USAID Fake HIV Center in Cuba Undermines Global Health Efforts

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 7:50 am

Using health care as a cover for U.S. espionage activities creates significant risks, not only for local populations but globally. Its execution is often clumsy, and it accomplishes little either for health or for intelligence needs.

 

EU Group Launches Class Action Suit Against Facebook For Privacy Violations, Including Support for PRISM

By: Monday August 4, 2014 11:22 am

Viennese lawyer and privacy activist Max Schrems has filed a class action suit with the Commercial Court for Vienna against the Irish subsidiary of Facebook for violation of European data protection laws.

The Europe v Facebook website has an app that allows EU residents to become part of the suit. So far the organization is reporting that 11,000 people have signed on.

USAID Used AIDs Organization As Front For Operations Against Cuba

By: Monday August 4, 2014 10:18 am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has once again been caught using humanitarian work as a cover for US intelligence operations. According to the Associated Press, USAID used work on HIV AIDs as a cover to send in agents to recruit young Cubans to overthrow their government.

FDL Movie Night: John Fleck Is Who You Want Him To Be

By: Monday May 5, 2014 4:59 pm

Legendary performance artist John Fleck is the focus of tonight’s documentary John Fleck Is Who You Want Him To Be, directed by Kevin Duffy. In 1990, Fleck and three other performance artists became known as the NEA Four, who sued the National Endowments for the Arts all the way to the Supreme Court for overtly vetoing their grants. The artists won, but the NEA reacted by no longer funding individual artists. Both Kevin Duffy and John Fleck will be our guests.

Phil Robertson’s Happy Happy Happy Day

By: Saturday December 28, 2013 9:00 am

A&E backed down on their suspension of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, putting themselves behind Robertson’s twisted views of blacks in the Jim Crow-era South, his very misinformed understanding of world history and world religions, and his homophobic religious beliefs about gays. It’s a happy happy happy day in the Robertson house.

Elsewhere, where folks have a more respectful view of the world and those with whom they share it, not so much.

Elton John to Play Moscow: “I’m Doing It for Gay Russians”

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 2:30 pm

Oh Elton, Elton. I am so confused, but I just can’t quit you. Remember when his remark about being very happy with civil unions became a rallying cry for Prop 8 and anti-equality forces? Once there was a hue and cry about his naivety ignorance of basic facts, he came around and ended up playing an amazing concert as a fundraiser for AFER and becoming a spokesperson for marriage equality. Then he played Rush Limbaugh’s wedding for huge fee. (I’d like to hope that he donated that fee to pro-equality groups as a puckish fuck you to the forces at the EIB, but I guess I’ll never know).

FDL Movie Night: Fire in the Blood

By: Monday September 2, 2013 4:59 pm

Fire in the Blood, written and directed by tonight’s guest Dylan Mohan Gray, takes a hard look at the politics of prescription drugs, specifically anti-retrovirals, the lifesaving “Lazarus drugs” that can save the lives of millions infected with the HIV virus. But up until 2003 these drugs were not available to the majority of the world’s HIV+ population, the hundreds of millions of black and brown people who live in the southern half of the globe.

What India’s Sex Workers Want: Power, Not Rescue

By: Monday July 22, 2013 5:45 am

Anu Mokal wasn’t breaking the law when she was out walking with her friend last year, yet to the police, her very existence was criminal. As a sex worker in the Indian state of Maharashtra, she lives under various laws aimed at criminalizing the sex trade, supposedly to protect women from exploitation. But it was the law that became her assailant that day when a police officer viciously attacked her, hurling insults and beating her severely.

Aid Groups Fight Anti-Prostitution ‘Oath’ on Free Speech Grounds

By: Saturday January 19, 2013 6:00 pm

One of the few bright spots in the global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been PEPFAR, the United States government’s program to fund treatment and prevention for vulnerable populations across the Global South. But several years ago, lawmakers singled out one group of people as less worthy of that care. In fact, aid groups must publicly denounce them—or risk losing U.S. funding.

That’s the basic idea behind the “anti-prostitution loyalty oath” embedded in the global AIDS initiative legislation. As a condition of receiving federal funds, organizations must adhere to avaguely worded anti-prostitution pledge, essentially swearing to the government that they do not support or promote prostitution.

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