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June 27 2014

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February 02 2014

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Medical associations in Sweden and Denmark have strongly recommended a ban on the non-medical circumcision of boys, reports the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

The Sweden Medical Association, which counts 85% of the country's physicians as members, recommended setting twelve as the minimum age for the procedure and requiring a boy's consent in a resolution which was unanimously passed by the ethics council, reported the Svenska Dagbladet.

The Danish College of General Practitioners, a group with 3,000 members, made a statement that ritual circumcision of boys was tantamount to abuse and mutilation, according to Danish newspaper BT. They polled their readers and found that 87% were in favor of a ban on non-medical circumcision.

January 19 2014

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The Largest Corporate Power Grab You’ve Never Heard Of

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive trade agreement between 12 countries on the Pacific Rim that could massively boost corporate power at the expense of our climate and environment, human and workers’ rights, sovereignty and democracy. We’re standing with millions of people across the world urging world leaders to publish the text of the TPP as it stands now, and reject efforts to fast-track this agreement in the United States Congress.

December 02 2013

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Universities UK (UUK) has issued guidance on external speakers saying that the segregation of the sexes at universities is not discriminatory as long as “both men and women are being treated equally, as they are both being segregated in the same way.”

UUK add that universities should bear in mind that “concerns to accommodate the wishes or beliefs of those opposed to segregation should not result in a religious group being prevented from having a debate in accordance with its belief system” and that if “imposing an unsegregated seating area in addition to the segregated areas contravenes the genuinely-held religious beliefs of the group hosting the event, or those of the speaker, the institution should be mindful to ensure that the freedom of speech of the religious group or speaker is not curtailed unlawfully.”

We, the undersigned, condemn the endorsement of gender apartheid by Universities UK. Any form of segregation, whether by race, sex or otherwise is discriminatory. Separate is never equal and segregation is never applied to those who are considered equal. By justifying segregation, Universities UK sides with Islamist values at the expense of the many Muslims and others who oppose sex apartheid and demand equality between women and men.

November 28 2013

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WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a top-secret NSA document. The document, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, identifies six targets, all Muslims, as “exemplars” of how “personal vulnerabilities” can be learned through electronic surveillance, and then exploited to undermine a target's credibility, reputation and authority.
Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit 'Radicalizers'
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November 15 2013

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November 01 2013

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The government released a second batch of documents yesterday in response to EFF's ongoing FOIA lawsuit for information concerning Section 215 of the Patriot Act—the provision of law the government relies on to compel the disclosure of records of millions of Americans' calls.

One document, in particular, confirms what in recent months has become abundantly clear: the NSA is unwilling to submit to meaningful and effective oversight and seems unwilling to recognize the extraordinarily sensitive nature of the information it collects.

The document, which appears to be a written response to an Intelligence Committee staffer's question, describes the NSA's acquisition and testing of Americans' cell site location data. The document shows that, prior to obtaining and testing samples of location information taken from Americans' cell phone calls, the NSA didn't even bother to inform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) or the relevant Congressional oversight bodies prior to doing so. In fact, neither NSA nor the National Security Division of the Department of Justice thought the collection of Americans' location information sufficiently novel or important to even justify an individualized legal analysis. In the view of DOJ, the location information of thousands (or millions) of Americans could just be lumped in with the information the FISC had already approved for collection.

Keep this in mind, too: approximately a year prior, the FISC nearly shut down the call record program after the agency repeatedly misled the court about how and under what circumstances it was accessing Americans' call records. To then obtain extraordinarily sensitive information about the movements of Americans—without first informing either the FISC or any of NSA's Congressional oversight bodies—smacks of a fundamental disregard for the NSA's oversight system and the coordinate branches of government. 

