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The Future of Internet Freedom

The Future of Internet Freedom | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
We have the technology to defeat censorship. Do we have the will?

 

OVER the next decade, approximately five billion people will become connected to the Internet. The biggest increases will be in societies that, according to the human rights group Freedom House, are severely censored: places where clicking on an objectionable article can get your entire extended family thrown in prison, or worse.

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Russia, Ukraine and Obama - Gado

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MH370 story is the new anti-journalism – all data, no real facts, endless theories | Michael Wolff

MH370 story is the new anti-journalism – all data, no real facts, endless theories | Michael Wolff | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
Michael Wolff: Free conspiracies are for sale, with cautious restraint that propels the absence of truth. But you’re still obsessed, aren’t you?
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Series of Errors by Malaysia Mounts, Complicating the Task of Finding Flight 370

Series of Errors by Malaysia Mounts, Complicating the Task of Finding Flight 370 | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

A week after the plane disappeared, the trail is even colder as the search now sprawls from the snowy peaks of the Himalayas to the empty expanses of the southern Indian Ocean.

 

SEPANG, Malaysia — The radar blip that was Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 did a wide U-turn over the Gulf of Thailand and then began moving inexorably past at least three military radar arrays as it traversed northern Malaysia, even flying high over one of the country’s biggest cities before heading out over the Strait of Malacca.

 

Yet inside a Malaysian Air Force control room on the country’s west coast, where American-made F-18s and F-5 fighters stood at a high level of readiness for emergencies exactly like the one unfolding in the early morning of March 8, a four-person air defense radar crew did nothing about the unauthorized flight. “The watch team never noticed the blip,” said a person with detailed knowledge of the investigation into Flight 370. “It was as though the airspace was his.”

 

It was not the first and certainly not the last in a long series of errors by the Malaysian government that has made the geographically vast and technologically complex task of finding the $50 million Malaysia Airlines jet far more difficult.

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Cock-up or cover-up?

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Al Qaeda Calls for Jihad in Bangladesh · Global Voices

Al Qaeda Calls for Jihad in Bangladesh  · Global Voices | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

Global militant organization Al Qaeda has called for jihad in Bangladesh via a video released online. The audio message was circulated in a video featuring the leader of the organization, Ayman al-Zawahiri, calling for followers to resist what he called anti-Islamic conspiracies and launch an “intifada” (uprising) in Bangladesh.

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A stupid, emotionally and intellectually retarded, backward-thinking primitive wants people to fight and kill in the name of  ... what exactly? How weak is the god in which al-Zawahiri believes that he needs his followers to kill those who do not believe?

 

All whilst he is sitting somewhere safe, basking in his  own smug self-righteousness.

 

Words can not begin to express the contempt in which I hold scumbags like al-Zawahiri.

 

 

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Eight pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today | David Shariatmadari

Eight pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today | David Shariatmadari | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
David Shariatmadari: Think hyperbole rhymes with Super Bowl? Don't worry, it could be the start of something beautiful
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And now, of course, we have all those foreign chaps coming along with their own versions of how English should be pronounced.

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South China Sea disputes: The gloves are off

South China Sea disputes: The gloves are off | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

Southeast China Sea disputes have entered a dangerous stage, as China steps up its territorial claims.

 

As the United States and the European Union struggle to find a diplomatic resolution to the Ukrainian crisis, with Russia accused of de facto annexing Ukraine's south-eastern region of Crimea, many in Asia are increasingly worried about a similar flashpoint in the South China Sea.

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Netanyahu looks to Belgium-Holland border for settlement solution

Netanyahu looks to Belgium-Holland border for settlement solution | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
PM said investigating world’s ‘most complicated’ enclave arrangements as possible precedent for keeping settlers in ‘Palestine’
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This is a problem that is not going to go away any time soon. 

 

Is Netanyahu making an inspired move, or clutching at straws? Whichever it is, it is certainly a move towards settling the settlements even more firmly in place.

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Six Ways America Is Worse than Some Third-World Countries

Six Ways America Is Worse than Some Third-World Countries | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

Although the U.S. is one of the richest societies in history, it still lags behind other developed nations in many important indicators of human development – key factors like how we educate our children, how we treat our prisoners, how we take care of the sick and more. In some instances, the U.S.'s performance is downright abysmal, far below foreign countries that are snidely looked-down-upon as "third world."

  Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/six-ways-america-is-like-a-third-world-country-20140305#ixzz2vSrzz5er
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Ah, the land of the brave and the home of the free.

