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NSA releases email in dispute over Snowden 'internal whistleblowing'

The Guardian (UK) NSA Files - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 16:23

Leaker says he raised surveillance concerns internally
Agency: email 'did not raise allegations or concerns'

The National Security Agency has disputed Edward Snowden's insistence that he made efforts to raise his concerns about its surveillance practices internally before he decided to go public.

Releasing an email exchange it claimed to be the only record it could find of such an effort by Snowden, the agency said on Thursday he was merely asking for an explanation of some material that was in a training course he had just completed.

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Action Alert: Ann Coulter as CNN's Climate Change Expert

FAIR blog - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 12:30
FAIR's latest Action Alert (5/28/14) urges media activists to call out CNN for basing a climate change report around one guest: right-wing climate change denier Ann Coulter.  If you write to CNN, please share a copy of your message in the comments below.

Africa in 50 years’ time - inventing a new Africa

2014-05-29 This special issue is a reflection on conceptualising and constructing a new Africa in 50 years’ time. It is also devoted to the memory of the late Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem who was a Pan-Africanist visionary. Whilst we must ‘dare to invent the future’ as Thomas Sankara heeded us, we must be realistic in assessing the obstacles in the long term plans for Africa’s development

Kidnapped girls become tools of US imperial policy in Africa

2014-05-21 - http://fr.eonline.com/news/540397/anne-hathaway-leads-bringbackourgirls-protest-in-los-angeles-watch-her-passionate-speechThe Nigerian military has been carrying out atrocious extra-judicial killings of Boko Haram suspects. The Chibok abductions are serving the same US foreign policy purposes as Joseph Kony sightings in central Africa and will better grow AFRICOM with client states in Nigeria and the West African region in a very long war

Imperialists host conference on Nigerian security in Paris

Reports of mutinies within the army mount while tensions escalate 2014-05-21 - http://dailyindependentnig.com/2013/11/president-jonathan-recovers-attends-investor-meeting/The growing threat of Boko Haram has regional implications and led to a conference in Paris with the leaders of Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad participating. The conference is representative of the burgeoning militarization of the continent led by the Pentagon and NATO forces and does not augur well for the long-term security of Africa’s people

Boko Haram and the West’s intervention

2014-05-21 - http://www.mrconservative.com/2013/05/17593-22-soldiers-commit-suicide-every-day-one-veteran-says-many-die-for-a-profit/Western imperialists, now posing as saviours in the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria, are using the opportunity to consolidate their meddling in the country’s public life. The West’s military intervention cannot defeat terrorism, which is a product of capitalism. Only a socialist revolution can offer lasting solutions

Boko Haram: Jonathan economical with the truth

2014-05-21 - http://liam-theactivist.blogspot.com/2011/11/nigeria-boko-haram-crisis.htmlWith the abduction of the Nigerian girls, the government of President Goodluck Jonathan has refused to exchange the girls for imprisoned Boko Haram members. Whilst the government has been in dialogue with some sect members in regards to amnesty and clemency, it seems the insurgency brings political gains to the government

Open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

2014-05-21 - http://dailypost.ng/2013/09/11/2015-it-is-wrong-to-stop-jonathan-from-contesting-for-second-term-northern-group/In an open letter to the President of Nigeria, a loyal citizen of Nigeria demands the President Goodluck Jonathan resign and give way for another leader who will defend the rights and lives of the citizens of Nigeria

ANC Victory: Inequality of opportunity and the myth of revolution in South Africa

2014-05-21 - http://baligubadlemedia.com/2013/07/president-jacob-zuma-sends-condolences-to-somalia/South Africa is a much better place to live in under the ANC, but the former liberation movement delegitimizes itself by failure to redress growing structural inequalities and injustice rooted in apartheid. A leftist party is needed to drive a true democratic revolution

South Africa’s 5th national elections

2014-05-22 - http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27321171There was no question about the ANC winning this election, despite disaffection with its performance. The opposition parties have not worked hard enough to convince voters that they are a better alternative.

The real story of South Africa's national elections

2014-05-22 - http://www.economist.com/node/13491950In 20 years, the population which has chosen not to vote has increased by 9.4 million. What does this largely hidden tale tell us about South Africa’s political system and its democracy?

On sub-imperialism and BRICS-bashing

2014-05-21 - http://post.jagran.com/photogallery-photos-of-the-day18062012-1340040703Critics of the BRICS base their arguments on empirical observations. But they need to go further beyond this and provide a deeper analysis of their theory of sub-imperialism. Otherwise their critique is a distraction from real issues of concern to progressive forces
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