` UK and US branded `Enemies of the Internet ‘ by `Reporters without Borders’ which disrupt `Freedom of Information’

#AceSecurityNews – United Kingdom and the US have been branded ‘Enemies of the Internet’ for the first time by Reporters Without Borders on their annual list of countries which disrupt freedom of information through surveillance and censorship.

Both the US and the UK were included in the list for first time as a result of revelations from the Whistleblower Edward Snowden into the activities of the American and British spy agencies.

In fact Edward Snowden branded the UK, where the government has largely ignored calls to reign in the nation’s spooks and the public remain apathetic, as “worse than the US”.

Snowden outlines various “widespread surveillance practices” operated by GCHQ as part of its plan called “Mastering the internet”.

“The Internet was a collective resource that the NSA and GCHQ turned into a weapon in the service of special interests, in the process flouting freedom of information, freedom of expression and the right to privacy,” say the report’s authors.

The UK, says the press watchdog, paid scant heed to any legal considerations when harvesting huge amounts of data.

“Supported by the NSA and with the prospect of sharing data, the British agency brushed aside all legal obstacles and embarked on mass surveillance of nearly a quarter of the world’s communications,” the report says.

RT News – AP – AFP – News Sources


#edward-snowden, #afp, #ap, #freedom-of-information-act, #gchq, #nsa, #reporters-without-borders, #rt-news, #uk, #united-kingdom, #united-states, #us

` International Condemnation of the `Crimea Referendum ' began pouring in from the ` World Capitals ' before polls closed '

#AceWorldNews International condemnation of the referendum began pouring in from world capitals even before the polls had closed.

US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded that Moscow pull back its forces to their bases in Crimea in return for constitutional reforms in Ukraine to protect minority rights.

A US State Department official said Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a phone call that “as Ukrainians take the necessary political measures going forward, Russia must reciprocate by pulling forces back to base.”

The European Union said it would be deciding on sanctions against Russia on Monday that include the possible seizure of the foreign assets of top Kremlin officials and travel bans for senior ministers.

“We reiterate the strong condemnation of the unprovoked violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty… and call on Russia to withdraw its armed forces to their pre-crisis numbers,” the EU said in a statement.


#afp, #crimea, #eu, #european-union, #kremlin, #moscow, #russia-3, #russian-foreign-minister-sergey-lavrov, #ukraine, #ukraines, #ukrainian, #us-secretary-of-state-john-kerry

#AceWorldNews SIMFEROPOL More than one third of Crimean…

#AceWorldNews – SIMFEROPOL, – More than one third of Crimean residents entitled to vote have voted at 10am local time (at noon Moscow time) in the Crimean city of Bakhchisaray, news agency CrimeaInform reported on Sunday.

“The turnout is already around 30 percent. This figure takes into account people who were additionally put on the lists of voters. The referendum is expected to have hundred percent turnout. Crimean Tatars are coming with whole families from different residential districts and are participating in the voting,” press secretary of the Bakhchisaray city council Yulia Bekirova stated.

An unprecedented high turnout is reported throughout Crimea. According to observers, people are even lining up at some polling stations, but election committees are doing their best so that all people will be able to vote calmly.

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“People have been coming massively to polling stations from early morning, this situation has not been observed since Soviet times,” chairman of the committee for referendum in Crimea’s Supreme Council Mikhail Malyshev said. #ANS2014

#afp, #ap, #crimean, #itar-tass, #mikhail-malyshev, #reuters, #simferopol, #vor

` Polling Stations have opened in `Crimea ‘ and Tens of People started Voting ‘

#AceWorldNews – SIMFEROPOL, – All 1,205 polling stations in Crimea started working in routine mode, chairman of the committee for referendum in the Crimean Supreme Council Mikhail Malyshev told reporters on Sunday.

“Today our morning is good,” he said. “According to coming reports, all 1,205 polling stations opened and started working, all of them in routine mode,” he noted.

