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Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 skyrocket in wake of spying scandal

Big brother is watching — sales of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984″ have skyrocketed in the wake of revelations of US government surveillance. The centennial edition of the novel surged 7,005 percent on Amazon, according to the online retailer’s “Mover and Shakers in Books” page that monitors biggest gainers in…

News Corp. shareholders approve plan to split company

News Corp shareholders Tuesday approved a plan to split the Rupert Murdoch-led conglomerate into two independent firms, one focusing on entertainment and the other on newspaper operations. The vote came as no surprise, since Murdoch and his immediate family hold a majority of voting shares in the media-entertainment powerhouse. “We…

ACLU challenges constitutionality of NSA phone surveillance program

By Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties Union sued senior U.S. government officials on Tuesday to challenge the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s telephone surveillance program, saying it violates rights to free speech and privacy. The suit asked the court to immediately halt the NSA’s…

Russia passes anti-’gay propaganda’ bill

Law will make it illegal to equate straight and gay relationships and to distribute gay rights material Russia’s parliament has unanimously passed a federal law banning gay “propaganda” amid a Kremlin push to enshrine deeply conservative values that critics say has already led to a sharp increase in anti-gay violence.…

Thousands flood Istanbul’s protest square after police clashes

ISTANBUL — Thousands of demonstrators squared off against riot police on Tuesday and defiantly packed an Istanbul square after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned he had “no more tolerance” for the mass protests against his Islamic-rooted government. Hundreds of police stormed Taksim Square, the epicentre of nearly two…

Marine security expert testifies Manning solicited secret military information

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – The founder of the WikiLeaks website, at the center of the trial of a soldier charged with the biggest U.S. leak of classified material, solicited secret military information during a 2009 conference in Berlin, a Marine Corps computer security expert testified on Tuesday. On the…

Greece announces immediate closure of public broadcaster

Greece’s government on Tuesday announced the immediate closure of public television and radio broadcaster ERT in a move that reportedly affects 2,700 jobs. “ERT is a case of an exceptional lack of transparency and incredible extravagance. This ends now,” government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said at a press conference. Kedikoglou said…

Why the Supreme Court’s same sex marriage ruling won’t be like Roe v. Wade

Why Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling won't be like Roe v. Wade (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Gay-marriage supporters carry signs in front of the Supreme Court before the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act March 27. Op-ed contributor James Richardson writes: ‘Whereas…

Bradley Manning trial to be recreated in comic-book form

Graphic artist Clark Stoeckley in courtroom to record ongoing trial of WikiLeaks soldier A comic of the Bradley Manning trial, produced live from the courtroom, is being created by artist and WikiLeaks activist Clark Stoeckley and will be published in the autumn. Stoeckley, who drives a truck covered with the…

World’s first double-leg transplant has limbs amputated due to unrelated illness

The world’s first double-leg transplant patient has had both limbs amputated after an unrelated illness forced him to stop taking anti-rejection drugs, the Spanish hospital that carried out the operation said Tuesday. “The patient who had two legs transplanted at the Hospital La Fe in 2011 had to undergo an…

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