Activists of Color Lead Charge Against Surveillance, NSA

By News & Current Affairs

By Rania Khalek, Truthout “We been exposed to this type of surveillance since we got here,” declared Kymone Freeman, director of the National Black LUV Fest as he emceed the historic rally against NSA surveillance in Washington, DC. He continued, “Drones is a form of surveillance. Racial profiling is a form of surveillance. Stop-and-frisk is a form of surveillance. We all black today!” This was the mood that characterized the…

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Africa News In Brief (10/29/13)

By Africa News in Brief

UGLY CHANTS BY SOCCER FANS MAR ‘NO TO RACISM’ WEEK Oct. 29 (GIN) – African soccer stars came under a hail of racist chanting at a recent Champions League match by Russians in Moscow last week. The incident highlighted the failure of official anti-racism efforts, particularly this week’s “Football (soccer) Against Racism in Europe Action Week” organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Jeers from the Moscow stadium…

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Black and Latino Wealth Plummets to Record Lows

By Editors' Choice, News & Current Affairs

NAREB Report Shows Nation’s Economic Recovery Isn’t Shared Equally As part of the 43rd annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Conference, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) unveiled new and disturbing research on how communities of color are suffering a worsening racial economic disparity. The State of Housing in Black America reveals that while the private sector and financially secure consumers recover financial ground from the Great Recession, much…

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Looking at Baltimore’s Surveillance Cameras

By Editors' Choice, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

By John Duda

There are very legitimate reasons to be scared that the proliferation of video surveillance is rapidly encroaching on our rights to everyday privacy and anonymity on the streets of Baltimore. Spurred on by counter-terrorism paranoia, recent advances in camera technology and computerized image processing are bringing George Orwell’s dystopian nightmare of inescapable social control within reach of today’s bureaucrats.

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