Podcast: Dave Zirin on the World Cup, FIFA & the ‘Sporting Shock Doctrine’ in Brazil

By: Sunday July 6, 2014 8:59 am

For weeks, Brazil has been the host of one of the most prominent mega-events in sports. The World Cup has been dazzling and inspiring at times, as the unexpected has happened. Yet, off the pitch, there have been armed Brazilian police firing tear gas at protesters as they fight to prevent dissent from becoming visible while the world’s eyes are on Brazil.

 

Long As I Remember . . .

By: Sunday June 29, 2014 5:20 pm

John Fogerty, Creedence Clearwater Revival . . . I went down Virginia, Seeking shelter from the storm. Caught up in the fable, I watched the tower grow. Five-year-plans and new deals, Wrapped in golden chains. And I wonder, still I wonder, Who’ll stop the rain? Corporate capitalism’s politicians will never stop it, they’re caught up [...]

Podcast: Nafeez Ahmed on Pentagon-Funded Research Into ‘Social Contagions’ That’ll Cause Civil Unrest

By: Sunday June 29, 2014 8:30 am

The defense establishment in both the United Kingdom and United States is funding social science research into what conflicts will be caused by climate change, energy crises, resource shortages, and other societal problems that could lead to civil unrest. One of the most alarming aspects of this militarization of social sciences is how it names certain groups as “social contagions” or “potential supporters of political violence,” even when evidence shows these groups promote non-violence and are peaceful. That means the fact that there are people who are willing to challenge the status quo is regarded as a threat.

Is Sweden Helping Turkey to Suppress Digital Freedoms?

By: Saturday June 21, 2014 6:00 pm

Are Turkey’s notorious attempts to limit freedom of expression on the Internet adopting yet another powerful tool? This is the question that comes to mind when reading the news of the Swedish digital security company NetClean’s possible deal with the Turkish government. It was announced on a pro-government media outlet, Daily Sabah, that the government is to purchase the software for €40 million in order to combat “unwanted content” in the digital public space. As usual, the excuse given to cover the censorship is “child pornography.”

Since last year’s Gezi Park protests and protesters’ intensive use of social-media tools to organize and regroup, Turkey’s government has been taking steps – including a full ban – to discourage millions from using social media to spread political dissent and criticism of government policies.

Judge Dismisses Major Lawsuit Against Alleged Domestic Military Spying on Antiwar Activists Without Reviewing Evidence

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 9:10 am

A federal district court judge in the state of Washington has dismissed a major lawsuit challenging alleged domestic military spying against antiwar activists. He made the choice not to do his job, admitted to lawyers representing activists that he had not reviewed all the evidence and issued a decision that could seriously jeopardize the ability of citizens to dissent in American society if it is allowed to stand.

US Army Investigation Found Employee Accused of Spying on Activists Violated Pentagon Directive

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 3:25 pm

An individual who worked for the United States Army Force Protection Division at Fort Lewis in Washington violated a Defense Department directive by attending public demonstrations. It also appears he violated Posse Comitatus, according to his own deposition in a lawsuit challenging alleged domestic military spying.

Lawyer: Military Employee Admitted He Was Paid by Army to Attend Private Activist Meetings in Homes

By: Monday June 16, 2014 3:23 pm

An attorney pursuing a lawsuit against alleged domestic United States military spying says during depositions in the case a civilian employee who worked for the Army admitted he was paid to attend activist meetings at private homes in the state of Washington. One fusion center intelligence employee, who coordinated with the military, also considered civil disobedience to be “terrorism.”

FDL Commenter Barbara Grothus, 12 Others Arrested at Anti-Police Brutality Sit-in at Albuquerque Mayor’s Office

By: Tuesday June 3, 2014 5:12 pm

FDL commenter Barbara Grothus and 12 others were arrested at an anti-police brutality sit-in at Albuquerque mayor’s office.

Why Risk Prison to Protest Drone Murders?

By: Sunday May 25, 2014 5:16 pm

A woman dedicated to nonviolence was convicted of going near a military base, where a Colonel, not feeling safe enough with, you know, the military base, had a legal order of protection against her. Of course this is a legalistic gimmick aimed at denying people their rights to speech and assembly, as at least one court has already ruled. But it isn’t working. These people are continuing to speak and assemble. And they’re refusing to take plea bargains that would keep them out of prison.

Late Night: Francisco Tapia – “Papas Fritas,”…not playing by the rules

By: Saturday May 24, 2014 8:00 pm

This video from Democracy Now! and Truthout shows what Francisco Tapia and the students are willing to do to bring about justice in the Chilean educational system.

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