Prosecuted for sharing an academic article

July 27, 2014

A stu­dent in Colom­bia is being pros­e­cuted for shar­ing an aca­d­e­mic arti­cle, under a law imposed on Colom­bia by the US. Colom­bia should tear up that treaty.

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The Energy-Efficient Way to Punish Putin



The Energy-Efficient Way to Pun­ish Putin — And Pro­tect the Planet.

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Israel did not need to invade Gaza



Israel did not need to invade Gaza and destroy the tun­nels. It had many humane alter­na­tives. Even at its worst, an attack through the tun­nels would have been tiny com­pared with the dev­as­ta­tion of the bom­bard­ment of Gaza.

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Russia is firing rockets to attack Ukraine



The US pub­lished satel­lite pho­tos with evi­dence that Rus­sia is fir­ing rock­ets to attack Ukraine.

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Urgent: Stop listening to the Chamber of Commerce



US cit­i­zens: tell Con­gress to stop lis­ten­ing to the Cham­ber of Com­merce and broaden, not reduce, incen­tives for busi­ness whistleblowers.

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Second bomber in Oklahoma City



Was Ken­neth Trentadue sus­pected of being the sec­ond bomber in Okla­homa City? It may be true that some­one said “sus­pects”, plural, from con­fu­sion and that there was never video evi­dence of two peo­ple. Peo­ple often make mis­takes. Whether or not there was a sec­ond par­tic­i­pant in the bomb­ing, it seems that Ken­neth Trentadue was mur­dered in […]

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Australia to escalate the War on Sharing



Australia’s wrecker gov­ern­ment now pro­poses in addi­tion to esca­late the War on Shar­ing. Manda­tory inter­net fil­ters were rejected when pro­posed for obscen­ity, but now they get another try.

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The practice of evidence-laundering



The prac­tice of evidence-laundering allows the US gov­ern­ment to use NSA sur­veil­lance infor­ma­tion secretly and secretly deny Amer­i­cans fair trials.

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US conscripting universities into the War on Sharing



The US is con­script­ing uni­ver­si­ties into the War on Shar­ing. Even if a uni­ver­sity is unable to resist the pres­sure to bully its stu­dents this way, that does not excuse the uni­ver­sity for fail­ing to apol­o­gize and con­demn the pres­sure. The arti­cle repeats the enemy’s pro­pa­ganda term “piracy”. Please don’t refer to shar­ing by a […]

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Paul Ryan’s poverty plan



How Paul Ryan’s poverty plan would be effec­tive at increas­ing poverty.

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ISIS blows up old mosque



ISIS blew up an old mosque that is a major pil­grim­age site. It is intol­er­ant of all vari­a­tions from its own form of Islam. Saudi Ara­bia has been doing the same sort of thing.

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Phillip Morris continues trying to bully Uruguay



Phillip Mor­ris, the tobacco com­pany, con­tin­ues try­ing to bully Uruguay (and by exten­sion many other coun­tries) into retreat­ing from poli­cies to dis­cour­age smok­ing. This cam­paign is capa­ble of killing mil­lions of peo­ple. The arti­cle alas spreads con­fu­sion when it uses the term “intel­lec­tual prop­erty”. That term is pure con­fu­sion and should never be used. The […]

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What is needed to end Gaza war



Uri Avn­ery explains what is needed to end the Gaza war once and for all. He also points out how Arab dic­ta­tors’ sup­port for Israel is likely to cre­ate pres­sures for more extreme Islamism, a la ISIS.

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Pakistan’s biometric ID system



Pakistan’s bio­met­ric ID sys­tem oppresses most peo­ple but has not pre­vented false IDs.

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Urgent: Social Security offices



US cit­i­zens: call for more Social Secu­rity offices, not fewer.

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Global tax on wealth



Piketty’s pro­posal for global tax on wealth is his idea for sav­ing the world from grow­ing con­cen­tra­tion of wealth that will lead either to a bloody rev­o­lu­tion or the world of the Hunger Games.

