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  1. Secret Canada (2023)
    Secret Canada is a freedom of information project from The Globe and Mail
    Freedom of information laws give you the right to obtain records held by public institutions. This project helps you navigate Canada's access system.
  2. Those angry at Rushdie's stabbing have been missing in action over a far bigger threat to our freedom (August 16, 2022)
    The Satanic Verses novelist is championed by western liberals not because he has bravely articulated difficult truths but because of who his enemies are.
  3. Donziger: a Tale for Our Times (May 4, 2022)
    This case shows how we are all, in a sense, the prisoners of corporations which dictate the terms on which we live, work and share knowledge.
  4. I am an American constitutional lawyer - and I see our government using Covid-19 to take away our fundamental rights (March 22, 2022)
  5. Australian Government Sanctions People For Sharing Unauthorized Thoughts (March 8, 2022)
    Stomping on speech which doesn't align with the authorized opinions of the government and the globe-spanning empire of which it is a member state.
  6. Defending Freedom And Democracy Sure Requires An Awful Lot Of Censorship (March 2, 2022)
    Perhaps we have foolishly consented to a reality where the most powerful people in the world get to control the information people consume in order to shut down dissent against a murderous and oppressive globe-spanning oligarchic empire.
  7. World's Most Tyrannical Regime Can't Stop Babbling About "Human Rights" (May 2, 2021)
    Like all US secretaries of state, Blinken's public statements overwhelmingly focus on the claim that other nations abuse human rights, and that it is America’s duty to defend those rights. Which is very silly, considering the fact that the US government is the single worst human rights abuser on planet Earth.
  8. Notwithstanding clause (February 27, 2021)
    The notwithstanding clause makes it possible for legislatures to overrule the courts. There are times when this is necessary, and a good thing. There are also times when it can be abused.
  9. MSM Already Helping Next Administration Hide Corruption Under 'Diversity' Banner (November 22, 2020)
    On published articles by the Times and Vox discussing diversity in the incoming Biden administration; and argues that it overlooks individual actions of those appointed.
  10. A Picture of How Power Works (November 11, 2020)
    On normalisation of corruption and incompetence in the appointed heads in both public and private systems.
  11. Eyewitness to the Trial and Agony of Julian Assange (October 2, 2020)
    John Pilger has watched Julian Assange's extradition trial from the public gallery at London's Old Bailey. He spoke with Timothy Erik Ström of Arena magazine, Australia.
  12. Coronavirus vs. the Mass Surveillance State: Which Poses the Greater Threat? (March 3, 2020)
    Emboldened by the citizenry's inattention and willingness to tolerate its abuses, the government has weaponized one national crisis after another in order to expands its powers. The war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on illegal immigration, asset forfeiture schemes, road safety schemes, school safety schemes, eminent domain: all of these programs started out as legitimate responses to pressing concerns and have since become weapons of compliance and control in the police state's hands.
  13. The Public Charge Rule for Immigrants Evokes the Antebellum Slave Codes (February 3, 2020)
    Immigration historians have written extensively about how the archaic provision Trump is relying on had antecedents in state laws regulating Atlantic immigration in the 1800s. But little, if anything, has been said in the media about how Trump's rule is also rooted in a different set of state laws, specifically, state slave codes and other antebellum-era laws designed to preserve slavery and limit the movement of freed slaves.
  14. Irregular votes, panicked moves, kiosks (October 4, 2019)
    A CBC News investigation lifts the veil on what happened inside voting kiosks set up by the Kenney campaign. It’s part of a larger story about allegations of wrongdoing by the team behind Alberta's current premier that one longtime conservative operative says is the focus of an ongoing RCMP investigation and an expert says undermines the credibility of Canada’s democratic system.
  15. Trudeau government gives dangerous new powers to Canada's political cops (July 9, 2019)
    The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association has published a massive collection of documents that reveal that CSIS is gathering information on peaceful protest groups. This coincides with new legislation from the Trudeau government that gives CSIS increased powers to conduct surveillance.
  16. Deep Fakes: Will AI Swing the 2020 Election? (June 25, 2019)
    The ability of AI to create credible-looking fake videos could pose a threat to candidates at election time but gullibility was a problem before computer technology.
  17. Israeli intervention in US elections overwhelms anything Russia has done, claims Chomsky (May 31, 2019)
    Chomsky on the brazen interference of Israel in US politics to which supposed Russian meddling in the US election pales in comparison.
  18. Washington's Biggest Fairy Tale: 'Truth Will Out' (April 17, 2019)
    The idea that the truth will eventually be exposed may be comforting to people that think we live in a transparent democracy. But this investigative journalist discusses how hard it is to get information from the government.
  19. To Readers, $X Billion Just Means 'a Whole Lot of Money' (March 28, 2019)
    A call for media to put numbers in context, e.g., food stamps cost of $70 billion a year is just 0.4 percent of the budget.
  20. Publicised Cruelty: Scott Morrison Visits Christmas Island (March 12, 2019)
    Australia is reopening the immigration detention centre on Christmas Island. The prime minister made a public tour of the facilities.
  21. The U.S. is funding dangerous experiments it doesn’t want you to know about (February 27, 2019)
    The US government is funding research into making bird flu virus highly contagious without publicly disclosing it. A number of scientists are opposed to the secrecy behind these experiments and even question their value.
  22. U.S. elections rank last among all Western democracies (January 7, 2019)
    Are US elections fair and democratic? A detailed look at the data and methodology that questions the integrity of elections.
  23. A very British coup: The spies who went out to the cold (December 12, 2018)
    Former British MP George Galloway comments on the revelation that subcontracted work from MI5 and MI6 targeted not only Russia but also smeared British politicians whom they perceived to be "pro-Russian"; those smeared include not only himself but Jeremy Corbyn and others in his party.
