EGPYT: ‘ Revolutionary Punishment Group linked to Muslim Brotherhood Execute Man due to his Alleged links to Security Forces ‘

#AceNewsReport – CAIRO:July.19: A group that proclaims itself as the Revolutionary Punishment announced on affiliated Twitter accounts it “executed” a man from Sharkia governorate due to his alleged cooperation with security bodies.

@EricTrager18Screenshot from 2015-07-19 15:37:23

The statement said that Ateya el-Harouny filed around 40 police reports against Muslim Brotherhood activists and supporters, whom the statement referred to by “revolutionaries.”

The group said they shot Harouny July 7, leaving him badly injured and leading to his death July 14.

Giza Popular Resistance, one of several armed groups that appeared a few months after the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, previously posted pictures of an injured man, claiming they shot him for reporting “revolutionaries.”

Meanwhile in North Sinai, the most dangerous militant group in the country has repeatedly beheaded Bedouins for their alleged cooperation with the military.

On May 5, Four alleged members of the Revolutionary Punishment were arrested; three Al-Azhar University students were injured manufacturing a bomb and they led to their “funder,” a security source told Youm7.

Preliminary investigations said that the four men belong to Revolutionary Punishment; they mainly claim responsibility for explosive devices that have killed dozens of policemen, as well as civilians.

A police report said the defendants admitted to placing a bomb under an officer’s car in Nasr City, bombing two cars in March in the embassy district, also in Nasr City, and other operations.

In a March statement, the Ministry of Interior claimed the Muslim Brotherhood creates “terrorist cells” and gives them names, such as the Revolutionary Punishment and the Popular Resistance, to claim responsibility for attacks, repelling accusation of terrorism against the Brotherhood itself.

Additional reporting by Hanan Fayed

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CALIFORNIA: ‘ Wasters beware: #DroughtShaming on the rise’

#AceNewsReport -Headlines:June.11: Watch out #DroughtShaming is coming:

 LOS ANGELES (AP) – Pssst. Ready to water that beautiful lush lawn of yours? The one that’s the envy of the entire neighbourhood.

If you live in Southern California you’d better wait until after midnight. Preferably on a cloudy, new-moon night during a power outage when it’s so dark even night-vision goggles won’t give away your position.

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‘ To All Readers Time for a Change Again for the Better ‘

FRIENDS,FOLLOWERS&READERS: June.05: As you may have all noticed l recently put in place Ace Tweet News and it can be found at https://acetwitternews.wordpress.com/   and our new Twitter site @AceTweetNews together with Tumblr at:

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I also have set up a new Ace Food Group at: https://www.acefoodnews@groups.facebook.com this also has a like page at: https://www.facebook.com/AceLikeFood these will all be added soon to our page here: https://acenewsservices.com/whoweareandwhatwedo

So no need to keep a note everything will always be on that link above this site.

Next all featured posts and articles will be posted here as from June.08 2015 https://acenewsgroup.wordpress.com with a reblog for those who just want to read the introduction and snippet and a link to all other posts with links as before.

Also l have added a number of magazines to Ace Worldwide News on flipboard including a number for featured writers l will be adding more for all our Ace News Room and ardent followers soon. Want yours add your like and a comment with email (don’t worry l will not publish it) and l will set one up a link to your about you would also help.

Finally and as always with out you following, liking and sharing it would not all be possible so a great big than you from me and the team.

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READERS: ‘ WE ARE PLEASED TO LAUNCH ACE WORLD NEWS JUST FOR YOU ‘

Ace News Group – Update: Feb.20: Firstly let me thank you for all your reblogs, likes and comments, it is really appreciated.
There is now so much more world news, featured, editors, guest and writers posts, that so many of you are kindly liking and reblogging on Ace News Services. FOR WHICH I TRULY THANK YOU ALL.
It was time for another change, AND this time that you all get involved. Here it is at:
' World News & Views Just Made for Sharing '
‘ World News & Views Just Made for Sharing ‘
The launch of this site has been tried and tested on a trial period on a private site and it works, thanks to a few friends, I invited. Now today it is open to everyone who is a WordPress member.     
Today all site owners can visit and add their news and views, in the box provided.
Just type in the box your news, add a link, or short code from YouTube or even a picture URL and click post. Instantly it will be shared on our Twitter & Facebook & Tumblr social media sites and eventually Ace Publishing Panel.
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ISLAM’S LATEST TRIAL: ‘ CHARLIE HEBDO FROM THE MUSLIM/NON-MUSLIM PERSPECTIVE ‘

AceNewsServices – Featured Post:FRANCE:Jan.08: As anyone who knows me well and reads my news regularly, l always like to give both sides to every story. In this case l have been asked by the writer would l feature this post, l have agreed and here it is:   

Hello fellow humans, Muslims and Non Muslims, once again we stand divided and divisive on world matters.

