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February 18, 2018


Epic Games Uses Private Investigators to Locate Cheaters

Last fall, Epic Games released Fortnite’s free-to-play “Battle Royale” game mode for the PC and other platforms, generating massive interest among gamers.

This also included thousands of cheaters, many of whom were subsequently banned. Epic Games then went a step further by taking several cheaters to court for copyright infringement.

In the months that have passed several cases have been settled with undisclosed terms, but it appears that not all defendants are easy to track down. In at least two cases, Epic had to retain the services of private investigators to locate their targets.

In a case filed in North Carolina, the games company was unable to serve the defendant (now identified as B.B) so they called in the help of Klatt Investigations, with success.

“[A]fter having previously engaged two other process servers that were unable to locate and successfully serve B.B., Epic engaged Klatt Investigations, a Canadian firm that provides various services related to the private service of process in civil matters.

“In this case, we engaged Klatt Investigations to locate and effect service of process by personal service on Defendant,” Epic informs the court.

As Epic Games didn’t know the age of the defendant beforehand they chose to approach the person as a minor, which turned out to be a wise choice. The alleged cheater indeed appears to be a minor, so both the Defendant and Defendant’s mother were served.

Based on this new information, Epic Games asked the court to redact any court documents that reveal personal information of the defendant, which includes his or her full name.

Epic’s request to seal

This is not the first time Epic Games has used a private investigator to locate a defendant. It hired S&H Investigative Services in another widely reported case, where the defendant also turned out to be a minor.

In that case, the mother of the alleged cheater wrote a letter to the court in her son’s defense, but after that, things went quiet.

This lack of response prompted Epic Games to ask the court to enter a default in this case, which means that the defendant risks a default judgment for copyright infringement.

Epic’s declaration for the motion to seal the personal details of minor B.B. is available here (pdf). The request to enter a default in the separate C.R case can be found (here pdf).

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by Ernesto at February 18, 2018 07:31 PM

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Ten Ways Natural Building can Address Climate Change

In 2009 Ianto was a featured speaker at the Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen.  180 nations were present for a week, discussing ways to slow down global warming.  Here’s the paper Ianto read, with minor updates. 

Amid the distraction of everyday life, the urgent banality of pandemic advertising and the media’s creation of daily “crises” it’s hard to remember that climate change is by far the most urgent agenda for all of us.  And it’s sometimes a surprise to realize that Natural Building is one of the few easy solutions.  Natural Building won’t stop global warming, but it stands a good chance of slowing it down.

In the United States, it’s estimated that half of all energy use goes into buildings, the majority of them houses.  In housing, natural construction can probably save 50-80% of this energy, so in terms of low-hanging fruit, these apples are right there at basket level. 

Natural Building offers a number of strategies and principles that, when applied on a large scale, will drastically reduce the amount of carbon emissions associated with construction, heating, cooling and maintaining houses.  Here are some of them in brief:

1. Use of local materials, minimally processed

The local foods movement is in full tilt.  We’re understanding the implication of buying corporate apples from Chile versus pruning our own apple trees.  As for building materials, what’s the sense in hauling away your local trees to a distant sawmill, then buying back inferior standardized products at half the strength and ten times the price?  Do you really need to bring bricks from giant factories hundreds of miles away when we have earth to build with right here in the backyard?

2. Earth, the main material, is abundant world-wide, long lasting, reusable indefinitely

We know how to use earth to make beautiful strong walls, floors and plasters.  Cob houses in England are still lived in after 800 years.  In the Middle East, there are earthen buildings 3,000 years old.  Most of China’s Great Wall is earthen constructions and is doing well after millennia.

3. With durable construction, no need for early replacement

Wood-frame houses with fiberglass insulation and sheetrock walls typically fall apart in a few decades, then there’s the cost, both budgetary and environmental, of rebuilding or replacing.  Earthen buildings can stand for centuries with hardly any repairs.  If the average wood framed house is in good shape for even 50 years and the cob equivalent for 500, over time the ecological cost of sustainable buildings in only one tenth of the alternative, even assuming no other savings.

4. Build gloves, not boxes.  Smaller buildings have less heat loss, less maintenance, less everything

We don’t clothe ourselves in boxes, why try to live in one?  Wrap the buildings around the use, as knitted socks fit your feet.  A tight fitting building can be much smaller, and a curved (not circular) space feels roughly twice the size of one with square corners and straight walls.  If we could do only one thing to cut global warming it would be to live in smaller homes that fit us better.

