Monday, March 30, 2015

Quebec students strike against austerity and the petro economy

Sunday, March 29, 2015

An Anonymous message about #OpISIS


10 YEARS in jail for hacking

1,000 Days of Injustice: teleSUR's exclusive interview with Assange

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden appeared via video link from Moscow

Believe it or not ?

Barrett Brown Explains Why He Is In Prison For Doing His Job

Rozanne Duncan has once again described in public her less than positive feelings about black people

Rozanne Duncan has once again described in public her less than positive feelings about black people

Despite being fired from Ukip for being racist, Rozanne Duncan has once again described in public her less than positive feelings about black people. #Anonymous / #Occupy / #Racist / #Racism

Posted by Anonymous News Feed on Sunday, March 29, 2015

Please take a moment to reflect on the tweets from the beginning of this movement Ferguson

Intoxicated rage: UK police detain white pride activists amid clashes

Intoxicated rage: UK police detain white pride activists amid clashes

Police say a white man was assaulted on a train in St. Louis after he was asked his opinion about the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Police say a white man was assaulted on a train in St. Louis after he was asked his opinion about the shooting death of Michael Brown.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/video/beating-on-train-linked-to-ferguson/vi-AAa8xt7

Posted by We do not Forgive. We do not Forget. We are Anonymous. Expect Us. on Sunday, March 29, 2015

Victim of recent police brutality leads march against austerity in #Quebec.

Victim of recent police brutality leads march against austerity in #Quebec.
#manifencours #printemps2015

U.S. Is Now Putting Bounties On The Heads of Hackers


The U.S. Is Now Putting Bounties On The Heads of Hackers


Russian hacker Evgeniy Bogachev was indicted ten months ago in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on multiple federal charges relating to cyber criminal activity. The only problem is that the Department of Justice has no idea where he is.

Since then, the DOJ has employed an age-old technique that they are hoping will entice someone to turn in the 31-year-old to US authorities. They have placed a hefty bounty on his head.

The U.S. government is offering $3 million to anyone with information that leads to the apprehension of the Russian.

Bogachev’s picture has since been plastered on FBI ‘Wanted’ posters all over the world.

“We’ve really not done something like this” in cyber cases, said Robert Anderson, an FBI executive assistant director. “All of a sudden, somebody’s putting an ‘X’ on somebody, saying, 'Bring him to justice, you get $3 million.'”

The reward is being offered under a two-year-old State Department program that has so far paid out over $20 million for the whereabouts of fugitives. Although this is the first case where a bounty has been offered on a cyber criminal, the program has led to the arrest of international smugglers and wildlife traffickers, among others.

“Time will tell whether this is a successful tactic or not,” according to Shawn Henry, a retired executive assistant director of the FBI and president of CrowdStrike Services, a security technology company. “It’s a strategy, and it’s certainly not the sole strategy.”

SM Gibson writes for TheAntiMedia.org, where this article first appeared. Tune in to the Anti-Media radio show Monday through Friday @ 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific.

Truth ?

Truth ?


WHAT ANONYMOUS IS and ISN'T


WHAT ANONYMOUS IS and ISN'T



Who says we look up to leaders?
This is a collective where everyone treats anyone as an equal of himself.

We do not differentiate ourselves as leaders of the collective.
We do not compare our own religion to others.
We do not boast about the history of our race.

We only consider ourselves as people - people who are sick and tired of the corrupt, and all we do is share information to people no matter how misinformed they are, because they and us, are the very victims of corruption.

All we do is raise awareness about games played by governments and corporations, and how they treat innocent people as pawns in a big game of manipulating history.

We have been known for hacking, yes, because that is our ultimate weapon - as a soldier's gun, a writer's pen, and a speaker's words, but that's not what they think we do. We seek the truth, we expose lies, then we protest.

