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Wall Street Taught Me How to Cheat

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A new report finds 53% of financial services executives say ethical standards inhibit career progression.
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Wall Street Taught Me How to CheatA new report finds 53% of financial services executives say ethical standards inhibit career progression.
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Mexican drug lords get firm grip on country’s mines

Mexican drug lords get firm grip on country’s mines | News in english | Scoop.it
Mexico's notoriously violent drug barons have turned to mining to both expand and diversify their sources of revenue.
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Obamacare debacle intensifies - World Socialist Web Site

The Obama administration has announced another setback for the Obamacare web site, a one-year delay for small businesses to sign up online for insurance policies.
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Out of Syria, Into a European Maze - The NY Times

Out of Syria, Into a European Maze - The NY Times | News in english | Scoop.it
As war rages on, more refugees are risking a journey across the Mediterranean in hopes of new lives in Europe. Instead, many find uncertainty and frustration.
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As war rages on, more refugees are risking a journey to what they hope will be prosperous new lives.

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Wal-Mart Black Friday fight for TV 2013

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Black Friday shopping marred by shooting, clashes and arrests (VIDEOS)

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Shoppers got more than they bargained for beginning Thursday evening as retail outlets across the United States opened their doors early for annual Black Friday deal seekers, predictably prompting an array of violent episodes from city to city.
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Black Friday shopping marred by shooting, clashes and arrests (VIDEOS):In Rialto, California, police handled no fewer than three brawls at a single Walmart before 8 p.m., one of which ended with an officer being sent to the hospital with a broken wrist.http://rt.com/usa/black-friday-violent-shopping-490/
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The UK government wants to block "extremist" content, but who decides what that is?

The UK government wants to block "extremist" content, but who decides what that is? | News in english | Scoop.it
A government minister has confirmed plans, mentioned recently by the prime minister in a poorly reported parliamentary exchange, to force ISPs to censor access to “extremist” online material. But that term is open to interpretation.
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The UK government wants to block "extremist" content, but who decides what that is?:A government minister has confirmed plans, mentioned recently by the prime minister in a poorly reported parliamentary exchange, to force ISPs to censor access to "extremist" online material. But that term is open to interpretation.http://gigaom.com/2013/11/28/the-uk-government-wants-to-block-extremist-content-but-who-decides-what-that-is/
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Israel court fines woman over not circumcising son

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JERUSALEM — An Israeli rabbinic court has fined a woman hundreds of dollars for refusing to circumcise her baby son, officials said Thursday, in a landmark case that has sparked…
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Israel court fines woman over not circumcising son:An Israeli rabbinic court has fined a woman hundreds of dollars for refusing to circumcise her baby son, officials said Thursday, in a landmark case that has sparked a new uproar over the role of religion in the Jewish state.http://nypost.com/2013/11/29/israel-court-fines-woman-over-not-circumcising-son/
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#folleàlier Bachmann: Iran Nuclear Facilities 'Must be Bombed'

#folleàlier Bachmann: Iran Nuclear Facilities 'Must be Bombed' | News in english | Scoop.it
House Intelligence Committee member Michelle Bachmann said that Iran’s nuclear facilities “must be bombed.” In a speech at a Zionist Organization of America gala on Sunday night, Bachmann said that the Geneva deal reached between Iran and world...
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#folleàlier Bachmann: Iran Nuclear Facilities 'Must be Bombed'', Geneva Deal Obama's 'Biggest Cudgel' to Prevent Israel Self-Defense

House Intelligence Committee member Michelle Bachmann said that Iran's nuclear facilities "must be bombed." In a speech at a Zionist Organization of America gala on Sunday night, Bachmann said that the Geneva deal reached between Iran and world powers at the weekend will severely limit Israel's ability to operate freely in the interests of its self defense.http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/11/28/bachmann-iran-nuclear-facilities-must-be-bombed-geneva-deal-obamas-biggest-cudgel-to-prevent-israel-self-defense/ ;
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Political Prisoner Hammond: When Entrapment and Abuse of Power Subvert Justice | NEWS JUNKIE POST

Political Prisoner Hammond: When Entrapment and Abuse of Power Subvert Justice | NEWS JUNKIE POST | News in english | Scoop.it
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The seven sisters of Syria’s newest rebel alliance

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The newly formed Islamic Front alliance of seven large militias and movements active in the Syria war issued its political manifesto this week, situating it squarely as an anti-secular and anti-democracy grouping that seeks to establish an Islamic...
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The seven sisters of Syria's newest rebel alliance:The newly formed Islamic Front alliance of seven large militias and movements active in the Syria war issued its political manifesto this week, situating it squarely as an anti-secular and anti-democracy grouping that seeks to establish an Islamic state.http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Analysis/2013/Nov-30/239421-the-seven-sisters-of-syrias-newest-rebel-alliance.ashx
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The War on Democracy: How corporations and spy agencies use "security" to defend profiteering and crush activism

