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#31 landak

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Отправлено 12 Январь 2012 - 07:38

Recently in the U.S. mixed martial artist Jacob Volkmann was placed on an administrative leave after making a remark that "Obama needs a glassectomy...It's where they remove the belly button and put a piece of glass in there, so you can see what you're doing while your head's up your ass."
That has reminded me of a case in Russia, when a journalist Vladimir Rakhmankov has been fined 20,000 rubles (about £400) for calling Putin "Russia's phallic symbol" in a satirical article.
Seemingly, calling popular leaders names is never a wise idea, regardless of the country of your origin.
So, I propose a thread for a comparative case study of the real speech freedom in various countries. Join the conversation! :)

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Недавно в США Якоба Фолькмана, занимающегося смешанными боевыми искусствами, отправили в административный отпуск после того, как он сделал замечание, что "Обаме нужна стеклоэктомия... Это когда они удаляют пупок, и вместо него помещают кусок стекла, так, что вы можете видеть, что вы делаете, когда ваша голова находится в вашей заднице."
Это напомнило мне о случае в России, когда журналиста Владимира Рахманкова оштрафовали на 20000 рублей за то, что он назвал Путина "фаллическим символом России" в сатирической статье.
По-видимому, бранить популярных лидеров -- не очень умная мысль, в какой бы стране не происходило дело.
Это в качестве затравки. :)
Предлагаю сравнить, на примерах, ситуацию с реальной свободой слова в различных странах. Присоединяйтесь к разговору!

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Отправлено 13 Январь 2012 - 12:23

Huff Post (USA), http://www.huffingto..._b_1202801.html

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Brazil has joined China and India among middle income countries to forge ahead towards closing the income gap between the North-South disparities and take advantage of the shift in the distribution of economic growth in favor of middle income countries.

Статья про резвый экономический рост Бразилии.

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Отправлено 13 Январь 2012 - 03:02

US Monsanto Now Owns Private Military Company Blackwater (Xe)

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A report by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation (Blackwater’s Black Ops, 9/15/2010) revealed that the largest mercenary army in the world, Blackwater (now called Xe Services) clandestine intelligence services was sold to the multinational Monsanto.


http://www.4thmedia....-blackwater-xe/

Про Блэкуотер знают все, по-моему, особенно в связи с Ираком, да и в Пакистане она засветилась.
Сейчас, после громкого скандала, сменила название, теперь это "Хе". Частная охранная компания.
Её, оказывается, купила небезызвестная Monsanto.
Об этой компании мы тоже писали недавно - вот тут -

http://forum.polismi...be%d0%b4%d1%8b/

Интересно, правда?

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Отправлено 13 Январь 2012 - 03:19

A great TV interview (with a transcript) of Stephen Cohen at the Democracy Now!
About recent protests in Russia, the general mood, etc. Made many good points.

http://www.democracy...ition_communist

I suggest everybody to watch it.

(h/t to Sean Guillory)

Хорошее интервью со Стивеном Коэном про протесты в Москве и настроения в России. В общем-то, почти всё по делу. Текст на английском прилагается.

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Отправлено 13 Январь 2012 - 03:52

Stephen Cohen is one of the very few adequate american authors who write about Russia. His opinions are always interesting for russian readers

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Отправлено 13 Январь 2012 - 04:03

Syrians call on observers to speak truth

13.01.2012 07:02


Syrian people have called on the Arab League (AL) observers visiting Syria to speak out the truth about the situation that exists in the country.

The AL delegation, tasked with monitoring the implementation of the Arab bloc's resolution to end the crisis in the country, visited Damascus governor's office and a number of towns and villages around the capital on Thursday.

The Arab League observers also talked to Syrian people who expressed their strong support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and requested the observes to report the truth about Syria's situation.

One Syrian man said he had come to tell the mission how his sons had been kidnapped by a number of armed militants.

“I call on the AL observers to tell the truth…armed gangs are abducting and killing and robbing people. These are the foreign backed gangs,” said another civilian.

Syria has been experiencing a deadly unrest since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both against and in favor of the Assad government.

While the West and Syrian opposition accuse security forces of killing protesters, Damascus blames foreign-backed “outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the violence, insisting that government forces have been given clear orders not to harm civilians.

Arab League observers are currently in the country to investigate Syria's months-long unrest and to monitor the implementation of a peace initiative presented by the bloc to put an end to Damascus's crisis.

