The head of the UK’s GCHQ (their NSA equivalent) claims that the Snowden leaks “could lead directly to widespread loss of life and threaten the internal stability of the UK.” We will be hearing that here or equivalent complaining from spy agencies. Let’s think that through:
- If true, then the NSA like intel gathering agencies are grossly negligent for allowing non security activities like spying for commercial gain to pollute and put at risk real security requirements OR
- If not true, the security chief is just lying through his teeth to protect the business spying activities of the NSA in-crowd.
by Scott Weinstein
(Originally published by Waging Nonviolence, republished under a Creative Commons license)
Psst, the secret is out: We fought the law and we won.
Quebec’s five-month college and university student strike against tuition hikes ended in victory last week. Coming on the heels of the Arab Spring, the European revolts against disastrous austerity policies and the Occupy movement, Quebec students in three province-wide associations struck, hung tough and refused to back down against the repressive Liberal government’s plan to raise tuition 75 percent (or $1,625) over three years — winning a major battle againstneoliberalism that was all but hidden from American eyes. In Quebec, most colleges and universities are public.
Over the last four decades, Quebec students have collectively struck against tuition hikes and cut-backs to loans and bursaries — but this strike was by far the most ferocious, drawing battle lines between the corporate state and the population. (Full disclosure, I am almost four decades beyond my Quebec student days, but was one of many arrested at the 2012 protests.) Read More