Media Blackout: US Army restricts access to Guardian website over secrets in NSA leak...

The US Army confirmed that access to The Guardian newspaper’s website has been filtered and restricted for its personnel. The policy is due to classified documents about surveillance of Americans and millions worldwide described in detail in the stories. The Army is filtering "some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks" and said the procedure was routine part of "network hygiene" measures to prevent unauthorized disclosures of sensitive information.

Ecuador breaks US trade pact to thwart ‘blackmail’ over Snowden asylum

Ecuador has ramped up its defiance of the US over Edward Snowden by waiving preferential trade rights with Washington even as the whistleblower's prospect of reaching Quito is in limbo. President Rafael Correa's government said it was renouncing the Andean Trade Preference Act to thwart US "blackmail" of Ecuador in the former NSA contractor's asylum request.

Russia tells US to clarify its Syria policy, Irked by its double-standard games

Russia, irked by US double-standard games on Syria, has called on Washington to clarify its stance on the expected international conference on the crisis in the Arab country. The closed-door meeting on Wednesday failed to specify a date for the conference due to the unwillingness on the part of Syria's opposition to participate without preconditions, whereas democratically elected and popular Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad does not and is willing to attend. Russia's foreign minister Lavrov’s comments come as, despite calling for political peaceful solutions, the US has already started sending arms to militants in Syria, a move which is seen as a blow to Moscow’s efforts to start talks for settling the dispute.

Codename ‘Stellar Wind’: NSA collected US email records in bulk for more than two...

The Obama administration for more than two years permitted the National Security Agency to continue collecting vast amounts of records detailing the email and internet usage of Americans, according to secret documents. The documents indicate that under the program, launched in 2001, a federal judge sitting on the secret surveillance panel called the Fisa court would approve a bulk collection order for internet metadata "every 90 days". The collection of these records began under the Bush administration's wide-ranging warrantless surveillance program, collectively known by the NSA codename Stellar Wind.

The struggle for power in Saudi Arabia

As the gerontocratic rulers of the House of Saud plot to appoint successors, the inside fight to lead the kingdom is heating up.

Three super-Earths found in Same Habitable Zone of Nearby Star ‘for the first time’

A team of astronomers has combined new observations of Gliese 667C with existing data from HARPS at ESO’s 3.6-metre telescope in Chile, to reveal a system with at least six planets. A record-breaking three of these planets are super-Earths lying in the zone around the star where liquid water could exist, making them possible candidates for the presence of life. This is the first system found with a fully packed habitable zone.

Homophobia dangerously rising in sub-Saharan Africa says Amnesty UK

Homophobic attacks and harassment across sub-Saharan Africa are reaching dangerous levels, Amnesty International warned in a new report out today.

Cyber security can make or break business

Many organizations fail to make cybersecurity a strategic priority, but experts say it’s time for that philosophy to change.

The Deeper Meaning of Mass Spying in America

The exposure of the Obama regime’s use of the National Security Agency to secretly spy on the communications of hundreds of millions of US and overseas citizens has provoked world-wide denunciations. Despite widespread mass media coverage and the opposition of civil liberties organizations in the United States, there has not been any mass protest by the Americans. The writer ponders when the Americans will wake up and recognize that ending the police state is essential to dismantling the costly empire and creating a safe, secure and prosperous nation.

US-NATO in Jordan: A “Lion eager” to tear Syria to pieces but can’t

While the Heads of State and Government of the G8 noted their disagreement on Syria, the NATO powers and the GCC are conducting "Eager Lion" war games in Jordan. Their aim is to set up an attack to be launched from the Jordan desert against the Syrian air force to prevent it from flying over a zone that has become a safe haven for the international jihadists. However, contrary to NATO declarations, this cannot be done without the approval of the Security Council.

Fracking: High Methane contamination found in drinking water near shale gas well sites

Some homeowners living near shale gas wells appear to be at higher risk of drinking water contamination from stray gases, according to a new study. Shale gas extraction – a process that includes horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing – has fueled concerns in recent years about contamination of nearby drinking water supplies. The new study is the first to offer direct evidence of ethane and propane contamination.

PRISM and the Rise of a New Fascism: We are All Witnesses Now

Today's “public relations” is now a euphemism for state propaganda. It is in popular culture that the fraudulent “ideal” of America as morally superior, a “leader of the free world”, has been most effective. The power of truth-tellers is that they dispel a whole mythology carefully constructed by the corporate cinema and the corporate media. Snowden’s revelation that Washington has used Google, Facebook, Apple and other giants of consumer technology to spy on almost everyone is further evidence of a modern form of fascism. The only enduring threat to the invisible government is the truth-teller and an enlightened public. Now that we are witnesses to unveiling of the illusion and American Fascist agenda, the rest is up to us says a renowned investigative Australian journalist and international academy award winning documentary film-maker.