On Wednesday, April 18, at approximately 16:00 Eastern Time, U.S. Federal authorities removed a server from a colocation facility shared by Riseup Networks and May First/People Link in New York City. The seized server was operated by the European Counter Network (“ECN”), the oldest independent internet service provider in Europe, who, among many other things, provided an anonymous remailer service, Mixmaster, that was the target of an FBI investigation into the bomb threats against the University of Pittsburgh.
The OccupyWallStreet movement, spearheaded by OccupyTogether is gaining momentum. Youth are taking to the streets in droves, rejecting the current economic order rooted in corporate and political greed, and are seeking to redefine the future of the United States.
The Supreme Court refused to review the case of a high school cheerleader who was kicked off the squad for refusing to cheer for the basketball player she said had raped her. And as a lovely parting gift, the girl’s family must now repay the school $45,000 in legal fees for what a lower court termed as a frivolous lawsuit.
The United States has been very vocal in its condemnations of Middle Eastern countries who use aggressive tactics on their protestors. When Iran cracked down on citizens the White House “strongly condemned the Iranian government’s organized intimidation campaign and arrests of political figures, human rights defenders, political activists, student leaders, journalists, and bloggers.” When Iraq imprisoned 300 journalists, intellectuals, and attorneys in order to quell belligerent protestors, the U.S. was strangely silent.
The Ivory Coast, a small country in West Africa, borders the countries of Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ghana. It is the world’s biggest producer of cocoa, the almond sized beans that are made into chocolate treats for children in America, Europe, and other parts of the world. In the Ivory Coast, over 200,000 children work full-time jobs, many processing the cocoa beans on large farms.
Amnesty International warns about new Net Neutrality Law – Save the Internet from Corporate Censorship
We all know how important the Internet is for sharing news, information, and strategy about human rights abuses around the world. From satellite images of Darfur to reports documenting Shell Oil’s involvement in human rights abuses in the Niger Delta, from correspondence among country specialists to online urgent actions in support of Aung Sun Suu Kyi, the Internet is critical to our work. But today, the Internet as we know it is at risk.
In the view of the US government, many of the WikiLeaks documents are still classified, and even though the documents have been published for all the world to see, reading the classified documents without clearance is illegal. Some US government warnings issued to several governmental groups have suggested that a federal employee would be breaking the law by reading the leaked cables of classified State Department documents published on the WikiLeaks website.
As citizens increase their scrutiny of law enforcement officials through technologies such as cell phones and miniature cameras, the police are increasingly fighting back with arrests and even jail time. Police across the country are using decades-old wiretapping statutes that predate portable multimedia devices, combined with broadly written laws against obstructing or interfering with law enforcement, to arrest people who point microphones or video cameras at them.
It’s easy to find examples of crime and corruption within the ranks of Mexico’s police and governments. Despite having more billionaires than most other countries on the planet, Mexico is considered one of the most corrupt countries in the hemisphere.
If you do not delve too deeply into the logistics of its execution, the idea is quite simple. Many believe that new Presidents and high level government officials are introduced to the doctrine shortly after they are inaugurated into office. It is a little know tenet that drives many of the decisions made by the United States government – the Doctrine of Double Effect or Principle of Double Effect.