Monthly Archives: June 2013

Fighting corruption with mass protests in Brasil

One politician was elected to Brazil’s Congress while under investigation for murder after having an adversary killed with a chain saw. Another is wanted by Interpol after being found guilty of diverting more than $10 million from a public road project to offshore bank accounts. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/28/world/americas/public-rage-catching-up-with-brazils-congress.html?hp&_r=0  a special ire has been reserved for Congress and […]

Pentagon Cyber Command hints at internet “kill switch”

The Pentagon is updating its classified rules for warfare in cyberspace for the first time in seven years. “If the nation’s critical infrastructure came under attack from poisonous code over a computer network from overseas, the first effort would be gathering information on the malware and the systems under attack. Network defenses would be in […]

Couldn’t have said it better: Criminal NSA

This Op-Ed piece in the NYT by Jennifer Stisa Granick, director of civil liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, and Christopher Jon Sprigman, professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, outlines the criminality of the surveillance state the US has become.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/28/opinion/the-criminal-nsa.html?_r=0   The twin revelations that telecom carriers have been […]

National identification law included in immigration bill

The sweeping immigration measure advancing rapidly in the Senate goes far beyond much-debated border security measures and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants with a crucial requirement that could affect every American who takes a new job in the future. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/27/us/politics/bill-to-expand-us-database-to-verify-hires.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&hp The provision, a linchpin of the legislation, would require all employers in the […]

More evidence of corporate america supporting Hitler

The list of institutions and industries that have been accused of whitewashing their links to the Third Reich is long, including various governments, the Vatican, Swiss banks and American corporations like I.B.M., General Motors and DuPont. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/books/scholar-asserts-that-hollywood-avidly-aided-nazis.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&ref=general&src=me  In “The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact With Hitler,” Ben Urwand draws on a wealth of previously uncited documents to […]

War on Terror paves way for neo-imperalism in Africa

The United States and Niger will bring together in that West African nation police officers, customs inspectors and other authorities from a half-dozen countries in the region to hone their collective skills in securing lightly guarded borders against heavily armed traffickers and terrorists. Denmark has already forged a partnership with Burkina Faso to combat violent […]

US Supreme Court guts Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court on Tuesday effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote, freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval even though racial minorities continued to face barriers to voting in states with a history of discrimination. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/us/supreme-court-ruling.html?ref=us  […]