Blythe Arpino James

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Eco-Anarchists and Police Are On the Fight Path in France

There was a riot in Nantes on Saturday against the building of a new airport.<p>On Saturday afternoon, my hometown was on fire as a black bloc of ultra-left activists rioted against the creation of a massive new airport. Nantes, in the northwest of France, has been the focal point of protests against …

Deluge dilemma: UK lacks flood funds to protect both town & country

The UK will be forced to choose between towns or the countryside in the struggle to protect against the worst floods in over 50 years. The …

Video released: Guardian destroys Snowden files on GCHQ’s orders

The Guardian has released a video of the newspaper’s editors destroying hard drives and memory cards with encrypted files leaked by Edward Snowden – …

UK media alarmed by govt bill allowing seizure of journalists’ notes, files

UK media organizations have warned that if a government bill authorizing police to seize journalists' notebooks, photos and digital files is passed …

Buying Your Drugs Online Is Good for You

The internet knows a lot more about harm reduction than anyone else.<p><i>Heroin listings on Silk Road</i><p>Silk Road 2.0, the successor to the deep web's most infamous marketplace, just passed a new milestone. After a dramatic holiday season, when three of its staff and several vendors were arrested on …

Ukrainian opposition rejects govt proposal, talks to continue

After consulting protesters on Independence Square, leaders of the opposition rejected the government’s terms that evolved from the Thursday …

'Can’t afford to die': British families on low incomes struggle with 'funeral poverty'

Over 100,000 people in the UK will hardly manage to pay for a funeral this year. With the average cost of dying having risen by 7.1 percent, the poor …

Snowden to ask Russian police for protection after US threats – lawyer

NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, will ask Russian law enforcers to protect him, his lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, has said. The former NSA contractor …

NSA sets global trend for invasive state snooping – HRW

The United States’ dragnet surveillance programs have set a dangerous precedent, encouraging other states to bolster their own snooping capabilities …

Police aware shooting of Mark Duggan risked triggering wider disorder

Police knew that the shooting of Mark Duggan risked triggering wider disorder, despite Scotland Yard's later claim that the Tottenham riots that spread across England could not have been predicted, the <i>Observer</i> can reveal.<p>Extra security measures were ordered by senior officers on the night of …

UK Chancellor proposes £25bn of new post-2015 election cuts

UK Chancellor George Osborne proposed a further £25bn ($41.1bn) in UK spending cuts, which he warned would be required in the two years after the …

Which state secrets will be revealed next?

This week's revelations about Margaret Thatcher's meetings and memos from 1983 and 1984 are the latest to emerge from the National Archives' regular releases of previously classified government documents. There are plenty more to come – and we'll see some sooner than expected.<p>Unless a department …

935,000 displaced in Central African Republic amid ‘unprecedented’ violence

Targeted attacks against children, looting and burning of houses have been reported in the ongoing sectarian violence in Central African Republic by …

Are Terrorists Intent On Destroying the Sochi Olympics?

Russia is bracing itself after Monday's Volgograd suicide bombings.<p><i>The trolleybus that was bombed in Volgograd on Monday (Photo by Nikita Baryshev / Demotix)</i><p>On Sunday the 29th of December, a bomb exploded in the entrance of the main train station in Volgograd, Russia, where people were queuing to …

Protesters force Libya internet shutdown

<b>Protesters armed with knives and sticks have stormed the building of Libya's largest internet provider in the capital, Tripoli.</b><p>Some 150 people forced employees of the state-owned internet provider, the Libyan Telecoms and Technology company (LTT), to switch off its service for much of Saturday.<p>It …

​UK wastes millions on ‘development’ aid to China

The British government has been blasted for giving millions in aid to China and other nations developing their own space missions. Yes, the world’s …

Police Tried and Failed to Clear Kiev's Independence Square

Ukraine's pro-EU protesters aren't budging.<p>Following Sunday's massive turnout in Kiev's Independence Square, pro-EU protesters and spectators were braced for a police crackdown. And at lunchtime on Monday, that looked likely – there were alerts that the cops had surrounded the square and were about …

Universities and Police Versus Britain's Students

Last night's protest at the University of London didn't end peacefully.<p>Last night, three students were arrested after deciding to occupy Senate House on the campus of the University of London. Once they were holed up in the vice-chancellor's office, they issued their communiqué. The protesters' …

Bulgarian students lead wave of protest

Just after 1am inside Sofia University, a handful of young people are spray painting protest banners in a dimly lit corridor. Upstairs in a lecture hall, and dotted around nearby classrooms, fellow students are curled up on the floor asleep. Volunteers in yellow jackets are standing guard at the …

Majority of Silk Road's Bitcoins may remain unseized

Almost 80% of the Bitcoins received by Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR), the pseudonymous head of the Silk Road digital black market, may not have been seized by the FBI, according to new research by two Israeli computer scientists.<p>When the FBI seized the Bitcoin wealth of DPR, believed to be 29-year-old …

The Spanish Government Is Trying to Outlaw Peaceful Protest

They've come up with a new law that looks at the recent history of dissent and bans it all.<p>On Wednesday, the Spanish government announced a draft proposal to introduce anti-protest measures that would make Russia’s handling of activists look magnanimous in comparison. If passed, the bill will …

Australia Authorizing Destruction of Great Barrier Reef

By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown<p>When Captain Cook almost literally stumbled upon Australia’s Great Barrier Reef—it reached upward and clenched his ship—its size awed him. When the first orbiting astronauts looked down on their home planet, the Great Barrier Reef’s size awed them too. Australia’s …

Newfound "King of Gore" Dinosaur Ruled Before T. Rex

The ancient tyrannosaur resembles T. rex and was found in the Southwest.<p><b>A newly discovered "King of Gore" tyrannosaur pushes back the origins ofT. rex's terrifying family tree to at least 80 million years ago, report paleontologists.</b><p><i>Lythronax argestes</i> (which literally means "Gore King from the …

Anonymous Failed to Bring Down the British Government with Fireworks

According to the plan, rather than going home when they got cold, the idea was that everyone would stay for an entire day. At least, that seemed to be the idea from the Facebook call out, "NOTE: This will be a 24 hour event, please be prepared to...<p><i>Photos by Jake Lewis</i><p>Last night was fireworks …

The strange world of urban exploration http://t.gu.com/p3ADx Urban explorers scale skyscrapers, jump fences, lift manhole covers – and break the law. Robert Macfarlane joins fearless urbexer Bradley Garrett on a night-time jaunt, and discovers the thrills of this illicit and dangerous pastime

Golden Dawn is growing – Europe must help curb the rise of the far right

The rise of the far right is a daily reality in austerity-striken Europe. Its effects are more prominent in countries like Greece and Cyprus, where the impact of the crisis has been most severe. Yesterday, in Greece, a self-confessed member of the far-right party Golden Dawn allegedly killed …