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Villagers in China clash with police over land theft measures by government

By Tania Branigan / The Guardian Rural residents protesting against land grabs have clashed with police in north and south-west China, according to accounts posted online, in the latest cases to be sparked by one of the country’s most potent sources of unrest. Villagers in south-western Yunnan province were arrested and injured when police broke … Continue reading Villagers in China clash with police over land theft measures by government

Video: US domestic agencies place order for 450 million rounds of hollow-point ammunition

By Russia Today The US Department of Homeland Security and the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Office have placed a massive order for ammunition. The two departments are asking for 450 million rounds of bullets to be delivered in a time-frame of five years. The contractor, Alliant Techsystems, was awarded the contract and will produce .40 … Continue reading Video: US domestic agencies place order for 450 million rounds of hollow-point ammunition

New legislation will allow UK government to monitor every call, email, text, and website visit

By BBC News The government will be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK under new legislation set to be announced soon. Internet firms will be required to give intelligence agency GCHQ access to communications on demand, in real time. The Home Office says the move is … Continue reading New legislation will allow UK government to monitor every call, email, text, and website visit

New NSA surveillance center will track everything from private emails to parking receipts

By James Bamford, Wired The spring air in the small, sand-dusted town has a soft haze to it, and clumps of green-gray sagebrush rustle in the breeze. Bluffdale sits in a bowl-shaped valley in the shadow of Utah’s Wasatch Range to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west. It’s the heart of Mormon … Continue reading New NSA surveillance center will track everything from private emails to parking receipts

Police battle thousands of people protesting nuclear plant in India

By Jeemon Jacob / Tehelka Tamil Nadu government started “operation Koodankulam “on Monday 19 March, arresting 203 protesters and blocking all entry points to the coastal villages surrounding the nuclear power plant. Police arrested 185 men including parish priest Father Suseelan at Kottupuli village where they were protesting against the deployment of police forces. They … Continue reading Police battle thousands of people protesting nuclear plant in India

New Pennsylvania law prohibits doctors from discussing health consequences of fracking

By Walter Brasch / Dissident Voice A new Pennsylvania law endangers public health by forbidding health care professionals from sharing information they learn about certain chemicals and procedures used in high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The procedure is commonly known as fracking. Fracking is the controversial method of forcing water, gases, and chemicals at tremendouspressure … Continue reading New Pennsylvania law prohibits doctors from discussing health consequences of fracking

Chevron spying on Ecuadorian lawyers who defeated them in $18 billion judgement

By Amazon Defense Coalition Facing increased financial risk in Latin America, Chevron has launched a corporate espionage campaign designed to intimidate and track the whereabouts of the lead lawyers who recently won an $18 billion judgment for environmental damage against the oil giant in Ecuador’s courts, said the Amazon Defense Coalition. The purpose of the … Continue reading Chevron spying on Ecuadorian lawyers who defeated them in $18 billion judgement

US government continuing campaign of repression against non-violent environmental activists

By Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post Ben Kessler, a student at the University of North Texas and an environmental activist, was more than a little surprised that an FBI agent questioned his philosophy professor and acquaintances about his whereabouts and his sign-waving activities aimed at influencing local gas drilling rules. “It was scary,” said Kessler, … Continue reading US government continuing campaign of repression against non-violent environmental activists

Aided by snitching LulzSec leader, FBI declares charges against five alleged hackers

By Jana Winter / Fox News Law enforcement agents on two continents swooped in on top members of the infamous computer hacking group LulzSec early this morning, and acting largely on evidence gathered by the organization’s brazen leader — who sources say has been secretly working for the government for months — arrested three and … Continue reading Aided by snitching LulzSec leader, FBI declares charges against five alleged hackers

Iowa government mobilizes to shield factory farms from scrutiny

By Tom Philpott On Friday, Iowa governor Terry Branstad signed a bill that will make it much more difficult for animal-welfare advocates to sneak cameras into Iowa’s factory livestock farms. The bill’s fate is being watched nationwide, because Iowa’s factory farms grow more hogs and keep more egg-laying hens than those of any other state. … Continue reading Iowa government mobilizes to shield factory farms from scrutiny