Scott Pruitt found in violation of state's Open Records Act 17 Feb 2017; posted by the editor - United States
Oklahoma County Court has found Trump Environmental Protection Agency nominee Scott Pruitt in violation of the state’s Open Records Act. The Center for Media and Democracy had filed a lawsuit against Pruitt for improperly withholding public records and the court ordered his office to release thousands of emails in a matter of days.
EU border agency targeted "isolated or mistreated" individuals for questioning 16 Feb 2017; posted by the editor - Human Rights, European Union
Report by Statewatch
Guidelines produced for border guards participating in an EU joint operation instruct the targeting of “migrants from minority ethnic groups, and individuals who may have been isolated or mistreated during their journey, as such people are often more willing to talk about their experiences.”
Can the Climate Survive Adherence to War and Partisanship? 16 Feb 2017; posted by the editor - Features, Environment, International
By David Swanson
For the past decade, the standard procedure for big coalition rallies and marches in Washington D.C. has been to gather together organizations representing labor, the environment, women's rights, anti-racism, anti-bigotry of all sorts, and a wide array of liberal causes, including demands to fund this, that, and the other, and to halt the concentration of wealth.
Benefits to Irish Companies from EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement 16 Feb 2017; posted by the editor - Canada, European Union, Ireland
The European Parliament’s approval of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), negotiated with Canada, will boost goods and services trade and investment flows between the EU and Canada as it removes almost all tariffs on trade between the two parties, delivering jobs and growth for Ireland and Canada, said Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor.
UK proposal could jail journalists as 'spies' for obtaining leaks 14 Feb 2017; posted by the editor - Journalism, United Kingdom
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says it is deeply concerned by new proposals that threaten journalists with jail time of up to 14 years for obtaining leaked official materials, and would make it easy to categorise journalists, whistleblowers, and human rights defenders as ‘spies’.
Live Entertainment Events Generate Over €1.7 Billion Additional Revenue 13 Feb 2017; posted by the editor - Entertainment, Ireland
Live entertainment events in Ireland—music: arts, theatre and comedy: family, attractions and exhibitions, generated a massive €1.7 billion of additional revenue over a 12 month period, supporting employment for nearly 11,500 people, according to a major new report published in partnership with Fáilte Ireland and IMRO.
Fake news about fake news being news 11 Feb 2017; posted by the editor - Journalism, Internet news
Joe McNamee, EDRi
We have heard a lot about fake news over recent months. We have heard urgent calls for action from politicians to deal with this new problem – governments should regulate truth, Facebook should regulate truth, new ministries of truth should regulate the truth.
€1.75m from Dormant Accounts Fund to support social enterprises 07 Feb 2017; posted by the editor - Ireland
A new round of funding of €1.75 million has been made available from the Dormant Accounts Fund to support social enterprises that provide services to, or employment opportunities for, disadvantaged people. Organisations can apply for funding to cover capital costs and capacity building measures.
€28m to be invested in towns, villages and rural recreation projects in 2017 01 Feb 2017; posted by the editor - Ireland
Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Minister Heather Humphreys has announced that her Department will invest more than €28 million in towns, villages and rural recreation projects in 2017, as part of the Action Plan for Rural Development.
Trump impeachment call 31 Jan 2017; posted by the editor - United States
Eleven days after the inauguration of President Trump, more than half a million people have joined the campaign and petition at ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.org, calling on the U.S. Congress to initiate an impeachment investigation into President Trump’s violations of the U.S. Constitution—citing the Foreign Emoluments Clause and Domestic Emoluments Clause, as well as violations of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act).
For Trump, media is public enemy number one 24 Jan 2017; posted by the editor - Journalism, United States
updated 31 January 2017
Press watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says it is alarmed by the new administration’s repeated attacks on the media and blatant disregard for facts in the first three days of Donald Trump’s presidency. RSF calls on Trump and his team to stop undermining the First Amendment and start defending it.
Action plan for rural development launched 23 Jan 2017; posted by the editor - Ireland
The Action Plan for Rural Development–the first ever whole-of-government strategy aimed at delivering real change for people living and working in rural Ireland–was today set in motion by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys.
Why Impeach Donald Trump? 23 Jan 2017; posted by the editor - Features, United States
By David Swanson What are the grounds for impeachment?
They will likely be piling up rapidly. President Trump did use Day 1 to advise the CIA that the United States should have stolen all of Iraq's oil. But here is a place to start. We already have a president who is violating two clauses in the U.S. Constitution, one forbidding any gifts or benefits from foreign governments, the other forbidding the same from the U.S. government or any U.S. state. This is the result of Donald Trump refusing to separate himself from major business interests as past presidents have done. Those interests will also inevitably involve Trump in violating the STOCK Act which forbids the use of non-public government information to make a private profit.
UK undercover policing likened to Stasi of East Germany 23 Jan 2017; posted by the editor - Human Rights, United Kingdom
Four women deceived into relationships with undercover officers have released a further joint statement criticising the new HMICS review into undercover policing, and demanding a full Public Inquiry into the undercover policing in Scotland. The statement refers to the undercover units as “political policing units, akin to the Stasi of East Germany”.
2017 Peace Essay Contest 17 Jan 2017; posted by the editor - International
The Chicago-based West Suburban Faith-Based Peace Coalition is sponsoring a Peace Essay Contest with a $1,000 award to the winner, $300 for the runner-up, and $100 for third place. Essays have to be directed to a person who can help promote knowledge of the Kellogg-Briand Pact (KBP) and, from whom a response is expected.
Snowden: Surveillance is about control 11 Jan 2017; posted by the editor - Human Rights, Journalism, Internet news
By Zarja Protner, EDRi intern
In December 2016, the 33rd edition of the world’s longest-running annual hacker conference Chaos Communication Congress, organised by EDRi member Chaos Computer Club (CCC), took place. It featured many insightful lectures and workshops on issues related to security, cryptography, privacy and freedom of speech. When it comes to surveillance issues, a live appearance from Edward Snowden stole the show.
Living on the streets 09 Jan 2017; posted by the editor - Opinion, Ireland
The High Court order requiring the eviction of Dublin's Apollo House homeless residents on Wednesday 11 January falls on the day that the big freeze currently sweeping across Europe is expected to reach Ireland.