5. Observation of nature tells us what will work well

Building that accommodate natural principles will last longer, need less maintenance, create less pollution, and use less energy.  Nature has 10 billion years of slow experimentation to arrive at what works well.  We can learn from her.  For instance, she never repeats anything; if every daisy in the field looks identical, we’re not looking closely enough.  She makes almost nothing square or straight.  Could it be that humans discovered a geometry of frailty?  Also, geological materials outlast biological ones. 

6. As a movement it can model non-consumer satisfaction, by making not buying

Building your own shelter effects a paradigm shift for almost anyone.  The awareness and self-confidence it creates overflows into other parts of our lives such as what food we eat how we spend our time.  We’ll now enjoy other home-based activities – playing games with the family, making clothes instead of buying them, perhaps even starting a home business.  No more commuting means one less car.

7. Management by personal skills and observation, not by automation

Living in a natural house implies being engaged in its management, deciding when to open the curtains, let in fresh air, or make more heat by burning wood we cut, split and stacked ourselves.  We get basic satisfaction from these primary atavisms, involving us daily in Nature’s cycles.  Re-focusing our attention at home has many side-benefits, from strengthening family relationships to decreased consumption.

8. Natural Building builds a network of resistance to compulsory consumption

As corporations gain more control of our lives, restrictive laws force us to consume more, over our own reluctance.  Building regulations ensure that legal construction is overbuilt and very expensive.  Well-intentioned consumers get trapped in a maze of insurance, taxes and fear of prosecution.  Almost by definition, consumers are isolated.  Yet because Natural Building is a social activity, it quickly creates networks of like-minded independents who gain self-confidence by being part of the movement.  By sharing stories and strategies, we understand our rights and options better.  Together we can stand up to societal manipulation. 

9. Older industrial societies model the advantages of traditional building

China just gained the distinction of being the world’s biggest polluter, as a fifth of the world’s people fight to own a personal car, to eat meat daily and to buy plastic throw-away junk.  Most of the world now aspires to a big concrete house with a giant TV.  Who taught them?  For decades, though media and international “aid” Americans have projected the American Dream as the only worthwhile goal.  Even if some of them hate us, many of the world’s people still look to the US for models of how to house themselves.  But 8 billion people living in US-sized houses will commit us all to starvation.  It’s time to model high-profile ecological buildings that work better and cost less than the industrial throwaways.  We already have their attention so now let’s project a sustainable, joyful model for the rest of the world to emulate.

10. Natural Building attracts attention because it is a public performance

This field has been shown to grow exponentially, autonomously and democratically.  Almost anybody building with earth attracts helpers.  People just passing by join in because it looks like fun.  From small beginnings only 20 years ago, it has now become a worldwide movement.  Reasons for its success?  The techniques are simple; in a couple of weeks you can learn to build your own home.  Then you can teach that to other people and they can teach others.  Also, natural builders are manifestly having fun.  They’re inspired partly by the cooperative, friendly, humorous approach.  The most unlikely people become aficionados at their first exposure, bubbling with excitement.  But who ever feel in love with concrete blocks?

By 2009, the industrial building industry was at a standstill.  Stories abound of unemployment, bankruptcies and withered hopes.  By contrast, natural builders have been fully employed, the whole time.  There’s a backlog of work for skilled natural builders.  Here’s a window of hope: the construction industry is desperately looking for ways to stay in business.  Maybe we have a key.  Is it time to let the secret out?

by cobcottage at February 18, 2018 07:25 PM


Sweden Considers Six Years in Jail For Online Pirates

Ever since the infamous Pirate Bay trial more than a decade ago, prosecutors in Sweden have called for a tougher approach to breaches of copyright law. In general terms, the country has been painted as soft on infringement but that could all be about to change.

After reaching the conclusion that penalties in Sweden “appear to be low” when compared to those on the international stage, the government sought advice on how such crimes can be punished, not only more severely, but also in proportion to the alleged damage caused.

In response, Minister for Justice Heléne Fritzon received a report this week. It proposes a new tier of offenses with “special” punishments to tackle large-scale copyright infringement and “serious” trademark infringement.

Presented by Council of Justice member Dag Mattsson, the report envisions new criminal designations and crime being divided into two levels of seriousness.

“A person who has been found guilty of copyright infringement or trademark infringement of a normal grade may be sentenced to fines or imprisonment up to a maximum of two years,” the government notes.

“In cases of gross crimes, a person may be convicted of gross copyright infringement or gross trademark infringement and sent to prison for at least six months and not more than six years.”

Last year the Supreme Court found that although prison sentences can be handed down in such cases, there were no legislative indications that copyright infringement should be penalized via a term of imprisonment.

For an idea of the level of change, one only need refer to The Pirate Bay case, which would undoubtedly be considered as “gross infringement” under the new proposals.

