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Posted: March 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: World of the News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on World of the News


World of the News - March 2012Beleaguered UK Tabloid: The Sun is of course still all over the news, ironicaly for a tabloid – for all the right reasons, bad behaviour. A British police chief has detailed allegations that journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper cultivated a network of corrupt officials who received illegal payments in return for story tip-offs.

 ABC Cameraman Louie Eroglu: has won the prestigious White House News Photographers Association’s video photographer of the year award for the second year running.

The Behemoth that is Google: is overhauling its privacy policy despite opposition from various consumer and privacy advocates. In the past, data collected in the course of a web search would be kept separate from your YouTube viewing activity or your Google email usage and map queries.

The Guardian Runs “Three Little Pigs” Open Journalism Advertisement: To demonstrate how the news organization covers stories from all angles while opening up the conversation for reader engagement, The Guardian published a video advertisement today that imagines news coverage around the classic fable about the Three Little Pigs.

Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists: is currently accepting applications for their 2012 United Nations Journalism Fellowship program. The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists has awarded fellowships to journalists since 1962. For the United Nations Journalism Fellowship, four journalists are selected and are given the opportunity to report on international affairs during the UN’s annual General Assembly.

WikiLeaks Dumping Top Secret Intelligence Emails: Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has begun publishing more than 5 million confidential emails from Texas-based intelligence firm Stratfor. WikiLeaks says it has proof of the firm’s confidential links to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co and Lockheed Martin, as well as government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defence Intelligence Agency :: Read the full article »»»»

Wikileaks: Bradley Manning Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Posted: February 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web, Socially Engineerd | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Wikileaks: Bradley Manning Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Wikileaks Bradley Manning Nominated for Nobel Peace PrizeUS soldier and WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning, Bill Clinton and Helmut Kohl are known to be on the list of a total of 231 nominees up for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. With 188 individuals and 43 organisations, the number of candidates comes close to last year’s record of 241, when the prestigious award went to Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni Arab Spring activist Tawakkol Karman.

“As always, there are the usual nominees and some newcomers, some famous and some unknowns, hailing from the four corners of the world,” the head of the Nobel Institute, Geir Lundestad, said.

Thousands of people are eligible to submit nominations – including members of parliaments and governments worldwide, university professors, past laureates and members of several international institutes – who had until February 1 to propose candidates. The Nobel Institute keeps the names of nominees secret for 50 years, but those who are entitled to nominate are allowed to reveal the name of the person or organisation they have proposed. Read the full article »»»»

WikiLeaks: Three Years On, Manning and Assange Both Await Court

Posted: December 16th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Socially Engineerd, That Human Condition | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Julian AssangeOvernight the UK Supreme Court granted Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange permission to appeal against his extradition to Sweden where he is accused of sex offences. “The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal and a hearing has been scheduled for two days, beginning on 1 February 2012,” said a statement from the Supreme Court, the highest court in England. The decision means Assange will spend a second Christmas at the country mansion of a wealthy supporter in Norfolk, eastern England, as his legal battle stretches into a second year. The 40-year-old Australian was arrested last December on a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden after two women made allegations of sexual assault and rape.

Assange strongly denies any wrongdoing and says the sex with the women was consensual. Assange believes the allegations are politically motivated and linked to WikiLeaks’ release of hundreds of thousands of classified US files about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as diplomatic cables.

The UK Supreme Court decision comes as Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of passing the files to WikiLeaks, is due to make his first appearance in a US court. Manning’s hearing will determine whether the former intelligence analyst, who turns 24 on Saturday, should be tried on charges which could see him sentenced to life imprisonment.


Julian Assange Extends His UK Stay

Posted: December 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cult of Celebrity, Socially Engineerd | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Julian Assange Extends His UK Stay

Julian Assange Extends His UK StayAustralian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has won a last-ditch legal bid to avoid being extradited to Sweden next week. Two British judges have ruled that Mr Assange can ask the Supreme Court to consider his appeal against extradition. Swedish authorities want to question the 40-year-old over accusations of sexual assault made by two former female WikiLeaks volunteers during a visit to the country last year. Assange insists the allegations are politically motivated and has voiced concerns that he will inevitably end up in the hands of the United States. The British judges have ruled that Julian Assange’s case is of general public importance, but the Supreme Court could still refuse to hear his case.

Julian Assange Extends His UK Stay

Julian Assange: We Love A Good Hypocricy

Posted: September 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Socially Engineerd | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Julian Assange: We Love A Good Hypocricy

Assange acknowledged the book was based on conversations he had with ghost writer Andrew O’Hagan at a friend’s country house in eastern England. He’s Most Upset at Someone Publishing Something He’s Said?

Julian Assange

In Australia it’s a rarity to require a good reason to ditch a once-loved-hero!  Over the past 18 months Julian Assange has been our pinup boy for freedom, taking the powers that be to task, keeping the bastards honest blah blah. Oh how the mighty fall ! !

The WikiLeaks founder has denounced a new unauthorised autobiography after he failed to prevent the publisher printing an unfinished manuscript. Titled Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography, the book is the result of more than 50 hours of interviews between Assange and a ghost writer. The transcripts were handed over to British publisher Canongate in March. Assange says he asked for more time to finish the book, but Canongate says that after reading the first draft Mr Assange declared that “all memoir is prostitution” and withdrew his support.

Canongate admitted Assange had tried to stop the publication but said it was proud to publish the “passionate, provocative and opinionated”  book.

“This book was meant to be about my life’s struggle for justice through access to knowledge. It has turned into something else,” said Assange.

In a lengthy, hypocritical rant issued late Wednesday, Assange accused Canongate of acting in breach of contract and personal assurances that it would not publish the manuscript, which is now available in British bookstores.

“The events surrounding its unauthorised publication by Canongate are not about freedom of information. They are about old-fashioned opportunism and duplicity – screwing people over to make a buck.” Read the full article »»»»