Category: Civil Liberties

Fania Davis: Truth and reconciliation is coming to America from the grassroots

There is a rising chorus of voices that is helping us to collectively face an epidemic of racial violence, expose its deep historical roots, and stop it

RT.com: State Dept seeks budget to counter RT

Citing RT’s influence, Secretary of State John Kerry asked US lawmakers for more money for propaganda and “democracy promotion” programs around the world

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John Pilger: Why the Rise of Fascism is Again the Issue

Like the fascism of the 1930s and 1940s, big lies are delivered with the precision of a metronome: thanks to an omnipresent, repetitive media and its virulent censorship by omission

Johann Hari: Portugal Cut Addiction Rates in Half by Connecting Drug Users With Communities Instead of Jailing Them

The rise of addiction is a symptom of a deeper sickness in the way we live–constantly directing our gaze towards the next shiny object we should buy, rather than the human beings all around us

Arianna Skibell: “We are fighting for our lives”

The little-known youth movement rising against police brutality

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Vijay Prashad: The night is long

Rural Egypt, now battered with the reduction of the cotton subsidy, had been relatively immune to Tahrir. Now things might change

Peter Maass: ‘Citizenfour’ Wins Academy Award

Laura Poitras, a founding editor of The Intercept, won an Academy Award for her documentary “Citizenfour,” an inside look at Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower

Binnaz Saktanber: ‘Cease and censor’ in Turkey’s war on social media

Turkey has a track record of ruthlessly cracking down on social media users, and both Twitter and Facebook appear happy to play ball with the censors

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Jeremy Scahill: The Great SIM Heist

U.S. and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe

Carlton Reeves: Resurrecting the Nightmarish Specter of Lynchings in Mississippi

In his remarks from the bench, Reeves gave a unflinching account of the state’s violent past: “Mississippi has expressed its savagery in a number of ways throughout its history — slavery being the cruelest example, but a close second being Mississippi’s infatuation with lynchings.”

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