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Daily Archives: February 8, 2012

Sky News clamps down on Twitter use

Feb. 8, 2012

Sky News has told its journalists not to repost information from any Twitter users who are not an employee of the broadcaster.

An email to staff on Tuesday laid out new social media guidelines for Sky News employees, including a contentious ban on retweeting rival “journalists or people on Twitter”.

The new guidelines also warn Sky News journalists to “stick to your own beat” and not to tweet about non-work subjects from their professional accounts.

Sky News has cultivated a reputation for digital innovation and has used Twitter to break news on events including the Arab Spring uprising and England riots. Journalists at the broadcaster expressed shock and dismay at the new guidelines, which they claim are a retrograde step.

The email to staff, which has been seen by MediaGuardian, said: “So, to reiterate, don’t tweet when it is not a story to which you have been assigned or a beat which you work.

“Where a story has been Tweeted by a Sky News journalist who is assigned to the story it is fine, desirable in fact, that it is retweeted by other Sky News staff.

“Do not retweet information posted by other journalists or people on Twitter. Such information could be wrong and has not been through the Sky News editorial process.”

The email says that the guidelines have been introduced “to ensure that our journalism is joined up across platforms, there is sufficient editorial control of stories reported by Sky News journalists and that the news desks remain the central hub for information going out on all our stories”.

The email said: “1. Don’t tweet when it’s someone else [sic] story. Stick to your own beat. 2. Always pass breaking news lines to the news desk before posting them on social media networks.”

Full Article Here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/feb/07/sky-news-twitter-clampdown  

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Occupy evictions include Pittsburgh, Miami and Portland, Maine

Associated Press
Feb. 7, 2012
By David Sharp

A tent city that’s among the longest-lived Occupy protest encampments is coming down as part of a new wave of eviction orders against demonstrators aligned with the movement in communities including Miami, Washington and Pittsburgh.

Occupy Maine demonstrators removed several large tents over the weekend, and the city on Monday gave them additional time to remove the rest.

Demonstrators who established the encampment just two weeks after the Occupy Wall Street encampment set up shop in New York City vowed to continue their work to call attention to corporate excess and economic inequality.

“Just because the occupation is changing form doesn’t mean it’s going away,” Heather Curtis, one of the campers, said Monday before she started hauling away her belongings from snow-covered Lincoln Park.

The encampments that were the heart of the movement are becoming scarcer. On Monday, a judge issued what appeared to be the final notice for Occupy Pittsburgh to leave. Over the past week, police began removing demonstrators in Miami; Austin, Texas; and Washington, D.C.

The voices are still making themselves heard, though.

On Monday, about 20 demonstrators disrupted a legislative budget hearing in Albany, N.Y., shouting that millionaires should be taxed more. Albany’s camp was busted up in December.

Occupy Maine, which already has office space elsewhere in Portland, plans to continue getting its message out through other means, as well.

Full Article Here – http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0207/Occupy-evictions-include-Pittsburgh-Miami-and-Portland-Maine 

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Anonymous Hacks Syrian President’s Emails

PC Magazine
Feb. 7, 2012
By Chloe Albanesius

Anonymous has had a busy week. The hacker collective reportedly released emails from the office of Syrian President Bashar Assad that focus on preparation for his recent interview with Barbara Walters.
According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, hackers compromised the Syrian Ministry of Presidential Affairs’ server on Sunday night, and accessed the inboxes of 78 staffers. It apparently wasn’t too difficult; many people used “12345″ as their password.

At issue is the ongoing violence in Syria as citizens fight for reform. Recently, a United Nations Security Council resolution called for President Assad to hand over some of his authority to defuse the situation. The U.S. supported the move, but Russia and China vetoed it, further complicating the matter. The New York Times reported today that Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, visited Syria’s top leaders in Damascus on Tuesday.

The U.S. closed its embassy in Syria earlier this week amidst growing violence.

Manipulating the American psyche

One leaked document making the rounds is an email from Sheherazad Jaafari, a press attache at the Syrian mission to the United Nations, which discusses talking points on which President Assad should focus during the interview.

She suggests that the American media has focused too much on civilian deaths, never mentioning that soldiers and security forces are also among the casualties. “The idea of violence has been one of the major subjects brought up in every article,” she writes, before urging the president to mention the fact that Syria is beset with “armed gangs.”

“The American audience doesn’t really care about reforms,” she continues. “They won’t understand it and they are not interested to do so,” so a brief mention of reforms should suffice.

Instead, the president should focus on mistakes made and efforts to change. “American Psyche can be easily manipulated when they hear that there are ‘mistakes’ done and now we are ‘fixing it,’” Jaafari writes.

She then likens the activity in Syria to the Occupy Wall Street movement. “Its [sic] worth mentioning also what is happening now in Wall Street and the way the demonstrations are been suppressed by police men, police dogs and beatings,” she writes.
Full Article Here – http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2399959,00.asp 

Government ‘may sanction nerve-agent use on rioters’, scientists fear

The Independent
Feb. 7, 2012
By Steve Connor

Leading neuroscientists believe that the UK Government may be about to sanction the development of nerve agents for British police that would be banned in warfare under an international treaty on chemical weapons.

