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Alberta Politics: A good day for Rachel Notley – but you’d never know it with media and opposition in full-scale, unrestrained meltdown

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at yesterday’s press conference in Toronto. Below: Ms. Notley, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and U.S. Democratic Presidential candidat… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: A good day for Rachel Notley – but you’d never know it with media and opposition in full-scale, unrestrained meltdown

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Edgardo Sepulveda writes about the role of the federal government in combating inequality – while noting that Canada has gone in the wrong direction over the past few decades. And Michal Rozworski points out that we’… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Cowichan Conversations: Glenn Greenwald on “Submissive” Media’s Drumbeat for War and “Despicable” Anti-Muslim Scapegoating

We are facing a new crisis and the war for who can frame the most effective strategy is on steroids. The Corporate MSM, even the CBC, is fomenting division, suspicion and fear. Bunching ISIS up Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Glenn Greenwald on “Submissive” Media’s Drumbeat for War and “Despicable” Anti-Muslim Scapegoating

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Matthew Yglesias points out that a particular income level may have radically different implications depending on an individual’s place in life, and that we can only address inequality by formulating policy accordingly: The median household income in the United States is about $52,000. So go ahead and picture . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Cowichan Conversations: Edward Snowden and His Ideological Allies Are Winning

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger

The War on Ideas is losing ground. This was clearly demonstrated through two clashing films recently. American Sniper and Citizen Four.

They could not be more opposite and yet they were both declared Oscar winners

The War on Ideas is winning over public support in spite of the . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Edward Snowden and His Ideological Allies Are Winning

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Electronic Spy Agency Steals From Criminal Hackers

A report just published by Glenn Greenwald reveals that the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada’s electronic spy agency, steals email content obtained by criminal hackers.

The post Canada’s Electronic Spy Agency Steals From Criminal Hackers appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: A Timely Warning From Edward Snowden

But will anyone listen?

Edward Snowden, the man wanted for leaking U.S. security documents in 2013 says Canadians should be “extraordinarily cautious” in reference to an anti-terror bill proposed by the Harper government. Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald spoke to a group of Toronto students Monday evening.

Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Timely Warning From Edward Snowden

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– Will Hutton rightly slams David Cameron for his antisocial view of taxes and public institutions – which should of course sound all too familiar in Canada: Believe the prime minister and it is morality, rather than economics, which requires him to cut taxes. In an important article . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Secretive Spy Agency CSEC Spies For Israel

A story recently published by Glenn Greenwald reveals that Canada’s highly secretive spy agency CSEC cooperates with with the NSA to support Israeli intelligence agencies with “cash, weapons and surveillance.”

The post Canada’s Secretive Spy Agency CSEC Spies For Israel appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Glenn Greenwald on why government snooping is dangerous and what we can do about it

Journalist and author Glenn Greenwald suggests how we can protect ourselves from government snooping, and defend our civil liberties in the digital age.

The post Glenn Greenwald on why government snooping is dangerous and what we can do about it appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE.

Cowichan Conversations: Welcome to The Intercept

Richard ‘Hub’ HughesPolitical Blogger

Good morning,

We can hardly log on these days without hearing new reports of surveillance and interference in our ability to read and hear independent journalism. Take a look at ‘The Intercept.’

It is a recent entry in the independent and alternate media community. Their stable of journalists will . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Welcome to The Intercept

drive-by planet: Open letter to Cameron from European editors: Miranda’s detention threat to freedom of the press

Editors of a number of northern European newspapers have written an open letter to British PM David Cameron stating their concerns arising from the detention of David Miranda – partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald. The writers express concern about the “harassment” of “the paper and individuals associated with it.”

Glenn Greenwald has . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Open letter to Cameron from European editors: Miranda’s detention threat to freedom of the press

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Glenn Greenwald, David Atkins and Simon Jenkins all discuss the U.K.’s detention of David Miranda – with heavy emphasis on the Cameron government’s apparent belief journalism and terrorism are synonymous. And Ian Welsh points out the need to fight back against a pervasive surveillance state before it’s too . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: On Bad Days And Defiance

Yesterday was not a good day for me. First, I awoke to read about the government raid on the Guardian office resulting in the destruction of computers containing some of the material leaked by Edward Snowden on illegal state surveillance. Eerily reminiscent of the U.S. Department of Justice raid on the Associated Press back . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: On Bad Days And Defiance

Politics and its Discontents: Chalk Up Another One For Orwell

Or, to update the metaphor, computers being destroyed by the govenment:

The message is clear: citizens do not have the right to material that would allow them to decide for themselves whether the overarching and illegal domestic spying being carried out by western ‘democracies’ is justified.