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US ranks near the bottom in energy efficiency



The US ranks near the bot­tom in energy effi­ciency. The funded cam­paign to keep use of fos­sil fuels as high as pos­si­ble is evi­dently quite successful.

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Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko



The Ukraine crises con­vinced the UK gov­ern­ment to stop block­ing the pub­lic inquiry into Russia’s assas­si­na­tion of Alexan­der Litvi­nenko. How­ever, the UK still needs a gov­ern­ment that won’t pan­der to any­one with money.

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TTIP will work against food safety and animal welfare



A leak shows that TTIP will work against food safety and ani­mal wel­fare by sub­or­di­nat­ing them to the con­ve­nience of com­pa­nies. TTIP stands for “This Treaty is Plu­to­cratic”. Cor­po­ra­tions have too much power already, so any new “free trade” treaty is going in the wrong direc­tion. We should instead can­cel the existing ones.

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Israeli peace movement



The Israeli peace move­ment is a small rem­nant of what it used to be, as overt racism and right-wing hatred takes over the coun­try. Peace cam­paign­ers face not only phys­i­cal vio­lence but also legal repression.

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Rumor about ISIS-ordered FGM

July 26, 2014

There was a rumor that ISIS ordered gen­i­tal muti­la­tion for all females, but ISIS says it never did this. I doubted the rumor, as I knew that Islam does not require FGM.

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Urgent: Arms embargo



US cit­i­zens: sup­port Amnesty Inter­na­tional in call­ing for an arms embargo on Israel, Pales­tine and Hamas; ask US govt to stop arm­ing Israel.

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Urgent: Restoring damage from the Big Spill



US cit­i­zens: Tell the RESTORE Coun­cil to get mov­ing on restor­ing the dam­age from the Big Spill.

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Russian opposition leaders sentenced



Russ­ian oppo­si­tion lead­ers have been sen­tenced to prison for the minor riot­ing that resulted when thugs attacked their protest.

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Urgent: Keep Walgreens HQ in the US



In the US: sign up to boy­cott Wal­greens if it moves its HQ out­side the US.

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China’s puppet substitute for the Panchen Lama



Sooner or later, China’s pup­pet sub­sti­tute for the Panchen Lama will try to appoint a new Dalai Lama.

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Israel admits shelling another school



Israel now admits it shelled another school (in use as a refugee shel­ter) in Gaza. As usual, Israel says it was because some Pales­tini­ans were fir­ing from the school. I am skep­ti­cal; I don’t think they could have done that with­out being noticed by the UN staff. Sup­pos­ing there are Hamas fight­ers shoot­ing from a school, which […]

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Urgent: Investigate Amazon



US cit­i­zens: call on the US gov­ern­ment to inves­ti­gate Ama­zon for pos­si­ble vio­la­tions of competition law.

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Republicans in the US Congress distrust climate models



Repub­li­cans in the US Con­gress dis­trust cli­mate mod­els, and to make sure they can con­tinue to do so, they voted to elim­i­nate fund­ing for val­i­dat­ing cli­mate models.

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The US terrorist watch list



The US ter­ror­ist watch list now has over a mil­lion names, and the White House can add peo­ple to it whole­sale. The def­i­n­i­tion of “ter­ror­ism” is so broad and weak that the list could be full of peo­ple who were never even sus­pected of ter­ror­ism, only of “ter­ror­ism”. More infor­ma­tion. These dif­fer­ent watch­lists and their […]

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Israel set the stage for wars in Gaza



Israel set the stage for wars in Gaza by pulling out set­tlers and ground troops while main­tain­ing the occu­pa­tion in every other way.

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Urgent: Protect intelligence whistleblowers



US cit­i­zens: ask Con­gress to pro­tect intel­li­gence whistleblowers.

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100 protesters shot in Nablus



Israeli sol­diers shot 100 pro­test­ers in Nablus, killing several.

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Solar storm



A solar storm in 2012 could have destroyed most elec­tri­cal equip­ment on Earth, except it wasn’t pointed at Earth. We need to develop pre­cau­tions, because sooner or later one will head towards us, and it could hap­pen at any time.

