Tag "civil rights"

About the Alex Jones & Infowars ban by US corporate giants

Let me immediately begin that I have really no use for Alex Jones or for Inforwars.  I do recognize the very important and positive role they played in the 9/11 Truth movement, but the rest of their agenda and ideology is really not my cup of tea, to put it very mildly.  Their constant hysteria about Islam and China is particularly stupid and, worse, misleading (Israel, for some reason, totally

First they came for the Nazis and pedophiles…

This column was written for the Unz Review First they came for the Communists And I did not speak out Because I was not a Communist Then they came for the Socialists And I did not speak out Because I was not a Socialist Then they came for the trade unionists And I did not speak out Because I was not a trade unionist Then they came for the Jews

Americans Never Give Up Your Guns – A Warning from a Russian

by Mat Rodina Editors Note: This article first appeared in the The Russian Press Pravda online. This well armed Russian population was what allowed the various White factions to rise up, no matter how disorganized politically and militarily they were in 1918 and wage a savage civil war against the Reds. Painting by Dmitri Shmarin. Planting a White Kiss Russia –-(Ammoland.com)- These days, there are few few things to admire

Glorification of terrorism: a teenager prosecuted in France because of a cartoon on Facebook

by numerama, 17/1/2015 Translated by Jenny Bright for Tlaxcala   A 16 year-old teenager in France was indicted for glorifying terrorism after he published a cartoon representing a character with the Charlie Hebdo journal, hit by bullets, with an accompanying ironic comment. The current situation is, to say the least, paradoxical. Last weekend, following the terrible attacks that took place right in the middle of Paris, large rallies were held

Simply beautiful! Deputy Sheriff Protects 1st Amendment at Albany Airport

At a time when basic civil rights are trampled on everywhere, when cops are usually seen beating up protesters, and when the American public is literally trained into mindless obedience to any person claiming to be in authority, it is a heart-warming experience to see that the rights of simple decent people can be protected by a Deputy Sheriff like Stan Lenic who prevented some self-appointed corporate thug from denying

Russia is considering shutting down YouTube

According to the very official Rossiiskaia Gazeta quoting the Russian Minister of Communications the Kremlin is seriously considering shutting down YouTube.  They could do that under a new law called “On the defense of children against information which can damage their health or development”.  Furthermore, the Russian agency in charge of communications has already demanded that Internet service providers block the streaming of “Innocence of Muslims” on the grounds that

Connecticut abolishes the death penalty

The BBC reports that Connecticut is now the 17th US State to have abolished the death penalty.  One could say that 17 out of 50 is a rather depressing score, and it is, but it is the trend which I find immensely encouraging.  For all of its faults, the US society is nevertheless slowly civilizing itself and that is remarkable considering the type of corporate Fascism which the US population

The DOJ’s escalating criminalization of speech

by Glenn Greenwald for Salon.comOver the past several years, the Justice Department has increasingly attempted to criminalize what is clearly protected political speech by prosecuting numerous individuals (Muslims, needless to say) for disseminating political views the government dislikes or considers threatening. The latest episode emerged on Friday, when the FBI announced the arrest and indictment of Jubair Ahmad, a 24-year-old Pakistani legal resident living in Virginia, charged with “providing material

A Case for Pseudonyms

Commentary by Jillian York  for the EFF pseu·do·nym[sood-n-im]–noun a fictitious name used by an author to conceal his or her identity; pen name. There are myriad reasons why individuals may wish to use a name other than the one they were born with. They may be concerned about threats to their lives or livelihoods, or they may risk political or economic retribution. They may wish to prevent discrimination or they

Land of the free, home of the brave? Yeah, right…

80% of Americans support “porno-scanners” in their airports.  They believe that in order to board a plane, all passengers must agree to either have their body photographed naked, or have their genitals groped by TSA thugs. Land of the free, home of the brave? I would say: land of the slaves, home of terrified cowards… The Saker

Top Insurers Post Record Profits While Dropping 2.7M Policyholders

Democracy Now reports: A new report says the nation’s five biggest insurance companies set an all-time record for combined profits last year. According to Health Care for America Now, the companies WellPoint, CIGNA, UnitedHealth Group, Aetna Inc. and Humana posted cumulative profits of $12.2 billion. That marks a $4.4 billion, or 56 percent, increase over 2008 and amounts to an average profit margin of 5.2 percent. CIGNA saw the highest

Big Brother versus Indymedia

CBS news blog reports: In a case that raises questions about online journalism and privacy rights, the U.S. Department of Justice sent a formal request to an independent news site ordering it to provide details of all reader visits on a certain day. The grand jury subpoena also required the Philadelphia-based Indymedia.us Web site “not to disclose the existence of this request” unless authorized by the Justice Department, a gag