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Edward Snowden Reportedly Will Be Played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone’s Biopic

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has agreed to take the lead role in “The Snowden Files,” a film about the NSA whistle-blower directed by progressive filmmaker Oliver Stone, according to Variety.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE


Russell Brand: Is a World That Robin Williams Can’t Live In Broken?

The comedian reflects on the death of one of the funniest men ever, tying it to “the overarching misery of our times,” in his latest episode of “The Trews.”

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE



Why Destroying Hamas Is a Terrible Idea

According to a Pentagon intelligence official, if eliminated, Hamas would be replaced by a far more dangerous alternative; a group of scientists warns we may be witnessing the beginning of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, the likes of which wiped out dinosaurs; meanwhile, an activist contends the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has had significant repercussions on the Israeli economy, especially since the recent attack on Gaza began. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 READ MORE


Climate Deniers, All Washed Up

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Top 6 Pulitzer Prize ‘Traitors’ in American Journalism

The Pulitzer Prize committee’s opinion that Edward Snowden is a public servant rather than a traitor or criminal is a scandal on the American right. But it is not a new scandal.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



The U.K. ‘Can’t Tell Its Terrorists From Its Journalists’

Sarah Harrison, an editor at WikiLeaks who has also worked with NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, won’t return to her home country because she fears prosecution under terrorism laws for seeking to influence her government.

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British Spies Intercepted User Webcam Images

Secret documents reveal that British surveillance agency GCHQ and the U.S. National Security Agency collected and kept the webcam images of millions of Internet users who were suspected of no wrongdoing and some of whom were engaged in sexual activity at the time of capture.

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Syrian Regime Should Face Trial on Allegations of ‘Systematic’ Mass Killings, Experts Say

As the diplomatic summit on the Syria crisis got underway in Switzerland on Wednesday, reports of the suspected “systematic killings” of 11,000 prisoners heightened the urgency of the proceedings.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Massive War Crimes: Syrian Regime Tortured, Starved, Murdered 11,000 Prisoners

A new report by three respected jurists argues that photographic evidence provided by a defector from the Syrian police proves systematic torture and summary execution of thousands of prisoners by the Baath regime headed by Bashar al-Assad.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Editors and Reporters of The Guardian

In an age of unprecedented antagonism toward the press, one newspaper headquartered in the heart of a former empire is making a spirited thrashing of the image and ambitions of some of the world’s proudest elites.

Posted on Oct 13, 2013 READ MORE



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The Internet’s Losing Its Freedom, in America and Beyond

Some countries are adopting ever more stringent Internet laws and increasing surveillance. Given the Edward Snowden leaks, you may not be surprised to see the United States is high on the list of nations that have decreased online freedom this year, but what about the others?

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE


Debate: What’s the Value of a Humanities Education?

A prominent technologist and advocate for the inclusion of women in the tech economy tells Guardian art critic Adrian Searle she wasted her youth on a languages degree, and that young Britons need to get with the “coding” revolution if they wish to pay off their university debts and be relevant to society.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE


Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger on the Snowden Leaks

Three-and-a-half months after NSA leaker Edward Snowden brought the U.S. government’s massive spying operations to the public, “Democracy Now!” spends an hour Monday with Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of The Guardian, the British newspaper that first reported the leaked documents.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Greg Palast

Noam Chomsky once said that Greg Palast “upsets all the right people.” Did the independent investigative reporter halt Lawrence Summers’ charge to the head of the Fed?

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Not Even Encryption Will Save You, Snowden Documents Show

The NSA has thwarted many of the encryption safeguards currently relied upon to protect the online activities, communications and data of governments, banks and hundreds of millions of private citizens, major news outlets in possession of classified documents provided by whistle-blower Edward Snowden report.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Laser Eavesdropping on Publishers of Leaks

Listening devices designed to pick up vibrations produced by sound waves bouncing off solid surfaces could be used by spies looking to learn about surveillance leaks, the U.K. government warned The Guardian newspaper.

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 READ MORE



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What Is Metadata?

