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.
The Energy-Efficient Way to Punish Putin — And Protect the Planet.
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.
The US published satellite photos with evidence that Russia is firing rockets to attack Ukraine.
US citizens: tell Congress to stop listening to the Chamber of Commerce and broaden, not reduce, incentives for business whistleblowers.
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 […]
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.
The practice of evidence-laundering allows the US government to use NSA surveillance information secretly and secretly deny Americans fair trials.
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 […]
How Paul Ryan’s poverty plan would be effective at increasing poverty.
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.
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 […]
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.
Pakistan’s biometric ID system oppresses most people but has not prevented false IDs.
US citizens: call for more Social Security offices, not fewer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
US citizens: support Amnesty International in calling for an arms embargo on Israel, Palestine and Hamas; ask US govt to stop arming Israel.
US citizens: Tell the RESTORE Council to get moving on restoring the damage from the Big Spill.
Russian opposition leaders have been sentenced to prison for the minor rioting that resulted when thugs attacked their protest.
In the US: sign up to boycott Walgreens if it moves its HQ outside the US.
Sooner or later, China’s puppet substitute for the Panchen Lama will try to appoint a new Dalai Lama.
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 […]
US citizens: call on the US government to investigate Amazon for possible violations of competition law.
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.
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 […]
Israel set the stage for wars in Gaza by pulling out settlers and ground troops while maintaining the occupation in every other way.
US citizens: ask Congress to protect intelligence whistleblowers.
Israeli soldiers shot 100 protesters in Nablus, killing several.
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.
Glyn Moody: ISPs that want to sort traffic into fast and slow lanes might join with Big Brother to ban encryption.
In the US: ask Trader Joe’s to commit not to sell meat made from animals raised using antibiotics.
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.
Iran has arrested four journalists, including three Americans, for no obvious reason.
France has proposed a law to attack many human rights at once in the name of “fighting terrorism”. Reporters without Borders condemns it.
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?
People with Ebola infections have appeared in African cities.
The UK government is cutting subsidies for renewable energy so can give more to nuclear power and fossil fuels.
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.
The More Male-Dominated a Field, the Less It Cares about Domestic Violence.
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.
Over 50 Israeli Reservists Declare ‘We Refuse to Serve’.
In a 14 year dry spell, the US west has been losing ground water fast.
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 […]
The UK has adopted a formal policy of moving files to ODF format.
Seven-Year Jail Term for Saudi Photographer. And many other journalists and dissidents.
An interview with Naomi Oreskes about the methods used by organized and funded global heating denialism.
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.
Describing the NSA’s cooperation with Saudi Arabia’s oppression.
Israel shelled civilians sheltering in a UN compound.
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.
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.
The American Council on Science and Health is a corporate front group that spreads spin about scientific issues that affect business interests.
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.
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 […]
When ISIS forced Christians to leave Mosul, it stole their houses and even their portable property.
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. […]
One of Israel’s motives for war in Gaza is so it can advertise weapons exports as “field-tested”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How America Finances the Destruction in Gaza — and the Clean-Up.
San Diego has set up a network of state and private cameras that any thug can watch at any time.
Israel, backed by the West, responded to the Palestinian unity government with repression, which helped get the current war started.
Oh, Great: Robots Are Set to Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews.
Japanese officials ordered removal of a memorial to Korean forced laborers.
More about why HIV researchers call for decriminalization of sex work.
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.
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 […]
Citizens of Illinois, Maryland and New York: oppose state bills that would attack the right to boycott Israeli institutions.
The whole of the Great Barrier Reef is contaminated by toxic coal dust from Australian coal export.
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.
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.
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 […]
Anglophone countries are the world center of global heating denialism, perhaps due to the effect of the Murdoch media.
Jonathan Schell: how the US chose war, and declared its readiness to overthrow any government to impose plutocratic rule.
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.
Moroccan women protested the prime minister who told them to stay home and not work.
Turkish thugs have been accused of illegally spying on Prime Minister Erdo an and others, using falsified papers.
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.
An ID card to identify you as a human being.
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 […]
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.
India wants to interview the Tamil boat people who are imprisoned on an Australian ship.
The UK government demonstrated its contempt for the environment yet again by appointing a fracking flunky to head the Environmental Agency.
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.
The Koch brothers spend hundreds of millions to influence politics, through a maze of twisty channels all different.
Iran has finished the promised dilution of its most enriched uranium.
How opponents of same-sex marriage distort the history of marriage.
The idea of a “type A personality”, with health problems due to stress, was constructed by the tobacco industry.
The US military is responsible for around 5% of world greenhouse gas emissions.
Al Jazeera says Israeli troops fired at its building in Gaza.
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.
Gush Shalom calls for an end to the bombardment of Gaza.
US citizens: tell Subway to stop making staff work while sick and stop firing them for going to the hospital.
Violent pogroms against Arabs are spreading in Israel as many say they want to exterminate the inhabitants of Gaza.
President Obama Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT People from Workplace Discrimination.
Giving Up Beef Will Reduce Carbon Footprint More Than Cars, Says Expert.
China is using fake Twitter accounts, masquerading as famous people, to promote its occupation of Tibet.
Time Magazine says the US economy is doing great, judging based on the rich and the fossil fuel companies.
Two UK MPs will ask a court to reject the UK’s “emergency“ surveillance law.
How UK’s Terrorism Law Targets Words, Not Just Guns And Bombs.
It turns out that climate models accurately model the rate of Earth’s surface heating, when not fooled by El Niño/La Niña.
If you stand for freedom or resist the rich, you have something to fear from an omniscient state that supports the rich.
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.
US citizens: call on the Senate to reject Republican plans to block new US National Monuments.
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.
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.
US citizens: support the Paycheck Fairness Act. More information about it.
How the Internet makes it easy to create antedated “predictions” for fraud.
Coral cover in the Great Barrier Reef has fallen by half since the 1980s.
US citizens: tell Congress to support the Hide No Harm Act.
India’s censorship law is being used to persecute a critic of Modi.
All The Big Broadband Players Support FCC’s Proposed Rules… Which Says All You Need To Know.
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 […]
State legislators that support voter-ID laws show a strong statistical tendency to discriminate against Latinos.
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.
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 […]
The Rising Global Movement That Calls for #noTTIP.
The US keeps lots of information about everyone’s airline ticket purchases and appears to keep it for at least 10 years.
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.
Even in Isolated, Pristine Tasmania, Pressure to Allow GMO Farming.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
Everyone: Call on NBC News to let Ayman Mohyeldin go back to Gaza.
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 […]
WHO calls for an end to treating drug users as criminals.
Israeli soldiers are in streets fighting in Gaza. Thousands of civilians are trying to flee, but no place is safe.
A wildfire in the state of Washington has burned 340 square miles.
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 […]
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.
“Counter-terrorist” tactics can be effective against a small underground group, but not against an insurgency with popular support.
Why so many children flee from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador can be traced to what the US did to those countries.
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.
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.
New York thugs killed a man by putting him in a chokehold. They had no reason to attack him in the first place.