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Global Banks Have Become A Mafia Criminal Enterprise

Global Banks Have Become A Mafia Criminal Enterprise http://www.daftblogger.com/global-banks-have-become-an-enterprise-criminal-mafia/ http://www.911forum.org.uk/board/viewtopic.php?p=167535#167535 By former Metropolitan Police Detective Rowan Bosworth-Davies In August 2012, I wrote a response to a British Parliamentary Commission public request for evidence concerning the state of the British Banking ...

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Internet Censorship Increases in Pakistan

There has been increasing evidence of the active role that many governments and states across the world are taking in internet censorship. Over the last few days the Pakistan Government have been facing a dilemma which is affecting many countries. ...

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JJ Abrams Planned Lost Ending From The Start?

According to a press release, apparently from Bad Robot, the production company behind the hit series, Lost, show creator JJ Abrams had planned the final scene from the very start. There is no official word that the release is official, ...

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Anonymous Surfing – No Chance in the UK

If anyone had any vague ideas that what they do online is private then the recently released figures from Google should dispel that myth. Google has released figures based on the following – “Requests from government agencies around the world ...

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Students hail retreat by elite universities

By Lizzie Cocker Students have celebrated a stunning victory after the Russell Group of elite universities bowed to demands for all its submissions to the tuition fees review to be made public. The Aldwych Group, which represents students from the ...

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‘Minority Report’ Technology On The Way

Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Craig Mundie, has stated that ‘Minority Report’ technology is only three years away. Soon we could see computer technology allow human interaction that can currently only be seen in Hollywood. “The gains that are ...

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Oil Spill Could Cost USA More Than $14 billion

The oil spill heading toward Louisiana from the Deepwater Horizon rig could exceed $14 billion, according to analysts. In the two weeks since the explosion BP has said that it was spending $6 million a day on the clean up ...

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Government caves in to pressure from Bush

The real purpose of George Bush’s visit to London became clear this afternoon, as Des Browne was set to announce more British troops are to be sent to Afghanistan, and Bush and Gordon Brown declared their intention to enforce further ...

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Commons report: British “surveillance society”

QAS | The Commons’ home affairs committee has submitted a report warning of the danger of Britain becoming a surveillance society. The report calls on the government to promise the proposed ID card scheme will not be used to spy ...

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Our Government’s Dirty Little Secrets

By George Galloway | A Government ready to rely on those friends of liberty, the Democratic Unionist party, to shred the liberties of our own people are almost by definition unembarrassable, but I hope this evening to add to the ...

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Change, What Change?

CounterPunch | On Tuesday June 3 Barack Obama claimed the greatest prize the Democratic Party can offer, namely his nomination as its candidate for the presidency. The very next day the salesman of “change” raced from Minnesota back to Washington ...

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It’s Conyers’s Time to Act on Impeachment

Dennis Kucinich is saying exactly what you were saying before you became chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Now you have the power. Use it. To hell with Pelosi and Hoyer. By Matthew Rothschild | Now. Not to delay. Not ...

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Democracy in the EU Institutions

Blair Watch | There is much debate over the Irish rejection of the Lisbon treaty, but what I’m finding interesting is how a democratic decision by an electorate is regarded in the EU institutions. Remember, most nations have ratified the ...

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A New Kind Of Corporate Slavery

Corporations are getting rich using federal prisoners as captive labor pools. By Betty Brink | Unless she’s dying or recovering from surgery, a patient at the Federal Medical Center-Carswell must work. The hospital out on the banks of Lake Worth ...

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A Cynic’s Guide To 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

The Wolverhampton Radiophonic Institute has just broadcast a  seventeen minute documentary which examines the British Truth Movement. The show includes Paul Stott of 9/11 CultWatch and John White of the 9/11 Truth Movement. The show highlights some of the uglier sides to the British ...

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Exposing Bush Administration Corruption

By Stephen Lendman – RINF | Information for this article comes from long-time business, finance and political writer and analyst Bob Chapman who publishes the bi-weekly International Forecaster. It’s power-packed with key information and a valued source for this writer. ...

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Are We Pro-Slavery?

By Walter Williams | Let’s do a thought experiment asking whether Americans are for or against slavery. You might say, “What are you talking about, Williams? We fought a war that cost over 600,000 lives to end slavery!” To get started, ...