Over the past weeks, Syrians have repeatedly expressed solidarity with the government.

Despite the massive popular opposition against any foreign intervention in Syrian affairs, AL Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said on Sunday that the organization had decided to reinforce its team in Syria to give the team "the necessary time to continue their mission according to the protocol."

Press TV
http://www.strategic...peak-truth.html

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Отправлено 14 Январь 2012 - 01:47

Costa Concordia shipwreck (foto & video) -

http://daypho.ru/v/94/

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Отправлено 14 Январь 2012 - 05:27

Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant Ltd. Co. (China)
Курсы обучения телохранителей (Китай) -

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more fotos -

http://daypho.ru/v/92/

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Отправлено 15 Январь 2012 - 04:43

January 14, 2012
Italian Cruise Ship Reported Torpedoed By Iranian Submarine
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
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A “flash” message received in the Kremlin today from the Northern Fleet Command, whose Russian Navy flotilla is in the Mediterranean Sea after having just left their Syrian port of call, reports that the anti-submarine ship Admiral Chabanenko has detected the firing of a torpedo having the “unmistakable signature” of one fired from a kilo-class submarine near Isola del Giglio a popular vacation island about 18 miles off the Italian Tuscan coast.
Within 10 minutes from the detection of this torpedo being fired, this “flash” message continues, a distress call was received from a cruise ship nearing the port of Isola del Giglio Costa named Costa Concordia [photo of sinking top left], and owned by owned by Genoa-based Costa Cruises, stating that it had been “attacked” and was in “immediate danger of capsizing.”
Reports from the London Telegraph about this attack state that the Costa Concordia’s passengers' dinner was “interrupted by a loud boom around 8 pm local time” with an initial announcement claiming that the ship was suffering an electrical failure, ordering everyone onboard to don life-jackets, and appearing to confirm this “flash” message of it being an attack.
The Northern Fleet Command further states that after the initial distress call from Costa Concordia it was ordered by the US Naval Air Station Sigonella (located in Sicily and known as “The Hub of the Med”) to cease open broadcasts and, instead, use NATO encrypted communications only. [Note: Due to past attacks on cruise liners carrying international passengers, all Western ships of this type are required to carry NATO encrypted radios.]
Most disturbing about this “flash” message, however, is its stating that the only known submarine currently suspected to be in the Mediterranean Sea is one, or possibly two, possessing kilo-class torpedoes belong to the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN).
Russian military analysts note that Iran has, indeed, previously stated its intentions to expand its naval forces reach into international waters with the Commander of Iran's Navy Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari saying this past March they planned to expand their navy’s operational zone far beyond the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
In an 11 September 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy said that in the two decades since the Iraqi imposed war on Iran, the Islamic Republic has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces. According to the report, Iran's Navy has been “transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in control of the world's oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.”
Iranian naval leaders this past June, according to their state-run Fars News Agency, further stated that they now had a total of 11 submarines, which they said would be used to patrol the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman and that they would, also, send to distant waters such as the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.
To why Iran would attack innocent Western civilians Russian military analysts say is due to the “undeclared war” being waged against the Iranians by the West that has killed a number of their top nuclear scientists, military troops and bystanders, including women and children.
The latest attack in this “undeclared war” came this past week when another Iranian nuclear scientist was assassinated and that their Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said was committed by the “abominable” and “cowardly” intelligence services of the CIA and Mossad of the United States and Israel and that Iran is now reporting they have evidence to support.
Interesting to note is that within hours of these charges being leveled against the US by Iran’s Supreme Leader a number of top American intelligence officers leaked to the press that Israeli Mossad officers had posed as CIA agents and were recruiting for the Pakistani militant group Jundallah to carry out terror strikes in Iran, and as we can read, in part, as reported today by London’s Daily Mail News Service:
“When President Bush heard that this was going on, he ‘went absolutely ballistic,’ one agent said.
After Barack Obama took office, the report claimed, he ‘drastically scaled back joint U.S.-Israel intelligence programs targeting Iran,’ despite Israel’s frequent propositions to carry out covert assassination missions against Iran’s nuclear programme.
One intelligence official told the magazine: ‘Israel is supposed to be working with us, not against us. If they want to shed blood, it would help a lot if it was their blood and not ours.’
‘It’s amazing what the Israelis thought they could get away with,’ a U.S. intelligence officer told Foreign Policy.”
So fearful has the US become about an Israeli attack on Iran, the New York times reported yesterday that President Obama opened a “clandestine communication” with Iran’s Supreme Leader warning that if the Straight of Hormuz was closed he would have no choice but use military force to reopen it.
The Wall Street Journal is further reporting that President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other top US officials have delivered a string of private messages to Israeli leaders warning about the dire consequences of a strike, but at the same time are reported to be “prepping” their Mideast facilities for an Israeli attack on Iran.
With embattled Nigeria, one of the biggest suppliers of oil to the United States, preparing to cease pumping oil on Sunday as it nears outright civil-war, and when coupled with the staggering withdrawal by foreigners of over $85 billion in US debt in the last 6 weeks alone, Russian economists warn that an attack on Iran would literally send the US and EU economies into a “death spiral” as the cost of petrol would reach nearly $15 a gallon.
So dire has this situation become the head of the Kremlin's Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, warned yesterday that “There is a likelihood of military escalation of the conflict, towards which Israel is pushing the Americans.”
Also, speaking today at a press conference in Brussels, outgoing Russian Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin warned against a NATO attack on Iran, saying that Russia would view any military attacks as a “direct threat to our security.”
Philip Giraldi, the former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) warned in his latest column, “What War With Iran Might Look Like,” that an attack by Iran, like the one suspected against the Costa Concordia would, indeed, be the spark that sets off World War III.
Unfortunately for the American people, who are not allowed to know these things by their propaganda media organs, the events described herein that they believe will have no affect on them couldn’t be more mistaken as the fires of this “last global war” will most surely affect us all.
One can only hope these people awaken from their long slumber before all is truly lost.
January 14, 2012 © EU and US all rights reserved. Permission to use this report in its entirety is granted under the condition it is linked back to its original source at WhatDoesItMean.Com. Freebase content licensed under CC-BY and GFDL.
[Ed. Note: Western governments and their intelligence services actively campaign against the information found in these reports so as not to alarm their citizens about the many catastrophic Earth changes and events to come, a stance that the Sisters of Sorcha Faal strongly disagrees with in believing that it is every human beings right to know the truth. Due to our missions conflicts with that of those governments, the responses of their ‘agents’ against us has been a longstanding misinformation/misdirection campaign designed to discredit and which is addressed in the report “Who Is Sorcha Faal?”.]

