And this from Mozilla Firefox on Internet censorship

16 November 2011

Fight for the Internet’s Future
int-censorship.jpgRight now, the US Congress is considering legislation that could profoundly affect the future of the internet we all know and love. It’s called the Stop Online Piracy Act, but the fact is that it won’t accomplish that goal. Instead, it will impose new, far-reaching consequences for us all. Here are just a few of the ways it could affect you:
• Every single online communications platform — from YouTube to Facebook to Amazon — could be under threat if a single rights holder alleges a violation.
• It would make the Web less stable and secure.
• General-purpose social media sites, like Twitter or Facebook, could be forced to track and control user behavior, chilling innovation and undermining free expression.
• Your internet provider could be required to inspect all of its users’ traffic and browsing.
Mozilla is joining with many other Internet companies and public-interest organizations to urge members of Congress to reject this legislation. We urge you to email your representatives in Congress today. And then please join our ongoing efforts to fight this legislation and ensure that the Web remains a thriving platform for innovation that’s open and accessible to all.

Media Advisory: Iran, Nukes and the Failure of Skepticism

16 November 2011 — Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

Iraq all over again?

Much of the corporate media coverage of a new UN report on Iran strongly asserts that Iran is close to building nuclear weapons. But the International Atomic Energy Agency report does not actually arrive at that conclusion, and many critics contend that the speculations that are in the report are misguided.

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…and Gaddafi was what? Bad, yes. Now open your Citizenship Readers to page 45….

15 November 2011 — Wild Wild Left

I suppose because the average Libyan is now doomed to years of social chaos, misery and poverty, western consensus media have redoubled their efforts to remind us just how heinous Gaddafi was. I know it’s near to useless to try to hold them responsible or awaken any vestigial conscience lurking in a journalist’s tiny head, but I make the effort occasionally. The specific story I emailed the BBC about is below but the overall coverage is the irritant. Continue reading

Hip-Hop Against the World! BY Jared Ball

16 November 2011 — Black Agenda Radio Commentaries

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by editor and columnist Jared Ball

Propaganda agencies operate on the principle that everything can be turned to advantage, even the cultural properties of the oppressed.‘ Like jazzman Louis Armstrong’s ‘good will’ tours for the U.S. State Department in the Fifties, rappers today are dispatched on foreign missions to ‘cleanse an image that simply defies cleanliness.’ Hip Hop, the culture that was said to have the potential to unite the global oppressed, instead becomes a weapon of oppressor. ‘The goal is to turn hip-hop against the very communities who create it and ultimately to turn it against the world.’ Continue reading

Bloomberg Personifies What the Occupation Opposes BY Glen Ford

16 November 2011 — Black Agenda Radio Commentaries

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

It was never in the cards for a plutocrat mayor to long tolerate a movement whose essential logic is the dissolution of his class. ‘If the Occupy Wall Street movement has been about anything, it is the absolute necessity to rid the nation – and the world – of the collective tyranny of the Bloombergs, the dictatorship of the moneyed classes.’ The next phase of the movement must more self-consciously ‘have, at least, the goal of shutting down the infernal machines of capital.’

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General Strike in Portugal in 24 November

16 November 2011

“We are facing a programme of true aggression against the workers, people and country. The measures presented are a calamity. If implemented, they would plunge the country even deeper in economic recession (with the government admitting that it may be around 3% in 2012), which, instead of reducing it, will only increase the debt burden.

With a deeper recession, we will enter a destructive cycle of austerity policies, added recession and higher debt, repeating what is already happening, namely in Greece, with disastrous outcomes for the workers, people and country, which are very visible today.”

Read the “manifesto” of the strike in English here: