Aaron Swartz and his struggle for Online Freedom


Internet's Own Boy: Film on Aaron Swartz Captures Late Activist's Struggle for Online Freedom (1/3)






Published on 21 Jan 2014

One year ago this month, the young Internet freedom activist and groundbreaking programmer Aaron Swartz took his own life. Swartz died shortly before he was set to go to trial for downloading millions of academic articles from servers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology based on the belief that the articles should be freely available online. At the time he committed suicide, Swartz was facing 35 years in prison, a penalty supporters called excessively harsh. Today we spend the hour looking at the new documentary, "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz." We play excerpts of the film and speak with Swartz's father Robert, his brother Noah, his lawyer Elliot Peters, and filmmaker Brian Knappenberger. 

Watch the full 45-minute discussion at http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/21....

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Latest News Syria


The articles of the website of the Syrian News Agency Sana has been blocked for us after we published the news 'Syrian-Russian views identical on making Geneva 2 a success'...


Terrorists suffer heavy losses in various provinces

Provinces, (SANA) - Units of the armed forces carried out operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in several areas on Friday during which they foiled inflitration attempts and destroyed several terrorists' dens and car convoys...

Russia condemns mass executions carried out by terrorist groups in Syria

Moscow, (SANA) – The Russian Foreign Ministry voiced concern over the reports provided by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday regarding mass executions carried out by armed terrorist groups in Syria...

Zarif: Geneva 2 must lay down groundwork for dialogue among Syrian sides

Tehran, (SANA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the international conference on Syria "Geneva 2" must lay down groundwork for dialogue...

Zebari: Only political solution to crisis in Syria acceptable

Ankara, (SANA) - Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said that a political solution to the crisis in Syria is the only acceptable solution, adding that there cannot be a military solution...

Grand Mufti stresses joint work to confront takfiri thinking at Islamic Unity Conference

Tehran, (SANA)- Grand Mufti Ahmad Badr-Eddin Hassoun stressed the importance of unity among the Muslims and denouncing discord to better serve the issues of the Islamic nation...

Sit-ins in Rome, Vienna and Amman protesting Saudi regime’s support for terrorists in Syria

Capitals, (SANA)- (Update) Italy branch of the National Union of Syrian Students and the Syrian community staged a sit-in outside the Saudi Embassy in Rome protesting AL Saud regime’s support for terrorism in Syria...

Patriarch Laham: Success of Geneva 2 would bring peace to all Arab countries

Beirut, (SANA)- Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Gregory III Laham called upon all Islamic spiritual leaderships to exert efforts as to make the international conference on Syria “Geneva 2” a success...

Syrian Cultural Center in Tehran documents crimes of terrorists in Syria

Tehran, (SANA) – On the sideline of the 27th International Islamic Unity Conference currently being held in Iran, the Syrian Cultural Center in Tehran organized an event...



Russian and Chinese representatives withdraw from UN Security Council




As a reminder:

UNITED NATIONS, August 28, 2013 (Itar-Tass) – The Russian and Chinese officials walked out of the U.N. Security Council meeting in New York on Wednesday, August 28, after U.S. Permanent Representative Samantha Power had called for an immediate action in Syria.

The permanent members of the U.N. Security Council – Russia, Britain, China, the U.S. and France – had been invited to the closed meeting. An hour later the Russian and Chinese diplomats left the meeting and headed to the Security Council’s main conference room where debates on Haiti was taking place.

Western countries may, until the end of the day, submit to the Security Council a draft resolution that will give the green light to an armed operation in Syria. Russia and China, which have the right of veto in the Security Council, have spoken up strongly against the use of force.

However Western countries have made it clear that they might take measures without waiting for the U.N. Security Council’s decision as they did in 1999 in Kosovo. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said this would be a gross violation of international law.


Photos: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visits the Pentagon / Ban Ki-moon and Obama + their wives


The American Spring: US left Iraq in violent pieces



November 1, 2013 - US spent trillions and left Iraq in violent pieces

As Iraq's prime minister visits Washington, BBC North America bureaux chief Paul Danahar, who was based in Baghdad during the US-led invasion, says the country America left behind is broken, and Middle Eastern strong men are flexing their muscles.

Only people with no long-term vested interest in the well-being of the subjects of a state could have conjured up Iraq.

Neither the country nor the political power structures within it would have naturally come about without the intervention of foreigners.

The Arab nationalism of Saddam Hussein's Baathism was a reaction to the selfish audacity of colonial rule.

The above is also broadly true in Syria. Neither country now necessarily has a future within its present borders.



Latest News Syria: Lebanese Foreign Minister

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Lebanese FM: Lebanon’s attendance of Geneva 2 conference serves its interest

Beirut, Jan 10, 2014 (SANA)- Lebanese caretaker Foreign and Expatriates Minister Adnan Mansour stressed that Lebanon will attend the international Geneva 2 conference on Syria and has a clear vision and firm position regarding the conference.

Lebanon received last Tuesday an official invitation to attend the conference.

In a radio interview published Friday, Mansour said it is none of Lebanon’s business if others are annoyed about its participation in the conference, stressing that his country has a clear vision and firm position that serves its interest in the first place by attending the conference.

Mansour earlier expressed a clear stand in rejection of the aggression on Syria.

H. Said


Latest News Syria: Leader of ISIS killed

Scores of terrorists, including leader of ISIS, killed in Army crushing operations

Provinces, Jan 10, 2014(SANA)- The army on Friday carried out sweeping operations in variosu areas around the country during which it killed leader of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham among scores of terrorists and destroyed heavy machineguns and a rocket cache.

Terrorists from “Islam Brigade” killed in Damascus Countryside

Numbers of terrorists were killed and others were injured, some affiliated to the so-called “Islam Brigade” in a chain of military operations carried out in various areas in Damascus and its countryside.

SANA reporter quoted sources as saying that 4 terrorists were killed and 3 others were wounded, while their weapons were destroyed in Joubar neighborhood in the countryside.

A unit of the armed forces razed a terrorists’ gathering in Douma, killing a number of them, while another unit destroyed several gatherings for terrorist groups affiliated to the so-called “Islam Brigade” in the farms of Alieh and al-Hejjariyeh.

Other army units clashed with terrorist groups in al-Alali area and in Daraya city, killing and wounding many of their members.

Meanwhile, an army unit clashed with a group of terrorists and killed two of them in the surrounding of al-Omari Mosque in al-Qaboun neighborhood in the city of Damascus.

Leader of ISIS killed,  rocket cache destroyed in Lattakia

A military source told SANA that an army unit destroyed a cache full of rockets and 4 cars equipped with heavy machineguns in Salma village, killing scores of them, including Fadel al-Tarkawi from Saudi Arabia, Khalid al-Rashwani from Egypt and Abu Safuan al-Zaidi from Libya.

The source added that among the dead was an Iraqi terrorist nicknamed Abo Mihjem, leader of the so-called The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) that is linked to al-Qaeda, in addition to Fadih al-Khalaf and Ahmad al-Khalafan al-Sayyed terrorists from Qatar and two other terrorists from Saudi Arabia nicknamed Abo al-Nour and Abo Maarouf.

The source pointed out that other army units killed tens of terrorists in Kilis and Naouara villages, including Abu Mazen al-Kafi from Libya, Ahmad Kareh Ahmad, Ra'aef Younso, Majed Ablaq, Mohammad Maryam, Omar Shekho, Slama al-Salim and Mahmoud Yusuf, in addition to destroying a rockets launcher and a number of cars loaded with Grad rockets.

Meanwhile, another army unit killed 13 terrorists in Khrab al-Jouz village, including Abu Hamdo al-Abbasi from Iraq, Abu Mazen al-Shoubi, Safuan Akra and Abdulrahman AL-Assaf, in addition to destroying two cars loaded with weapons, ammunition and explosive devices.

Read more at: http://sana.sy/eng/337/2014/01/10/521591.htm


Jan 10, 2014 - Terrorist attacks claim lives of 27 civilians:

December 6, 2013 - Pentagon approves $1.1 billion Raytheon missile sale to Saudi Arabia: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/06/us-raytheon-saudi-missiles-idUSBRE9B50SF20131206

December 12, 2013: ‘No one is expecting a tank invasion of Saudi Arabia anytime soon, but the kingdom just put in a huge order for U.S.-made anti-tank missiles’:http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/12/12/why_is_saudi_arabia_buying_15000_us_anti_tank_missiles_for_a_land_war_it_will_ne#sthash.otwdA4hc.dpbs

December 17, 2013 - Saudi Arabia Will Go It Alone “Saudi Arabia has global responsibilities and we will act to fulfill these responsibilities, with or without the support of our Western partners” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/opinion/saudi-arabia-will-go-it-alone.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0

American spring: Americans no longer welcome in Egypt


January 7, 2014

US Embassy Egypt: Ordered Departure Lifted, Issues New Travel Alert

On January 6, the State Department issued a new Travel Alert advising U.S. citizens of the risks of travelling to Egypt due to continuing unrest.  The ordered departure of US Embassy Cairo and USCG Alexandria staff have now been lifted but the personnel for the constituent post is still operating out of Cairo pending security upgrades in Alexandria.


