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Cyberwar and international law

Extortion: it’s not just for oppressive governments. According to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, several power utilities outside the U.S. have received extortion demands, in which online attackers (perhaps with inside help) threaten to shut down power grids via internet-based attacks. Some attacks have been carried out, the CIA says, darkening entire regions. Information Week…

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The War Card: Orchestrated Deception on the Path to War

Global Integrity co-founder Charles Lewis is not one to let untold stories slip from sight. At the moment, the popular mood has turned against the Bush administration’s rush to war in Iraq. But history is slippery and subject to revision, where truth becomes a game of that’s-your-opinion, and ‘balance’ means giving the truth equal time…

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Corruption may topple Italian ruling coalition

Italian Justice Minister Clemente Mastella has resigned after police placed his wife under house arrest following an investigation into corruption in the local health care system. Mastella, who is also under investigation, still controls seats in the Senate. Prime Minister Romano Prodi, who had a razor-thin one-vote majority prior to Mastella’s resignation, now faces an…

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U.S. Congress steamrolls White House on earmarks

Here in the U.S. we’ve seen 7 years of radical expansion of executive branch power. The most frustrating aspect of this power-grab has been the near unanimous lack of opposition from Congress. With a few exceptions, the legislative branch has been unwilling to really push back against the Bush White House. Until today, when both…

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Nepal’s Media Freedoms: Lost in Transition?

Journalists in Nepal are currently under intense pressure, a distressing departure from the generally positive transition from absolute rule to democracy. King Gyanendra led a brutal campaign to censor the media after dismissing the elected government in February 2005. Weeks of public protest forced Gyanendra to abdicate in April 2006, leading to the reinstatement of…

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