New York federal court: US Justice Department defended (NSA) program that compiles telecommunications “metadata” on every call made to, from or within the U S. A C L U v James Clapper director national intelligence, Obama request dismissal motion for injunction to suspend data collection pending trial on legality.
UN human rights committee unanimously passed a “right to privacy” resolution sponsored by Germany and Brazil that protects the right to privacy against illegal surveillance, following revelations about NSA spying. First document that establishes protection of human rights in the digital sphere.
American bombers entered new Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone in East China Sea without telling China. no flight plans, registering frequencies. Chinese government: will take “defensive emergency measures, respond to aircraft that won't cooperate in identification, follow instructions.
Israel not pleased. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu: historic mistake, do everything in his power to derail deal. Israeli Labor party chairman MK Yitzchak Herzog: Netanyahu creating unnecessary panic about deal with Iran about its nuclear program. This is not doomsday.
China announced an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in East China Sea. China’s defense ministry: aircraft that don't comply with its rules could be shot down. Issued map showing new zone, overlaps Japan’s defense zone over uninhabited islands that have significant oil deposits.
US banks have warned the Fed that should it lower IOER, Interest on Excess Reserves they would be forced to start charging depositors already have to cope with near-zero interest rates. Paying just to leave money in the bank would be highly unusual and unwelcome for companies and households."
Corporations spy on nonprofits: environmental, antiwar, public interest, consumer safety, pesticide reform, social justice. The corporations: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Wal-Mart, Monsanto, Bank of America, Dow Chemical, Kraft, Coca-Cola, Chevron, Burger King, McDonald's, Shell, BP, and others.
Facial recognition is a computer-based system that automatically identifies a person based on a digital image or video source which is then matched to information stored in a database. FBI will start using technology across the U.S. after testing is completed.
Ukraine to opt for Putin’s Russia, pull out of EU talks dramatic upset to Europe. Major defeat for EU. Forced to cancel trade deal with EU because Russian sanctions strangling economy, pushing Ukraine to huge social crisis. Freeze on imports pushed Ukraine to brink of financial collapse.
Biel Crystal Manufactory Limited, produces glass coverings on mobile phones. Company's factory in Huizhou, China, site of "numerous labor abuses. Denies injured workers proper compensation, strict punitive system to keep employees in line. Employees fined for not reaching production targets,
Walmart workers went on strike on in Miami on Monday morning, following strikes in Tampa on Saturday and in Sacramento, CA on Friday. Going on strike for better benefits, for better pay for associates, and for respect. Demands: pay $25,000 a year, add full-time positions, end retaliation.
16-year-old arrested on tip he robbed someone weeks earlier. Sent to Rikers Island prison, deprived food beaten by officers, inmates. Judge offered freedom in exchange for guilty plea, threatened 15 years in jail if convicted. He refused. Case dismissed. Lawsuit Filed.
Large protests against security deal on future of prolonged US military presence in the country. Most Afghans angered by crimes, casualties by American troops. Demand Afghan government reject any agreement. Large numbers killed in raids by foreign forces, CIA-run assassination drone strikes.
Agreement between Iran and six major world powers over the country’s nuclear energy program has made Israel “more isolated. Israel is standing against the will of the international community. Whole world wanted an agreement with Iran, propaganda machine not working.
Clashes between the Libyan army and Islamist militia have killed up to fourteen people and injured dozens in Benghazi, said the Libyan Ministry of Health. A state of alert has been declared in the city and people have been advised to stay in their homes.
Beijing tells Washington not to “meddle” in territorial dispute between China and Japan. US has thousands of troops stationed in Japan. Washington upset over China's plans to put East China Sea under control of its air forces. Beijing demands explanation from American ambassador.
1,000s of anti-government protesters occupied Thailand’s Foreign Ministry, Finance Ministry building. Prime Minister invoked Internal Security Act, gives Thai security forces power to impose curfews, block roads, stop vehicles, restrict movements of protesters, ban large gatherings, detain people without trial.
Chinese Defence Ministry announced creation of an “air defence identification zone” (ADIZ), covering much of the East China Sea. Heightened tensions. Washington: US-Japan Security Treaty applies if war breaks out between China, Japan over disputed East China Sea islands.
Israel's prime minister Netanyahu: world had become a "more dangerous place" as a result of the deal saying he was not bound by the agreement, threat to use military action against Iran.
Egypt's president, Adly Mansour, signed restrictive new protest law, would require Egyptians to seek approval days in advance before organising demonstrations. Gives police wide latitude to use force against demonstrators, gives government a pretext for widespread crackdown.
