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As US seeks personal data from Google and Twitter, activists move to protect online speech

A coalition of open Internet advocates unveiled a “Declaration of Internet Freedom” this week, seeking to rally activists against censorship and privacy violations from both governments and corporations. The Declaration comes as a Manhattan Judge ordered Twitter to turn over months of personal data from an Occupy Wall Street protester, arrested during last fall's mass demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge. Both Google and Twitter released reports this month showing the US government requested more private user data than any other country in the world, and the companies largely complied.  FSRN’s Alice Ollstein has more.

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Lynne Stewart Loses Appeal

  Lynne Stewart Loses Appeal

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

For 30 years, Lynne heroically defended America's poor, underprivileged, unwanted, and forgotten. Without advocates like her, they never have a chance for due process and judicial fairness.

 

Lynne championed equity and justice. She devoted her life and work to upholding principles too important to reject. 

Yitzhak Shamir's Criminal Legacy

  Yitzhak Shamir's Criminal Legacy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Shamir reflected the worst of what Joel Kovel calls "imperialist expansion and militarism (with) signs of the fascist malignancy."

 

Iran War Weekly - July 2, 2012

IranWar Weekly

July 2, 2012

Hello All – It seems now that negotiations to resolve the conflicts in/around both Iran and Syria will be put on hold until more “facts on the ground” alter the relative power of the contending forces.  Regarding Iran, the failure of the recent negotiations in Moscow indicates to many analysts that the United States has decided to see if the new round of economic sanctions against Iran and its oil will weaken Iran’s negotiating stance on its nuclear program.  And the lack of progress on Syrian issues at last week’s meeting in Geneva, along with the rejection by the Syrian armed resistance of any negotiated outcome that would not banish the Assad family from power, indicates that fighting will continue to escalate, with potential dangers for the entire region.

Palestinian Authority Police Brutalize Peaceful Protesters

  Palestinian Authority Police Brutalize Peaceful Protesters

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

President Mahoud Abbas is a longstanding Israeli collaborator. He and unelected Prime Minister Salam Fayyad serve illegitimately.

 

Failure in Geneva

  Failure in Geneva

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Morning headlines belie continued conflict on the ground. East/West divisions remain. Nothing changed but political rhetoric from Geneva.

 

After Annan's so-called peace plan, violence increased because Washington planned it that way.

Profile of Institutionalized Racism

  Profile of Institutionalized Racism

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

According to Hamoked, the Center for the Defence of the Individual, Israel revoked residency rights for about 240,000 Gaza and West Bank Palestinians from 1967 to 1994. About 15,000 were aged 90 or older.

 

Probing New Depths of Inanity in the Tea Party Crowd

 

By Dave Lindorff


Let me preface this column by saying that I don’t think all conservatives and right-wingers are stupid. In fact I have some right-leaning friends of a libertarian bent who are really smart, and a lot of fun to argue with. They may have an unquestioning faith, bordering on religious zealotry, in the wonders of the “market,” but like Jesuit-trained Catholics defending the existence of God, debating that faith with them can be entertaining and even challenging.

FSRN Interview: Student movement in Mexico sparks debate ahead of Sunday’s Presidential election

Today, voters in Mexico head to the polls in a presidential election that has been shaken up in the last few weeks by student-led protests that are challenging the front-runner status of Enrique Peña Nieto. A victory for Peña Nieto, the candidate for the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, would mark a return to the executive office by the political party that dominated Mexican politics for more than 70 years. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the former mayor of Mexico City and candidate in 2006, is also running and, according to polls, is considered the second place contender.

For more, we’re joined by FSRN reporter Shannon Young. She’s been following the race and joins us from Oaxaca.

Listen to FSRN's interview here.

Obama Planning More War

  Obama Planning More War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America's favorite pastime isn't baseball. It's war, permanent imperial wars that won't end in our lifetime Dick Cheney said earlier.

 

America is addicted to war. One nation after another is ravaged and plundered. Unchallenged global dominance is sought. 

Spurious Terrorism Indictments

  Spurious Terrorism Indictments

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On May 19 and 20, NATO occupied Chicago violently. Downtown residents were in virtual lockdown. No-fly zones were imposed. Elaborate barricades were erected. Constitutional rights were suspended.

