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October 05 2013

The Snowden files : why the British public should be worried about GCHQ | John Lanchester — The…

The Snowden files: why the British public should be worried about #GCHQ | John Lanchester — The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/03/edward-snowden-files-john-lanchester

What this adds up to is a new thing in human history: with a couple of clicks of a mouse, an agent of the state can target your home phone, or your mobile, or your email, or your passport number, or any of your credit card numbers, or your address, or any of your log-ins to a web service.

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Google ... know[s] you’re gay before you tell your mum; it knows you’re gay before you do. And now ...[spies] too.

#surveillance #PRISM #NSA #privacy via @zackieachmat

September 13 2013

Black Mauritanians suffer 'slavery-like' conditions, says UN | Global development | theguardian.com

Black Mauritanians suffer ’slavery-like’ conditions, says UN | Global development | theguardian.com
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/sep/12/black-mauritania-slavery-un

Black Mauritanians are still subject to slavery-like practices, including sexual violence and discrimination, a UN human rights expert has said.

The UN special rapporteur on racism, Mutuma Ruteere, told the Guardian that generations of people, particularly women and girls, were still living with families in a “slavery-like” relationship, and were being forced into sex with male relatives, in some cases with their fathers.

“You have situations where people still live with and are working for certain families, and where women are forced to have sexual relations with family members – fathers and sons,” said Ruteere, speaking from Kenya. “And there are situations where children, particularly the girls who are the products of those relations, are then forced to have sexual relations with the same family members.”

“This kind of relationship is going on over generations. There is a lot of sexual violence against these women and girls, I met individuals who are subjected to this. It’s a situation that is slavery-like.”

#esclavage #viol #culture_du_viol #racisme #impunité #Mauritanie #femmes #filles #inceste

September 03 2013

August 21 2013

Black people twice as likely to be charged with drugs possession – report | World news | The…

Black people twice as likely to be charged with drugs possession – report | World news | The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/21/ethnic-minorities-likely-charged-drug-possession

Black people are not just significantly more likely to be searched by police for drugs than their white peers, but face almost double the chance of being charged if any are found, according to a study of racial disparities in the way drug laws are enforced.

The study showed, for instance, disparities for cocaine possession in London, with 78% of black people charged, compared with 44% of white people. Black people were also almost twice as likely to be charged for possession of cannabis in the capital.

The report, which analysed Home Office data in conjunction with freedom of information responses from police forces in England and Wales, also uncovered what the authors call a “postcode lottery” in the apparent racial basis for drug policing. While black people were just over six times more likely to be searched for drugs nationally, this was significantly higher in some places. In one police area, Dorset, the differential was 17 times.

#police #racisme #xénophobie #UK

August 20 2013

Conspiracy to commit journalism » Pressthink

Conspiracy to commit journalism » Pressthink
http://pressthink.org/2013/08/conspiracy-to-commit-journalism

From Reuters:

The Guardian’s decision to publicize the government threat – and the newspaper’s assertion that it can continue reporting on the Snowden revelations from outside of Britain – appears to be the latest step in an escalating battle between the news media and governments over reporting of secret #surveillance programs.

This battle is global. Just as the surveillance state is an international actor — not one government, but many working together — and just as the surveillance net stretches worldwide because the communications network does too, the struggle to report on this secret system’s overreach is global, as well. It’s the collect-it-all coalition against an expanded Fourth Estate, worldwide.

Those who would expose and oppose the security state also need good judgment. What to hold back, when not to publish, how not to react when provoked, what not to say in your own defense: alongside the forensic, the demands of the prudential. All day today, people have been asking me: why did The Guardian wait a month to tell us about, ”You’ve had your fun. Now we want the stuff back?” Michael Calderone of the Huffington Post asked Rusbridger about that. His answer: #

“Having been through this and not written about it on the day for operational reasons, I was sort of waiting for a moment when the government’s attitude to journalism –- when there was an issue that made this relevant,” Rusbridger said.

That moment came after Sunday’s nine-hour airport detainment of David Miranda, partner of Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist at the center of the NSA surveillance story.

“The fact that David Miranda had been detained under this slightly obscure schedule of the terrorism act seemed a useful moment to write about the background to the government’s attitude to this in general,” Rusbridger said.

