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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Nov 23, 2013 Accord Reached With Iran to Halt Nuclear Program
QUOTE: The United States and five other world powers announced a landmark accord Sunday morning that would temporarily freeze Iran’s nuclear program and lay the foundation for a more sweeping agreement....aim of the accord, which is to last six months, is to give international negotiators time to pursue a more comprehensive pact that would ratchet back much of Iran’s nuclear program and ensure that it could be used only for peaceful purposes.
New York Times Oct 18, 2013 US drone strikes violate international law, says UN: Report says 33 CIA attacks led to civilian deaths and casualties and says US protocols are 'hurdle to transparency'
QUOTE: A United Nations investigation has so far identified 33 drone strikes around the world that have resulted in civilian casualties and may have violated international humanitarian law. The report by the UN's special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson QC, calls on the US to declassify information about operations co-ordinated by the CIA and clarify its positon on the legality of unmanned aerial attacks.
Guardian Unlimited Aug 18, 2013 Glenn Greenwald's partner detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours David Miranda, partner of Guardian interviewer of whistleblower Edward Snowden, questioned under Terrorism Act
QUOTE: "This is a profound attack on press freedoms and the news gathering process," Greenwald said. "To detain my partner for a full nine hours while denying him a lawyer, and then seize large amounts of his possessions, is clearly intended to send a message of intimidation to those of us who have been reporting on the NSA and GCHQ. The actions of the UK pose a serious threat to journalists everywhere."
Guardian Unlimited Jul 30, 2013 Car hacking scientists agree to delay paper that could unlock Porsches University of Birmingham and Dutch university say they will respect injunction from High Court to stop paper that could detail ho
QUOTE: The University of Birmingham says it will defer any publication of an academic paper which reveals secret codes to bypass the security on top-end cars including Porsches and Bentleys following a high court injunction....The Guardian's article has prompted a massive debate about the balancing interests of industry and those of scientists, a debate that has infected all sectors ranging from medicine to car manufacturing.
Guardian Unlimited Mar 04, 2013 Embattled Scottish Cardinal O'Brien apologizes for 'my sexual conduct'
QUOTE: A Scottish cardinal who had earlier challenged allegations of sexual impropriety -- claims that once again shined an international spotlight on alleged sexual abuse involving Roman Catholic clergy -- reversed course Sunday and apologized....Two Italian publications said Benedict, 85, resigned not because of his advanced age but because of a brewing scandal over the blackmail of gay priests by male prostitutes in Rome.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 28, 2012 Creativity Springs From Careful Copying (Part 2)
QUOTE: Record companies, book publishers, movie studios and other media corporations are caught up in efforts to equate all copying of their works with theft. In fact, if we genuinely want to promote creativity, we must encourage copying. The idea that people copy because they lack creativity is powerfully harmful, and it runs counter to the history of copyright.
Bloomberg News Nov 11, 2012 BBC Chairman Says Network Needs Radical Overhaul
QUOTE: The BBC’s chairman said Sunday that the broadcasting organization was in a “ghastly mess” as a result of its bungled coverage of a decades-old sexual abuse scandal and in need of a fundamental shake-up.
New York Times Aug 16, 2012 Private justice: How Hollywood money put a Brit behind bars: Industry-funded prosecution leads to 4-year sentence for SurfTheChannel owner.
QUOTE: Organizations like the MPAA, RIAA, IFPA, and FACT have long lobbied law enforcement officials to prosecute "rogue sites" and have provided them with information and logistical support to do so. But public prosecutors generally have the final say on who will be indicted. In the Vickerman case, the public prosecutors concluded that there wasn't enough evidence to merit prosecution. FACT disagreed and invoked what one lawyer told us is an "archaic right" for a private organization to bring criminal prosecutions against other private parties.
Ars Technica Mar 28, 2012 News Corp in fresh storm
QUOTE: The emails, said to be from the hard drive of a former head of security at NDS, a former News Corp subsidiary, appear to show that the company paid computer hackers to work with its "operational security" unit....The Australian Financial Review claimed that NDS's activities in Australia in 1999 caused millions of dollars of damage to Mr Murdoch's rivals in the country's nascent pay-TV market. The business models of Austar, Optus and Foxtel were all damaged by a wave of high-tech piracy at that time.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 03, 2012 Too Perfect? Rachel Weisz's L'Oréal Ad Banned in Britain for Being 'Misleading
QUOTE: The U.K. is known for going after such Photoshop mischief. Ads featuring Christy Turlington for Maybelline and Julia Roberts for Lancôme were pulled for the artistic liberties taken by the retouching department.