 

One Nobel Laureate Blasts Another -- And They’re Both Americans

 

By Dave Lindorff


There are two US presidents who have won the Nobel Peace Prize. Now one of those Nobel laureate leaders is accusing the other, though without naming him, of actions that qualify as war crimes and impeachable crimes against the US Constitution.


Big Win for Predatory Healthcare Giants

  Big Win for Predatory Healthcare Giants

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

At issue was National Federation of Independent Business, et al, Petitioners v. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al (NFIB v. Sebelius).

 

Voting 5 - 4 on Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld what should have been rejected. Pro-business High Court rulings aren't new.

Summit Fatigue

  Summit Fatigue

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Since crisis conditions erupted, it's number 19 and counting. Like earlier summits, they met. They talked. They agreed to talk more. They accomplished little more than before.

 

Dozens of rescue packages preceded Friday's. Promises are made and broken. Hyped plans failed. Conditions are worse now than ever. 

Forgotten Casualties of the Vietnam War

 

By John Grant


Charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets in the Indy 500.
- Apocalypse Now

Supreme Court upholds healthcare law as advocates continue call for single payer system

The Supreme Court ruled today that the President’s Affordable Care Act can go forward almost unchanged, except that state Medicaid expansion is now optional instead of mandatory. Though Democrats, women’s health advocates and progressive groups celebrated the decision, others say defending the Health Care Reform bill isn’t enough, and are calling for a universal, single payer system. FSRN's Alice Ollstein was outside the Supreme Court this morning, and files this report.

Reports of Troop Movements Near Syria's Borders

  Reports of Troop Movements Near Syria's Borders

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

After Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced new rules of engagement, Turkey deployed missile batteries, rocket launchers, and anti-aircraft weapons close to Syria's border. 

 

Duplicitous Human Rights Council Report on Syria

  Duplicitous Human Rights Council Report on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 27, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) discussed conflict conditions in Syria. Truth took a back seat. Some present denounced its absence.

 

Heated Anti-Assad Rhetoric

  Heated Anti-Assad Rhetoric

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington's Syrian regime change plans are longstanding. All independent governments are targeted. 

 

At issue isn't whether they're despotic, democratic, or anything in between. It's about establishing client states subservient to Western interests. That matters most.

An "Aardwolf" - Iranian Intelligence Field Assessment for Tehran (alas, notional)

How Iran Might See the Threats

June 28, 2012
 
Editor Note: Hard-headed realism and outside-the-box thinking might be needed to avert another catastrophe in the Middle East, this time an Israeli attack on Iran and the unpredictable consequences. In that light, ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern imagines a bleak report that an Iranian intelligence officer might report back to Tehran.

By Ray McGovern  

In CIA jargon, “Aardwolf” is a label for a special genre of intelligence report from field stations abroad to headquarters in Washington. An Aardwolf conveys the Chief of Station’s formal assessment regarding the direction events are taking in his or her country of assignment – and frequently the news is bad.

Nobody Wins: High Court Backs ‘Obama/RomneyCare,’ Leaves Public on Life-Support

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

Looking on the bright side, the Supreme Court has ruled that something that President Obama has done is definitively not unconstitutional.

 

That’s probably the best that can be said of the 5-4 decision by the High Court today in upholding the ironically named Affordable Health Care Act.

 

William Shatner, other celebrities also humiliated by TSA

In an apparent attempt to make light of the fact that an 81-year-old man was forced to stand in public with his pants around his ankles, the Toronto Sun reported that actor William Shatner was chosen for a “random” search at LAX (Los Angeles).

READ THE REST HERE.

Supreme Court Ruling Rights Wrongs on Juvenile Lifers

 

By Linn Washington, Jr.


Anita Colon was crying when she received the telephone call, but the caller knew hers were tears of joy.

The caller was her brother dialing her from a prison in Pennsylvania, where he is one of 480 persons serving a life-without-parole sentence for a crime ending in homicide, committed while they were teens.

State of War in Syria

  State of War in Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On Wednesday, Assad said "a state of war" exists. 

 

"(A)LL our policies, directives and all sectors will be directed in order to gain victory in this war."

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