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Biometric scans raise spectre of Big Brother workplaces

Management-Issues | As the FBI embarks on a $1bn programme to build the world’s largest computer database of peoples’ physical characteristics, UK employers are being warned they need to think long and hard before introducing biometric technology such as iris, ...

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Can the US empire strike back?

By Alex Callinicos | Despite opposing the war, Obama is committed to US imperialism. Imagine, in a galaxy far, far away, an empire in decline. A disastrous military adventure and the rise of new powers have exposed its weakness. To ...

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Washington ordered destruction of Guantánamo interrogation records

By Bill Van Auken | In another confirmation of the criminal character of Washington’s handling of so-called “enemy combatants,” a “Standard Operating Procedure” manual has come to light that explicitly instructs US interrogators at the American prison camp in Guantánamo ...

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Big Brother Britain

Employers could find themselves in hot water if they decide to follow a new government plan to record and store all of Britain’s emails, phone calls and text messages say lawyers at Glovers Solicitors. With privacy rights jeopardised, employers who ...

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Presidential Directive Demands Widespread Sharing of Biometrics

By Matthew Rothschild | Big Brother wants your irises. George Bush just issued a directive to expand the acquisition of biometric information, and to ensure that agencies across the executive branch share it. And the Bush Administration may give it ...

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Airport Scanners Do Virtual Strip Search

By Thomas Frank | Body-scanning machines that show images of people underneath their clothing are being installed in 10 of the nation’s busiest airports in one of the biggest public uses of security devices that reveal intimate body parts.The Transportation ...

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Potential Future Hyperinflation

By Stephen Lendman – RINF | Walter “John” Williams thinks out of the box. He makes disquieting reading, but you won’t find him in the mainstream. At least not often. He runs a “Shadow Government Statistics” site with an electronic ...

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Cheney Enrages Iraqis Over Security Deal

By GARY LEUPP | Dick Cheney wants the Iraqi government installed by the U.S. occupation to sign a “security pact” with Washington by the end of July. (The pact, including a status-of-forces agreement, would be signed by the U.S. president ...

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Have Government officials broken EU rules?

IC Wales | QUESTIONS have been raised over whether European rules are being broken in the running of a new £92m business grant scheme. The concerns follow a meeting at the Holland House Hotel in Cardiff on Thursday, when senior ...

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Rome Food Conference

IPA | As government leaders from around the world meet at the U.N. food conference in Rome, nonprofit organizations have also been meeting there. The following analysts are available for a limited number of interviews and are in contact with ...

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Committee calls for database prudence

Kable’s Government Computing | The government should vow to collect only essential data on people and hold it only for as long as is necessary, the Home Affairs Select Committee has recommended. The committee says that decisions to create new ...

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Profiting from Iraq’s occupation

By Harry Cohen | The British in Basra are unpopular and mostly ineffective. The last survey of Basra residents by BBC Newsnight indicated that 86 per cent believe British troops have had a negative effect on the Iraqi province since ...

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Senate report on Bush war lies: Another cover-up of war crimes

By Barry Grey | The Senate Intelligence Committee report issued Thursday on the Bush administration’s use of phony intelligence in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq is yet another exercise in damage control, aimed at concealing the full scope ...

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Iraq: New US plan for total control

Socialist Worker | Revealed: George Bush’s plan to impose ‘security accords’ that will mean 400 permanent military bases and US personnel given green light to kill. George Bush is ending the pretence that Iraq is a “democratic state”. He is ...

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Chavez Revamps His Intelligence Services: The Corporate Media React

By Stephen Lendman – RINF | Reports keep surfacing about new threats against Hugo Chavez. Given past ones, they can’t be taken lightly. Chavez is alerted and reacts accordingly. Case in point: revamping Venezuela’s decades old intelligence services. It’s long ...

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US Walks Away from UN Human Rights Council

Human Rights Watch | A decision by the United States to disengage from the UN Human Rights Council amounts to an abandonment of human rights defenders and victims, Human Rights Watch said today. The United States announced today at its daily ...

