UK Porn Filter and the others

UK ‘Porn’ Filter Will Also Block Violence, Alcohol, Terrorism, Smoking And ‘Esoteric Material’

The United Kingdom’s new internet filters promise to block much more than just pornography, according to a report by the digital advocacy organization Open Rights Group.

Last week, Prime Minister David Cameron announced online porn would soon become automatically blocked in order to “protect children and their innocence.” The filters will be implemented by the UK’s major internet service providers, which encompass 95% of British web users.

Based on conversations with several ISPs, Open Rights Group says the new “parental controls” will reach far beyond pornography. By default, the controls will block access to “violent material,” “extremist and terrorist related content,” “anorexia and eating disorder websites,” and “suicide related websites.”

In addition, the new settings will censor websites that mention alcohol or smoking. The filter will even block “web forums” and “esoteric material,” though Open Rights Group does not specify what these categories would include.

The Independent notes the filters implemented by the four main private internet providers will be “default-on,” meaning users must explicitly choose to turn them off. Users can decide to keep certain filters while turning others off.

Making the filters default means most people will keep them, according to Open Rights Group Executive Director Jim Killock. “We know that people stick with defaults: this is part of the idea behind ‘nudge theory’ and ‘choice architecture’ that is popular with Cameron.”

According to Cameron, the new parental control settings will be turned on for all new broadband subscribers “by the end of the year.”

Thanks www.huffingtonpost.com for the article

Germans protest US spying activities in major cities

In Germany, thousands of demonstrators have held protests against US spying activities in major cities, including Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg.

Despite high summer temperatures, activists from the Stop Watching US network organized the demonstrations, in as many as 35 major German cities on Saturday.

The protesters voiced support for former CIA employee Edward Snowden, who revealed worldwide internet and phone spying activities carried out by Washington’s National Security Agency (NSA).

In June, Snowden, leaked documents showing the US spied on the European Union and monitored up to a half-billion German telephone calls and internet activities each month.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the German government had no information on the NSA spying and that she raised the issue with US President Barack Obama last month. However, opposition groups remain skeptical of the chancellor’s claims.

On July 26, German President Joachim Gauck said that Snowden deserved respect for defending freedom.

He urged Merkel to enter binding agreements with Germany’s allies in order to secure freedom of privacy.

Snowden has been staying at the Moscow airport transit zone since June 23. He applied for temporary asylum in Russia last week.

The protesters on Saturday have also voiced support for US Army Private Bradley Manning, who was arrested in Iraq in 2010 for handing over classified files and documents to whistleblower website, WikiLeaks. He has been charged with espionage and about 20 other offenses.

Thanks AlvarFreude and jerzy wasnerfor the video

Bulgarian MPs freed after protest blockade

Published on 24 Jul 2013
Anti-riot police broke up a protesters’ blockade of Bulgaria’s parliament and escorted out over 100 ministers, politicians and journalists who had been trapped inside for more more than eight hours. Policeman with shields pushed away the anti-government protesters on Wednesday and formed a tight cordon to get the trapped out of the state building in Sofia, hours after demonstrations turned violent.

Thanks AlJazeeraEnglish for the video

Rally for a Free and United Cyprus

14th July 2013
Nikos Savvides welcomes Cypriot demonstrators arriving at London’s Trafalgar Square to attend the 39th anniversary “Rally for a Free and United Cyprus”
The annual event commemorates the Turkish invasion of Cyprus on 20th July 1974, and protests the continuing occuupation of nearly half the island
Video of the full event is available online

Thanks David Edmond for the video

Swedish Journalist Nominated for Prestigious Award for Fighting “Politically Correct” Racism

Swedish journalist Jan Hagberg has been nominated for the Raoul Wallenberg Prize for writing about racism within parts of the Swedish establishment, towards those Slavic peoples and nations who “are not entirely subordinated to the dictates of the West.”

Justitia Pax Veritas, a non-profit organization based in Stockholm, recently nominated Swedish journalist Jan Hagberg for the Raoul Wallenberg Prize. The award was established this year by the government of Sweden in memory of the late diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews during World War II. The prize is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves in the fight against racism and xenophobia.

The explanation of the nomination stated, among other things, that Jan Hagberg is about the only journalist in Sweden who has drawn attention to a very dangerous kind of racism, one within the establishment, which Hagberg called ”the fine mingling racism” towards those Slavic peoples and nations who are ”not entirely subordinated to the dictate of the West.”

As a clear example of such a “politically correct” racism Hagberg has written about an incident from October 2012 when Madeleine Albright was filmed screaming “Disgusting Serbs!” to a group of Czech protesters. As Hagberg noticed, rather than condemning Albright, media in Sweden was completely silent “because it was the accepted, the fine circles’ racism which was exclaimed by the ex-minister”.

The deadline for nominations expires 20 June and the Raoul Wallenberg Academy awards the prize to one of the nominees on August 27, the Name day of Raoul.

Full article

July 27th – International Day of Action for Bradley Manning

The ANSWER Coalition supports the following demonstration initiated by the Bradley Manning Support Network and stands for Manning’s immediate release.

The text of the call to action issued by the Bradley Manning Support Network is below:

Please join us in what will likely be the last internationally coordinated show of support for Bradley before military judge Col. Denise Lind reads her final verdict–which we expect some time in August. The July 27 ”International Day of Action” coincides with the anticipated sentencing phase of Bradley’s trial. The outcome of that phase of the trial will result in Bradley receiving any outcome from time served to life in prison.

With a thousand supporters marching on Fort Meade, Bradley Manning’s trial finally began on June 3rd. We’re asking supporters to organize events in communities across the globe to do whatever possible to influence the outcome of Bradley’s trial.

The end of July also marks the third anniversary of the release of the Afghan War Diary which revealed the realities of pain and abuse suffered by many thousands in Afghanistan.

Contact campaign organizer Emma Cape at emma@bradleymanning.org if you are interested in organizing a solidarity event or action in your community. Help us send a message to Judge Lind that millions stand with Bradley!

Let’s make it the largest set of actions yet! We are asking everyone to organize solidarity actions in their home cities. Hold signs, protest, shout out your support for Bradley! Also don’t miss our resources for organizers. For any questions about organizing events in support of Bradley Manning, please contact emma@bradleymanning.org.

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OUR OCCUPATION

The Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media Presents
OUR OCCUPATION, a documentary short created by Kit Larson, Samuel Levin, Barry O’Brien, and Satchel Yancey-Siegel.

This documentary short reveals the strong community within the occupy camps while exploring the roots of the 1960’s free speech movement that proved that using one’s right to assemble was an effective form of protest. This film provides an alternate perspective of the movement, not shown in the media, through the eyes of four high school students.
We are a group of four high school students enrolled into the Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media (AIM) program at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California. A program that incorporates the creation of documentary films into the curriculum.

This is a non-profit film that could not have had the same production quality with out the assistance from all of our backers (listed alphabetically in the final credits) through kickstarter.com. kck.st/rBPW32 Once again we would like to thank you for all of your generous support.

Thanks Kit Larson for the video