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Did Snowden’s mass surveillance leaks have a chilling effect on political activists?

A new report examines how political activists have responded to the knowledge they are under mass surveillance and subject to police spying. Published on Tuesday, the report by St Andrews University and Open Democracy was compiled by interviewing a number of activists who had taken part in direct actions to ...

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British armed forces would be stronger outside the EU, say former military chiefs

Former military leaders have rallied in favor of a British exit from the EU, citing the perils of allowing Brussels to run the country. Senior military figures have spoken for and against the EU over the course of the campaign. The latest intervention saw no less than 12 former officers ...

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Gun data must be shared Europe-wide to fight crime & terrorism – study

European states must improve the way in which they gather and share data on firearms in order to reduce crime and combat terrorism, a UK-led study has said. The research, the result of a 15-month project led by Coventry University, recommends setting up “firearms focal points” and creating a pan ...

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Isis Close? Looks suspicious! Unfortunately named street address ‘blocked by PayPal’

PayPal has been accused of blacklisting all addresses containing the word ISIS, according to a technology expert. Oxford University Professor Ray Corrigan claims the online payment firm is refusing to allow cash transfers to a local haberdashery located on a street named Isis Close. He said PayPal told the haberdashery ...

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Brexit would ‘condemn Britain to irrelevance’ – UK historians

More than 300 historians have warned voters that leaving the European Union would “condemn Britain to irrelevance,” while Europe would be open “to division and weakness.” The academics and writers, whose areas of interest include 20th century Germany and Britain during World War II, expressed their strong support for the ...

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Tory benefit sanctions driving vulnerable claimants to crime & poverty – report

Benefit sanctions are driving “vulnerable” claimants to hunger, destitution and crime, a report by Salford City Council has revealed. The research, first picked up by the Independent, warned that rather than encouraging claimants to enter the labor market, the sudden loss of basic income has adverse effects on mental health, ...

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Generous or ‘mugs of the world’? 144% rise in UK aid spending enrages Tories

Tory MPs have rounded on Prime Minister David Cameron after new figures revealed British overseas aid spending has rocketed to £13 billion (US$19 billion) per year. An official government report shows the UK is the only member of the G7 – a collection powerful industrialized nations – to meet the ...

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EU ‘violates international law’ by failing to tackle corruption, says justice minister

The European Union is failing to take steps to tackle the “corruption” and “systemic fraud” that is rife in the bloc, Britain’s pro-Brexit justice minister Dominic Raab says. Conservative Raab says the EU is in “violation of international law” for not implementing the UN convention against corruption, eight years after ...

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‘Declaration of war’: North Yorkshire fracking approval sparks outrage

Anti-fracking campaigners have lambasted North Yorkshire council for unleashing an assault on citizens’ rights to fresh air and clean water, after the local authority approved Britain’s first fracking operation since 2011. Fracking will occur in Britain for the first time in five years after the local authority gave the green ...

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Fallon Syria statement: Defeating ISIS will be ‘complex’

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told Parliament on Tuesday the Syrian civil war, the persistence of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Russia’s intervention have created a “complex situation” in defeating the terror group. Fallon issued his first formal statement on UK’s military operations to the House of Commons since MPs voted ...

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