Young Friends of Israel

Al Jazeera Investigations – The Lobby P1 00:06 How Israel influences British politics- 00:08 We reveal from the inside how the Israeli Embassy 00:10 penetrates different levels of British democracy in the first of four programmes: 00:14 The Battle for Britain's Youth 00:20 [sounds of explosions and yelling] 00:22 Following decades of violence 00:24 a [...]


Defcon hackers find it’s very easy to break voting machines

When the password for a voting machine is "abcde" and can't be changed, the integrity of our democracy might be in trouble. The Advanced Voting Solutions WinVote machine, dubbed "America's worst voting machine," came equipped with this simple password even as it was used in some of the country's most important elections. AVS went out [...]

Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government) China 1949 to early 1960s Albania 1949-53 East Germany 1950s Iran 1953 * Guatemala 1954 * Costa Rica mid-1950s Syria 1956-7 Egypt 1957 Indonesia 1957-8 British Guiana 1953-64 * Iraq [...]

Facebook’s success threatens each of us individually and the nation as a whole

Facebook has become Americans’ primary online connection to friends, families, clubs, schools, businesses, and even politicians. Facebook’’s reach is staggering: 70 percent of all American adults, and 90 percent of young adults, are on Facebook. Seventy five percent of us are daily visitors, dwelling on Facebook for an average of 40 minutes. Unlike Twitter, Facebook [...]

For capitalism to work democracy must be in chain

As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attempts to revive a bill to overturn Obamacare, we look today at the radical right’s attempt to reshape the role of the federal government—from healthcare to education to housing. While the Congressional Budget Office predicts 22 million would lose health insurance as a result of the Senate bill, some [...]

CIA spying on Senate is the constitutional equivalent of Watergate

CIA spying on the U.S. Senate is the constitutional equivalent of the Watergate break-in. In both cases, the executive branch attacked the very foundations of our system of checks and balances. President Obama is not President Nixon. He hasn’t been implicated personally in organizing this constitutional assault. But he is wrong to support the limited [...]

India’s database with biometric details of its billion citizens ignites privacy debate

"Indians in general have yet to understand the meaning and essence of privacy," says Member of Parliament, Tathagata Satpathy. But on Feb. 3, privacy was the hot topic of debate among many in India, thanks to a tweet that showed random people being identified on the street via Aadhaar, India's ubiquitous database that has biometric [...]

Democracy Is a Threat to Any Power System

NICHOLS: Almost fifty years ago, you debated William F. Buckley on public television—on national TV, nationwide—about issues of war and peace, and the state, propaganda, so many issues—just like this, debating on national television—and it struck me: I haven’t seen you a lot on national television since. [laughter] NICHOLS: But it’s perhaps a good way [...]