- “Hacktivists stole more data from large corporations than cybercriminals in 2011, according to a study of significant security incidents. The annual analysis of data breaches by Verizon uncovered a huge rise in politically motivated attacks.”
- “It’s time for the World Bank to stop pretending significant progress is being made in reducing extreme global poverty. The self-congratulatory report it issued recently claimed it had achieved its stated goal of cutting global poverty in half. This was extremely misleading at best.”
- “It could be a title of a new children’s film: The Muppet Hunt. It is, however, the reality at Goldman Sachs, where the chief executive, Lloyd Blankfein, has begun a search of emails to look for use of the word “muppets” a fortnight after a London-based employee resigned, claiming it was the way clients were referred to by members of staff at the bank.”
- “The faults of Haiti’s earthquake relief efforts do not rest with any one organization or factor. If they did, correcting the still-problematic situation would have been far easier. As AP reported last year, ‘Lack of coordination among foreign and Haiti relief groups, a destroyed infrastructure, absence of a viable Haitian government and corruption,’ are just some of the factors that contributed to Haiti’s lackluster earthquake relief.”
- “Public sector workers in Portugal have gone on strike to protest against the government’s austerity measures. Schools were closed as teachers walked out, commuters faced severe delays on trains and buses, and hospitals had to work with reduced staffing.”
- “Just a few months ago, Sandar Min was one of thousands of political prisoners languishing behind bars in a Burmese prison. She spent her days chatting to fellow inmates and trying to lay low. ‘We did not know how long we would be there for, the time just went on,’ she said in a recent interview.”
- “The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the nuclear watchdog at the heart of the growing Iranian crisis, has been accused by several former senior officials of pro-western bias, over-reliance on unverified intelligence and of sidelining sceptics.”
- “The National Rifle Association continues to press more states to adopt Florida-style ‘stand your ground’ laws like the one that’s made it difficult to prosecute George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, in late February.”
- “Political scandal broke out in India when it was discovered that $210 billion of the country’s revenue has been lost in a coal scam of enormous proportions, according to a draft auditing report leaked to The Times of India today, infuriating lawmakers and adding to India’s growing corruption woes.”
- TRNN: “The Right Vs. EPA. DC Court of Appeal hold debate on whether EPA has the authority to regulate carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act.”
- “Mali’s main airport is shut, the borders are closed and a curfew declared. Mutinous soldiers have taken over the presidential palace and the state broadcaster. Gunshots still ring out in different parts of the capital Bamako. It’s a coup.
- TRNN: “Michelle Alexander: Drug War Racism” (67 minutes)
The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.