 

Such an example to us plebs.

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Seven women to watch in global politics

Seven women to watch in global politics | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
For International Women's Day, UNDP leader and former prime minister of New Zealand Helen Clark picks seven women who are leading positive change all over the world
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The Insanely Huge and Complex Exercise Known as the Indian Elections Begins on April 7 | TIME

The Insanely Huge and Complex Exercise Known as the Indian Elections Begins on April 7 | TIME | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
900,000 polling stations, 814 million voters: Welcome to the world's largest democracy
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U.N. Struggles for Relevancy in Ukraine Crisis - Inter Press Service

U.N. Struggles for Relevancy in Ukraine Crisis - Inter Press Service | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 5 2014 (IPS) - When the crisis in Ukraine moved into the august chambers of the Security Council last week, it was virtually dead on arrival.

 

After two meetings last Saturday and Monday, the Council remained politically deadlocked, unable or unwilling either to adopt a resolution or come up with the lowest common denominator: a presidential statement with the concurrence of its 15 members.

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Burned, Bombed, Beaten – Education Under Attack Worldwide - Inter Press Service

Burned, Bombed, Beaten – Education Under Attack Worldwide - Inter Press Service | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

 

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 28 2014 (IPS) - There was a time when images from war zones featured only battlefields and barracks. As warfare moved into the 20th century, pictures of embattled urban centres and rural guerilla outposts began to make the rounds.

 

Public squares are now common sites of protest and violence, while hospitals treating the wounded are considered fair game during times of political turbulence.

 

But perhaps the most disturbing trend in modern warfare is the rise in attacks on educational institutions, the cradles of any country’s future.

In the most exhaustive account of the issue to date, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) Thursday released a 250-page report detailing attacks on schools, universities, teachers, students and academics, by both state and non-state actors.

 

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Climate justice | Our position | The Elders

Climate justice | Our position | The Elders | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

The Elders is an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights. They were brought together in 2007 by Nelson Mandela.

 

The Elders believe that 2014 is a critical year for action on climate change. As we rapidly approach the tipping point beyond which climate change may become irreversible, we risk inflicting one of the greatest injustices in human history, denying future generations their right to a liveable, sustainable planet. If we fail to act now, the whole of humanity stands to lose.

 

A solution is possible. We possess the tools and the technology to move towards a low-carbon economy and end our reliance on fossil fuels. With bold, transformative leadership at the global level and insight and innovation from the grassroots, we can unite around the shared vision of a sustainable, equitable world.

 

The Elders stand for solidarity and justice for climate change’s victims. We call for visionary leadership to set us on course for a carbon-neutral future. As former leaders, the Elders know that this will not be easy. But if there was ever a cause to unite mankind, climate change must surely be it.

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Newspaper apologises for showing Obamas as apes

Newspaper apologises for showing Obamas as apes | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
Belgian newspaper De Morgen sparks uproar over doctored photo.

Via Ugtrendz , Yekoz
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Sometimes I look at the world and despair. This is one of those times.

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Sometimes, I look at the world around me and despair. This is one of those times.
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Tony Benn's Most Fearsome And Inspirational Quotes

Tony Benn's Most Fearsome And Inspirational Quotes | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
Tony Benn, the man who hated being called a veteran, never had his sharp mind dulled with age. Or his sharp tongue.
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Some great words from a passionate socialist of tremendous intelligence, compassion, and humanity.

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Exclusive: World’s most pristine waters are polluted by US Navy human waste

Exclusive: World’s most pristine waters are polluted by US Navy human waste | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
The American military has poured hundreds of tonnes of human sewage and waste water into a protected coral lagoon on the British-owned base of Diego Garcia over three decades in breach of environmental rules, The Independent can reveal.
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Business as usual for USA hypocrisy

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How Mobile Internet is Changing Lives in Sierra Leone

How Mobile Internet is Changing Lives in Sierra Leone | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

You can rarely escape the hot sun in Sierra Leone, nor can you escape Africell or Airtel advertisements. Both of the leading mobile telcos advertise their products on any surface possible, from billboards, to walls, to beach umbrellas, and of course, on football jerseys. While traveling through Freetown, you notice tiny mobile phone top up and charging stations at almost every corner.


According to the Sierra Leone government, Internet penetration is at seven percent with mobile penetration at 40 percent. The country has leaped from the PC age directly to the mobile age. 