Since the governments and corporations have awakened to the truth that we can fight back, and that they cannot fool everyone, they announce so-called "milestones" on how they demonize Anonymous and how they prove to themselves or indoctrinate people that we are "cyber-terrorists".

To those who are reading this, let me just remind ourselves of who we are:

- If we value ourselves to be higher than others, then we are not Anonymous.
- If we value ourselves to be hackers that terrorize people, then we are not Anonymous.
- If we discriminate any race, religion or philosophy, then we are not Anonymous.
The ideology of Anonymous?

Anonymous does not have a political agenda and no political ideology party.


Anonymous has moral ideologies. The moral ideologies are freedom, especially freedom of speech, justice for the innocent, peace, humanity and defend the innocent also represent the people of that country or community not themselves.




The #Anonymous who represents himself, his own greed and ego and is calling himself to be an Anonymous is not an Anonymous. Because you do not become an Anonymous to destroy Anonymous.



We are students,
We are scientists,
We are politicians,
We are religious/non-religious,
We are from all sorts of backgrounds, and profession.

We are legion, for we are one, and we work as many.
We do not forgive the corrupt, for they only think of themselves.
We do not forget the lies these tyrants have told to brainwash people.
They should expect that we can never be dismantled, for we are Anonymous.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Anonymous - Truth about "Reclaim Australia Rallies"


Anonymous - Truth about "Reclaim Australia Rallies"
#OPRallyAgainstRacism&Bigotry
#OpAustalia 




#Anonymous would like to highlight the truth about the so called "Reclaim Australia Rallies" and their Neo Nazi ties.

FOR INFORMATION ON:
THE NAZI FASCIST ELEMENTS ORGANISING
THIS RALLY AND DEBUNKING 
THE ISLAMOPHOBIC MYTHS



BRISBANE COUNTER RALLY - https://www.facebook.com/events/4942
MELBOURNE COUNTER RALLY .https://www.facebook.com/events/595
SYDNEY COUNTER RALLY - https://www.facebook.com/events/155
GOLD COAST COUNTER RALLY - https://www.facebook.com/events/153
ACT COUNTER RALLY - https://www.facebook.com/even

ANONYMOUS IS AGAINST RACISM, BIGOTRY & FASCISM.

Video of The Great Aussie Patriot making up lies to incite hatred. -


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Tens of thousands protest over water charges in Dubli



Tens of thousands of people have attended an anti-water charges protest in Dublin today.


The demonstration was organised by the Right2Water group, a coalition of community groups, political parties and trade unions.

March organisers stated over 80,000 people took part, while observers said the figure was between 30,000 and 40,000. The garda press office did not provide an estimate.

Three separate groups assembled at Connolly Station, Heuston Station and Merrion Square at 1pm and congregated at O'Connell Bridge.

Demonstrators then converged on O'Connell St with banners from counties across Ireland as well as from many parts of Dublin visible.



From a stage at the Parnell monument many of the speakers said the turnout for today's protest showed the anti-water charges movement is not going away.

There were also calls on those present not to pay their water bills, the first of which will issue next month.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Saturday with Claire Byrne this afternoon, TD Paul Murphy said the protest was not "aimed so much at the Government, but aimed at the people".

He encouraged people to have confidence in the anti-water charge movement, which he said was still strong.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Police use Brutal Force against Striking Factory Workers in Chinese City of Dongguan


Police use Brutal Force against Striking Factory Workers in Chinese City of Dongguan




It has emerged that police in the Chinese city of Dongguan in Guangdong province are using brutal force against peaceful striking factory workers that manufactures shoes for Nike, Kenneth Cole, Timberland and other top-line bands.


It is said that more than 5,000 workers of Stella Shoe Co. walked out this week, demanding that the company pay for their housing and improved conditions in the factories.


Housing allowances range from 5 percent to 20 percent of an employee’s average monthly wage in China. The minimum wage in Dongguan is 1,310 Yuan (about $209) a month. Last year, Yue Yuen Holdings was ordered by the Chinese government to pay tens of millions of dollars in unpaid housing and social insurance contributions to 48,000 employees of its shoe manufacturing business in Dongguan.