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Network neutrality and encryption



Glyn Moody: ISPs that want to sort traf­fic into fast and slow lanes might join with Big Brother to ban encryption.

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Urgent: Meat made from animals raised using antibiotics



In the US: ask Trader Joe’s to com­mit not to sell meat made from ani­mals raised using antibiotics.

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Using drugs to execute prisoners



US states try­ing to exe­cute pris­on­ers using med­ical drugs find it often does not work as intended. I oppose the death penalty in gen­eral for other reasons.

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Iran has arrested four journalists



Iran has arrested four jour­nal­ists, includ­ing three Amer­i­cans, for no obvi­ous reason.

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French law to “fight terrorism”



France has pro­posed a law to attack many human rights at once in the name of “fight­ing ter­ror­ism”. Reporters with­out Bor­ders con­demns it.

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Privatized poultry inspections



Pri­va­ti­za­tions of poul­try inspec­tions in the UK led to wide­spread unsan­i­tary con­di­tions, so that most chicken is con­t­a­m­i­nated by bac­te­ria that can make peo­ple sick if the chicken is not prop­erly cooked. So why does the US gov­ern­ment want to fol­low the same path?

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Ebola infections have appeared in African cities



Peo­ple with Ebola infec­tions have appeared in African cities.

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UK cutting renewable energy subsidies



The UK gov­ern­ment is cut­ting sub­si­dies for renew­able energy so can give more to nuclear power and fossil fuels.

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Punishment for smoking pot in NFL



The NFL pun­ishes play­ers more severely for smok­ing pot than for domes­tic vio­lence. I don’t see why the NFL has any busi­ness pun­ish­ing a player for using pot. Using a performance-enhancing drug might be con­sid­ered cheat­ing, but that doesn’t apply to pot.

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Domestic Violence



The More Male-Dominated a Field, the Less It Cares about Domes­tic Violence.

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Valuing everything in terms of money



George Mon­biot: Putting a price on nat­ural ecosys­tems is non­sense because the prices are fic­ti­tious, but it serves as an excuse to destroy these sys­tems in favor of a busi­ness “worth” more. More deeply, valu­ing every­thing in terms of money pro­motes the destruc­tive val­ues of plutocracy.

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Israeli reservists refuse to serve



Over 50 Israeli Reservists Declare ‘We Refuse to Serve’.

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The US west has been losing ground water fast



In a 14 year dry spell, the US west has been los­ing ground water fast.

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Airline passenger forced to delete tweet



A gate agent for South­west Air­lines forced a pas­sen­ger to delete a tweet that called the agent “rude”, on pain of miss­ing the flight. Air­line employ­ees have the power to kick any pas­sen­ger off a flight arbi­trar­ily — all they have to do is claim they feel threat­ened. This power goes to the heads of […]

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UK moving files to ODF format



The UK has adopted a for­mal pol­icy of mov­ing files to ODF format.

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Seven-Year Jail Term for Saudi Photographer



Seven-Year Jail Term for Saudi Pho­tog­ra­pher. And many other jour­nal­ists and dissidents.

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Global heating denialism methods



An inter­view with Naomi Oreskes about the meth­ods used by orga­nized and funded global heat­ing denialism.

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Section 702 reform



Why Aver­age Inter­net Users Should Demand Sig­nif­i­cant Sec­tion 702 Reform. Reform­ing law for snoop­ing on our inter­net traf­fic is only a part of what we need to do to pre­vent a soci­ety of total surveillance.

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NSA’s cooperation with Saudi Arabia’s oppression



Describ­ing the NSA’s coop­er­a­tion with Saudi Arabia’s oppression.

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Civilians in UN compound shelled

July 25, 2014

Israel shelled civil­ians shel­ter­ing in a UN compound.

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Students from elite US universities



A Yale pro­fes­sor reports that the dynamic of elite US uni­ver­si­ties, and the com­pe­ti­tion to gain admis­sion to them, pro­duces stu­dents who don’t dare risk fail­ure or stray from a nar­row path. He describes this as a bad education.

