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25.03.2014

Exclusive: NSA, FBI, DIA Sued over Refusal to Disclose U.S. Role in Imprisonment of Nelson Mandela

Exclusive: NSA, FBI, DIA Sued over Refusal to Disclose U.S. Role in Imprisonment of Nelson Mandela

Amy Goodam interviews Ryan Shapiro In a Democracy Now! exclusive, one of the nation’s most prolific transparency activists, Ryan Shapiro, reveals he is suing the NSA, FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency in an attempt to force them to open their records on one of the country’s greatest secrets: how… »

17.03.2014

Do you know who you are talking to?

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… »

16.03.2014

Caught in the Crossfire: U.S.-Mexico Border Militarization Threatens Way of Life for Native Tribe

Caught in the Crossfire: U.S.-Mexico Border Militarization Threatens Way of Life for Native Tribe

President Obama has deployed thousands of new U.S. Border Patrol agents to the southern border of Arizona, a state known for its controversial crackdown on immigrants. Caught in the middle of the border militarization are about 28,000 members of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Their federally recognized reservation is about the… »

10.03.2014

Ukraine: an analysis by David McReynolds

Ukraine: an analysis by David McReynolds

Before launching into my analysis of events in Ukraine, there are a few points which should be made for an American audience. Putin: Commentators are engaged in a campaign to discredit Vladimir Putin, dismissing him as nothing more than the former head of the KGB. I hold no brief… »

08.03.2014

Attacks on Education Should Lead Security Council Debate

To view video feature http://youtu.be/CPNM5nxq80M (New York, March 7, 2014) The United Nations Security Council should emphasize the protection of students, teachers, and schools at its annual debate on children and armed conflict on March 7, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack said today. In… »

05.03.2014

Chevron Wins Latest Round in Ecuador Pollution Case

Chevron Wins Latest Round in Ecuador Pollution Case

By Jim Lobe  for IPS WASHINGTON, Mar 5 2014 (IPS) – In the latest twist in a 21-year-old environmental pollution case, a U.S. federal judge Tuesday ruled that the victims of massive oil spillage and their U.S. attorney could not collect on a nine-billion-dollar… »

05.03.2014

“The Death Penalty is a Hate Crime”: Bob Autobee Speaks Out to Spare Life of Son’s Killer

“The Death Penalty is a Hate Crime”: Bob Autobee Speaks Out to Spare Life of Son’s Killer

By Amy Goodman for Democracy Now! (See original article in full) We are joined by Bob Autobee, a Colorado resident who is opposing the death penalty for the prisoner who killed his son Eric, a prison guard, in 2002. During the original trial, Autobee supported a death sentence for… »

04.03.2014

The Tyranny of Experts

The Tyranny of Experts

During a presentation on Monday at Copper Union of his new book “The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor,”  William Easterly, Professor of Economics at New York University (NYU) and Director of the Development Research Institute, argued that the logic used by the… »

02.03.2014

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba: A Life of Struggle, a Legacy of Progress

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba: A Life of Struggle, a Legacy of Progress

By Amy Goodman for Democracy Now! The world lost a visionary activist this week, with the death of Chokwe Lumumba, the newly elected mayor of Jackson, Miss. Lumumba died unexpectedly at the age of 66 of an apparent heart attack. Last June, he won the mayoral race in this… »

27.02.2014

Big Oil and Bad Air: Report Exposes Link Between Fracking and Toxic Air Emissions in Texas

Big Oil and Bad Air: Report Exposes Link Between Fracking and Toxic Air Emissions in Texas

By Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales. See Democracy Now! for video interview Residents who live near areas of oil and natural gas fracking have long complained that the industry has poisoned their water with toxic chemicals. Now a new investigation is shedding light on another concern: air quality. The… »

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