The strike action has been going on for close to two weeks now. Police stepped in to stop the strike this week. It is unclear why the police intervened to compel the striking working worker to go back to work when their demands have not been met.





Photos posted on Social Media by workers at the scene of the clash showed hundreds of workers gathered outside Stella Footwear’s premises with dozens of police officers, many equipped with riot gear.


Workers and activists say some employees were injured by police as officers attempted to quell the strike in a brutal manner. One witness who spoke to True Activist without revealing his true identity, only going by Pansuwei0522 to protect his identity, said that riot police and dogs were brought in to suppress the striking workers.


“On the 10th of March, the local government dispatched a large number of police dogs brought to the facility to pressure workers to return to their jobs,” the unhappy worker said.


Another also said ‘For years, they haven’t been properly paying into our social-insurance and housing-benefit funds, and we want them to give us what is rightfully ours.’


The New York-based human rights organization-China Labor Watch confirmed that some of the workers were attacked by dogs and were later sent to hospital for treatment. Some workers too were hit by moving cars as police chased them out of the striking area. Those who got injured apparently also had to pay for their hospital bills themselves.


Stella International operates several factories in China including Stella Footwear, which was set up in 2003 to produce women’s casual and fashion footwear. The company employs more than 10,000 people in China.






Worker benefits have become a sensitive issue in China. China’s labor force is aging and many workers are demanding better access to medical care and social services. Other workplace disputes in China in recent months have focused on similar issues, including many in Guangdong, a major manufacturing hub that produces more than a quarter of the country’s exports.


This has compelled the Chinese Premier-Li Keqiang to say, in an annual policy speech last week, that the government plans to “improve the mechanisms for supervising the handling of labor issues and disputes, and ensure the law fully functions as the protector of the rights and interests of anyone in employment.”


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Protesters “shut down Melbourne"

Protesters “shut down Melbourne" to fight against closure of Aboriginal communities



More than a thousand protesters shut down traffic in Melbourne's CBD to rally against the planned closure of remote Indigenous communities in West Australia.

The group had hoped to confront Tony Abbott at the National Gallery, where he had been rumoured to be dining on Friday night.

Mr Abbott has come under fire since he said it was a "lifestyle choice" to live in remote Indigenous communities.

He made the comments on Tuesday while backing the West Australian government's plan to close up to 150 of the communities.

After giving up on seeing Mr Abbott at about 6pm, the swarm of angry protesters walked up from the gallery to the State Library waving Aboriginal flags and chanting "shame, Abbott, shame".


About half-a-dozen tram routes were disrupted and a number of roads closed as they made their way up Swanston Street.

Organiser Meriki Onus, from group Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, said she set up a Facebook page promoting the protest on Thursday because she was angry at the proposed closures and Mr Abbott's comments.

"They're our most vulnerable group within Australia," she said.

"None of what they do or their lifestyle is a choice. I can imagine that they are still close to their traditional lifestyles.

"They're been doing it since the first sunrise."


Ms Onus said the group's intention was to "shut down Melbourne in response to shutting down the communities".

"It was fired up. It was a loud march," she said.

"This is only just the beginning."

Ms Onus said Indigenous groups in WA were predicting there would be 20,000 refugees if the communities were closed.

She called images posted on social media on Friday night purporting police attempting to close the newly set up Nyoongar Tent Embassy in Perth's Heirisson Island "disgusting".

"They're all homeless people that live there," she said.

"That council are evicting homeless women and children from that embassy. It's a refuge."

The embassy was set up a more than week ago as part of an Indigenous national sovereignty movement.

City of Perth chief executive Gary Stevenson said, on Wednesday, the campers would be evicted if they did not leave the island.