Under the new rules, defendants Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundström would be sentenced to a minimum of six months and a maximum of six years. As things stood, with infringement being dealt with via fines or up to two years’ imprisonment, they were sentenced to prison terms of eight, ten and four months respectively.

Under the new proposals, damage to rightsholders and monetary gain by the defendant would be taken into account when assessing whether a crime is “gross” or not. This raises the question of whether someone sharing a single pre-release movie could be deemed a gross infringer even if no money was made.

Also of interest are proposals that would enable the state to confiscate all kinds of property, both physical items and more intangible assets such as domain names. This proposal is a clear nod towards the Pirate Bay case which dragged on for several years before the state was able to take over its thepiratebay.se domain.

“Today there is organized online piracy that has major consequences for the whole community,” Minister Fritzon said in a statement.

“Therefore, it is good that the punishments for these crimes have been reviewed, as the sentence will then be proportional to the seriousness of the crime.”

The legislative amendments are proposed to enter into force on July 1, 2019.

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by Andy at February 18, 2018 11:12 AM

Insurrection News Worldwide

Turkey: Revolutionary Student Movement (DÖH) Claim Responsibility for 5 Arson Attacks Against AKP Targets in Solidarity with Afrin

The Revolutionary Student Movement (DÖH) has carried out a series of actions for Afrin. In a written statement they called on all patriotic students to support the resistance in Afrin. In addition, they have published the balance sheet of their actions.

The balance of the actions is as follows:

January 11th
Three workshops belonging to AKP collaborators were torched in Efendi district and Eskihisar district in Denizli. These actions caused huge financial damage, the workshops are no longer useable.

January 24th
Two cars belonging to AKP collaborators were torched in Bingöl.

February 4th
At 4:00 in Akzay district in Sakrya, a factory belonging to an AKP collaborator was set on fire. The factory was completely destroyed, causing material damage of several million Turkish lira.

In Ankara, a furniture factory belonging to an AKP collaborator was attacked with Molotovs and noise bombs.

In Eskişehir, a car belonging to somebody who directly collaborated with the Turkish State was destroyed.

(via Nûçe Ciwan, translated by Insurrection News)

by Insurrection News at February 18, 2018 06:50 AM

Report-Back on Actions for the International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist & Antifascist Prisoners in Russia

Received on 18.02.18:

On February 5-12, an International Week of solidarity with Anarchist and Antifascist Prisoners in Russia took place. 21 actions against repression were joined by 21 Russian cities and a large number of foreign comrades, from Belarus to the US and Canada.

Information materials, leaflets, graffiti and stencils were distributed, banners were posted informing about repressions against anarchists. Actions were held in Kaliningrad, Altai, Kursk, Novosibirsk, Samara, Kemerovo, Astrakhan, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Izhevsk, Penza, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Nakhodka, Chelyabinsk and Vorkuta.

Pickets informing about the terror of the FSB against anarchists were held in Yekaterinburg, Kandalaksha, Tomsk, Sochi, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Saratov.

In Samara, an evening of solidarity was organized. Visitors were told about repressions against anarchists and about the basic rules of conspiracy. After that,  the film “Sacco and Vanzetti” was shown, the story of these people clearly demonstrates all the inhumanity and uselesness of the state system and the methods that it has used, to this day, to suppress any protests.

In Moscow, an unauthorized march of anarchists against the lawlessness of the FSB also took place. Several dozen people blocked Myasnitskaya – one of the central streets adjacent to the Lubyanka, where the main FSB department is located. They passed along it with the banner “FSB is the main terrorist.”

Solidarity actions were also held in other countries. In Belarus, anarchists distributed leaflets informing about the persecution of Russian anarchists.

In Lutsk, Ukraine, there were also grafitti in solidarity with Russian anarchists.

Actions of solidarity took place in Warsaw, Gdansk (Poland) and Prague (Czech Republic).

In Prague, Czech Republic, a concert was held in support of repressed Russian anarchists. At the concert  information was spread about repressions in Russia and money was raised for the Anarchist Black Cross, which provides assistance to political prisoners. Also fundraising was carried out in Estonia at concerts of musical groups Ognemöt, Adrestia and Prophets V in Tallinn and Tartu.

Also, an event to inform about repression in Russia and fund-raising was held in Budapest, Hungary.

In France, a solidarity dinner was held, the funds from which were directed to support the Russian anarchists.

Also, many solidarity events took place in the United States. So, in Minneapolis there was an evening of solidarity, in Brooklyn – a film show. Antifascist online store from Portland spread information about repression and raised money to support the repressed anarchists. In Kansas, a street demonstration was held in support of Russian anarchists. In New York, a picket took place at the Russian consulate. Also, representatives of the Revolutionary Abolitionist movement from New York expressed solidarity.

