Democracy, Human Rights in Europe at lowest level

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 The rule of law in Europe is going through its most severe crisis since the Cold War, a report by the continent’s top human rights and democracy watchdog warns. Most of the European countries are facing “very worrying” challenges to human rights, democracies and the rule of law, Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary-General…

Who holds the seven keys to the internet?

Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: seven keys, held by individuals from all over the world, that together control security at the core of the web. The reality is rather closer to The Office than The Matrix James Ball The Guardian,             …

Major computer security firm RSA took $10 mln from NSA to weaken encryption – report

   Published time: December 20, 2013 23:48                                                                                                                         RSA SecureID electronic keys (Reuters / Michael Caronna)                              The National Security Agency arranged a clandestine US$10 million contract with computer security power RSA that allowed the spy agency to embed encryption software it could use to infiltrate the company’s widely used products, Reuters…

US and UK struck secret deal to allow NSA to ‘unmask’ Britons’ personal data

• 2007 deal allows NSA to store previously restricted material • UK citizens not suspected of wrongdoing caught up in dragnet • Separate draft memo proposes US spying on ‘Five-Eyes’ allies   James Ball theguardian.com,              Wednesday 20 November 2013 14.00 EST                     The memo explains that the US and UK ‘worked together to…

Snowden document reveals key role of companies in NSA data collection

NSA leverages relationships with commercial partners to collect vast quantities of data from fibre-optic cables, file shows • Tapping fibre-optic cables – see the NSA slide Ewen MacAskill and Dominic Rushe in New York theguardian.com,              Friday 1 November 2013 17.40 EDT Yahoo, Microsoft and Google deny they co-operate voluntarily with the intelligence agencies. Photograph:…

Meet George Soros’ favorite African strongman

  Posted By Brendan Bordelon On 2:22 PM 10/30/2013 George Soros, the billionaire banker who recently backed Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations, also supports and finances a corrupt African strongman dragging his country to the brink of civil unrest. Soros is the chief foreign backer of Alpha Conde, president of the mineral-rich West African nation of…

NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts

• Agency given more than 200 numbers by government official • NSA encourages departments to share their ‘Rolodexes’ • Surveillance produced ‘little intelligence’, memo acknowledges   James Ball The Guardian, Thursday 24 October 2013 14.14 EDT The NSA memo suggests that such surveillance was not isolated as the agency routinely monitors world leaders. Photograph: Guardian…

Fructose: the poison index

A ruling on fructose boosts the powerful sugar industry, either by incompetence or collusion, but is based on pseudoscience Robert Lustig The Guardian,              Monday 21 October 2013 16.00 EDT Fizzy drinks can have a ‘serum fructose concentration of six micromolar, enough to do major arterial and pancreatic damage’. Photograph: Nathalie Louvel/Getty Images The battle…

Obesity experts appalled by EU move to approve health claim for fructose / high-fructose corn syrup is a healthy alternative

Food firms using fructose will be able to boast of health benefits despite fruit sugar being implicated in soaring US obesity levels Sarah Boseley, health editor The Guardian,  Thursday 17 October 2013 16.27 EDT Fructose, the sugar found in fruit, is used in Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other sweetened drinks. Photograph: Alamy Obesity experts say they are…

British spies ‘hid activities from MPs’

Former Labour minister accuses spies of ignoring MPs over surveillance Nick Brown says there is ‘uncanny’ similarity between GCHQ programmes exposed by Edward Snowden and bill’s proposals   Rowena Mason, political correspondent The Guardian,        Tuesday 15 October 2013 Former minister Nick Brown says mass surveillance appears to be happening ‘with or without parliament’s consent’.…

Revealed: Qatar’s World Cup ‘slaves’

  Exclusive: Abuse and exploitation of migrant workers preparing emirate for 2022   Pete Pattisson in Kathmandu and Doha The Guardian,  Wednesday 25 September 2013 12.46 EDT                   Link to video: Qatar: the migrant workers forced to work for no pay in World Cup host country Dozens of Nepalese migrant labourers have died in Qatar…

The Russian government is asking for ‘planet hacking’ to be included in the climate science report, leaked documents show

Russia urges UN climate report to include geoengineering Martin Lukacs, Suzanne Goldenberg and Adam Vaughan The Guardian, Thursday 19 September 2013 12.00 EDT Documents seen by the Guardian show Russia is asking for a conclusion of the report to recommend geoengineering. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian Russia is pushing for next week’s landmark UN…

US spy agency broke encryption on UN communications – report

© Collage: Voice of Russia The US National Security Agency broke the encryption securing the United Nations’ internal video conferencing at its New York headquarters, German news weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday, citing secret NSA documents. 0The move provided the agency with “a dramatic improvement of data from video teleconferences and the ability to decrypt…