  24. Washington using legal cover to conceal economic banditry (December 12, 2018)
    The arrest of a Chinese telecom executive in Canada on behalf of the US is an abuse of the legal process and international law to pursue American economic interests. China's anger resonates with similar grievances against the US felt by Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and even American allies in Europe.
  25. Stansted 15: British Activists Who Stopped Deportation Charter Flight Convicted of Terrorism Charge (December 10, 2018)
    A look at a group of fifteen activists who prevented a deportation charter flight from leaving Stansted airport in the UK by securing themselves around the aeroplane, and were subsequently found guilty of a terrorist offence.
  26. What Brett Kavanaugh Really Learned in High School: Make the Rules, Break the Rules and Prosper (September 27, 2018)
    The accusations against Kavanaugh may be an open question but his behaviour in handling them proves he is unfit for the Supreme Court. This is reinforced by his previous evasiveness about his role in the Bush administrations torture policy which called his integrity into question long before Christine Blasey Ford made her accusations.
  27. 'Unprecedented': Staffers drown out reporters by clapping at Doug Ford news conference (August 9, 2018)
    When reporters tried to ask Ontario Premier Doug Ford questions at a Tuesday news conference about new funding to prevent gun violence, they were once again intentionally drowned out by applause.
  28. ICE: The making of an American Gestapo (July 17, 2018)
    Justin Akers Chacón, author of Radicals in the Barrio and co-author with Mike Davis of No One Is Illegal, takes an in-depth look at the troubling history and practices of a government agency that more and more people are calling to be abolished.
  29. Less Than Fundamental: the Myth of Voting Rights in America (June 20, 2018)
    The story of voting rights in America is one of exceptionalism. In 1787 when the US Constitution was drafted the right to vote was absent from the text.
  30. Trump's War on Children is an act of State Terrorism (June 20, 2018)
    State terrorism comes in many forms, but one of its most cruel and revolting expressions is when it is aimed at children. The Trump administration has detained more than 2,000 children, and the numbers are expected to grow exponentially in light of Trump's refusal to change the cruel policy.
  31. The U.S. Is Building Jails for Toddlers Because Trump "Doesn't Want to Look Weak" (June 20, 2018)
    A look at the Trump Administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April, 2018. The policy, which separated children from their mothers and detained them in caged facilities, caused outrage among both Democrat and Republican lawmakers.
  32. Unprecedented Cruelty Against Immigrants and Their Children (June 20, 2018)
    Recently White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly backed up the policy when he explained that, "the children will be put in foster care or whatever." This comes at the same time as a new report revealed that there are some 1,500 undocumented children, who have been placed by federal authorities in homes of "sponsors," and are now missing in the system.
    No other country has a policy of separating families who intend to seek asylum.
  33. The Syrian Observatory: Funded By The Foreign Office (June 4, 2018)
    The UK funded a project worth £194,769.60 to provide the 'Syrian Observatory for Human Rights' with communications equipment and cameras.
  34. "Show Me Your Papers!" Roundups, Checkpoints and National ID Card (January 25, 2018)
    With the government empowered to carry out transportation checks to question people about their immigration status within a 100-mile border zone that wraps around the country, you're going to see a rise in these "show your papers" incidents. That's a problem.
  35. Sources News Releases (September 11, 2017)
    News releases from organizations and companies on a wide range of topics. Includes an extensive topic index, an archive of releases going back to the 1970s, and links to experts and organizations knowledgeable about the issues covered in the releases. Available via RSS feed as well as on the website.
  36. Land of the Free? Harvard Study Ranks America Worst in the West for Fair Elections (November 8, 2016)
    According to the EIP, U.S. elections scored lower than Argentina, South Africa, Tunisia, and Rwanda -- and strikingly lower than even Brazil. Specifically compared to Western democracies, U.S. elections scored the lowest, slightly worse than the U.K., while Denmark and Finland topped the list.
  37. Open Letter To Minister Goodale (July 14, 2016)
    We are doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers working in Canada. It has come to our attention that over 50 men on immigration hold are once again engaging in a hunger strike. They are determined to remain without food until they are granted a meeting with you, Minister Goodale. They have been calling for an end to indefinite immigration detention and inhumane conditions and are now asking to bring their concerns to you in person.
  38. A statement against the immigration detention of children (2016)
    As organizations and individuals that care about children, we believe that Canada should immediately cease the practice of placing children in immigration detention. These detainees include asylum seekers, refugees, Canadian citizens and non-citizens. Children range in age from newborns and toddlers to pre-teens and teenagers, some of whom are unaccompanied.
  39. Exploiting Emotions About Paris to Blame Snowden, Distract from Actual Culprits Who Empowered ISIS (November 15, 2015)
    Whistleblowers are always accused of helping America's enemies (top Nixon aides accused Daniel Ellsberg of being a Soviet spy and causing the deaths of Americans with his leak); it's just the tactical playbook that's automatically used. So it's of course unsurprising that ever since Edward Snowden's whistleblowing enabled newspapers around the world to report on secretly implemented programs of mass surveillance, he has been accused by "officials" and their various media allies of Helping The Terrorists.
  40. Elections Canada bungled its investigation of Michael Sona and the 2011 robocall scandal (October 15, 2015)
    Because the 'robocalls' fraud of Canada's 2011 federal election was insufficiently investigated by state authorities and underreported by the corporate media, Canadians have yet to understand its scale, focus, and impact.