What happened yesterday in France is just so terrible, I seriously have no right words to express my horror, my sadness at this nightmare that left twelve people dead in the Charlie Hebdo attack, as a journalist I am greatly grieved and angered for the death of eight fellow journalists, followed by two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor.

In recent years, space for journalists seems to be shrinking for varied reasons and these attacks are a tip of the iceberg of what will follow. Now coming to the point, as I watched international news of the event unfold with headlines and bold boxes with Ces musulmans, questi pazzi terroristi musulmani, those terrorist Muslims etc and etc, I was again back into my numb state.

At work with some western colleagues I passed through repetitive cycle of apology  that was demanded for this latest act done by us Muslims. As a Muslim, I understood that in 21 century we will need to apologize all the time, because Islam and Muslims ARE always on trial.

Such people would not believe the emotions that run in our hearts every-time a terrorist attacks happens anywhere in the world by alleged Islamist militant groups. Despite showing solidarity and expressing my condolences, most spent the day was spent being recipient of countless emails, demanding this, that when all in all they probably wanted my blood. Sighs, another regular day in the life of a Pakistani Muslim…

Some hours later my computer screen got lambasted with the image, news of a twitter hashtag that kinda made me think, am having a bad dream and going to wake up any moment. While its sad to see that in name of freedom of expression such things are actually thriving on social media like Twitter with its trending hashtag #KillAllMuslims.

Now just to make it clear,this is not a defense of Islam, nor is this a defense of 1.6 Millions of normal regular going Muslims that are under fire for the actions of a minority group. But what strikes most is that all sort of expressions that are full of hatred, toxicity and negativity against Muslims and Islam are allowed to thrive. Since going viral, the hashtag is trending very interesting reactions and I will share some of them here.

French media silence is telling

The maddening crowd.

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White Supremacy anyone?

True Western Patriots, Indeed.

Terminate Muslims, Pls Save Western Civilizations

Ok we get it

Since 2013, the hastag was circulating at a low-level, but it’s getting boosted by the attacks and also thanks to a Twitter user based in the US that had posted provocative material related to Islam.

As France, struggles to cope with the aftermath of nightmarish Charlie Hedbo attack, that global community is criticizing the negative sentiments of the offensively provocative hashtag #KillAllMuslims

Source: 

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#american-race-problem, #france-charlie-hedbo-attack, #free-media, #freedom-of-expression, #islamophobia, #twitter, #war-on-terror, #white-supremacy

MOSCOW: ‘ DISCUSSES DATA SHARING WITH TWITTER ON LAWS PROTECTING CHILDREN ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW:Dec.8 – Twitter’s Vice President Colin Crowell has discussed sharing data with Russian authorities with Alexander Zharov, director of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, the authority said in a statement Monday./TASS/. reported. 

' Twitter’s Vice President Colin Crowell and Alexander Zharov, director of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, discussed Twitter's compliance with Russian laws -Screenshot from 2014-12-08 20:02:45 '

‘ Twitter’s Vice President Colin Crowell and Alexander Zharov, director of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, discussed Twitter’s compliance with Russian laws -Screenshot from 2014-12-08 20:02:45 ‘

“The meeting participants have discussed issues of law implementation, in particular, concerning Twitter’s compliance with Russian laws.

The participants have agreed to create a special communications channel on demands by the Russian oversight authority,” it said.

The Twitter executive visited Russia before to discuss new laws on protecting children from harmful information, data protection and blogger’s as mass media representatives.

#ANS2014 

#data-sharing, #media, #twitter

WASHINGTON: ‘ Photo-Journalist Who was Sickened by Ebola in Liberia Plans Blog About Experience ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 14 – A US photojournalist who was sickened with Ebola in Liberia and evacuated to Nebraska for treatment emerged on Twitter Monday saying he was feeling better and planned to blog about the experience. 

US Ebola patient re-emerges on Twitter

US Ebola patient re-emerges on Twitter

Ashoka Mukpo, 33, was working as a freelance cameraman for NBC News in Monrovia when he fell ill with the virus that has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa.

He arrived at Nebraska Medical Center on October 6, and his symptoms were “not extreme,” his mother said at the time.

“Back on Twitter, feeling like I’m on the road to good health,” he wrote on the popular microblogging site, under the Twitter handle @unkyoka.

“Will be posting some thoughts this week. Endless gratitude for the good vibes.”

He said he was working on a blog called the “Ebola Diaries” that would “compile material from long-term reporter residents of Liberia.”

Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center said Sunday that Mukpo’s health was improving.

He has received an experimental drug as a blood transfusion from Ebola survivor Kent Brantly, a US missionary doctor who also fell ill in Liberia.