Meanwhile, he admitted that there were some difficulties related with weather.

“Telephone communications do not operate in Chernomorsky district, 54 from 55 polling stations are cut from electric power supplies in Belogorsk district, but all polling stations started working and possibly all technical difficulties have already been overcome,” Malyshev added.

“I note that the voting will last 12 hours without a break and will end at 8pm (10pm Moscow time),”the committee chairman said.

For his part, Crimean Minister of Information Dmitry Polonsky noted that “now no incidents were reported at polling stations.”

Meanwhile, little rain in the Crimean city of Simferopol did not hamper active voting among Crimean residents.

At polling stations number 08068 and 08069 agitation has been observed from the very first minutes of voting and even earlier, when people started lining up at the entrance to polling stations before eight hours in the morning, Itar-Tass reported.

From the start of voting tens of people have lined up for voting and people keep coming at polling stations.

More during the day …………………………

AFP – AP – itar-Tass – Reuters – VOR – News Sources


#afp, #ap, #crimean, #crimean-supreme-council, #itar-tass, #moscow, #reuters, #simferopol, #vor

` Israeli Government Closes the only `Power Station ‘ in Gaza due to `Sanctions’ – runs out of Fuel ‘

#AceWorldNews Gaza is bracing for a “humanitarian crisis” after its only power station was shut down due to a lack of fuel from Israel.

The Israeli government closed the Kerem Shalom crossing this week, effectively severing the fuel supply to Gaza.

In the wake of a number of rocket attacks on Israeli territory on Wednesday, the Israeli government closed all borders with Gaza and suspended the delivery of all commercial goods to the region.

As a consequence of the sanctions, Gaza’s only power station ran out of fuel Saturday.

“The plant has completely ceased to function due to a lack of fuel caused by (Israel’s) closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing,” said Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil, deputy director of the energy authority in the Palestinian territory ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement to AFP.


#afp, #gaza, #hamas, #islamist, #israel, #israeli, #kerem-shalom

` Paris Court has sentenced ` Pascal Simbikangwa ‘ to 25-years in jail for Genocide and Crimes against Humanity’

#AceWorldNews A Paris court has sentenced Pascal Simbikangwa, a former army captain and intelligence officer, to 25 years in jail for genocide and crimes against humanity in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide where up to 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus died.

Simbikangwa was arrested in 2008 on the French island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean.

Throughout the six-week trial he maintained that he was the victim of a “witch-hunt” originating from the now ruling Tutsis, and insisted he had never seen any of the bodies that littered the towns and roads of Rwanda at the time.



#rt, #afp, #ap, #bbc, #hutus, #mayotte, #paris, #rwanda, #tutsis

Somaili ` Mogadishu and a Car Bomb Explodes near Hotel targeted several times aimed at Officials and Businessmen ‘

#AceWorldNews A car bomb has exploded in the centre of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, near a hotel popular with government officials and businessmen, according to police and witnesses, AFP reports.

Police confirmed that at least one person was injured in the blast.

The area close to the hotel has been targeted several times recently and in November 2013 the hotel itself was hit, leaving several people dead.


#afp, #mogadishu, #somalia

` Russia Adds Two `Maidan ‘ leaders to the ` International ‘ Wanted list over Chechen Militant Links ‘

#AceWorldNews Members of the Ukrainian far-right parties, including Maidan leaders Oleg Tyagnibok and Dmitry Yarosh, are to be added to the wanted list for participation in hostilities against Russian soldiers in Chechnya, Russia’s Investigative Committee says.

Russia intends to prosecute members of the UNA-UNSO ultranationalist party for being part of the gang that fought alongside militant leaders Shamil Basayev and Arab mercenary Emir Khattab [Thamir Saleh Abdullah Suwailem] in the North Caucasus in 1994-95, said Vladimir Markin, the spokesman for the Investigative Committee.