  41. What is Stephen Harper doing to Canada? How can we stop him? (September 13, 2015)
    The Harper regime has had a toxic effect on Canada. The wealthy are better off, but most Canadians are worse off, and rights and freedoms, democracy, access to information, and science have suffered. How can we stop him? Here is a factsheet which can be downloaded, printed, and distributed as a two-sided flyer.
  42. Harper, Serial Abuser of Power: The Evidence Compiled (August 10, 2015)
    Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have racked up dozens of serious abuses of power since forming government in 2006. From scams to smears, monkey-wrenching opponents to intimidating public servants like an Orwellian gorilla, some offences are criminal, others just offend human decency. Here are 70 instances of abuse of power by the Stephen Harper government.
  43. Changes to voting system leave Canada worse off (July 23, 2015)
    How did we end up with this convoluted and discriminatory method of voting when we once had perhaps the best method in the world - door-to-door enumeration and no hard-to-get voter ID requirement?
  44. Documents Reveal Canada's Secret Hacking Tactics (March 23, 2015)
    Canada's electronic surveillance agency has secretly developed an arsenal of cyberweapons capable of stealing data and destroying adversaries' infrastructure, according to newly revealed classified documents. Communications Security Establishment, or CSE, has also covertly hacked into computers across the world to gather intelligence, breaking into networks in Europe, Mexico, the Middle East and North Africa, the documents show.
  45. Public's Access to Government Records Faces Roadblocks Aplenty (March 17, 2015)
    Legally, all governent documents in the United States are supposed to be publicly accessible. It seems, however, that there is a work-around censor. Documents that prove embarassing to the organization or its members are effectively censored through bureaucratic inefficiency.
  46. The Great SIM Heist: How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle (February 19, 2015)
    American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
  47. Canada Casts Global Surveillance Dragnet Over File Downloads (January 28, 2015)
    Canada's leading surveillance agency is monitoring millions of Internet users' file downloads in a dragnet search to identify extremists, according to top-secret documents. The covert operation taps into Internet cables and analyzes records of up to 15 million downloads daily from popular websites commonly used to share videos, photographs, music, and other files.
  48. Authorities ramp up pressure on media over banking disclosures (January 21, 2015)
    Bulgarian Financial Supervision Commission has imposed fines of up to 80,000 euros each on several newspapers for disclosing information about the banking sector. Reporters Without Borders deplores this political attempt to silence news organizations
  49. Dismantling Democracy (2015)
    An extensive dossier of the Harper government's attacks on democracy, debate, and dissent.
  50. E2014: A Basic (Chilling) Forensic Analysis (December 16, 2014)
    Any comparative forensic analysis is only as "good" as its baselines. In Landslide Denied — our archetypal post-election comparative forensics study, in which the "red shift" (the rightward disparity between exit poll and vote count results) was identified and measured — a critical component of the analysis was to establish that the exit poll respondents accurately represented the electorate.

  51. 10 most shocking facts we found in CIA torture report (December 12, 2014)
    The so-called "torture report" released by the U.S. Senate this week contains only a fraction of the findings on how the CIA aimed to gather intelligence from detainees through interrogation. Still, it contains more than a few shocking revelations.
  52. IRS seizes hundreds of perfectly legal bank accounts, refuses to give money back (October 27, 2014)
    The Internal Revenue Service has been seizing bank accounts belonging to small businesses and individuals who regularly made deposits of less than $10,000, but broke no laws. And the government is refusing to return all the money taken. The practice - called civil asset forfeiture - allows IRS agents to seize property they suspect of being tied to a crime, even if no charges are filed, and their agency is allowed to keep a share of whatever is forfeited.
  53. Canada considers preventive detention in wake of Ottawa attack (October 23, 2014)
    The Canadian government indicated on Thursday that it intends to speed up proposals to toughen the country’s anti-terror laws in the wake of the attack on Parliament in Ottawa, including a measure that would allow “preventative detention”.
  54. Campus Activism Against NSA Spying is Growing Fast (April 25, 2014)
    EFF has been on the road, traveling to cities and towns across the country to bring our message of digital rights and reform to community and student groups. And while we had the tremendous opportunity to talk about our work and our two lawsuits against the NSA, the best part of the trip was learning about all of the inspiring and transformative activism happening everyday on the local level to combat government surveillance and defend our digital rights.
  55. The Intelligence Apparatus Is Checking Out Your "Intimate Body Parts" (March 3, 2014)
    According to the latest Snowden revelation, Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), which works in close collaboration with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), has been intercepting and storing images of millions of Yahoo webcam-chat users in a program appropriately code-named "Optic Nerve."
  56. Leaked documents show how US authorities hounded WikiLeaks (February 20, 2014)
    Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the US government’s persecution of WikiLeaks. Secret documents published by journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher show how the US and British intelligence agencies, the NSA and GCHQ, were used against the news leaks website and its founder, Julian Assange.
  57. NSA, GCHQ mapping "political alignment" of cellphone users (January 28, 2014)
    New information made public by Edward Snowden reveals that the governments of the United States and United Kingdom are trawling data from cellphone “apps” to accumulate dossiers on the “political alignments” of millions of smartphone users worldwide.
  58. Torture: Thou shalt not bear honest witness (January 27, 2014)
    To date, only one person has been jailed in connection to the US torture program - the man who blew the whistle. His sentence must now be quashed and this true American hero set free and compensated.
  59. Demonizing Edward Snowden (January 24, 2014)
    Edward Snowden’s revelations have gone a long way to lifting the veil of secrecy and foul play that is the norm in capitalist America. He has hastened the time when BIG BROTHER’S rules of engagement — and all forms of ruling-class oppression — are brought to an end forever.