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The War on Democracy By Nafeez Ahmed How corporations and spy agencies use "security" to defend profiteering and crush activism.http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37007.htm ;
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 Noam Chomsky : The Arab Spring Three Years On

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The Arab Spring Three Years On By Noam Chomsky One of the grim consequences of US-UK aggression in Iraq was igniting Sunni-Shia conflicts that had been subdued previously, leading to a horror story that is tearing Iraq apart and has spread over the region, with awful and ominous effects.http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37014.htm
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Hidden Interests | George Monbiot #lobbycratie #bbc

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Hidden Interests | George Monbiot #lobbycratie #bbc

The BBC’s disgraceful failure to reveal who its contributors are speaking for.


By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website 29th November 2013

Do the BBC’s editorial guidelines count for anything? I ask because it disregards them every day, by failing to reveal the commercial interests of its contributors.

Let me give you an example. Yesterday the Today programme covered the plain packaging of cigarettes. It interviewed Mark Littlewood, director-general of the Institute of Economic Affairs, an organisation which calls itself a thinktank.

Mishal Husain introduced Mark Littlewood as “the director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and a smoker himself”.

Fine. But should we not also have been informed that the Institute of Economic Affairs receives funding from tobacco companies?

It’s bad enough when the BBC interviews people about issues of great importance to corporations when it has no idea whether or not they are funded by those companies, and makes no effort to find out.

It’s even worse when those interests have already been exposed, yet the BBC still fails to mention them.

Both the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Adam Smith Institute have for years been funded by tobacco firms. The IEA has been funded by British American Tobacco since 1963, and is also paid by Philip Morris and Japan Tobacco International. It has never come clean about this funding, and still refuses to say which other corporations sponsor it.

Yet, as you can see from the IEA’s lists, the institute’s spokespeople appear all over the media, arguing against the regulations tobacco companies don’t like, without ever being obliged to reveal that tobacco companies help pay their wages.

Most of the so-called thinktanks flatly refuse to reveal their interests.

I see the IEA, the Adam Smith Institute and other “thinktanks” which refuse to say who funds them as indistinguishable from corporate lobbyists. I see them as doing the dirty work of corporations which won’t put their own heads above the parapet, because of the likely reputational damage.

I’m not the only one who sees them in this light. David Frum was formerly a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Drawing on his own experience, he explained that such groups“increasingly function as public-relations agencies.”

The veteran corporate lobbyist Jeff Judson explained why thinktanks are so useful to corporations:

“Lobbyists often work for specific clients who operate at the mercy of a regulator or lawmaker, making them vulnerable to retribution for daring to criticize or speak out. Think tanks are virtually immune to retribution. … Donors are confidential. The identity of donors to think tanks is protected from involuntary disclosure.”*

*Judson’s confessions used to be available here. They have since been removed.

Here’s what Mark Littlewood said on the Today programme yesterday:

“The evidence out of Australia, who, in their extreme unwisdom in my view, have offered to be the guinea pigs for planet earth on whether this policy works, having had plain packaging or standardised packaging in place for a year over there, the early evidence suggests no change at all on smoking prevalence. And, lo and behold, the black market in cigarettes has jumped markedly.”

Mishal Husain then remarked, “Well that’s one view, in a moment we’ll hear that of the public health minister …”

Yes, it is one view. The view of someone being paid by Big Tobacco. Should we not have known that?

Here’s what the BBC’s editorial guidelines say about such matters:

3.4.7: “We should make checks to establish the credentials of our contributors and to avoid being “hoaxed”.”

3.4.12: “We should normally identify on-air and online sources of information and significant contributors, and provide their credentials, so that our audiences can judge their status.”

4.4.14: “We should not automatically assume that contributors from other organisations (such as academics, journalists, researchers and representatives of charities) are unbiased and we may need to make it clear to the audience when contributors are associated with a particular viewpoint, if it is not apparent from their contribution or from the context in which their contribution is made.”

Every day people from thinktanks are interviewed by the BBC’s news and current affairs programmes, without any such safeguards being applied.

There is no effort to establish their credentials, in order to avoid being hoaxed into promoting corporate lobbyists as independent thinkers.

There is no effort to identify on whose behalf they are speaking, “so that our audiences can judge their status.”

There is no attempt to make it clear to the audience that contributors are funded by the companies whose products they are discussing.