“Now that I’ve had first hand experience with this scourge of a disease, I’m even more pained at how little care sick west Africans are receiving,” Mukpo wrote.

Mukpo is the fifth American evacuated from West Africa with the help of the US State Department since the world’s largest outbreak began earlier this year.

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#ebola, #liberia, #nebraska, #twitter, #washington

SOCIAL MEDIA: ‘ Facebook and Twitter Unveil Plans for E-Commerce Buy-Button but Privacy Concerns Over Data Exist’s ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – October 05 – With the holiday season quickly approaching, the world’s social media heavyweights have unveiled plans that would allow users to go shopping on their sites, opening up a lucrative and largely-untapped form of e-commerce.

While most Facebook and Twitter users regularly click on options such as ‘like’ or ‘share’ from their friends’ accounts, another option is coming down the social media pipe that will give users an ability to ‘buy’ products as well.
However, given the recent controversy that Facebook created after it was revealed to be conducting secret experiments on its users, some people may be wary of the social media network venturing into on-line retail shopping.

On July 02 RT investigated how Facebook’s experiment on over half-a-million unsuspecting users has taken a new twist with the revelation that a researcher connected to a Department of Defence-funded program to use the military to quell civil unrest also participated in the study.

Social media sites exploded over the weekend after it was revealed that Facebook, no stranger to controversy of late, secretly manipulated posts being seen by nearly 700,000 users in 2012 in order to allow researchers to study how emotional states are transmitted over the platform.

Results of the week-long study conducted by researchers at Facebook, Cornell University, and the University of California appeared in the June edition of the journal ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists’ (PNAS) under the rather insidious title, ‘Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks’.

Facebook altered the content that showed up on certain users’ news feeds to control the number of posts that contained words with positively or negatively charged emotions.

The team concluded its federally funded study by saying that “emotions spread via contagion through a network.”

When word hit the internet that Facebook was essentially conducting Orwellian thought policing, an electronic outpouring of condemnation greeted the company that Mark Zuckerberg built. One of the study’s authors, Adam Kramer, took to his own Facebook account to offer more of an explanation than an apology for the secret study.

“We felt that it was important to investigate the common worry that seeing friends post positive content leads to people feeling negative or left out,” Kramer said. “At the same time, we were concerned that exposure to friends’ negativity might lead people to avoid visiting Facebook. We didn’t clearly state our motivations in the paper.”

The attack on Facebook looks set to worsen as it was discovered that one of the authors of the platform’s mind study, Jeffrey T. Hancock of Cornell University, also received funding from the Pentagon’s so-called Minerva Research Initiative to conduct a similar study entitled ‘Modeling Discourse and Social Dynamics in Authoritarian Regimes’.

Reuters / Dado Ruvic

Reuters / Dado Ruvic

The Pentagon-funded Minerva program provides cash awards to everyone from “single investigators to large multi-university consortia,” according to its website and includes “researchers from 32 academic institutions, including six non-US universities and four industry or non-profit organizations.” 

The program will disperse around six million dollars in 2014 and $17 million over the next three years.

Hancock’s description page at Cornell University cites psychological and interpersonal dynamics of social media, deception, and language” as his research and academic interests.

Hancock’s study appeared in 2009, one year before the US Army War College’s Strategic Institute warned in a different study, and in the wake of the global financial meltdown, that the United States could experience massive civil unrest from a series of crises it termed “strategic shock.”

The report, which carried the Rumsfeldian title, ‘Known Unknowns: Unconventional Strategic Shocks in Defense Strategy Development’, suggested that the military may have to be called in to restore domestic order in the event of a massive social breakdown.

“Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security,” the report, authored by [Ret.] Lt. Col. Nathan Freir, states.

Meanwhile, Cornell University participated in another study under the Minerva Research Initiative (and supervised by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research) that looks to predict “the dynamics of social movement mobilization and contagions.”

The project hopes to foresee “the critical mass [tipping point]” of social unrest and upheaval by studying their “digital traces” from a number of recent events, including the 2011 Egyptian revolution and the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Turkey.

At the same time, Twitter feeds and conversations will be examined “to identify individuals mobilized in a social contagion and when they become mobilized.”

Facebook apologizes after psychological experiment caused outrage

Coming so soon after the Snowden leaks, the idea of a researcher closely affiliated with a Pentagon study now secretly examining the behavior of Facebook users under ‘controlled conditions’ is certainly cause for alarm.

This latest scandal also speaks volumes about the disturbing frequency of US educational facilities cooperating so directly with military programs that do not appear to have the best interests of the civil society at the core of their actions.

