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   Be careful, think what you talk on the phone!

 The NSA collected over 151 million phone records from Americans last year, while having warrants for only 42 terrorist suspects, an annual report shows. In 2015, the agency's snooping powers were cut following Edward Snowden's revelations.

The new transparency report revealing the agency's haul was released Tuesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The records include communicational "metadata," showing who contacted whom, but not what they said. The amount of collected data is still lower ... read more

    Happy birthday, Guantánamo! 7

"I intend to close Guantánamo, and would not give it up. Many times I have repeated that the United States does not conduct torture and I will make sure that indeed be so. I will make every effort to increase America's moral reputation in the world", Barack Obama said during his election campaign, in which, among other things, promised to be one of the first things you will do will be closing the Guantánamo base. Base Guantánamo will be closed to 22. January 2010., believe me."

We are already in 2017. Barack Obama is still two weeks the president of the United States. After two mandates, and after eight years as president. Gunatánamo this week have more

   Historical Places You Are Not Allowed to Visit

Lascaux Caves is a complex of caves in southwestern France that is famous for its Paleolithic cave paintings. They contain 900 of the most perfect surviving examples of Upper Paleolithic art. These paintings are estimated to be 17,300 years old. They primarily consist of images of large animals, most of which are known from fossil evidence to have lived in the area at the time.

 The caves, which have been banned to the public since 1963, have been menaced in recent years by a series of unexplained, and only partially controlled, fungal invasions. Any human presence in the caves is 
regarded as potentially more

   Kids For Cash

 Inside One of the Nation’s Most Shocking Juvenile Justice Scandals

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark Supreme Court decision that gave poor defendants the right to counsel, it would be nice to celebrate. That case, taken together with the 1967 decision In re Gault, which gave juveniles the same rights in court as adults, stands for the principle that process matters in our system of justice; when faced with the awesome power of the state, the accused — rich or poor, old or young — must be properly armed.

 Two recent books put a damper on the celebration, revealing just how random and impoverished justice can be, and how flimsy the right to more


  UN warns Britain over child voodoo rituals, pedophile sex tourists

Hundreds of children are being kidnapped in Africa and bought to the UK for voodoo rituals, a UN watchdog said, also voicing alarm about the number of British pedophiles who prey on children abroad.

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) urged Britain to do more to stop this brutal form of people trafficking.

“We’re concerned about reports that hundreds of children have been abducted from their families in Africa and trafficked to the UK, especially London, for religious rituals,” Kirsten Sandberg, head of the CRC and a former Norwegian Supreme Court judge, said more


   A Tortured Twist on Ethics

Why isn't the American Psychological Association pursuing ethics charges against psychologist John Leso for abuses he helped carry out at the Guantánamo prison?

George Orwell wisely observed that our understanding of the past, and the meaning associated with it, directly influences the future. And as the unprecedented public feud between the CIA and Congress makes clear, there are still significant aspects of our recent history of state-sponsored torture that need examination before we put this national disgrace behind us.

Important questions remain unresolved about the U.S. torture program in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. And the four-year, $40 million Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture is unlikely to provide sufficient answers, even if it’s more


   The US and Britain’s Paedophile Colony

Less than a month before the 11th anniversary of the illegal US-led invasion of Iraq, the near destruction of much of the country, heritage, culture, secularism, education, health services and all State institutions, the country is poised to revert “two thousand years” say campaigners.

On February 25th, Iraq’s Cabinet approved a draft law lowering the age of legal marriage for females to nine years old.

Iraq was, prior to the invasion, a fiercely secular country, with a broadly equal male, female workforce and with women benefiting from a National Personal Status Law, introduced in 1959, which remained “one of the most liberal in the Arab world, with respect more


   Big Brother is Watching You

“Big Brother is Watching You,” George Orwell wrote in his disturbing book 1984. But, as Mikko Hypponen points out, Orwell “was an optimist.” Orwell never could have imagined that the National Security Agency (NSA) would amass metadata on billions of our phone calls and 200 million of our text messages every day. Orwell could not have foreseen that our government would read the content of our emails, file transfers, and live chats from the social media we use.

In his recent speech on NSA reforms, President Obama cited as precedent Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty, who patrolled the streets at night, “reporting back any signs that the British were preparing raids against America’s early Patriots.” This was a weak effort to find historical support for the NSA spying more


   We're All Terrorists Now

British authorities claimed the domestic partner of reporter Glenn Greenwald was involved in "terrorism" when he tried to carry documents from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden through a London airport in August, according to police and intelligence documents.