A solidarity action was held in Toronto, Canada. Anarchists held a picket on the most crowded square in the city, informing passers-by about repressions in Russia.

The week of solidarity was held in solidarity with Russian anarchists, subjected to repression by the FSB. In the fall of 2017, the FSB arrested six anarchists from Penza. The reason for the arrest was that all the six played airsoft, which was regarded by the secret services as a training for the overthrow of state power. Weapons were implanted to the detainees, they were accused of organizing a terrorist community. For months, the detainees were daily tortured and beaten until they agreed to slander themselves. They were hung upside down, beaten, tortured with electric shockers. In January 2018, several anarchists were kidnapped in St. Petersburg. Two suspects and one witness were seized, all of them were tortured. One of the detainees for this purpose was taken to the forest near the city. Another detainee was tortured for more than a day. Only officially the interrogation lasted a day – from three o’clock in the morning until three o’clock in the morning. Although one of the suspects and the witness made a statement about the
torture, their statements were not checked by the state authorities.

The FSB is announcing plans for arrests on the fabricated case of a terrorist group of two dozen anarchists in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Penza and Belarus.

Also in the Crimea, special services detained a local anarchist and social activist Yevgeny Karakashev. The reason for the detention is the active participation of Yevegeny in the social struggle of the inhabitants of the peninsula. On the day of the arrest, the Mayor of Evpatoria met with protesters against point-building and made a hint about possible
arrests. The reason for the arrest was Yevgeny’s correspondence in a group chat in social networks.

Immediately after the end of the week of actions in support of Russian anarchists, repressions were continued in Moscow. On February 13, early in the morning, an anarchist Elena Gorban was arrested. In violation of all norms, the lawyer was not admitted to Elena for several hours until she agreed to admit guilt in the attack against the office of the ruling Russian party, “United Russia”. On the same day, anarchist Alexei
Kobaidze was detained and arrested for the same charge. The reason for the arrests was an unauthorized demonstration in Moscow against the FSB terror. Early in the morning, before the appearance of information in the media and the Internet about the arrests of anarchists, the pro-government telegram channels published a video of detention and a
message that  anarchists taking part in the demonstration had been detained in Moscow. The investigators who questioned Elena also asked her about the demonstration although the detainees were charged with the attack against United Russia, and not participation in the demonstration.

After the arrest, actions of solidarity were continued in Russia. In Chelyabinsk, anarchists placed a banner near the FSB  building and threw a smoke bomb to its territory. And in the suburbs of Moscow, a mobilising raid was held in solidarity with the repressed anarchists.

We are calling upon everybody to continue the solidarity campaign!

(translated from Naroborona.info, click link for more photos and videos)

by Insurrection News at February 18, 2018 03:41 AM

February 17, 2018


Game Companies Oppose DMCA Exemption for ‘Abandoned’ Online Games

There are a lot of things people are not allowed to do under US copyright law, but perhaps just as importantly there are exemptions.

The U.S. Copyright Office is currently considering whether or not to loosen the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, which prevent the public from ‘tinkering’ with DRM-protected content and devices.

These provisions are renewed every three years after the Office hears various arguments from the public. One of the major topics on the agenda this year is the preservation of abandoned games.

The Copyright Office previously included game preservation exemptions to keep these games accessible. This means that libraries, archives, and museums can use emulators and other circumvention tools to make old classics playable.

Late last year several gaming fans including the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (the MADE), a nonprofit organization operating in California, argued for an expansion of this exemption to also cover online games. This includes games in the widely popular multiplayer genre, which require a connection to an online server.

“Although the Current Exemption does not cover it, preservation of online video games is now critical,” MADE wrote in its comment to the Copyright Office.

“Online games have become ubiquitous and are only growing in popularity. For example, an estimated fifty-three percent of gamers play multiplayer games at least once a week, and spend, on average, six hours a week playing with others online.”

This week, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which acts on behalf of prominent members including Electonic Arts, Nintendo and Ubisoft, opposed the request.

While they are fine with the current game-preservation exemption, expanding it to online games goes too far, they say. This would allow outsiders to recreate online game environments using server code that was never published in public.

It would also allow a broad category of “affiliates” to help with this which, according to the ESA, could include members of the public

“The proponents characterize these as ‘slight modifications’ to the existing exemption. However they are nothing of the sort. The proponents request permission to engage in forms of circumvention that will enable the complete recreation of a hosted video game-service environment and make the video game available for play by a public audience.”

“Worse yet, proponents seek permission to deputize a legion of ‘affiliates’ to assist in their activities,” ESA adds.

