The Guardian, By Matthew Taylor and Nick Hopkins, December 9
• 500 signatories include five Nobel prize winners • Writers demand ‘digital bill of rights’ to curb abuses
More than 500 of the world’s leading authors, including five Nobel prize winners, have condemned the scale of state surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and [...]
BBC, December 3
Icelandic police have shot dead a man who was firing a shotgun in his apartment in the early hours of Monday.
It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say.
Tear gas canisters were fired through the windows in an attempt to subdue [...]
The Christian Post, By Anugrah Kumar, November 30
An influential aboriginal tribal group in southern India has lodged a formal police complaint seeking penal action against missionaries for allegedly converting more than 1,000 original indigenous families to Christianity by “allurement” and “brainwashing.”
The Girijana Kriya Koota, a tribal welfare group in Karnataka state, has filed [...]
It is not surprising that Rush Limbaugh, spiritual leader of the Republican Party – the man who determines Republican ideology and who enforces obedience to orthodoxy within the party – now finds Pope Francis a “Marxist”. Pope Francis, spiritual leader to over one billion Catholics, has issued a direct assault on the [...]
5 scary provisions in the trans Pacific partnership wikileaks, leak.
As usual freedoms and benefits are not so free.
Almost 1 million Australian cattle are needed annually in Indonesia to feed the population.
Meanwhile 100+ people each week attempt access to Australia via people smugglers in Indonesia. Recently elected Aussie PM Abbott promised to stop the boats now Indonesia says NO!
OOOOOPPPPPPS! Australian intelligence bragged to the USA on successful spying on the [...]
Kyodo, November 18
Tokyo – The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is set to start later Monday a yearlong mission to remove fuel from a pool at a damaged reactor building, in a move to address one of the major hazards remaining at the accident-stricken plant.
While the process of removing fuel [...]
Over the past few days in Sri Lanka, the heads of the British Commonwealth met. Except some chose to boycott it. Some had even left such as Gambia. Roger Boyes in the Times stated that it is a“a country club for corrupt leaders”
Sri Lanka was hoping hosting CHOGM would infer legitimacy for its government [...]
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AP, November 11
WARSAW, Poland — Thousands of delegates from nations and environment organizations from around the world have opened two weeks of United Nations climate talks meant to lay the groundwork for a new pact to fight global warming.
U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres told the opening session on Monday that “it is time [...]
CNN, By Karla Cripps, November 5
It’s a beautiful afternoon on the beach.
The sun is shining, you’re rolling in the waves, showing off the toned torso you worked on at the gym all winter.
Suddenly a sharp, burning sensation hits your skin.
You’ve just been stung by a jellyfish.
If experts’ warnings are true, [...]
You may or may not be aware, but World War III has already started. We just haven’t gotten caught up in it. Yet.
2013 is proving to be a hectic year for corporate lobbyists and free trade advocates, as they frantically flit, like busy bees pollinating succulent orchids, from one global free trade conference to another. And at long last, it seems that their hard work appears to be paying off.
In the last month alone world leaders [...]
Climate Progress, By Joe Romm, November 3
It’s been a hot week for global warming.
NASA released global temperature data showing that this September tied with 2005 for the warmest September on record. That’s doubly impressive since 2005 was warmed by an El Niño and accompanying warm Pacific ocean temperatures, whereas 2013 has had cooler [...]
Huffington Post, By Naoto Kan (Former Prime Minister of Japan), October 28
The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was the most severe accident in the history of mankind. At Unit 1, the fuel rods melted down in about five hours after the earthquake, and molten fuel breached and melted through the reactor [...]