June 2010

Welcome to the surveillance society.

That’s what the American Civil Liberties Union concluded Tuesday with a report chronicling government spying and the detention of groups and individuals “for doing little more than peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights.” (more…)

Glenn Greenwald Salon 6/30/10

A newly released study from students at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government provides the latest evidence of how thoroughly devoted the American establishment media is to amplifying and serving (rather than checking) government officials. (more…)

In Afghanistan, corruption is rife. It is so abundant, in fact, that a senior US lawmaker declared on Monday that she’d be freezing $3.9 billion in Afghan aid dollars until the situation is addressed. (more…)

Group: Former President Carter could be prosecuted for monitoring fair elections in Lebanon (more…)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court upheld the government’s authority Monday to ban aid to designated terrorist groups, even when that support is intended to steer the groups toward peaceful and legal activities…

Human rights groups said they were stunned by the ruling. (more…)

Robert Fisk Independent U.K. 6/21/10

Following the latest in semantics on the news? Journalism and the Israeli government are in love again. It’s Islamic terror, Turkish terror, Hamas terror, Islamic Jihad terror, Hezbollah terror, activist terror, war on terror, Palestinian terror, Muslim terror, Iranian terror, Syrian terror, anti-Semitic terror… (more…)

The introduction of a network of more than 200 CCTV cameras giving blanket coverage of two predominantly Muslim areas of Birmingham is to be postponed after furious protests. (more…)

An organization of German Jews that wants to send an aid ship to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza says that its intentions are no betrayal of the Jewish people.  (more…)

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