THE NSA LEAKS
- LIST OF NEW REVELATIONS
- UK Spies Hacked Diplomats’ Phones, Emails, Guardian Report Claims – new revelations by the Guardian show how the NSA and British Intelligence colluded to spy on G8’s diplomat to gain an edge over meetings.
- U.S. Agencies Said to Swap Data With Thousands of Firms – Bloomberg reveals the role of “trusted partners”, that is corporations providing insider information to the government.
- NSA spying flap extends to contents of U.S. phone calls – NSA admitted to spy on content of our US without warrant
- Bush Caved on NSA Surveillance After Top Officials Threatened to Resign – previous attempts at surveillance by Bush were stopped by his subordinates’ threats, but he got around them
- Edward Snowden Q and A: NSA whistleblower answers your questions
- Retired Federal Judge: Your Faith In Secret Surveillance Court Is Dramatically Misplaced
- The whistleblowers are the new generation of American patriots – The violation of civil liberties in the name of security has had a profound impact on those who came of age after 9/11
- Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shocks– The Guardian: NSA Prism is motivated in part by fears that environmentally-linked disasters could spur anti-government activism
- The Death of Truth – by Chris Hedges
- Obama’s One-Way Mirror – We’re on the wrong side of a one-way mirror: The government can see us through it, but from our side we can’t see much of what it does in our name and with our tax dollars.
BRADLEY MANNING TRIAL UPDATE
- Manning trial focuses on Gitmo files – now in its third week, RT reports on Manning’s trial
THE PLANET WE SHARE
- What other spills is the Alberta Government not telling you about? – apparently it’s not telling you about 2 spills a day
- Another pipeline leak: Manning, Alta. –
- Toxic waste spill in northern Alberta biggest of recent disasters in North America – 9.5 million liters of waste
- Crude oil leaked from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline near Merritt –
- Keystone XL Activists Labeled Possible Eco-Terrorists in Internal TransCanada Documents – Documents recently obtained by Bold Nebraska show that TransCanada – owner of the hotly-contested Keystone XL (KXL) tar sands pipeline – has colluded with an FBI/DHS Fusion Center in Nebraska, labeling non-violent activists as possible candidates for “terrorism” charges and other serious criminal charges.
- Largest tar sands oil producer, seeking to avoid “Foregone Revenue,” announces fewer safety checks – Suncor Energy, the largest producer in Canada’s tar sands oil operations, has announced it will require fewer major safety maintenance “shut-down” checks at its Alberta production sites
- China loses out as Canada joins US in halting oil pipeline construction – British Columbia, the Canadian province whose official slogan to its own beauty is “Super, Natural,” is invoking another saying: “No more supertankers.”
- Leak at U.S. nuclear site “has grown substantially” — “The worst of the worst on planet” – The leak in a massive underground double-shell nuclear waste tank at the Hanford Site has grown significantly since the leak was first announced to the public last fall
- (video) Fukushima and Radioactivity in Seafood
- There’s a Plan to Bury Nuclear Waste a Kilometre Away from Lake Huron
- ANIMAL ABUSE
- Gagged by Big Ag – Horrific abuse. Rampant contamination. And the crime is…exposing it?
- Source of life running out: water scientists – the majority of people on Earth people will face severe water shortages within a generation or two if pollution and waste continues unabated, scientists have warned at a conference in Bonn.
- The Supreme Court Decided Your Silence Can Be Used Against You – if you remain silent before police read your Miranda rights, that silence can and will be held against you.
- Motion Sickness: How the Supreme Court Erects Barriers to Justice – a proliferation of less noticed court decisions on seemingly arcane legal procedural rules are raising barriers to all American citizens seeking their day in court.
- Supreme Court: ‘Pay To Delay’ Generic Drugs Can Be Illegal – Deals between pharmaceutical corporations and their generic drug competitors, which government officials say keep cheaper forms of medicine off the market, can sometimes be illegal and therefore can be challenged in court, the Supreme Court said Monday.
- NEW SCANDAL#1
- Yet Another Big Money Financial Scandal: Five Traders Say Foreign Currency Exchange Rates Rigged –
- Bloomberg: Traders Said to Rig Currency Rates to Profit Off Clients – Traders at some of the world’s biggest banks manipulated benchmark foreign-exchange rates used to set the value of trillions of dollars of investments, according to five dealers with knowledge of the practice
- NEW SCANDAL#2
- Bank of America Lied To Home Owners, Former Workers Allege – Six former Bank of America Corp employees have alleged that the bank deliberately denied eligible home owners loan modifications and lied to them about the status of their mortgage payments and documents.
- Former Staffers: Bank Of America Rewarded Us For Lying To Homeowners, Losing Paperwork, Denying Modifications
INTERNATIONAL WAR CRIMINALS
- Amnesty International Urges Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia to Bring George W. Bush to Justice – Amnesty International urges the governments of Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia to arrest former U.S. President George W. Bush during his expected visit to the region between December 1 and 5, 2011, for crimes under international law.
BRAZIL IN TURMOIL
Started as a protest over an increase in public transportation fares, the protests in Brasil have morphed into anti-repression demonstrations against a violent police approach to what were initially peaceful marches.
- What is happening in Brazil and why – an English language video forwarded me by a Brazilian friend
- Brazil sees largest protests in decades as unrest hits second week – Mass protests continued throughout Brazil on Monday, with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators converging in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, the capital of Brasilia and other cities.
- Video (12′) – “Jamais achei que ele fosse atirar”, afirma repórter atingida em protesto
- Brazil protests spread in Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Rio – Tens of thousands of people marched through Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, on Monday as protests spread over rising public transport prices and the cost of staging the 2014 World Cup.
- In Brazil, a dual struggle against neoliberalism – In Brazil, students and the indigenous may be fighting different fights, but they are ultimately part of the same struggle against the neoliberal state.
- Iran Elects Moderate President Hassan Rouhani — Will U.S. Respond by Easing Crippling Sanctions? – In what is being hailed as a victory for reform and moderation inside Iran, the cleric Hassan Rouhani has won the Iranian presidential election
- Turkey Protest Movement: Erdogan Government Threatens Doctors and First Responders, Violates Medical Neutrality – After clearing Gezi Park of protesters, the government began to arrest doctors and first responders guilty of helping the victims of violence.
- Turkey threatens to deploy Army against protesters, dubs unions strike ‘illegal’ – Turkish government said it could deploy armed forces to quell anti-government protests. It also called the nationwide general strike announced by unions “illegal.” In Ankara the police have blocked the striking workers, threatening them with use of force.
- Hunger strike against school closures begins in Philadelphia – two local parents and two school district employees initiated a hunger strike to protest the closure of 23 schools and firing of 3,783 education professionals.
- GMO Crops: Scientists Agree It’s Bio-Warfare On Our Food Supply – more than 800 scientists from around the globe have joined forces in an open letter to all world governments
- 10 Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance – 15% of Americans are gluten intolerant, and it often goes undiagnosed until it gets much worse
- Ancient Roman Concrete Is About to Revolutionize Modern Architecture – the secret behind Romans’ concrete durability has been cracked