Game-changer: European Parliament votes in favor of dropping charges against Snowden

Published on Russia Today RT, Oct 29, 2015;

The majority of European Parliament members have voted in favor of asking constituent states to grant protection to whistleblower and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who has described the move as a ‘game-changer’ and a ‘chance to move forward’ … //

The MPs also called on EU bodies to elaborate a strategy aimed at increasing levels of technological independence, improving online privacy, democratizing control over intelligence activities and rebuilding trust with the EU.

The problem of personal data protection has been in the spotlight since 2013, when former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, disclosed mass surveillance programs used by the US intelligence services. Snowden was granted asylum in Russia. He is facing a number of charges in the US, including theft of government property and violating the Espionage Act.

(full text, related links on twitter).


The Scourge of Managerialism, on naked capitalism, by Lambert Strether, Oct 29, 2015: Generic Management, the Manager’s Coup D’Etat, Mission-Hostile Management Rolled Up, as Described by Some Men from Down Under;

NATO is the American occupation of Poland and Europe, on, by Mateusz Piskorski, Oct 29, 2015: The Atlantic Alliance has no reason to be, observed former Polish MP Mateusz Piskorski under History. It merely defends US interests and violating the sovereignty of its member states. Can we get out?

Latin America Wikileaks Files, on Axis of Logic, by Alexander Main & Dan Beeton, Jacobin, Oct 29, 2015;

Middle East: Zionist collaboration with Germany’s Nazi government, on Axis of Logic, by Dr Anthony F. Shaker, Oct 29, 2015;

The Billion-Dollar World Bank Experiment in Afghanistan, on Dissident Voice, by Mateo Pimentel, Oct 29, 2015: … Ethical research does not happen by itself. Ideally speaking, it is the people responsible for producing research who must answer for the ethical side of their work. To be clear, institutions like the World Bank must answer for the ethics, or lack thereof, in their research. But if there is no accountability, then we become a party to institutions whose mission is to spread empire and further wars through successful accounts of counterinsurgency and “development” projects;

Paying the Problem: Australia and the People Smuggling Industry, on Dissident Voice, by Binoy Kampmark, Oct 29, 2015: … The business of refugees is business. Human rights tend to be unnecessary intrusions, distinguishing living subjects from the business model people smugglers and Australian policy makers have seemingly nurtured. This “evil trade”, as Abbott liked to call it, continues to reap rich rewards;

TAFTA, le capital, le consumérisme, eux et nous, toi et moi, dans, le 29 oct 2015: Le 10 octobre, 250 000 Berlinois se sont retrouvés dans le rue, vent debout pour exhorter leurs dirigeants à abandonner le projet de traité de libre-échange transatlantique (TAFTA);

Trouble déficitaire de l’attention avec ou sans hyperactivité (TDAH), ans Nord Info, par Valérie Schmaltz, le 29 oct 2015: … l’organisme Panda a 25 ans;
(dans fr.wikipedia: Trouble du déficit de l’attention avec ou sans hyperactivité TDAH);

Ottawa must get serious about poverty reduction, on The Globe And Mail, by KEN BATTLE, SHERRI TORJMAN, MICHAEL MENDELSON, Oct 29, 2015;

La fin du chômage, un mirage? dans Agora, par Olivier Cabanel, le 29 oct 2015; Même si à la tête de l’Etat, on fait profil bas, jouant l’humilité, s’armant de prudence, faisant semblant de ne pas se réjouir de l’annonce récente de la baisse du chômage, il serait bon de tenter de comprendre les raisons de cette baisse providentielle;

Discours de Vladimir Poutine devant l’AGNU-70, 24.24 min, mise en ligne par RT France, le 28 sept 2015 … Vladimir Poutine, le Président de la Russie intervient devant l’Assemblée générale des Nations unies pour la première fois au cours des 10 dernières années. La 70e session risque de prendre l’allure d’un véritable parcours du combattant compte tenu de l’instabilité géopolitique mondiale;
(voir aussi la transcription sur, le 28 sept 2015);

Les Etats européens plaident pour la privatisation comme remède à la crise… Tous, sauf la France, dans, par Jean-Marc Sylvestre, le 28 oct 2015: l’Italie vient de boucler la privatisation de sa Poste par une mise en bourse. Pendant ce temps en France, on refuse de se retirer du capital de Renault et on prend le risque de provoquer une rupture avec Nissan. Nous n’avons décidément rien compris au film sur la mondialisation;

My libertarian-socialist working feeling, on Basic Income Earth Network BIEN, by Rainer Ammermann, Oct 28, 2015;

US, OK: Income slips at Alliance Resource Partners in recent quarter, on Tulsa World, by JOHN STANCAVAGE, Oct 28, 2015;

The Case For Universal Prosperity (Part 1) – Michael Hrenka, on IEET, Oct 27, 015;

New technology ups the need for universal healthcare, on ars technica, by Beth Mole, Oct 27, 2015: experts debate whether robots will take all jobs, but they agree big changes lie ahead;

Namibia: GRN to introduce solidarity tax, on New Era, Oct 27, 2015;

France: Refonder l’économie, c’est réorganiser la répartition des revenus, dans, par Bernard Leon, le 27 oct 2015;

India: The way ahead for social security, on Deccan Herald DH, by Navneet Anand, Oct 24, 2015: Despite having access to the government’s social security programmes, a large number of people fail to lead a dignified life. There are many more who are worse off – trapped by poverty, deprivation – and face social exclusion. This raises questions about the way the country has followed its principle of a welfare state, an idea integral to the Constitution of India;

Scotland: We must fight the cuts to tax credits with every ounce of strength we have – Maggie Chapman, on Common Space, Oct 23, 2015;

Espagne: le 22 octobre redescendons dans la rue, dans A l’Encontre, par Alencontre1, le 22 oct 2015;

The Russian army asserts its superiority in conventional warfare, on, by Thierry Meyssan, Oct 19, 2015: Moscow’s military intervention in Syria has not simply overturned the fortunes of war and spread panic throughout the ranks of the jihadist groups. It has also shown the rest of the world the current capacities of the Russian army in situations of real warfare. To everyone’s astonishment, it has proved to possess a system of signal jamming capable of rendering the Atlantic Alliance deaf and blind. Despite a far superior budget, the United States have just lost their military domination.

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