Hear it? The holding back. The sensation of a political opening, through which the story can be driven. The alignment of argument with information. The clear contrast between a terror anyone can identify with — being detained for nine hours while transiting through a foreign country — and the state’s obscure use of terrorism law. These are political skills, indistinguishable from editorial acumen. In a conspiracy to commit journalism we must persuade as well as inform.

#journalisme

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August 06 2013

How low-paid workers at 'click farms' create appearance of online popularity | Technology | The…

How low-paid workers at ’click farms’ create appearance of online popularity | Technology | The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/aug/02/click-farms-appearance-online-popularity

How much do you like courgettes? According to one Facebook page devoted to them, hundreds of people find them delightful enough to click the “like” button – even with dozens of other pages about courgettes to choose from.

There’s just one problem: the liking was fake, done by a team of low-paid workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, whose boss demanded just $15 per thousand “likes” at his “click farm”. Workers punching the keys might be on a three-shift system, and be paid as little as $120 a year.

The importance of likes is considerable with consumers: 31% will check ratings and reviews, including likes and Twitter followers, before they choose to buy something, research suggests. That means click farms could play a significant role in potentially misleading consumers.

#arnaque #exploitation #consommation #publicité

July 27 2013

Radical thinkers | The Guardian

Radical thinkers | The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/series/radical-thinkers

A series of three minute video talks by modern #philosophy academics on radical philosophers down the ages

#philosophie #critique #théorie_critique #vulgarisation

Jusque-là :
Badiou, Horkheimer, Reich, Critchtley, Feuerbach

cc @pguilli @prac_6 @shaber33

July 25 2013

Edward Snowden's fear of flying is justified | Geoffrey Robertson | Comment is free | The Guardian

Edward Snowden’s fear of flying is justified | Geoffrey Robertson | Comment is free | The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/23/snowden-asylum-america-international-law

So far #Snowden has had three offers of asylum from Latin America, but to travel there means dangerous hours in the air. International law (and the Chicago Convention regulating air traffic) emphatically asserts freedom to traverse international airspace, but America tends to treat international law as binding on everyone except America (and Israel). Thus when Egypt did a deal with the Achille Lauro hijackers and sent them on a commercial flight to Tunis, US F-14 jets intercepted the plane in international airspace and forced it to land in Italy, where the hijackers were tried and jailed. President Mubarak condemned the action as “air piracy contrary to international law” and demanded an apology, to which Reagan replied: “Never.” The UK supported the action as designed to bring terrorists to trial.

In 1986 Israel forced down a Libyan commercial plane in the mistaken belief that PLO leaders were among its passengers, and the US vetoed UN security council condemnation.

So there must be a real concern, particularly after Nato allies collaborated in forcing down the Bolivian president’s jet, that the US will intercept any plane believed to be carrying Snowden to asylum, either because he is tantamount to a terrorist (Vice-President Biden has described Julian Assange as a “hi-tech terrorist”) or simply because they want to put him on trial as a spy.

#violation du #droit_international #Israël #Etats-Unis #pirates_de_l'air

July 03 2013

Egypt, Brazil, Turkey : without politics, protest is at the mercy of the elites | Seumas Milne |…

Egypt, Brazil, Turkey: without politics, protest is at the mercy of the elites | Seumas Milne | Comment is free | The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/02/politics-protest-elites-brazil-egypt-organisation

Despite their differences, all three movements have striking common features. They combine widely divergent political groups and contradictory demands, along with the depoliticised, and lack a coherent organisational base. That can be an advantage for single-issue campaigns, but can lead to short-lived shallowness if the aims are more ambitious – which has arguably been the fate of the Occupy movement.

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In the era of neoliberalism, when the ruling elite has hollowed out democracy and ensured that whoever you vote for you get the same, politically inchoate protest movements are bound to flourish. They have crucial strengths: they can change moods, ditch policies and topple governments. But without socially rooted organisation and clear political agendas, they can flare and fizzle, or be vulnerable to hijacking or diversion by more entrenched and powerful forces.

That also goes for revolutions – and is what appears to be happening in Egypt. Many activists regard traditional political parties and movements as redundant in the internet age. But that's an argument for new forms of political and social organisation. Without it, the elites will keep control – however spectacular the protests.

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