A high-level group of experts has asked the Government to clarify its position on whether it intends to develop “incapacitating chemical agents” for a range of domestic uses that go beyond the limited use of chemical irritants such as CS gas for riot control.

The experts were commissioned by the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of sciences, to investigate new developments in neuroscience that could be of use to the military. They concluded that the Government may be preparing to exploit a loophole in the Chemical Weapons Convention
allowing the use of incapacitating chemical agents for domestic law enforcement.

The 1993 convention bans the development, stockpiling and use of nerve agents and other toxic chemicals by the military but there is an exemption for certain chemical agents that could be used for “peaceful” domestic purposes such as policing and riot control.

The British Government has traditionally taken the view that only a relatively mild class of irritant chemical agents that affect the eyes and respiratory tissues, such as CS gas, are exempt from the treaty, and then only strictly for use in riot control.

But the Royal Society working group says the Government shifted its position to allow the development of more severe chemical agents, such as the type of potentially dangerous nerve gases used by Russian security forces to end hostage sieges. “The development of incapacitating chemical agents, ostensibly for law-enforcement purposes, raises a number of concerns in the context of humanitarian and human-rights law, as well as the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC),” the report says.

Full Article Here – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/government-may-sanction-nerveagent-use-on-rioters-scientists-fear-6612084.html 

Anonymous hacks Oakland officials in retaliation for OWS crackdowns

Feb. 7, 2012

Concerned with the continuous acts of police brutality perpetrated by law enforcement in Oakland, California, the online group Anonymous has published the personal details of some of the city’s leading officials.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Police Chief Howard Johnson and several members of the City Council are targeted in the loose-knit collective’s latest release, which is being touted as retaliation for the ongoing unjust actions by way of the Oakland Police Department and the mayor herself directed at Occupy Oakland. Since its inception, the Occupy Wall Street offshoot in the city of Oakland has undergone intense police scrutiny and spawned several city-wide demonstrations, repeatedly marred by violence made possible by an overzealous police response that often involves the deployment of weaponry to disrupt peaceful protests.

In the latest posting by an alleged member of Anonymous, the city’s actions are called into questioned.  
“Since the inception of Occupy Oakland, we have been actively monitoring your behavior and exposing the identities and sensitive information of Officers of the Oakland Police Department; as they have continued to act in an unprofessional and violent manner,” a member writes on a website affiliated with the group. “You tear gassed us. You shot us with your weapons. You arrested us. You beat us. You also did this to our friends and to our families.”

Several protesters have been injured during the last few months in Oakland, including Scott Olsen, an Iraq War veteran who suffered a fractured skull after being hit with a police-fired projectile. Despite injuries, the movement has only swelled and Oakland-area protesters continue to take to the streets.

On Monday, Mayor Quan hosted a rally against Occupy Oakland. The minuscule crowd was dwarfed by hundreds of Occupy protesters themselves. Police responded to the counter-protests clad in riot gear though no injuries were reported.

In their latest release, Anonymous questions authority in Oakland who continue to condemn the movement. Though a message recently published by the hacktivist collective does not make any call for action, it does post the personal details of Mayor Quan and others, which includes home addresses, telephone numbers and birthday.

“The people on this list are supposed to represent the best of what the city of Oakland has to offer. If they are the best, why is there so much trouble within the police department and in the city of Oakland?” asks an Anonymous operative.

Full Article Here – http://rt.com/usa/news/anonymous-oakland-officials-police-719/ 

Nigeria lead poisoning ‘worst in modern history’: HRW

Feb. 7, 2012

A lead poisoning epidemic in Nigeria’s north that has killed 400 children and affected thousands is the worst in modern history, but cleanup has not even begun in many areas, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

“Thousands of children in northern Nigeria need immediate medical treatment and dozens of villages remain contaminated two years into the worst lead poisoning epidemic in modern history,” the US-based group said in a statement.

The group reiterated a previous official death toll of 400 children, with the poisoning having been caused by illegal gold mining in villages in northern Zamfara state.

“What is urgently needed is a cleanup of the affected villages and some four million dollars (three million euros) will be required for this purpose,” HRW researcher Jane Cohen told AFP.

She said foreign donors, Nigeria’s federal and the Zamfara state government must work together to tackle the problem.

“The Zamfara government is making some efforts, but this not enough. The Nigerian government and international community have to be involved,” she said. Clean-up efforts have taken place in some areas and charities such as Doctors Without Borders have been treating victims but more urgent work is needed, according to HRW.

A robust clean-up should begin before the rainy season starts in April, Cohen said.

“Environmental cleanup efforts have not even begun in numerous affected villages,” the group said.

Full Article Here – http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-02-nigeria-poisoning-worst-modern-history.html