-party-gains-three-seats-in-icelands-parliament/

 

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South Africa: Pro-government faction attacks COSATU’s Zwelinzima Vavi By Benjamin Fogel

12 April 2013 — Amandla!

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is in the midst of the biggest crisis in its 27-year history. This crisis has arisen from a South African Communist Party (SACP)-driven attempt to oust democratically elected COSATU general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, under the guise of corruption charges. The conflict’s roots are in longstanding political contradictions and ideological tensions between COSATU and its Alliance partners – the ruling African National Congress and the SACP. At stake is not only the leadership of COSATU, but its political and moral direction.

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