Colonial Soap Making. Its History and Techniques:

American spring: Americans no longer welcome in South Sudan


Soldiers of the East Africa Response Force, a Djibouti-based joint team, prepare to support evacuation operations in Juba, South Sudan. At the request of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Defense Department directed two U.S. C-130 aircraft to evacuate personnel from Juba, the capital of South Sudan, to Nairobi, Kenya. DoD also augmented physical security at American diplomatic facilities in Juba with members of the EARF. (U.S. Army Africa photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. . Micah Theurich, Released by U.S. Africa Command)


Pentagon dictatorship

Former DARPA director and now Google executive Regina Dugan is pushing an edible “authentication microchip” along with an electronic tattoo that can 'read your mind'. http://youtu.be/wZta3HRe2YY

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Exclusive: Darpa Director Bolts Pentagon for Google

December 12, 2012

Darpa director Regina Dugan will soon be stepping down from her position atop the Pentagon’s premiere research shop to take a job with Google. Dugan, whose controversial tenure at the agency lasted just under three years, was “offered and accepted at senior executive position” with the internet giant, according to Darpa spokesman Eric Mazzacone. She felt she couldn’t say no to such an “innovative company,” he adds. Dugan’s emphasis on cybersecurity and next-generation manufacturing earned her strong support from the White House, winning her praise from the President and maintaining the agency’s budget even during a period of relative austerity at the Pentagon.

Her push into crowdsourcing and outreach to the hacker community were eye-openers in the often-closed world of military R&D. Dugan also won over some military commanders by diverting some of her research cash from long-term, blue-sky projects to immediate battlefield concerns. “There is a time and a place for daydreaming. But it is not at Darpa,” she told a congressional panel in March 2011 (.pdf). “Darpa is not the place of dreamlike musings or fantasies, not a place for self-indulging in wishes and hopes. Darpa is a place of doing.” For an agency that spent millions of dollars on shape-shifting robots, Mach 20 missiles, and mind-controlled limbs, it was something of a revolutionary statement. The shift was only one of the reasons why Dugan was a highly polarizing figure within her agency, and in the larger defense research community.

The Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is also actively investigating hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of contracts that Darpa gave out to RedX Defense — a bomb-detection firm that Dugan co-founded, and still partially owns. A separate audit is examining a sample of the 2,000 other research contracts Darpa has signed during Dugan’s tenure, to “determine the adequacy of Darpa’s selection, award, and administration of contracts and grants,” according to a military memorandum. Results of the inspector general’s work haven’t been released. And the work had “no impact” on Dugan’s decision, according to her spokesman, Mazzacone. “The only reason” she decided to leave the Pentagon was the allure of working at Google.

Read more at: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/03/dugan-darpa-google/


Google and the Pentagon:






American spring: More than 13,000 Iraqi families flee Fallujah


More than 13,000 Iraqi families flee Fallujah after gunmen takeover

January 8, 2014

More than 13,000 families have fled Fallujah in the past few days amid clashes and shelling after the city fell to al-Qaeda-linked militants, the Iraqi Red Crescent said on Wednesday.

Masked gunmen remained in control of Iraq's Fallujah Wednesday even as traffic police returned to the city's streets after a jihadi group urged to keep fighting the government.

Fallujah and parts of the Anbar provincial capital Ramadi farther west have been outside government hands for days - the first time militants have exercised such open control in major cities since the height of the insurgency that followed the 2003 US-led invasion.

Red Crescent official Mohammed al-Khuzaie said in a statement that the organization had provided humanitarian assistance to more than 8,000 families in the past three days across the Anbar province.

"Most of them are now living in schools, public buildings or with relatives," Khuzaie said.

Earlier on Wednesday, two areas of Fallujah saw brief clashes and shelling, witnesses said, but it was not immediately clear who was involved in the fighting.

The traffic police, whose sole responsibility is directing vehicles and controlling intersections, were back on the streets in several parts of central Fallujah, an AFP journalist reported.

