Changing the old system.
Press TV - 12/16/13, GMA/SS
Hundreds of workers at Internet retailer, Amazon.com, in Germany have gone on strike to protest against low wages just as pre-Christmas sales are starting to peak.
Up to 700 workers joined a nationwide strike in Amazon.com's center in the German district of Bad Hersfeld, plus more than 200 people in Leipzig on Monday, the Verdi union said.
RT - 12/17/13
Larry Klayman (Reuters)
The conservative American attorney who was awarded a partial victory against the United States National Security Agency in federal court on Monday claims that the NSA began harassing him since he filed suit.
In a memorandum released on Monday by US District Court Judge Richard Leon, lawyer Larry Layman was told he could have an injunction against the NSA’s bulk telephone data collection program pending the results of a federal appeal.
Politico - 12/16/13, Rachael Blade
The U.S. started its crackdown when it raked in $780 in a settlement with UBS. | AP Photo
Swiss banks are quietly warning wealthy U.S. clients with secret accounts to come clean with the tax man in the next two weeks — or risk jail time, according to several letters obtained by POLITICO.
The letters come ahead of a New Year’s Eve deadline the U.S. government set for about 300 Swiss banks to take deals protecting them from prosecution. In exchange for confessing and shelling out mountains of Americans’ account information, they’ll get immunity. It is a new twist to the traditional bank-client relationship.
AlterNet - 12/15/13, Evelyn Nieves
Photo Credit: Evelyn Nieves
By mid-morning on Thursday, the sun was shining hard enough to dry wet blankets and the residents of the Jungle began surfacing, letting each other know they were still alive.
Global Research - 12/15/13, Stephen Lendmen
It’s the world’s largest financial market. It trades around $5 trillion daily. It’s more than all global equity markets combined. It operates round-the-clock. It’s manipulated for profit.
Grand theft reflects official Wall Street policy. Bankers make money the old-fashioned way.
They do it through fraud, grand theft, market manipulation, front-running, misrepresentation, scamming investors, naked short selling, precious metals price suppression, controlling Washington, getting open-ended low or no interest rate bailouts when needed, and assuring world financial capitals are banker occupied territories.
AlterNet - 12/12/13, Maura Stephens
Photo Credit: walmartmovie.com
Next time someone tells you they shop at Walmart because it's cheap or convenient, share this.
Despite 1,500 protests nationwide against Walmart, the world's biggest retailer claimed its most lucrative Black Friday ever in 2013. Our friends and neighbors flock there.
NPR - 12/16/13, Krishnadev Calamur
Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.
Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras /EPA/LANDOV
Looks like Edward Snowden won't get amnesty after all.
"Mr. Snowden is accused of leaking classified information and faces felony charges here in the United States," Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said, . "He should be returned to the U.S. as soon as possible, where he will be accorded full due process and protections."
Reuters - 12/17/13, Ben Hirschler
A no entry sign is pictured outside the GlaxoSmithKline building in Hounslow, west London June 18, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Luke MacGregor
RT.com - 12/14/13
Riots police block a street as supporters of anticapitalist social movement Rodea El Congreso throw bottles during a protest dubbed "Surround the congress" in Mardrid on December 14, 2013 demanding a change towards a, "genuine social democracy". (AFP Photo / Dani Pozo)
At least 23 people have been hurt in clashes outside the Spanish Parliament in Madrid, as hundreds of protesters gathered on Saturday to demonstrate against newly proposed anti-protest legislation.
The demonstrators held signs that said 'Freedom to protest’ and 'People's Party, shame of Spain!' while police and barricades prevented them from getting any closer to the parliament building.
Activist Post - 12/15/13, Kevin Samson
Even as revelations of nearly ubiquitous NSA surveillance have been detailed, and databases of every stripe seem to be on the rise, we cannot ignore our victories. Little by little, we are beginning to see a roll-back of some of the surveillance state.
From highways to small towns, the high-tech surveillance grid is being exposed and is provoking outrage among fully informed citizens. Recently, we saw Seattle police deactivate a Wi-Fi surveillance network, after it was exposed that the little white boxes identified across the city were really a mesh network that could surveil any member of the public possessing an Internet-ready device.
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