NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

The NSA, FBI and CIA have, with the new digital technology, surveillance powers over our own citizens that the Stasi – the secret police in the former “democratic republic” of East Germany – could scarcely have dreamed of. Snowden reveals that the so-called intelligence community has become the United Stasi of America.

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.

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Police and protesters clash in central London

Published on 11 Jun 2013
Central London was the scene of running clashes between police and anti-capitalist demonstrators on Tuesday. Activists marched through the British capital’s West End at the start of StopG8’s ‘Carnival Against Capitalism’, ahead of next week’s G8 summit.

Carrying placards with messages that bashed banks, prisons, and borders, the demonstrators beat drums and blew whistles as they made their way through Oxford Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus. Police were seen detaining and arresting a number of people, sometimes following violent struggle. The protests were not planned in coordination with authorities.

Riot police also detained several protesters following a raid of a central London property. According to the police, people in the building may have been planning to use weapons to cause criminal damage and engage in violent disorder.

The Carnival Against Capitalism is being held ahead of the meeting of the Group of Eight most powerful economies in Northern Ireland. StopG8 promises on its website to “point out the hiding places of power, and take back the heart of our city for a day.” It has also scheduled a “street party” for early Tuesday evening.

Global leaders will gather at the Lough Erne hotel and golf resort on June 17-18 for the 39th G8 summit. Security has been tightened near the resort, and in Belfast, ahead of expected protests.

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March against Monsanto

Global ‘March against Monsanto’ scheduled for May 25

Published on 10 May 2013
On May 25, there is a massive march scheduled against the bio-tech giant Monsanto and it is believed to cover six continents. The reason for the demonstration is to show the GMO company and legislators that people have the right to know what is in the food they eat. Many consumers, activist and environmentalists are against the Agriculture Appropriations Bill that President Obama signed into law which protects these companies from litigation. RT’s Ramon Galindo and Meghan Lopez join us to discuss the mass protest planned against Monsanto.

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Occupy The Farm

Albany, California May 11, 2013

People have been fighting to preserve this land for farming for decades, because they recognize that because this is UC land, all residents of the East Bay have a stake and a say in what happens to this public resource,” said Lesley Haddock, a third year student in UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources. “After fifteen years of trying to work through UC’s undemocratic process, public protest is our last option.”
Since 1997, coalitions of local residents, non-profits, and UC students and faculty have brought forth proposals to the UC administration for the creation of a sustainable urban agriculture curriculum on the entire Gill Tract. Administrators consistently rejected these proposals, and have been accused of not giving the proposals due consideration.

“Today we’re planting on the site of the proposed commercial development because we want to remind people what they will lose if a chain store and parking lot get built here,” stated Ashoka Finley, urban farmer and UC alum. “The UC, Albany even, could be on the cutting edge of participatory, community-based urban ag research, and they’re just throwing that opportunity away.”

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May Day in Seattle

Published on 2 May 2013
Police and protestors square off in the 2013 battle royal edition of May Day. Protestors throw debris at cops, smash glass, and pile rubble in the roadways to block the bike cops. Police use flash explosives, tear gas bombs, and pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

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Cancer and Safe Driving

May Day, m’aidez! – Goldman Sachs are cutting us to shreds! Spread the word on twitter and download the track free

Against the backdrop of austerity, HMRC let the wealthy Wall Street banking firm Goldman Sachs off a £10m interest bill. But we won’t let them win!

On Thursday May 2nd UK Uncut Legal Action will be going head-to-head in the High Court with HMRC over their sweetheart deal with Goldman Sachs. On May Day people around the world will swarm the offices of #GOLDMAN and demand that when the government is making huge, unjust cuts to public spending, the rich must pay their fair share.

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Russia to change agreement with France to prevent adoption by same sex couples

President Putin said that it was “possible and necessary” to react to the legalization of same sex marriage in France, so that Russian orphans could not be adopted by French same sex families.

“We treat our partners with respect but we also ask them to show equal respect to our cultural traditions, our life and our ethical, legislative and moral norms. I think that we have the right to make correction and changes” Putin told a meeting with Russian lawmakers on Friday, when the head of the legislative assembly from the western region of Kaliningrad expressed concern that the legalization of gay marriages in France which could lead to adoptions of Russian orphans by same sex families.

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