Time Magazine Dec 21, 2011 Racism Charges Put a Sport on Edge
QUOTE: The English Premier League is considered the world’s best club competition and features many of the top international players. Two-thirds are foreign-born. Racial sensitivity in the league has increased substantially in recent years, and the atmosphere is considered far more embracing than leagues in Spain and Italy. Yet, the Terry and Suárez cases indicate that English officials are still troubled by some abusive on-the-field behavior.
New York Times Nov 29, 2011 British Inquiry Is Told Hacking Is Worthy Tool
QUOTE: After Paul McMullan, a former deputy features editor at Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid, had finished his jaw-droppingly brazen remarks at a judicial inquiry on Tuesday, it was hard to think of any dubious news-gathering technique he had not confessed to...
New York Times Nov 09, 2011 Iran's nuclear program alarms world powers
QUOTE: no evidence that Iran has decided to actually build a bomb. But its nuclear program is more ambitious and structured, and more progress has been made than previously known....Iranian officials slammed the nuclear watchdog agency's report as a fabrication aimed at satisfying U.S. allegations about Iran's nuclear program.
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 02, 2011 Files Note Close C.I.A. Ties to Qaddafi Spy Unit
QUOTE: Documents found at the abandoned office of Libya’s former spymaster appear to provide new details of the close relations the Central Intelligence Agency shared with the Libyan intelligence service — most notably suggesting that the Americans sent terrorism suspects at least eight times for questioning in Libya despite that country’s reputation for torture.
New York Times Aug 25, 2011 In Britain, a Meeting on Limiting Social Media
QUOTE: British officials and representatives of Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry met Thursday to discuss voluntary ways to limit or restrict the use of social media to combat crime and periods of civil unrest, while trying to dodge charges of hypocrisy and censorship that trailed Prime Minister David Cameron’s call to restrict use of the networks after this month’s riots.
New York Times Jul 23, 2011 Norway Attacks Put Spotlight on Rise of Right-Wing Sentiment in Europe
QUOTE: The success of populist parties appealing to a sense of lost national identity has brought criticism of minorities, immigrants and in particular Muslims out of the beer halls and Internet chat rooms and into mainstream politics. While the parties themselves generally do not condone violence, some experts say a climate of hatred in the political discourse has encouraged violent individuals.
New York Times Jul 09, 2011 Scandals Redefine Rules for the Press in Europe
QUOTE: A widening phone-hacking scandal is prompting a broad reassessment of the balance between press freedom and privacy in Britain, even as France grapples with the consequences of its tradition of protecting the powerful.
New York Times Jul 07, 2011 Murdoch paper suffers new blow in hacking scandal
QUOTE: the latest blow to the British Sunday tabloid [News of the World--Ed.] that has been accused of illegally eavesdropping on the messages of murder and terror victims, celebrities and politicians. Prime Minister David Cameron Wednesday backed calls for an independent inquiry into the scandal
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 06, 2011 How Did News of the World Hack Victims' Cell Phones?
QUOTE: The alleged actions of the tabloid's cell phone-hacking employees may beggar belief, Kevin Mahaffey, co-founder and CTO of mobile security firm Lookout, told PC Mag Wednesday. But their techniques for accessing other people's private mail boxes were probably very simple.
PC Magazine May 22, 2011 Free Speech on Twitter Faces Test
QUOTE: The soccer player has been granted a so-called super-injunction, a stringent and controversial British legal measure that prevents media outlets from identifying him, reporting on the story or even from revealing the existence of the court order itself. But tens of thousands of Internet users have flouted the injunction by revealing his name on Twitter, Facebook and online soccer forums, sites that blur the definition of the press and are virtually impossible to police.
New York Times May 19, 2011 British Police Warn Rwandan Dissidents of Threat
QUOTE: Human rights groups have increasingly criticized the Rwandan government as being repressive and intolerant of any dissent... Critics of the Rwandan government have been killed or have simply vanished.
New York Times Mar 20, 2011 In Britain, Curbing Lawsuits Over Libel
QUOTE: “The government’s draft defamation bill is a big step forward toward ending the practice of libel tourism, which has led our courts to silence free speech around the world,” said John Kampfner, chief executive of Index on Censorship. “But without action to reduce the cost of a libel trial, reform will protect the free speech of some, but costs will silence others.”
