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Putin: War may be Necessary to Defeat Monsanto Protection Act

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While I was listening to a recent interview with Graham Hancock about his new novel and his TED lecture, the startling claim was made that Russian President Vladimir Putin commented that war might be a necessary result of the Monsanto Protection Act. I was skeptical, but did a little digging around,

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EFF Suing FBI for Bio-metrics Database Access

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Lawsuit Seeks Transparency Before Implementation of a ‘Bigger, Faster and Better’ Biometrics System

San Francisco – As the FBI is rushing to build a “bigger, faster and better” biometrics database, it’s also dragging its feet in releasing information related to the program’s impact on the American public. In response, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

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Expert Report Recommends Decriminalizing all Drugs

OTTAWA — The personal use of illegal drugs, including heroin and crack cocaine, should be decriminalized as part of a federal-provincial strategy to tackle drug abuse, a B.C.-based national coalition of drug policy experts argue.

In this Nov. 4, 2010 file photo, bales of marijuana are wheeled out at a news conference in Jonesboro,

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U.S. Orders 3D Printed Gun Files Removed From Internet

The US government has demanded designs for a 3D-printed gun be taken offline.

The order to remove the blueprints for the plastic gun comes after they were downloaded more than 100,000 times.

The US State Department wrote to the gun’s designer, Defense Distributed, suggesting publishing them online may breach arms-control regulations.

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Can States Ignore Federal Law?

As long as we’re on the subject of shiny new gun laws, Steve Benen points out yet another offering from the great state of Texas:

Perhaps the most controversial of the gun-related items, HB 1076 would ban state agencies from enforcing any new federal gun laws, including background checks. The bill passed

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Russia Back Stepping to Soviet Era

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The Russian government has unleashed a crackdown on civil society in the year since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency that is unprecedented in the country’s post-Soviet history.

The 78-page report, “Laws of Attrition: Crackdown on Russia’s Civil Society after Putin’s Return to the Presidency,”describes some of the changes since Putin returned to

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Papua New Guinea Considers Repealing Sorcery Law

Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, Peter O’Neill, has vowed to repeal the country’s controversial Sorcery Act after the latest in a string of brutal public killings of people accused of practicing black magic.

According to Amnesty International, violence against those accused of sorcery is endemic in the South Pacific island nation.

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Putin Gives Himself Power to Select Political Candidates

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Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian] approved a law on Tuesday giving him the authority to select candidates for regional elections.

Under the new law, Putin will have the ability to submit three candidates [Bloomberg News report] to legislature for approval for any of the country’s 83 regions.

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Sharia Law: Court Orders Prisoner to be Paralyzed

Amnesty International has condemned a reported Saudi Arabian court ruling that a young man should be paralyzed as punishment for a crime he committed 10 years ago which resulted in the victim being confined to a wheelchair.

The London-based human rights group said Ali al-Khawaher, 24, was reported to have spent

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Is Copyright Infringement Now Considered Terrorism?

We reported last year:

The government treats copyright infringers as terrorists, and swat teams have been deployed against them. See this, this, this and this.

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Race Inequality in Criminal Sentencing

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Prison sentences of black men were nearly 20% longer than those of white men for similar crimes in recent years, an analysis by the U.S. Sentencing Commission found.

That racial gap has widened since the Supreme Court restored judicial discretion in sentencing in 2005, according to the Sentencing Commission’s findings, which were submitted

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North Korea Enacts Martial Law

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North Korea has been placed under martial law and Kim Jong-un has told his front-line troops to “be ready for a war,” according to South Korean media reports.

In an emergency meeting of his top defence and security officials on Saturday, the North Korean leader issued a series of orders that included the

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Unlocking Your Cell is Now Illegal

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You likely have a cellphone that you bought from a carrier, like AT&T, Verizon or Sprint, and that phone only works on that carrier’s cellular and data network — unless you “unlock” it.

That is a software process that allows the phone to work on other carriers if you put in a new SIM

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Mental Health Loophole to Confiscate Your Guns

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No doubt that only a mentally ill person could carry out a savage attack like the ones perpetrated in Newtown, Aurora and Oregon. The question is how does a person become mentally ill enough to kill. There is no doubt that prescription drugs are the main triggers of side

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Obama Signs Law Providing Lifetime Secret Service Protection

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Former presidents have to give up rides on Air Force One. But now they don’t have to give up being shadowed by the armed-and-earpieced bodyguards of the Secret Service.

President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into a law a measure giving him, George W. Bush and future former presidents and their spouses

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Obama on Marijuana: “We’ve got bigger fish to fry,”

In an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters, President Obama made his first statement on how his administration will react to ballot measures that legalized the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington.

“We’ve got bigger fish to fry,” Obama said. “It would not make sense for us to see a top priority

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HSBC: Too Big to Indict

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It is a dark day for the rule of law. Federal and state authorities have chosen not to indict HSBC, the London-based bank, on charges of vast and prolonged money laundering, for fear that criminal prosecution would topple the bank and, in the process, endanger the financial system. They also have not

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Possible Paths for Marijuana Legalization

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Pot-smokers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your pipe dreams.

Marijuana legalization is a beginning, not an end.

When residents of Colorado and Washington voted to legalize the adult use of cannabis, it felt like a momentary rush of sobriety in a country dazed by decades of anti-marijuana hysteria. But

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Marijuana: Poll Shows Most Canadians Support Legalization or Decriminalization

The majority of Canadians support the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana, a new poll shows.

Sixty-five per cent of Canadians over 18 support either pot legalization and taxation, or the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana, according to the survey from Forum Research. Since December 2011, support for legalization has decreased from

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Russia: New Treason Law Coined as Dangerous

A new law expanding the definition of treason has taken effect in Russia, and critics say it could be used to call anyone who bucks the government a traitor.

On Wednesday, just two days after President Vladimir Putin told his human rights advisory council that he was ready to review it, the law went

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