The two party system: an evil worse than a Clinton evil

The two party system: an evil worse than a Clinton evil

This is an opinionated guest post from Marianne Hoynes, activist and independent journalist.    I am so shocked by my friends on Facebook who are adamant that Hillary Clinton is a better candidate than Donald Trump. We are poised on the very edge of the horror show that is the TTIP, which will harm not only the US but all of Europe. Hillary will do a […]

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A Wind of Change – Iceland, Brazil, UK, France, USA

A Wind of Change – Iceland, Brazil, UK, France, USA

During the past weeks, there has been a democratic wind blowing across the world. Several countries have taken to protest and direct action to demand more democracy. In Iceland the Prime Minister has left office, in Brazil the lower chamber voted to impeach the Prime Minister, and in the UK demands are being made for the Prime Minister to resign. Old politics is meeting a more connected and demanding […]

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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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Limiting Liberty: How Governments Capitalize on Tragedy

Limiting Liberty: How Governments Capitalize on Tragedy

Around the world, tragedy has been capitalized upon in order to curtail civil liberties. From the attacks on 9/11, the London Metro bombings, to shooting incidents like the George Zimmermann case and the Sandy Hook shooting. Mass media and legislators have attempted to use appeals to emotion in order to curtail civil liberties. In this text I will focus mostly on freedoms and the situation […]

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Exclusive: Illinois Law Allows Schools to Spy on Students & What the News Media Got Wrong

Exclusive: Illinois Law Allows Schools to Spy on Students & What the News Media Got Wrong

Controversy erupted this week after an Illinois elementary school sent a letter home to parents. The letter claimed that the school had the legal authority to demand students’ passwords for social networking sites, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, last.fm, and other popular websites. If the student was suspected of violating school procedures or disciplinary rules, the school could demand a student’s passwords. A local news […]

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Net Neutrality and America’s Censorship Through the Backdoor

Net Neutrality and America’s Censorship Through the Backdoor

In one of those rare moments in history, grassroots activists and Silicon Valley are on the same side of an issue: net neutrality must be saved at all costs. For Silicon Valley businesses such as Netflix, there is clearly an economic incentive for preserving net neutrality. Netflix and its Silicon Valley brethren do not want to have to pay for the internet “fast lanes” that […]

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A Hollywood Director’s Message to Pirates Part 2

A Hollywood Director’s Message to Pirates Part 2

The full post is now found at A Hollywood Director’s Message to Pirates

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A Hollywood Director’s Message to Pirates

A Hollywood Director’s Message to Pirates

This is my fourth attempt at writing this requested guest blog for the Pirate Times. I actually gave up after the third one, but then it occurred to me that if we can’t talk to each other the bad guys win…and nobody wants that to happen. The issue I come across when explaining the inner politics of Hollywood, or any of the obstacles we filmmakers […]

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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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Public Submissions to U.S. Special 301 IP report ends February 7

Public Submissions to U.S. Special 301 IP report ends February 7

When Intellectual Property protection was pushed into trade rules, the U.S. created a unilateral policy of enforcement. Every year the U.S. Trade Representatives rate every country’s level of Intellectual Property protection, such as creating law to punish file sharing or making sure the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) gets its money.

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