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Systematic spying by UK thugs



UK thugs sys­tem­at­i­cally spied on fam­i­lies cam­paign­ing for jus­tice after rel­a­tives were killed or maimed — in many cases, by thugs. More infor­ma­tion. It has a cer­tain logic. Peo­ple whose rel­a­tives you’ve shot might be plau­si­ble nuclei for oppo­si­tion and you might want to sab­o­tage their campaigns.

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Corporate front group



The Amer­i­can Coun­cil on Sci­ence and Health is a cor­po­rate front group that spreads spin about sci­en­tific issues that affect busi­ness interests.

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Help negotiate



Obama offered to help nego­ti­ate a truce between Israel and Hamas. Either this is a sick joke on Hamas, or Obama intends to pres­sure Israel to let the fighting stop.

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CIA torture kidnapping flights



The Euro­pean Court of Human Rights con­victed Poland of aid­ing CIA tor­ture kid­nap­ping flights, and ordered pay­ment of com­pen­sa­tion to the vic­tims. The court ruled that US “ren­di­tion” (kid­nap­ing for tor­ture) is fun­da­men­tally ille­gal. Unfor­tu­nately, this won’t get them out of Guan­tanamo prison. These men are accused of seri­ous crimes which merit pros­e­cu­tion, but they […]

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Christians’ homes stolen by ISIS



When ISIS forced Chris­tians to leave Mosul, it stole their houses and even their portable property.

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Investing in businesses to “create” jobs



Texas invested $200 mil­lion in busi­nesses to “cre­ate” 1600 jobs in Texas. It turns out that some of the com­pa­nies don’t really exist, aren’t in Texas, don’t pay their taxes, etc. As a way to boost employ­ment, this is inef­fec­tive. As invest­ment, it wasn’t very good either; it made only a lit­tle money for the state. […]

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Israel testing weapons in Gaza



One of Israel’s motives for war in Gaza is so it can adver­tise weapons exports as “field-tested”.

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Tricking people into giving fingerprints



Texas has started ask­ing for fin­ger­prints from every­one that renews a driver’s license. Peo­ple are not required to give all the fin­ger­prints, but the state tricks them into think­ing so. Demand­ing even one fin­ger­print is an injustice.

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Study of monkeys near Fukushima



Wild mon­keys 40 miles from Fukushima >have blood dis­or­ders and some radioac­tive cesium. The level of cesium they have might not be enough explain their blood disorders.

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Urgent: End the siege of Gaza

July 24, 2014

Every­one: call on Obama to pres­sure Israel to end the siege of Gaza as part of a per­ma­nent nonag­gres­sion agree­ment. It is widely noted that the rock­ets launched from Gaza are an act of war and a war crime. The siege is also an act of war and a war crime. Let’s end them both.

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Web sites blocked in the name of world cup



File shar­ing sites that gov­ern­ments blocked the name of the world cup have remained blocked and will prob­a­bly be blocked per­ma­nently. This is another inci­den­tal form of oppres­sion dealt out by the world cup.

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US-subsidized destruction in Gaza



How Amer­ica Finances the Destruc­tion in Gaza — and the Clean-Up.

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Surveillance cameras in San Diego



San Diego has set up a net­work of state and pri­vate cam­eras that any thug can watch at any time.

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The road to war in Gaza



Israel, backed by the West, responded to the Pales­tin­ian unity gov­ern­ment with repres­sion, which helped get the cur­rent war started.

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Security clearance interviews by robots



Oh, Great: Robots Are Set to Con­duct National Secu­rity Clear­ance Interviews.

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Removal of a memorial to Korean forced laborers



Japan­ese offi­cials ordered removal of a memo­r­ial to Korean forced laborers.

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Decriminalization of sex work



More about why HIV researchers call for decrim­i­nal­iza­tion of sex work.

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Urgent: Privacy bills



Cit­i­zens of Mass­a­chu­setts: con­tact spe­cific state leg­is­la­tors in favor of three pri­vacy bills. If they don’t pass by July 31 they will be dead for this year.