Weeks of protests were held on Heirisson Island in 2012 after a group of Aboriginal activists objected to the WA government's $1.3 billion native title offer to the Nyoongar people.

A Victoria Police spokesman said there were no incidents with the protesters in Melbourne.

North Korea Blamed for Cyber-Attack on South Korean Nuclear Plant


North Korea Blamed for Cyber-Attack on South Korean Nuclear Plant



Hackers could not reach sensitive areas of the network


A cyber-intrusion into the systems of Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) in South Korea in December 2014 is now officially attributed to the government at Pyongyang by its counterpart in Seoul.


The piece of information was revealed on Tuesday by prosecutors in South Korea, following the completion of the investigation into the incident.
Breach at power plant recorded in December 2014


On Thursday, a group of hackers using the online alias “Who am I = No nuclear power” released on Twitter data relating to the advanced power reactor (APR) 1400 and system plans from Kori nuclear plant.


The tweet was accompanied by a ransom message for an undisclosed amount of money in exchange for not selling the stolen information to other countries. A hint was dropped regarding the payment, as the hacker said that, by complying with the demand, the South Korean government could risk a lot more than a few hundred million dollars.


KHNP said that the attackers did not manage to reach classified information during the breach last year and that it did not disrupt the activity of any of the reactors of the power plant.
Prosecutors find evidence pointing to North Korea as the attacker


A statement from the central prosecutor’s office in South Korea said that the investigation revealed evidence consistent with the methods used by North Korean hackers, claiming that the “kimsuki” malware was used.


According to Reuters, prosecutors said that the cyber-attacks were carried out between December 9 and 12, 2014, and consisted in targeting 3,571 employees of the nuclear power plant operator with almost 6,000 phishing emails containing malicious code.


The news agency reported that Seoul had suspicions about the government of Pyongyang being implicated in the incident, as IP addresses the attack originated from had been traced to a northeastern Chinese city near North Korea.


Shenyang fits this description and it is also known to be a region from where members of Bureau 121, the North Korean secret cyber division, carry out their missions.

Facebook Just REVERSED Ban Against #Anonymous Group That Has Been Targeting ISIS / #OpISIS


Facebook Just REVERSED Ban Against #Anonymous Group That Has Been Targeting ISIS / #OpISIS




Just as the Anonymous #OpISIS was hitting full swing, Facebook decided to shut down the main Anonymous group page for the team hacking the living hell out of ISIS.


The page simply says “Anonymous” but the URL terms it “Cyber Brain.” The group has been run by Red Cult team members for years, along with a handful of other popular Anonymous pages and groups. But this page was one of the first places where information on #OpISIS was being posted, as soon as Counter Current News ran with it.


Our contacts in Red Cult tell us that Facebook gave no warning and no explanation for why the entire group was shut down, except to say that the entire group’s existence was a “violation” of Facebook Terms of Service and “Community Standards.”


But that was nonsense. The group was very careful not to cross any lines with Facebook’s Terms of Service. So why was Facebook apparently siding with ISIS over Anonymous? After all, it was on the Cyber Brain page that our Counter Current News articles – calling out Facebook and Twitter for refusing to deactivate ISIS member propaganda and recruiting accounts – were first posted.


Whatever Facebook ends up deciding their reason was, they have apparently reversed it. Just as Anonymous Red Cult created the growing “Cyber Brain Reborn” group page, the social media giant bowed to pressure from hundreds of Anons who protested the take down of the popular Anonymous page.


