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Islamist Wave Is Driving Out Syria's Revolutionaries. GAZIANTEP, Turkey -- A couple of months ago, Noureddine al-Abdo started feeling increasingly trapped inside his own house.

Islamist Wave Is Driving Out Syria's Revolutionaries

A popular and well-known opposition activist and citizen journalist, al-Abdo once had free rein over the liberated countryside he called home, in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. "When the liberation happened, it was like a release -- we felt we were released," al-Abdo said recently. "The whole countryside of the north, from Homs to Aleppo to Bab al Hawa, I felt that it was mine. " There, for more than two years, he worked tirelessly to bring news about Syria's northern region to the world.

He reported regularly to international media outlets, sometimes venturing out with armed brigades of Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters. That feeling of freedom made the campaign against the rule of President Bashar Assad -- the risks and sorrows, the friends and close family members lost to war -- feel worth it, he said. Michigan 'Rape Insurance' Bill Passes Into Law. Michigan lawmakers passed a controversial measure on Wednesday that will ban all insurance plans in the state from covering abortion unless the woman's life is in danger.

Michigan 'Rape Insurance' Bill Passes Into Law

The law, which takes effect in March, will force women and employers to purchase a separate abortion rider if they would like the procedure covered, even in cases of rape and incest. Supporters of the "Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act" argue that it allows people who are opposed to abortion to avoid paying into a plan that covers it. Opponents have nicknamed it the "rape insurance" initiative, because it would force some women to anticipate the possibility of being raped by purchasing the extra abortion insurance ahead of time. “This tells women who were raped … that they should have thought ahead and planned for it,” said Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) during debates. “Make no mistake, this is anything but a citizens' initiative.

GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world's communications. Britain's spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world's phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the National Security Agency (NSA).

GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world's communications

Leaked memos reveal GCHQ efforts to keep mass surveillance secret. The UK intelligence agency GCHQ has repeatedly warned it fears a "damaging public debate" on the scale of its activities because it could lead to legal challenges against its mass-surveillance programmes, classified internal documents reveal.

Leaked memos reveal GCHQ efforts to keep mass surveillance secret

Memos contained in the cache disclosed by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden detail the agency's long fight against making intercept evidence admissible as evidence in criminal trials – a policy supported by all three major political parties, but ultimately defeated by the UK's intelligence community. Foremost among the reasons was a desire to minimise the potential for challenges against the agency's large-scale interception programmes, rather than any intrinsic threat to security, the documents show. The papers also reveal that: • GCHQ feared a legal challenge under the right to privacy in the Human Rights Act if evidence of its surveillance methods became admissible in court. Twitter abuse: Why cyberbullies are targeting women.

29 July 2013Last updated at 09:06 ET Women are growing more vocal about the abuse they experience online, say experts Does it matter whether this article was written by a man or a woman?

Twitter abuse: Why cyberbullies are targeting women

Syria Execution Video: Jabhat Al Nusra Jihadists Kill Regime Supporters. New GOP debt-limit demands: Ban late-term abortion and approve Keystone pipeline? The good news: This time around, most GOP lawmakers agree they probably should not block a debt-limit increase, halt Treasury borrowing and let the government default on its obligations.

New GOP debt-limit demands: Ban late-term abortion and approve Keystone pipeline?

According to GOP aides who attended the meeting, the “hell no” caucus appears to be radically diminished. The bad news for President Obama: Republicans will demand some kind of prize for voting to raise the debt limit, preferably some policy that serves to reduce the debt. They say they will not simply roll over again, as they did in January when they voted without much fuss to suspend enforcement of the debt limit through this weekend. “It’s pretty clear we’re not going to do that. That one, I can guarantee you,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said as he left the meeting, en route to the swearing-in on the House floor of former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, who won a special election for a House seat last week. But what should they ask for? Walmart outlines own Bangladesh safety plans. Walmart, the world's largest retailer, will conduct its own safety inspections at its Bangladesh factories instead of joining an accord with other retailers.

Walmart outlines own Bangladesh safety plans

More than 1,100 people died when the nine-storey Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed on 24 April. Labour groups have since drawn up an industry-wide pact to improve fire and building safety conditions. But Walmart, along with several other US retailers, said it would not participate. Pesticides Under Fire for Risks to Pollinators. Syria crisis: UN's Del Ponte says evidence rebels 'used sarin'

6 May 2013Last updated at 11:06 ET.

Syria crisis: UN's Del Ponte says evidence rebels 'used sarin'

Restaurant tantrum exposes Mexican class divide. 5 May 2013Last updated at 20:28 ET By Will Grant BBC News, Mexico City A tantrum in a restaurant in Mexico City made headlines this week - because it revealed so much about the country's struggle with class hierarchy.

Restaurant tantrum exposes Mexican class divide

Sometimes the story lands right on your doorstep. Over the road from the BBC office is a trendy-looking restaurant with black decor and wooden tables outside called Maximo Bistrot. Occasionally we'd go for their set lunch menu, although it is a bit on the expensive side. Good food, though. Egypt minister's remarks fuel sexual harassment debate. 4 May 2013Last updated at 02:31 ET By Aleem Maqbool BBC News, Cairo Aleem Maqbool watches the controversial exchange between Egypt's information minister and journalist Nada Mohamed A recent UN survey suggested an astounding 99.3% of Egyptian women had experienced harassment of one form or another.