  60. The Obliteration of Privacy (January 24, 2014)
    It’s remarkable how little outrage Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations have provoked in the American public. One often heard response is something like, “Well, I don’t have anything to hide, so I don’t care if the government is listening to what I say. And if they catch some terrorists, so much the better.”
  61. Spread of knowledge in peril as Canada shuts federal department libraries (January 24, 2014)
  62. How the NSA Infiltrated Mexico's Computers (January 17, 2014)
    NSA internal information provided by former security consultant and whistleblower Edward Snowden once again shows that Mexico features prominently as a target for massive U.S. espionage.
  63. Eric Marshall laments closure of namesake Fisheries library (January 11, 2014)
    The government seems to be saying 'We want to exploit our natural resources, whether it's natural gas or oil sands, and basically to heck with environmental impacts.'
  64. Silence of the Labs (January 10, 2014)
    Scientists across the country are expressing growing alarm that federal cutbacks to research programs monitoring areas that range from climate change and ocean habitats to public health will deprive Canadians of crucial information.
  65. Canada's Science Library Closures Mirror Bush's Playbook (January 9, 2014)
    The Harper government is now eliminating seven Department of Fishery libraries containing one of the world's most comprehensive collections of information on fisheries, aquatic sciences and nautical sciences.
  66. DFO Library Closures Anger Scientific Community (January 9, 2014)
    When word first broke that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans was closing seven of their libraries, government officials promised that there would be no loss of vital historical material. Today many are skeptical of those claims.
  67. WikiLeaks: Conspiracy of Governance to the Courage to Inspire (January 6, 2014)
    WikiLeaks emerged into the limelight like a call to the conscience of humanity. They released secret documents revealing Kenyan government corruption, Iceland’s financial collapse, the criminality of US wars in the Middle East and more. Their very existence and what they revealed called into question the legitimacy of imperial power structures around the world.
  68. Secret Memo Casts Doubt on Feds' Claims for Science Library Closures (December 30, 2013)
    A federal document marked "secret" obtained by Postmedia News indicates the closure or destruction of more than half a dozen world famous science libraries has little if anything to do with digitizing books as claimed by the Harper government.
  69. What's Driving Chaotic Dismantling of Canada's Science Libraries? (December 23, 2013)
    Scientists say the closure of some of the world's finest fishery, ocean and environmental libraries by the Harper government has been so chaotic that irreplaceable collections of intellectual capital built by Canadian taxpayers for future generations has been lost forever. Many collections ended up in dumpsters while others such as Winnipeg's historic Freshwater Institute library were scavenged by citizens, scientists and local environmental consultants. Others were burned or went to landfills.
  70. An Awkward Silence - Burying The Hersh Revelations of Obama's Syrian Deceit (December 17, 2013)
    All governments lie, the US journalist I.F. Stone once noted, with Iraq the most blatant example in modern times. But Syria is another recent criminal example of Stone's dictum.
  71. Dismantling of Fishery Library 'Like a Book Burning,' Say Scientists (December 9, 2013)
    The Harper government has dismantled one of the world's top aquatic and fishery libraries as part of its agenda to reduce government as well as limit the role of environmental science in policy decision-making.
  72. Five years since Canada's constitutional coup (December 4, 2013)
    Five years ago today, Canada’s Conservative government used the arbitrary powers of the un-elected governor-general to shut down Canada’s parliament so as to prevent the opposition parties from defeating the government in a non-confidence vote.
  73. Snowden document confirms US-backed mass surveillance in Australia (December 3, 2013)
    The document obtained by the former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor confirms that the electronic surveillance agency, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), monitors the domestic population, as well as the people and governments of many Asian countries.
  74. Unmasking the Five-Eyed monster, a global and secret intelligence-sharing regime (November 27, 2013)
    Privacy International is proud to announce our new project, Eyes Wide Open, which aims to pry open the Five Eyes arrangement and bring it under the rule of law.
  75. Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied on Porn Habits as Part of Plan to Discredit 'Radicalizers' (November 26, 2013)
    The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a top-secret NSA document. The document, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, identifies six targets, all Muslims, as "exemplars" of how "personal vulternabilities" can be learned through electronic surveillance, and then exploited to undermine a target's credibility, reputation and authority.
  76. The Logic behind Mass Spying: Empire and Cyber Imperialism (November 16, 2013)
    Revelations about the long-term global, intrusive spying by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and other allied intelligence apparatuses have provoked widespread protests and indignation and threatened ties between erstwhile imperial allies.
  77. Harper's Seven-Year War on Science (November 1, 2013)
  78. NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users (October 4, 2013)
    The National Security Agency has made repeated attempts to develop attacks against people using Tor, a popular tool designed to protect online anonymity, despite the fact the software is primarily funded and promoted by the US government itself.
  79. The Terrifying World of Electronic Monitoring (August 23, 2013)
    Electronic monitoring is about tracking and marking. The GPS technology that is trending in electronic monitors tracks people’s every movement with the purpose of marking them for punishment if they deviate from the program
  80. 13 Things the Government is Trying to Keep Secret From You (August 23, 2013)
    The President and the Government are intentionally keeping massive amounts of information about surveillance secret.
  81. So the innocent have nothing to fear? After David Miranda we now know where this leads (August 20, 2013)
    The destructive power of state snooping is on display for all to see. The press must not yield to this intimidation.
  82. Austerity American Style (Part 1) (August 1, 2013)
    Obama’s signing a token “Fiscal Cliff" tax agreement on January 1, 2013 raising taxes on only the wealthiest 0.7% households while effectively removing the Bush tax cuts from the deficit debate; the Obama administration and Republican radicals in the House jointly allowing the $1.2 trillion in 'sequestered' spending cuts to take effect on March 1; and then Obama's unilateral offer to the Republicans, within days of the sequestered cuts taking effect, to cut an additional $630 billion from Social Security and Medicare lead to a convergence between the Obama administration and House Republicans.The article looks into deficit cuttings negotiations and its results.