Watch today’s video from Red Cult on this reversal…


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRL69ftqmrU

To thank Facebook for coming to their senses, Anonymous #RedCult decided to take down a bunch of additional ISIS websites, not just social media accounts…


http://alintbaha.net Down

http://shahamat-movie.com Down

http://islaam.com Down

http://ansar1.info Down

http://jhuf.net Down

http://bab-ul-islam.net Down

http://ansar-alhaqq.net Down

http://dev-tun.tn Down

http://islamicstate.media Down

http://khilafah.com Down

http://qa3edon.100.com Down

http://thenewkhalid.com Down

http://shahamat.info Down

http://d3130.servadmin.com Down

http://qassam.ps Down

http://mutti.aleph.to Down

http://wwq.mobde3.net Down

http://rbmt.com Down

http://millatuibrahim.com Down

http://moqawame.org Down

http://nasher.me Down

http://tajeed.org.uk Down

http://salaf-us-saalih.com Down

http://hizbuttahir.org Down

http://qatarinfo.net Down

http://jamatdawa.org Down

http://deenalhaq.info Down

http://gurmad.info Down

http://alplatformmedia.com Down

http://proftensummah.com Down

http://is-tube.cf Down

http://twt.azkaar.com Down

http://jamatdawa.org Down

http://al-qimmah.net Down

http://lanse-solide.net Down

http://iraq-revolution.com Down

http://dr-mahmoud.com Down

http://al-busyro.info Down


Our contacts in Red Cult tell us that #OpISIS is nowhere near winding down. This is only the BEGINNING. What is coming next, the assure us, will haunt ISIS’s nightmares…

Sunday, March 15, 2015

"Humanitarian work has always been risky, but it's never been more dangerous with the ISIS



'If not us, then who?' In the bull's-eye of ISIS  (March 14, 2015)

Numerous aid workers remain in Syria despite dangers

With a lack of government, more than 8 million refugees rely on aid agencies for food, shelter and medical care

Many aid agencies have no means of armed defense against attack

The exact number of aid workers currently being held is unknown; a level of secrecy tends to surround details of those currently captive. What we do know is ISIS holds at least one female aid worker, and possibly more. The International Federation of the Red Cross confirmed three aid workers who disappeared in October 2013 remain missing, but would not comment on their identities or who kidnapped them.

Abductions and killings of aid workers are, unfortunately, nothing new, but the numbers are. According to Aidworkersecurity.org, at least 155 aid workers were killed in 2013, a 121% increase on 70 recorded killings the year before.

Not all were victims of ISIS, a relatively new phenomenon given life by the chaos in embattled Syria. In fact, according to the same report, it is the Taliban who have historically kidnapped in the greatest numbers, in large part in Afghanistan.

Here's the difference: ISIS is changing the game. The Taliban may have many reasons for abductions (flexing their muscles, negotiating prisoner releases), but they also have a record of frequent hostage release. The need for aid in a specific region and the level of the acceptance by the community matters, or mattered.

For ISIS, it appears to matter less. Abducted aid workers are usually either a source of considerable income (ISIS demanded at least $6 million for Kayla Mueller, and reportedly $200 million for two Japanese hostages) or, failing that, their killings provide a lurid display of brutality for the world to witness. So far the number of hostages of all backgrounds freed by ISIS is extremely low, save for those whose ransoms were paid. The freeing of 19 kidnapped Assyrian Christians shocked many, because release is not a common part of ISIS' playbook.

These tactics can serve as models to other extremist groups worldwide, who may look to emulate ISIS' model of abduction and violence. One example is West African extremist group Boko Haram, which released a video purportedly showing the beheading of two men claimed to be spies, an approach disturbingly similar to ISIS'.

"Humanitarian work has always been risky, but it's never been more dangerous than it is now," says Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "There used to be a time when an organization's flag provided a great deal of protection. That's no longer the case."

The response in large part from aid agencies has not been to pull out of Syria and its environs altogether, but to rely almost exclusively on local staffers. Still, outside workers like Mueller, Kassig, Henning and Haines were inside Syria when they were taken, and the regional directors of aid agencies continue to travel there frequently in order to oversee operations. Not only that, but simply by virtue of working for a large aid agency, local staffers become bait. Indeed, the majority of victims have been working in their own countries.

