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2020

17

Feb

Philips helped US spy on Turkey, ex-employee says

Dutch electronics giant Philips has repeatedly weakened the encryption standard of devices that were intended to communicate securely and the watered-down equipment was provided to Turkey, an ex-employee of the company told the Dutch broadcaster Vpro Sunday. Speaking to Vpro’s Argos program, top cryptographer Cees Jansen said Philips weakened its Aroflex device, a telex intended […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: Star , DS

13

Feb

Slavery is not a crime in almost half the countries of the world

“Slavery is illegal everywhere.” So said the New York Times, repeated at the World Economic Forum, and used as a mantra of advocacy for over 40 years. The truth of this statement has been taken for granted for decades. Yet our new research reveals that almost half of all countries in the world have yet to actually make it a crime […]

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Source: EN , The Conversation

13

Feb

US investigates Harvard and Yale over foreign funding

The US Department of Education said the elite schools did not fully report hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign gifts and contracts. Harvard and Yale told the BBC they were preparing responses for the government. It comes amid a clamp down on foreign funding to academic institutions. Under US law, universities are required to […]

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Country: United States
Source: TRT Haber , BBC

12

Feb

CIA controlled global encryption company for decades

The Swiss government has ordered an inquiry into a global encryption company based in Zug following revelations it was owned and controlled for decades by US and German intelligence. Encryption weaknesses added to products sold by Crypto AG allowed the CIA and its German counterpart, the BND, to eavesdrop on adversaries and allies alike while […]

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Country: United States
Source: EN , The Guardian

01

Feb

UK universities invest $580m in companies complicit in Israel’s crimes

UK universities invest an estimated £450 million ($579.5 million) in companies complicit in Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights, including through supplying weapons and technology to the Israeli military, and investing in Israel’s illegal settlement economy, new research has shown. Research released by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign on the week of the UN Day of […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: AA , MEMO

31

Jan

French cardinal accused of covering up child sex abuse acquitted by appeals court

France’s top Roman Catholic cleric has had his conviction for covering up  child sex abuse overturned. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon, was handed a six-month suspended prison sentence in March 2019 for failing to report a predator priest to police. A Lyon court ruled that from July 2014 to June 2015 Mr Barbarin, 69, covered […]

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Country: France
Source: EN , Independent

30

Jan

Errol Graham death: Nottingham man starved after benefits stopped

Errol Graham, 57, weighed four-and-a-half stone (28.5kg) when his body was found by bailiffs who broke into his Nottingham council flat to evict him. An inquest found his loss of income was likely to have “caused huge distress”. His daughter-in-law Alison Turner said it was “heartbreaking… it’s horrific for someone to die like that.” The […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: BBC , BBC

23

Jan

Spain debates bill to scrap forced sterilisation of disabled people

Cristina Paredero was 18 when she was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism. The diagnosis came as a relief to the young woman, who had been struggling for years to pinpoint the causes of her difficulties. But it was a shock to her parents, who misunderstood its meaning. From then on, they stopped […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Euro News , Euro News

22

Jan

Hundreds of US police departments using ‘dystopian’ face recognition app

More than 600 police departments are reportedly using a new using facial recognition app capable of comparing uploaded photos with three billion images in its database culled from social media and other websites. Clearview AI allows users to take a photo of a person and upload it to the app, which then matches it up […]

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Country: United States
Source: TRT Haber , Daily Mail

17

Jan

Mississippi Court upholds 12-year sentence for a man who unwittingly had a phone in jail

When Willie Nash was booked into a Mississippi corrections facility, officers failed to confiscate his phone. For that, he was sentenced to 12 years behind bars. The state’s Supreme Court acknowledges that proper booking procedure was probably not followed and that Nash did not seem to know his phone was illegal, but they nonetheless ruled […]

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Country: United States
Source: EN , Reason