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The Future of Internet Freedom

The Future of Internet Freedom | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
We have the technology to defeat censorship. Do we have the will?

 

OVER the next decade, approximately five billion people will become connected to the Internet. The biggest increases will be in societies that, according to the human rights group Freedom House, are severely censored: places where clicking on an objectionable article can get your entire extended family thrown in prison, or worse.

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The great Texas textbook debate

The great Texas textbook debate | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

The great state of Texas is famous for its cowboys, its Southern hospitality, its oil - and, within the United States, for the power it wields over the country's school textbooks.


Because of its size, Texas is the country's second-largest purchaser of textbooks - meaning that publishers, ever in pursuit of the largest possible markets, are under pressure to ensure they win approval from Texas State Board of Education (SBOE).


But this body has long been criticised as partisan, with SBOE members accused of trying to stamp their political and religious views on the school curriculum.

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It is truly terrifying when the wilfully ignorant are in charge of education.

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The fallout from Ukraine for the Middle East - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

The fallout from Ukraine for the Middle East - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

 

Fyodor Lukyanov writes for Al-Monitor this week that one consequence of the breakdown in US-Russia ties over Ukraine is that Moscow could reduce or end its diplomatic pressure on Damascus to engage in internationally brokered talks on Syria.

 

“The military-political situation in Syria allows Bashar al-Assad to have hope for victory, or at least for a long-term preservation of the current balance,” writes Luyanov. “Moscow will simply stop applying pressure on him, urging the need for diplomacy, but will continue to add to his arsenal when necessary to maintain the balance of power. The removal of chemical weapons will most likely not be slowed in any way, since this represents the implementation of Putin's idea, and moreover, stalling the plan would dramatically exacerbate the whole situation.”

 

 



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15 Acts Of Women's Activism That Are Changing The World

15 Acts Of Women's Activism That Are Changing The World | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
These women haven't won Nobel Prizes or hit the speaking circuit . But they're pushing boundaries, changing norms, saving lives, and speaking up -- even where bad news dominates the headlines.
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Putin's Big Barrel

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I don't really subscribe to the "all homophobes are secretly gay" theory - but I think Putin is so deeply in the closet that all the talk of gay athletes at Sochi got him so excited that he had to invade somebody.

 

All that sublimated lust ... it does nobody any good.

 

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Indian elections to begin on 7 April

Indian elections to begin on 7 April | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

The Indian elections, the world’s biggest democratic exercise, will take place over nearly six weeks beginning on 7 April, the country’s election commission has announced. More than 800 million voters are eligible to cast ballots at 930,000 polling booths to elect a new 543-seat lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha (House of the People) and decide who will lead the vast emerging economic power over a five-year term.

 

Announcing the polls in Delhi, the chief election commissioner, VS Sampath, spoke of “yet another milestone in the history of Indian democracy”, but warned politicians that the electoral code of conduct was now in immediate force to ensure free and fair polls. Sampath said counting would take place on a single day: 16 May

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Water, Water, Everywhere: To Green our Deserts - Inter Press Service

Water, Water, Everywhere: To Green our Deserts - Inter Press Service | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

ST.AUGUSTINE, Florida, Mar 4 2014 (IPS) - Providing water for our still growing human population is reaching crisis levels. Water is vital for agriculture, energy production and industrial processes worldwide. Floods and droughts in Asia, Latin America, Europe and the United States accompanied unprecedented typhoons and winter storms. While none could be linked directly to climate change, the debate surfaced. Mainstream media started covering these issues more broadly.

 

The Earth’s surface is largely covered with water. So, why has the world’s attention focused on the three percent of fresh water on our planet, on water management, pollution, waste and recycling? Yet 97 percent of the water on Earth is saline: oceans, salty lakes and brackish wetlands ignored in most policy, finance, business and public debates!

 

At last, unnoticed research on the 10,000 salt-loving halophyte plants which grow in deserts and thrive on seawater is coming to light. I have long reported on saline agriculture, noting that halophyte plants can provide humans with food, fibre, edible oils and biofuels. Indeed, the only biofuels that meet ethical criteria are those based on algae grown on seawater.

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What the Internet looks like: The undersea cables wiring the ends of the Earth

What the Internet looks like: The undersea cables wiring the ends of the Earth | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
The information age is powered by fiber-optic cables buried in the sea bed. This incredible map reveals the sprawling network of the underwater Internet.

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A set of very cool images.

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