Human rights

WikiLeaks posts 400 gigabytes of encrypted ‘insurance’ data online

WikiLeaks posts 400 gigabytes of encrypted ‘insurance’ data online

WikiLeaks has released a trove of encrypted “insurance” data on Twitter and Facebook. The data can’t be read without an encryption key, but the movement’s supporters say that could be published later in case anything happens to leading WikiLeaks figures. The whistleblowing organization published links for a massive 400 gigabytes worth of encrypted data it described as “insurance […]

‘Justice for Trayvon’: Rallies hit 100 cities

‘Justice for Trayvon’: Rallies hit 100 cities

Thousands of people have participated in rallies in more than 100 cities across the US, calling for “justice for Trayvon Martin” after jury’s decision last week found George Zimmerman not guilty of shooting unarmed black teenager dead. Follow RT’s LIVE UPDATES on Zimmerman verdict protests Trayvon Martin’s parents also joined the protests organized by the veteran civil […]

Judge rules office of ‘America’s toughest sheriff’ racially profiled Latinos

Judge rules office of ‘America’s toughest sheriff’ racially profiled Latinos

A federal judge has ruled that an Arizona sheriff infamous for his tough approach to immigration law enforcement and his office’s deputies violated the rights of Latinos by profiling them based on their ethnicity. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio – who styles himself as ‘America’s toughest sheriff’ and is known for questioning the authenticity of […]

‘Worse than death row’: Gitmo hunger strike reaches Day 100

‘Worse than death row’: Gitmo hunger strike reaches Day 100

As the Guantanamo hunger strike enters its 100th day, the number of voices, both in the US and around the world, to close the facility are growing stronger and louder. Lawyers acting for prisoners in Guantanamo say the real figures may be higher, but officially of the 166 inmates in Guantanamo, 102 are currently on […]

Thousands march in Paris against same-sex marriage and adoption

Thousands march in Paris against same-sex marriage and adoption

Tens of thousands of French families, activists and conservatives have marched in Paris protesting against a bill that if passed would allow same-sex marriage and adoption. Police fired teargas to prevent protesters from entering the Champs Elysees. Demonstrators gathered Sunday in the center of the French capital for a final mass protest against the controversial […]

Freedom of (some) information: US ‘national security’ hampers data access

Freedom of (some) information: US ‘national security’ hampers data access

Despite President Obama’s promise that openness will prevail, America’s government agencies continue to tighten their grip over free public access of state documents, AP reports. Papers are mostly being censored to conform to the security policy. America’s Freedom of Information Act has been increasingly sacrificed for the sake of national security, revealed the latest analyses […]

DEA chiefs urge Obama to nullify Washington and Colorado pot laws

DEA chiefs urge Obama to nullify Washington and Colorado pot laws

Former Drug Enforcement Administration chiefs are urging the Obama administration to nullify marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington, which recently legalized the recreational use of pot. The eight former DEA heads fear that the states’ marijuana laws will instigate a “domino effect”, causing other states to pass their own laws legalizing the recreational use of […]

UN demands prosecution of Busha-era CIA crimes

UN demands prosecution of Busha-era CIA crimes

A United Nations investigator has demanded that the US publish classified documents regarding the CIA’s human rights violations under former President George W. Bush, with hopes that the documents will lead to the prosecution of public officials. Documents about the CIA’s program of rendition and secret detention of suspected terrorists have remained classified, even though […]

Too old for Facebook: 104yo woman forced to lie about her age

Too old for Facebook: 104yo woman forced to lie about her age

Facebook has banned 104-year-old American citizen Marguerite Joseph from listing her real age as part of the social network’s policy, her granddaughter said. A Facebook representative has apologized for the hiccup. Marguerite Joseph was four when the Titanic sank, witnessed the Great Depression, and lived through several wars. She has five children, 12 grandchildren, and “several […]

Software that tracks your every move and predicts future behavior draws heat

Software that tracks your every move and predicts future behavior draws heat

US defense giant Raytheon has developed a controversial software that uses social networking sites to track your movements, able to predict where a person will be and their future behavior. The program has drawn criticism from civil rights groups. A video obtained exclusively by The Guardian shows how software developed by the US defense contractor […]