All history is black history – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

February 28, 2012 at 10:57 (voiceofthepeople) ()

All history is black history – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

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WikiLeaks publishes security think tank e-mails – The Globe and Mail

February 27, 2012 at 18:32 (WikiLeaks) ()

WikiLeaks publishes security think tank e-mails – The Globe and Mail.

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Marie Colvin: What is bravery and what is bravado for journalists in combat zones? – thestar.com

February 26, 2012 at 23:37 (2012, war on journalism) ()

Marie Colvin: What is bravery and what is bravado for journalists in combat zones? – thestar.com.

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The 0.000063% election – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

February 26, 2012 at 04:31 (2012, brainFOOd) ()

The 0.000063% election – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

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Bill C-30 may give the government new surveillance powers, but it’s shocking what they already know

February 18, 2012 at 08:14 (brainFOOd, cyberspace) ()

National Post | News

After a B.C. lawyer’s dinner companion left the restaurant, police officers came to the table and asked everyone still seated to hand over identification. To clear up any misunderstanding, the lawyer complied.

He was then registered in a government database as having a known association with a gangster. Befuddled, he learned the person he had dined with had said hello to a gang member on the way out, the lawyer’s supporters say.

He is quietly fighting, so far unsuccessfully, to have that designation deleted, concerned that anytime police check he will immediately be flagged as suspicious and dangerous.

Welcome to the age of the data shadow.

A proposed federal law, Bill C-30, tabled this week by Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, requires Internet service providers and cellphone companies to hand over basic customer information to authorities without a warrant.

It is causing a furor.

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“Now, every single Canadian citizen…

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Peter Goodspeed: Syrian civil war impossible to contain within its borders

February 17, 2012 at 20:12 (syria) ()

National Post | Full Comment

The seeds of civil war have been sown in Syria. After 11 months of protest and repression, the country seems to be sliding toward bloody disintegration and unending chaos may soon engulf the crossroads of the Middle East.

Neighbouring Lebanon endured 15 years of torment in its 1975-90 civil war and Iraq is only just now emerging from nine years of brutal butchery.

But Syria, with its deadly divisions, tangled alliances, sectarian hatreds and ancient ethnic rivalries, could plunge the entire Middle East even deeper into misery.

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Online surveillance bill opens door for Big Brother – Politics – CBC News

February 17, 2012 at 09:10 (BIGsociety, censorship) ()

Online surveillance bill opens door for Big Brother – Politics – CBC News.

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Starving for freedom: The hunger strike of Khader Adnan – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

February 14, 2012 at 23:31 (activism, KhaderAdnan) ()

Starving for freedom: The hunger strike of Khader Adnan – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

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3,000 years of mass murder: Jerusalem’s bloody history, and how it shaped us all

February 13, 2012 at 04:09 (israel) ()

National Post | Full Comment

Seen by tourists, Jerusalem is a city of wonders. Seen by historians, it is a city of agonies.

Reading through the 3,000-year chronology presented in Simon Sebag Montefiore’s newly published Jerusalem: The Biography (excerpts from which will appear all this coming week on the Issues & Ideas pages of the National Post), one finds scarcely a century in which some substantial portion of the city’s population was not burned alive or crucified. During one 20-year stretch of Macedonian dominance in the 4th century AD, Jerusalem changed hands six times. In at least one case — Hadrian’s genocidal annihilation of the Jews following the Bar Kokhba revolt of 132-136 AD — the scale of the slaughter approached that of modern industrial genocides.

Jerusalem’s status as a holy city didn’t win its residents mercy. It had the opposite effect: Warlords and empire-builders were drawn to loot the Jewish Temple and the…

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Hundreds in Israeli jails join hunger strike – Middle East – Al Jazeera English

February 12, 2012 at 12:22 (activism, oppression) ()

Hundreds in Israeli jails join hunger strike – Middle East – Al Jazeera English.

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