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Your Texts Are Not Private, Ontario Court Rules

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[Well, this sucks. Welcome to the surveillance state. *RON*]

By Davide Mastracci, Vice, 10 August 2016

The texts you think you're sending in private can be used against you in court, according to a potentially precedent-setting new ruling from the Ontario Court of Appeal, which critics believe will have implications on privacy throughout the province.

While it's reasonable to expect your texts to be private along the way to their recipient—including on a service provider's database—once those messages reach their destination, that expectation of privacy evaporates, Justice Justin MacPherson wrote in the majority ruling, released on July 8.

The case in question involved Nour Marakah, the appellant, and his former co-accused, Andrew Winchester, exchanging texts regarding Marakah illegally purchasing firearms from Winchester.

Law enforcement started an investigation into Winchester in 2012, discovering that he legally purchased 45 guns over…

Scores 'hacked to death' in machete attack in DR Congo

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[At least 64 bodies recovered near Beni town in North Kivu, but local authorities warn death toll could rise. Al Jazeera still a major source on this conflict, sometimes referred to as Africa's World War (because of the number of countries involved) which is grossly under-reported in the mainstream media. Canada's Defense Minister, Harjit Singh Sajjan, is currently touring the African continent; hopefully this makes it onto his radar. *RON*]

Source: Al Jazeera and agencies, 14 August 2016


At least 64 people have been killed in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in an attack carried out by suspected rebels.

Nyonyi Bwanakawa, the mayor of Beni in North Kivu, told Al Jazeera the attack on Saturday night happened in the town's Rwangoma district.

READ MORE: UN peacekeepers in the DRC no longer trusted to protect

DRC troops and local officials recovered 64 bodies, but the number could rise as the search was still going on, Bwanakaw…

Violence against lone child refugees is escalating – because we ignore it

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[In Europe, violence against unaccompanied child refugees is escalating. Germany’s interior minister has proposed stricter security measures in the face of recent attacks, including a proposed burka ban. In a similar move, the mayor of Cannes, France, instituted a ban on burkinis at the city’s beaches. *RON*]
Kirsty Brimelow, The Guardian, 4 August 2016

Experiencing violence is now a fact of life for child refugees. Hundreds of children have arrived at the camps in Calais and Dunkirk with no parents or family members to protect them. The violence comes from the police, and people outside the camps. There is a name for the latter group who travel to Calais to attack migrants at night – it’s called “citizen violence”. Those most affected by police violence are frightened of speaking out against officers who should be their protectors from the many threats, including the prowling smugglers and traffickers behind “camp violence”.
Earlier this year, th…

Is America's toughest prosecutor acting on the Clinton Foundation? Preet Bharara, scourge of corrupt NY pols, 'investigating' family charity

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[See also: Bill Clinton’s $300 Million Birthday Gift! and 96% of Clintons' donations went to their foundations. *RON*]
By Francesca Chambers, The Daily Mail, 13 August 2016

In New York City, where the charity is based, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, is reportedly probing the investigationThe prosecutor made a name for himself in the midst of the the financial crisis by acting on fraud and public corruption casesHe's taken down Bernie Madoff associates, state senators and a New York Assembly speaker and forced big banks to pay large finesClinton Foundation donations have caused heartburn for Hillary Clinton as she pursues the Oval OfficeHillary Clinton escaped prosecution for her conduct during her tenure at the State Department - her family's foundation may not be so fortunate.

The FBI has multiple investigations on the books involving the Clinton Foundation, according to The Daily Caller.

New Koch-Funded Group ‘Fueling US Forward’ Aims to Promote the "Positives" of Fossil Fuels

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[The lies my corporatocracy told me. Fossil fuels are sustainable?! The truth has simply become irrelevant to public debate. *RON*]

By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog, 14 August 2016

A long-awaited campaign to rebrand fossil fuels called Fueling U.S. Forward made its public debut at the Red State Gathering 2016 on Saturday, where the organization's President and CEO Charles Drevna gave attendees the inside scoop on the effort, and confirmed that the campaign is backed financially by Koch Industries.

Back in February, Peter Stone first reported in the Huffington Post that a $10 million-a-year effort was proposed by a Koch Industries board member, James Mahoney, and Mr. Drevna, aiming “to boost petroleum-based transportation fuels and attack government subsidies for electric vehicles.” In early August, the Fueling U.S. Forward website launched, and on Saturday, the first public comments were made about the campaign by Mr. Drevna, and they revealed a l…

Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief

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[Fairly eye-popping revelations about the head of Trump's campaign. But we live in a weird world: is it just too convenient that this turns up now? "Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau." *RON*]

By Andrew E. Kramer, Mike McIntyre & Barry Meier, New York Times, 14 August 2016

KIEV, Ukraine — On a leafy side street off Independence Square in Kiev is an office used for years by Donald J. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, when he consulted for Ukraine’s ruling political party. His furniture and personal items were still there as recently as May.

And Mr. Manafort’s presence remains elsewhere here in the capital, where government investigators examining secret records have found his name, as well as companies he sought business with, a…