http://www.whatdoesi...m/index1554.htm

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Отправлено 15 Январь 2012 - 10:50

Poor mister McFaul among rough russian users why already name him Mister McFail

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Отправлено 16 Январь 2012 - 07:54

An important editorial from the Japan Times, "Russia as a WTO member": http://www.japantime...20120116a1.html

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In 2009, Russia suddenly raised tariffs on imported cars, devastating Japanese firms exporting used cars to Russia. In 2010, it stopped export of grains, citing crop failures caused by drought. This caused turbulence in global grain markets.
Russia must not repeat its past problematic behavior. If it takes inappropriate decision in trade-related matters, other WTO members will file complaints against it and take the cases to the WTO.


The anti-Putin campaign continues:

1) Daily Beast (USA), "The Law Of Putin’s Jungle" http://www.thedailyb...ters.print.html

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The whole situation leaves many Russians ashamed and disgusted. “They want to build a new Russia on cynicism, lies, theft, and cruelty,” says opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. “But a cesspit is not the best foundation for a house, let alone a whole country.” A recent report published by him lists half a dozen old friends of Putin’s who have become billionaires over the last 10 years, mostly thanks to government oil- and gas-trading contracts.

Like Stephen Cohen has noted in his interview (the link provided above), the Russian liberal opposition leaders are self-appointed. They do not represent protestors.

2) WaPo (USA), "Putin says he's Russia's indispensable man" http://www.washingto...612P_story.html

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Putin seems to imply that with the growth of a genuine middle class — thanks to the guidance of his government — only now can Russians start to be trusted with democracy. He fails to note, though, that the bulk of the protesters who have demonstrated against him have been drawn from that new middle class. Having achieved a level of material comfort, they are now demanding that their government obey its own laws.

Don't really see a contradiction.

3) Telegraph (U.K.), "Vladimir Putin tells Russians to reject a 'dash for change' " http://www.telegraph...for-change.html

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In a giant article in daily newspaper Izvestia, the strongman Russian prime minister cast himself as the man who prevented Chechnya and the North Caucasus from breaking away from Russia, arguing he is now ready to lead the country into a new more sophisticated era of development.

A practically neutral article. Although, Andrew Osborn stays Andrew Osborn.

