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Amtrak: Purchasing Train Tickets With Cash is a “Suspicious Activity”

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Purchasing train tickets with cash, exiting a train before or after other passengers, or appearing calm or nervous are all examples of behavior that Amtrak employees have been told to report as “suspicious activity.” A document entitled Guidelines for Amtrak Customer Service Employees, which was obtained by the ACLU after an FOIA request, lists a number of different behaviors that are “indicative... 

Saudi activists set to defy no-women driving law

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Activists in Saudi Arabia are set to defy a no-women driving law by getting behind the wheel amid warnings of punishment by officials. Saudi activists are encouraging women to drive themselves in public on Sunday on the anniversary of an October 26 campaign last year by female drivers in defiance of a driving ban in the kingdom. In recent weeks, campaigners have been pushing on social media for women... 

Israel blocks entry of construction materials to Gaza

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Israel has prevented dozens of trucks loaded with building materials from entering the besieged Gaza Strip, despite earlier promises to allow such a move. “We were notified by the Palestinian National Company that Israel has indefinitely delayed the entry of the 60 trucks into the Gaza Strip,” the official Anadolu Agency quoted Mounir al-Ghalban from Gaza’s border authority, as saying on Tuesday. The... 

Liberia censors media coverage of Ebola

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Members of a medical team disinfect people at an Ebola treatment center in Liberia, October 2, 2014. Liberia has passed a law that will restrict the media coverage of the Ebola outbreak in an attempt to protect privacy of the patients. “We have noted with great concern that photographs have been taken in treatment centers while patients are going in to be attended by doctors. That is invasion of... 

New Australian law sees journalists facing 10 years in prison

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Australia’s lower house of parliament has passed the first in a series of counter-terrorism amendments toughening the country’s national security law. The new legislation could see journalists jailed for reporting on related matters. National Security Amendments Bill (No. 1), passed by Australia’s House of Representatives on Wednesday, says a person who discloses information relating to a special... 

Italy police fire tear gas at anti-austerity protesters

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Italian police have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of anti-austerity protesters in Naples, where the European Central Bank (ECB) was holding a monthly policy meeting. An estimated 4,000 anti-austerity demonstrators took to the streets of Naples on Thursday, carrying placards with caricatures of German Chancellor Angela Merkel amid tight security in the whereabouts of the ECB... 

Madrid court suspends Catalonia’s Independence Referendum

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Spain’s Constitutional Court decided Monday that Catalonia has no right to vote for its independence. The independence referendum planned by Catalonia’s President for this November was unanimously suspended by 12 judges. Speaking in a televised address after an emergency cabinet meeting Monday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he regretted Catalonia’s president Artur Mas’s decision... 

Aussie journalists may end in jail for reporting on terror

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The Australian Senate has passed new national security laws that could put journalists behind bars for up to 10 years for merely reporting on terrorism-related subjects, Press TV reports. The bill proposed by the government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott was unanimously adopted by the Senate on Thursday and is to be sent to the House of Representatives for final approval. The legislation, dubbed the... 

If you live in New Zealand, you’re being watched – Snowden

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Edward Snowden has dismissed as “false” the New Zealand PM’s claims of no mass surveillance in the country. The whistleblower says he regularly “came across communications of New Zealanders,” when he worked as an NSA analyst. New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has performed mass spying, despite denials by the nation’s prime minister, John Key, the former NSA... 

​US threatened Foley family over Islamic State ransom

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The family of US journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped and killed by the Islamic State, had been “threatened” by the US government with charges of aiding terrorists if they tried to raise funds to pay ransom for him, Foley’s mother told the media. Obama administration officials repeatedly warned the family of murdered journalist James Foley that they might face criminal charges for supporting... 

​Internet Slowdown Day: Leading web companies fight for Net Neutrality

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Reddit, Netflix, Foursquare, Mozilla, Vimeo, and WordPress are backing the ‘Internet Slowdown’ protest against proposed US regulations that would segregate internet surfing speeds and kill “net neutrality.” The September 10 protest features a revolving icon, symbolizing slow connectivity, illustrating how losing net neutrality would harm websites and other online services. The US Federal Communications... 

Pentagon Is Giving Grenade Launchers to Campus Police

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In 1968, students at Columbia University staged a mass uprising other college campuses in protesting not just the war in Vietnam, but their school’s collaboration with the Institute for Defense Analysis, a Defense Department affiliate that researches weapons technologies. Today, weapons produced by that institute are used by the US military throughout the world and by campus police forces across... 

UK’s Rotherham child abuse victims sue for damages

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A group of child abuse victims in the British town of Rotherham have launched a legal compensation suit amid growing outrage in the country over the failure of authorities to stop 16 years of abuse. Attorneys for 15 child sexual abuse victims in the northern English town announced on Wednesday that they are seeking up to $165,000 each in compensation for the official negligence. David Greenwood of... 

1,400 kids sexually abused in UK town, council turned blind eye over ‘racism’ fears

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Children as young as 11 in the Yorkshire town of Rotherham were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities in England, beaten and intimidated, by groups of mainly Asian men (mostly Muslims) from 1997 to 2013, a troubling new report claims. The inquiry team found examples of “children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with... 

Can Germany turn its back on USA? No, it can’t

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After the division of Germany into two German states, the western part of the country was raped by allies-occupants, while the Soviets got the eastern part. The Soviet Union did not end its existence, when Soviet leaders blessed the Germans for unification and promised to withdraw troops from the territory of the GDR. The troops were withdrawn practically nowhere, as there were no apartments prepared... 
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