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Rage University's mission is to advance the tactics, tools and techniques of radical activists, empowering them to use information, direct action, media and communication to help communities and individuals to achieve social, environmental and political change, as well as to protect them from State Repression and Violence.
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Just six days ago, my village was struck by a drone, in an attack that terrified thousands of simple, poor farmers. The drone strike and its impact tore my heart, much as the tragic bombings in Bos...

Just six days ago, my village was struck by a drone, in an attack that terrified thousands of simple, poor farmers. The drone strike and its impact tore my heart, much as the tragic bombings in Bos... | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
Farea Al-Muslimi, a Yemeni speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing on the legality of the drone war.  As Glenn Greenwald put it: “The matrix broke today and an actual Yemeni was allowed to testify about drones in the Senate - he was...
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Same work, different conditions: Australian vs. Hong Kong dockworker

Same work, different conditions: Australian vs. Hong Kong dockworker | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
Thanks to HKCTU and Left21 for translating and producing this image!

 

http://hkstrikes.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/same-work-different-conditions-australian-vs-hong-kong-dockworker/


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New report rips the mask off the CSR industry

New report rips the mask off the CSR industry | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it

The CSR industry is a public relations cover up for low wages and poor working conditions. This report says that CSR industry helped keep wages low and working conditions poor, [while] it provided public relations cover for producers. "Ultimately, it is through freedom of association and organizing unions that workers have the best chance to defend their interests.” (Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation)


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HRW - Cambodia: Supreme Court Keeps Activist Jailed

HRW - Cambodia: Supreme Court Keeps Activist Jailed | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
Statement by Human Rights Watch: For Immediate Release Cambodia: Supreme Court Keeps Activist Jailed Donors Should Step Up Pressure for Unconditional Release of Yorm Bopha (New York, March 29, 2013...
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James Bamford - Confronting the Surveillance Society (2007)

2007 Talk by James Bamford author of "The Puzzle Palace" and "Body of Secrets" & Chris Calabrese Program Counsel of the ACLU Technology and Liberty Project. ...
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Egypt's satirist stands up for freedom

Egypt's satirist stands up for freedom | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
An arrest warrant has been issued for popular Egyptian political satirist Bassem Youssef, for allegedly insulting Islam and President Mohammed Mursi.
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Rayong protest group locked out of Lakchai Muang Yang industrial estate hearing - Pattaya Mail - Pattaya News, Communities, Opinions and much more...

Rayong protest group locked out of Lakchai Muang Yang industrial estate hearing - Pattaya Mail - Pattaya News, Communities, Opinions and much more... | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
Rayong residents opposed to construction of a new industrial estate were locked out of a supposedly “public” hearing over environmental impacts of th...
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Thousands protest UK `bedroom tax`

Thousands protest UK `bedroom tax` | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
Protesters across the United Kingdom have taken part in demonstrations against changes to the country`s benefits system, including the controversial "bedroom tax".
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PHOTOS: Amazing Images Shed Light On Corruption In Russia

PHOTOS: Amazing Images Shed Light On Corruption In Russia | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
For photographer Misha Friedman, all great stories start with a question. Friedman's newest series, called Photo51: Is Corruption in Russia's DNA?

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Camera drones: technological advance or Orwellian spies?

Camera drones: technological advance or Orwellian spies? | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
Watch out. Drones can film you from afar and invade your privacy.

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Protect 15 Million Child Domestic Workers | Human Rights Watch

Protect 15 Million Child Domestic Workers | Human Rights Watch | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
(New York) –  Ten leading international organizations called on ministers of labor around the globe in a letter released today to protect child domestic workers and to ratify the ILO Domestic Workers Convention (Convention 189 concerning Decent Work...

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Practical Tips for Avoiding Detection by Drones

Practical Tips for Avoiding Detection by Drones | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
Drones have been such a nuisance to the Taliban that they have published instructions to their members on how to avoid being detected.

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Police officer 'used criminal intelligence system as dating agency'

Police officer 'used criminal intelligence system as dating agency' | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
Peter Bunyan, a married community support officer, used police computer to target vulnerable women, court told (Police officer 'used criminal intelligence system as dating agency' http://t.co/mIja3o2a61...

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Vietnam’s minimum wage leaves its workers impoverished

Vietnam’s minimum wage leaves its workers impoverished | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it

For decades Vietnam has failed to set a minimum wage that provides enough for people to live on, officials said at a meeting Friday.

Vietnam’s minimum wage only meets between 50 and 70 percent of the cost of people’s basic needs, officials said at the conference held by the National Assembly’s Social Issues Committee to discuss ways to calculate a livable minimum wage.

 

The figures came from a survey conducted by the Vietnam Labor Union last year, which estimated that people need between VND750,000 and VND900,000 (US$36-43) per month to ensure they can provide themselves sufficient nutrition – about 2,300 calories a day.

 

Adding in other expenses including the raising of children, one needs around VND2.4-3.7 million a month just to survive.

 

“Our minimum wage and minimum living standards have never met. The wage might not be able to catch up for at least a couple years,” said Labor Union representative Dang Quang Dieu.

 

“Why do workers at footwear, garment and construction companies become skinny after three or four years?

 

“Because they work too hard without being able to afford meals that provide a minimal amount of nutrition,” Dieu was quoted as saying in a Tuoi Tre report.

 

Officials from the labor ministry said many businesses will go bankrupt if the minimum wage is raised according to the conclusions drawn by the survey, and that it will suggest a roadmap that aims for the goal of establishing a livable minimum wage to be realized by 2017.