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Hunger strike as protest to Guantánamo charges

By Andy Worthington | This has been a disturbing week for British resident and Guantánamo prisoner Binyam Mohamed, who endured two and a half years of torture at the hands of Pakistani agents, the CIA, and the United States’ proxy ...

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10 reasons why organic can feed the world

By Ed Hamer & Mark Anslow | 1. Yield Switching to organic farming would have different effects according to where in the world you live and how you currently farm. Studies show that the less-industrialised world stands to benefit the ...

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The First Signs of “Peak Gas”?

By Andy Rowell | Consumers the world over are beginning to protest at the huge gasoline prices they are paying at the pump. But whilst the world goes crazy over the oil prices, there are worrying signs about what is ...

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Spying Telecoms Receive Billions in Government Contracts

By Kurt Opsahl | The telecoms who are being sued for their cooperation in the government’s illegal warrantless surveillance program have received billions in government contracts. According to Washington Technology magazine, Verizon received $1.3 billion, Sprint $839 million and AT&T $505 million ...

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The desperation of Hillary Clinton’s campaign

By Clarence Lusane | Sen. Hillary Clinton has disgracefully pursued a disturbing strategy of racial opportunism. Since early March, when Sen. Barack Obama racked up victory after victory in states that were, in some instances, overwhelmingly white and, in others, ...

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Blair/Brown ‘pretend society’ exposed

Via UK Watch | It all seems rather silly now, but it was not so long ago that many on the liberal left fully expected the Gordon Brown coronation to deliver a significant change of political direction rather than a ...

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Urgent Appeal from Iraqi Oil Workers

From US Labor Against the War | We have just received an urgent message from Hassan Juma’a Awad, President of the Iraq Federation of Oil Unions. A translation follows below. The action he reports represents a dangerous escalation of the ...

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Noam Chomsky on Marijuana

By John Veit – HIGH TIMES MAGAZINE | A hundred years from now, Avram Noam Chomsky is going to figure in the history books as the prime voice of conscience, dissent and reason in the wars and social catastrophes of the ...

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On Trial for Protesting a Weapons Maker

By Socialist Worker | Eamonn McCann is a founder of the 1960s civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, a veteran socialist and trade unionist, and one of Ireland’s most widely read journalists. He is the author of War and an Irish ...

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White House fed war propaganda to a “complicit” media

By Bill Van Auken | In a stunning blow to what very little remains of the Bush administration’s political credibility, the president’s former press secretary Scott McClellan has published a book indicting the White House for launching an “unnecessary” war ...

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How McCain Has Supported Bush

By Jason Rosenbaum | CQ’s Presidential Support studies try to determine how often a legislator votes in line with the President’s position: CQ tries to determine what the president personally, as distinct from other administration officials, does and does not want in ...

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UN chief “shocked” over Zimbabwe’s murdered activists

Geneva – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said she was shocked Wednesday by the news that several more political activists had been found murdered in Zimbabwe. She condemned the killings as well as the continuing harassment ...

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The Genealogy of Torture and Democracy

By Shannon Jones | The horrifying scenes of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the mistreatment of detainees at the US concentration camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba have brought the issue of the officially sanctioned state use ...

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Brown: To Be More Than an Accessory to War Crimes

By Tariq Ali | Power can shape “truth”, but not for ever. That is one lesson that could be learned from the series of electoral defeats that mark the end of New Labour’s weightless hegemony. There is something grotesque about the ...

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A Real Inside Job; Anthrax

After Downing Street | Someone just pointed this out to me. FBI claims to be continuing anthrax investigation. They’ve narrowed it to “about four” suspects and “at least three” of them are from Fort Detrick. FBI Focusing on ‘About Four’ ...

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Orwellian Ubiquitous Computing?

By Daniel Taylor | “…just by walking down the street you could be subject to a personal biometric system, you could be scanned by the gateway of the transit system, there could be something embedded in the street or in ...

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Appeal from Tony Benn / Stop the War Coalition

By Tony Benn | The destruction of Iraq continues; its people killed amidst bombings and atrocities, a million or more dead, many more than two million driven from their homes, the social and economic infrastructure shattered. In Afghanistan the US ...

