Human Rights

Putin says he will pardon jailed oil tycoon Khodorkovsky shortly

Putin says he will pardon jailed oil tycoon Khodorkovsky shortly

Vladimir Putin will sign a pardon for jailed ex-Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky “in the nearest time,” the Russian president announced following a large media conference in Moscow. “He has spent over ten years in confinement – which is a serious term, I believe,” Putin told journalists on Thursday after a four-hour Q&A session with national […]

Eyes everywhere: NSA’s second tier spying partners identified

Eyes everywhere: NSA’s second tier spying partners identified

Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and several other EU countries were named among “third party partners” in the NSA-led global signal intelligence program, a new leak submitted by journalist Glenn Greenwald to Danish TV reveals. According to the document, obtained by Swedish TV program ‘Mission: Investigate’, that has been probing Sweden’s participation in global spying operations, […]

Write wrongs! Over 500 world-famous authors sign anti-surveillance petition

Write wrongs! Over 500 world-famous authors sign anti-surveillance petition

More than 500 renowned authors – including five Nobel laureates – from across the globe have signed a petition demanding an end to ‘mass surveillance’. It follows the revelations over the last few months of the US and other countries spying. Their open appeal is called ‘A Stand for Democracy in the Digital Age’. Among […]

Powerful And Compelling Movie Drama Is An Oscar Candidate

Powerful And Compelling Movie Drama Is An Oscar Candidate

Man’s inhumanity to man has been documented many times both in war and in peace.    Also it’s been romanticized, glorified, as well as vilified, in real life and by Hollywood to a point that when a compelling, gut-wrenching film like “12 Years a Slave”, a movie so steeped in reality, comes along with its […]

NSA spied on phones of 35 world leaders

NSA spied on phones of 35 world leaders

The National Security Agency eavesdropped on hundreds of phone numbers belonging to dozens of world leaders, newly leaked documents supplied by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden reveal. Britain’s Guardian newspaper wrote Thursday that a classified memo provided to them by Snowden suggests that the NSA encouraged officials within the United States government and intelligence community […]

Fuk-‘hush’-ima: Japan’s new state secrets law gags whistleblowers, raises press freedom fears

Fuk-‘hush’-ima: Japan’s new state secrets law gags whistleblowers, raises press freedom fears

Many issues of national importance to Japan, probably including the state of the Fukushima power plant, may be designated state secrets under a new draft law. Once signed, it could see whistleblowers jailed for up to 10 years. Japan has relatively lenient penalties for exposing state secrets compared to many other nations, but that may […]

‘No Monsanto!’: World marches against GMO food

‘No Monsanto!’: World marches against GMO food

Thousands took to streets across the world’s cities on Saturday to protest the use of GMO products, with Giant Monsanto being the main target. Over 50 countries have been taking part in the march for world food day, and across 47 different US states. Berlin, Strasbourg, Chicago, London, Sydney and Mumbai are just a few […]

Pakistani schoolgirl shot by Taliban receives human rights Politkovskaya Award

Pakistani schoolgirl shot by Taliban receives human rights Politkovskaya Award

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban in 2012 for campaigning for girls’ schooling, received a human rights award named after the slain Russian journalist, Anna Politkovskaya. The group RAW (Reach All Women) in War said Yousafzai had been chosen for the Anna Politkovskaya Award “for her courage to speak out when nobody else […]