  83. Lawlessness is the New Normal (July 8, 2013)
    No country has been willing to stand up to Washington and to give Snowden asylum.
  84. The National Security State Exposed (July 2, 2013)
    Snowden disclosed orders demanding that all of the nation’s internet providers allow for secretly conducted, and ongoing government sweep of phone calls, audio and video chats, e-mails, photographs, and other communications used daily by American citizens.
  85. Eavesdropping on the Planet (June 27, 2013)
    Like a mammoth vacuum cleaner in the sky, the National Security Agency (NSA) sucks it all up: home phone, office phone, cellular phone, email, fax, telex … satellite transmissions, fiber-optic communications traffic, microwave links … voice, text, images … captured by satellites continuously orbiting the earth, then processed by high-powered computers … if it runs on electromagnetic energy, NSA is there, with high high tech. Twenty-four hours a day. Perhaps billions of messages sucked up each day. No one escapes. Not presidents, prime ministers, the UN Secretary-General, the pope, the Queen of England, embassies, transnational corporation CEOs, friend, foe, your Aunt Lena …
  86. Why the Ruling Class is So Upset About Edward Snowden (June 26, 2013)
    Is Snowden a hero, or a villain? The tiny power elite that controls the mainstream press and cable channels, the corporations that dutifully hand over meta-data to the state, the twin political parties, are sick to their stomachs that they’ve been so exposed.
  87. Lessons of the Snowden Revelations (June 20, 2013)
    We in the Left have long worried about “police state tactics”. Now we have to confront the police state structure. It’s here and it can morph into a real police state with very little effort. Opposing and dismantling it should now be among our top priorities.
  88. Spying by the Numbers (June 20, 2013)
    Thanks to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden many more people in the US and world-wide are learning about extensive US government surveillance and spying. There are publicly available numbers which show the reality of these problems are bigger than most think and most of this spying is happening with little or no judicial oversight.
  89. Public Enemy Number One: the Public (June 17, 2013)
    Those in power use language to obscure meaning more often than to convey it. Their power depends on keeping us — the enemy — in the dark.
  90. The NSA and the Infrastructure of the Surveillance State (June 13, 2013)
    The NSA’s surveillance and data-gathering activities illustrate the extent to which US intelligence seeks “full-spectrum dominance” in cyberspace.
  91. Capitalist Surveillance State: Everyone's a Target (June 10, 2013)
    There is an inherent tendency for the state, which governs on behalf of a minuscule, ruthless class of obscenely wealthy exploiters, to attempt to amass ever greater power to control the population because it hates and fears the working people.
  92. Government Secrets and the Need for Whistle-blowers (June 10, 2013)
    Whistle-blowing is vital, even more broadly than in government spying. Whistle-blowing is the moral response to immoral activity by those in power. What's important here are government programs and methods, not data about individuals.
  93. Government Spying Aims to Silence Us (June 7, 2013)
    What the ruling class is aiming at, with these occasional "leaks" about its spying on us, is not so much to collect information about us but rather to make us feel so totally spied upon that we will be afraid to do or say anything we know the government doesn't want us to do or say.
  94. Let the People Know (June 7, 2013)
    Openness in our government is essential for a healthy democracy
  95. Surveillance USA (June 7, 2013)
    The government is merrily going about its business of keeping tabs on you in virtually every conceivable way.
  96. Corporate Spying on Environmental Groups (May 29, 2013)
    The surveillance of moderate environmental groups like GDAC comes at a pivotal time for the environmental movement.
  97. How should we remember Ralph Klein? (April 3, 2013)
    Ralph Klein was one of Canada's most aggressive neo-liberals. Klein's true legacy is a string of anti-social policies and programs.
  98. CIA rendition: more than a quarter of countries 'offered covert support' (February 5, 2013)
    Report finds at least 54 countries co-operated with global kidnap, detention and torture operation mounted after 9/11 attacks.
  99. Aaron Swartz and the Assault on Open Information (January 15, 2013)
    The great corporate-supported push to hide essential, publicly funded information behind private firewalls and government secrecy, represents a breathtaking breach of the basic tenets of democracy.
  100. Give Us Our Money Back! (November 30, 2012)
    There is a class of people and corporations in this country whose illicit financial practices have an enormous negative impact on the country and its citizens. Yet the law and order regime of Stephen Harper barely plays lip service to the issue of tax evasion through tax havens. While Harper cuts billions from government programs in the name of deficit reduction, he refuses to go after billions of dollars in revenue lost to tax evasion and avoidance every year.
  101. The Age of Hell (October 25, 2012)
    The Washington Post has just laid out, in horrifying, soul-slaughtering detail, the Obama Administration’s ongoing effort to expand, entrench and “codify” the practice of murder and terrorism by the United States government. The avowed, deliberate intent of these sinister machinations is to embed the use of death squads and drone terror attacks into the policy apparatus of future administrations, so that the killing of human beings outside all pretense of legal process will go on, year after year after year, even when the Nobel Peace Laureate has left office.
  102. MoD staff and thousands of military officers join arms firms (October 15, 2012)
    Conflicts of interests are brought to light as senior military personnel depart the military and transition into the private sector side of the military industrial complex.
  103. A Short History of Black Voter Suppression (October 3, 2012)
    The Right's organized movement to suppress the votes of African Americans and Latin Americans, and the urban and rural poor by means of the passing of voter ID (Poll Tax) laws in states receives no mention in the dominant media.
