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The Iranian Nuclear Weapons Programme That Wasn’t

By Gareth Porter for IPS WASHINGTON, Apr 12 2014 (IPS) - When U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen M. Ortiz unsealed the indictment of a Chinese citizen in the UK for violating the embargo against Iran, she made what appeared to be a new U.S. accusation of an Iran nuclear weapons programme. The press release on the indictment announced that between in November 2005 and 2012, Sihai Cheng had supplied parts ...

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Government surveillance — this is just the beginning

By Christopher Soghoian.- The 2011 Arab Spring captured the attention of the world. It also captured the attention of authoritarian governments in other countries, who were worried that revolution would spread. To respond, they ramped up surveillance of activists, journalists and dissidents who they feared would inspire revolution in their own countries. One prominent Bahraini activist, who was arrested and ...

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As Planet Warms, Clean Energy Investments Take a Dive

By Samuel Oakford for Inter Press Service UNITED NATIONS, Apr 7 2014 (IPS) - Policy uncertainty and plummeting solar prices led to a 14-percent decrease in investment in renewable energy in 2013, according to a report released Monday. Investment fell across the globe, even in high growth regions like China, India and Brazil. But it was severe cuts in Europe – until recently a pace-setter for the rest of the ...

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Leaving your wifi on can seriously damage your privacy (and even your data)

Do you have a Smartphone, tablet, or any other wifi enabled precious gadget? Do you leave the wifi connectivity always on or use free services from shopping centres, cafes, etc? Then you may or may not be aware that other people can tap into your device, send you unwanted adverts and even get hold of your emails and data. We are not talking about the well publicised spying from secret services working for g ...

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Water-sourced heat pumps for renewable energy

Water sources such as those of rivers and lakes could be used to generate energy with a system now under test. The British Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, has described the development as "game changing" in relation to Britain's need for renewable energy against the backdrop of insecurity in Russia, which supplies much of Europe's gas, and the political row at home over soaring fuel bills - plus the EU fore-aga ...

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Brazil Parliament to Vote Tuesday on New Internet Regulations

Brasilia, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) Despite agreement reached regarding Internet regulations in Brazil, President of the Chamber of Deputies Henrique Eduardo Alves has postponed the vote until next Tuesday. Several groups were pleased with the changes to the proposal, presented four years ago, but reinforced after reports of espionage in Brazil by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Justice minister José ...

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Edward Snowden, TED speaker

TEDx Conference, Vancouver: Here's how we take back the Internet In 2013 Edward Snowden leaked thousands of classified American National Security Agency documents, sparking a global conversation about citizens' rights to privacy on the Internet. Why you should listen Edward Snowden was just about to turn 28 when his face was suddenly splashed across every major newspaper in the US. In the summer of 2013 The ...

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You don’t need an app for that

TEDGlobal 2013. See the video here. By Toby Shapshak, writer and editor of Stuff magazine, South Africa Let me start by asking you a question, just with a show of hands: Who has an iPhone? Who has an Android phone? Who has a Blackberry? Who will admit in public to having a Blackberry? (Laughter) And let me guess, how many of you, when you arrived here, like me, went and bought a pay-as-you-go SIM card? Yeah ...

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Do you know who you are talking to?

People pretend to be someone else in chat-rooms, in Second Life, in Facebook in Twitter, everywhere. The electronic world has made it "normal". If someone in the past had pretended to be someone else such behaviour would have been considered pathological or criminal. Now? It's just what people do. But now it's not just "people" but it's being expanded by Secret Services and  Governments to unimaginable leve ...

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Report: U.S. Regulators Hid Nuclear Risks, Doubts After Fukushima Meltdown

Japan is marking the third anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi crisis, when a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami on its northeast coast. The twin disasters resulted in an unprecedented triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. Internal emails revealed by NBC News show in the days after the meltdown, regulators in the United States made a concerted effort ...

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