The internet is not for businesses, governments, or spies. It’s for users—and it’s up to the independent web engineers to keep it safe for them. (more…)

To commemorate the 11th anniversary of the arrests of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain on August 4, 2004, two Muslim men entrapped in a phony FBI sting operation in Albany, seventeen area peace and justice groups will present a free screening of the Peabody Award-winning documentary The Newburgh Sting on Monday, August 3 at 7 p.m. at The Linda339 Central Ave. in Albany. The film will be preceded by a rally and dinner at the Masjid As-Salam, 280 Central Ave., at 5:30 p.m., and then a 6:45 p.m. march up Central Avenue to The Linda, WAMC-FM’s performing arts theater. (more…)

John Pilger Truthout

An historic betrayal has consumed Greece. Having set aside the mandate of the Greek electorate, the Syriza government has willfully ignored last week’s landslide “No” vote and secretly agreed on a raft of repressive, impoverishing measures in return for a “bailout” that means sinister foreign control and a warning to the world. (more…)

Twenty-year-old Scottish National Party MP Mhairi Black gives cause for hope in her maiden speech (8 mins) at Westminster.  Transcript available here at “3.6 pm”.

Chris Hedges Truthdig

The poor and the working class in the United States know what it is to be Greek. They know underemployment and unemployment. They know life without a pension. They know existence on a few dollars a day. They know gas and electricity being turned off because of unpaid bills. They know the crippling weight of debt. They know being sick and unable to afford medical care. (more…)

Guardian U.K.

Following repeated denials that its members were complicit in Bush administration-era torture, leading group of psychologists faces a reckoning (more…)

Democracy Now!

The Greek election has also factored into the U.S. presidential race. On Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said, “I applaud the people of Greece for saying ‘no’ to more austerity for the poor, the children, the sick and the elderly. In a world of massive wealth and income inequality, Europe must support Greece’s efforts to build an economy which creates more jobs and income, not more unemployment and suffering.” (more…)


America’s National Security Agency has spied on German chancellors and their offices for more than 10 years, a new WikiLeaks report says. The three leaked NSA intercepts indicate that the US targeted 125 phone numbers of top German officials. (more…)

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