Robert and William Isaias Dassum: The case of the Ecuadorian banking fugitives that live and invest in the U.S.

  Introduction     The Ecuadorian bank, Filanbanco’s failure helped cause the 1999 banking crisis in this tiny country.  It is estimated that the brothers, William and Roberto Isaias Dassum, owe the Ecuadorian treasury a whopping $661 million which they allegedly embezzled from the bank.  Armando Bermeo, then head of the Supreme Court, accused the […]

Four in 5 Americans Face Near-poverty and no work or opportunities under Obama

So when someone asks, “How is the American Empire doing”, you can tell them that four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives.  Sound like a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.  Sure, chump change you cannot believe […]

Part Two: Solutions to disarm spying in Ecuador: by Jacob Appelbaum

Picture of Jacob Appelbaum Translated from: http://www.telegrafo.com.ec/actualidad/item/soluciones-para-desarmar-al-espionaje-en-el-ecuador.html Jacob Appelbaum is co-author with Julian Assange, Andy Muller-Maguhn and Jeremie Zimmerman of a book about cryptography and the future of the internet: Cypherpunks, http://bit.ly/1bw9Sc6 freely available. The book is based on the following conversation (dubbed in Spanish), which was part of the RT program Assange: The World […]

The World Spy ss. a "real" rule of law

The following is by Jacob Appelbaum. Jacob Appelbaum Jacob Appelbaum is co-author with Julian Assange of a book about cryptography and the future of the Internet: Cypherpunks, available free at http://bit.ly/1bw9Sc6 http://www.telegrafo.com.ec/actualidad/item/el-espionaje-mundial-vs-un-verdadero-estado-de-derecho.html 21 Jul 2013 Governments are considered legitimate if they represent the will of the people. Generally, legitimate countries are governed by a system […]

Assange to run for the Australian Senate: You can’t exile thinking

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, this Thursday formally introduced via a connection from Skype of London, The WikiLeaks Party, which will compete for a seat in the Senate in the legislative elections in Australia, scheduled for September 14 of 2014. The new lineup, so far, will represent seven candidates for the upper house in the states […]

The Logical (and coming) End to the U.S. Empire

There are numerous legal and ethical arguments that can and have been made in opposition to U.S. foreign policy of raw aggression. For an example of the illegalities of U.S. Empire, examine the Geneva Conventions, all four of which directly proscribe what they each call “outrages” to human dignity, “in particular humiliating and degrading treatment” […]

Setting up encrypted email

Anyone who has been paying attention in the last two months, knows about Edward Snowden, PRISM, and the NSA spying scandal. It has never been more pertinent than now to set up encryption when interacting on the internet. Below are some ways to encrypt email to get you started. Yes, sometimes it’s a pain, but […]

The Lumina Foundation again: prioritizing academic misery

As I have written and commented on for more than a year, The Lumina Foundation has been selected for some time as the wrecking ball against the public commons, especially in terms of higher ed. Lumina is the kitechn cabinet of the Department of Education under Obama and the new Race to the Top for […]

Ruppert Murdoch: "Paying bribes is the culture of my business"

Bribery undermines the Murdoch media empire Detectives from Scotland Yard are seeking a secret recording in which billionaire, Ruppert Murdoch, admitted that wiretapping practices and paying bribes to British officials in exchange for exclusive newspaper coverage is a culture in the business of newspapers he owns which includes The Sun and The Times, among others. […]