“There has been enough evidence collected to take the decision and bring them in as defendants in absentia within the nearest time for preventive detention and put them on the wanted list,” he said.

RT – AFP – News Sources


#rt, #afp, #ap, #chechnya, #maidan, #north-caucasus, #russias, #ukrainian

` Around 1000 people demonstrated near `Israeli Embassy ‘ in Amman for the killing of a `Jordanian ‘ judge ‘

#AceWorldNews Around 1,000 people demonstrated Friday near the Israeli embassy in Amman to protest the killing of a Jordanian judge by Israeli soldiers, AFP reported.

Raed Zeiter, 38, a Palestinian-Jordanian, was shot at a border crossing Monday. Israeli troops said he attacked them, igniting a diplomatic row between Israel and Jordan.

The demonstration started after Friday prayers in Kaluti mosque, near the Israeli embassy in the Rabia neighbourhood in West Amman.

Protesters waved banners reading “the people want to cancel the [1994] peace treaty.”

On Wednesday, the lower house of Jordan’s parliament demanded the government expel the Israeli envoy in Amman and recall the Jordanian ambassador in Israel.


#afp, #israel, #israeli, #jordan, #jordanian, #palestinian, #rabia, #west-amman

` US judge has thrown out charges against `Devyani Khobragade ' whose arrest sparked a Diplomatic Row '

#AceWorldNews A US judge has thrown out charges against an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, whose New York arrest and strip search sparked a diplomatic row with New Delhi, AFP said.

US District Judge Shira Scheindlin dismissed the indictment Wednesday on grounds that Khobragade was granted full diplomatic immunity Jan. 8.
“Even if Khobragade had no immunity at the time of her arrest and has none now, her acquisition of immunity during the pendency of proceedings mandates dismissal,” Scheindlin wrote.

Khobragade was arrested December 12 outside her children’s New York school and accused of submitting a fraudulent visa application for her Indian housekeeper.

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#afp, #devyani-khobragade, #new-delhi, #new-york, #us

` EU and US exposes `Europe’s Reluctance to Buy ` GM Food or Hormone Meat ‘ putting the TTIP under Threat ‘

#AceWorldNews An ‘enormous gulf’ has been exposed between the EU and the US through Europe’s reluctance to buy hormone meat or GM food from the US. Industry and labour groups voiced concern to EU and US negotiators that the globe’s biggest trade pact was under threat.

“There is an enormous gulf between the EU and US positions,” said Michael Dolan, a lobbyist for the US Teamsters Union at the fourth round of trade talks between the EU and US in Brussels on Wednesday.

The talks marked an unusual occasion, being the first time that lobbyists were received, and additionally marking the first time that the forum allowed reporters inside.

Those involved in negotiating a pact have expressed a desire to finalize a deal before the end of the year. Eight months of talks have already passed. However, tensions which have underscored trade talks worldwide have been a drawback, and continued low public support for the deal has exacerbated tensions over food.

Despite this, its supporters say the deal would lead to some $100 billion per year in growth on both sides, and the EU says that ‘Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’ (TTIP) is under threat from protesters it deems ‘anti-globalization’.

The EU is also closed to US beef from cattle raised with growth hormones.

On March 10, the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) secretary, Owen Paterson, added his backing to an EU proposal that may prompt the fast-tracking of GM crops for commercial cultivation in the country.

Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, GM Freeze, the Soil Association and GeneWatch UK added their signatures to a letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron condemning the plans.

GeneWatch UK director, Helen Wallace, stated that Monsanto and other GM companies were “desperate to push their GM crops into other countries before the devastating impacts on wildlife and farming destroy existing markets,” according to local publication Farmers Weekly.


Reuters – RT – AFP – AP – News Sources

#afp, #ap, #brussels, #david-cameron, #defra, #eu, #gm, #owen-paterson, #reuters, #rt-news, #transatlantic-trade-and-investment-partnership, #ttip, #uk, #us

` Yemeni inmate introduces a landmark lawsuit to challenge practice of force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay ‘

#AceWorldNews Yemeni inmate at Guantanamo Bay has introduced a landmark lawsuit challenging the practice of force-feeding at the US military prison camp.

