For Trump, media is public enemy number one 24 Jan 2017; posted by the editor - Journalism, United States
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.
WorldBeyondWar seeks Peace Advocates in Every Nation 28 Dec 2016; posted by the editor - International
By David Swanson “I understand that wars and militarism make us less safe rather than protect us, that they kill, injure and traumatize adults, children and infants, severely damage the natural environment, erode civil liberties, and drain our economies, siphoning resources from life-affirming activities. I commit to engage in and support nonviolent efforts to end all war and preparations for war and to create a sustainable and just peace.”
SuperValu sponsors TidyTowns Competition to 2021 16 Dec 2016; posted by the editor - Ireland
Chain store Supervalu is to continue sponsoring the annual Tidy Towns Competition until 2017. Making the announcement, Minister for Regional Economic Development Minister Michael Ring said: "SuperValu has been the sole sponsor of this competition for the past 25 years and I am delighted to confirm that my Department and SuperValu will continue to work together to develop the competition over the next 5 years. Together we have a shared vision to build on the strengths of the SuperValu TidyTowns competition and to ensure that it continues to grow and be relevant. This competition has been running for almost 60 years and is stitched into the fabric of so many communities in Ireland and those communities benefit from the tireless work of the TidyTowns committees and volunteers.
National Competitiveness Council warns on key threats to economy 16 Dec 2016; posted by the editor - Business, Ireland
The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) has published its Competitiveness Challenge 2016 report, outlining a range of actions designed to boost Ireland's international competitiveness. This year's report also includes the Council's Submission to the Action Plan for Jobs (APJ) 2016 which - recognising the important role that the APJ has played in delivering structural change - focuses on the more immediate actions which should be addressed in 2017.
Parliament passes most extreme surveillance law in UK history 20 Nov 2016; posted by the editor - Human Rights, United Kingdom
By Reporters Without Borders
The UK Government has failed to respond to widespread public dismay over secret mass surveillance revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013. The Bill will not only put into statute the capabilities revealed by Snowden but extend surveillance even further. This is not just of grave concern for UK citizens. The impact of the Bill will be felt around the world. Authoritarian leaders with poor human rights records can now point to the UK when justifying their own surveillance regimes.
State of emergency worsens digital crackdown in Turkey 17 Nov 2016; posted by the editor - Human Rights, Internet news, Turkey
by Asli Telli Aydemir, EDRi member Alternative Informatics Association, Turkey
According to a new report by Freedom House, web freedom across the globe declined for the sixth consecutive year. Turkey was placed among the red-flag states in terms of web freedom in 2015-2016 and is now rated “not free” in “Freedom on the net 2016” report after repeated blocking of social media. The country's status score is “61/100 not free” with 13/25 for obstacles to access, 21/35 for limits on content and 27/40 for violations of user rights.
Now We Can Finally Get to Work 09 Nov 2016; posted by the editor - Features, Opinion, International
By David Swanson Dear Democrats,
Are you finding yourselves suddenly a bit doubtful of the wisdom of drone wars? Presidential wars without Congress? Massive investment in new, smaller, "more usable" nuclear weapons? The expansion of bases across Africa and Asia? Are you disturbed by the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen? Can total surveillance and the persecution of whistleblowers hit a point where they've gone too far? Is the new Cold War with Russia looking less than ideal now? How about the militarization of U.S. police: is it time to consider alternatives to that?
Food Safety Authority and European Commission investigate Fluoridation birth defects 04 Nov 2016; posted by the editor - Health, European Union, Ireland
Fluoride Free Towns, a national campaign group has called on the Minister for Health to sanction a moratorium on the State's Community Water Fluoridation policy pending investigations by both the FSAI's (Food Safety Authority of Ireland) Scientific Committee and the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety into the issue of fluoridation induced birth defects.