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MP tried to force food down a fasting Muslim’s throat



A Hindu-nationalist MP in India tried to force food down a fast­ing Muslim’s throat. Even if you believe the MP’s claim that this was only a com­plaint about the bad qual­ity of the food served, shov­ing it into someone’s mouth is hardly jus­ti­fi­able. At least he did not try to do it via a tube […]

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Urgent: Protect the right to boycott



Cit­i­zens of Illi­nois, Mary­land and New York: oppose state bills that would attack the right to boy­cott Israeli institutions.

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Great Barrier Reef is contaminated by toxic coal dust



The whole of the Great Bar­rier Reef is con­t­a­m­i­nated by toxic coal dust from Aus­tralian coal export.

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Warning from gov’t whistleblower



A gov­ern­ment whistle­blower warns that the NSA grabs mas­sive amounts of Amer­i­cans’ data, includ­ing email con­tents, by break­ing into servers and com­mu­ni­ca­tion links out­side the US.

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Hamas rockets



Hamas rock­ets rarely seri­ously injure a per­son, but they have acquired eco­nomic clout by caus­ing can­cel­la­tion of many inter­na­tional flights to Tel Aviv. Maybe now Netanyahu will agree to end the war that he started.

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Bombing the families of Hamas members



B’tselem, the Israeli human rights orga­ni­za­tion, explains why the homes of the fam­i­lies of Hamas mem­bers are not mil­i­tary tar­gets, so bomb­ing them is a war crime. The UN also crit­i­cizes Israel’s war crimes in Gaza. Note the Israeli representative’s bogus claim that those fam­i­lies are “human shields”. That would only be true if the homes […]

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The world center of global heating denialism



Anglo­phone coun­tries are the world cen­ter of global heat­ing denial­ism, per­haps due to the effect of the Murdoch media.

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How the US chose war after 9/11



Jonathan Schell: how the US chose war, and declared its readi­ness to over­throw any gov­ern­ment to impose plu­to­cratic rule.

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Urgent: Israeli bombardment of Gaza



US cit­i­zens: phone your con­gress­crit­ter to oppose the res­o­lu­tion that would endorse the Israeli bom­bard­ment of Gaza. The Capi­tol Switch­board num­bers are 202–224‑3121, 888–818‑6641 and 888–355‑3588.

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Moroccan women protest



Moroc­can women protested the prime min­is­ter who told them to stay home and not work.

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Spying on Prime Minister Erdo



Turk­ish thugs have been accused of ille­gally spy­ing on Prime Min­is­ter Erdo an and oth­ers, using fal­si­fied papers.

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Anti-abortion activists use bogus science



Anti-abortion activists use bogus sci­ence to claim that med­ical abor­tions are dan­ger­ous, while push­ing women into ama­teur abor­tions that really are dan­ger­ous. I don’t use the term “pro-choice” because it fails to defend abor­tion rights firmly. I also refuse to accept the term “pro-life” that oppo­nents of abor­tion chose as a way to insult us.

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An ID card to identify you as a human being



An ID card to iden­tify you as a human being.

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NYC responds to thugs’ killing



New York City is mov­ing firmly in response to the thugs’ killing of Eric Gar­ner, but not ques­tion­ing the deeper pol­icy of jail­ing peo­ple over any minor crime. When legit­i­mate work is hard to get and pays too lit­tle to live on, poor peo­ple are com­pelled to break laws to sur­vive. Plu­to­cratic gov­ern­ment uses that […]

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Australian public transit cuts

July 23, 2014

Australia’s gov­ern­ment is cut­ting funds for pub­lic tran­sit to build more roads instead. It’s a nat­ural choice, for a gov­ern­ment that intends to boost fos­sil fuel use.

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Tamil boat people sought for interview



India wants to inter­view the Tamil boat peo­ple who are impris­oned on an Aus­tralian ship.

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UK’s contempt for the environment



The UK gov­ern­ment demon­strated its con­tempt for the envi­ron­ment yet again by appoint­ing a frack­ing flunky to head the Envi­ron­men­tal Agency.