Greenwald's partner, David Miranda, was detained and questioned for nine hours by British authorities at Heathrow on Aug. 18, when he landed there from Berlin to change planes for a flight to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

After his release and return to Rio, Miranda filed a legal action against the British government, seeking the return of materials seized from him by British authorities and a judicial review of the legality of his detention. At a London court hearing this week for Miranda's lawsuit, a document called a "Ports Circulation Sheet" was read into more


 Massacre in Peruvian Amazon over US Free Trade Agreement

On World Environment Day, June 5, 2009, Peruvian Amazon Indians were massacred by the government of Alán García in the latest chapter of a long war to take over common lands—a war unleashed by the signing of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Peru and the United States.

Three MI-17 helicopters took off from the national police base in El Milagro, Peru, at 6 a.m. on Friday, June 5, and flew over part of the Peruvian highway that joins the jungle to the northern coast, which had been occupied for the past ten days by five thousand Awajún and Wampi indigenous peoples.

 The helicopters launched tear gas on the crowd (witnesses say they also shot machine guns) while a group of agents simultaneously attacked the roadblock by ground, firing AKM more



When Nelson Mandela and the ANC (African National Congress) in 1994. won the elections in South Africa believed that the new era of democracy to bring peace among all nationalities in the country. However, after 17 years, in a country which is called the "Rainbow Nation" no end in sight to xenophobia and racism.

According to Britain's Daily Telegraph, in the last few weeks two people banned entry into the resort Lekkerrus in Limpopo province in the northeast of South Africa. Earlier this month, Adam Morgan and his family away from the above resorts. The reason? They are African-Americans. Morgan had been on vacation in the vicinity and decided one day to visit the mineral springs in the spa. One of the members of the insurance, when he saw that it was about blacks, he said that the entry is allowed only to members, that would more 


 Happy birthday, Guantanamo!

"I intend to close Guantánamo, and would not give it up. Many times I have repeated that the United States does not conduct torture and I will make sure that indeed be so. I will make every effort to increase America's moral reputation in the world", Barack Obama said during his election campaign, in which, among other things, promised to be one of the first things you will do will be closing the Guantánamo base. Base Guantánamo will be closed to 22. January 2010., believe me."

Already we in 2011 year, and Barack Obama president of the nearly two years. Gunatánamo this week off the birthday cake candles. Nine years of existence. There is no indication that it will close the base, which thinks about its one hundred and seventy four inmates - um, who do they ask?

The camp for prisoners at Guantanamo was opened in 2002, under the Bush more


 (R)evolution of evil

This is yet another sad African story - perhaps the saddest. Since the white man showed how easy it is to kill, kidnap and enslave - Africa live a life of violence. Violence in Africa as it evolves and as if to tell the rest of the world - the human race was created here and here will disappear!

In Africa there are many rebel groups and armies, but none was so scary and brutal as the Lord's Resistance Army ( LRA), led by Joseph Kony, which is responsible for the longest armed conflict on the continent. With a campaign of kidnapping children to turn into soldiers or sex slaves, and slaves, and tactics that include mutilation by cutting the ears and mouth, torture, rape and murder, the LRA has for more than 20 years terrorizing and destabilizing the very heart of Africa. The clashes have killed thousands of civilians, abducted more than 30,000 children, and recent data humanitarian organizations speak about the 2 million displaced, and 90% of the total more 


 The most important protest

The last few weeks the world media thoroughly carried news from North Africa, and many readers around the world carried reports on the demonstrations, abdication of the dictator and the first steps toward full democracy. In the shadow of all these events should be one, seemingly unimportant, and a small protest in the U.S. state of Wisconsin.

 About two weeks thousands of protesters took place in the main hall of the state of Wisconsin in Madison, and refused to leave the building after normal business hours. This was the beginning of one of the most important and most numerous protests in America in the last ten years. It all began in a more 


 The Holocaust Industry

2011. Search the Jewish magazine Commentary, which is a kind experienced boom of the seventies, shows 993 articles on the subject of the Holocaust. Daily newspaper Jerusalem Post, Israel's best-selling English newspaper, the Holocaust tackles in 1495 articles. Holocaust industry obviously does not stop its production facilities. As the whole story began, when and why they actually appeared intensely the memory of the Holocaust?

 Norman G. Finkelstein in his book The Holocaust Industry explains the circumstances in which the Jews decided to "remember" the Holocaust and the way it has thrived so-called Holocaust industry, ie the purposes for which the Holocaust is used in the past few decades. Finkelstein is an American-Jewish historian, a Ph.D. from Princeton, Department of Political Science. For many years studying the Israeli-Palestinian more


 Obama´s Charter School Policies Spread Segregation and Undermine Unions

Charter schools continue to stratify students by race, class, and sometimes language, and are more racially isolated than traditional public schools in virtually every state and large metropolitan area in the country.

Charter schools are often marketed as incubators of educational innovation, and they form a key feature of the Obama administration’s school reform agenda. But in some urban communities, they may be fueling de facto school segregation and undermining public education.

