Virtual reality film puts viewers in shoes of Nepal rescue workers – video

A virtual reality film aims to help raise funds for survivors of the April earthquake in Nepal by giving viewers a first-hand experience of the disaster’s aftermath. Los Angeles-based company RYOT – which produces news stories for audiences to act on – shot the footage in the days following the 7.8 magnitude quake which killed more than 8,000 people Continue reading…

Glenn Greenwald says Australia is ‘one of most aggressive’ in mass surveillance

Journalist who first reported on Edward Snowden revelations for the Guardian says Australia is ‘probably the country that has gotten away with things the most’

Australia is one of the most aggressive countries in the world in terms of mass surveillance and its techniques could be the subject of future leaks, journalist Glenn Greenwald, who first reported on the Edward Snowden revelations for the Guardian, has said.

Greenwald, who now works for The Intercept, told ABC’s Lateline program on Thursday night that Australia is “probably the country that has gotten away with things the most in terms of the Snowden revelations”.

There are interesting documents about what Australia is doing to privacy rights – not just to their own citizens

Related: Edward Snowden says Australia’s new data retention laws are ‘dangerous’

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Georgia man found dead in jail restraining chair ruled homicide

  • Chatham County coroner confirmed he made determination last month
  • Matthew Ajibade, 22, died from blunt-force trauma to head and upper body

A Georgia coroner says a 22-year-old college student found dead in restraints at a county jail died from several blunt-force injuries to his head and upper body.

Chatham County coroner Bill Wessinger confirmed Thursday that last month he ruled the death of Matthew Ajibade of Savannah a homicide caused by blunt-force trauma.

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California attorney who fought to practice law finally gets green card

Sergio Garcia got a green card on the heels of the law license he obtained after a five-year legal battle that included opposition from the Obama administration

A California attorney who successfully fought a legal battle to practice law despite his immigration status got his green card Thursday and can now live in the US legally as well.

Sergio Garcia, 38, first applied for permanent US residency in 1994 at the age of 17 after his family moved from Mexico to California.

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Kim Jong-un watches underwater test-fire of ballistic missile – video

North Korea’s state-run television KRT airs footage of leader Kim Jong-un watching an underwater test-fire of a submarine-launched ballistic missile. Last month, KRT said the country had successfully conducted an underwater test-fire of the missile, which, if true, would indicate progress in the secretive state’s pursuit of building missile-equipped submarines Continue reading…

What is Cameronism, when you take away the soundbites and wickedness?

This government will be judged on three issues: Europe, the union of the UK and public spending. The trick is not to bring your preconceptions with you

What kind of Conservative government is David Cameron actually leading now? It says something about the blurriness of our second-term prime minister that, even after nearly a decade leading his party, answers to this question still vary so radically. Yet there is no more interesting or more important question in the new era of British politics.

Related: David Cameron packs plenty into his one-party Queen’s speech

Part of the problem of trying to understand him is that he does not impose as leader. He is a halfhearted party manager

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NSA’s use of ‘back-door searches’ against hackers is reformers’ next target

Authorized by a 2008 revision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act known as Section 702, these searches reveal insufficiency of USA Freedom Act

Surveillance reformers, fresh off a week of tenuous victories, have vowed to ensure there are further overhauls to the National Security Agency’s vast dragnets after a new report detailed another stretch of legal authority by the US government to stop malicious hackers.

Based on documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the New York Times and ProPublica reported on Thursday that the Justice Department in 2012 permitted the NSA to use widespread surveillance authorities passed by Congress to stop terrorism and foreign espionage in order to find digital signatures associated with high-level cyber intrusions.

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Tony Blair’s latest role in tolerance and reconciliation is no joke

The European council of which he is now chairman has a serious agenda. Let’s hope the former PM and his cohorts are up to the job

The announcement that Tony Blair is to join the European council on tolerance and reconciliation as chairman seems like an open invitation for satire and ridicule – “After having reconciled Iraqis, Israelis and Palestinians, Blair will now bring peace to Europe” and so on.

There is, indeed, much about Blair’s post-prime ministerial career that is jaw-dropping in its shameless self-delusion: he believes he can bring people together in peace even though a vast swath of the world despises him; just as he believes he can work to facilitate the spread of democracy even as he works as a shill to dictators.

Related: Tony Blair appointed as head of European body fighting antisemitism

It is a world in which awarding a ‘European medal of tolerance’ to Juan Carlos I of Spain is supposed to be meaningful

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Barack Obama and surveillance reform: a story of vacillation, caution and fear

With Congress voting to rein in the NSA’s dragnet the president cast himself as a champion of reform but his record, from Snowden to the Freedom Act, is patchy

Related: Congress passes NSA surveillance reform in vindication for Snowden

Almost exactly two years before Barack Obama signed a bill to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of US phone records, the US president defended a domestic surveillance dragnet he would later claim credit for stopping.

Related: Rand Paul allies plan new surveillance reforms to follow USA Freedom Act

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