The case represents the first time a US court will hear allegations of detainee abuse at Gitmo.

The plaintiff, Emad Abdullah Hassan, says he has been force-fed more than 5,000 times since 2007 as part of the military’s efforts to break his hunger strike, the UK-based human-rights organization Reprieve said Tuesday, citing court documents.

The 34-year old has been held at Guantánamo Bay since 2002 without charge and is said to be gravely ill.

“All I want is what President Obama promised – my liberty, and fair treatment for others. I have been cleared for five years, and I have been force-fed for seven years.

This is not a life worth living, it is a life of constant pain and suffering. While I do not want to die, it is surely my right to protest peacefully without being degraded and abused every day.”

Hassan claims detainees are force-fed up to a gallon of nutrients and water at a time, while another inmate said that feeding sessions have been sped up, sometimes compressed into as little as 20 minutes, AP reports.

“When liquid is forced into him at excessive speed, [Hassan] vomits on himself. The feeding process starts again, but the vomit remains. With the nutrient mix comes the forcible administration of medication to counteract his inevitable constipation.

The most humiliating aspect of the whole process, he says, is when he defecates on himself and is forced to remain seated for an hour or more before being returned to his cell — where he will be refused clean clothes,” Clive Stafford Smith, the founder and director of Reprieve who is representing Hassan, wrote in an op-ed for Al-Jazeera.

AP – Al-Jazeera – RT – AFP – News Sources


#rt, #afp, #al-jazeera, #ap, #guantanomo-baygitmo, #human-rights, #president-obama, #reprieve, #us, #yemeni

` Victim’s of `Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic ‘ filed a `Class Action ‘ Lawsuit against `UN ‘ in a Federal Court in New York ‘

#AceWorldNew Victims of Haiti’s deadly post-earthquake cholera epidemic have filed a new lawsuit against the UN in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, AFP reported.

They are demanding compensation over the organization’s alleged responsibility for the outbreak.

The class-action suit filed on Tuesday represents some 1,500 victims and is “the largest lawsuit against the UN regarding the outbreak to date,” plaintiffs’ representatives said.

There had been no cholera in Haiti for at least 150 years until it was allegedly introduced by Nepalese UN peacekeepers.

They were sent to the country in the wake of the devastating earthquake in January 2010.


#aceworldnews, #afp, #brooklyn, #cholera, #haiti, #nepalese, #new-york, #un

` Pakistan erupt's with more violence in `Karachi ' with clash between two rival gangs killing 12 and injuring 15 schoolchildren '

#AceWorldNews Twelve people including four women were killed Wednesday in a violent clash between two gangs in Pakistan’s Karachi, AFP reported.

The clash erupted in the morning when two gangs exchanged heavy gunfire and then started to fire RPGs and lob hand grenades at each other, senior police official Faisal Bashir said.

He added that 39 people, including 15 schoolchildren, were injured.

The violence erupted after one of the gangs kidnapped a member of the other gang the night before.


#afp, #karachi, #pakistan

` South Korea’s ` spy agency chief comes under pressure to step down over alleged fabrication of evidence’

#AceWorldNews South Korea’s spy agency chief came under growing pressure to step down Wednesday over a scandal involving the fabrication of evidence in an espionage case, AFP said.

Lawmakers from President Park Geun-hye’s ruling Saenuri Party called for NIS Director Nam Jae-joon to resign.

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) has been accused of forging documents to build a spying case against a former Seoul City official who escaped to South Korea from North Korea in 2004.

The documents included Chinese border control records. Last week, an NIS informant linked to the forgeries attempted to commit suicide.