Defense Department is giving to law enforcement agencies mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPS, 18-ton, armor-protected military fighting vehicles with gun turrets and bulletproof glass built for about $500,000 each.
Tens of thousands took to the streets of several Ukrainian cities in protest at Kiev’s decision to suspend the EU trade agreement. A major rally for Euro integration with sporadic clashes is taking place in Kiev. Demands to free the former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and other “political prisoners.”
Syrian forces have killed nearly 100 militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus, over the past three days. 56 Syrian soldiers lost their lives in the fighting.
Assistant Attorney General Stuart Delery: Americans have “no reasonable expectation” to privacy when it comes to the telephone calls they make. Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union: the dragnet spying program is an "abuse of the government's investigative power.
Toys ‘R’ Us ran a TV Ad about how science education and field trips to nature are boring, especially when compared to free toys. Promotes blind commercialism and consumerism, insults science and environmental education programs and field trips. Company calls this ad “Amusing and Heartwarming.
Mainstream media (MSM) depict anti-GMO people as “emotional” and “unreasonable” while claiming genetic engineering is more “scientific”. Numerous studies point to GMO dangers, hundreds of scientists publicly speak out against GMOs.
Turkish police clashed with hundreds of teachers protesting in Ankara against government education policies. used water cannon tear gas. Female teacher Asli Akdemir, sustained cerebral trauma by impact of gas canister fired by police. Injuries severe, not life-threatening.
Trade unions, anti-austerity groups held protest marches express, anger over impact of financial crisis, policy of cutbacks in public services, education, health care, proposed law: citizens fined for holding unauthorized demonstrations. Bill violates the principles of democracy.
Edward Snowden: US National Security Agency hacked more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide installing malware designated for surveillance operations. Operations carried out in many countries including China, Russia, Venezuela and Brazil.
Thousands of anti-EU protesters rallied in capital of Moldova demanding dissolution of parliament Ignores public opinion, secretly discussing integration with EU. Government. Violates Constitution. Moldova is able to build its own democratic state without imposing West European standards.
Edward Snowden: N S A described how it would continue to expand its power, assert itself as global leader in clandestine surveillance. Spy agency sought the ability to trace “anyone, anywhere, anytime,” according to its 2012 mission statement. Brazil to reconsider their relations with US.
Annie Dookhan pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. She was accused of testing only a few samples, reporting the entire batch positive for drugs. The fraudulent tests have resulted in the dismissal of at least 1,100 criminal cases.
Venezuela's opposition leader Henrique Capriles rallied thousands of demonstrators Saturday to underscore public opposition to President Maduro's special emergency powers, says new powers are a tool granted to the government for electoral gain ahead of December 8 municipal elections.
San Rafael California:ordinance bans smoking in dwellings that share a wall with another unit, including apartments, duplexes and condominiums. The hope is to eliminate second-hand smoke from creeping through doors and windows, ventilation systems, floorboards and other susceptible openings.
The catastrophic explosion that spewed some five million barrels of oil deep into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 will take a heavy toll in the ocean’s lowest layers for years to come. That’s the stark conclusion of seafloor research conducted six months after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
A combination of antiquated ideological embargoes, less than cordial international relations, and harsh reciprocity regarding arrival procedures and visas, require U.S. passport holders to pay to enter more Latin American countries than any other developed nation.
Oil pipeline exploded in China on Friday, killing 35, injuring 166.E xplosion spilled oil into the ocean, shut down one of China’s largest crude import terminals. China’s last major oil spill in 2010 two pipelines exploded, spilling 27 million gallons of oil into Yellow Sea, as much as the Exxon Valdez disaster.
LG Smart TVs may be “spying” on their viewers by collecting information on viewing habits and online behaviour. Unencrypted information being transmitted to LG regardless of whether the option had been switched off. LG : unable to comment on their actions “for obvious reasons, ”should contact his retailer.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro exercised new emergency powers Thursday, signing decrees limiting business profit margins and tightening regulation of imports. Part of a "economic war" against a crisis for which he blames the opposition "bourgeoisie" and imperialism.
Ohio sheriff: alarmed by synthetic opiate krokodil, promised not to charge anyone who hands over the drug to his office. Addictive, injectable opioid made by mixing codeine tablets with gasoline, paint thinner, iodine, kitchen, bathroom cleaner, hydrochloric acid or red phosphorous from matches.
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