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NYPD assaults busker, arrests him after confirming he did nothing illegal (VIDEO)
A musician was assaulted and arrested after he wouldn’t stop playing guitar in a New York subway station on Friday morning. The video of the incident went viral, drawing attention to his cause: The police’s unfair treatment of buskers.

21.10.2014 16:19

‘Mission of liberty’: Outgoing GCHQ boss defends mass surveillance
The outgoing director of GCHQ has used his farewell speech to praise the UK surveillance agency’s practices. In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations, Sir Iain Lobban called the agency’s work a “mission of liberty, not erosion of it.”

21.10.2014 16:18

The Trans-Pacific Partnership – one sick treaty?
The secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will increase patent protection for the benefit of big pharmaceutical companies, but are such policies really in the interests of global health?

21.10.2014 13:48

US needs pro-American lobby in Israel
Behind the polite and diplomatic statements regarding the “unbreakable bond” that exists between the United States and Israel lays a more disturbing truth that is slowly coming to the surface.

21.10.2014 12:57

Kiev govt used cluster munitions in populated zones in E. Ukraine – HRW
The forces of the Kiev government used cluster munitions in populated areas in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, says Human Rights Watch. It adds that the use of this forbidden weaponry violates the laws of war.

21.10.2014 04:58

Strippers sue Washington State to prevent their identities from being released
Exotic dancers at a Washington strip club are suing to prevent officials from releasing their names and addresses due to a public records request. Because most strippers are required to have an 'entertainer’s license', their identities are on the record.

20.10.2014 18:50

New trolling laws 'threaten freedom of speech'
Laws to deal with internet “trolling” already exist in the UK and newly-proposed legislation makes many worried about democracy and freedom of expression Gavin Macfadyen, director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, told RT.

20.10.2014 14:42

'No mass killings or graves': Amnesty Int'l says only 'isolated' atrocities in E. Ukraine
Amnesty International became the first major international human rights groups to address the claims of mass killings in the Ukrainian conflict. However, it says it only found evidence of isolated incidents of war crimes by both Kiev and the militia.

20.10.2014 17:03

Obama considers allowing torture overseas
The White House is reportedly wrestling over how to interpret a ban on "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” ahead of a meeting in Geneva next month concerning the United Nations charter on torture.

20.10.2014 14:24

​‘My bus, my rules’: Gay couple ordered off London bus for kissing
A London transport employee is under investigation after he allegedly threw a gay couple off his bus after he saw them kissing.

20.10.2014 13:23

86yo starves to death in ‘right-to-die’ protest
An elderly British woman has starved herself to death because British laws do not permit her to seek assistance in taking her own life. The case has revived the euthanasia debate and renewed calls for the ‘right-to-die’.

20.10.2014 12:30

​Why do we know nothing about ISIS?
“Don’t you know that Isis was the name of an Egyptian goddess?” a colleague from Iraq recently wrote me. “Mind you, they never give things names for no reason in the West. Terror, death and fear – that is what we have to cope with day by day.”

20.10.2014 11:49

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