Sources: RTFacebook Media Ace News Services 

#ANS2014 

#emotions, #facebook, #minerva-institute, #social-control, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states

' Social Media War Machine Has Part to Play in Winning Hearts and Minds '

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 26 – As part of Israel’s PR efforts during operation Cast Lead (2009), the IDF has established a Youtube channel to tell Israel’s side. As seen on Arutz Sheva. and supplied by israelnationalnews.com at the time it purported to have 7,000 followers and today as the screenshot shows it is down to 1,981.

Five years later, the involvement of the army in the documentation and dissemination of propaganda has increased, through YouTube videos and official accounts on Facebook and Twitter, which show a constant flow of messages.

Screenshot from 2014-07-26 14:31:51

Screenshot from 2014-07-26 14:31:51

Today’s media strategy includes dozens of infographics and visualizations that attempt to depict Israel’s rationale in a graphic and simple manner similar to that employed by the award-winning Visualizing Palestine project, which focused on visualizing the effects of occupation for Palestinians in Gaza.

One of the most viral visualizations shows how a house in Gaza becomes a target. “When is a house a home and when does it become a military target?”, the image reads, in response to accusations that Israel indiscriminately bombs houses in Gaza.

Another one compares “what Israel does to protect civilians” vs. “what Hamas does to endanger its civilians.”

An online struggle for “hearts and minds”

Israeli military operations are always accompanied by robust media reports that seem intended to mitigate their impact on international public opinion. From the sensorial “Cast Lead” in 2009 to the self-explanatory “Protective Edge” in 2014, several fronts of “hasbara” (pro-Israeli propaganda, in Hebrew) have been developed to show the world Israel’s rationale.

In 2008, just before attacks on Gaza began, the Israeli administration decided to replace traditional press conferences of war time with a wide array of initiatives based on social media. Guidelines for the campaign were developed by former army officer Yarden Vatikai, in coordination with the Ministry of Defense and the Jewish Agency.

One of the initiatives consisted of teaching new media workshops to army officers in the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center.

“In terms of communicating our message, the future is in new media”, Defense Forces spokesman Avi Benayahu said in February 2009. “The IDF has moved online to win hearts and minds.”

#ANS2014

 

#arutz-sheva, #avi-benayahu, #facebook, #gaza, #hamas, #herzliya-interdisciplinary-center, #israel, #israel-defense-forces, #public-diplomacy-israel, #twitter, #youtube

‘ CNN Pulls Correspondent Covering Israeli-Palestinian Conflict After Tweet That Israeli’s Are Scum ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – July 18 – CNN has pulled correspondent Diana Magnay out of her post covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the reporter tweeted that Israelis cheering bombs hitting Gaza, and who had allegedly threatened her, were “scum.”

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Diana Magnay (Image from twitter.com/dimagnayCNN)

Magnay was “threatened and harassed” before and  during her report, a CNN spokeswoman told The Huffington Post, leading to the reporter’s reaction on Twitter.

“She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew,” the spokeswoman added“She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.”

Israelis could be heard cheering missiles  heading for Gaza on Thursday during a live Magnay report from a hill overlooking the Israel-Gaza border.

“I think you can probably see there are lots of Israelis gathered around who are cheering when they see these kinds of Israeli strikes,” Magnay said during the report.

Following the shot, Magnay tweeted, “Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum.”

The reporter eventually deleted the tweet, but not before it had been retweeted more than 200 times.

The CNN spokeswoman said Magnay has been assigned to Moscow.

Magnay’s removal comes a day after NBC News sent its reporter on the conflict, Ayman Mohyeldin, out of Gaza.

#ANS2014  

#ayman-mohyeldin, #cnn, #diana-magnay, #israel, #israelis, #magnay, #sderot, #twitter

' Malaysian Airliner Crash Wreckage Found No Survivor's '

#AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE – July 17 – (Reuters) – A Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official was quoted as saying by Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

The aircraft, which other sources said was a Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, came down near the city of Donetsk, stronghold of pro-Russian rebels, Anton Gerashchenko said, adding that it was hit by a ground-to-air missile.

There was no further confirmation of the report, although Ukrainian officials said local residents had found wreckage. Reuters 

Malaysia Airlines said on its Twitter feed it had lost contact with its flight MH-17 from Amsterdam. “The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace,” it said.

Ace Related News:

1. Malaysian Airliner Shot-Down     17/07/2014 

#ANS2014 

#amsterdam, #boeing-777, #donetsk, #kuala-lumpur, #malaysia-airlines, #twitter, #ukraine

‘ Good Morning All Word Press Friends, Followers and Readers of Ace News Groups Posts ‘

#Ace Shauny Friends News Desk 2014  Launches Chat-Box For Sharing For All Word Press Blogger’s, Followers And Friends to Add Their Posts, News, Views and Opinions of the World ‘

Ace Shauny News Desk 2014

Following certain comments and disputes it has been decided that to enable all friends, followers and readers to post their news, views, opinions and comments.

l have now opened up Ace Friends News Desk fully so anyone sharing will be added automatically to our #Tweet News Desk.   

