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Fatal police shootings in 2015 approaching 400 nationwide

At least 385 people were shot and killed by police nationwide during the first five months of this year, more than two a day, according to a Washington Post analysis. That is more than twice the rate of fatal police shootings tallied by the federal government over the past decade, a count that officials concede is incomplete.

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US-Polizei tötete seit Januar 385 Menschen

Einer Erhebung zufolge starben in den ersten fünf Monaten des Jahres im Schnitt 2,6 Menschen pro Tag durch Polizeischüsse in den USA. Die Opfer waren oft unbewaffnet.

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TTIP ist schon Realität

TTIP ist schon Realität

Die EU-Unterhändler versichern: TTIP und Ceta werden keine europäische Standards verwässern. Dabei wurden Umwelt- und Nahrungssicherheitsregeln längst geschwächt.

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The hidden costs of trade treaties

The free trade treaties with Canada (CETA) and the United States (TTIP) are not threatening European standards, the negotiators in Brussels assure us. Yet environmental and food safety regulations have already been weakened.

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TTIP will weaken European Food Standards

Specialities like Parma Cheese or Speck from Tirol are until now protected and can only be produced in their Region. If the TTIP trade agreement will happen these can possibly also be produced in he USA.

The USA are pushing to allow genetically modified food and meat from hormone treated animals (both now forbidden in the EU) into the European market.

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Stop TTIP and CETA

The EU soon intends to sign two far-reaching trade agreements: one with Canada (CETA = Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) and one with the USA (TTIP = Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). The official line is that this will create jobs and increase economic growth. However, the beneficiaries of these agreements will be big corporations, not citizens:

Investor-State-Dispute Settlement (ISDS): Canadian and US companies would have the right to sue for damages if they believe that they have suffered losses because of government decisions (for instance new laws to protect the environment or consumer rights).

Improving or even maintaining our standards for food, labour rights, environmental protection and consumer rights will become much harder.

Liberalisation and privatisation would effectively become irreversible.

The EU and its member states would come under pressure to allow risky technologies such as fracking or genetic modification.

CETA and TTIP would increase the power of multinationals at the expense of democracy and the public. We must not allow this to happen! Please sign our European Citizens’ Initiative!


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How to protect ourselves – Great 1 hour live interview with Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden gave a fantastic and important 1 hour interview to live at the sxws convention. It tells you how you can make it difficult and expensive to the NSA to steal our data. It won’t he impossible, but complicated. The more people who follow his suggestion the harder it will be to spy on us. Here is the transcript and video:

sxws full transcript and video


Here is a part of one of his answers, why the NSA is wasting energy to spy on everyone rather than on suspects:

As I said in our European Parliament testimony, we’ve actually have tremendous intelligence failures because we’re monitoring the internet; we’re monitoring, you know, everybody’s communications instead of suspects’ communications. That lack of focus have caused us to miss news we should have had. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston Bombers. the Russians have warned us about it. But we didn’t a very poor job investigating, we didn’t have the resources, and we had people working on other things. If we followed the traditional model, we might have caught that. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab the underwear bomber, same thing. His father walked into a US Embassy, he went to CIA officer and said my son is dangerous. Don’t let him go to your country. Get him help. We didn’t follow up, we didn’t actually investigate this guy. We didn’t get a dedicated team to figure what was going on because we spent all of this money, we spent all of this time hacking into Google and Facebook to look at their data center. What did we get out of that? We got nothing. And there are two White House investigations that confirm that.