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Thursday, December 6

06.Dec.2012 - World is in a Race Against Time, Rogue Nation Status, Settlements Violate International Law, American Drone Captured, US Tests EMP Bomb, WikiLeaks' Bigger Picture, Kyoto Again, Police Ability to Track Your Driving, Police Can Record Inside your Home, Rolling Jubilee and Borrower Risk, Who Controls the Internet?

For Pete's Sake, What's Happened to Our Democracy?
Down through the millennia, specific individuals have changed the course of history. Some made their indelible mark through their intellect, some through their courage, and still others through the depth and breadth of their vision.

Five facts about America's Pathological Wealth Distribution
Most people associate inequality with the income gap. As distorted as the distribution of income may be, our wealth distribution is even more extreme. Americans are beginning to realize that years of preferential tax treatment for the rich, under the guise of "supply-side job creation" nonsense, have bloated the fortunes of the super-rich to a level that would make Rockefeller and Carnegie envious.

UN Secretary-general Says World is in a Race Against Time 

The US and Israel: a Short Quiz on 'Rogue Nation' Status
The phrase "rogue nation" is one of the terms that get tossed around often in political discourse without much effort devoted to its actual meaning.

Israel's West Bank Settlements Violate International Law
The Israeli government’s announcement that it is to expand settlements in the West Bank in response to the United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood violates human rights and international humanitarian law, Amnesty International said today.

Video of the American Drone Captured By Iran

Doomsday for Iran? US Tests EMP Bomb

Wikileaks: Bradley Manning and the bigger picture – Assange interview and Ratner video

Oliver Stone's: The Untold History of World War II
The new television series - Full episode

Does the Universe Have a Purpose?

The Palestinian Authority says it will use the new UN status for Palestine to sue Israel at the International Criminal Court if the Tel Aviv regime goes ahead with a new plan to expand illegal settlements in the occupied territories. 

Europeans outraged over the US using Patriot Act for worldwide spying

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In a just published study, Cloud Computing in Higher Education and Research Institutions and the USA Patriot Act, researchers from the school’s Institute for Information Law say that legislation enacted to allegedly protect the security of US citizens has in the process eroded privacy protections on a global scale.

A Look Back at 2012


Why the World Bank Must Divest from Fossil Fuels

The World Bank’s latest report on climate change, “Turn Down the Heat,” warns that the planet is on track for a four-degree Celsius temperature rise by 2100. Like many scientists, the bank fears that such an increase would be incompatible with civilization as we know it. At the very least, rapid global warming—and the storms, droughts and other extreme weather it would unleash—would render the bank’s mission of alleviating poverty and fostering sustainable development impossible.

Mother Nature Belongs at the Bargaining Table

As the highly scripted stagecraft of the presidential campaign fades from the headlines, there's a new show in Washington. ”Fiscal Cliff” stars President Barack Obama, who urges Republicans and Democrats to agree on a ”grand bargain” that would soften the economic shock of the impending across-the-board tax and spending cuts. But that bipartisan handshake would be nothing to celebrate.

Kyoto all Over Again? US Obstructive Force at Climate Talks

World leaders have agreed on one thing at COP18—so called developing countries will suffer the most extreme effects of climate change; however, the world's richest nations continued on Wednesday to refuse to help prepare these nations for their current and imminent disasters and, more pointedly, to help curb global warming greenhouse gas emissions through sustainable energy development.

Police Have the Scary Capability to Track Wherever You're Driving

License-plate reading technology's jaw dropping capabilities are already deployed across America.

Police Can Record Video Inside Your Home Without A Warrant, Appeals Court Says

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court provided some comfort to those fearing the seemingly limitless potential of new technologies to enable government privacy invasion. In holding that police could not attach a GPS device to a car and track it for 30 days without a warrant, the court said, “At bottom, we must ‘assur[e] preservation of that degree of privacy against government that existed when the Fourth Amendment was adopted.’”

Why Occupy Wall Street’s Rolling Jubilee Puts Borrowers at Risk

The strategy is well-meaning, but there are better approaches to relieving debt.

How the Government Can Still Get Your Digital Data
Meyer and Maass: 'Authorities can often obtain your emails and texts by going to Google or AT&T with a simple subpoena.' (photo: unknown)he U.S. government isn't allowed to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. But there are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from the local sheriff to the FBI, to snoop on the digital trails you create every day. Authorities can often obtain your emails and texts by going to Google or AT&T with a simple subpoena. Usually you won't even be notified.The Senate last weektook a step toward updating privacy protection for emails, but it's likely the issue will be kicked to the next Congress. 

Who controls the internet? The debate is live and clicking

The ITU is currently meeting in Dubai under the banner of the World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT-12). The agenda is to consider changes to the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITR) – a treaty signed by 178 countries in 1988 to establish principles for the operation of international telecommunications.

The Times Should Have a Reporter at the Bradley Manning Hearing

In failing to send its own reporter to cover the fascinating and important pretrial testimony of Bradley Manning, The New York Times missed the boat.

The World's Most Powerful Psychopaths

Fast food workers hit the streets to fight for a living wage

The value of a woman's life

We need to make sure that we do not take the blame for the violence that is visited upon us. We need to develop a sense of self that cannot be eroded, a sense of self that is rounded and whole. It is what saves a woman in the final analysis.

No Surprise Here: Congress Passes Unanimous Resolution Telling The ITU: Hands Off The Internet

One thing that's been somewhat universal in the US is pretty much everyone's opposition to the whole ITU WCIT charade going on in Dubai right now. It doesn't matter what political party they belong to or what general views on technology or the internet they hold, pretty much everyone recognizes, even if there are faults with the system today, giving the ITU more control will inevitably make things worse. So it should come as little surprise that Congress has passed another resolution (they did an earlier one in August that more or less said the same thing) unanimously (397-0) telling the ITU to not even think about trying to take over any aspect of internet governance.

No Warrant, No Problem: The Government Can Still Get Your Data

From Fossil Fuels to Global Warming Denial, Koch Brothers May Be Biggest Force Behind U.S. Inaction

Amy Goodman Questions Top U.S. Negotiator on Alleged Obstruction of U.N. Climate Talks in Doha

"We Are Running Out of Time": Obama Urged to Match Rhetoric to Action on Climate Deal

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