Egypt minister's remarks fuel sexual harassment debate

OpenNet Initiative. Short Background: Citizen Lab Research on FinFisher Presence in Malaysia.docx - shortbg-malaysia1.pdf. From Bahrain With Love: FinFisher's Spy Kit Exposed. Download PDF version Introduction Click here to read the Bloomberg News article. For Their Eyes Only: The Commercialization of Digital Spying. By: Morgan Marquis-Boire, Bill Marczak, Claudio Guarnieri & John Scott-Railton Citizen Lab is pleased to announce the release of “For Their Eyes Only: The Commercialization of Digital Spying.” Read the Report [PDF]*(updated on 16 September 2013) The report features new findings, as well as consolidating a year of our research on the commercial market for offensive computer network intrusion capabilities developed by Western companies. Our new findings include: We have identified FinFisher Command & Control servers in 11 new Countries.

Locations of FinFisher Command & Control Servers Found To Date: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Ethiopia, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam.

BBC bullies 'creating climate of anxiety and fear' A BBC inquiry set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal has uncovered widespread allegations of bullying and an inadequate complaints procedure which meant whistleblowers' concerns often went unheeded. The report arising from the review, published on Thursday, said there had been 37 complaints of sexual harassment at the corporation over the past six years, with a "very small number" ongoing. The inquiry also highlighted a problem of "known bullies" – reported by multiple members of staff in different parts of the BBC – who would verbally abuse staff and leave them living in a "climate of anxiety ... and fear".

New BBC director general Tony Hall said parts of the report make "uncomfortable reading" and pledged a "zero tolerance of bullying". Syria clashes destroy ancient Aleppo minaret. 24 April 2013Last updated at 11:34 ET Pictures show the once famous landmark reduced to a pile of rubble The minaret of one of Syria's most famous mosques has been destroyed during clashes in the northern city of Aleppo. The state news agency Sana accused rebels of blowing up the 11th-Century minaret of the Umayyad Mosque. Koch Brothers Making Play for Tribune’s Newspapers. Tannen Maury/European Pressphoto Agency Tribune’s newspapers, including The Chicago Tribune, have caught the interest of a number of suitors. The first two pieces of the strategy — educating grass-roots activists and influencing politics — were not surprising, given the money they have given to policy institutes and political action groups.

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March 18, 2013 | The South still lies about the Civil War. The Lyndon Johnson tapes: Richard Nixon's 'treason'. 22 March 2013Last updated at 14:56 ET By David Taylor Archive On 4 Declassified tapes of President Lyndon Johnson's telephone calls provide a fresh insight into his world. After a Powerful Lobbyist Intervenes, EPA Reverses Stance on Polluting Texas County’s Water. These Data Brokers Know You Live in an Apartment, Play Yahtzee, and Voted Democrat. This Man Wants You To Believe That BPA-Laced Plastic Is Harmless. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is an industrial chemical found in everything from food-can linings to cigarette filters to retail receipts. Nationwide testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found it in "nearly all" of its subjects. Doctors Paid Millions to Shill for Big Pharma.

11 Most Absurd Lies Conservatives Are Using to Brainwash America's School Kids. March 11, 2013 | 10 Worst People on Forbes 2013 Billionaires List. “Pedophilia Ring” in Evangelical Church? Ministry Accused of Ignoring Sexual Abuse. Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You. Dollars for Docs: The Top Earners. Creepy "Ratters" Spying on Women Through Their Webcams and Stealing Sexy Photos. Defense in Steubenville Rape Case Argues Girl 'Didn't Affirmatively Say No' National Week of Action: Youth-Led Immigrant Rights Movement Fights for '11 Million Dreams' Bad Cop: 7 Cities Where Shocking Police Abuses Cost Taxpayers Millions. Chomsky: The Corporate Assault on Public Education. Michigan Republicans Support Changing State's Electoral Vote Allocation. LAPD Officers Sold Guns to Civilians and Gun Dealers, Threatened Whistleblower Who Exposed the Scheme.

"Stossel in the Classroom?" Fox News Libertarian Propaganda Pushed on America's Schools. "To Get the Gold, They Will Have to Kill Every One of Us First” Tribal Leaders Fight Gold-Hungry Investors. Black Nurses Banned from Caring for Child in Michigan Hospital. Bank of America Bombshell: Whistleblowers Reveal Orchestrated Coverup and Massive Borrower Harm. Woman loses her life and then her privacy after an abortion. Why You Should Be Outraged By What Is Being Done to Our Postal Service. Michael Moore and Chris Hedges on the 'Corporate Coup d’État' and the Govt's Moves to Jail People without Charges or Trial. How Law Enforcement and Media Covered Up the Plan to Burn Christopher Dorner Alive.

WikiLeaks Is A Rare Truth-Teller ... Smearing Julian Assange Is Shameful. Why the Newest Psychiatric Diagnostic Bible Will Be a Boon for Big Pharma. Miss a Traffic Ticket, Go to Jail? The Return of Debtor Prison (Hard Times, USA) Firms Make Billions as Middlemen in Government Cover-Up of Wall Street crimes. ATF's struggle to close down firearms dealers. Jailed for Jailbreaking: New Law May kick you to Jail. Egypt Sexual Assaults: Activists Demand Justice Against Perpetrators. Strange Things Are Happening at Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s Trial. The Pentagon and Slave Labor in U.S. Prisons. Top Conservatives Run PAC That Funded White Nationalists. Arizona: Naming the dead from the desert. Conservatives Open New Congress With Unconstitutional Bill To End Birthright Citizenship. California Appeals Court Tosses Rape Conviction Because The Woman Was Unmarried. World Bank’s IFC Arm Responds to Our Critique of Its Poverty Fighting. America Has to Stop Blaming It on Women.

Lawmakers exit Congress, head to K Street - Dave Levinthal and Anna Palmer. (71) Anonymous Photos 2.