  A University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA) Civil Rights Project study, “Choice without Equity: Charter School Segregation and the Need for Civil Rights Standards,” reported that charter schools, particularly those in the western United States, are havens for white re-segregation from more


 Big Brother has a Twitter

They say there are billions of them, with more than 50 million added per day. But whatever the actual number, every single tweet ever sent since the beginning of Twitter-time is set to be turned over to Uncle Sam.

According to Federal News Radio earlier this week, Twitter has struck a deal (deal?) with the Library of Congress to archive every single tweet. Rather than treat them as free, protected speech, the billions of Tweets are being treated as historical documents and will archived as such, the report said.

"We have an agreement with Twitter where they have a bunch of servers with their historic archive of tweets, everything that was more 


  Shoot first, ask later!

Website Iraq Body Count on 27 January 2012. shows the numbers 105022-114 700th In order to estimate the number of civilians killed since the start of the mission in Iraq. At the same time, the verdict was reached Colonel Frank Wuterich. It is 2005. he ordered the killing of 24 civilians in Haditha.

The massacre, which is one of the striking moments of the mission long awaited the verdict, the voice of justice. And Mr. Justice has decided that Frank Wuterich will not spend a single minute in jail.

  In Iraq, much has been done wrong for years. Roots of mission overgrown weeds are so difficult to expect that anything good can come out of it. However, one can always hope. When you go abuse, killing, destruction, we more 


  Paranoia and Crime - reveals Wikileaks

LONDON - February 26 - WikiLeaks begins to publish today over five million e-mails obtained by Anonymous from "global intelligence" company Stratfor. The emails, which reveal everything from sinister spy tactics to an insider trading scheme with Goldman Sachs (see below), also include several discussions of the Yes Men and Bhopal activists. (Bhopal activists seek redress for the 1984 Dow Chemical/Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, India, that led to thousands of deaths, injuries in more than half a million people, and lasting environmental damage.)

Many of the Bhopal-related emails, addressed from Stratfor to Dow and Union Carbide public relations directors, reveal concern that, more 


  Milkman subjected to exstreme torture!

NaturalNews exclusive report, please credit with link. NaturalNews can now report that 65-year-old senior citizen James Stewart, a raw milk farmer with no criminal history, was nearly tortured to death in the LA County jail this past week. He survived a "week of torturous Hell" at the hands of LA County jail keepers who subjected him to starvation, sleep deprivation, hypothermia, loss of blood circulation to extremities, verbal intimidation, involuntary medical testing and even subjected him to over 30 hours of raw biological sewage filth containing dangerous pathogens.

 This is from a county that has targeted and terrorized James Stewart for the supposed crime of selling fresh milk containing "dangerous pathogens." That's right - the only "crime" James has ever committed is being the milk man and distributing milk that is openly and honestly kept fresh and raw instead of pasteurized. So as part of his punishment of advocating raw cow's milk, he was tortured with raw human sewage at the LA County more


  Innocent victims

Warning: The text contains disturbing images!

At Fallujah hospital they cannot offer any statistics on children born with birth defects – there are just too many. Parents don’t want to talk. "Families bury their newborn babies after they die without telling anyone," says hospital spokesman Nadim al-Hadidi. "It’s all too shameful for them."

"We recorded 672 cases in January but we know there were many more," says Hadidi. He projects pictures on to a wall at his office: children born with no brain, no eyes, or with the intestines out of their body.

Facing a frozen image of a child born without limbs, Hadidi says parents’ feelings usually range between shame and guilt. "They think it’s their fault, that there’s something wrong with them. And it doesn’t help at all when some elder tells them it’s been ‘god’s punishment’." more


  How Children End Up In The Hands Of The Abuser? 

Many people are aware that domestic violence (DV) is a common feature of many custody cases. What few people realize, however, is what has been referred to as the family court system’s “dirty little secret”: while half the men who batter their wives also abuse their children, in states across the nation (and in countries around the world), an alarming proportion of abusive men are likely to win custody of their children after separation or divorce.

According to the National Center for State Courts, there is documented evidence of domestic violence in 24-55 percent of custody court records. Yet, in 300 custody cases, studied, investigators found that in only 10 percent of the cases where allegations of child abuse were raised was sole custody awarded to the non-abusive (“protective”) parent.

Despite the publics’ view that custody cases result in the children ending up in safe hands, each year approximately 58,500 are left at more 


  Aborted Babies - Big business

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Did you know that aborted babies are being chopped up and sold to medical researchers all over America? There is a federal law which is supposed to ban this practice, but it contains a gigantic loophole that abortion clinics are using to sell huge amounts of aborted baby parts to the scientific community. The loophole in the federal law allows "reasonable payments associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue."  

