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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 […]

France accuses Syria of 3 chemical attacks, Assad slams Western logic

France accuses Syria of 3 chemical attacks, Assad slams Western logic

At least three chemical attacks were staged in Syria between April and August, a declassified French intelligence report claims, while President Bashar Assad said it was “illogical” for the government to launch a chemical weapons strike. The declassified nine-page French intelligence report, issued by the country’s external and military services, suggests government forces loyal to President […]

​Merkel calls for global data protection agreement

​Merkel calls for global data protection agreement

An international agreement on protection of electronic data is needed, according to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after Edward Snowden’s revelations that the US spied on Germany through its PRISM surveillance program. “If digital communication raises new questions worldwide, then we should take up the challenge. Germany is working for that,” Merkel told the weekly Welt am […]

50 Years ago in Germany: “Ich bin ein Berliner” Video

50 Years ago in Germany: “Ich bin ein Berliner” Video

“Ich bin ein Berliner“ (German pronunciation: [ˈʔɪç ˈbɪn ʔaɪn bɛɐˈliːnɐ], “I am a Berliner”) is a quotation from a June 26, 1963, speech byU.S. President John F. Kennedy in West Berlin. He was underlining the support of the United States for West Germany 22 months afterSoviet-supported East Germany erected theBerlin Wall to prevent mass emigration to the West. The message was aimed as much at the Soviets […]

Snowden hid copies of secret NSA documents in case something happens to him

Snowden hid copies of secret NSA documents in case something happens to him

A trove of classified documents supplied to The Guardian newspaper by NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been copied and shared with several people around the globe, journalist Glenn Greenwald told The Daily Beast on Tuesday. Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who first began publishing National Security Agency documents earlier this month after meeting with the former […]

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