Why "I Have Nothing To Hide" Is The Wrong Way To Think About Surveillance
By: Moxie Marlinspike
Suddenly, it feels like 2000 again. Back then, surveillance programmes like Carnivore, Echelon, and Total Information Awareness helped spark a surge in electronic privacy awareness. Now a decade later, the recent discovery of programmes like PRISM, Boundless Informant, and FISA orders are catalysing renewed concern.
The programmes of the past can be characterised as "proximate surveillance," in which the government attempted to use technology to directly monitor communication themselves. The programmes of this decade mark the transition to "oblique surveillance," in which the government more often just goes to the places where information has been accumulating on its own, such as email providers, search engines, social networks, and telecoms. ...read more.
Anti-Monsanto rally draws Texas protesters
By: Kelly Sinclair
A misty sky didn't dampen spirits at the May 25 March Against Monsanto rally here. Local organizers pronounced themselves pleased with the turnout, which numbered some 60 people.
"This is the Memorial Day weekend, and we didn't have a whole lot of time to put it together," said co-organizer Cole Kelly. "It really says something, to draw this many people with no local media coverage."
Speakers at the rally, which was one of hundreds staged around the world, pulled no punches in attacking corporations that value profit over consumer health.
Said speaker (and co-organizer) Kathe Berg Kitchens, "Why I'm here is because years ago I was poisoned by ag chemicals used by a neighbor. It made me sick. But, I'm not involved just for me. It's the right thing to do. You start by becoming more active." ...read more.
"Homophobia - no! Socialism - yes!"
Havana marches for LGBT rights
By: Michael Leone
It was a bright and colourful day in Havana, Cuba as citizens took to the streets as part of a state-backed campaign against homophobia and for the advancement of the rights of LGBT people. As the procession danced the conga through the streets of town, carrying rainbow flags and pride banners, the dominant slogan of the occasion was "Homophobia no! Socialism yes!", signifying the island nation's rising progressive consciousness, seeing the issue as part of the struggle to develop socialism in the country.
The demonstration was organised by none other than Mariela Castro, daugher of Cuban president Raul Castro, who is a world-renowned advocate of gay rights. ...read more.
Happy May Day from the Communist Party!
By: Michael Leone
The Houston club of the Communist Party USA would like to express warmest regards to Houston's working people and the working people all over the world on this May Day - the day of international workers' solidarity in the struggle against imperialism, for peace, democracy, and socialism.
The themes of the ancient celebration on this holiday, as the daylight overpowers the night and the revitalizaing conditions of spring bring new life to nature, still resound in the May Day holiday today - the celebration of the victory of good over evil and the coming renaissance of socialism to give way towards a joyous and prosperous future for all humanity.
Let's rejoice today in honoring those who fought for our victories in the past and in looking forward to greater victories to be won in the future. The warm winds of springtime are blowing as the red banners of labor are being raised across the world, as humanity stands on the doorstep of its reviving spring of socialism advancing ever forward towards the bright future of communism. Let's go forward together! Workers of the world, unite!
By: Amy Goodman
The Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath has dominated the nation's headlines. Yet, another series of explosions that happened two days later and took four times the number of lives, has gotten a fraction of the coverage. It was the worst industrial accident in years. But to call it an accident ignores that it was preventable, and was quite possibly a crime, as is common with so many dangerous workplaces.
The first call came in to the 911 dispatcher at 7:29pm on Wednesday 17 April. A woman at a playground noticed a fire across the railroad tracks, at the West Fertilizer Co facility, in the small town of West, Texas, near Waco. The local volunteer fire department was mobilized. Less than 25 minutes later, a massive explosion leveled the plant, sending shock waves, debris and fire across West, ultimately killing 15 people, among them a local EMT, eight volunteer firefighters and a Dallas fire captain who was visiting his sons ...read more.
22 April - 143rd Birthday of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
By: Michael Leone
We would like to recognize today the one hundred fourty-third anniversary of the birth of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, leader and founder of the Russian Communist movement and of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) - the world's first constitutionally socialist state.
The life of Vladimir Lenin is of a man who, through his revolutionary genius and a series of circumstances, became one of the most important men in the history of the world. As a theoretician, his works alone would have secured his place in the pages of history for the profound contributions to Marxist theory that he developed. But as a political leader, in his boldness and determination, he raised up the masses to successfully overthrow a bourgeois war machine and liberate themselves from hundreds of years of feudal repression, setting the vast, backward country on the road to becoming a world super power and a pioneer of social progress and justice. His ideas were the inspiration behind liberation movements all across the world and his legacy will not soon be forgotten.
"Through the ages of world history thousands of leaders and scholars appeared who spoke eloquent words, but these remained but words. You, Lenin, were an exception. You not only spoke and taught us, but translated your words into deeds. You created a new country. You showed us the road of joint struggle... You, great man that you are, will live on in the memories of the oppressed peoples through the centuries."
-Sun Yat-sen, 1924