09 7 / 2012

Brazil is using innovative strategies in its fight against poverty and violence in Rio’s slums. But with a World Cup around the corner and an Olympic games not far behind, are these solutions enough?

Brazil is booming like never before. Serious international investment has created many new jobs and since 2003 more than 20 million people have risen out of poverty. “We do not have serious financial problems like Europe and the United States”, says a Brazilian insurance agent. In Rio, a new cable car system transports 100,000 people from the slums into the city to work each day. Yet a booming illegal weapons and drugs trade still plagues the city. The government strategy of “pacification” has seen military occupation of the sprawling favelas for two years: a controversial measure, but one that is credited with making the streets safe again.”Today I can walk around unarmed and alone without being afraid”, one policeman smiles. “Look we have an ATM and can take money out in peace!” a local journalist shows us proudly. They might still have a long way to go, but locals are positive that, “we now have a better country”.

July 2012

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18 6 / 2012

June 2012: A terrifying war is being fought in the digital second world of modern life. Technology designed to soak up individual’s private communications is in constant development. In the age of cyber surveillance where does the boundary between private and public fall — if it still exists at all?

On the front line of this digital conflict are the Cypherpunks, the focus of a two part special of The World Tomorrow beginning with part one this week. Andy Muller Maguhn, Jeremie Zimmerman, and Jacob Appelbaum are all prominent web activists advocating the free circulation of data and knowledge on the web. They are all key figures in the Cypherpunks movement — a movement dedicated to keeping your private data private. In this eye-opening encounter, Julian Assange discusses with them the technical challenge posed by government snooping on personal data, the democratisation of essential encryption technology, and the importance of web activism. As Jacob Applebaum points out, “Now we take our personal lives and we put it all on Facebook. We communicate using the Internet or mobile phones, which are now meshed to the Internet. And military or intelligence agencies have control of that data and are studying it. So this is some kind of militarization of civilian life.”

For broadcast rights contact Journeyman Pictures: http://www.journeyman.tv/?lid=63723

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18 6 / 2012

Tens of thousands of children are abducted and sold on the black market in China every year. Reluctant to tackle or even acknowledge the issue, Chinese authorities offer no support to desperate parents.

"I watch them every day", says Mr Sun looking at CCTV footage of his son moments before he was kidnapped. Children have become commodities for buying and selling. Like thousands of Chinese families, the Suns have received no support from the police and are continuing a desperate and risky search on their own. Parents like them are viewed as troublemakers. How dare you question the government? the police shouted as the parents took part in a protest. The government does not openly acknowledge the issue. According to Amnesty International, statistics at the provincial level or the national level on child trafficking are classified as state secrets. Many blame the countrys one-child policy: with parents often relying on sons to look after them in their old age, boys will sell for as much as $6,000.

(Documentary Produced by SBS, distributed by Journeyman Pictures November 2009)

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18 6 / 2012

June 18, 2012: With youth unemployment at 50%, the elderly losing their assets and ever-growing numbers going hungry, you don’t need to wander far on the streets of Athens to witness the impact of Greece’s debt crisis.

"All the rulers are dirty" cries one man as he awaits his turn at the local food distribution centre."What else are those thieves going to take? They’ve stolen everything." It is this level of desperation that is felt across the debt-stricken country. A once-thriving shipping trade has virtually vanished, with queues of former workers lining the streets for the chance of a last minute shift. Tourism too is under threat. With all these difficulties, it is not hard to find a growing anti-European sentiment from its people. As one man argues, "they prefer to watch people eat from the garbage. The EU is simply a union of corporations and banks".

A Film By SBS
Distributed By Journeyman Pictures
June 2012

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18 6 / 2012

June 18, 2012: In less than 24 hours, Egypt’s ruling military junta has tightened its grip on power. Dealing a crushing blow to the country’s transition to civilian rule, it’s a move that could see a return to revolution.

"They want to steal our revolution", protestors shout. In a return to martial law, Egypt’s highest court has ruled recent parliamentary elections partially invalid. The court has effectively dissolved the newly elected parliament and handed legislative powers to the military council until new parliamentary elections. When the court’s rulings were finally announced, protesters erupted in anger, with chants ringing out against the military junta and its pro-military candidate Ahmed Shafiq. But many activists say that another massive uprising will be the last line of defence against a complete military takeover. "It’s going to be very hard for all Egyptian people. This ruling means the military is coming back."

Reporting by Reed Lindsay and Jihan Hafiz

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02 2 / 2012

February 02, 2012

Will the Afghanistan war end soon? Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has outlined an end date for combat missions in Afghanistan that’s earlier than the 2014 timetable proposed for troop withdrawal. The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur explains.

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28 1 / 2012

January 28, 2012

 ACTA is one more offensive against the sharing of culture on the Internet. ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is an agreement secretly negotiated by a small “club” of like-minded countries (39 countries, including the 27 of the European Union, the United States, Japan, etc). Negotiated instead of being democratically debated, ACTA bypasses parliaments and international organizations to dictate a repressive logic dictated by the entertainment industries. ACTA, a blueprint for laws such as SOPA and PIPA, would impose new criminal sanctions forcing Internet actors to monitor and censor online communications. It is thus a major threat to freedom of expression online and creates legal uncertainty for Internet companies. In the name of trademarks and patents, it would also hamper access to generic medicines in poor countries. The European Parliament now has an ultimate opportunity to reject ACTA. Read more here.