Wondering exactly what the “metadata” that we learned the NSA is scooping up from all of our digital communications really is? The Guardian gives you the chance to see exactly the kinds of details you generate in an average day via the use of common applications and technologies.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE



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The End of the Right of Privacy?

Someday, a young girl will look up into her father’s eyes and ask, “Daddy, what was privacy?”

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Chicago Police Detain Independent Journalists at Gunpoint (Video)

Police stopped and drew guns on a group of independent journalists who were driving home after covering the NATO protests in Chicago on Monday evening. Tim Pool and Luke Rudkowski, two of the best-known live streamers covering the Occupy movement, believe they may have been targeted.

Posted on May 22, 2012 READ MORE


Official Murdoch Denouncement Makes Waves on American Shores

The declaration by British MPs on Tuesday that Rupert Murdoch exercised “willfull blindness” about phone hacking at The News of the World and is “not a fit person” to run a major international company has prompted the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington to ask the FCC to revoke the 27 Fox broadcast licenses that News Corp. holds in the U.S.

Posted on May 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Brussels Summit Will Not Avert Eurozone Crisis

At the close of an economic summit that appears to have failed to rescue Italy, Spain and more of Europe from sinking deeper into a mire of recession, Guardian economics editor Larry Elliott prefigures the collapse of the euro as a unifying currency of the European Union. (more)

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 READ MORE


Bradley Manning’s Mind

An investigative video created by The Guardian examines alleged WikiLeaker Bradley Manning’s psychological condition before he was dispatched to Iraq, concluding that he was probably not fit for overseas duty and that security at his station was remarkably lax.

Posted on May 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Julian Assange Has a Backup Plan

When asked what would happen if he was “taken out,” either physically or technically, WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange said in an online chat that more than 100,000 people have encrypted copies of leaked material and “if something happens to us, the key parts will be released automatically.”

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America Prefers to Execute Men, Apparently

Teresa Lewis is scheduled to be executed this month, the first woman to be officially killed by the state of Virginia in nearly a century. In the five years since a woman was last executed in the United States, the government put 220 men to death, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Iceland: ‘The World’s Most Feminist Country’?

What does it mean to be a “female-friendly country”? According to the Guardian, banning prostitution and stripping, as Iceland has now done, makes it the clear winner in the global feminist sweepstakes.

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE



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British Arms Maker Pays Up

British defense giant BAE has agreed to pay the UK and U.S. governments almost $800 million in penalties after it finally admitted guilt in the face of long-running corruption allegations. The deal allows the company to avoid being placed on an international arms trade blacklist.

Posted on Feb 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Slumdog Sourpuss

It may be the best picture, but Hirsh Sawhney writes in the Guardian that “Slumdog Millionaire” is a simplistic text that “far from spreading the blame for global poverty ... actually suggests that the west is the solution to India’s problems.”

Posted on Feb 23, 2009 READ MORE


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Dear Mr. Ahmadinejad

Nearly three months after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent then-President-elect Obama a congratulatory note, the State Department is still working on a response. Snail mail, indeed. The Guardian reports that the letter will be “aimed at unfreezing US-Iranian relations and opening the way for face-to-face talks.”

Posted on Jan 29, 2009 READ MORE


British Foreign Secretary Criticizes ‘War on Terror’

David Miliband has written a sour review of the “war on terror,” challenging the worldview pushed by George W. Bush and Miliband’s former boss, Tony Blair. War is not the answer, Miliband warns. Instead, “We must respond to terrorism by championing the rule of law, not subordinating it. ... We must uphold our commitments to human rights and civil liberties at home and abroad.”

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Dick Cheney the Muse

A well-known Colombian tailor is using Dick Cheney’s famous hunting mishap—when Cheney accidentally shot his friend in the face—as inspiration for a new line of bulletproof hunting apparel. The accompanying video shows one of the bulletproof jackets in action.

