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The Siege Of Julian Assange Is A Farce

Posted 20/11/2014

 RT

 by John Pilger

Julian Assange (via Startpage/Images)Julian Assange (via Startpage/Images)

The siege of Knightsbridge is a farce. For two years, an exaggerated, costly police presence around the Ecuadorean embassy in London has served no purpose other than to flaunt the power of the state.

Their quarry is an Australian charged with no crime, a refugee from gross injustice whose only security is the room given him by a brave South American country. His true crime is to have initiated a wave of truth-telling in an era of lies, cynicism and war.

The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Even the British government clearly believes it must end. On 28 October, the deputy foreign minister, Hugo Swire, told Parliament he would “actively welcome” the Swedish prosecutor in London and “we would do absolutely everything to facilitate that”. The tone was impatient.

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He who controls the food chain...

Posted 16/4/2014

Britain is the only G8 country where the Redcross is supplying food aid.

Are benefit reforms to blame?

Here's The Independent's take on it..

The shocking scale of food poverty in Britain is exposed today by new figures showing record numbers of people are reliant on handouts because of punitive benefits sanctions.

 

More than 900,000 people were given emergency food in the past year, an increase of 163 per cent, according to figures from the Trussell Trust, the biggest food bank charity. The explosion in demand has coincided with an increase in those seeking help following a benefit sanction.IndependentIndependent

A coalition of anti-poverty charities, including the Trussell Trust, claims the figures show that the UK is breaching international law by violating the human right to food.

Separately, 600 church leaders from all major denominations, including 36 Anglican bishops, are writing to the Government today, calling for urgent action to address hunger among the poor.

The letter will say that Lent has been “a time of sorrowful reflection” on the huge rise of those using food banks. It marks the biggest Christian intervention on UK food poverty in modern times.

In its most hard-hitting report to date, the Trussell Trust said the Government’s use of sanctions was “increasingly harsh” and that half of those referred to food banks in 2013-14 were as a result of benefit delays or changes. Eight out of 10 of their food banks saw more cases relating to benefit sanctions over the past year. Tougher punishments for those on jobseeker’s allowance were introduced by the Coalition last October, raising the minimum sanction from one to four weeks. Benefits can now be stopped for up to three years.

In total, 913,138 people received three days’ emergency food from Trussell Trust food banks in 2013-14, compared with 346,992 in 2012-13

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Censoring The internet - A Selection Of Stories That Have Emerged This Week

Posted 23/3/2014

By @AuntieBrainwash

YouTube Shuts Down Major Alternative Media Channel Days After Government Given Powers to Flag “Extremist Content”

Mark Dice’s YouTube channel was shut down just days after the company handed government agencies powers to flag “extremist content” for removal. Coincidence?

From Infowars

 google imagesgoogle imagesTurkey blocks use of Twitter after prime minister attacks social media site

The Guardian

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatens to 'root out' social media network where wiretapped recordings have been leaked

Turkey restricted access to Twitter hours after its prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, threatened to "root out" the social media network where wiretapped recordings have been leaked, damaging the government's reputation ahead of local elections.

Some users trying to use Twitter were taken to a statement apparently from Turkey's telecommunications regulator (TIB).

The statement cited four court orders as the basis for blocking the site, where some users in recent weeks have posted voice recordings and documents purportedly showing evidence of corruption among Erdoğan's inner circle. It said that action had been taken against Twitter as a "protection measure".

 

The above Theresa May account is a parody

Theresa May warns Yahoo that its move to Dublin is a security worry

The Guardian

Internet firm is known to be unhappy about snooping and would be under no obligation to hand over material under Irish laws to Dublin is a security worry

Theresa May called the meeting with Yahoo to express the fears of Britain’s counter-terrorism investigators. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Theresa May summoned the internet giant Yahoo for an urgent meeting on Thursday to raise security concerns after the company announced plans to move to Dublin where it is beyond the reach of Britain's surveillance laws.

By making the Irish capital rather than London the centre of its European, Middle East and Africa operations, Yahoo cannot be forced to hand over information demanded by Scotland Yard and the intelligence agencies through "warrants" issued under Britain's controversial anti-terror laws.

Yahoo has had longstanding concerns about securing the privacy of its hundreds of millions of users – anxieties that have been heightened in recent months by revelations from the whistleblower Edward Snowden.

In February, the Guardian revealed that Britain's eavesdropping centre GCHQ intercepted and stored the images of millions of people using Yahoo webcams, regardless of whether they were suspects. The data included a large quantity of sexually explicit pictures.

The company said this represented "a whole new level of violation of our users' privacy".

