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18.11.2013

The NSA has asked Linus Torvalds for access to GNU/Linux systems

The NSA has asked Linus Torvalds for access to GNU/Linux systems

By Christian Engström, Member of the European Parliament for Piratpartiet, [Pirate Party] Sweden The NSA has asked Linus Torvalds to inject covert backdoors into the free and open operating system GNU/Linux. This was revealed in this week’s hearing on mass surveillance in the European Parliament. Chalk another one up of… »

15.11.2013

Twitter’s activist roots: How Twitter’s past shapes its use as a protest tool

Twitter’s activist roots: How Twitter’s past shapes its use as a protest tool

Surprised when demonstrators from all over the world took to Twitter as a protest tool? Evan “Rabble” Henshaw-Plath, member of Twitter’s founding team, was not. Rather, he sees it as a return to its roots: Inspired by protest coordination tools like TXTMob, and shaped by the values and backgrounds of… »

08.11.2013

From Einstein to Magritte : Beyond our truths. Symposium of Center of Humanists Studies in Paris and Brussels

From Einstein to Magritte : Beyond our truths. Symposium of Center of Humanists Studies in Paris and Brussels

Throughout history, humankind has always taken its destiny into their hands determined to discover the secrets of the universe. Today, perhaps more than ever, such sustained effort coincides with rapid global change, causing much disorientation but also opening new horizons. The acceleration of change and the current crisis is not… »

06.11.2013

The Missing Green Link

The Missing Green Link

There was something missing from the eighth 2013 ECO Expo Asia held at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong from 28 October to 31 October, 2013 – was it the serious takers of the goods on offer? In this age of the renewables, the much touted energy saving and recycling efforts… »

04.11.2013

International Panel on Fissile Materials: “2013 Global Fissile Material Report”

International Panel on Fissile Materials: “2013 Global Fissile Material Report”

Fissile Materials versus Strategic Materials A “strategic nuclear material” is any substance that can be used as a nuclear explosive – that is, capable of causing an atomic explosion. A “fissile nuclear material” – or simply “fissile material” – is any substance that can be used as fuel… »

28.10.2013

In response to NSA revelations, the internet’s engineers set out to PRISM-proof the net

In response to NSA revelations, the internet’s engineers set out to PRISM-proof the net

By Julie Blussé (CC) for Radio Netherlands Greatly disturbed by the recent revelations of mass internet surveillance, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) have announced plans to ramp up online security. You may never have heard of them, but the IETF are the creators and engineers of the… »

22.10.2013

Dirty truths withheld by nuclear industry

Dirty truths withheld by nuclear industry

In an article titled “Call for the nuclear truth” published in the Hong Kong Standard October 21, 2013, writer Qi Luo began with: “Nuclear power is neither efficient nor clean – and an alliance wants textbooks to get this message through. The Hong Kong Alliance against Nukes said… »

10.10.2013

Bees also affected by pollution. Risks to food production

Bees also affected by pollution. Risks to food production

We reported in Pressenza the importance of considering the effects of burning fossil fuels on health, as the discussions brought on by the evidence presented in the most recent report about climate change, making a very strong case for fossil fuel burning being responsible… »

03.10.2013

Chemical Weapons Syria: expert opinion on UN Report

Chemical Weapons Syria: expert opinion on UN Report

While investigating the UN Report on chemical weapons (CW) use in Ghouta, Syria, mideastreshuffle.com sought a multitude of opinions from experts and others who offered insightful observations. The  findings were published in an article titled: Questions Plague UN Report on Syria. To learn more… »

02.10.2013

In the light of the recent surveillance scandals, a German journalist is barred from his flight to the United States

In the light of the recent surveillance scandals, a German journalist is barred from his flight to the United States

Reporters Without Borders demands an explanation from the American border control as to why Ilja Trojanow was denied access to the United States. The German writer/journalist was stopped at the Salvador da Bahia airport (Brazil) on September 30, 2013, as he was about to board… »

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