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  1. The Ambassador
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Published: 2011
    Danish journalist Mads Brügger goes undercover with a diplomatic passport to expose the blood diamond trade in Africa.
  2. Australian court imposes generalized news blackout on bribery case
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    WikiLeaks has revealed the existence of a blanket gagging order applying to all citizens and news media throughout Australia.
  3. Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Published: 2011
    First there was a film about banana workers saying the Dole Food Company had made them infertile. Then Dole attacked the filmmakers. Now it's time for a new film!
  4. Big business censorship
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    Big business is almost entirely unaccountable. Some of the worst offenders are US corporations exporting harmful attitudes from the USA to the rest of the world. We suspect that some of them are driven by religious prejudices largely alien to Europe.
  5. Canada's prime minister wants to make it harder for people to vote against him
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Stephen Harper, who won by an uncomfortably small margin in the last election, has passed laws designed to keep voters who oppose him from the polls.
  6. Cops Charge Black Activist with "Lynching"
    Defend Maile Hampton!

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    On January 18, 2015, Maile Hampton, a young black woman and member of the ANSWER Coalition, was leading chants at a Sacramento, California, protest against a pro-cop rally. An online video shows the cops violently attacking several protesters, slamming a woman against a cop car and repeatedly throwing a man to the ground. While both were being handcuffed, the crowd chanted to let them go. Five weeks later, Hampton was arrested at her home. She now faces up to four years in jail on charges of felony "lynching"! A law supposedly intended to criminalize the extra-legal murder of black people, Mexicans and others by the racist terrorists of the KKK and their ilk, is now wielded by the police against those who actively protest the modern-day legal lynchings carried out by the cops.
  7. Dismantling Democracy
    Stifling Debate and Dissent in Canada

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    An extensive dossier of the Harper government's attacks on democracy, debate, and dissent.
  8. Eavesdropping on the Planet
    The Inalienable Right to Snoop?

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Like a mammoth vacuum cleaner in the sky, the National Security Agency (NSA) sucks it all up: home phone, office phone, cellular phone, email, fax, telex … satellite transmissions, fiber-optic communications traffic, microwave links … voice, text, images … captured by satellites continuously orbiting the earth, then processed by high-powered computers … if it runs on electromagnetic energy, NSA is there, with high high tech. Twenty-four hours a day. Perhaps billions of messages sucked up each day. No one escapes. Not presidents, prime ministers, the UN Secretary-General, the pope, the Queen of England, embassies, transnational corporation CEOs, friend, foe, your Aunt Lena …
  9. Electronic Frontier Foundation to Court: There's No Doubt the Government Destroyed NSA Spying Evidence
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told a federal court today that there was no doubt that the government has destroyed years of evidence of NSA spying -- the government itself has admitted to it in recent court filings.
  10. From Wikileaks to TSA
    Anti-Empire Report

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    We have to remind the American people of what they once knew but seem to have forgotten: that they don't want BIG government, or SMALL government; they don't want MORE government, or LESS government; they want government ON THEIR SIDE.
  11. Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The Outrageous Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Civil asset forfeiture violates civil and property rights, not to mention fundamental notions of justice. Now, finally, it's under increasing fire.
  12. Harper, Serial Abuser of Power: The Evidence Compiled
    The Tyee's full, updated list of 70 Harper government assaults on democracy and the law.

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have racked up dozens of serious abuses of power since forming government in 2006. From scams to smears, monkey-wrenching opponents to intimidating public servants like an Orwellian gorilla, some offences are criminal, others just offend human decency. Here are 70 instances of abuse of power by the Stephen Harper government.
  13. If U.S. Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different?
    Snowden Coverage

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism. Many of the same outlets that missed the Wall Street meltdown and cheer-led the Iraq invasion have come to resemble state-controlled media outlets in their near-total identification with the government.
  14. IFJ Condemns United States "Desperate and Dangerous" Backlash over WikiLeaks
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the political backlash being mounted against the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks and accused the United States of attacking free speech after it put pressure on the website's host.
  15. Information Terrorists?
    The Vile Campaign Against Julian Assange and Wikileaks