The proposed changes would enable and facilitate infringing use, the game companies warn. They fear that outsiders such as MADE will replicate the game servers and allow the public to play these abandoned games, something games companies would generally charge for. This could be seen as direct competition.

MADE, for example, already charges the public to access its museum so they can play games. This can be seen as commercial use under the DMCA, ESA points out.

“Public performance and display of online games within a museum likewise is a commercial use within the meaning of Section 107. MADE charges an admission fee – ‘$10 to play games all day’.

“Under the authority summarized above, public performance and display of copyrighted works to generate entrance fee revenue is a commercial use, even if undertaken by a nonprofit museum,” the ESA adds.

The ESA also stresses that their members already make efforts to revive older games themselves. There is a vibrant and growing market for “retro” games, which games companies are motivated to serve, they say.

The games companies, therefore, urge the Copyright Office to keep the status quo and reject any exemptions for online games.

“In sum, expansion of the video game preservation exemption as contemplated by Class 8 is not a ‘modest’ proposal. Eliminating the important limitations that the Register provided when adopting the current exemption risks the possibility of wide-scale infringement and substantial market harm,” they write.

The Copyright Office will take all arguments into consideration before it makes a final decision. It’s clear that the wishes of game preservation advocates, such as MADE, are hard to unite with the interests of the game companies, so one side will clearly be disappointed with the outcome.

A copy of ESA’s submissionavailablelble here (pdf).

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by Ernesto at February 17, 2018 10:01 PM


Gent (Belgium): Kraaiennest, new squatted social center

On 15 february 2018, a few hundred people were demonstrating in Gent against the squatting ban. They ended up occupying a big empty building for people in need of housing. The banner on the squatted building is stating: “What is not allowed is still possible“. From 23 till 25 February, the action weekend against the squatting ban will take place in Gent. This new social center is called Kraaiennest. More events in Gent are to be found on Chiropractor.

by fawda at February 17, 2018 02:26 PM


Subtitle Heroes: Fansubbing Movie Criticized For Piracy Promotion

With many thousands of movies and TV shows being made available illegally online every year, a significant number will be enjoyed by speakers of languages other than that presented in the original production.

When Hollywood blockbusters appear online, small armies of individuals around the world spring into action, translating the dialog into Chinese and Czech, Dutch and Danish, French and Farsi, Russian and Romanian, plus a dozen languages in between. TV shows, particularly those produced in the US, get the same immediate treatment.

For many years, subtitling (‘fansubbing’) communities have provided an incredible service to citizens around the globe, from those seeking to experience new culture and languages to the hard of hearing and profoundly deaf. Now, following in the footsteps of movies like TPB:AFK and Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, a new movie has premiered in Italy which celebrates this extraordinary movement.

Subs Heroes from writer and director Franco Dipietro hit cinemas at the end of January. It documents the contribution fansubbing has made to Italian culture in a country that under fascism in 1934 banned the use of foreign languages in films, books, newspapers and everyday speech.

The movie centers on the large subtitle site ItalianSubs.net. Founded by a group of teenagers in 2006, it is now run by a team of men and women who maintain their identities as regular citizens during the day but transform into “superheroes of fansubbing” at night.

Needless to say, not everyone is pleased with this depiction of the people behind the now-infamous 500,000 member site.

For many years, fansubbing attracted very little heat but over time anti-piracy groups have been turning up the pressure, accusing subtitling teams of fueling piracy. This notion is shared by local anti-piracy outfit FAPAV (Federation for the Protection of Audiovisual and Multimedia Content), which has accused Dipietro’s movie of glamorizing criminal activity.

In a statement following the release of Subs Heroes, FAPAV made its position crystal clear: sites like ItalianSubs do not contribute to the development of the audiovisual market in Italy.

“It is necessary to clarify: when a protected work is subtitled and there is no right to do so, a crime is committed,” the anti-piracy group says.

“[Italiansubs] translates and makes available subtitles of audiovisual works (films and television series) in many cases not yet distributed on the Italian market. All this without having requested the consent of the rights holders. Ergo the Italiansubs community is illegal.”

Italiansubs (note ad for movie, top right)

FAPAV General Secretary Federico Bagnoli Rossi says that the impact that fansubbers have on the market is significant, causing damage not only to companies distributing the content but also to those who invest in official translations.

The fact that fansubbers often translate content that is not yet available in the region only compounds matters, Rossi says, noting that unofficial translations can also have “direct consequences” on those who have language dubbing as an occupation.

“The audiovisual market today needs to be supported and the protection and fight against illicit behaviors are as fundamental as investments and creative ideas,” Rossi notes.