Anyone requiring to post a video, picture, provide a comment on their opinions, or anything other  than spam, can do so at the link, below.

Need help or guidance leave a  comment also any sites that are friends and followers sites will be advised and added to our new RSS Feeds Platform, to Share across our Social Media Sites.

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‘ Mysterious Twitter Account Revealing ISIS Secrets or just Misleading Propaganda ‘

#AceNewsServices – IRAQ – June 18 – A mysterious Twitter account is trying to stop ISIS’s rise to power by spilling the terror group’s secrets on-line.

​(Mysterious Twitter Handle Tweeting Truth or Lies)

For more than six months a series of tweets have detailed the alleged covert alliances and conspiratorial machinations behind the ascension of The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the Islamist group taking over large parts of Iraq.

Taken together, the tweets form a slanted but valuable picture of ISIS and one of the only portraits of its leaders. Perhaps even more important, the account is still active, sending out tweets days ago about ISIS’s current strategy in Iraq and what it plans to do next.


​(One in the eye for ISIS by Mystery Tweeter or to be Taken with a Pinch of Salt)

Sitting over a keyboard somewhere, likely in a Syrian town now held by rebel forces, is @wikibaghdady, the leaker behind the anti-ISIS account. He may be a former ISIS member who defected to ISIS’s rivals in Syria, the al Qaeda-backed Al Nusra front, as some analysts have speculated. Or, “he” may actually be more than one person, with @wikibaghdady serving as the avatar for a group effort to undermine ISIS’s official story and knock it from its perch atop the jihadist movement. Whatever the case, @wikibaghdady has put ISIS in uncomfortable positions, revealing the true name of the group’s leader and a deeply controversial association.

The on-line gang fight goes back to Syria and the competition between jihadist groups there for turf, religious authority, and the spoils of war.

So does the @wikibaghdady account; it too grew out of the fighting in Syria as a reaction to ISIS’s maximalist approach and the bloody in-fighting between Islamist factions there?

Brian Fishman, a fellow at The New America foundation and ISIS analyst who has been following the group for years, is cautious about @wikibaghdady’s claims but called the account, “at minimum a keen observer of events in Syria,” and “a key source of ideas that should be investigated through other means.” A similar assessment came from Hassan Hassan, an analyst at the Delma institute in Abu Dhabi and expert on radical groups in the region. “The account does seem to offer credible insider information about ISIS,” Hassan said, “but it is not wholly accurate…[and] should be taken with a pinch of salt.”

#ANS2014

#abu-dhabi, #al-qaeda, #hassan, #iraq, #isi, #islamic-state-of-iraq, #syria, #twitter

‘ Homeless People Sleep in Doorways to Keep Warm but Now Posh Londoner’s are Stopping them with Spiked Areas ‘

#AceNewsServices – LONDON – June 10 – After photos of metal spikes designed to prevent homeless people from sleeping in posh London neighbourhoods surfaced on-line, people have vented their outrage with controversial invention all over the social media.

Homelessness rife in UK: Research shows millions are paycheck away from losing home

Photographs of metal studs on the doorsteps of a luxury flat building on Southwark Bridge Road in central London spurred an “anti-homeless spikes” hashtag campaign by Ethical Pioneer Twitter page.

​Twitter page.

As a former Street Sleeper I express my sincere disgust at those who installed this monstrosity! #AntiHomelessSpikespic.twitter.com/BQ9gVEg57p

— TheSchizoPodcaster (@ukschizophrenic) June 7, 2014

Homeless People Sleep in Doorways to Keep Warm but Now Posh Londoner’s Want to Stop Them ‘

An anonymous resident of the residential complex told the Telegraph, that“there was a homeless man asleep there about six weeks ago. ‘Then about two weeks ago all of a sudden studs were put up outside. I presume it is to deter homeless people from sleeping there.”

However, London resident Nathan FitzPatrick tweeted after talking to locals outside the building that only one person could confirm homeless were sleeping there – and that was a woman and a child.

The only person I’d talked to who said she’d seen anyone sleep there before spikes said it was 2 people, seemed to be ‘a woman and child’.

— Nathan FitzPatrick (@tea_dragon) June 7, 2014

Crisis, the UK’s national charity for homeless people, immediately issued a statement of condemnation.

More anti homeless spikes….so much for community spiritpic.twitter.com/NOoariaEYd

— Ethical Pioneer (@ethicalpioneer) June 7, 2014

“It is a scandal that anyone should sleep on the streets in 21st century Britain. Yet over the last three years rough sleeping has risen steeply across the country and by a massive 75% in London. Behind these numbers are real people struggling with a lack of housing, cuts to benefits and cuts to homelessness services to help them rebuild their lives,” said Katharine Sacks-Jones, head of policy and campaigns at Crisis.

