Daily Archives: October 25, 2014

European Privacy in the Age of Snowden: We Need a Debate About What Intelligence Agencies Are Doing


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Published on Oct 24, 2014

http://democracynow.org – As the movie “Citizenfour” about National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden opens in theaters in the United States, we look at the impact his leaks have had on the debate over online privacy in Europe. The Austrian newspaper Der Standard reports the NSA has accessed nearly 70 percent of telecommunications in Vienna, home to thousands of diplomats from around the world. Earlier this year, Germany ordered the removal of a top U.S. intelligence official in the country after leaks from Snowden showed the United States was monitoring the communications of millions of Germans and tapping Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone. In a victory for digital privacy, the European Court of Justice struck down a rule that required telecommunication companies to store the communications data of European Union citizens for up to two years. The ruling happened on the same day Snowden addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from Moscow. We are joined by Andreas Krisch, president of European Digital Rights.

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Conversations w/Great Minds – James Risen – Did Saudi Arabia Finance 9/11

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The Big Picture RT

Published on Oct 24, 2014

James Risen, Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War joins Thom Hartmann. 13 years after 9/11 – the War on Terror has turned into a massive moneymaking scheme for America’s oligarchs. How did this happen – and what can we do to change it?

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Obama Promised a “World Without Nuclear Weapons,” But May Now Spend $1 Trillion on Upgrades


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Published on Oct 24, 2014

President Obama gave a major address in 2009 in the Czech Republic that called for a nuclear-free world. His disarmament efforts were cited when he won the Nobel Peace Prize, but since then advocates say little progress has been made. A recent New York Times investigation found the United States is on pace to spend as much as $1 trillion over the next three decades to modernize its nuclear arsenal and facilities. This week, more than 150 countries at the United Nations signed a joint statement calling on nuclear powers to attend the third major conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons scheduled this December in Vienna. The United States has yet to attend one of the meetings.

Full episodes of Democracy Now! can be viewed at the link: https://www.freespeech.org/collection…

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Richard Smith: A Conversation with Henry David Thoreau


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Published on Oct 24, 2014

Step back in time to 1855 as Henry David Thoreau, the “Hermit of Walden Pond,” visits Old South Meeting House! Was noted Transcendentalist, abolitionist and naturalist Thoreau really a hermit? What did he think of Boston, where he regularly visited the Athenaeum? Get the answers to these and other questions as you visit with Mr. Thoreau, portrayed by historian Richard Smith. Mr. Thoreau reads selections from his writings, including Walden, and answers questions about his experiences in 19th-century Concord and Boston.

This program is the first in a Special Middays at the Meeting House Series – “Conversations with Hawthorne and Thoreau”: Fridays, October 24 and November 7.

This talk was filmed at Old South Meeting House on Friday, October, 24, 2014.

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James Risen on Obama and government corruption


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Published on Oct 24, 2014

President Barack Obama’s lengthy record of prosecuting whistleblowers and targeting journalists speaks for itself, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen. Speaking to RT’s Thom Hartmann and Manila Chan, the famed New York Times journalist outlined multiple instances of the government cracking down on dissenters, and also explained how special interests work the system for their own financial and political gain.

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Athens flood: Heavy rains bring chaos to Greece capital


RT

Published on Oct 24, 2014

Roads became rivers in parts of the Greek capital Athens on Friday after the region was hit by torrential rain which swept away cars and damaged homes and businesses.

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Putin: Doesn’t matter who takes place of evil empire in US propaganda – Iran, China or Russia


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Published on Oct 25, 2014

Vladimir Putin criticized the west for “sawing at branches” with sanctions against Russia and releasing a “genie in a bottle” with color revolutions – READ MORE http://on.rt.com/rs93vd

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