Posted on Nov 28, 2008 READ MORE



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Hillary Clinton Is Kind of, Definitely, Maybe (Not) the Next Secretary of State

Here’s a summary of the day’s Clinton watch via Political Wire: The Guardian says she’ll definitely take the job that The Washington Post reports she may be up for. All eyes now turn to Bill, who’s Global Initiative, huge personality and international superstardom complicate the vetting process. Update: Oy vey.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Has the Edge After First Debate

Even though the American mainstream media pronounced Friday’s presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain a draw, the UK’s Guardian newspaper tallied up some poll results and found that Obama has gained an edge over McCain as the candidates head into their final month of campaigning.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008 READ MORE


Inside the Surge

This short documentary by the Guardian’s Sean Smith shows an altogether different side of the surge than the one presented by George Bush, John McCain and the mainstream media.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


City of Walls

Americans seem to have bought into the idea that the “surge” is working, but this Baghdad journalist returned home to a city of walls and bloodshed.

Posted on Aug 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Clint Eastwood to Spike Lee: Shut Your Face

Clint Eastwood doesn’t mince words about his opinion concerning Spike Lee’s criticisms of Eastwood films like “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Bird.” Lee has repeatedly called Eastwood on the carpet for his racial politics in those movies. Well, Eastwood has offered Lee quite the definitive comeback: “A guy like him should shut his face.” Updated

Posted on Jun 6, 2008 READ MORE



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Wal-Mart Rethinks Gun Policy

A year after the Virginia Tech massacre, the world’s No. 1 gun merchant has agreed to tighter controls over firearm sales. One-third of Wal-Mart stores will no longer sell guns, another third will have stricter rules, and the other third ... well, baby steps. Needless to say, the National Rifle Association is outraged.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


Kidnappers Free Baghdad Security Spokesman

Iraq’s civilian spokesman for Baghdad security was released from captivity Monday. Professor Tahseen al-Sheikhli, who was kidnapped a few days ago, was found unharmed, except for his ego.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


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Terror Talk With Rudy ‘Tough Guy’ Giuliani

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani’s just the guy to come out swinging against “the Muslims,” according to boosters at a New Hampshire love-in shown on this clip from the Guardian.  Notes one staunch supporter, “These people are very dedicated ... very smart in their own way,” and it takes America’s Mayor to win what Giuliani calls the “Islamic terrorist war” at hand.

Posted on Dec 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Poking Holes in Fox News’ Mythology of Objectivity

This is certainly a point that has been made before, but the Guardian’s Michael Tomasky performed his own journalistic audit on the U.S.‘s Fox News network, starting with the conservative channel’s overt claims of offering “fair and balanced” news coverage, and finds that it falls short of its mission statement about spin-free reporting. 

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


Jimmy Carter: Bush Will Make a Good Ex-President

Jimmy Carter told the new Web site Guardian America that, compared to the Bush presidency at least, George W. Bush will make a “very good” ex-president. Carter also said of Hillary Clinton’s seemingly insurmountable lead in the polls: “One thing I know is that, this far ahead of time in the past, it’s been impossible to predict the outcome of the election.”

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


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‘You Left Us With 50 Saddams’

As the U.S. government is learning much too late, democracy is not a one-size-fits-all application that can be lifted from one culture and grafted onto another.  Here, UK reporter Ian Black from the Guardian Unlimited takes a look at what’s really going on politically and culturally in Iraq according to a prominent historian and his Iraqi contacts.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


Netroots Seen as Threat to Two-Party System

Democratic strategist Joe Trippi writes that the rise of the Netroots-based organization Unite08 may be the harbinger of the end of the traditional two-party system in American politics.

Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


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Invisibility Cloaks in Sight

New advances in “metamaterials,” which change how light bends around an object, could make Harry Potter’s invisibility cloaks reality, The Guardian reports.

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


Working Moms-to-Be: It’s Even Worse Than You Thought

You’ve heard that having a child sets you back seven years in the workplace? Well, according to a new study, a woman’s wages never fully recover—even after the child leaves home. | story

Posted on Jan 20, 2006 READ MORE


Sudan Emerges as Hub for Nuke Parts

Investigators name the country as a conduit for weapons equipment. | more

Posted on Jan 5, 2006 READ MORE


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