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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Agreement between Washington President Hamid Karzai, 15,000 foreign troops, majority of them American, to continue occupying Afghanistan through 2024 and beyond. Deal would also leave the Pentagon in control of nine major bases spread across eight provinces.
Spain’s ruling People's Party has drafted new laws against public protests, a move which the opposition has criticized as undemocratic. People demonstrating near the country’s parliament without permission could be fined up to 600,000 euros. insulting police officer during protest could cost 30,000 euros.
A senior White House official has said that Israel’s “all-or-nothing” posture demanding a total halt to Iran’s nuclear energy program is a path to war. Israel’s stance would “close the door on diplomacy” and would “essentially lead to war. Aggressive lobbying campaign by Israel.
The first Chinese stealth unmanned combat drone conducted a successful maiden flight Thursday. Lijian, or “sharp sword” in English, aced its first test flight in southwest China, making the People’s Republic of China the fourth nation to successfully fly a stealth unmanned aerial vehicle.
Thousands of people protested in Tokyo against a bill that would see whistleblowing civil servants jailed for up to 10 years. Activists claim the law would help the government to cover up scandals, and damage the country’s constitution and democracy.
The US House passed Wednesday two bills that would demand a $5,000 filing fee for any individual that wanted to hold an official protest of a drilling project, and that would give the feds less authority nationwide over hydraulic fracking rules.
Federal Drug Enforcement Administration conducting raids at multiple marijuana businesses in the Denver area. U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver confirm ongoing operation, by DEA, Internal Revenue Service, Denver Police Department. Likely to continue, involves number of targets.
Fox Business host John Stossel warn viewers about giving money to the poor, will just use the it for drugs and alcohol. Beggars: 82 percent were homeless, two in three were disabled, most earned less than $25 per day, and nearly all used the money for food. Poor people are too well off.
Packed courtroom on Tuesday for the hearing of Ernie Tertelgte, Manhattan man says he's being wrongly prosecuted for trying to feed himself. Tertelgte, 52 years old, arrested, accused of fishing without a license, resisting arrest. Got into a heated exchange with Judge Wanda Drusch.
Help site for McDonald's employees: return holiday gifts to get out of debt. Breaking food into smaller pieces results in eating less and still feeling full" suggest employees, take two vacations per year. "Stop complaining. Stress hormones rise 15% after 10 minutes of complaining."
New technology allows retailers to gather information about customers through their smartphones as they shop. The technology taps into shoppers’ wifi signals, and can detect a shopper’s location in the store, how long they spend in certain departments, and how often they visit the store.
Police in the Turkish city of Istanbul have clashed with protesters demanding justice for a teenage boy killed during anti-government protests. Nationwide demonstrations against the ruling Justice and Development Party. Many injured and detained as police forcefully cracked down on the protests.
Argentinean Defense Minister Agustin Rossi:. UNASUR (the Union of South American Nations) must have a joint defense strategy.” “The issue of cyber-defense undoubtedly deserves to be addressed." Brazil would collaborate with Argentina over the issue. Concerns over Washington’s espionage.
Norman Gurley, 30, is facing drug-related charges in Lorain County, Ohio, despite the fact that state troopers did not find any drugs in his possession. Ohio passed a law in 2012 making it a felony to alter a vehicle to add secret compartment with “intent” of using it to conceal drugs for trafficking.
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