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Edward Snowden As the intrigue surrounding Edward Snowden’s whereabouts and his travels around the world continue unabated, the furore over his leaking of classified US programmes to spy on users of the internet continues to grow. An ex-CIA contractor with access to vast amounts of top secret information at the US National Security Agency, Snowden’s disclosures are creating waves around the world, raising memories of the Cold War and leading to serious pressure on bilateral relations between the US on the one hand and Russia and China on the other. The disclosures also add further pressure on the US government

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Wikileaks Iceland’s Supreme Court has ruled that Valitor (formerly Visa Iceland) must pay WikiLeaks $204,900 per month or $2,494,604 per year in fines if it continues to blockade the whistle-blowing site. The court upheld the decision that Valitor had unlawfully terminated its contract with WikiLeaks’ donation processor, DataCell. “Today’s decision marked the most important victory to date against the unlawful and arbitrary economic blockade erected by US companies against WikiLeaks,” the organization’s press release stated. Be interesting to see whether Visa will spend $204k a month in fines rather than lifting the blockade generally. Either way, we win. — WikiLeaks

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Much of the work was carried out by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during his time in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been staying since last summer. Photograph by Reuters. Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has published more than 1.7 million United States records covering diplomatic or intelligence reports on every country in the world. Much of the work was carried out by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during his time in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been staying since last summer. He sought refuge at the embassy last June over fears that he would be sent to

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Indian policemen patrol a deserted street in Srinagar. Photo: Faisal Khan/Al Jazeera. By Parvaiz Bukhari When democracy is so hollowed out, that it is rendered incapable of letting the people evolve answers to issues facing a nation, the state apparatus is pushed to practice what many call neocolonialism, or else repression. However, most of the time the phenomenon remains obfuscated in the din of democratist pronouncements that ultimately take the shape of propaganda glorifying the state. The least that could be said about such a state of affairs is that it is not healthy. But, sometimes tender parts of a

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Professor blog proudly presents a new great contribution by Jennifer Robinson, the acclaimed media and human rights lawyer. She also is a legal adviser of WikiLeaks founder – editor and journalist Julian Assange. Jennifer Robinson participated in these days in the forum at the University of Technology in Sydney “Don’t shoot the messenger: WikiLeaks, Assange and Democracy”. We publish here a transcript of her lecture at the event, in agreement with Jennifer. We acknowledge on behalf of the author that she has not reviewed the transcript published here, which is credited to Green Left. The event on February 17 at

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An army man stands guard. (Photo: Burhan Kinu) In the international media, the murder of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad raised crucial concerns about the intimidation and targeting of journalists and political activists by the ISI in Pakistan. However, the detention and deportation of human rights advocate Gautam Navlakha from Kashmir has barely been mentioned. As Vaclav Havel argues, it is often only death that makes a story. According to Havel, it is not merely brute force and violence, but rather subtle and insidious forms of coercion which enable an efficient system of oppression. He writes that ‘this remarkable absence of

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By Fahad Shah Even though United Nations rapporteur on human rights violations Margaret Sekaggya visited Kashmir on January 19, India has failed to deliver justice to human rights violation victims in the Kashmir valley since the armed rebellion erupted twenty years ago. United Nations rapporteur on human rights violations, Margaret Sekaggya. The special rapporteur to assess the condition of ‘human rights defenders’ in the Kashmir Valley is appointed by the Geneva based Human Rights Council. She arrived in India on Jan 11 on the invitation of the central government. Margaret will file a report to the United Nations Human Rights

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[Syndicated from: BBC South Asia] The International Committee of the Red Cross sent evidence to US diplomats about widespread torture by Indian security forces in Kashmir, according to cables obtained by Wikileaks. Visits to detention centres in the region in 2002-04 revealed cases of beatings, electric shocks, sexual abuse and other types of ill-treatment. The organisation concluded that India condoned torture in the region. There has been no comment from the US. The ICRC said it was investigating. The chief minister of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, told India’s NDTV channel that the allegations related to a

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