  104. Unlawful Dissent (September 11, 2012)
    The state is increasingly encroaching upon dissent as social conditions worsen.
  105. The New Police Surveillance State (July 31, 2012)
    Police are increasingly being deployed to restrict if not prevent mass political actions, especially directed at the banks.
  106. Trying to change the world? (July 23, 2012)
    Getting your story across is an uphill battle when you’re challenging the status quo.
    SOURCES can help you get your message out.
  107. Destroying the Commons (July 22, 2012)
    Our rights and liberties are under ever-increasing attack.
  108. US news media to be monitored to curb leaks (July 20, 2012)
    A series of leak leads U.S. officials to take additional measures to stop the public from learning about government secrets.
  109. 'The Death of Evidence' in Canada: Scientists' Own Words (July 16, 2012)
  110. Five Reasons the Super-Rich Need Big Government (July 16, 2012)
    Taxes represent payment for society’s many benefits, which get bigger and better as people get richer.
  111. Stuxnet and the Bomb (June 15, 2012)
    Over the past decade, US experts have strenuously warned about the ominous possibility of other nations, rogue states, or even terrorist groups attacking US infrastructure through the Internet. As it happens, however, it is the United States itself that has developed malicious software in secrecy and launched it against another country.
  112. One Thousand Years of Solitude (June 8, 2012)
    Indefinite solitary confinement: a large-scale experiment in sensory deprivation and social isolation.
  113. Stuxnet on the Loose (June 8, 2012)
    Suspicions that the Stuxnet computer worm was indeed developed by the United States and Israel has once again exposed American exceptionalism. Espionage and sabotage are presented as intolerable criminal transgressions, normally causing our elected officials and military leaders to erupt in fits of righteous indignation. That is, unless the United States is doing the spying and the sabotaging.
  114. Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran (June 1, 2012)
  115. New group urges progressives to build 'One Big Campaign' to take on Harper (April 16, 2012)
    A campaign urging Canadian social activist groups to work together under one massive umbrella to take on the Harper regime and his right-wing supporters was officially launched today.
  116. US has a new tool to control the masses (April 13, 2012)
    Denouncing a new US Supreme court ruling that allows police to strip search any person who is placed under arrest for any offence at any time. Wolf says this state sanctioned sexual humiliation is a troubling anti-democratic development in a nation that is quickly expanding police powers.
  117. Big Brother's Getting Bigger (April 10, 2012)
    Government surveillance and attacks on the privacy of American citizens were bad enough under the Bush regime but they are getting even worse during the Obama years.
  118. Thirteen Ways Government Tracks Us (April 10, 2012)
    Privacy is eroding fast as technology offers government increasing ways to track and spy on citizens. Here are thirteen examples of how some of the biggest government agencies and programs track people.
  119. Kurt Vonnegut and the American Police State (April 9, 2012)
    The country seems to have crossed over a dark threshold. We are now a police state in all but name. Cops and wannabe cops are shooting innocent people and nothing gets done.
  120. Data Mining You (April 3, 2012)
    Joseph K., that icon of single-lettered anonymity from Franz Kafka’s novel The Trial, would undoubtedly have felt right at home in Washington.
  121. Lockdown London (March 30, 2012)
    The projected expense of security at the upcoming London Olympic Games is $867m -- part of the booming 'security industry'.
  122. Scandal forces Cameron to give details on Tory donor dinners (March 30, 2012)
    Information has come to light that the British Prime Minister hosted private dinners in his official residences for wealthy donors.
  123. Polishing Putin: hacked emails suggest dirty tricks by Russian youth group (February 7, 2012)
    Nashi runs web of online trolls and bloggers paid to praise Vladimir Putin and denigrate enemies.
  124. Selective Outrage - Iran And Libya (January 18, 2012)
  125. America's Last Chance (January 16, 2012)
    The United States is rapidly being turned into a police state.
  126. Boom and Bust... Literally (January 14, 2012)
    The richest country in the world is faced with literal “boom”—in the form of exploding sections of electric, gas and steam systems—and “bust”—in the form of collapsing roads and bridges—on a widespread and regular basis.
  127. 'Upstanding Citizens' Escape Justice in Tory 'In-and-Out' Scandal (November 16, 2011)
    The "In-and-Out" Scandal: Case should have proceeded against 'Upstanding citizens'.
    This is a story about illegal activities, deceit and lying involving an overzealous group of Canadians who seemed prepared to do just about anything to accomplish their mission – win a federal election.
  128. Met police using surveillance system to monitor mobile phones (October 30, 2011)
    Civil liberties group raises concerns over Met police purchase of technology to track public handsets over a targeted area.
  129. Taking liberties: When elite representatives define 'national security' (October 24, 2011)
    Most reporters assigned to the national security beat are not physically embedded within the RCMP and CSIS in the way those covering the occupation of Afghanistan seem to become stenographers for the Canadian military. But they tend to write as if they were, buying the assumptions created and sustained by those who benefit most from them while generally ignoring the fact that these agencies have a historical profile that reads "pathological liar."
  130. Lies Rob Ford has told (September 15, 2011)
  131. McGuinty demands Hudak apologize for ‘foreigners’ comments (September 11, 2011)
    Dalton McGuinty is demanding Tim Hudak apologize for deriding a Liberal plan to help new Canadian professionals as a perk for “foreign workers” or “foreigners.” ... Vic Gupta, the Tory candidate in Richmond Hill, said his party has nothing to apologize for because the scheme is an “insulting” example of “affirmative action.”
    Hudak, however, is not backing away from his choice of words.
