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Replaced/removed 26 June, 2012

"SOPA / PIPA as Hollywood vs Silicon Valley?"
NEW YORK vs The World, rather. No disrespect to those who came up with the idea, but the characterization of this struggle as between HOLLYWOOD and Silicon Valley is mistaken. Media conglomerate behemoths like Time Warner are based in New York, for the prestige; they would not be seen dead in tawdry little Tinseltown. And it does not hurt media owners' case one bit that they can gain, by invoking the name Hollywood, the support of the religious red states, who seethe in rage at the mere thought of its humanist ethos (call it jealousy: "the devil has all the good songs"). And while there are interests in Silicon Valley who will be financially disadvantaged, their clients and customers are EVERYWHERE.

BTJunkie BitTorrent Site Shuts Down
On 5th February 2012, BTJunkie, established in 2005 and the 5th most popular BitTorrent (WP) site as of 2011,[1] voluntarily shut down.[2] Attempts to shut down the site occurred in 2007[3] and 2011.[1]

Replaced/removed 19 May, 2012

Full text removed, none remains:

  • The 14th Amendment may be reinterpreted if a current bill passes. The Arizona House bill HR 140[4][5] is the second such in a week; the first, introduced in Indiana.[6][7]
  • The Obama administration has publicly confirmed it is continuing the Bush-era policy of opposing the return of Haiti’s ousted former president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
  • Just after his return this week, Jean-Claude Duvalier was indicted on corruption charges stemming from his embezzlement of millions in state funds before a popular uprising forced him to flee Haiti in 1986. Alleged victims of human rights abuses under his regime have also filed criminal complaints. Duvalier says he returned to assist Haiti’s rebuilding effort, but critics say he’s making a last-ditch attempt to recoup some $6 million frozen in a Swiss bank account. A Swiss law passed in response to Duvalier’s longtime effort to obtain the money goes into effect on February 1. Before the new rules kick in, Duvalier would be able to receive the money if he could prove he is not under criminal investigation in his home country. His return is seen as a gamble that he would have been able to enter Haiti and then depart without being charged, which he would then cite as proof to the Swiss he’s not under legal scrutiny. - Democracy Now!
One of the crowd 'celebrating' Duvalier's return told a reporter from The Telegraph that he had been paid $10 Haitian dollars to cheer. Duvalier "declared himself 'impressed by the welcome I have received, especially from the crowd of young people who don't know me.'"- The Telegraph
  • (In January 2011), "a group of U.S.-based human rights groups and legal organizations filed an emergency petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to halt the roundups, detention and deportations of Haitian nationals by the U.S. government." - Democracy Now! On the 20th of January, the U.S. government resumed deportations to Haiti. Haitian refugees face a completely different standard than Cuban refugees for entry into the US, according to Human Rights Watch. Other human rights groups criticized deporting people into a triad of disasters: a cholera outbreak, violence surrounding the election and earthquake devastation.


Replaced/removed 24 October, 2011

  • An unprecedented inquiry this week submitted evidence pertaining to the death of President Salvador Allende, and hundreds more unresolved deaths during the 1973 U.S.-backed military coup that brought Augusto Pinochet to power.[7] The inquiry has not reached a conclusion about the other deaths, but found that Allende's injuries were consistent with a rifle held at a low angle aimed towards his head, and concluded that he killed himself rather than be captured by Pinochet's forces BBC News
  • The FBI says it has executed 40+ search warrants as part of a probe into cyberattacks waged in support of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. Five people have also been arrested in the United Kingdom in a related probe.[7]
  • The Obama administration has publicly confirmed it is continuing the Bush-era policy of opposing the return of Haiti’s ousted former president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. >> following removed >> Overthrown in a 2004 U.S.-backed coup, Aristide has renewed his pleas to return to Haiti following the recent re-emergence of exiled dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier. In a statement issued through Twitter, U.S. Department of State spokesperson P.J. Crowley said, "We do not doubt President Aristide’s desire to help the people of Haiti. But today, Haiti needs to focus on its future, not its past." The Haitian government has refused to issue Aristide a new passport, reportedly under U.S.-led pressure. - Democracy Now!