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US stranding Yemeni-Americans



The US is strand­ing Yemeni-Americans in Yemen by con­fis­cat­ing their pass­ports while they are vis­it­ing there. Then they have to wait as much as a year before they are allowed to return to the US.

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Koch brothers’ political spending



The Koch broth­ers spend hun­dreds of mil­lions to influ­ence pol­i­tics, through a maze of twisty chan­nels all different.

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Iran delivers on promise



Iran has fin­ished the promised dilu­tion of its most enriched uranium.

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Protest against tar sands mine



Pro­test­ers block­aded a tar sands mine in Utah.

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History of marriage



How oppo­nents of same-sex mar­riage dis­tort the his­tory of marriage.

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Idea of “type A personality”



The idea of a “type A per­son­al­ity”, with health prob­lems due to stress, was con­structed by the tobacco industry.

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Emissions from US military



The US mil­i­tary is respon­si­ble for around 5% of world green­house gas emissions.

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Al Jazeera building hit

July 22, 2014

Al Jazeera says Israeli troops fired at its build­ing in Gaza.

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Urgent: Poultry inspection rules



US cit­i­zens: Tell Sec­re­tary Vil­sack to pub­lish the pro­posed rule for poul­try inspec­tion, and hold hear­ings on it. The very idea of a secret rule pro­posal is offensive.

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Call for end to bombardment of Gaza



Gush Shalom calls for an end to the bom­bard­ment of Gaza.

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Urgent: Subway staff working while sick



US cit­i­zens: tell Sub­way to stop mak­ing staff work while sick and stop fir­ing them for going to the hospital.

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Violent pogroms against Arabs



Vio­lent pogroms against Arabs are spread­ing in Israel as many say they want to exter­mi­nate the inhab­i­tants of Gaza.

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Executive order to protect LGBT people



Pres­i­dent Obama Signs Exec­u­tive Order Pro­tect­ing LGBT Peo­ple from Work­place Discrimination.

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Beef and the carbon footprint



Giv­ing Up Beef Will Reduce Car­bon Foot­print More Than Cars, Says Expert.

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Hottest June on record



June 2014 was the hottest June on record.

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China using fake Twitter accounts



China is using fake Twit­ter accounts, mas­querad­ing as famous peo­ple, to pro­mote its occu­pa­tion of Tibet.

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Time Magazine on the US economy



Time Mag­a­zine says the US econ­omy is doing great, judg­ing based on the rich and the fos­sil fuel companies.

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UK’s “emergency” surveillance law



Two UK MPs will ask a court to reject the UK’s “emer­gency“ sur­veil­lance law.

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UK’s terrorism law targets words



How UK’s Ter­ror­ism Law Tar­gets Words, Not Just Guns And Bombs.

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Climate models



It turns out that cli­mate mod­els accu­rately model the rate of Earth’s sur­face heat­ing, when not fooled by El Niño/La Niña.

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Omniscient state that supports the rich



If you stand for free­dom or resist the rich, you have some­thing to fear from an omni­scient state that sup­ports the rich.

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Right-Wing global heating deniers



Some right-wing global heat­ing deniers are dri­ven to their delu­sion by an ide­o­log­i­cal oppo­si­tion to using col­lec­tive action to solve any prob­lem. Col­lec­tive action through the state is also the way to stop plu­to­crats from push­ing most peo­ple into poverty, which is another rea­son those plu­to­cratist politi­cians hate col­lec­tive action.

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Urgent: US National Monuments



US cit­i­zens: call on the Sen­ate to reject Repub­li­can plans to block new US National Monuments.

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High-Profile terrorist plots



Human Rights Watch finds that most of the high-profile ter­ror­ist plots that the US pros­e­cutes were stim­u­lated by the US gov­ern­ment, and the “per­pe­tra­tors” were often reluc­tant. The effect is sys­tem­atic injus­tice, but it suits those that hate our free­doms and are in a posi­tion to take them away by chang­ing our laws.

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UK plans another attack on the natural world



The UK plans another attack on the nat­ural world, both wildlife and the Earth’s cli­mate, propos­ing a legal require­ment to extract the max­i­mum amount of fossil fuel.

