Torture is Mainstream Now 15 Apr 2014; posted by the editor - Features
By David Swanson
As Rebecca Gordon notes in her new book, Mainstreaming Torture, polls find greater support in the United States for torture now than when Bush was president. And it's not hard to see why that would be the case.
Participation in EU study of Nutrition & Health urged by Research Minister 14 Apr 2014; posted by the editor - Health, European Union, Ireland
The Irish research community is being urged to engage fully with the latest call under the EU Joint Programming Initiative 'A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life' when working on research aimed at tackling diet and lifestyle related disease of obesity.
Climate Change - for whom the bell tolls 13 Apr 2014; posted by the editor - Environment, International, Ireland
Scientists from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have issued the stark warning that unless rapid and sustained cuts to global carbon emissions are initiated without delay we will inevitably face a future bringing catastrophic climate change that will change civilisation as we know it.
Euro500,000 in new start-up business funding 11 Apr 2014; posted by the editor - Business, Ireland
A special €500,000 Enterprise Ireland Competitive Start Fund has been launched targeted at stimulating new start-up business activity in both the Aviation and Manufacturing sectors. The fund provides for up to €50,000 in equity support for each successful applicant and is now open for applications. The call closes on Wednesday 30 April 2014.
Rumsfeld Personifies Our Society 11 Apr 2014; posted by the editor - Features
By David Swanson
When Donald Rumsfeld used to hold press conferences about the Iraq war, the press corps would giggle at the clever ways in which he refused to actually say anything or answer any questions. In a new film about Rumsfeld called The Unknown Knowns, the aging criminal is occasionally confronted with evidence that what he's just said is false. He maintains a frozen grin and acts as if nothing has happened.
Execution petition bites at Egyptian military dictators 09 Apr 2014; posted by the editor - International
A member of the Avaaz.org campaigning team was detained and interrogated by two high ranking Egyptian military officials as he attempted to deliver a million signature-strong petition to Grand Mufti Allam, calling on Egypt to stop the biggest mass execution in Egypt's history.
One Nation the U.S. Actually Should Liberate 09 Apr 2014; posted by the editor - Opinion
By David Swanson
"Secretary Kerry? It's Ukraine on the phone asking about liberation again. Have you been able to get them a reference letter yet from Libya or Iraq or Afghanistan? How about Vietnam? Panama? Grenada? Kosovo maybe? Ukraine says Syria says you have a reference letter in the works from Kosovo. No? Huh. They said they'd accept one from Korea or the Dominican Republic or Iran. No? Guatemala? The Philippines? Cuba? Congo? How about Haiti? They say you promised them a glowing reference from Haiti. Oh. They did? No, I am not laughing, Sir. What about East Timor? Oh? Oh! Sir, you're going to liberate the what out of them? Yes sir, I think you'd better tell them yourself." Some nations the United States should probably not liberate -- except perhaps the 175 nations which could be liberated from the presence of U.S. soldiers. But one nation I would make an exception for, and that is the nation of Hawai'i.
Net Neutrality - where now? 09 Apr 2014; posted by the editor - Internet news, European Union
by Joe McNamee - EDRi
After the big vote on net neutrality in the European Parliament on 3 April 2014, many people are asking "what now"? The answer is that the Council of Ministers of the European Union will decide what parts of the overall "Telecoms Single Market Regulation" it can accept, which parts it wants to amend and which parts it wants to reject completely. The Council is made up of the ministers responsible for telecommunications from the 28 Member States of the European Union.
Data retention directive contravenes European law 09 Apr 2014; posted by the editor - Internet news, European Union
On 8 April, the European Court of Justice ruled that the EU legislation on mass surveillance contravenes European law. The case was brought before the Court by EDRi member Digital Rights Ireland, together with the Austrian Working Group on Data Retention.
National Plan on 'Corporate Social Responsibility' 09 Apr 2014; posted by the editor - Business, Ireland
Setting its stated key objective of making Ireland the best small country in which to do business, the Government today launched "Good for Business, Good for the Community", described as Ireland's National Plan on Corporate Social Responsibility 2014-2016.
New global coalition urges governments to keep surveillance technologies in check 06 Apr 2014; posted by the editor - Human Rights, Internet news, International
A new global coalition of human rights organizations launched in Brussels says world leaders must commit to keeping invasive surveillance systems and technologies out of the hands of dictators and oppressive regimes.
Gates Foundation urged to Divest from UK Security Company G4S 03 Apr 2014; posted by the editor - International
With Palestinian Prisoners' Day approaching on 17 April, Addameer and the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) are calling on people of conscience worldwide to take action in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners.
A 15-Year Murder Spree 03 Apr 2014; posted by the editor - International
By David Swanson "The notion of a 'humanitarian war' would have rang in the ears of the drafters of the UN Charter as nothing short of Hitlerian, because it was precisely the justification used by Hitler himself for the invasion of Poland just six years earlier." –Michael Mandel
Fifteen years ago, NATO was bombing Yugoslavia. This may be difficult for people to grasp who believe the Noah movie is historical fiction, but: What your government told you about the bombing of Kosovo was false. And it matters.
First Sentinel Earth Observation Satellite launched by ESA 03 Apr 2014; posted by the editor - Science, Technology, Europe, European Union, Ireland
The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the first in a series of novel Earth Observation (EO) Sentinel satellites under the European Union's Copernicus Programme. The Launch, which took place from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, represents the first of a series of satellite launches of the most ambitious global civilian Earth Observation project ever conceived.
Action call to suspend US military aid to Israel 02 Apr 2014; posted by the editor - Human Rights, International, Middle East, Palestine, Israel
Following the shooting dead of a 14-year-old Palestinian youth by Israeli security forces and Amnesty International's call on the US to suspend all transfers of munitions, weapons and other equipment to Israel, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has launched an online petition to urge the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to hold Israel accountable for misusing U.S. weapons to commit human rights abuses against Palestinians in violation of U.S. laws.
Counsellors and psychotherapists to be regulated 30 Mar 2014; posted by the editor - Health, Ireland
Following Health Minister Dr James Reilly's decision to introduce compulsory regulation of counselling and psychotherapy practices, Limerick TD Dan Neville said the move is "a crucial step in ensuring that vulnerable people are counselled only by qualified professionals".
Lies About Rwanda Mean More Wars If Not Corrected 29 Mar 2014; posted by the editor - Features
By David Swanson
Urge the ending of war these days and you'll very quickly hear two words: "Hitler" and "Rwanda." While World War II killed some 70 million people, it's the killing of some six to 10 million (depending on who's included) that carries the name Holocaust. Never mind that the United States and its allies refused to help those people before the war or to halt the war to save them or to prioritize helping them when the war ended—or even to refrain from letting the Pentagon hire some of their killers. Never mind that saving the Jews didn't become a purpose for WWII until long after the war was over. Propose eliminating war from the world and your ears will ring with the name that Hillary Clinton calls Vladimir Putin and that John Kerry calls Bashar al Assad.