Comments are few, and different.

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Отправлено 16 Январь 2012 - 09:28

Don't miss the most recent Krugman's article, "How Fares the Dream?"
http://www.nytimes.c...-the-dream.html

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Mitt Romney says that we should discuss income inequality, if at all, only in “quiet rooms.” There was a time when people said the same thing about racial inequality. Luckily, however, there were people like Martin Luther King who refused to stay quiet. And we should follow their example today. For the fact is that rising inequality threatens to make America a different and worse place — and we need to reverse that trend to preserve both our values and our dreams.

It's more of an article about domestic U.S. affairs, but it would be interesting to Russians too.

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Отправлено 17 Январь 2012 - 08:18

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The West’s Attempt to Dominate the International Satellite News Spectrum

Wayne MADSEN (USA) | 17.01.2012 | 00:00

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There is a clear attempt by Western governments and their surrogates, especially Qatar, to dominate the spectrum of international network news outlets. It all began when Qatar-based Al Jazeera became the primary enemy of the Bush administration in its attempt to influence news reporting from war zones like Afghanistan and Iraq.
The United States was never really happy with Al Jazeera’s Arabic service, having militarily attacked the network’s office in Kabul in November 2001 and its Baghdad bureau in April 2003. A leaked 10 Downing Street memorandum from 2005 indicated that President George W. Bush wanted to bomb Al Jazeera’s broadcast center in Doha in 2004.
But when Al Jazeera English began broadcasting in 2006, what was a nuisance to U.S. propaganda efforts on military battlefields abroad became a problem for the United States at home. Although U.S. cable companies did their best to ban Al Jazeera English from cable television offerings, the network was being carried over a television broadcast channels in the Washington, DC area. Moreover, Al Jazeera English’s web site began attracting more and more Internet surfers. Al Jazeera’s independent reporting on the news – which was far and above that of any U.S. news network, including the one-time standard for international cable news broadcasting, CNN – was being referenced by more and more journalists and political leaders.
By the time the Barack Obama administration took over the reins of power in Washington, a new policy was adopted, one that would seek to co-opt news networks like Al Jazeera rather than attack them on the battlefield and censor them in the corporate news rooms of the United States.
Obama appointed Walter Isaacson, the former Chairman and CEO of CNN and someone who is as much a cog in the machinery of globalism and the “New World Order” as news manipulators George Soros and Rupert Murdoch, as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the oversight authority of the U.S. government for such official propaganda outlets as the Voice of America, the Arabic language Al-Hurra television network, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Isaacson said of the burgeoning number of international news networks, including Al Jazeera, RT (formerly Russia Today), and others, “We can’t allow ourselves to be out-communicated by our enemies.” Isaacson, in addition to protecting his own nest egg of U.S. government-financed propaganda networks, which include a much-hyped Radio Free Europe station broadcasting locally in Afghanistan, saw Al Jazeera, RT, and China’s CCTV as threatening the stranglehold his corporate pals at CNN, Fox News, and MS-NBC maintained over news content on the cable networks.
On March 2, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton weighed into the debate during testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee. Clinton declared the United States was losing the global information war and cited Al Jazeera, CCTV, and RT as examples of networks besting the United States at televised news.
Clinton said, “We are in an information war and we are losing that war. Al Jazeera is winning, the Chinese have opened a multi-language television network, the Russians have opened up an English-language network. I’ve seen it in a few countries, and it is quite instructive.”
Although Clinton was arguing for Congress to budget more money for the old tired U.S. propaganda elephants like the Voice of America and Cold War throwbacks like Radio Free Europe, her comments, as well as those of Isaacson, signaled a more aggressive attitude by Washington toward independent news networks.
It was also apparent that some traditional sources for independent news, including the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and France-24, were being heavily influenced by interference from their respective governments, especially in how the networks were covering British and French foreign policy, especially toward the Middle East.
Rather than compete with Al Jazeera English, the Obama administration ensured that its editorial independence was stymied and its reporting on the news took on a more pro-American flavor. After Obama’s Middle East and Islamic “reach out” speeches in Cairo and Istanbul, Al Jazeera began overflowing with praise for Obama policies. In early 2011, as the “Arab Spring” uprisings began toppling dictatorships in Tunisia, Egypt, and eventually Libya, Al Jazeera began to emulate American networks, the BBC, and France-24, in favorably reporting from the field and taking the side of the revolutionaries and rebels. Nothing was reported by the network on the outside help the uprisings were receiving from the George Soros global non-governmental organization (NGO) contrivances and U.S. CIA-linked funding from the National Endowment for Democracy and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