ISIS doesn't just target aid workers. Journalists, soldiers and anyone who conceivably could fetch a ransom are high on their hit list. But in the Wild West that is Syria and its borders, few of these remain, save for aid workers. In a space devoid of government, refugee camps and aid agencies are frequently seen as the only authorities, the new front line in the war on terror, a sometimes unwelcome association. And as ISIS spreads beyond Syria's borders, the risks grow further afield.

Yet despite these risks, thousands of aid workers continue to work in a region where the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates the number of refugees from conflict at more than 8 million. While some aid agencies rely on security personnel for protection, many are completely unarmed and are particularly vulnerable when in transit. Their security and locations for the most part are under constant review.

When CNN approached a number of reputable aid agencies asking to speak to those who work or travel in the region about their experiences, and what drives them to remain despite an unprecedented threat level, many declined, in large part due to security concerns. For this reason, some of those mentioned below are wholly or partially anonymous.

Senior relief director for NGO working in the Syria region
If I think back, I've been doing this work for about 20 years, and I remember we used to have this sense that there was some sort of protection, some sort of ... humanitarian space ... it feels very much like that is shrinking ... our job is becoming much, much more difficult; we're asking people to put themselves in harm's way in some circumstances. I mean, we don't do that, but it's not the exception any more.

My family is not thrilled at all because what they see on the news is Westerners being kidnapped and beheaded ... when they worry, I worry about them and that doesn't help me be in a good state of mind to do my work. I'm very selective about where I say I go. I need to find ways to switch off and do silly things and not worry about the dire situation that's here, not just the humanitarian situation but ... being responsible for the people I'm responsible for in this region.

I don't think people see the human side so much ... innocent people who through no fault of their own have been forced to flee their home one, two, three times -- who don't see a future for their children... Someone has to be there to help and support and provide some sense of safety and security, and I mean that in the personal sense of a mother who, when she goes to sleep at night with her children, she knows she has a blanket to keep them warm and something to feed them the next day.

Mark Ohanian, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) director of programs
Fear is always there in the back of everyone's mind. We just need to continue what we're doing, stopping is not an option, halting our operations is not an option, and we are taking great risks, our staff are taking great risks.

It is a difficult thing to tell family, to tell colleagues. Oftentimes I just don't mention all the details of where I go because they just don't need to know. But it needs to be done, we also can't run an operation remotely. ... I'm not going to the front lines, I'm not going to where the conflict is actually hot ... we're not adrenaline driven people. We want to be able to help the people and do our work and to do our work does entail taking some risks, but it's about calculated risks. We don't want to put ourselves directly in front of danger.

If we say we give up on it for whatever reason -- security, morale, pressure from here, pressure from there -- no one else is going to come to take our place. There's not going to be another organization that's going to come and do more humanitarian aid and cover the gap that IOCC may create, that's not going to happen. So that puts more responsibility on the shoulders of our staff and the shoulders of our organization; we feel that responsibility that we've got to deliver on this thing.

Donate to IOCC

Dima (last name withheld), aid worker, IOCC
There's an internal motivation that keeps you going. You feel that there are populations and people that need aid and require assistance, and know it's a choice that one makes and dedicate your life service. So yes, you need be of course strong, motivated, passionate, and of course feel the need to assist and deliver.

Michael Bowers, senior director for strategic response and emergencies, Mercy Corps
It's an unprecedented time, and what we're calling the new normal ... as we've seen in the last year, the complete radicalization of these spaces with extremist groups, who have a very hard view in terms of cooperation with neutral and humanitarian organizations such as ours ... we're not the U.S. Army, we don't have a physical ability to repel.

There may be in people's perceived minds there was a golden age of humanitarian acceptance: like if you were a charity and waved a white flag and drove a white car, you'd be protected by bad guys and loved by the community. I think that golden age is more myth than reality, but regarding today's reality it's extremely dangerous it's so true. And your flag, your neutrality, your white car, all the good intention you have, that recipe is very difficult in these complicated emergencies.