“Everyone must do their part, respecting the rules and with a competitive and global cultural vision. There are no ‘superheroes’ or noble goals behind piracy, but only great damage to the audiovisual sector and all its workers.”

Also piling on the criticism is the chief of the National Cinema Exhibitors’ Association, who wrote to all of the companies involved to remind them that unauthorized subtitling is a crime. According to local reports, there seems to be an underlying tone that people should avoid becoming associated with the movie.

This did not please director Franco Dipietro who is defending his right to document the fansubbing movement, whether the industry likes it or not.

“We invite those who perhaps think differently to deepen the discussion and maybe organize an event to talk about it together. The film is made to confront and talk about a phenomenon that, whether we like it or not, exists and we can not pretend that it is not there,” Dipietro concludes.

Subs Heroes Trailer 1 from Duel: on Vimeo.

Subs Heroes Trailer 2 from Duel: on Vimeo.

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by Andy at February 17, 2018 11:57 AM

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News from the prisoners…

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by hambachforest at February 17, 2018 11:43 AM

Insurrection News Worldwide

İzmir, Turkey: Incendiary Actions by Kurdish Youth in Revenge for Civilians Massacred in Afrin


15.02.18: In a written statement, angry Kurdish youth have claimed responsibility for incendiary attacks against a State-owned gymnasium and a bakery owned by an AKP collaborator. In their statement they declare: “We call on all Kurdish youths to take action against the fascist Turkish state everywhere. No young person should wait for a leader, because every Kurdish youth is a leader by nature”.

The balance of their actions is as follows:

In İzmir, a group of Kurdish youths in the Gaziemir district took action against a State-owned gymnasium. During the action, the boiler room exploded and part of the building collapsed causing a great deal of damage. The action was carried out in revenge for a family of 28 in Afrin, 17 of whom have been killed.

In İzmir, in the Karabağlar district, Kurdish youth carried out a gas canister bomb attack against a bakery owned by an AKP collaborator. The action destroyed the entire bakery and injured the collaborator. The action was carried out for the children in Afrin who lost their lives due to Turkish Military air raids. In addition, they wrote that their anger was great and that everyone who was involved in this massacre would be the target of future actions.

(via Nûçe Ciwan, translated by Insurrection News)

by Insurrection News at February 17, 2018 06:04 AM

Turkey: Wave of Incendiary Attacks by DGH and DGKH in Solidarity with the Defenders of Afrin

The Revolutionary Youth Movement (DGH) and the Revolutionary Young Women’s Movement (DGKH) have published a written report of the actions they have taken for Afrin. On their balance sheet, the young people assessed the situation in Kurdistan and called everyone to take action on their own initiative. All actions would serve as support for Afrin and against the plot against Leader APO (imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan).

The balance of the latest actions is as follows:

February 2nd:
In İzmir, Revenge Unit Şehîd Özgür was assigned to carry out an action against a packing factory in the Torbali Atatürk industrial area. The action resulted in material damage of millions of Turkish liras.

In Bursa, in the district of Yidirim, an action was carried out against a Turkish military building. Two enemies were wounded in the action. The action was carried out by Revenge Unit Şehîd Doga. The unit was able to escape from the scene without any problems.

February 4th:
In Istanbul, in the Ümraniye district a car belonging to an AKP collaborator was torched. In Dudullu district a factory belonging to another AKP collaborator was completely destroyed. The burnt factory resulted in material damage of several million Turkish liras. The action was carried out by Revenge Unit Şehîd Avesta Xabur. The unit escaped from the scene without any problems.

In Mersin, in the Yenişehir district, a bombing was carried out against a police station, injuring two enemies. The Revenge Unit Şehîd Zana, who carried out the action, were able to escape the scene without any problems.

In Mersin, in the Toroslar district of Mevlana, our units carried out a Molotov attack against a city bus, burning a large part of it. Our units ended the action with the slogan ‘Long Live the Resistance in Afrin, no life without Leader APO, Serî Hilde!’

(via Nûçe Ciwan, translated by Insurrection News)

by Insurrection News at February 17, 2018 05:28 AM

Fundraiser: Help the Anak Bukit Free School in Bali


Received on 17.02.18:

My name is Fatahillah Nur Bintang. Most of my friends call me Bintang. I was born and grew up in a small town Blora, central Java, Indonesia. I am a passionate surfer and have a very strong connection with the ocean.

Beside that I am a person who is passionate about social work and I dream for the world to become a better place. Most of my job experiences have been with different NGO’s (Non-Government Organizations), from community empowerment and development, Orangutan conservation to gender and sexuality issues. I worked for Orangutan conservation between 2011-2012 in Borneo. Between 2012-2014 I worked for an organization that focuses on sexuality and reproductive health rigths in Yogyakarta as an unplanned pregnancy administrative counselor. From 2012-2016 I was part of Needle and Bitch collective, a community space and cooperative group that promotes gender equality, sexuality and women’s rights.