When rebels rose up against Muammar Qaddafi in Libya, Al Jazeera embedded its journalists with the rebels, citing massacre after massacre by Qaddafi troops but silent on grotesque violations of human rights by the rebels. When the Arab Spring moved to Syria, Al Jazeera’s reporting was much the same: massive sympathy for the Western-backed rebels but little in the way of reporting from the perspective of the government in Damascus. Al Jazeera also failed to report on its own conflicts-of-interest in reporting on Libya. Al Jazeera’s chairman is Hamad bin Thamer al Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family, which had committed Qatari military forces to the NATO campaign against Qaddafi and which was reaping the benefits of a Libyan rebel contract to market Libyan oil from rebel-held territory in the North African nation. A leaked U.S. State Department cable from Qatar stated that Al Jazeera served the political interests of the al-Thani family and the Qatari government, which include Qatar’s para-statal natural gas and oil companies.
Al Jazeera in Doha often featured guests from the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution office in the Qatari capital. The Saban Center is funded by Israeli-American Hollywood mogul Haim Saban, an Egyptian-born Israeli-American who touts the uber-Zionist line of Israel and its powerful lobby in the United States. Saban is also a major funder of the Democratic Party and in 2007 he and Steven Spielberg hosted a fundraiser for Mrs. Clinton at the home of Peter Chernin, the President of News Corporation, the parent of Fox News. The interlocking relationship of Clinton, Isaacson, Saban, and other neo-conservative and neo-liberal manufacturers and molders of public opinion are what lies at the heart of the attempts by they and their ilk to limit the public exposure of independent news networks around the world. Their philosophy is “if you can’t beat the competition, don’t compete with them, just co-opt and control them.”
Hillary Clinton and Isaacson were successful in “taming” Al Jazeera and bringing it around to support U.S. and western imperialistic adventures in the Middle East and even outside the region. Al Jazeera’s slanted coverage of anti-government demonstrations in Russia, following parliamentary elections, mirrored the tilted coverage by the network of the events in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria.
China’s CCTV remains at an early stage and has not yet shown itself to be much of a threat. Its reporters seem to know there is a line that they cannot cross in their coverage of events and until CCTV is permitted to become more independent of the authorities in Beijing, it, ironically, will not be a threat to Western interests. In some cases, RT has shown itself to be vulnerable to some of the same forces that ruined the independence of Al Jazeera, for example, having more than a reasonable number of guests who are paid by Soros without citing their ties to the international financier and his anti-Russian playbook. Iran’s Press-TV is being adversely affected by the crippling sanctions being levied by the West on Tehran and its ability to maintain foreign bureaus are suffering as a result.
However, not all is doom and gloom. Some former Al Jazeera correspondents and producers, disgusted how their former network has been co-opted by the West and Israeli interests, are launching a new news network in March, one that will be based in Beirut and free of the political chains and cob webs that have limited the journalistic independence of so many other networks. Al Mayadeen, which means “public squares,” has decided not to invite Israeli spokespeople on the air. Television networks that give Western globalist and Israeli interests more than there fair share of coverage are already too numerous and Al Mayadeen has seen the business and journalistic niche created by those networks that have surrendered to the United States in Clinton’s and Isaacson’s information war.

http://www.strategic...s-spectrum.html

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Отправлено 19 Январь 2012 - 01:30

Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.

Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.
The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.
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Tell Congress: Don’t censor the Web

Fighting online piracy is important. The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. There’s no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs.
Too much is at stake – please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA.
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To sign or not to sign?
Would I regret about it very soon, or woudnt?
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Отправлено 19 Январь 2012 - 01:49

Washington Post (USA), "10 reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free"
http://www.washingto...D1wP_print.html

Well.

Huff Post (USA), "Greater Equality = Greater Democracy"
http://www.huffingto..._b_1210629.html

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Studies have shown that the greatest periods of economic growth occurred during Democratic administrations, when equality was greatest, and government was not the problem. The evidence now shows the necessity for greater income equality if we want greater peace and prosperity within our own country, as well as a shared peace and prosperity with other countries.

Does it only seem to me, or has the U.S. press really started to treat kindly its "dissenting" voices, while drawing a harder line on the issues of foreign policy? If so, it's an interesting observation. Nation-building at the time of ...?





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