The concept and use of of “anti-homeless floor spikes” absolutely breaks my heart.

— Jack Palmer (@jackpalmer88) June 7, 2014

“They deserve better than to be moved on to the next doorway along the street. We will never tackle rough sleeping with studs in the pavement. Instead we must deal with the causes,” Sacks-Jones added.

Local Londoners went to investigate and confirm the installation of spikes on Southwark Bridge Road.

What is ironic is that part of the building where metal needles were installed is the office of the British School of Osteopathy – an alternative medicine school focused on healing through moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints.

First seen on the RT

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` Anti-Secrecy Group WikiLeaks Plans to Publish Name of Country Targeted by NSA ‘

#AceSecurityNewsUNITED STATES – May 21  – Despite warnings that doing so “could lead to increased violence” and potentially deaths, anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks says it plans to publish the name of a country targeted by a massive United States surveillance operation.

Wikileaks and Intercept

On Monday this week, journalists at The Intercept published a report based off of leaked US National Security Agency documents supplied by former contractor Edward Snowden which suggested that the NSA has collected in bulk the contents of all phone conversations made or received in two countries abroad. 

Only one of those nations, however — the Bahamas — was named by The Intercept. The other, journalists Ryan Devereaux, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras wrote this week, was withheld as a result of “credible concerns that doing so could lead to increased violence.”

WikiLeaks has since accused The Intercept and its parent company First Look Media of censorship and says they will publish the identity of the country if the name remains redacted in the original article. The Intercept’s Greenwald fired back over Twitter, though, and said his outlet chose to publish more details than the Washington Post, where journalists previously reported on a related call collection program but chose to redact more thoroughly. 

“We condemn Firstlook for following the Washington Post into censoring the mass interception of an entire nation,” WikiLeaks tweeted on Monday.

“It is not the place of Firstlook or the Washington Post to deny the rights of an entire people to know they are being mass recorded,” WikiLeaks added. “It is not the place of Firstlook or WaPo to decide how people will [choose] to act against mass breaches of their rights by the United States.”

When Greenwald defended his decision to publish the names of four countries where telephony metadata is collected by the NSA but withhold a fifth where content is recorded as well, WikiLeaks said it could be interpreted as meaning that the unknown country doesn’t deserve to know they’re being surveilled, but Greenwald said

The Intercept was “very convinced” it could lead to deaths.

Later, WikiLeaks equated this as an act of racism.

But as the conversation escalated, the WikiLeaks Twitter announced it would disclose the nation’s identify if The Intercept did not, despite requests from the US government to leave that information redact over fears of what the response could be. 

When has true published information harmed innocents?” WikiLeaks asked.“To repeat this false Pentagon talking point is to hurt all publishers.” 

 

“We will reveal the name of the censored country whose population is being mass recorded in 72 hours,” WikiLeaks wrote at 6:35 p.m. EST Tuesday evening.

If the organization intends to uphold that promise, that the identity of the country could be revealed before the weekend. 

Read More at: RT

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` Twitter Limits Access in Russia to the Page of Ukraine's Right Sector Group '

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 19 – Social networking and micro-blogging service Twitter has limited access in Russia to the page of Ukraine’s ultranationalist Right Sector group.

The page is still available to users with IP addresses registered outside the country.

Russian federal telecommunications supervisor Roskomnadzor had demanded repeatedly that Twitter’s administration deletes information, including extremist materials, banned from distribution in Russia.

The service has failed to satisfy these demands immediately.

Roskomnadzor has already blocked Right Sector’s page on leading Russian social network site VKontakte.

#ANS2014

#moscow, #right-sector, #twitter

#AceBreakingNews UKRAINE One civilian was killed and several…

#AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE – One civilian was killed and several others wounded in eastern Ukraine as the National Guard started shooting at protesters and voters, who had gathered around a seized polling station in Krasnoarmeysk, self-defence forces and witnesses said.

The National Guard entered the city in the Donetsk region earlier on Sunday and occupied several polling stations, the city council building among them. First reports on shooting appeared on Twitter.

I just saw the National Guard kill one and injure several others,” Russian journalist Ilya Azar wrote in his micro-blog. Later this was confirmed by Denis Pushilin, the co-chairman of the self-proclaimed People’s Donetsk Republic.

Azar also posted a photo of the dead young man. He says at least one more person was injured in the chest. Other unconfirmed reports on Twitter say at least three others sustained wounds.

An amateur video posted on YouTube shows several National Guard mercenaries blocking the entry to the city council headquarters used as a polling station, and firing at locals.