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American Psychological Association Supports Torture

By Stephen Soldz | Since 2005, the American Psychological Association (APA) has steadfastly asserted that psychologists participating in detainee interrogations protects detainees by helping to keep these interrogations “safe, legal, ethical, and effective.” Last week, the APA’s Ethics Director Stephen ...

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Students Denied Legal Aid

SchNews | Reckon students are all bone-idle skiving filth who haven’t even got the wit to tie their shoelaces properly? Well then you’d be in disagreement with Judge Parsons (of Brighton magistrates). He’s just refused legal aid to seven students ...

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Lorry drivers to shut down London roads in protest

Lorry drivers are to pour into London tomorrow for what organisers hope will be the largest-ever fuel duty protest in the capital. Hauliers are angry at soaring fuel prices which have resulted in the average cost of diesel passing far ...

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Path Intelligence – Phorm for shopping centres?

Spy Blog | Just in case you thought that Phorm was the only threat to your privacy, here is an example of similar “no opt out” snooping technology being installed in the infrastructure of a public space, a shopping centre, ...

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Indictment and Trial of Bush and Cheney

By David Swanson | Remarks made on May 24, 2008, in Radford, Va., at the Building a New World Conference: http://www.wpaconference.org. In a December 31, 2007, editorial, the New York Times faulted the current president and vice president of the ...

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The War on Drugs – ’30 Years of Failure’

Radley Balko | HBO’s critically acclaimed drama The Wire wrapped up its final season in March. The show has been widely praised for its raw and cynical realism, its huge cast of multidimensional characters interweaving across complex story arcs, and ...

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Indymedia Responds to SHIfT article

Indymedia | Before turning to the article, it is worth noting that the issue’s Editorial makes similar allegations about Indymedia UK. “For many of us,” it starts, “a visit to Indymedia UK is a frustrating experience.” “Most exasperating,” it then ...

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US: Respect Rights of Child Detainees in Iraq

Human Rights Watch | US forces in Iraq should ensure that children it takes into custody are treated according to their status as children, and given prompt judicial review and access to independent monitors, Human Rights Watch said today. On ...

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Mass Funding For War While There’s Poverty At Home

By Paul Craig Roberts | The US Senate has voted $165 billion to fund Bush’s wars of aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq through next spring. As the US is broke and deep in debt, every one of the $165 billion ...

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TV News Stresses Strategy, Downplays Issues

TV news coverage of the presidential primaries has focused on campaign strategy rather than candidates’ stands on issues, and gave some candidates 100 times more coverage than others, according to a new study by FAIR. FAIR studied primary election coverage ...

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Indymedia and Anti-Semitism

Shift Magazine | For many of us a visit to Indymedia UK is a frustrating experience. Its open publishing newswire reveals an array of bizarre opinion posts, advertisements for activist meetings, petition requests and photo stories mixed in with the ...

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London bus drivers to get DNA ‘spit kits’

London’s bus drivers who are spat at will be able to collect the saliva in a DNA ‘spit kit’ so the assailant can be identified when their saliva samples are sent off to the police national database for analysis. The ...

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Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

By Sam Gardiner | Earlier in the week the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) issued another of its dossiers.  This one addresses nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. Remember the IISS track record with dossiers?  Their most famous report ...

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“Immoral Hazard” – A review of Jeremy Grantham’s book

By Stephen Lendman – RINF | So says Jeremy Grantham, co-founder of Boston-based investment firm Grantham, Mayo and Van Otterloo, now known as GMO. Some call him the philosopher king of Wall Street because of his highly insightful views on ...

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Rice’s Lies About Torture

By Dave Lindorff | Is anyone surprised that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says that the Bush/Cheney administration’s authorization of torture of captives has been consistently legal and in compliance with all treaties the US has signed, including the Geneva ...

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Here Come the Trials: A Military Commissions Cheat Sheet

By Joanne Mariner | In the more than six years since President George Bush first announced the creation of military commissions to prosecute detainees allegedly responsible for terrorism, war crimes, and other misdeeds, there has not been a single full-blown ...

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Criminal DNA left unchecked for 13 months

PSCA | A report has found “significant shortcomings” in the Crown Prosecution’s Service’s (CPS) data handling. In January 2007 Dutch police sent a disc containing 2,159 DNA profiles from crime scenes so the UK police could analyse them. However, the ...

