Human Rights

Philippines gags internet with ‘draconian’ cyber crime law

Philippines gags internet with ‘draconian’ cyber crime law

The Philippines has approved measures to prosecute users that post “defamatory” comments on social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook. They will be liable for a fine of 1 million pesos (US$24,000) or face up to 12 years in prison. Websites that publish the material may also be shut down. The cyber-law has been […]

Florida city passes ban on hiring smokers

Florida city passes ban on hiring smokers

In an attempt to save money on insurance, a city in South Florida has banned hiring employees who smoke or use tobacco products, causing some Americans to complain that the government is controlling too much of their personal life. Delray Beach City Commissioners on Tuesday announced a policy that would help the financially struggling city […]

Assange to UN: ‘It is time for the US to cease its persecution of WikiLeaks’ (VIDEO)

Assange to UN: ‘It is time for the US to cease its persecution of WikiLeaks’ (VIDEO)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called on the United States to move from words to actions, and put an end to its persecution of WikiLeaks, its people and its sources. He made the statement during an address to a panel of UN delegates. Addressing the representatives of the United Nations’ member countries, the WikiLeaks founder […]

‘Democracy kidnapped!’ Madrid police fire rubber bullets as thousands surround Spanish Congress

‘Democracy kidnapped!’ Madrid police fire rubber bullets as thousands surround Spanish Congress

Madrid riot police have cleared Plaza de Neptune of protesters, with about 200 officers securing the surrounding blocks. At least 60 people have been injured and 26 arrested as police used batons and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. Local emergency services have confirmed that at least 60 people, including eight policemen, were injured in […]

Carsey Institute: More Than 16 Million Children in Poverty in 2011

DURHAM, N.H. – Between 2010 and 2011, the child poverty rate rose modestly across the nation to 22.5 percent. Today 16.4 million children live in poverty; 6.1 million of them are under age six, according to researchers from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. In addition, 45 percent — 32.7 million of […]

Mass arrests in NYC as OWS movement marks one year

Mass arrests in NYC as OWS movement marks one year

Hundreds of police barricaded the New York Stock Exchange as Occupy Wall Street protesters swarmed the Financial District for the movement’s one-year anniversary, with over 180 reportedly arrested. Police made 180 arrests by Monday evening, primarily for “disorderly conduct”  or impeding “vehicular or pedestrian traffic.” Witnesses had previously  reported on Twitter that demonstrators were being arrested for“blocking […]

Obama wins right to indefinitely detain Americans under NDAA

Obama wins right to indefinitely detain Americans under NDAA

A lone appeals judge bowed down to the Obama administration late Monday and reauthorized the White House’s ability to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge or due process. Last week, a federal judge ruled that an temporary injunction on section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 must be made permanent, essentially barring […]

Big Brother or peeping tom? UK installs CCTV in school bathrooms, changing rooms

Big Brother or peeping tom? UK installs CCTV in school bathrooms, changing rooms

Over 200 UK state schools have installed cameras in bathrooms and changing rooms to monitor students, a recent surveillance survey reported. British parents will likely be shocked by the study’s findings. The survey is based on a freedom of information request conducted by Big Brother Watch, an anti-surveillance activist group. The group said they were […]