People were just standing there, unarmed, outside the city council seized by the Guard,” Azar tweeted.

Krasnoarmeysk, together with many other places in southeastern Ukraine, has conducted an autonomy referendum. Following the National Guard’s interference, the voting was stopped. Four schools got seized by masked men; all the people had to be evacuated.

“They threatened us and said that they were sent by the Kiev authorities,”Sergey, a local resident, told RT.

By that time, over 47,000 people had cast their ballots, self-defense forces said.

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Russia Quietly Tightens Reins on Web With ‘Bloggers Law’

After Obama here http://shaunynews.com/2014/05/01/obama-administration-moves-to-virtually-kill-the-internet/ Moves to control USA Internet usage, Russia have decided to do the same, coincidence? Nah I didn’t think so either! First America, then Russia, we had it already in the Middle East/North Africa. This is our last freedom people!

MOSCOW — Russia has taken another major step toward restricting its once freewheeling Internet, as President Vladimir V. Putin quietly signed a new law requiring popular online voices to register with the government, a measure that lawyers, Internet pioneers and political activists said Tuesday would give the government a much wider ability to track who said what online.

Mr. Putin’s action on Monday, just weeks after he disparaged the Internet as “a special C.I.A. project,” borrowed a page from the restrictive Internet playbooks of many governments around the world that have been steadily smothering online freedoms they once tolerated.

The idea that the Internet was at best controlled anarchy and beyond any one nation’s control is fading globally amid determined attempts by more and more governments to tame the web. If innovations like Twitter were hailed as recently as the Arab uprisings as the new public square, governments like those in China, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran and now Russia are making it clear that they can deploy their tanks on virtual squares, too.

China, long a pioneer in using sophisticated technology to filter the Internet, has continually tightened censorship. It has banned all major Western online social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google, though it seems not to be bothered by Alibaba, its homegrown e-commerce site, which has filed the paperwork for what could be the biggest public stock offering ever.

Nevertheless, even Beijing’s own social media champion, Weibo, valued at $3.6 billion in a public stock offering this year, has come under mounting censorship pressure as the government fine-tunes its policing of expression.

Under the pressure of a corruption scandal, Turkey recently imposed bans on Twitter and YouTube over tapes alleging corruption by the country’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Although the YouTube ban remains, Twitter service was restored in April only after the Constitutional Court overturned the ban.

During protests against the government in Venezuela in February, there were reports that the government there was blocking online images from users. In recent years, Pakistan has banned 20,000 to 40,000 websites, including YouTube, saying they offend Muslims. Facebook was blocked for a while in 2010, but is now accessible.

The level of challenge is rising, but “we also see the amount of resources going into censorship increasing greatly,” Jonathan Zittrain, a professor at Harvard Law School who specializes in Internet law, said in a telephone interview.

Widely known as the “bloggers law,” the new Russian measure specifies that any site with more than 3,000 visitors daily will be considered a media outlet akin to a newspaper and be responsible for the accuracy of the information published.

Besides registering, bloggers can no longer remain anonymous online, and organizations that provide platforms for their work such as search engines, social networks and other forums must maintain computer records on Russian soil of everything posted over the previous six months.

“This law will cut the number of critical voices and opposition voices on the Internet,” said Galina Arapova, director of the Mass Media Defense Center and an expert on Russian media law. “The whole package seems quite restrictive and might affect harshly those who disseminate critical information about the state, about authorities, about public figures.”

Mr. Putin has already used the pliable Russian Parliament to pass laws that scattered the opposition, hobbled non governmental organizations and shut down public protests. Now, riding a wave of popular support after hosting the Winter Olympics and annexing Crimea, he has turned his attention to regulating the Internet, as well as burnishing his credentials as the worldwide champion of conservative values.

Aside from the Internet law signed Monday, the Russian leader signed a new profanity law that levies heavy fines for using four common vulgarities in the arts, including literature, movies, plays and television.

Speaking in St. Petersburg in late April, Mr. Putin voiced his suspicions about the Internet, even while noting that it had become a public market of huge proportions.

“You know that it all began initially, when the Internet first appeared, as a special C.I.A. project,” he said in remarks broadcast live nationally, before adding that “special services are still at the center of things.” He specifically thanked Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor granted asylum in Russia, for revealing to the world how efficient the N.S.A. was at collecting information.

Mr. Putin went on to say that someone writing online whose opinion affects thousands or even hundreds of thousands of people should be considered a media outlet. He said he was not talking about a ban, only acting “the way it is done all over the world.”

Russian Internet pioneers despaired that Mr. Putin was really talking about the Chinese model of curtailing any political discussion online.

“It is part of the general campaign to shut down the Internet in Russia,” said Anton Nossik, an early online media figure here. “They have not been able to control it until now, and they think they should implement the Chinese model. But they don’t understand how it works. The Chinese model also stimulates the development of local platforms, while the Russian laws are killing the local platform.”

