US Supreme Court Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans Nationwide

US Supreme Court Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans Nationwide

In the mid-morning hours on Friday 24 June 2015, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) declared unequivocally in its 5–4 ruling over Obergfell v. Hodges that marriage is a Constitutionally protected right. The case comes from four states—Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee—where 14 same-sex couples and two men with now-deceased partners sought the right to marry or have their otherwise-lawful marriage recognized. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, said: […]

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Pirate Times: Your Independent Pirate News Source

Pirate Times: Your Independent Pirate News Source

In the last half year the international Pirate Movement has been undergoing a fundamental search for direction. There is a lack of consensus as to how the movement should be steered and in which direction.  There needs to be a reasoned debate and the Pirate Times has a job to do in reporting what is happening to the Pirates of the world. However, we have […]

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Andrew Norton: PPI Became a Pirate Chimera [Pirate Visions]

Andrew Norton: PPI Became a Pirate Chimera [Pirate Visions]

Being one of the founders of Pirate Parties International, Andrew Norton looks back on how it all started, before gazing ahead on what is to come. He reflects on his initial efforts with PPI and wishes for a future similar to that. These articles are part of the weekly series ‘Pirate Visions’ from different prominent international pirates. We asked them to write as individuals and […]

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Hollywood Director Promotes Oscar Nominated Film with Torrent Download

Hollywood Director Promotes Oscar Nominated Film with Torrent Download

In 2002, a short film named Johnny Flynton was released. One of the comments on its IMDB page, titled ‘someone please distribute this film’ reads: “I was blown away. The performances, the cinematography, the writing were all great.” — Author: Brad H. Johnny Flynton was written and directed by Lexi Alexander, a German-born Hollwyood film director. Alexander is well known for her later films Green […]

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Pirate Policies on Drugs – Discuss

Pirate Policies on Drugs – Discuss

Pirates tend to be for the decriminalization or legalisation of various recreational drugs that are currently illegal in most countries. The principle target of these policies is marijuana but some want to see most soft drugs made available in accordance to the amount actual harm that is done to the user and society at large. Alcohol is often used as a benchmark, as it is […]

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Are we a Pirate Pachydermocracy?

Are we a Pirate Pachydermocracy?

In the “rough and tumble” world of politics it is often stated that, to be a politician you must have a thick skin. This means, that no matter which form of representational government you live under, you are being ruled by people who have thick skins. There is a term for this, from the Greek, pachyderm: any of various large, thick-skinned, hoofed mammals such as […]

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What is happening in the Pirate Party of Germany?

What is happening in the Pirate Party of Germany?

After the Pirate Party of Germany’s meteoric rise between 2009 and 2013 the party seems to be in decline and staggering from crisis to crisis. The latest being “bombergate” in which two young women took part in an anti-neonazi protest. Their faces were masked and they were topless – Femen style. One had the words “Thanks Bomber Harris” written on her body. Bombergate One of […]

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A German Pirate Meets Pirates Downunder

A German Pirate Meets Pirates Downunder

Pirate Times adminstrator and member of the Pirate Party of Germany, Gefion Thürmer, travelled to Australia recently and wrote about her meeting with the Pirate Party there. What follows is a loose translation of her article in our German language sister blog Flaschenpost. We Germans often look for differences before we look for similarities. That the political landscape in Australia is different to Germany’s is […]

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Why you should protest the TTIP?

Why you should protest the TTIP?

We were all so cheerful when two years ago the European Parliament rejected ACTA. But the lobby machine never rests, the big corporations will use every opportunity to slip the same provisions into any international treaty that our governments sign. And they will add new stuff if possible, such as Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). There are abundant examples of how it works – from […]

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New legal framework in Spain hinders access to Justice

New legal framework in Spain hinders access to Justice

The Spanish Ministry of Justice has been working hard on legal reforms ever since the People’s Party came to power in 2011. Most of these reforms have to do with the Judiciary itself, but -contrary to the Government’s statements– they seem to be aimed at separating Justice from ordinary citizens. The first step in this new legal framework was the creation of a set of […]

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