They were apparently back on duty with the blessing of the gunmen, whose allegiance was not immediately clear.

The gunmen were deployed in areas around the edge of the city, at the entrances of neighborhoods, and on bridges - including one from which the bodies of American contractors were infamously hung in 2004, prompting the first of two US assaults on Fallujah that year.

Read more at: http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/more-13000-iraqi-families-flee-fallujah-after-gunmen-takeover


December 6, 2013 - Pentagon approves $1.1 billion Raytheon missile sale to Saudi Arabia: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/06/us-raytheon-saudi-missiles-idUSBRE9B50SF20131206

December 12, 2013: ‘No one is expecting a tank invasion of Saudi Arabia anytime soon, but the kingdom just put in a huge order for U.S.-made anti-tank missiles’:http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/12/12/why_is_saudi_arabia_buying_15000_us_anti_tank_missiles_for_a_land_war_it_will_ne#sthash.otwdA4hc.dpbs

December 17, 2013 - Saudi Arabia Will Go It Alone “Saudi Arabia has global responsibilities and we will act to fulfill these responsibilities, with or without the support of our Western partners”http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/opinion/saudi-arabia-will-go-it-alone.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0

In 2010, the US made the largest arms sale in its history, selling $60 billion’s worth of jets and attack helicopters to the Arab kingdom. Saudi Arabia is also a major exporter of oil to the US, though its highly unlikely OPEC would support a slow down or boycott over the kingdom’s political gripes with the US.  Israeli personnel in recent days were in Saudi Arabia to inspect bases that could be used as a staging ground to launch attacks against Iran, according to informed Egyptian intelligence officials… 

April 6, 2013 - 'The Arab Spring Started in Iraq'

Iraq: Fallujah falls to Al Qaeda


January 8, 2014 -  Fallujah falls to Al Qaeda, veterans question illegal Iraq war

With the fall of Fallujah to Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, many veterans of the Iraq war and the massive fighting that took place in Fallujah during the US occupation are beginning to realize that their sacrifice and the ultimate sacrifice paid by many of their comrades was completely and totally for nothing, and for many veterans that is a truly hard pill to swallow.

The fall of Fallujah and the fact that Al-Qaeda linked terrorists and murderous Sunni radicals now control the Anbar province where Fallujah is located and where approximately 1,500 US troops lost their lives during the Iraq war further underlines the complete and total failure of an illegal aggressive war based on complete and total lies and might also cause those who served their country and killed what are reported to be as many as one million Iraqis to finally wake up and realize that they were simply callously used. The fact that CIA-created-Al-Qaeda was never allowed to operate and had no presence in Iraq under Saddam Hussein only further brings to question what the US was really doing in Iraq and why the US-installed-puppet-government has done almost nothing to stop Al-Qaeda from taking over massive parts of the country. It is also of interest to note that US forces are being prevented from fighting Al-Qaeda elements.

Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_01_08/Fallujah-falls-to-Al-Qaeda-veterans-question-illegal-Iraq-war-8336/


January 8, 2014 - Armed groups demanding autonomy for eastern Libya have invited foreign companies to buy oil from ports they have seized in defiance of the central government in Tripoli.

January 8, 2014 - Libyan threat to sink tankers pushes oil price higher


Google: world’s best search engine


Google search results for ‘Me alle tsjetsjenen mor ni met den dezen’

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Syria: Scores of foreign backed terrorists killed · Europa in Syrië: 5.000 jihadisten met een. ….. Verhofstadt is also a member of the Club de Madrid, an organization of more than … According to the Suez website, Davignon holds 11,111 Suez shares, which are currently worth more than …. Is the planet shaking or is it just me ?

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May 14, 2013 – L’Union me semble être le frère jumeau du Verschueren, même … te hebben met de barman waarmee ik het gisteren even aan de stok kreeg.


‘Me alle tsjetsjenen mor ni met den dezen’
Antwerp expression - ‘You can do it with all the Chinese, but not with this guy’
Chinese/Tchetchens: pun
Pun: A play on words, sometimes on different senses of the same word and sometimes on the similar sense or sound of different words. To make puns or a pun.
After this publication, a computer crash. A coincidence?


More information about Google:

March 14, 2012 - Google Adds (Even More) Links to the Pentagon

Who thinks his image is damaged on the Internet, can now be insured. Korneel Warlop from the Belgian Assurance Company Axa. "We work with companies to ensure that the data automatically arrive at the end of the search lists so no one reads them."