 

Vietnam’s minimum wage ranges between VD1.65 and 2.35 million ($79.23-112.85) per month. It tends to be higher in urban areas and within the business sector.

 

Van Thu Ha from the Vietnam office of the global charity Oxfam said at the meeting that the system of varying minimum wages fosters “unfairness,” as the basic living standards sought by laborers are the same everywhere.

Ha said many countries in the world use set criteria to establish a uniform minimum wage – one that enables employees to afford necessary food plus clothing, accommodation, healthcare, education and transportation, as well as allows them to support to aging parents, maintain normal social lives and some left over to contribute to modest savings.

 

“That wage is supposed to change depending on the employer’s condition, and the overall changes within the economy including those caused by inflation,” Ha said.

 

Ha said Vietnam’s minimum wage has fallen behind its economic growth. She said it has been increased in recent years, but at a speed 38 to 41 percent of the GDP per capita growth, which means the government can afford further wage increase.

 

She said the current wage only allows workers and their families a livelihood that hovers right at, or below, the official poverty line, calculated by Oxfam to be VND400,000 ($19) per person each month.

“In order to survive, they must work extra jobs.”


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Living in urban centers in Vietnam is becoming increasingly difficult as the government still fails to set a livable minimum wage. The current wage, VND400,000, is only the equivalent of $19 a month. This requires poorer people to work extra jobs in order to provide for their families and themselves.

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[Philippines] President Aquino named as ‘Most Anti-Worker President’ by labor group

[Philippines] President Aquino named as ‘Most Anti-Worker President’ by labor group | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it

“Aquino was recognized as an ‘influential leader’ because of his rabid support for pro-capitalist and anti-worker policies. Not only has he refused to increase wages by a significant amount, he is trying to cut and freeze wages through the Two-Tiered Wage System.”


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#Call: #Occupy Movement - Tell us your personal occupy story

#Call: #Occupy Movement - Tell us your personal occupy story | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it

We are looking for personal stories on why you are protesting, why you support the movement and experiences that you may have had. This is your story, so feel free to tell it  the way you like, pictures are also welcome. Your voice in this movement is important and as valuable as the richest person in the world. Let us know what you are feeling inside, how you came to support the movement (does not matter if you are a protester or not), your vision for the future, the problems you see, the thing you fear the most and whatever else you would like to share. Remember this is your personal story, so tell it in anyway you want.

 

These stories will be published in papers, book form, on the web and broadcast throughout the world. The stories are intended as a future and current historical perspective of the occupy movement. The project is also intended to put a human face (not just sound bites) on the movement and to reach those who only get their news from the main stream media. This is another way of expressing what is going on while changing the world for all, for the better.

 

Please e-mail your story with your name (can use a fake name), city, the story and your e-mail to OccupyStory@gmail.com. We will do our best to let you know when and where you are published. It would be very helpful if you could spell check and edit, we intend on publishing exactly as received.

 

As interest in this project grows, we will create a site dedicated to the stories of the occupy movement with a link from this page to the new site. Thank you and look forward to what you have to say,

Lisa and Paul


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PERSECUTION OF INTERFAITH ACTIVIST | Voice From Indonesia

PERSECUTION OF INTERFAITH ACTIVIST | Voice From Indonesia | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
There are grave concerns for the process of democratic governance in Indonesia following the decision of the Supreme Court to overturn the November 2011 acquittal in a local court of [...] (PERSECUTION OF INTERFAITH ACTIVIST (Anand Krishna)
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關於要求嚴肅調查李旺陽死亡真相的緊急呼籲(Urgent Appeal for Credible Investigation into the Truth of Li Wangyang’s Death)

【Signature】For the truth. Activist's death http://t.co/g14CapYUlz 请加入签名:关于要求严肃调查李旺阳死亡真相的紧急呼吁【联署】 #China #TFB #FF #Canada
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Thousands protest UK’s ‘bedroom tax’ (PHOTOS) — RT News

Thousands protest UK’s ‘bedroom tax’ (PHOTOS) — RT News | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
Thousands have taken to the streets across the UK to protest the proposed "bedroom tax” that intends to cut some housing benefits for occupants with a spare room in their home.
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OCCUPY WorldWide

OCCUPY WorldWide | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
OCCUPY WorldWide, by tatranky: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos. (RT @tatranky: OCCUPY WorldWide is out!
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Chinese military unit accused of hacking attacks - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Chinese military unit accused of hacking attacks - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
Computer security company Mandiant says it believes a Chinese military unit is responsible for multiple hacking attacks against the United States.

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Brain Scans Can Predict Political Ideology, Study Shows

Brain Scans Can Predict Political Ideology, Study Shows | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 02/19/2013 11:08 AM EST on LiveScience Whether you pulled the lever for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney may reflect how your brain copes with risk, new research finds.

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China Blames U.S. For Thousands Of Hacking Attacks

China Blames U.S. For Thousands Of Hacking Attacks | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
BEIJING, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Two major Chinese military websites, including that of the Defence Ministry, were subject to about 144,000 hacking attacks a month last year, almost two-thirds of which came from the United States, the ministry said...

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Criminological Horizons lecture announced: Crime Control in the Borderlands of Europe – The Border Crossing Observatory

Criminological Horizons lecture announced: Crime Control in the Borderlands of Europe – The Border Crossing Observatory | RAGE UNIVERSITY | Scoop.it
Monash University Faculty of Arts

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