There's a phrase that the U.N. uses and a lot of NGOs use which is "stay and deliver," so we have a humanitarian imperative to be there, but we always have to be in a risk management role; we have to critically look at: do the risks outweigh the benefits we hope to get?

The fear factor comes in just managing the emotional toll it takes with your family and friends, and that has more of a toll, I think, with individual staff members than actual external environment ... frankly, sometimes I don't tell them till I'm already on my way so I don't have to have those calls before I even get on an airplane. It's hard; there are some areas where the family and friends don't understand why you're going there, and you re-articulate, "If not you, then who?" and you ask,

"Would you want this in your neighborhood next door where no one comes to help you if something bad happened?"

Donate to Mercy Corps

For ways to donate to organizations working to help refugees from ISIS and from the conflict in that region, go to CNN.com/ impact.

CNN's Betsy Anderson and Julia Chan contributed to this report.

Canadians Protest Proposed Anti-Terror (March 15, 2015)

Canadians Protest Proposed Anti-Terror Law
By Meredith Hoffman

March 15, 2015

Thousands of Canadians protested a proposed sweeping anti-terror bill this Saturday, claiming the legislation would rob citizens of their privacy and freedom.

Video Link:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTBiMtQKzHA


Civil rights organizers, aboriginal leaders and politicians gathered for the marches and carried signs including "Stop Harper" and "Activism is not a Crime."



"C-51 is a bill that could seriously endanger our right to protest peacefully, to stand up against a government or an infrastructure or an economic policy," New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulclair told the crowd in Montreal, according to the Toronto Star.


But Harper has justified the legislation, introduced in January, by alluding to recent attacks on Canadians inside the country. In October a Canadian Special Forces officer was killed in a hit-and-run and a corporal was shot standing guard at Ottawa's National War Memorial.

The bill is meant "to protect Canadians from the evolving threat of terrorism and to keep our communities safe," Harper has said, according to the Ottawa Express.

"Canadians understand that their freedom and security go hand-in-hand and expect us to protect both, and there are safeguards in this legislation to do exactly that," a statement by Harper's press office claimed Saturday.

More Than a Million Hit Brazil Streets to Protest Rousseff


(Bloomberg)

More than 1 million Brazilians, some of them calling for President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, took to the nation’s streets Sunday to protest a government beset by scandal and the rising cost of living.

The largest protest occurred in Sao Paulo, with 1 million people as of 3:40 p.m. local time, according to its military police. Protests occurred in cites of 16 states and the federal capital, according to O Globo website. Its TV network reported 100,000 protesters in Porto Alegre and 45,000 in Brasilia, citing the military police of those cities. While no violence or vandalism was reported, Sao Paulo police apprehended firework rockets from a group of attendees.

Higher taxes and increased prices for government-regulated items like gasoline are rankling Brazilians as the biggest corruption scandal in the nation’s history ensnares elected and appointed officials. The approval rating of Rousseff’s government has plummeted since she won a close re-election last October. Today’s protests may be bigger than the June 2013 demonstrations in which more than a million people decried deficient public services and demanded an end to corruption.

Today’s protest will force the government to present anti-corruption legislation it has already prepared, according to Thiago de Aragao, partner and director of strategy at Arko Advice, a Brasilia-based political risk company. Doing so will allow the government to deflect some fire and argue that protests targeted corruption rather than Rousseff or her party, he said.

Some Response

“The government needs to make some response and since, because of the magnitude, they can’t disqualify the size and pressure of the protest, they have to address one of the issues,” De Aragao said by phone. “The anti-corruption package will be more fluff than anything real, but at this moment it’s one of the main things that the government has to respond with. They don’t have much more than that.”

Rousseff’s government is raising taxes and cutting spending as a means to shrink the budget deficit and avert a downgrade to its sovereign credit rating after years of ballooning spending and subsidized lending. Her press office declined to comment on the size or nature of the protests.
The president met at the end of the day with ministers from her political coordination team to evaluate the protests, Globo reported.

