Stop NATO News: January 25, 2012

25 January 2012012

  • Fifth Generation Warplanes And U.S. Global ‘Domain Dominance’
  • Ex-President: Saakashvili May Draw Georgia Into War With Iran
  • U.S.-Japan Military Exercises Underscore New Strategy Guidance Focus
  • Pakistan: Opposition Parties Stage Walk-Out In Senate Over U.S. Drone Strikes
  • U.S., Czech Defense Chiefs Discuss ‘Unequivocal’ NATO Ties
  • Defense Minister Wants Czech Troops In Afghanistan For Two More Years

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What is ACTA? – Max Keiser

22 January 2012Max Keiser

* Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

In October 2007, the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan simultaneously announced that they would negotiate a new intellectual property enforcement treaty the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement or ACTA. Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada have joined the negotiations. Although the proposed treaty’s title might suggest that the agreement deals only with counterfeit physical goods (such as medicines) what little information has been made available publicly by negotiating governments about the content of the treaty makes it clear that it will have a far broader scope and in particular will deal with new tools targeting ‘Internet distribution and information technology’.

Meet ACTA- PIPA and SOPA’s Big Brother

25 January 2012Access Now

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If you thought SOPA and PIPA were bad, let us introduce you to their Big Brother, ACTA.

We helped stopped SOPA and PIPA. Now let’s help defeat their Big Brother, ACTA! Sign the Petition

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is an international treaty that threatens free speech and your privacy online. Imagine if your ISP could censor their networks, police what you did online, and with greater ease turn your information over to authorities. That’s the danger that ACTA poses, and it’s got to be stopped. Continue reading

UK: PAVEMENT INJUSTICE – CAMPAIGN AGAINST ON-THE-SPOT FINES

25 January 2012Manifesto Club

BD0911CC-DB26-4C50-A82A-67CA3C3D9634.jpgPublic spaces have become increasingly policed by unaccountable officials bearing open-ended powers. Criminal offences that would have been tried in court are now often dealt with on the spot.

Innocent people have been punished. A woman was given an on-the-spot fine for feeding the ducks; a man was fined for dropping a £10 note. One Women’s Institute was threatened with fines for handing out leaflets, and for putting up a poster.

A new Manifesto Club campaign against ‘Pavement Injustice‘ will take on unaccountable officials in public spaces – investigating how powers are being used, and calling for their review and limitation.

See our article in the Guardian about Pavement Injustice.

If you have received an unjust on-the-spot fine, or have other examples of ‘pavement injustice’ to report – please do contact us.

Media Lens: Silence Of The Lambs

25 January, 2012 — Media Lens

Seumas Milne, George Monbiot & ‘Media Analysis’ In The Guardian Wonderland

One of the original aims of Media Lens, when we began in 2001, was to engage in honest, open and rational debate with journalists working for major news organisations. It wasn’t about ‘bashing’ them or trying to make them look bad. We wanted to examine media assumptions, challenge journalists’ arguments and find out more about the unwritten rules of ‘responsible’ reporting.

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SOPA, PIPA and now ACTA Newslinks 19-24 January 2011

25 January 2012williambowles.info

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As cyberspace turns its attention to the SOPA and PIPA bills in the US, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, has been quietly signed or ratified by most of the developed world and is arguably the biggest threat to Internet freedom yet
Max Keiser and Stacy HerbertYesterday at 17:57
An ACTA of war: secret censor tool to shake up world wide web

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 24 January 2012: Witnesses: In Palestine, to Exist Is to Resist

24 January 2012VTJP

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IMEMC – On Tuesday Morning, the Israeli army kidnapped two Hebron residents near Ibrahim Mosque, and moved them to undisclosed location, the Palestinian news agency, Ma’an, reported. …

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An ACTA of war: secret censor tool to shake up world wide web

24 January 2012RT

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A demonstrator with ACTA stickers on his mouth takes part in a protest against Poland's government plans to sign international copyright agreement ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), in front of the European Union office in Warsaw on January 24, 2012 (AFP Photo / JANEK SKARZYNSKI)

As cyberspace turns its attention to the SOPA and PIPA bills in the US, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, has been quietly signed or ratified by most of the developed world and is arguably the biggest threat to Internet freedom yet.

­ACTA has – officially – been in the works since 2008, and was signed by the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea in 2011. All negotiations were held behind closed doors, and it is mostly thanks to Internet hacktivist groups like Anonymous that news of the potential damage ACTA could cause has spread.

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