Unauthorised tapping into or hacking of mobile communications

19 July 2011

An interesting document and worth plowing through.

From the document’s introduction:

1. In 2005-06, the Metropolitan Police investigated claims that a private investigator, Mr Glenn Mulcaire, had been employed by News International to hack into the Voicemail accounts of certain prominent people, including members of the Royal Household in November 2005, in particular to obtain information on them. This case led to the prosecution and subsequent imprisonment of Mr Mulcaire and Mr Clive Goodman, the royal correspondent for the News of the World. The charges brought against Messrs Mulcaire and Goodman cited a limited number of people whose phones were alleged to have been hacked. However, papers taken from Mr Mulcaire in the course of the investigation indicated that journalists —not necessarily all from the same newspaper — had asked him to obtain information on a number of other people: it was not always clear who the subjects of the inquiries were (a number were identified only by initials or a forename), nor whether the request involved hacking or some other means of obtaining information.

Arab Awakening and Western Media: Time for a New Revolutionary Discourse Ramzy Baroud

28 July 2011 — Dissident Voice

When President Ali Abdullah Saleh tried desperately to quell Yemen’s popular uprising, he appealed to tribalism, customs and traditions. All his efforts evidently failed, and the revolution continued unabated. When Saleh denounced women for joining men in demonstrations in Sana’a – playing on cultural sensitivities and a very selective interpretation of religion – the response was even more poignant. Thousands of women took to the streets, denouncing Saleh’s regime and calling for its ouster.

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Honest and Lucid Criticism for the Western Left By Pascual Serrano, translated by David Montoute

5 November 2008 — Rebelión

In recent years, a part of the world’s progressive community has begun to equate humanitarian interventions with the internationalist solidarity that has traditionally characterized the Left. “Humanitarian Imperialism” By Jean Bricmont (Monthly Review Press, U.S. 2007) by Belgian author Jean Bricmont aims to dismantle this thinking, and does so with stunning lucidity.

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A rant against militant trade unionism By Alan Thornett

27 July 2011 — Socialist Resistance

A review of ‘Turbulent Times in the Car Industry – Memories of a Trade Union Official at Cowley Oxford’ by David Buckle. Paperback, 110 pages, £4.99. Published by David Buckle MBE April 2011. ISBN: 978-0-9568632-0-1.

Former Oxford TGWU full time trade union official David Buckle’s book ‘Turbulent Times in the Car Industry – Memories of a Trade Union Official at Cowley Oxford’ was published, in April this year, as a response to my book ‘Militant Years – car workers struggles in Britain in the 60s and 70s’ published in January,* though a direct reference to Militant Years is studiously avoided by Buckle.

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News International: A scandal rooted in union-busting

28 July, 2011 — Belfast Telegraph

Socialist journalist Eamonn McCann explains how the assault on newspaper unions helped pave the way for the scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

Strikers and their supporters march against Murdoch's union-busting

Strikers and their supporters march against Murdoch's union-busting

NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Michael Delaney died after being run over by a truck in east London on a Saturday night in January 1987. An inquest jury found that he had been a victim of unlawful killing. But nobody has ever been prosecuted.

Michael had been among trade unionists picketing the News International plant at Wapping against the sacking of more than 5,000 workers and the de-recognition of unions. The dispute lasted almost a year.

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Narratives under siege: stranglehold on farmers tightens

28 July 2011 — PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Hate’em Kdair, 53, is a farmer in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. He and his wife have four sons and three daughters, and live with Hate’em’s mother and father. He was in grade nine when he left school to assist his father, who was facing financial difficulty, to work on the land.

His story represents that of farmers in the Gaza Strip.

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Egypt Newslinks 28 July 2011

28 July 2011 — williambowles.info

Torture still rampant in post-revolution Egypt, activists say
The only difference in post-revolution Egypt, they say, is that victims empowered by the uprising are speaking publicly of their brutal experiences. Hossam Bahgat, the executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, offered a grim …

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Behind Norway’s Kristallnacht By Eric Walberg

28 July 2011 — Eric Walberg

The massacre in peaceful Oslo was a replay of this earlier horror in reverse – no longer the Jews as victims but as the inspiration of terror against non-Jews – as Israel extends its wars not only to Greek ports and French airports but to Norwegian children’s camps, complete with rabbinical blessings for the murderers, notes Eric Walberg

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Bradley Manning Newslinks 28 July 2011

28 July 2011 — williambowles.info

Black Hat Pwnie Award winner will be a criminal
Bradley Manning is charged with stealing and turning over to WikiLeaks thousands of US diplomatic messages and footage of a US airstrike in Iraq. If Manning didn’t do it, whoever did will be of interest to law enforcement. …

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Wikileaks Newslinks 28 July 2011

28 July 2011 — williambowles.info

WikiLeaks angry that PayPal supports anti-Muslim organization
Washington Post (blog)
By Elizabeth Flock WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks during a news conference in London in 2010. (Lennart Preiss – AP) Updated 8:09 pm The man behind the attacks on Norway last Friday has boasted of being a part of several anti-Muslim …

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