    “We’ve lost so many jobs. This notion that the Liberals had an idea that to pay $10,000 to a company to hire foreign workers ahead of anyone else . . . well, no matter how you cut it, it is an affirmative action program that is unequal and unfair and I stand against it,” the PC leader said in Hamilton.
  132. The CIA and the Drones (September 6, 2011)
  133. America in Decline (August 5, 2011)
  134. Rights vs. Privileges (July 6, 2011)
    We now owe our 'liberties' to the good will of the government, which can withdraw them at any time, rather than to our ability to force the government to respect them.
  135. Why aren't people voting? (April 29, 2011)
    There is much ado about "voter apathy", with a focus on young people, who in creative and desperate ways are urged and "mobbed" to vote. Unfortunately, much of this effort is barking up the wrong tree: unless we can guarantee that hundreds of thousands of Canadians who are eager to vote can actually do so, we are subjecting them to a nasty piece of Catch 22 where the victims of voter obstruction get the blame for being apathetic and not doing their civic duty.
  136. The American right is trapped in a hyperbolic and dysfunctional world (April 1, 2011)
    On the Republican primary race and the problem of credibility that socially conservative candidates who mobilize the Republican base will face in a general election regarding their appeal to centrist voters.
  137. Handcuffed and herded (February 4, 2011)
    A journalist at the World Economic Forum Summit is detained and intimidated along with protestors by Swiss police.
  138. A Wikileak on the US and Al-Jazeera (January 31, 2011)
    A Wikileaks-released cable from the U.S. embassy in Doha, Qatar, shows that U.S. officials were angry with Al Jazeera in the wake of Israel’s three-week assault on Gaza, because, alone of news networks the world over, al-Jazeera had actually shown what was happening on the ground to Gazan civilians besieged by an unrelenting Israeli air, artillery, and ground attack.
  139. Public Disinterest: Information Commons Dismantled (December 14, 2010)
    Seventy-five years after the Federal Radio Commission declared there was no room on the public airwaves for “propaganda stations” and denied a license renewal to a station that attacked Jews and law enforcement agencies, the airwaves are filled with both propaganda and venom. Today the airwaves, stripped of commons rules, feed hatred.
  140. Net freedom 'at stake' on WikiLeaks (December 8, 2010)
    Internet service providers are cutting access to the whistleblower site, raising broader concerns about online freedom.
  141. PayPal admits US pressure over WikiLeaks account freeze (December 8, 2010)
    PayPal today admitted it suspended payments to WikiLeaks after an intervention from the US State Department.
  142. First a Hand on Your Crotch, Next a Boot in Your Face (November 24, 2010)
    Since 9/11, we have given up many of our rights and our government has condoned practices like torture, legalized assassination, kidnapping, indefinite detention without access to council or trial – all in the name of keeping us 'safe' and 'free'. We have adopted practices and behaviors that we used to abhor in other nations and regimes. These practices, as demonstrated by the TSA, have nothing to do with keeping us safe or free – quite the opposite.
  143. TSA's Gestapo Empire (November 24, 2010)
    The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is a far greater threat to the lives and freedom of Americans than the 'terrorists' it claims to be protecting them from.
  144. A city that forgets its history is condemned to delete it (November 6, 2010)
    John Ralston Saul, author and a self-proclaimed “public intellectual,” has taken it upon himself to rescue Baldwin and LaFontaine from obscurity.
  145. U.S. Intelligence planned to destroy Wikileaks (March 15, 2010)
    This document is a classifed (SECRET/NOFORN) 32 page U.S. counterintelligence investigation into WikiLeaks. ``The possibility that current employees or moles within DoD or elsewhere in the U.S. government are providing sensitive or classified information to cannot be ruled out''. It concocts a plan to fatally marginalize the organization. Since WikiLeaks uses ``trust as a center of gravity by protecting the anonymity and identity of the insiders, leakers or whisteblowers'', the report recommends ``The identification, exposure, termination of employment, criminal prosecution, legal action against current or former insiders, leakers, or whistlblowers could potentially damage or destroy this center of gravity and deter others considering similar actions from using the Web site''.
  146. Academics Urge Government Climate Action (December 17, 2009)
    More than 500 university faculty members from universities across Canada signed a letter to the Canadian Government calling for immediate drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The letter points out the time frame of reductions is critical.
  147. What is Distinctive about the Library of Congress In Both its Collections and its Means of Access to Them (November 6, 2009)
    The Library cannot solve its space problems by adoption of a "digital strategy"
    without seriously damaging our larger mission to promote scholarship of unusual scope and
    depth. If the Library’s own access to its own general book collection were to be dumbed
    down to only the levels of subject access provided by Google, Amazon, or Internet search
    mechanisms, we would effectively be endorsing, and institutionalizing, the level of
    ignorance exemplified by the Six Blind Men of India.
  148. Sources Calendar (October 29, 2009)
    Listings of events of interest to journalists, editors, researchers, publishers and others working in the media and in publishing, covering Canadian and international events, press conferences, meetings, festivals and holidays, as well as award deadlines.
  149. 23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance (October 22, 2009)
    23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance.
  150. The Twitterest Pill (October 9, 2009)
    Who judges the legitimate and illegitimate uses of communications technology in social movements? Which networked alliances have State-sponsorship, and which ones face criminalization and State-crackdown? Social media are relying on open network access, but this openness too easily sugarcoats itself in democratic notions (participation, interactivity, freedom). At the same historic moment, we are also witnessing an expansion, integration, and refinement of sovereign police power. When the two converge we begin to see an increase in repressive intervention into, and pre-emption of, information use.