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Urgent: Support the Paycheck Fairness Act



US cit­i­zens: sup­port the Pay­check Fair­ness Act. More infor­ma­tion about it.

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Antedated “predictions”



How the Inter­net makes it easy to cre­ate ante­dated “pre­dic­tions” for fraud.

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Coral cover in the Great Barrier Reef



Coral cover in the Great Bar­rier Reef has fallen by half since the 1980s.

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Urgent: Support the Hide No Harm Act

July 21, 2014

US cit­i­zens: tell Con­gress to sup­port the Hide No Harm Act.

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India’s censorship law



India’s cen­sor­ship law is being used to per­se­cute a critic of Modi.

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All The Big Broadband Players Support FCC’s Proposed Rules



All The Big Broad­band Play­ers Sup­port FCC’s Pro­posed Rules… Which Says All You Need To Know.

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Looting at jetliner crash site



Ukrain­ian rebels have not pro­tected the jetliner’s crash site from loot­ing or dis­tur­bance of evi­dence. I regard this as proof of guilt. Demon­strat­ing the effec­tive­ness of state manip­u­la­tion of the media, most Rus­sians believe the down­ing of the Malaysian jet was a plot against Rus­sia. This is com­pa­ra­ble to the global heat­ing denial cam­paign which has […]

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State legislators that support voter-ID laws



State leg­is­la­tors that sup­port voter-ID laws show a strong sta­tis­ti­cal ten­dency to dis­crim­i­nate against Latinos.

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Israeli attacks kill 100 in one day



Israeli attacks killed 100 Pales­tini­ans in one day, many of them civil­ians. This included shelling a hos­pi­tal. Israel’s tac­tics guar­an­tee lots of civil­ian casu­al­ties. One must ques­tion whether defense against attacks that might kill a few civil­ians jus­ti­fies a response that kills hun­dreds of civilians.

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Syria calls for UK to support Assad



Syria says it is stu­pid to sup­port the rebels and calls for the UK to sup­port Assad. The sad thing is, that is true. When the main Syr­ian rebel groups joined with the Islamists, they became ene­mies of human rights just as much as Assad is. Here’s an arti­cle that argues that Israel and Saudi […]

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The Rising Global Movement That Calls for #noTTIP



The Ris­ing Global Move­ment That Calls for #noTTIP.

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Urgent: Support postal banking



US cit­i­zens: Sup­port postal banking.

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Airline ticket purchases



The US keeps lots of infor­ma­tion about everyone’s air­line ticket pur­chases and appears to keep it for at least 10 years.

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UK is saving emails of lots of people



The UK is sav­ing emails of lots of peo­ple, with­out war­rants, in case it might be inter­ested in them in the future. The R.I.P. act (for Rip Inter­net Pri­vacy) was an injus­tice even with its pre­vi­ous inter­pre­ta­tion. The UK must repeal it.

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Pressure to allow GMO farming



Even in Iso­lated, Pris­tine Tas­ma­nia, Pres­sure to Allow GMO Farming.

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Journalist Andy Hall faces the threat of imprisonment



Jour­nal­ist Andy Hall faces the threat of impris­on­ment for reveal­ing slav­ery in Thai­land. Mak­ing it a crime to pub­lish an accu­sa­tion of abuses is prima facie injus­tice and inexcusable.

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Tobacco ads targeted at minors



RJ Reynolds has been hit with 23 bil­lion dol­lars in puni­tive dam­ages for adver­tis­ing designed to make minors smoke. The arti­cle says “chil­dren”, but ado­les­cents are not chil­dren, so I won’t use that word. Adver­tis­ing tobacco to ado­les­cents is arguably even worse than adver­tis­ing it to chil­dren, since chil­dren are not likely to start smoking […]

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Obey the US government



US jour­nal­ist Cokie Roberts bemoans the fact that every­one around the world does not obey the US gov­ern­ment. I think most gov­ern­ments fear the US too much; they let the US pres­sure them into unjust plu­to­cratic treaties. In the 90s, when I used to lis­ten to National Pub­lic Radio, I loathed Roberts’ right-wing crit­i­cisms of […]

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The Internet of Things



7 Rea­sons Why the Inter­net of Things Is Doomed. Actu­ally, some of them are rea­sons why we should kill it, which do not nec­es­sar­ily imply it is doomed on its own. A “smart house” project Japan is a scheme to impose total sur­veil­lance and track­ing. This demon­strates the dan­ger inher­ent in such schemes.

