PRISM is driving the uptake of privacy services, but there’s no simple solution to beating the NSA By Nick Pearson

4 November 2013 –  WashingtonsBlog

This article was written by IVPN’s Nick Pearson. IVPN is an online privacy platform, and Electronic Frontier Foundation member, dedicated to protecting online freedoms and online privacy.

While Edward Snowden’s PRISM revelations failed to spark much widespread outrage among the general public, an apparent spike in the uptake of Virtual Private Networks suggests the online privacy market could be entering a golden period. But when commerce is driven by fear there is plenty of opportunity for exploitation and many privacy-concerned citizens may be lulled into a false sense of security over services that won’t protect their data.

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People’s Inquiry – a grassroots vision for our NHS? By John Lister

14 October 2013 – Our NHS

As the NHS groans under cuts and chaotic reorganisation, government bodies are calling for yet more ‘radical change‘ and ‘difficult decisions’. Will their answers be hospital closures and privatisations? The new People’s Inquiry is calling for evidence to support a different way forward. 

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BBC editor urged colleagues to downplay Israel’s siege of Gaza By Amena Saleem

30 August 2013 — Electronic Intifada

The new Middle East online editor for BBC News has been praised by a pro-Israeli website for being “willing to listen to his critics” after he sent internal emails guiding BBC staff to write more favorably about Israel.

FBI suspected of cyber-attack on anonymous web-hosting and email services By Mark Blackwood

12 August 2013 — WSWS

On August 5 malicious software (malware) in the form of a Java Script (JS) attack code was discovered embedded in multiple websites hosted by the anonymous hosting company Freedom Hosting (FH), the largest hosting company on the anonymous Tor network. Initial research into the malware by experts suggests that it originated from and returned private data back to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or other US government agencies.

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Media: Iran Has Space Program–Some See Crisis! By Peter Hart

10 August 2013 — FAIR Blog

1486944-mainA well-respected research group posted a short article on its website about the location of a second launchpad for Iran’s space program. That’s not big news–but it can be made to sound like scary news in the New York Times.

 “Launching Site in Iran Raises Missile Worries” was the headline over a piece by Rick Gladstone (8/9/13), which had this curious lead:

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Reclaim our rail network!

8 August 2013 — Compass

Our privatised rail system isn’t working for anyone –  not for commuters who can’t afford price hikes, rural communities who are stranded, travellers who don’t feel safe, businesses who see rising costs or rail workers who are voiceless. The government could save £1.2 billion a year by bringing the railways into public ownership or it could continue to hand over millions in subsidies to a small group of people who own the train companies.

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Video: Architecture, Occupation, and Resistance

30 July 2013 – Left Streamed

Justin Podur interviews architectural researcher Suzy Harris-Brandts, who studied and worked with the Decolonizing Architecture group in the West Bank. They discuss the limitations of negotiations, design tactics under occupation, and the responsibility of architects.

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Monsanto-backed GMO giants launch website to combat anti-biotech sentiment

30 July 2013 — RT

A group of biotech seed companies have launched an online forum to rebuff disapproval of genetically modified foods across the world. Activists and consumer groups are skeptical, saying the industry has a ‘track record of being anything but transparent’. Continue reading this...

The Anti-Empire Report #119 By William Blum: Nationalism and Hypocrisy

29 July 2013 — Anti-Empire Report

That most charming of couples: Nationalism and hypocrisy

It’s not easy being a flag-waving American nationalist. In addition to having to deal with the usual disillusion, anger, and scorn from around the world incited by Washington’s endless bombings and endless wars, the nationalist is assaulted by whistle blowers like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, who have disclosed a steady stream of human-rights and civil-liberties scandals, atrocities, embarrassing lies, and embarrassing truths. Believers in “American exceptionalism” and “noble intentions” have been hard pressed to keep the rhetorical flag waving by the dawn’s early light and the twilight’s last gleaming.

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Noam Chomsky is in Denial About 9/11 By Mark H Gaffney

21 July 2013 – Information Clearing House

During a recent interview on Democracy Now, Noam Chomsky stated that he believes Osama bin Laden was probably behind the attacks of September 11, 2001.i The statement was curious because in earlier interviews Chomsky described the evidence against bin Laden as thin to nonexistent,ii which was accurate and, no doubt, explains why the US Department of Justice never indicted bin Laden for the 9/11 attacks.

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Video: Brazil – Has the Giant Awoken?

11 July 2013 — Socialist Project – Left Streamed

Understanding the Mass Protest Movement in Brazil

Brazil is currently witnessing the largest mass protests to hit the country in over 20 years. Originally organized by the Free Fare Movement (MPL) in Sao Paulo against a planned 10 cent public transit fare hike, the protests quickly spread to Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, and other major cities across the country. At its peak, over 1 million people in over 100 Brazilian cities took to the streets to protest a long list of grievances ranging from political corruption to human rights abuses and World Cup spending.

 

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Audio: “Syria, NATO, and the Global Empire” with Rick Rozoff

8 July 2013 — StopImperialism

RP_83x126This week Eric sits down for an in depth conversation with independent journalist and geopolitical expert Rick Rozoff of Stop NATO. Eric and Rick examine the latest developments in Syria with a particular focus on the regional and international geopolitics. They discuss the role of Russian diplomacy and Putin’s strategic outlook in the Middle East and beyond. Additionally, Eric and Rick break down in detail the competing pipeline projects throughout Central Asia, and discuss how these developments impact current events internationally.

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