  151. Volunteer Translators Wanted - English to French (September 4, 2009)
    Connexions, an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse based in Toronto, Canada, seeks volunteer translators to translate articles, and terms in our subject index, from English to French, and from English to other languages
  152. India's UID And The Fantasy Of Dataveillance (August 24, 2009)
    The perils of establishing nationwide identity systems have always been a hot topic of debate in countries that attach great value to privacy and human rights of its citizens. In India, there is not even a whimper of protest from politicians and civil society groups.
  153. Media relations for politicians (June 30, 2009)
    Public relations tools for elected officials and community leaders.
  154. Our business is helping you to promote your business (June 29, 2009)
    Established in 1977 as a directory of expert sources for the media, SOURCES has evolved into a major Internet portal featuring leading professionals and businesses in almost every field. Thousands of journalists, media buyers, market researchers, businesses, and consumers use SOURCES to find the people who can answer their questions and solve their problems.
  155. The Real Expenses Scandal (May 26, 2009)
    One of the consistent features of Private Finance Initiatives (PFI) is that the projects are reverse-engineered to meet the demands of corporate investors. This, for example, is how the £30m public scheme to refurbish Coventry's two hospitals became a £410m private scheme to knock them both down and rebuild one of them - containing fewer beds and fewer doctors and nurses.
  156. Unintended Consequences (May 12, 2009)
    It will prove difficult to separate speaking against members of protected classes, or criticizing their practices, from hate. The two things are easily conflated. Once enacted, hate crimes will become independent of specific violent acts. An eventual likely outcome will be that speaking against members of specially protected classes will itself become a violent act of inciting violence.
  157. Achieving Success as a professional speaker (2009)
    Attaining success as a professional speaker is no easy matter! Talent and hard work are absolute musts. And, another absolute is EXPOSURE # success as a professional speaker depends on promoting yourself and becoming known to the people who are the gatekeepers to your audience.
  158. Sources media training (2009)
    Media training to ensure that you are ready to handle media interviews. Topics include Message making, Staying newsworthy, Safe spokesperson techniques, Preparation and relaxation techniques, Media ethics and expectations. Simulations of all media venues including talk shows, double enders, stand-up interviews and scrums, print columnists, videographers, and editorial boards.
  159. Sources News Release Archive 2009 (2009)
    News releases from 2009.
  160. Sources Select Authors (2009)
    Authors available to take media calls about their area of expertise.
  161. Sources Select Speakers (2009)
    Speakers available to take media calls about their area of expertise, and available for speaking engagements.
  162. Sources Select Universities, Colleges, and Institutes (2009)
    Academic experts available to take media calls about their area of expertise.
  163. Wikipedia's article about Sources (2009)
  164. Sources Archived News Releases 1977 - 2008 (December 31, 2008)
    News releases from 2008 and before.
  165. Jason Kenney uses fake Down's Syndrome suicide bombers story to try to discredit Dallaire (May 13, 2008)
  166. PEN Canada calls for changes to human rights commission legislation (February 4, 2008)
    Human rights commission legislation should be changed to ensure that commissions can no longer be used to attempt to restrict freedom of expression.
  167. Fascinating insights on political communications (2008)
    Bonner approaches each subject, some as a scientist, as he does when examining the first televised debate between Nixon and Kennedy, but ultimately as an artist who knows that there is much more to communication than the mechanics. He knows how to deliver a clear message and to make it believable.
  168. Sources News Release Archive 2008 (2008)
    News releases from 2008.
  169. Sources News Release Archive early 2008 (2008)
  170. Sources (portal for journalists and writers) - Wikipedia article (2008)
    An information portal for journalists, freelance writers, editors, authors, and researchers, focusing especially on human sources: experts and spokespersons who are prepared to answer reporters' questions or make themselves available for on-air interviews.
  171. Sources Archived News Releases 2007 (December 31, 2007)
  172. Sources Archived News Releases 2006 (December 31, 2006)
  173. Sources Archived News Releases 2005 (December 31, 2005)
  174. Sources Archived News Releases 2004 (December 31, 2004)
  175. Why We Need "Free Software" Voting Machines (August 19, 2004)
    Argues that voting machines can’t be made more trustworthy by making source code to them available. The benefits for sharing and modifying voting machine source code lie elsewhere. Voting machine software should not be proprietary.
  176. Sources Archived News Releases 2003 (December 31, 2003)
  177. The Iraq War and Contempt for Democracy (2003)
    Chomsky highlights that while the war in Iraq was being shaped, the voices of the people - neither in Iraq nor Europe - were being heard or considered. This is a clear violation of the principle that people play the main role in democratic societies.
  178. Sources Archived News Releases 1979 - 2002 (December 31, 2002)
  179. Is the Corporation Obsolete? (July 1, 2001)
    The more pervasive the corporation becomes, the less we seem to notice. It's just the way things are, the new normal, and rapidly it is becoming the norm for the entire world.
  180. The FTAA and the WTO: the meta-program for global corporate rule (2001)
    The deepest and most systemic threat to civil and planetary life the world has ever faced is underway. Behind the disasters of regional economies and planetary ecosystems melting down, the threat is driven by an underlying meta-program, in terms of which every decision, every policy, every regulation and implementation is demanded and instituted by servant governments.
  181. Abandoning the Public Interest (October 7, 2000)
    The neo-liberal drive to cut red tape is costing lives. Exposing the hidden costs of deregulation and privatization.
  182. Thinking About Self-Determination (1994)
    Does that familiar canon of the left, 'the right to self-determination', actually mean anything, or is it an empty slogan whose main utility is that it relieves us of the trouble of thinking critically?
  183. Sources Archived News Releases - Pre 1979 (December 31, 1979)
  184. Wikileaks
    A Wikipedia-type site for untraceable document leaking and analysis whose goal is to assist people who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and corporations.

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