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Consciousness of Guilt: Genocide in Iraq?

Counterpunch | Despite the precipitous plunge in his popularity and growing criticism of his competency, character, and style, George W. Bush is not really that much different from other presidents with respect to his hegemonic ambitions or his proclivity to use ...

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UK may store all phone calls and emails

New Scientist | The UK government is considering a massive database to store every person’s emails, phone calls, text messages and internet use. The plan was suggested as a tool to help security forces tackling crime and terrorism. At the ...

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FBI Report Details Guantánamo War Crimes

By ERIC LICHTBLAU and SCOTT SHANE | In 2002, as evidence of prisoner mistreatment at Guantánamo Bay began to mount, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at the base created a “war crimes file” to document accusations against American military personnel, but ...

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CIA death squads killing with “impunity” in Afghanistan

By Joe Kay | A United Nations investigator released a preliminary report last week citing widespread civilian deaths in Afghanistan, often at the hands of unaccountable units led by the CIA or other foreign intelligence agencies. The investigator is Philip ...

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Why should we pay the Orwellian licence fee?

By Patrick West | Some government public information services or advertisements on behalf of state services never change. Drink-driving awareness adverts invariably feature a before-and-after narrative, beginning with people shown having a merry old time at the pub, and ending ...

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Iran busts CIA terror network

Tehran Times – TEHRAN | The Intelligence Ministry on Saturday released details of the detection and dismantling of a terrorist network affiliated to the United States. In a coordinated operation on May 7, Iranian intelligence agents arrested the terrorist network’s members, ...

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Propaganda and the media

By Joseph L. Galloway | Once upon a time, it was widely believed that one of the greatest sins the U.S. government or its temporary political masters could commit was to turn a propaganda machine loose on the American people. ...

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Cluster Bomb Ban Opposed by US, China, Russia

By Nick Cumming-Bruce – GENEVA | Believe the advocates of a treaty banning cluster munitions, and the international community is about to take a decisive step toward curbing the use of a weapon that inflicts terrible suffering, particularly on civilians. Believe ...

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Is the Creative Internet Just About Dead?

By Annalee Newitz | A couple of weeks ago I went to the annual Maker Faire in San Mateo, an event where people from all over the world gather for a giant DIY technology show-and-tell extravaganza. There are robots, kinetic sculptures, ...

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‘Challenging Authority’

By Stephen Lendman – RINF | Frances Fox Piven is a Canadian-born Professor of Political Science and Sociology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Her career is long and distinguished. She’s the recipient of numerous awards, ...

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Torture Policies Undermine 9/11 Case

By Jason Leopold | The Pentagon’s decision to drop war-crimes charges against Mohammed al-Qahtani, the alleged “20th hijacker” in the 9/11 attacks, again underscores the consequences of the Bush administration’s descent into torture and other abusive treatment of “war on ...

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Top Activist’s Detention Blot on Democracy

By Praful Bidwai | Protests are mounting all over the world against the year-long detention of Dr. Binayak Sen, a distinguished Indian human rights and health activist, under draconian laws in the central state of Chhattisgarh. Sen, national vice president ...

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President Bush should be impeached for war crimes

By Bill Wickersham | Bill Wickersham is an adjunct professor of Peace Studies at MU, a member of Veterans for Peace and a member of the national steering committee of Global Action to Prevent War.In June 2004, the Bush Administration ...

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Domestic Spying Far Outpaces Terrorism Prosecutions

By Richard B. Schmitt | The number of Americans being secretly wiretapped or having their financial and other records reviewed by the government has continued to increase as officials aggressively use powers approved after the Sept. 11 attacks. But the ...

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UK gets new James Bond-style data centre

By Nicole Kobie | SAVVIS’ new data centre will use biometrics, weight-sensitive entrance floor panels, bullet-proof glass, ‘man traps’ and CCTV for security. A newly-announced UK data centre set to open at the end of the year will feature top ...

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MoD begins full UFO-files public release

By Lewis Page | The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has begun releasing its voluminous files regarding unidentified flying objects, aerial phenomena, possible alien visitations etc. The documents will all become available to the public via the National Archives over ...