Replaced/removed 10 March, 2011

  • (quickly became redundant) In response to the Egyptian street protests following the North African protest self-immolations, President Hosni Mubarak has sworn in a new cabinet. New vice president Omar Suleiman is Egypt’s former intelligence chief, with close ties to Washington. He played a key role in the U.S. extraordinary rendition program.[8]

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[edit] 2011 archive of 2009 material

  • Giovanni, guitarist of anarcho-punk band Drömdead is murdered by a gang in Caracas. [1]
  • 160 minors confined in the same cell at Pagani Detention Center (Greece), start a hunger strike. [2]
  • Two gay people are killed in Israel after shootings at the Tel Aviv Gay and Lesbian Association. Hundreds have protested and rallied against these murders. Gay rights activist Mike Hamel blamed religiously-driven hatred of gay people. "Beyond the pain, the frustration and the anger, we are facing a situation in which the incitement to hate creates an environment that allows this to happen," Hamel said.[3]
  • Eleven workers at the Vestas factory in Newport, Isle of Wight, England, who occupied their plants to protest against closure, were fired by the management without offer of redundancy pay.[4]
  • Alexandros Grigoropoulos, a 15-year-old boy, is killed by police in Greece triggering riots. [5]
  • The United Nations is concerned over "systematic and widespread" killings of civilians by Colombia's US-backed security forces. Navanethem Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that the 'extrajudicial killings' by Colombian forces could categorize it as 'crime against humanity'.[6]
  • Tensions between North Korea and South Korea are rising. North Korea accused South of being confrontational and said it is scrapping military and political agreements signed with Seoul. [7][8]

[edit] 2009

  • According to the UN, camps sheltering 50,000 displaced people in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been torched.[9]
  • Riot police resorts to tear gas and attacks the residents of Elliniko village near Ioannina, Greece who prevented the construction of an open-refuse dump.[10]
  • At least 18 civilians including children ranging in age from six months to 15 are reportedly killed in Afghanistan in an air strike by NATO forces.[11]

[edit] 2008

  • Cuban president Raul Castro visits Moscow, which is the first visit by a Cuban leader since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Both sides want to improve bilateral relations. [12]
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) said that over 60,000 citizens in Zimbabwe are infected by cholera. [13]
  • Protests are going on in Iceland against capitalism and the government. [14]
  • Chinese navy begins anti-piracy mission in Somalia. [15]
  • Riot police in the Morumbi district of Sao Paulo, Brazil have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at other police officers who are striking for better pay.[16]
  • "Evo Morales announces general elections for 2009".[17]
  • Venezuelan ex-defense minister and critic of Hugo Chavez on corruption issue Raul Baduel faces problem. This happens a couple of weeks after Venezuela expelled two Human Rights Watch members from the country for publishing report critical of Chavez administration.[18]
  • It is reported that US presidential candidate Barack Obama, if elected, will increase foreign aid to Israel.[19]
  • The main police headquarters in Pakistan's capital Islamabad is attacked in a suspected suicide bombing.[20]
  • Low-paid workers at McDonald's and the Farmers department store in Auckland and Hamilton in New Zealand are striking for better salary and working conditions.[21]
  • Venezuela's finance minister Ali Rodriguez said that the country's 2009 budget "will have significant restrictions" compared to US$63.9 in 2008. He said "There are expenses that must be eliminated and others that must be reduced. Many expenses, such as expenses on certain types of vehicles, celluars and parties, will be eliminated."[22]
  • 27 people have been killed in a suspected suicide bomb attack in Sri Lanka.[23]
  • 15 Indian officials are arrested by the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi Government for bribery.[24]
  • Farmers in Argentina are protesting. "They want government help for small- and medium-scale farmers and aid for those in the north of the country hit by the worst drought in 100 years."[25]

[edit] Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 TorrentFreak
  2. [www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2399890,00.asp Torrent Site BTJunkie Shut Downs Voluntarily], Chloe Albanesius, PCMAG, February 6, 2012 04:05pm EST
  3. Gigaom.com Dozens of Torrent Sites May Be Shut Down, Janko Roettgers
  4. GovTrack text of HR 140
  5. globalimmigrationcounsel.com
  6. Arizona Bill Targets Automatic Citizenship for Children of Illegal Immigrants cnsnews-Friday, January 28, 2011
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Democracy Now! 28 Jan 11
  8. -Democracy Now! 31 Jan 11
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