Russia is among a growing list of countries that have sought to shut down Internet voices circumventing a subservient national news media. Many leaders see the Internet as the key tool behind antigovernment demonstrations and are determined to render it ineffective.

Yet polls conducted in 24 countries last spring by Pew Research found that most people are against government censorship of the Internet, including 63 percent in Russia and 58 percent in Turkey.

Another Russian Internet law, one that went into effect on Feb. 1, gave the government the power to block websites. It immediately used the law against its most vocal critics, like Alexei Navalny and Garry Kasparov, as well as online news sites that reported on demonstrations and other political activity.

In April, Pavel Durov, the 29-year-old founder of Vkontakte, Russia’s popular version of Facebook, said he had fled the country because he feared the consequences of refusing to turn over information the government requested about activists in Russia and Ukraine. Critics said he had fled after cashing out, and United Capital Partners, the owner of a 48 percent stake in the company, posted a lengthy statement online saying he was trying to divert attention from legal issues surrounding his running of the company.
Aleksandr Zharov, who runs Roskomnadzor, the government agency that supervises the Internet, told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency last month that the law was necessary because people need to be held responsible for what they say on the web. “What he would never say face to face, he often allows himself online,” Mr. Zharov was quoted as saying.

The lack of transparency in Russia creates a kind of fog around countless issues, and the Internet is no different. Many critics and even some supporters of the new law said it was too vague to understand.

The Internet needs to be regulated by law just like publishing, said Robert A. Shlegel, among the youngest members of Parliament from United Russia, Mr. Putin’s party. But Internet savvy among legislators is weak, he added. “The law, as it is, is so raw,” he said. “It is clear that the person who wrote it just doesn’t understand.”

The law does not specify how the government will count the 3,000 daily visitors, for example. Even before Mr. Putin signed it, two of the largest blogging platforms, Yandex and LiveJournal, announced that henceforth their publicly visible counters would stop below 3,000.

Ms. Arapova said other murky issues included who would be considered a provider. For instance, will large international social media or search sites like Google, Twitter and Facebook have to keep their data in Russia or face fines and possible closing?

In California, both Twitter and Facebook said they were studying the law but would not comment further.

Ms. Arapova said the law would undoubtedly have a chilling effect in terms of who would go online. Whistle-blowers who work for corrupt government agencies, for example, would theoretically no longer be able to post anonymously.

The actual impact of the law will not be measurable until after it goes into effect on Aug. 1, Ms. Arapova said. Punishments start at fines that can reach up to $142,000 or the temporary closing of the blog, if the law is actively enforced.

Like the Internet law, the ban on four vulgar words was met with a combination of dismay and derision among artists. (The words, not mentioned in the law either, are crude terms for male and female genitalia, sex and a prostitute.) Many people thought it would be widely ignored, but the very idea that the Kremlin was trying to censor the arts rankled.

“We feel like we are back in kindergarten again when they said, ‘Don’t pee in your bed and don’t eat with your hands and don’t use that word,’ ” said Viktor V. Yerofeyev, a popular writer. “On the one hand, the Russian government says the Russian people are the best. On the other hand, it doesn’t trust the people.”

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#AceBreakignNews SLAVYANSK April 24 Fighting has erupted just…

#AceBreakignNews – SLAVYANSK – April 24 – Fighting has erupted just outside Slavyansk, a town in east Ukraine where population voiced their protest against Kiev authorities. Ukrainian troops on tanks and armoured vehicles are trying to break into the town.

According to the witnesses reporting on Twitter, Slavyansk self-defence forces are now burning tires to hamper the entrance of infantry vehicles from Kiev into the city.

Police has announced the beginning of the crackdown via loudspeakers and a special vehicle is currently patrolling the streets warning local people about the crackdown.

The local citizens in the city are preparing for the Kiev crackdown. The majority of shops, kindergartens and schools have been closed in the city.

Only the shops selling bread and water remain open.

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` Ankara Court over turns ` YouTube ` Ban but allows blockage of 15 Specific Videos ‘

#AceBreakingNews – ANKARA – April – Ankara court ordered a Turkish government ban on YouTube to be lifted, but allowed the blockage of 15 specific videos to remain in place.

The move comes after a similar overturning of a government ban of Twitter.

The court in the capital Ankara said the YouTube ban was too broad and instead specifically blocked access to 15 videos, a copy of the court document showed, as Reuters reports.

Unlike the decision on Twitter, the ruling on YouTube was not taken by Turkey’s constitutional court and may be overruled by a court of higher jurisdiction.

This means that in practice the video hosting service will remain blocked for now, pending a likely government appeal. RT

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