In 2016 I moved to Bali to work. Because of the calling of my heart to do something meaningful to the community I started my project ANAK BUKIT FREE SCHOOL in the beginning of November, 2017. It is a non-official and non-profit project which focuses on Children education, located in Desa Ketapang, Banjar Adat Tengah, Uluwatu, Pecatu, Bali, Indonesia. The goal of the project is to give the opportunity to children in the village to be able to learn English in a way that is as fun as possible and by creating a space where children can feel the freedom to learn, to express, to play through environmental awareness and build a library for the community (we have had some books donations already).

I was thinking, introducing the kids about environment awareness as one of the important things to share as well even though even though I hadn’t come up yet with the idea ‘what and how’.  And it was so fortunate that in the end of last November I was introduced by my friend Polona to her friend Ruby who is passionate about plastic waste problem by giving workshop how to make Eco-bricks. They are made by stuffing non-biodegradeble plastic waste into a plastic drinking bottle. In December 3, 2017 we had the first Eco-bricks workshop with the kids. Since then, we have already done four Eco-bricks workshops.

Related to plastic bag issue and its solution, two volunteers, Kristyna and Nathi have a brilliant idea to teach the kids how to make tote bags from use T-shirts. We will do this workshop sometime soon.

I have just tried combining the English lesson with something that is fun to do and the kids could learn at a time, by watching movie. We already organized one movie screening. We are planning with the kids to have movie screening regularly, like maybe once a month.

In the future, my next dream is teaching them how to swim and to surf as another subject to be added in the program. Education and especially learning english can make a huge difference in these kids future, in a country where it is not easy to find a job that allows a healthy and secure living for the individual and the family. Learning to swim also plays an important role in local Indonesians lives as many kids die in the strong currents never having learned how the ocean works and how to protect them.

Facebook page:  https://web.facebook.com/anakbukitfreeschool
Instagram: anakbukitfreeschool

I only run the class once a week, every Sunday as it is my only day off, from Monday until Saturday I work. I am very grateful that the owner of the place where I live allows me to use one of her small properties to run the class. It is just a small hut which often gets drenched when it rains heavily as now is rainy season (rainy season starts normally from end of November until April). The average of the kids who join to the class is 10 to 15 kids, from the youngest age, 5 years old to the oldest, 12 years old. There are some irregular volunteers who help me out running the class.

I have financed and have been running the project on my own with the help of some amazing human beings (donators and volunteers) who I can’t mention one by one. I used to work in a surf shop but unfortunately and unexpectedly I lost my job last December, 2017. I have been worried since then because of this situation that could force me to give up my project which I never want to. I have looked for another job since then and been trying to find it in the area where my project is located (Bali peninsula area). The problem now is low season so that there are not many job vacancies available. There are actually some job vacancies available in different areas or regions. But if I apply for it, I would possibly need to move and give up the project. For the moment while I am looking for another job, I work as freelance surf instructor/guide which basically is not enough to support my living cost like paying my bills, especially when I don’t get customers every day (Note: Indonesia is a country which doesn’t provide any social security to its citizens).

So while looking for another job, I have been trying my best to make the project keep going despite of all the difficulties.  Then some of my friends suggested me to make ‘crowd-funding’ to keep the project happening. So, here is the calling out, please feel free to spread the message and donate some money to support the continuity of the project.

I calculated the costs for the project for you to have a transparent insight on the projects costs that are needed:

General and administrative expenses  – [20,000,000 IDR – 1500 USD]
Projector – [3,500,000 IDR – 260 USD]
Laptop – [5,500,000 IDR – 410 USD]
Swimming gear – [2,000,000 IDR – 150 USD]
Soft surfboards, two unit – [6,000,000 IDR – 450 USD]
Printer – [1,000,000 IDR – 75 USD]
Total – [38,000,000 IDR – 2845 USD]

I have a big expectation of making the project more organized, established and sustained in the future; first is reaching out more people especially Indonesians to involve and become the core team as at the moment it is pretty much I organize everything on my own; second is the project could reach out more and give the opportunity as big as possible to especially children from underprivileged families; third is making this project more official as an organization so that it is legitimate; fourth is figuring out how to make the project financially independent and sustainable.

