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Features, International

by Jamison Maeda

Edward Snowden, the man who blew the whistle on the U.S. National Security Agency in 2013 will be speaking on Monday, March 10th via satellite at the annual South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Texas. Joining Mr. Snowden is American Civil Liberties Union’s technology expert, Christopher Soghoian. The discussion will cover NSA spying, and how we can protect ourselves from mass surveillance. This is the Interactive portion of South by Southwest, and attendees will be able to present questions to Mr. Snowden and Mr. Soghoian.
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Features, International

By Jamison Maeda

Police rescued nearly 700 ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar (formerly Burma,) in a raid on a human trafficking camp in southern Thailand. Traffickers were holding the Rohingya people for ransom. Some hostages had already been killed.
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Features, National

The apology by the state broadcaster, RTE, and agreement to pay damages to a number of parties who felt they had been wronged by having the word ‘homophobic’ attributed to them is well and truly out of order and a worrying display of capitulation by RTE.  Major questions need to be asked about RTE’s role in this as part of a wider discussion about equality and media bias.
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Features, Foreign Affairs, Justice

1614589_10201787846392824_2040178068_oMargaretta D’Arcy has spent one week in Limerick prison for refusing to sign a bond to quit her campaign against the use of Shannon Airport by the US military.  This is a scandalous hypocrisy by the Irish state which has taken no action regarding rendition flights and failed to update the UN Council against Torture with regard to an investigation into the use of our airports.  Margaretta has said that she will only sign a bond if the Irish Government takes steps to end the US military use of Shannon airport.
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