New Documents Confirm Same Old Fears: NSA Collects First, Seeks Authorization Later | Electronic Frontier Foundation

October 23 2013

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<!-- CONTENT OF THE POST --> An accidentally published, unredacted document from a lawsuit against the TSA reveals that the Taking Shoes Away people believe that "terrorist threat groups present in the Homeland are not known to be actively plotting against civil aviation targets or airports." That is to say, there is no identifiable risk to America's skies -- and all of business with shoes and pornoscanners and horrible, abusive incidents involving toddlers, people with mental disabilities, cancer survivors, rape survivors, and the whole business of treating travellers like presumptive terrorists is all to prevent a problem that, to all intents and purposes, doesn't exist.
TSA admits "terrorists in America are not plotting against aviation" - Boing Boing

October 10 2013

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Feel this blow as a coup de grâce: The NSA not only, we now know, hoards data on our every communication, but, we now learn, wants to have broader surveillance dragnets and deeper spycraft capabilities in place to defend that other great villain of the past decade — Wall Street. The nexus of power and control linking Washington, Silicon Valley and Wall Street was made almost cinematically complete in comments from NSA Chief Keith Alexander to lawmakers this week.
NSA wants even greater powers … to defend Wall Street - Salon.com

October 09 2013

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A report released Tuesday synthesizes much of what Americans have been learning about piecemeal for the last few months: The U.S. government collects vast amounts of data from millions of American citizens who are not suspected of any wrongdoing.

The 80-page report, published by New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice, surveys the legal landscape that allows the federal government to collect and store data about Americans’ Internet activities, computer files, email and phone metadata, travel records and other information – often without a warrant or suspicion of criminal activity.

While the data collection is usually performed under the banner of increased security, the report concludes that there is little proof the practice has made the country safer, and that the programs have weakened Americans’ civil liberties.

“Having these storehouses (of data) begs for abuse, either now or down the line,” the study’s author, Rachel Levinson-Waldman, told Al Jazeera. “That's always one of the dangers, and we know that from our history.”

October 05 2013

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September 30 2013

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Verizon’s a real mess these days. It thinks it has the right to block what we do and say online. And it apparently sees nothing wrong with helping the NSA hoover up our private communications.

Verizon doesn’t just want to watch where we go online. It also wants to determine where we go in the first place.

It’s time for Verizon to clean up its act.

Take action and we’ll send a petition with your name — and some much-needed soap — to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam.

August 29 2013

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On Monday, four satirical paintings by artist Konstantin Altunin were removed from the St. Petersburg Museum of Power during a raid by Russian police. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the artist behind the controversial works fled Russia.

August 23 2013

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The government has embarked on an aggressive offensive to justify the detention of David Miranda by suggesting that the partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald possessed "highly sensitive stolen information that would help terrorism".
Miranda had 'highly sensitive stolen information', Home Office suggests | World news | theguardian.com
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The British government is now equating support of civil liberties and the rule of law to supporting terrorism. Their actions suggest that they believe the fundamental right to privacy is no more than the reserve of violent criminals, and free expression a threat to the public and national security.
Schedule 7 and the detention of David Miranda | Privacy International

August 21 2013

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Pass The 28th Amendment - Complete Removal Of The Church From The State
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July 24 2013

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Earlier documents put in context with recent revelations show that Sweden has been systematically wiretapping Russia on behalf of the United States. This is clear after putting a number of previous questionable agreements and developments in context today. The question that remains is what Sweden gets in return.

June 09 2013

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At the urging of the Catholic church, abortion is banned under all circumstances—including rape, and where the mother faces death—in Chile, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and Suriname, as well as in El Salvador. In most other countries it is highly restricted. Only Cuba, Guyana, Puerto Rico and Uruguay offer abortion on demand (so does Mexico City, unlike the rest of Mexico).

June 07 2013

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So, while it is not accurate to state that biblical texts would allow marriages between people of the same sex, it is equally incorrect to declare that a “one-man-and-one-woman” marriage is the only allowable type of marriage deemed legitimate in biblical texts.

This is not only our modern, academic opinion. This view of the multiple definitions of “biblical” marriage has been acknowledged by some of the most prominent names in Christianity. For example, the famed Reformationist Martin Luther wrote a letter in 1524 in which he commented on polygamy as follows: “I confess that I cannot forbid a person to marry several wives, for it does not oppose the Holy Scriptures.”

Accordingly, we must guard against attempting to use ancient texts to regulate modern ethics and morals, especially those ancient texts whose endorsements of other social institutions, such as slavery, would be universally condemned today, even by the most adherent of Christians.

Iowa View: 1 man, 1 woman isn't the Bible's only marriage view | The Des Moines Register | desmoinesregister.com

May 18 2013

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