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April 1, 2014

Death toll in Syria hits new mark

  • 150,000 dead in newly updated Syria death toll, by the Syria Observatory of Human Rights. Fighting still continues across the Syria nation under a three year civil war. Recent clashes have been taking place in the Latakia province off the Mediterranean coast and in the Armenian town Kessab off the Turkish border. source
10:42 // 5 months ago
January 30, 2014

In a new report, Human Rights Watch claims to have evidence—photographic, video (shown above) and via satellite map—of the Syrian government demolishing rebel neighborhoods, apparently for no other reason than to punish the people who live there. “Those responsible for the wanton destruction of civilian property or for imposing collective punishment have committed war crimes and should be investigated and held to account,” the report states.

22:27 // 7 months ago
December 19, 2013
Incarcerated Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova will soon be freed from prison, along with 30 environmental activists and former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, as part of a new amnesty measure announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday morning. Many believe the pardons are an attempt to build Putin’s credibility on the world stage as the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi continue to bring scrutiny on the country’s recently enacted ban on homosexual “propaganda.” (Photo courtesy of Ria Novosti) source

Incarcerated Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova will soon be freed from prison, along with 30 environmental activists and former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, as part of a new amnesty measure announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday morning. Many believe the pardons are an attempt to build Putin’s credibility on the world stage as the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi continue to bring scrutiny on the country’s recently enacted ban on homosexual “propaganda.” (Photo courtesy of Ria Novosti) source

15:14 // 8 months ago
December 15, 2013
Hidden away in offices of various government departments, intelligence agencies, police forces and armed forces are dozens and dozens of people who are very much upset by what our societies are turning into: at the very least, turnkey tyrannies. One of them is you.
Former whistleblowers Peter Kofod, Thomas Drake, Daniel Ellsberg, Katharine Gun, Jesselyn Radack, Ray McGovern, Coleen Rowley write in an open letter to intelligence employees after Snowden’s revelations. 
13:30 // 8 months ago
December 8, 2013
14:38 // 8 months ago
The FBI has been able to covertly activate a computer’s camera — without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording — for several years, and has used that technique mainly in terrorism cases or the most serious criminal investigations, said Marcus Thomas, former assistant director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in Quantico, now on the advisory board of Subsentio, a firm that helps telecommunications carriers comply with federal wiretap statutes.
Get enraged. Published at The Washington Post
12:32 // 8 months ago
December 7, 2013

After public outcry, women arrested in Egypt released

  • 21 the number of Egyptian women that were released on Saturday after being detained for taking part in a protest against the government a month ago. The women were convicted of a number of crimes, including “thuggery,” but had their sentences scaled back severely on appeal. source
21:13 // 8 months ago
December 2, 2013
The message from the police is: ‘the age of protest is over.’
Human Rights Watch’s Egypt Director Heba Morayef states on the controversial protest law and ongoing demonstration crackdowns in Egypt under the interim government. 
12:35 // 9 months ago
November 25, 2013
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November 17, 2013
13:13 // 9 months ago