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11.04.2014

The Commons: People power beyond the state

The Commons: People power beyond the state

The activist and author David Bollier tells Deutsche Welle why what he calls the Commons will change the way we live our lives and our system of politics. DW: Can you define in a nutshell what you mean by the Commons? David Bollier: The Commons is a… »

02.04.2014

Call Centers in Mexico Hiring Deportees

By Emiko Nagano.- American corporations are now moving their call centers for customer service and technical support to Mexico. The benefit is not just cheap labor and the same time zone. Unlike the past call centers in India and Philippines where bad telephone connections and deciphering their accent… »

29.03.2014

U.N. Committee Criticizes U.S. Record on Human Rights

U.N. Committee Criticizes U.S. Record on Human Rights

News from Democracy Now! The U.N. Human Rights Committee has issued a wide-ranging report criticizing the human rights record of the United States. The report assessed U.S. compliance with a key human rights treaty and found it lacking in more than two dozen areas. Issues of concern included the… »

28.03.2014

Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History

Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History

“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.” So wrote President Barack Obama, back on Jan. 29, 2009, just days into his presidency. “Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” Now, six years into the Obama administration, his… »

27.03.2014

Obama Chides Russia on “Brute Force,” Rejects Iraq War Criticism

Obama Chides Russia on “Brute Force,” Rejects Iraq War Criticism

Democracy Now! President Obama continues an overseas tour in Italy today where he’s meeting with Pope Francis for the first time. Wrapping up a visit to Brussels, Obama delivered an address criticizing Russia for annexing Crimea and using what he called “brute force.” President Obama: “Of course, Ukraine is… »

26.03.2014

U.S. Sailors and Marines Allege Fukushima Radiation Sickness

U.S. Sailors and Marines Allege Fukushima Radiation Sickness

Democracy Now! Three years have passed since the earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The tsunami’s immediate death toll was more than 15,000, with close to 3,000 still missing. Casualties are still mounting, though, both in Japan and… »

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… »

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