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27 1 / 2012

The Arab League has renewed calls for the Syrian government to end bloodshed and allow more observers in the country. But the group, monitoring the implementation of a peace plan, stopped short of asking the UN for help. The Arab League mission itself has been heavily criticised for failing to stop the violence. And, as RT’s Sara Firth reports, many in the country say they’re paying too high a price for change.

Read more on the Syrian Uprising here.

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27 1 / 2012

January 27, 2012

Iraq’s Sunni bloc is boycotting parliament and Tariq al-Hashemi, the country’s Sunni vice-president, has fled to the Kurdish-controlled north to avoid being arrested on terrorism charges. 

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22 1 / 2012

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ACTA is one more offensive against the sharing of culture on the Internet. ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is an agreement secretly negotiated by a small “club” of like-minded countries (39 countries, including the 27 of the European Union, the United States, Japan, etc). Negotiated instead of being democratically debated, ACTA bypasses parliaments and international organizations to dictate a repressive logic dictated by the entertainment industries.

ACTA would impose new criminal sanctions forcing Internet actors to monitor and censor online communications. It is thus a major threat to freedom of expression online and creates legal uncertainty for Internet companies. In the name of trademarks and patents, it would also hamper access to generic medicines in poor countries.

News: Hackers opposing ACTA attack Poland’s governmental websites

      Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement- ACTA- Wikipedia

 

About: The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a proposed plurilateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement.[1] It would establish an international legal framework for countries to join voluntarily, and would create a governing body outside international institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) or the United Nations. Negotiating countries have described it as a response “to the increase in global trade of counterfeit goods and pirated copyright protected works.” The scope of ACTA includes counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the Internet. Groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) oppose ACTA, stating that civil society groups and developing countries were excluded from discussion during ACTA’s development in an example of policy laundering. Opponents have argued that the treaty will restrict fundamental civil and digital rights, including the freedom of expression and communication privacy. “The bulk of the WTO’s 153 members” have raised concerns that treaty could distort trade and goes beyond the existing Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. Opponents also criticize ACTA’s removal of “legal safeguards that protect Internet Service Providers from liability for the actions of their subscribers” in effect giving ISPs no option but to comply with privacy invasions. According to an analysis by the Free Software Foundation, ACTA would require that existing ISPs no longer host free software that can access copyrighted media, and DRM protected media would not be legally playable with free software. via Wikipedia

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14 1 / 2012

Reform leader pulls out, saying country’s ruling junta has governed since Mubarak’s exit ‘as if no regime has fallen’

January 14, 2012

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Photo: Mohamed ElBaradei said the conditions for a fair election were not in place. Photograph: Bernat Armangue/AP

In Egypt it’s same ole same ole after all…

The Egyptian reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei has dramatically announced his withdrawal from the presidential race in protest at the ruling military council’s failure to put the country on the path to democracy.

Source: The Guardian

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14 1 / 2012

Tehran sends diplomatic letter to US saying it has evidence of CIA involvement in killing of Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan

January 14, 2012

Iran has accused the US and Britain of being behind the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist this week in Tehran.

Iran’s foreign ministry has sent a diplomatic letter to the US saying that it has “evidence and reliable information” that the CIA provided “guidance, support and planning” to assassins “directly involved” in Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan’s killing, the IRNA state news agency reported on Saturday.

Ahmadi-Roshan, a 32-year-old chemist, was killed in Wednesday morning traffic by motorcycle-borne assassins. It was the fifth time in two years that a scientist from the state nuclear programme had been targeted. Each time, the hit squad used a motorcycle.

Source: The Guardian

 

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14 1 / 2012

Tehran sends diplomatic letter to US saying it has evidence of CIA involvement in killing of Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan

January 14, 2012

Iran has accused the US and Britain of being behind the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist this week in Tehran.

Iran’s foreign ministry has sent a diplomatic letter to the US saying that it has “evidence and reliable information” that the CIA provided “guidance, support and planning” to assassins “directly involved” in Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan’s killing, the IRNA state news agency reported on Saturday.

Ahmadi-Roshan, a 32-year-old chemist, was killed in Wednesday morning traffic by motorcycle-borne assassins. It was the fifth time in two years that a scientist from the state nuclear programme had been targeted. Each time, the hit squad used a motorcycle.

Source: The Guardian

 

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22 12 / 2011

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December 22, 2011

(Newser) Bradley Manning’s court hearing ended today almost a week after it began. Prosecutors revealed an alleged al-Qaeda propaganda video that featured militants describing how they used leaked documents to their advantage. Manning, prosecutors said, “aided in the publication of those files, knowing that our enemies would use those files.” Defenders called him a naive and emotionally troubled young man who didn’t get the support he needed from the military, the New York Times reports.

Manning’s lawyers didn’t suggest he was innocent of giving material to WikiLeaks, but they said prosecutors were “over-charging” a young private who hadn’t threatened national security.

Read more: http://www.newser.com/story/135992/bradley-manning-wikileaks-hearing-ends.html

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22 11 / 2011

Over the past 20 years China has become the world’s biggest exporter of consumer goods. But behind this apparent success story is a dark secret - millions of men and women locked up in prisons and forced into intensive manual labour. Watch here.


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