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Some Israelis cheer at deadly bombardment



Some Israelis go to hills near Gaza to cheer at the deadly bom­bard­ment. A jour­nal­ist sus­pected of not sym­pa­thiz­ing with them was threat­ened with violence.

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Google abolishes “real name” requirement



Google has abol­ished the “real name” require­ment for Google account. This might mean that Google+ is accept­able to use. But I am not cer­tain, because I don’t know the answer to two follow-on ques­tions: What other per­sonal data must one sup­ply to make an account, and do they amount to iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the user? Is […]

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Russia’s paid internet propaganda

July 20, 2014

Rus­sia has a paid inter­net pro­pa­ganda and troll army. The US has one too. The US is fund­ing research on how to manip­u­late peo­ple through social networks.

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Urgent: Let Mohyeldin go back to Gaza



Every­one: Call on NBC News to let Ayman Mohyeldin go back to Gaza.

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Malaysian plane’s black box in Russia



A Russ­ian radio sta­tion reports that rebels sent the Malaysian plane’s black box to Rus­sia. The “inves­ti­ga­tion” by Rus­sia cant be trusted, but this med­dling con­firms it was the rebels or Rus­sia that shot down the plane. The arti­cle also pro­vides evi­dence that Rus­sia is fir­ing lots of short-range mis­siles at Ukraine. Unlike the inef­fec­tive missiles […]

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Decriminalization of drug use



WHO calls for an end to treat­ing drug users as criminals.

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Israeli soldiers in Gaza



Israeli sol­diers are in streets fight­ing in Gaza. Thou­sands of civil­ians are try­ing to flee, but no place is safe.

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Wildfire in state of Washington



A wild­fire in the state of Wash­ing­ton has burned 340 square miles.

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San Francisco workers threatened



An arro­gant plu­to­crat threat­ens San Fran­cisco work­ers with being replaced by an oppres­sive com­puter if they demand decent wages. In the short term, the work­ers should sim­ply repeat the demand, to show they are not scared. In the medium term, they face the threat of being replaced by com­put­ers in any case, so they should […]

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Israel firing flechette shells



Israeli tanks are fir­ing flechette shells that hit every­one in a large area 300 meters by 90 meters, and using them in towns where civil­ians are likely to be hit. Gazans say Israel is using some sort of poi­son gas. Doc­tors in Gaza sus­pect Israel is using exper­i­men­tal weapons that rip human bod­ies to shreds.

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Counter-terrorist” tactics



Counter-terrorist” tac­tics can be effec­tive against a small under­ground group, but not against an insur­gency with pop­u­lar support.

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Children fleeing from Central America



Why so many chil­dren flee from Hon­duras, Guatemala and El Sal­vador can be traced to what the US did to those countries.

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The fighting in Gaza



Uri Avn­ery com­ments on the fight­ing in Gaza.

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Gaza free-fire zones

July 19, 2014

Israel plans to turn a third of the area of Gaza into a free-fire zone. This plan rep­re­sents a com­pro­mise with world opin­ion. Left to itself, Israel’s gov­ern­ment might pre­fer to declare the entirety of Gaza a free-fire “buffer zone”. Or you might say that it has unof­fi­cially done so.

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Nuclear weapons and climate change



A study fore­casts that 100 small nuclear weapons would cause dras­tic global cool­ing and reduce rain­fall for more than a decade, as well as dam­ag­ing the ozone layer.

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NY thug kills man with chokehold



New York thugs killed a man by putting him in a choke­hold. They had no rea­son to attack him in the first place.

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