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Mapping the Trayvon Martin Media Controversy | MIT Center for Civic Media

The first major analysis to use Media Cloud’s tools for the purposes of “controversy mapping” considered the emergence in nontraditional, online media of opposition to proposed SOPA-PIPA legislation. In contrast to SOPA-PIPA, the Trayvon Martin story occurred and unfolded substantially offline: the shooting of a black teenager eventually sparked a national debate across multiple media […]

NSA reportedly intercepting laptops purchased online to install spy malware | The Verge

While the report does not indicate the scope of the program, or who the NSA is targeting with such wiretaps, it\’s a unique look at the agency\’s collaborative efforts with the broader intelligence community to gain hard access to communications equipment. One of the products the NSA appears to use to compromise target electronics is […]

NSA program stopped no terror attacks, says White House panel member – Investigations

Stone was one of five members of the White House review panel – and the only one without any intelligence community experience – that this week produced a sweeping report recommending that the NSA’s collection of phone call records be terminated to protect Americans’ privacy rights.The panel made that recommendation after concluding that the program […]

Everyone Is a Criminal: On the Over-policing of America | The Nation

It will surprise no one that Americans are not all treated equally by the police. Law enforcement picks on kids more than adults, the queer more than straight, Muslims more than Methodists — Muslims a lot more than Methodists—antiwar activists more than the apolitical. Above all, our punitive state targets the poor more than the […]

An Inconvenient Truth behind Blazing Police Vehicles ~ Moncton Free Press

  Subsection 351 of the Canadian Constitution Act 1982 states: \”existing Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada are hereby recognized and affirmed.\” A Canadian government website says: \”Under the Peace and Friendship Treaties of 1760 and 1761 in the Maritimes, the Mi’kmaq and the Maliseet signatories did not surrender rights to […]

Veterans Are Being Threatened and Silenced by the US and UK Militaries | VICE Canada

Many people say we have fought for freedom and democracy. Given this consensus one might think veterans are as entitled as anybody to contribute to the political discourse, as serving senior officers regularly do. Not so.The American and British militaries clamped down on social media in the mid-2000s—on the grounds of security, they claim. The […]

Silencing journalists: An alarming global trend – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

Free speech and human rights organisations around the world have stood up to support Anouzla, while Moroccan organisations and publications have offered unprecedented support as well. \”The only reason Anouzla received a bit of breathing space is because activists and worried journalists across the world raised their voice,\” says Aouragh. \”We need to understand and […]

Exclusive: White House Official Fired for Tweeting Under Fake Name – The Daily Beast

During his time tweeting under the @natsecwonk name, Joseph openly criticized the policies of his White House bosses and often insulted their intellect and appearance. At different times, he insulted or criticized several top White House and State Department officials, including former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, Secretary of […]

Wax Poetics » Music Industry Confession

Between the late 80′s and early 90’s, I was what you may call a “decision maker” with one of the more established company in the music industry. I came from Europe in the early 80’s and quickly established myself in the business. The industry was different back then. Since technology and media weren’t accessible to […]

Hundreds Rally to Declare “I Stand with Snowden” | Common Dreams

In a massive outpouring of support for the 29-year-old systems administrator behind last week’s National Security Administration surveillance leak, hundreds of civil liberties advocates and concerned citizens are staging a mass demonstration in New York City’s Union Square Monday at noon to declare: “I stand with Edward Snowden.” The demonstration follows revelations Sunday on the […]

Scotland’s stand over CIA torture flights must be seen through | Kevin McKenna | Comment is free | The Observer

United Kingdom citizens have suspected for several years now that the Americans have been using our airports as refuelling stops as they ferry batches of its political enemies to face torture in its suckling countries. One day, the Americans will be made to account for these crimes against humanity in their spurious war on terror. […]

Digital strongboxes won’t solve whistleblower problem for journalists – CSO Online – Security and Risk

“When you’re dealing with anonymous sources, they’re not anonymous to you; you know who they are,” Dan Kennedy, an assistant journalism professor school at Northeastern University, said in an interview. “That is an important part of the consideration that goes into whether you use the source or not,” he added. A system where anonymous leakers […]

Whose Police State? — FAIR: Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting

The aggressive tactics of law enforcement, an ongoing controversy in communities of color, have recently come into the national media spotlight—if briefly—as the constitutionally dubious practice of arbitrarily stopping and frisking (mostly black and Latino) citizens by police officers was put on trial in federal court in March (NPR, 3/21/13). But you would be hard […]

From El Salvador to Iraq: Washington’s man behind brutal police squads | World news | The Guardian

The commandos used the most brutal methods to make detainees talk. There is no evidence that Steele or Coffman took part in these torture sessions, but General Muntadher al Samari, a former general in the Iraqi army, who worked after the invasion with the US to rebuild the police force, claims that they knew exactly […]

Tumblr is a great service. But… — Aboriginal Press News Service (APNS)

03.10.2013 ‘That young man, Nolan, I really don’t like him. He rides too well. He knows a lot. And he has no heart. It’ll be a sad day Airey when England’s has her armies officered by men who know too well what they are doing. It smacks of murder’. — Lord Raglan to Sir Richard […]

The rise of Europe’s far-right voices – Interactive – Al Jazeera English

The rise of Europe’s far-right voices – Interactive – Al Jazeera English.

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