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Ex-Guantanamo detainees to sue US

By Akhtar Amin | Two former Guantanamo Bay prisoners from Sudan, who were picked up from Peshawar, are demanding an apology and planning to sue the United States after spending five years behind bars at the US detention facility in ...

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UK to hold inquiry into Iraqi killings, victims of torture

IRNA | Defense Secretary Des Browne announced Wednesday an independent inquiry into the death and torture of Iraqi civilians in the custody of British soldiers. The inquiry will be held into the 2003 death of Basra hotel worker Baha Mousa, ...

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Italian PM witness in CIA rendition trial

A Milan judge ruled Wednesday that Prime Minster Silvio Berlusconi and his predecessor Romano Prodi, can be called as witnesses in a trial on the alleged abduction of a terrorism suspect by agents of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). ...

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Data Mining Your Life

By Carlton Meyer | Few Americans pay attention to the Bush administration’s effort to better monitor terrorist communications. In short, federal authorities want to indirectly void the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which requires a warrant signed by a ...

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VIDEO: The Corporation

This is an extraordinary film about the creation of the American corporation, its legal organizational model, its global economic dominance and its psychopathic tendencies, and its incredible ambition to influence every aspect of culture in its unrelenting pursuit of profit. ...

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Feds to Collect Millions of DNA Profiles Yearly

By Ryan Singel | The feds will soon be collecting about one million DNA samples a year under a new program that lets federal agents collect cheek swabs from citizens merely arrested for any federal crime or from any non-citizen detained by federal agents — including ...

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Extradition of Paramilitary Chiefs – a Blow to Truth

By Constanza Vieira | Fourteen former paramilitary chiefs were quietly extradited from Colombia to the United States before dawn on Tuesday on drug trafficking charges, in a move that drew criticism from human rights experts. The militia chiefs were safe ...

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Guantánamo Has Backfired Dreadfully

By George Monbiot | When we learned last week that Abdallah Salih al-Ajmi had blown himself up in Mosul in northern Iraq, the US government presented this as a vindication of its policies. Al-Ajmi was a former inmate of the ...

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Executions sought for 9/11 defendants

By Carol J. Williams | The head of the Pentagon’s war crimes tribunal approved death penalty charges Tuesday against five alleged Sept. 11 conspirators, including confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. Prosecution of a sixth suspect, so-called 20th hijacker Mohammed ...

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How Pot Became Demonized

The following is an excerpt from “Dying to Get High” by Wendy Chapkis and Richard J. Webb (NYU Press, 2008). (c) 2008 NYU Press. Reproduced by permission of the publisher. For many modern critics, the concept of “medical marijuana” is ...

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Human rights ‘loopholes’ condemned

PA | A senior police officer has launched a scathing attack on the use of the Human Rights Act by murderers and rapists to protect themselves from UK law. Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Gregg said dangerous criminals were trying to ...

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Massive earthquake in China kills at least 10,000

By John Chan | At least 10,000 people were killed when an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude on the Richter scale hit the south-western Chinese province of Sichuan at 2:28 p.m. on Monday. The death toll is climbing continuously as bodies ...

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Weapons Were Not Made In Iran After All

In a sharp reversal of its longstanding accusations against Iran arming militants in Iraq , the US military has made an unprecedented albeit quiet confession: the weapons they had recently found in Iraq were not made in Iran at all. ...

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The Culture of Capitalism

By Jonathan Rutherford | We are living through an age of transition. The new co-exists with the old. We can identify political, economic and cultural elements of this change, but we do not yet have a way of describing the ...

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US drops 9/11 ‘hijacker’ charges

The Pentagon has dropped charges against a man alleged to have been the “20th hijacker” in the September 11 attacks, his US military defence lawyer has said. Mohammed al-Qahtani, who is being held at a US military jail at Guantanamo ...

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UK must pursue war crimes investigations

Amnesty International UK today expressed disappointment that despite six months of investigation, the United Kingdom authorities have not been able to amass sufficient evidence to determine whether it is possible to mount a successful prosecution of a Sri Lankan commander ...

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Bush Administration Sued for Allowing Use of Pesticides

By Jo Hartley | Environmental and farm worker groups have now sued the Bush administration for allowing the continued use of four pesticides. They claim that the government brushed aside its own evidence that the chemicals are toxic to workers, ...

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