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2012 February 15 | Activist News

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Daily Archives: February 15, 2012

Hackers take aim at Nasdaq, Bats websites

Feb. 15, 2012

AFP – Hackers have targeted the public websites of the operators of the Nasdaq and Bats stock exchanges over the past two days with cyberattacks that disrupted the sites but had no impact on trading.

The Nasdaq.com website was briefly inaccessible at times on Tuesday although it was back online and functioning normally late in the day.

Nasdaq did not immediately reply to an inquiry from AFP but The Wall Street Journal quoted a spokesman as saying that “during the past 24 hours, Nasdaq OMX has experienced intermittent service disruptions on our corporate websites.”

The Kansas-based Bats, which operates the BZX and BYX exchanges, said the Bats public website, “along with other securities industry websites,” was hit by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Monday.

“Our trading systems were not affected and there were no Exchange customer disruptions associated with the incident,” a Bats spokeswoman told AFP.

Full Article Here – http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iwrbtcGoc5uAovZY7YMKY0_n8huw?docId=CNG.3857041cbe5bc4267b095d487378e348.1a1

Heavy police presence blocks Bahrain protests

Al Jazeera
Feb. 15, 2012

A massive police presence in the Bahraini capital kept protesters from gathering in Pearl Roundabout to mark the one-year anniversary of widespread pro-democracy protests in the island kingdom.

Armoured vehicles lined major highways leading into the capital on Tuesday and sealed off the entrances to villages, some of which became the site of violent clashes between protesters and police that continued overnight.

The village of Sanabis became a focal point, activists said, with police raiding homes and arresting numerous people.

Small groups of protesters did manage to reach the capital, where they were quickly dispersed by riot police wielding tear gas and shotguns.

One of those groups was led by Nabeel Rajab, the head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, who was briefly detained by police. Witnesses said that officers fired tear-gas canisters directly at the protesters.

At least 30 people were arrested during Tuesday’s protests, activists said, including several American activists working with an organisation called Witness Bahrain.

Two other members of the group were arrested and deported after a protest on Sunday.

‘People keep coming back’

The uprising in Bahrain was crushed last March, when Bahraini security forces – backed by soldiers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf countries – cleared protesters from Pearl Roundabout and destroyed the iconic statue at its centre.

Full Article Here – http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/02/201221415146400277.html

Group: China cops beat Tibet monk as he burns

Associated Press
Feb. 14, 2012

BEIJING – A Tibetan monk set himself on fire in western China and was beaten by security forces as they put out the flames, a rights group said, marking the latest in a series of dramatic protests against China’s handling of its vast Tibetan areas.

Responding to spiraling unrest in Tibetan areas, Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday defended China’s policies on Tibet, saying the government respects traditional culture and freedom of religious belief. He said China has invested heavily in Tibet and will continue to do so.

He also said attempts to undermine stability by inciting monks was counter to the interests of Tibetans.

Activist groups say the self-immolations are a protest against China’s policies and a call for the return of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetans’ exiled spiritual leader.

Group: Tibetan sets herself on fire in protest

The Chinese government has condemned the self-immolations and says an upsurge in violence in Tibetan areas, including some deadly clashes between Tibetan protesters and security forces, are being instigated by forces outside the country wanting to separate Tibet from China.

“Any attempt to incite a small number of monks to take radical moves to undermine stability in the Tibet Autonomous Region is not in the interest of development in Tibet or the interests of the people living in Tibet,”
Wen told reporters at a joint press conference with visiting leaders from the European Union. “Such attempts can have no popular support.”

Full Article Here – http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57377173/china-cops-beat-tibet-monk-as-he-burns/?tag=re1.latest 

Bulgaria Withdraws From ACTA

Feb. 14, 2012
By Dave Thier

Is the tide starting to turn on the European Union’s controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement? First Germany said that they were going to back off ratifying ACTA, following the position taken by Poland earlier.
Now Bulgaria is doing the same thing, and won’t be taking any steps toward ratifying the treaty any time soon.

Like Germany, Bulgaria is waiting for a clearer stance from the EU, but Economy and Energy Minister Traicho Traikov also had some interesting things to say on the very premise of what some have argued is an overly harsh application of copyright laws.

“I’m a pessimist when it comes to regulating an industry, which hasn’t adapted to the digital age, through sanctions rather than market means,” he told reporters in Sofia today, according to Bloomberg. “Authors’ copyrights should not be placed above human rights.”

The move seems to be a response to massive protests against ACTA on Feb. 11, in Bulgaria and other European cities. Previously, many had complained that ACTA was being ratified behind closed doors and without public involvement, but it seems like no country is going to be able to deal with the legislation out of the public eye any more.

Full Article Here – http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2012/02/14/bulgaria-withdraws-from-acta/