New York Times Oct 27, 2010 Glaxo to Pay $750 Million for Sale of Bad Products
QUOTE: GlaxoSmithKline, the British drug giant, has agreed to pay $750 million to settle criminal and civil complaints that the company for years knowingly sold contaminated baby ointment and an ineffective antidepressant — the latest in a growing number of whistle-blower lawsuits that drug makers have settled with multimillion-dollar fines.
New York Times Jun 02, 2010 New Israeli Tack Needed on Gaza, U.S. Officials Say
QUOTE: The Obama administration considers Israel’s blockade of Gaza to be untenable and plans to press for another approach to ensure Israel’s security while allowing more supplies into the impoverished Palestinian area....Since the botched raid that killed nine activists on Monday, the Israeli government has said that the blockade was necessary to protect Israel against the infiltration into Gaza of weapons and fighters sponsored by Iran.
New York Times May 07, 2010 Unclear Result in Britain Puts Focus on Electoral Rules
QUOTE: '[The British] system, designed for two-party politics, always fails to deliver a Parliament that reflects the way people voted,” Mr. Dé said. “Third parties are always punished, and fourth parties are often invisible.'
New York Times Apr 29, 2010 The Jewish Question: British Anti-Semitism
QUOTE: [Anthony Julius] is a truth-teller, and authentic enough to stand against the English literary and academic establishment, which essentially opposes the right of the state of Israel to exist, while indulging in the humbuggery that its anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism.
New York Times Apr 08, 2010 Copyright and wrong: Why the rules on copyright need to return to their roots
QUOTE: The notion that lengthening copyright increases creativity is questionable, however. Authors and artists do not generally consult the statute books before deciding whether or not to pick up pen or paintbrush.
Economist Oct 24, 2009 Ever-Present Surveillance Rankles the British Public
QUOTE: Under the law [Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act], the localities and agencies[in the United Kingdom] can film people with hidden cameras, trawl through communication traffic data like phone calls and Web site visits and enlist undercover “agents” to pose, for example, as teenagers who want to buy alcohol.
New York Times Sep 18, 2009 DRM's tentacles snare British HDTV
QUOTE: DRM watchers are sounding the alarm about a proposal to bring what they fear amounts to a "broadcast flag" to the UK's over-the-air digital Freeview television service.
Ars Technica Sep 15, 2009 Cracking the Spine of Libel (The wild Side)
QUOTE: English libel laws create particular difficulties for science journalists. Science, after all, is about evaluating evidence. Science journalism, sometimes, requires pointing out when evidence is weak or absent.
New York Times Aug 25, 2009 ISPs, rights groups react to gov't P2P proposals (Intellectual property Toolkit)
QUOTE: The [United Kingdom] Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) proposed on Tuesday that disconnection should be considered in the case of those who persistently share copyrighted material online.
Aug 20, 2009 A very British coup: The Turks and Caicos loses independence
QUOTE: THE self-rule that the Turks and Caicos islands have enjoyed for 33 years was taken away on August 14th, when Britain removed their elected premier, cabinet and assembly, and suspended most of their constitution.
Economist Aug 11, 2009 U.K.'s Jewish-School Ruling: Who Decides Who Is a Jew?
QUOTE: Faith schools across Britain are holding their breath and waiting to see if they will need to change their admissions procedures after Europe's largest Jewish school was last week given the right to appeal a court decision saying its entry policy was racist.
Time Magazine Jul 30, 2009 British Foreign Secretary: Clinton threatened to cut-off intelligence-sharing if torture evidence is disclosed
QUOTE: both the Bush and Obama administrations had threatened to cut off intelligence-sharing with Britain if those facts (of the possible torture of former Guantanamo inmate Binyam Mohamed) were disclosed, even as part of a court proceeding.
Salon Jul 29, 2009 Average UK broadband speeds only half as fast as advertised
QUOTE: UK telecoms regulator Ofcom today released the results of a lengthy study that compared advertised download speeds with the actual speeds received by home users... —average speeds are only half what is advertised.
Ars Technica Jul 24, 2009 One strike: UK ISP goes medieval on P2P users, relents
QUOTE: Who needs "three strikes" before disconnecting Internet users? Not UK ISP Karoo, which has voluntarily resorted to beanballing its own users after receiving just a single copyright infringement allegation from rightsholders.
