“The terrorists showed what frightens them most: a girl with a book.” Inspired by these words spoken by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier this month, people all over the world have started posting photos of girls with books online and you are invited to be take part!
Find out how you can get involved.
Photo shared with us on Twitter of a young girl in Palestine.
6 months agoOctober 29, 2012 64 notes Reblog
While the Obama administration has been soft on pursuing justice for victims of Bush-era human rights violations, it’s at least comforting to know that the US court system is picking up a teensy bit of the slack. On Monday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 decision that a civil lawsuit brought by two American men against Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the US government alleges sufficient evidence to proceed.
1 year agoAugust 10, 2011 8 notes Reblog
Via: Torrent Freak
Talks on implementing a Europe-wide firewall to censor and block ‘illicit’ websites has caused concern among many Internet users in recent weeks, and today one of the targeted sites has joined the discussion. Quoting one of Churchill’s most famous speeches, The Pirate Bay team is rallying the public to defend the free Internet and end the threat posed by the entertainment industries’ copyright lobby.
In February, a secret meeting of the European Union’s Law Enforcement Work Party (LEWP) resulted in a worrying proposal.
To deal with illicit sites on the Internet, the group suggested the adoption of a China-like firewall to block websites deemed ‘inappropriate’. The controversial proposal immediately met resistance from various sides, including ISPs who would be tasked with maintaining the blocklist.
First it is for copyright protection, then it is for subversives, read the entire piece.
2 years agoMay 17, 2011 9 notes Reblog
Via: iCite - Jodi Dean
Five days after the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a voluminous report detailing the criminal activities of the banks and credit rating firms that precipitated the 2008 Wall Street crash and global recession, one of the named culprits, Standard & Poor’s Credit Ratings Services, issued an ultimatum to the White House and Congress demanding an agreement on savage austerity measures ahead of the 2012 elections.
In lowering its outlook from “stable” to “negative” on the top AAA rating for US Treasury bonds, S&P spoke Monday for the entire financial mafia that is headquartered on Wall Street. The ratings firm declared in a press release that failure to reach an agreement in the coming months to reduce the federal deficit by at least $4 trillion over the next decade “could lead us to lower the rating.”
This amounts to a threat to crash the US and global economy and undermine the status of the dollar as the world reserve currency. The move is part of an internationally orchestrated drive by the major banks and speculators to push through devastating attacks on the living standards of the American working class.
They are applying to the United States the extortionate methods used previously to stoke up speculative attacks on the sovereign debt of a number of European countries, including Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain. S&P and its major ratings rivals Moody’s and Fitch have issued strategically timed credit warnings and downgrades to create a crisis atmosphere, which governments have then utilized to override popular opposition and impose mass layoffs and wage cuts and shred social programs.
John Chambers, chairman of the sovereign ratings committee at S&P, virtually admitted as much, according to a report in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal. The Journal wrote: “If the US reaches a British-style resolution, S&P will restore the US outlook to stable, Mr. Chambers said.”
In May of 2009, S&P lowered Britain’s credit outlook. It reversed the action 17 months later after the newly elected Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government announced a program of draconian cuts that will shatter the country’s social safety net.
2 years agoApril 24, 2011 2 notes Reblog
The US Government Keeps Harassing a UW Researcher Who Speaks for WikiLeaks
Via: The Stranger
April 6, 2011
One day after being detained at the Canadian border trying to enter Washington State, Jacob Appelbaum jokes about writing the first Yelp reviews of all of our nation’s airport detention areas. “Two thumbs up my ass,” he quips, referring to the invasive welcome he gets every time he reenters the country.
Read update on the harassment of @ioerror a developer of the TOR Project
2 years agoApril 7, 2011 1 note Reblog
Finding words that do justice to a momentous event is always difficult — especially so, perhaps, in the age of Internet trawling, when a wary eye needs to be kept for the bothersome baggage that may be attached to the perfect-sounding expression. There is an easy mechanism, also time-hallowed, for winnowing out what may be right from what is clearly wrong: it’s called reading.
2 years agoApril 7, 2011 15 notes Reblog
“[A]s CIA covert action roars back in places like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen, a detailed, public examination of such major past operations would provide both citizens and policymakers with needed perspective and caution,” Stephen Weissman trenchantly observes in a new piece in the Christian Science Monitor. So why he asks, are past covert ops being covered up by the State Department?
Worth a look…
The answer is, I imagine, incredibly simple. There are two things the intelligence community safeguards at all costs: sources and methods. We still use some of the tactics that were used back in the day in Congo and Iran. Many of our methods are the same. And, I’m willing to bet, many of our sources are still alive and active as well.
I will add that those methods are likely highly illegal and are shared by pirates, thugs and criminals.
2 years agoMarch 28, 2011 10 notes Reblog
Read all about it, Rumsfeld, Bush and crew cooked up a list of reasons to invade Iraq in November 2001. Its called a war of aggression and its against International Law.
Via: Juan Cole
2 years agoSeptember 25, 2010 5 notes Reblog