Episode 29: Revolutionary Journalist Tom Paine (part 1)

Renowned historian and political writer Harvey J. Kaye walks us, in a most compelling and colorful fashion, through the life, times, inspiration and influence of the most significant figure of the American rebellion and beyond – revolutionary journalist Thomas Paine. In the first of this 3-part series, Professor Kaye expounds on Paine’s early working class …

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Security firm questions Covid app used in Australia

The people behind ProtonMail, a secure email service provider, have analysed the apps being used around the world to try to combat Covid-19 bu identifying personal contact information. Commenting on the technology behind the app used in Australia, they say that is based on a centralised server which can access more data than needed. “The …

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The Gatekeeper Files: New Zealand’s Traveling Circus Act

It’s been exactly one month since police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis using an Israeli-style chokehold for almost nine agonizing minutes while his fellow officers silently looked on. Floyd’s brutal death set off a wave of protests across the globe against racism and lawContinue Reading Source

In support of Black lives matter

Kyle Kotajarvi, CC BY-SA 3.0 Freedom of the Press Foundation believes Black lives matter, and we support the efforts of activists and protesters exercising their First Amendment rights to take a stand against police brutality. The incidents that sparked these protests — including the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of …

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Truly Shameful BBC Israeli Propaganda

In a genuinely outrageous piece of victim blaming, BBC News just blamed Palestinian intransigence in refusing to accept Israeli annexation of the West Bank for the deaths of Palestinian children caused by the Israeli blockade of medical supplies to Gaza. This is a precise quote from the BBC TV News presenter headline at 10.30am: “The …

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Submission: Covid-19 Response (Fast Track Consenting) Bill

The Council for Civil Liberties has made a slightly late submission to the Environment Select Committee on the Covid-19 Response (Fast Track Consenting) Bill.  Our submission was 12 hours late because, once again, the government has given a very short timeframe to make a submission (introduced 16th June, submissions closed midnight on the 21st). While we understand that …

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Petition asks for driver licence photos back

A formal parliamentary petition has been launched asking for the Tasmanian government to retrieve the photos of 430,113 Tasmanians sent to the national facial recognition scheme without privacy safeguards in place. The petition asks for the photos and associated personal information to be retrieved by the government and not sent back until guaranteed privacy protections …

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