News for 2015-09-23

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Tech CEOs Branded Privacy Traitors For Their Quiet Push to Pass CISA
Internet users are calling out a dozen tech giants for their sudden turnaround on a controversial privacy bill, launching an email campaign this week with the plain message, "You betrayed us." The chief executive officers of Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, Symantec, and other companies, along with...
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Advisor to Top EU Court Slams NSA's 'Mass, Indiscriminate Surveillance'
A data sharing agreement between the EU and U.S.—where the NSA engages in "mass, indiscriminate surveillance"—violates the fundamental rights of EU citizens and is invalid, an advisor to the EU's top court said Wednesday. The opinion issued by Yves Bot, Advocate General of the European Court of...
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Denouncing Serra Canonization, Mother and Son 'Walk for the Ancestors'
Caroline Ward-Holland and her son, Kagen Holland, wanted to address the controversial canonization of the 18th century missionary Junípero Serra in their own way. Thus, while Pope Francis called for Serra's sainthood during a mass attended by thousands on Wednesday at a Washington D.C. basilica,...
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Confidential Charter School Memo Blasted as 'Outline for a Hostile Takeover'
A California billionaire is enlisting other wealthy backers in a $490 million scheme to place half of the students in the Los Angeles Unified School District into charter schools over the next eight years—a plan at least one critic says would "do away with democratically controlled, publicly...
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'The Snowden Treaty': Pact to End Mass Spying Would Honor NSA Whistleblower
Two years after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden 's revelations made global headlines, a new international pact for privacy rights is being launched—the Snowden Treaty, an agreement that would "curtail mass surveillance and protect the rights of whistleblowers." "Protecting the right to privacy is...
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Jimmy Carter on US 'Oligarchy' and Corrupting Power of Money on Politics
Commenting on the political landscape, now six years after the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter laments that Washington D.C. has become corrupted by the influence of money. "We've become, now, an oligarchy instead of a democracy," Carter told Oprah...
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Al Jazeera Journalists Among 100 Political Prisoners Pardoned in Egypt
Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were among the 100 political prisoners and youth activists granted pardon on Wednesday by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The group was among those targeted by the Egyptian government, which came to power in 2013 and soon thereafter...
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War Hawk Petraeus Comes Out Of Retirement to Recommend Pouring Fuel on Syria's Fire
Observers say retired general's prescription would require tens of thousands of troops and lead to full-scale war.
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Global Divestment Movement 'Catches Fire' with Funds Worth $2.6 Trillion Shifting Assets
The number of institutions, individuals, and various funds divesting from the fossil fuel industry and invest in renewable energy and climate solutions has exploded, growing 50-fold in just one year and representing $2.6 trillion in assets, according to a new analysis released Tuesday. "This...
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