Ars Technica Jul 22, 2009 In Britain, the big bonus rises again: Lawmakers and unions press for greater limits on financial institutions as some firms make sizable awards to high flyers.
QUOTE: From the depths of recession, parts of the financial world are feeling perky again. And that means: The bonus is back.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 09, 2009 Outsourcing torture: Extraction
QUOTE: Did the [British] government subcontract the removal of a man’s fingernails?
Economist Jul 01, 2009 Brave new world of British workers: floating 'labor hostels'
QUOTE: Some immigrant workers [in Great Britain] are being housed on barges, prompting questions and resentment from locals, many of whom are out of work.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 18, 2009 The future of broadband And access for all: Fast internet for everyone, and a new tax to help pay for it
QUOTE: Spending public money on whizzy new networks appeals to technophiles, but the benefits are not clear for others.
Economist May 31, 2009 Media Cache: The Scoop That Changed Parliament, and News
QUOTE: “When papers pay for documentary information it is very different to paying for an interview, where money can encourage overstatement and even falsehood,” wrote Roy Greenslade, a media commentator...”
New York Times Jan 26, 2009 MPs call on BBC to air Gaza film: A Commons motion criticising the BBC and Sky for refusing to broadcast a plea for humanitarian aid funding for Gaza has been backed by 112 MPs.
QUOTE: The BBC's explanation that airing the film would threaten its impartiality was described by Labour MP Richard Burden's motion as "unconvincing"....John Ryley, head of Sky News, said that broadcasting the film would be "incompatible" with its objective role.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Jan 03, 2009 In Britain, the Stain of Orange: Some See Offenders' 'Vests of Shame' as Unfair Punishment
QUOTE: The British government announced last month that offenders sentenced to community service would have to slip on luminous orange coverups...The new attire -- or "vests of shame," as christened by the tabloids -- has touched off a debate about the rights of criminals and what constitutes fair punishment.
Washington Post Dec 21, 2008 Extradition Of Terror Suspects Founders: Al-Qaeda Suspects Remain in Britain Years After Arrests
QUOTE: a decade later, none of the defendants has moved any closer to a U.S. courtroom....Britain and other allies have long complained about Guantanamo, the tribunals and extralegal U.S. tactics used to fight al-Qaeda. At the same time, however, they have often blocked or resisted efforts by the U.S. government to prosecute accused terrorists in federal court.
Washington Post Dec 06, 2008 The dangerous temptations of instant truth: As communication gets ever faster, we must ask if the very speed at which we can know things endangers our liberty
QUOTE: The publication of that [British National Party--Ed.] list of members and their addresses was itself a serious infringement of their privacy. The design of an internet programme that will be of instant appeal to every nosey-parker in the land - and that's most of us - takes the offence further. How would Jews, or Muslim clerics, or pacifists, or Porsche-owners, or naturists, or anti-hunt or pro-hunt supporters, or members of any group that may attract hostility, ridicule or prejudice, feel about attempts to construct and publish a list that identifies names and addresses?
Sunday Times/The Times (UK) Nov 06, 2008 National ID cards compulsory for U.K. airport staff
QUOTE: A pilot program of the U.K.'s national identity card plan will be compulsory at one of the two participating airports....despite repeated assurances from the Home Office that U.K. citizens will not be compelled to have an ID card or enter their biometric details onto the National Identity Register.
CNET Oct 23, 2008 Loose Lips Lead to Trouble for British Tories
QUOTE: Did George Osborne, the Conservative’s brash spokesman for economic affairs, solicit an $80,000 donation from the fabulously rich Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska?...that basic question has been buried under a mille-feuille of issues, including old-school ties, big foreign money, gossipy Westminster politics and the proper etiquette for dealing with indiscreet confidences gleaned while enjoying someone else’s hospitality.
New York Times Sep 06, 2008 Tax rich at higher rate, says TUC
QUOTE: "People taking home more than £100,000 a year should pay higher tax rates, the Trades Union Congress has suggested."
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Jun 16, 2008 Small Publishers Feel Power of Amazon’s ‘Buy’ Button
QUOTE: Amazon, the online retailing giant with a fast-rising share of the consumer book market, has adopted the literary equivalent of a nuclear option for rebellious publishers who balk at its demands.
New York Times Jun 13, 2008 Manners For Social Networking: Five golden rules
QUOTE: created after research by telecoms company Orange found that 62 percent of social networking users are confused or frustrated by online etiquette. It found that 26 percent were unsure about how to respond to unwanted pokes or messages.
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