March 25th - March 31st 2013.
On the human rights front we have had the Western media blackout of the Guantanamo Bay hunger strike which has been running for 6 weeks and the more pressing issue of Theresa May and her abuse of the human rights act taking centre stage in the UK. Since the supreme cock up in 2012 where the Home Secretary got her dates mixed up, May has lead a one woman campaign to get the act torn up for toilet paper and is harnessing the religious divide created by the war of terror, sorry war on terror, to capitalise on people's fears. The latest defeat of the government in the courts is sure to lead to another onslaught on the human rights act and the European Court of Human Rights. Just remember that something that is there to benefit the many should not be unilaterally undone to satisfy the needs of the few, or be justified by way of the actions of a few. And if you truly believe it has anything to do with giving prisoners in the UK the vote, then you need to sit yourself down and take a good look around at what is going on.
The U.S. President Barack Obama has been up to his old tricks again, not content with signing away one disgraceful act during the small hours of the night whilst everyone was out partying (NDAA Act New Years Eve 2012 which effectively tore up the the American Constitution) he just signed the Monsanto security bill, which was written in part by the very billion-dollar company that stands to benefit the most from it, Monsanto. Whether or not he has expressed concerns as explicit as the ones for NDAA where he said: "The fact I support this act as a whole does not mean I agree with everything inside it. I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists." The full statement from that car wreck piece of legislation can be found here.
Off the back of these two pieces of horrendous American legislation we have had the largest attack on the Internet by what will undoubtedly be called 'cyber terrorists', this week as a row between a spam fighting group and a hosting firm spilled over. I did not even notice to be honest and neither did many others as we were supposed to experience a severe slowing of the global network but, as the Guardian highlighted, major companies experienced nothing unusual and it makes me wonder whether or not this was a publicity stunt or someone dipping their toe into the water for something at a later date.
I cannot finish without a comment on Cyprus. As of today depositors have been told that they face losing up to 60% of their savings which is nothing short of robbery. If the Cypriots went into a bank and held a cashier at gun point and asked for 60% there would be some serious prison time for anyone involved, if they did not get shot by trigger happy policia on the way out. The government can shut the banks for several days and block any transfers fearing a run on the bank and then slap police outside when they do reopen to keep order and that is O.K. There is something seriously wrong with this world if we think that this is acceptable behaviour and if anyone thinks that this would not happen anywhere else in Europe, including the UK, then again I would suggest you sit down and take a good look around at what is going on. The debt in Cyprus is nothing compared to that of Greece, Ireland, Italy Spain and even the UK so if you do not think that it was again another toe in the water, what can we get away with, exercise then think again.
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