But there are no guidelines as to what those "reasonable payments" should be and the Obama administration is not about to start prosecuting abortion clinics. So aborted baby parts from American babies will continue to be more 


   Self-Immolation for freedom

Dozens of Tibetans have set themselves on fire over the past year to protest Chinese rule, sometimes drinking kerosene to make the flames explode from within, in one of the biggest waves of political self-immolations in recent history.
But the stunning protests are going largely unnoticed in the wider world – due in part to a smothering Chinese security crackdown in the region that prevents journalists from covering them.

While a single fruit seller in Tunisia who lit himself on fire in December 2010 is credited with igniting the Arab Spring democracy movement, the Tibetan self-immolations have so far failed to prompt the changes the protesters demand: an end to more


  Sexual Humiliation, a Tool to Control the Masses

In a five-four ruling this week, the supreme court (06 April 12) decided that anyone can be strip-searched upon arrest for any offense, however minor, at any time. This horror show ruling joins two recent horror show laws: the NDAA, which lets anyone be arrested forever at any time, and HR 347, the "trespass bill", which gives you a 10-year sentence for protesting anywhere near someone with secret service protection. These criminalizations of being human follow, of course, the mini-uprising of the Occupy movement.

Is American strip-searching benign? The man who had brought the initial suit, Albert Florence, described having been told to "turn around. Squat and cough. Spread your cheeks." He said he felt humiliated: "It made me feel like less of a man."

In surreal reasoning, justice Anthony Kennedy explained that this more 


  Inhumane control 

 In a country where women are denied the right to vote, are not allowed to drive, and are basically treated like children, Saudi Arabia has taken its next giant leap backwards by rolling out an SMS electronic tracking system that alerts male "guardians" by text message whenever women under their protection leave the country. The development has been met with outrage by reformers, who have turned to Twitter to voice their concern.

Saudi Arabia is a complete mess as far as women's rights is concerned. It ranks 130th out of 134 countries for gender equality — a nation where only 16.5% of women make up the workforce. As devout followers of Sharia Law, all women, regardless of age, require a male guardian and cannot leave the country without written consent.

And now, judging by a flurry of incoming accounts, it's clear that the country has covertly implemented a new system that will further serve to strengthen its control over more 


 The World Water Crisis

I've just watched Irena Salina's incredible, infuriating documentary FLOW: For Love of Water, a film about the often-invisible and underreported global water crisis. Ranging from widespread US contamination to the tragedy of developing nations who are forced by the World Bank to sell their water companies like Vivendi, Nestle, Suez and Thames, who get sweetheart deals to offer substandard, overpriced monopoly water service, at terrible cost to human life.

Global water profiteering is at the center of a global healthcare crisis that kills more people than AIDS or malaria. The film shows the grim reality of water in Asia, Africa, South and Central America, and the USA. The mortality is awful, and not just from bad water or no water -- also from police forces in states like Bolivia who go to war against people whose water supply has been sold to foreign multinationals who are reaping windfall profits while they more 


   A rape victim could be charged?!!!

Proposed New Mexico law would send rape victims to prison for having abortions

A Republican lawmaker in New Mexico introduced a bill on Wednesday that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial.

It’s another one of those unbelievable moments in the so-called GOP “war on women.”

House Bill 206, introduced by state Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R), would charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for "tampering with evidence."

“Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is more


   Rape as a Weapon of War

Denis Mukwege is a gynaecologist working in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He and his colleagues have treated about 30,000 rape victims, developing great expertise in the treatment of serious sexual injuries. His story includes disturbing accounts of rape as a weapon of war.

When war broke out, 35 patients in my hospital in Lemera in eastern DR Congo were killed in their beds.

I fled to Bukavu, 100km (60 miles) to the north, and started a hospital made from tents. I built a maternity ward with an operating theatre. In 1998, everything was destroyed again. So, I started all over again in 1999.

It was that year that our first rape victim was brought into the hospital. After being raped, bullets had been fired into her genitals and more


   Iraq: A decade of abuse

Baghdad - Heba al-Shamary (name changed for security reasons) was released last week from an Iraqi prison where she spent the last four years.

"I was tortured and raped repeatedly by the Iraqi security forces," she told Al Jazeera. "I want to tell the world what I and other Iraqi women in prison have had to go through these last years. It has been a hell."
Heba was charged with terrorism, a fate faced by many Iraqis who are detained by security forces.

"I now want to explain to people what is occurring in the prisons that [Prime Minister Nouri al-] Maliki and his gangs are running," Heba added. "I was raped over and over again, I was kicked more  


  The Invisible War

Sexual assault occurs in myriad settings and the perpetrators come from every swath of U.S. society. Yet as recent incidents and reports make clear, it's a particularly intractable problem in the military, with its enduring macho culture and unique legal system.

 During this week's battle of wills between legislators and military leaders at the Senate armed services committee hearing into sexual assault, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and other high-level witnesses admitted failure, expressing remorse and their desire to do better over a crisis that lawmakers warned threatened US troops' recruitment and more 

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