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    WikiLeaks is under concerted attack from the US government. Also under attack by the US government is the whole idea of freedom of thought and of information. It needs to be clearly understood that the attacks on WikiLeaks by the US government could as easily be used against news organizations and political organizations.
  16. John Pilger: The dirty war on WikiLeaks
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    War by media, says current military doctrine, is as important as the battlefield. This is because the real enemy is the public at home, whose manipulation and deception is essential for starting an unpopular colonial war.
  17. Net freedom 'at stake' on WikiLeaks
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    Internet service providers are cutting access to the whistleblower site, raising broader concerns about online freedom.
  18. Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
  19. One Thousand Years of Solitude
    Life in the SHU

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Indefinite solitary confinement: a large-scale experiment in sensory deprivation and social isolation.
  20. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 24, 2015
    Whistleblowers and national security

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    This issue sheds light whistleblowers and the murky world of national security. Governments may often pay lip service to the importance of protecting whistleblowers, but in reality they are almost always persecuted. Repercussions can range from being fired to being imprisoned.
  21. Police Ripped Off More Stuff Than Burglars Did Last Year
    Civil asset forfeiture is big business for cops

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Law enforcement use of asset forfeiture laws to seize property -- often without a criminal conviction or even an arrest -- has gone through the roof in recent years, and now the cops are giving the criminals a run for their money, and winning.
  22. Reflections on a whistleblower: Two years after Snowden
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Two years after Snowden, the international state of surveillance and the ranks of whistleblowers both continue to grow.
  23. Revealed: How DOJ Gagged Google over Surveillance of WikiLeaks Volunteer
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The Obama administration fought a legal battle against Google to secretly obtain the email records of a security researcher and journalist associated with WikiLeaks.
  24. Saturday: Canadians stand against the Omnibus Budget Bill at 54 MP Offices
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    This Saturday, at 54 confirmed locations across the country, Canadians will gather at Conservative MPs offices, and support locations, to voice their concerns about the Federal Budget Bill currently before Parliament.
  25. The Servility of the Satellites
    The Snowden Affair and the Destruction of Effective Democracy in Europe

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Recent revelations confirm the completion of the transformation of the "Western democracies" into something else, an entity that as yet has no recognized name. The outrage against the Bolivian President confirmed that this trans-Atlantic entity has absolutely no respect for international law, even though its leaders will make use of it when it suits them. But respect it, allow it to impede their actions in any way? Certainly not. And this disrespect for the law is linked to a more basic institutional change: the destruction of effective democracy at the national level.
  26. Spies Hacked Computers Thanks to Sweeping Secret Warrants, Aggressively Stretching U.K. Law
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    British spies have received government permission to intensively study software programs for ways to infiltrate and take control of computers. The GCHQ spy agency was vulnerable to legal action for the hacking efforts, known as "reverse engineering," since such activity could have violated copyright law. But GCHQ sought and obtained a legally questionable warrant from the Foreign Secretary in an attempt to immunize itself from legal liability.
  27. Spooky Business: A New Report on Corporate Espionage Against Non-profits
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Giant corporations are employing highly unethical or illegal tools of espionage against nonprofit organizations with near impunity, according to a new report by Essential Information.
  28. Tracking Harper's 9-year-long assault on unions
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Stephen Harper has been Prime Minister of Canada for almost a decade. In that time, the system of protections that were put in place by decades of advocacy by labour organizations and unions has been partly dismantled. The attacks have been extremely strategic. Ground Zero for these attacks has been the House of Commons, where piece after piece of legislation has taken aim at unions and collective bargaining.
  29. Truth in Chains
    The Arrest of Julian Assange

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    Tell a truth that discomforts power, that challenges its domination over our lives, our discourse, our very thoughts, and you will be destroyed. No institution, public or private, will stand with you; the most powerful entities, public and private, will be arrayed against you, backed up by overwhelming violent force. This is where we are now. This is what we are now.
  30. 12 most absurd laws used to stifle occupy movement
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    Here are 12 desperate and unsuccessful measures the authorities are using to discourage, deter and crack down on peaceful protests.
  31. The WikiLeaks wake up call
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    Will a backlash against the WikiLeaks phenomenon have significant implications for the future of the Internet?
  32. Will the government's counter-extremist programme criminalise dissent?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    From 1 July, a broad range of public bodies - from nursery schools to optometrists - will be legally obliged to participate in the U.S. government’s Prevent policy to identify would-be extremists. Under the fast-tracked Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, schools, universities and health service providers can no longer opt out of monitoring students and patients for supposed radicalised behaviour.

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