#afp, #chinese, #national-intelligence-agency-nis, #north-korean, #seoul, #south-korea

` UK Shoe Bomber tells New York Court ‘ he met ` Osama Bin Laden’ on many occasions’

#AceWorldNews a British terror convict has told a New York trial he met Osama Bin Laden up to 50 times, AFP reported. Saajid Badat, who was sentenced in 2005 to 13 years in jail as a co-conspirator in the notorious shoe bombing plot in December 2001, also said he was recruited by Al-Qaeda to blow up a passenger jet.

He was released early from prison in Britain, where authorities have given him accommodation and financial help.

He gave evidence from an undisclosed location on Monday because he faces arrest in the US.

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#afp, #al-qaeda, #britain, #british, #new-york, #osama-bin-laden, #us

` US sending `F-16 Fighter Jet’s ‘ and ` 300 Service Personnel ‘ to ` Poland ‘ in response to crisis in Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews US is sending a dozen F-16 fighter jets and nearly 300 service personnel to Poland by Thursday as part of a training exercise in response to the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine, the Polish defence ministry confirmed.

The agreement to deploy US military forces in Poland was made between US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Poland’s Minister of National Defense Tomasz Siemoniak during a telephone conversation on Sunday, March 9, 2014, according to a statement on the official website of the Polish Ministry of National Defence.

“The squadron will number twelve F-16 planes and will transport 300 soldiers,” Polish Defence Ministry spokesman, Jacek Sonta, confirmed to AFP.

Initially, the training exercise was planned to be smaller but was increased and pushed forward because of the “tense political situation” in neighbouring Ukraine, added Sonta.

The ministry also said that the aim of sending the units is to “strengthen Polish – American cooperation.” Part of the preparation team of US Air Force has already arrived on Polish territory.


#afp, #poland, #polish, #polish-defence-ministry, #ukraine

` Judge in Murder Trial of `Oscar Pistorius ' bans `live broadcasting and tweeting of graphic testimony'

#AceWorldNews says PRETORIA, South Africa – Day Six – The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on Monday banned live broadcasting and tweeting of the graphic testimony of the expert who conducted the autopsy on Reeva Steenkamp, who was fatally shot by her athlete boyfriend.

The court heard arguments about whether to allow audio and video broadcasting of the testimony of Prof. Gert Saayman, head of the forensic medicine department at the University of Pretoria.


Trial Days:
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#afp, #ap, #bbc, #oscar-pistorius, #pretoria, #reeva-steenkamp, #reuters, #south-africa

` Boat Smuggling `African Immigrants ‘ capsizes off ` Beer Ali’ ioff Yemen’s Southern Coastline’

#AceWorldNews says that forty-two illegal migrants have drowned after their boat capsized off Yemen’s southern coast late on Sunday, AFP reports, citing the country’s defence ministry.

The boat smuggling dozens of African migrants “overturned off the coast of Beer Ali,” in the southern Shabwa province, the ministry said in a brief statement on its news website 26sep.net.

At least 30 others were saved by Yemeni naval patrol in the Arabia Sea and taken to a refugee camp in the town of Mayfaa.


#ans2014, #26sep-net, #afp, #african, #arabia-sea, #beer-ali, #mayfaa, #shabwa, #yemens

` US readies for referendum and moves their `Navy Destroyer ‘ USS Truxtun into place in Black Sea ‘

#AceWorldNews says that the US Navy destroyer, the USS Truxtun, has crossed Turkey’s Bosphorus and entered the Black Sea.

With the Crimea Peninsula getting ready to hold a referendum on independence from Ukraine in a week, the US is ramping up its military presence in the region.

USS Truxton is heading to “previously planned” training exercises with the Bulgarian and Romanian navies, AFP reported earlier.

At the same time, Fox News declared that NATO’s bolstering presence in the Black Sea is a “defensive” measure to counter “Russian military aggression” in Ukraine.


#afp, #bosphorus, #crimea, #fox-news, #nato, #ukraine, #us-navy, #uss-tuxton