The UK government’s response to revelations of mass surveillance leaked by Edward Snowden is leading to the erosion of fundamental rights and freedoms in Britain, said a letter sent to PM David Cameron on behalf of global human rights organizations. Seventy human rights organizations from 40 different countries came together to write the letter to Cameron, stating their concern with the British reaction to revelations of mass surveillance – including increased pressure on media outlets reporting on the leaks and the closure of public interest debates dealing with the subject.
So much has been accomplished by Occupy and other social justice movements in the past two years that it is incredible the corporate media and their pundits do not report on what is happening around them. Despite the lack of corporate media coverage, the movement is deepening, creating democratic institutions, stopping some of the worst policies from being pushed by the corporate duopoly and building a broad-based diverse movement.
Great video by Tragedy and Hope featuring Charlie Chaplain’s inspiring final speech from the movie The Great Dictator. “You, the people have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure,” he says.
To many people, “esoteric” denotes something obscure, incoherent and belonging to the old libraries of mystical texts, and even as something negative to be feared. But in reality it is literally all around us and absolutely crucial to the understanding of our collective human history and experience. This is the reason why its censorship is so dangerous and should be ringing alarm bells for everybody.
We came to this planet to win it back. To take it under our wings. To nurture it once more into health. To confront and confound its enemies. None of us has the right to shirk playing our part in securing an illumined future for our earthly home. So stand up and be counted – the time for hiding is past – a great Pheonix is rising – rise with it my friends.
Money is simply a method of exchange, so instead of bartering for goods as was the practice centuries ago, we used to exchange money for them. Today there is no ‘money’ actually in circulation and this makes it so clear that ‘money’ is nothing but the transmutation of energy.
The Occupy movement is taking over a downtown Kalamazoo park this week. Activists old and young are in Kalamazoo from all across the country. The Occupy activists are talking about a lot of different things from economic issues to racism. And since this is an Occupy gathering, that means everyone will have a say on everything.
People who went out to protest against the NSA spying program on August 4th in the US explain why. Among them is a rather animated former US marine who voices why he’s turned his back on the government. “I love the country, I love the people, but the government is criminal,” he says.
I fell into the misperception as so many in society had; that the only way to succeed was through a corporate career and formal qualifications. That these qualifications would quantify who I am and coupled with the career would create the ‘wealth’ I desired.
Nada Al-Ahdal, a Yemeni would-be 11-year old child bride, escaped the fate her parents set out for her: marriage to an older man. Just because giving children away sexually to adults is a tradition, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. Cenk Uygur discusses the young girl’s impassioned plea opposing the tradition.
Gladys Kessler has ruled that she would be overstepping her authority by issuing an injunction against force-feeding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, saying that only President Obama has the necessary authority to stop the practice.
The older authority figure wins the trust of the young target by cultivating a false friendship, having heart-to-heart conversations, giving gifts, offering protection. And then the sex ensues, sometimes forced, sometimes seemingly consensual.