The economic measures hamper the productive sector and act as a disincentive to investment, said Derci Cenci, the head of a farm co-operative, who joined the protest in Brasilia.

Dilma Out!

“I don’t favor impeachment, but this protest is a clear warning to Dilma: She needs to listen to the people,” said Cenci, 65. “We are indignant.” Other marchers chanted, “Dilma out!”

The demonstrations were organized by activists on social networks including Twitter and Facebook, as messages reached citizens via WhatsApp. Protesters nationwide sported canary-yellow shirts, sang the national anthem and waved flags. In Rio, where the march snaked along Copacabana beach, one banner with Brazil’s flag read “Beloved Country,” while another said “Military Intervention Now!”

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Brazil’s return to democracy after a 21-year military dictatorship. March 15 will henceforth be remembered as the Day of Democracy, Aecio Neves, who Rousseff bested in the election last year, said in a video posted on his Facebook page, showing him wearing the yellow jersey of the Brazilian national soccer squad.

Covered Up

“I’m here to protest against corruption,” said Eliana Batista do Norte, a 55-year-old publicist who marched in Sao Paulo. “It’s not just about throwing the Workers’ Party out. We have to get rid of all the corrupt people. There is already enough information to remove Dilma.”

Brazil’s Supreme Court on March 6 authorized a corruption probe of politicians including the heads of the Senate and lower house of Congress, Rousseff’s former Energy Minister Edison Lobao, and her former chief of staff Gleisi Hoffman. All have denied wrongdoing.

The probe is related to alleged bribes and kickbacks at state-run oil producer Petroleo Brasileiro SA, with some of the diverted money being funneled into the campaign coffers of the Workers’ Party and its allies in the governing coalition. The parties have said that all campaign donations were legal.

The legislation Rousseff’s government will present is likely to make corruption a “heinous crime” and create greater public oversight over its state companies, according to Arko’s De Aragao. Passing it through Congress, dozens of whose members are under investigation in the Petrobras scandal, will be a challenge, he said.

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Globo News reported 20,000 protesters each in Belo Horizonte and Belem and 15,000 protesters in Rio de Janeiro, citing the cities’ military police. Protests also took place in the cities of Recife, Salvador, Goiania, Manaus, Fortaleza, Santos, Ribeirao Preto, Curitiba and Sao Luis, among others.

In Brasilia, hundreds of protesters tossed white roses into the pond in front of Congress, with some protesters wading through the water to present flowers to armed guards lined up along its edge.

Today’s demonstrations follow marches staged on Friday by labor unions, who supported the government while protesting cuts to pension benefits and access to unemployment insurance. The “very delicate situation” reveals the need for the government to improve dialogue with both society and Congress, Rafael Cortez, an analyst at Tendencias Consultoria Integrada.

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“It calls attention to the important moment through which Brazil’s democracy is passing,” Cortez said by phone from Sao Paulo. “There is growing consciousness in terms of political mobilization. Society is responding in some way to the inefficiency of the current political group.”

Rousseff’s approval rating slumped 19 points to 23 percent in a Datafolha poll conducted Feb. 3-5, with more than three-quarters of respondents saying she knew about corruption at Petrobras. More than half said she allowed corruption to occur, while an additional 25 percent said knew about it but was unable to stop it. The poll of 4,000 people had a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.

“I’m in favor of impeachment, not because I like the vice-president, but because we need to end impunity,” Daniel Silva, a 17-year-old business management student from Planaltina, said at the Brasilia protest. “I’m fed up with our politicians and this government.”

After stagnating last year, Brazil’s economy is heading for a 0.66 contraction in 2015, according to economists surveyed weekly by the central bank. Annual inflation reached 7.7 percent in February, the fastest in nearly a decade. The central bank targets inflation of 4.5 percent, plus or minus two percentage points.

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