I would have no problem with the BBC interviewing people from these thinktanks, if their interests are disclosed. If these organisations refuse to say who funds them, they should not be allowed on air. Their financial interests in the issue under discussion should be mentioned by the presenter when they are introduced.

I’ve been banging on about this for years, with no result at all. It seems that the only thing the BBC responds to is formal complaints. So please complain. Here are three things you can do:

a. use the corporation’s online complaints form.

b. take the issue to the BBC Trust.

c. Complain to Feedback on Radio 4.

Otherwise, expect our bastion of editorial values to keep collaborating in the time-honoured tradition of hoaxing us on behalf of corporate money.

www.monbiot.com

 

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Rising corporate espionage: Why we need Jeremy Hammond

Rising corporate espionage: Why we need Jeremy Hammond | News in english | Scoop.it
New report about corporate spying on nonprofits should remind us of importance of the jailed hacktivist's work
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British PM Cameron’s attack on immigrants - World Socialist Web Site

Cameron’s witch-hunt against immigrants is part of a broader effort by European governments to whip up racism and xenophobia as a means of dividing the working class.
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Black Friday Protests Against Wal-Mart Begin

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Thousands of Wal-Mart workers and their union supporters are staging protests across the United States against the company’s practice of keeping its employees poor.
- 2013/11/29
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Black Friday Protests Against Wal-Mart Begin:Thousands of Wal-Mart workers and their union supporters are staging protests across the United States against the company's practice of keeping its employees poor.http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/black_friday_protests_against_walmart_begin_20131129
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Black Friday 2013 Stampede at Walmart Mayaguez - Puerto Rico

The apocalypse has started, all this for a cheap $98 Funai TV that was on regular price. Black Friday 2013 La Apocalipsis ha comenzado y todo por el televiso...
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Microsoft, Yahoo Upgrades Shows Snowden Won, Obama Failed

Microsoft, Yahoo Upgrades Shows Snowden Won, Obama Failed | News in english | Scoop.it
Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden succeeded where President Barack Obama couldn’t -- getting Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. to upgrade computer security against hackers.
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Microsoft, Yahoo Upgrades Shows Snowden Won, Obama Failed:Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden succeeded where President Barack Obama couldn't -- getting Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. to upgrade computer security against hackers.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-29/microsoft-yahoo-upgrades-shows-snowden-won-obama-failed.html
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Brazil confirms secure satellite deal to stifle U.S. spying | The Raw Story

Brazil confirms secure satellite deal to stifle U.S. spying | The Raw Story | News in english | Scoop.it
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Brazil confirms secure satellite deal to stifle U.S. spying:Brazil's state-owned telecom provider Telebras signed a $560 million contract to deliver a satellite for secure communications on Thursday, following months of outrage over revelations of US cyber-spying.http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/28/brazil-confirms-secure-satellite-deal-to-stifle-u-s-spying/
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Britons protest over Israel plan to remove 70,000 Palestinian Bedouins

Britons protest over Israel plan to remove 70,000 Palestinian Bedouins | News in english | Scoop.it
More than 50 public figures including Antony Gormley and Brian Eno put names to letter opposing expulsion from historic land
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Britons protest over Israel plan to remove 70,000 Palestinian Bedouins:The eviction and destruction of about 35 "unrecognised" villages in the Negev desert will, the letter says, "mean the forced displacement of Palestinians from their homes and land, and systematic discrimination and separation".http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/29/britons-protest-israel-plan-remove-palestinian-bedouin?CMP=twt_fd
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The guns may finally fall silent in Syria

Both Ankara and Tehran are floating the idea of a much-needed ceasefire between all parties
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Wishful thinking:The guns may finally fall silent in Syria:Both Ankara and Tehran are floating the idea of a much-needed ceasefire between all partieshttp://gulfnews.com/opinions/editorials/the-guns-may-finally-fall-silent-in-syria-1.1261303 ;
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Write to Jeremy Hammond , hacktivist in jail #usa #FreeJeremyHammond

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52 killed in attacks across Iraq - Bush- Blair Legacy Continues

52 killed in attacks across Iraq - Bush- Blair Legacy Continues | News in english | Scoop.it
A wave of violence Friday killed 52 people in Iraq, most of whom were kidnapped and shot dead with their…
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Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As52 killed in attacks across Iraq:A wave of violence Friday killed 52 people in Iraq, most of whom were kidnapped and shot dead with their corpses abandoned, in scenes harking back to Iraq's sectarian war.http://www.japantoday.com/category/world/view/52-killed-in-attacks-across-iraq
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Uri Avnery : The Greatest Danger is the foolishness of #Israel political establishment

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The Greatest Danger By Uri Avnery Binyamin Netanyahu and almost the entire Israeli political establishment have achieved a new record in foolishness.http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37013.htm ;
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