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HRW: Women's Rights Declining In Afghanistan

Posted 23/1/2014

Al Jazeera

HRW report says women's rights in Afghanistan declined during 2013 as the world loses interest in the country.

Afghanistan’s human rights situation has regressed in key areas during 2013, increasing uncertainty about the country’s future, Human Rights Watch has said.

Startpage.comStartpage.comThe 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of international armed forces and continued debate over the presence of US troops beyond 2014 have negatively affected the Afghan government's policies on human rights, HRW reported.

An extensive world report by HRW found that the Afghan government under President Hamid Karzai had made a series of decisions in 2013 that undermined human rights, particularly those of women and girls.

"There was continued instability and declining respect for human rights in the country over the past year. This was reflected in attacks on women’s rights," the report said.

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Former Foxconn Managers Detained In A Bribery Case

Posted 23/1/2014

New York Times

SHANGHAI — Authorities in Taiwan detained several former managers of Foxconn Technology on Wednesday as part of a widening investigation into whether they accepted millions of dollars in bribes from the company’s supply-chain partners.

Foxconn - Image from Startpage.comFoxconn - Image from Startpage.comFoxconn, which is one of the world’s biggest electronics makers and a main supplier to Apple, said on Wednesday that the company was cooperating with investigators in Taiwan.

The investigation is another blow to the reputation of a company that has struggled in recent years with labor and worker safety problems, and even a spate of worker suicides at its Chinese facilities.

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Israel Approves More Illegal Settlement Homes

Posted 23/1/2014

Al Jazeera

Government approves 381 new homes near Ramallah, bringing to 2,530 the number of new homes signed off this year.

Givat Zeev, near Ramallah - Reuters via Al JazeeraGivat Zeev, near Ramallah - Reuters via Al JazeeraIsrael has moved ahead with plans for another 381 homes in the occupied West Bank, the third such announcement in two weeks and raising to 2,530 the number of new settler homes declared this year.

The new construction will be in Givat Zeev, an illegal settlement immediately south of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, Peace Now spokesman Lior Amihai told the AFP news agency on Tuesday.  

"The Israeli Civil Administration, which falls under the defence ministry, has published plans for the construction of 381 extra units in Givat Zeev," he said.

On January 6, Israel approved plans for 272 new homes in various illegal West Bank settlements. Four days later, it unveiled plans for more than 1,877 new units, some in occupied East Jerusalem.

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Japan Tells World To Stand Up To China Or Face Consequences

Posted 23/1/2014

Yahoo

Davos (Switzerland) (AFP) - Japan on Wednesday told the world it must stand up to an increasingly assertive China or risk a regional conflict with catastrophic economic consequences.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - Image from StartPage.comJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - Image from StartPage.comIn a landmark speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued what amounted to an appeal for international support in a potentially explosive dispute with its superpower neighbour over islands in the East China Sea.

"We must restrain military expansion in Asia ... which otherwise could go unchecked," Abe told the annual meeting of global business and political leaders, which Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is due to attend on Friday.

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UK Police Apply Pressure On Government For Water Cannons

Posted 22/1/2014

[Click here for RT article]

 Guardian

Police chiefs say water cannon are needed because 'austerity measures are likely to lead to continued protest'

(AFP Photo) via RT.com(AFP Photo) via RT.comChief constables are shortly to press the home secretary, Theresa May, to authorise the use of water cannon by any police force across England and Wales to deal with anticipated street protests.

The Association of Chief Police Officers says that the need to control continued protests "from ongoing and potential future austerity measures" justifies the introduction of water cannon across Britain for the first time.

The London mayor, Boris Johnson, has already announced a consultation on the introduction of water cannon on to the streets of London ready for use by this summer.

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Majority Of US College Campuses Becoming 'No-Free-Speech' Zones - Report

Posted 22/1/2014

RT

Reuters/Larry Downing via RT.comReuters/Larry Downing via RT.comDespite the explicit protections of the First Amendment, a majority of US institutions of higher learning enforce rules that severely restrict free speech on campus, according to a new study.

According to a report by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), 59 percent of US colleges and universities received a ‘red light’, meaning that the schools endorse policies that the watchdog group says impede on First Amendment rights.

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Drax Protesters' Undercover Police Case Convictions Quashed

Posted 22/1/2014

BBC

Twenty-nine people sentenced after a power station protest at which an undercover police officer was working have had their convictions quashed.

Mark Kennedy - Image from BBCMark Kennedy - Image from BBCProtesters boarded a freight train carrying coal to the Drax plant near Selby in North Yorkshire in June 2008.

The case against them involved undisclosed information gathered by undercover officer Mark Kennedy.

Court of Appeal judges quashed the convictions over a failure to disclose Mr Kennedy was working undercover.

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