Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Wikimedia vs. NSA


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  Wikimedia vs. NSA: Major Lawsuit Challenges Government Surveillance of US Citizens
by Jon Queally
The complaint also argues that what is called "upstream surveillance"—mass surveillance on all communications that pass through certain "backbone" structures of the network—exceeds the authority granted by Congress under the FISA Amendments Act.
     

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  iSpy: How the CIA Targeted Apple
by Jon Queally
The new reporting also makes clear that private defense contractors are playing an outsized role in providing research and other assistance to government agencies in developing and executing these clandestine programs.
     
  Chemical Spill in Houston Channel Brings 'Uncertainty and Fear' to Local Residents
by Sarah Lazare
The risks go beyond ship collisions, local residents warn. "Dangerous and deadly chemicals are also transported daily through our communities by trains," said Juan Parras, director of Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services.
     
  Youth Visit Capitol Hill to School Lawmakers on Climate Change
by Lauren McCauley
When asked if humans are the primary drivers behind global warming, nine out of ten kids responded: "Duh!"
     
  As Smoke and Flames From Latest Derailments Wane, Calls From Both Sides of the Border to Halt 'Bomb Trains'
by Andrea Germanos
"The fact that these trains are still moving on the rails is a national travesty," said Matteson. "The next explosive wreck — and there will be more, so long as nothing changes — may take lives, burn up a town or level a city business district, and pollute the drinking water of thousands of people. Enough is enough."
     
  'We Deserve Better': Lackluster UN Declaration on Women's Rights Draws Ire
by Deirdre Fulton
"This is the moment; there are important opportunities before us. This is the moment when we must have all resources needed—the political commitment and the action—to achieve real transformations."—Lydia Alpízar, Association for Women's Rights in Development
     
  Ferguson "Debtors' Prison" Judge Resigns as State Supreme Court Takes Reins
by Nadia Prupis
Brockmeyer was criticized in the Justice Department report for bringing in millions through "creative" fines and fees and unjustly jailing traffic defendants, while clearing similar tickets for himself and friends. He also reportedly owed $170,000 in unpaid taxes.
     
  In Challenge to the System, 10,000 Graduate Teachers Strike Against Toronto Schools
by Lauren McCauley
At issue is what the union says is the "normalization of precarious contract teaching," where little value is given to workers who are increasingly charged with more and more responsibility, though have little job security, benefits and are trapped by maximum wage laws.
     
  Cruel and Inhuman: UN Slams US as Only Nation that Sentences Children to Die In Prison
by Sarah Lazare
Approximately 2,500 people in the U.S. are currently serving life sentences without parole for crimes allegedly committed as juveniles, the Sentencing Project finds. These sentences reflect—and reinforce—racial disparities in U.S. society.
     
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  Students in Madison March for Tony Robinson
by Rebecca Kemble
When they reached the Capitol, more than a thousand other kids from Madison’s four other high schools were already inside the rotunda. The East High contingent was greeted with cheers and the chant, “What’s his name? Tony Robinson!”
     
  The Possibility of Escape (A Note from Lexington Federal Prison)
by Kathy Kelly
Sometimes we seem to be a stone rolling down the path of least resistance. But we're not stone. We can choose not to be jailers, and choose, instead, to be ever more inflexible in our resistance to injustice and to hatred born of fear.
     
  Uncle Pentagon: Growing Up in the Shadow of the American War State
by Frida Berrigan
All those years protesting at the “War Department” -- my parents liked to use the old World War II-era name for it -- so many hours spent pleading, haranguing, imploring, condemning, appealing, and confronting, and not surprisingly, a stilted decorum developed around our acts. Ah yes, you again, it must be Hiroshima Day.
     
  Do Corporations Really Need More Rights? Why Fast-Track for the TPP Is a Bad Idea
by David Korten
We can have democracy and a prosperous, just, and sustainable human future. Or we can have corporate rule. We cannot have both.
     
  The NSA Has Taken Over the Internet Backbone. We're Suing to Get it Back.
by Patrick Toomey
The surveillance affects virtually every American who uses the Internet to connect with people overseas – and many who do little more than email their friends or family or browse the web. And it should be disturbing to all of us, because free expression and intellectual inquiry will wither away if the NSA is looking over our shoulders while we're online.
     
  Why America Lacks Credibility in the Middle East
by Musa al-Gharbi
The problem isn’t a lack of "resolve." It's a lack of good outcomes and basic moral consistency.
     
  Who Controls Our Food?
by Nick Dearden
By shifting the way food systems are controlled, agroecology can play a part in challenging the patriarchal forms of organization that exist in farming.
     
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