Following revelations of the baseless detainment of . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Chalk Up Another One For Orwell

Politics and its Discontents: Freedoms? What Freedoms?

For anyone still under the illusion that our rights and freedoms are sacred trusts protected by our democracies, you might want to read this little item, the beginning of what I suspect will be a very long period of payback for Glenn Greenwald’s act of bringing Edward Snowden’s inconvenient truths to the world’s attention.

. . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Freedoms? What Freedoms?

drive-by planet: Lavabit encrypted email service shuts down rather than become ‘complicit in crimes against the American people’

Lavabit, an encrypted email service with some 350,000 customers is no more. The company has decided to shut down rather than comply with a U.S. government court order that would have implicated Lavabit in spying on its customers. In a courageous move the company has opted to essentially wipe out assets in order . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Lavabit encrypted email service shuts down rather than become ‘complicit in crimes against the American people’

drive-by planet: Washington double-standard on leaks: ‘if you’re rich, powerful and well-connected the laws don’t apply to you’

When it comes to leaks stateside there is no such thing as a level playing field. Double standards abound. Establishment “insider” journalists such as Bob Woodward publish leaked classified material that makes some of Bradley Manning’s leaks seem innocuous by comparison.

Woodward, who has been described as “a stenographer to the rich . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Washington double-standard on leaks: ‘if you’re rich, powerful and well-connected the laws don’t apply to you’

drive-by planet: Jeremy Scahill at Socialism 2013: free press under threat, al-Awlaki, dirty wars

Jeremy Scahill is National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine and author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. His most recent book Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield was published in April of this year. He also wrote and produced the film Dirty Wars that premiered earlier in . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Jeremy Scahill at Socialism 2013: free press under threat, al-Awlaki, dirty wars

drive-by planet: Edward Snowden interview part 2: Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua offer asylum

A second part of Glenn Greenwald‘s interview with Edward Snowden was released this week. The interview took place on 6 June 2013 in a Hong Kong hotel room. Journalist Laura Poitras was responsible for the filming.

In the course of this newly released transcript, Snowden touches on his motivations… why he was willing . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Edward Snowden interview part 2: Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua offer asylum

drive-by planet: Greenwald via Skype at Socialism 2013: ‘world will be shocked’ by upcoming NSA exposé

At the Socialism 2013 conference in Chicago, Glenn Greenwald received deserved accolades from introductory speakers Sherry Wolf and Jeremy Scahill. Greenwald spoke via Skype about the courage and integrity of Edward Snowden and the importance of his NSA surveillance revelations.

He had this to say about the attacks on Snowden:

The . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Greenwald via Skype at Socialism 2013: ‘world will be shocked’ by upcoming NSA exposé

Politics and its Discontents: Why Is A Free Press Important?

Watch this video of an interview with Glenn Greenwald for part of the answer:

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Politics and its Discontents: If Woodward And Bernstein Were Dead

…. I’m sure there would be reports of seismic activity in the vicinity of their graves over this question asked of Glenn Greenwald by Meet the Press host David Gregory about the propriety of his bringing Edward Snowden’s story to the world:

Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: If Woodward And Bernstein Were Dead

Politics and its Discontents: Heroes and Villains

There is little doubt in my mind that the economic chaos defining the lives of millions of people is intentional, not just so their labour can be exploited as cheaply as possible, but also because desperate citizens make for compliant and disciplined drones. Historically, it has usually been thus, with the elites calling the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Heroes and Villains

Politics and its Discontents: Another Portrait In Integrity

While Edward Snoden will undoubtedly be portrayed in the days and weeks to come as a traitor to his country, his courageous revelation of the domestic spying that the NSA is engaged in earns my admiration. Not only has he demonstrated his personal courage and convictions by his willingness to be publicly named, he has . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Portrait In Integrity