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Edward Snowden receives whistleblowing award in Germany

I’m still at a loss as to how people cannot call Ed Snowden a whistleblower, given just how many government abuses his leaks have revealed, and the wider discussion they have created (all without revealing anything that appears to be truly damaging –…  …

Colbert: ‘If America was concerned with shooting people, we’d be invading Chicago’

Stephen Colbert returned from his two-week hiatus last night and opened with a cutting critique of John Oliver and his English accent, before moving on to criticize the Obama administration for its clumsy handling of the escalation of the war with Syria. “I don’t ‘sprechen sie Italiano,” he said, “but…

Toronto International Film Festival promises WikiLeaks ‘full story’

North America’s largest film festival opens Thursday with a drama about real life WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, promising the “full story” behind the whistleblower website. “The Fifth Estate” by director Bill Condon is based on a book by Assange’s once-trusted lieutenant and former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg, about events leading…

Ex-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright honored with Anna Lindh prize for role as a ‘unique female leader’

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will receive a prize in memory of assassinated Swedish prime minister Anna Lindh for her role as a “unique female leader,” the award’s organisers announced Tuesday. The Anna Lindh prize, worth 150,000 Swedish kronor (17,000 euros, 23,000 dollars), is given to those who…

‘Defined Lines’: Feminist parody of Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ re-emerges on YouTube after banning

A feminist parody of Robin Thicke’s controversial hit “Blurred Lines” has gone viral on YouTube after being briefly banned from the video-sharing website for being too raunchy. The spoof by three Auckland University law students titled “Defined Lines” satirises Thicke’s song with a music video that uses bare-chested males in…

Australian TV networks reject anti-Murdoch commercial that accuses him of printing ‘misleading crap’ in his newspapers

Australia’s commercial television networks are refusing to run an advert which accuses Rupert Murdoch of printing “misleading crap” in his newspapers ahead of national elections, the activist group behind the ad said Wednesday. Australian-born Murdoch, now a US citizen, owns mass-selling newspapers in his former homeland and his Sydney tabloid…

Toyota recalling 370,000 vehicles worldwide over bolt glitch

Japanese car giant Toyota Motor said Wednesday it was recalling some 370,000 vehicles worldwide over glitches that could cause them to stop mid-journey. The world’s biggest auto maker said around 170,000 units were being recalled because bolts pinning a valve control system inside the engine could become loose. In the…

Next Android mobile software version dubbed ‘KitKat’

Google on Tuesday said the next version of Android will be called “KitKat” in keeping with its penchant for giving tasty names to its software for powering mobile devices. “Since these devices make our lives so sweet, each Android version is named after a dessert,” the California-based technology titan said…

Scientists debate new equation for estimating alien life across the universe

How many other inhabited planets are there? It’s a question that fascinates scientists and lay people alike. A new equation may help weigh up the possibility Many of us have glanced upwards at the stars and wondered whether there is other life out there somewhere. Few, however, have then tried…

South African gold miners strike over ‘slave wages in white man’s economy’

80,000 miners walk out in industrial action that will cost country £22m a day as government admits it can only plead for solution About 80,000 gold miners in South Africa walked out on strike on Tuesday night, raising fears of renewed violence in the crisis-hit industry and underlining the government’s…

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