NOTE: As  GO FUND ME isn’t available in Indonesia, my good friend  Sabine Kirchleitner from Germany helped me to set up this crowdfunding campaign on behalf of my project ‘Anak Bukit Free School’; therefore we are using her bank account to link with the platform. I met Sabine back in 2015 during a surf trip in Pacitan, Java, Indonesia. Since then, we have been good friends. If you have any inquiries regarding the campaign, you can contact her personally to her email: sabine.kirchleitner@gmail.com


by Insurrection News at February 17, 2018 04:24 AM

Debian security

February 16, 2018


Major US Sports Leagues Report Top Piracy Nations to Government

While pirated Hollywood blockbusters often score the big headlines, there are several other industries that have been battling with piracy over the years. This includes sports organizations.

Many of the major US leagues including the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and the Tennis Association, are bundling their powers in the Sports Coalition, to try and curb the availability of pirated streams and videos.

A few days ago the Sports Coalition put the piracy problem on the agenda of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

“Sports organizations, including Sports Coalition members, are heavily affected by live sports telecast piracy, including the unauthorized live retransmission of sports telecasts over the Internet,” the Sports Coalition wrote.

“The Internet piracy of live sports telecasts is not only a persistent problem, but also a global one, often involving bad actors in more than one nation.”

The USTR asked the public for comments on which countries play a central role in copyright infringement issues. In its response, the Sports Coalition stresses that piracy is a global issue but singles out several nations as particularly problematic.

The coalition recommends that the USTR should put the Netherlands and Switzerland on the “Priority Watch List” of its 2018 Special 301 Report, followed by Russia, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles and Sweden, which get a regular “Watch List” recommendation.

The main problem with these countries is that hosting providers and content distribution networks don’t do enough to curb piracy.

In the Netherlands, sawlive.tv, strikezoneme, wizlnet, AltusHost, Host Palace, Quasi Networks and SNEL pirated or provided services contributing to sports piracy, the coalition writes. In Switzerland, mlbstreamme, robinwidgetorg, strikeoutmobi, BlackHOST, Private Layer and Solar Communications are doing the same.

According to the major sports leagues, the US Government should encourage these countries to step up their anti-piracy game. This is not only important for US copyright holders, but also for licensees in other countries.

“Clearly, there is common ground – both in terms of shared economic interests and legal obligations to protect and enforce intellectual property and related rights – for the United States and the nations with which it engages in international trade to work cooperatively to stop Internet piracy of sports programming.”

Whether any of these countries will make it into the USTR’s final list has yet to be seen. For Switzerland it wouldn’t be the first time but for the Netherlands it would be new, although it has been considered before.

A document we received through a FOIA request earlier this year revealed that the US Embassy reached out to the Dutch Government in the past, to discuss similar complaints from the Sports Coalition.

The same document also revealed that local anti-piracy group BREIN consistently urged the entertainment industries it represents not to advocate placing the Netherlands on the 301 Watch List but to solve the problems behind the scenes instead.

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by Ernesto at February 16, 2018 09:44 PM


No Gods No Masters, Part II

This is the story of Anarchism. By going back over the key events of the last two centuries of social history, the series reveals, for the first time, the origins and destiny of a political trend that has been fighting all gods and all masters for over 150 years.

by Stimulator at February 16, 2018 09:34 PM

No Gods No Masters, Part III

This is the story of Anarchism. By going back over the key events of the last two centuries of social history, the series reveals, for the first time, the origins and destiny of a political trend that has been fighting all gods and all masters for over 150 years.

by Stimulator at February 16, 2018 09:33 PM

No Gods No Masters, Part I

This is the story of Anarchism. By going back over the key events of the last two centuries of social history, the series reveals, for the first time, the origins and destiny of a political trend that has been fighting all gods and all masters for over 150 years.

by Stimulator at February 16, 2018 09:25 PM

Epistemic Communities WG

@how wrote:

PUBLIC Working Group on Epistemic Communities. Reach it by email to epistemic-communities@zoethical.com.

State of the Art

We use this conference to gather scientific papers and relevant articles from the Web about epistemic communities – beyond the diplomatic understanding of the term – and how to use them for knowledge building and community-base social media that amplify community action.

When you stumble upon an interesting public article or paper, paste its URL as a new topic. Sometimes it just works, sometimes you need to edit the title to make it explicit, and maybe copy the abstract in the topic’s body. In any case, start with pasting the URL so that the link is clickable from the topic list!

This conference is a WG of PUBLIC, so only PUBLIC members can contribute new topics. But everyone can read and reply, so if you are not part of the PUBLIC group and wish to share an interesting resource, you can still propose it here.

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by @how hellekin at February 16, 2018 07:05 PM


Embedding a Tweet Can be Copyright Infringement, Court Rules

Nowadays it’s fairly common for blogs and news sites to embed content posted by third parties, ranging from YouTube videos to tweets.

Although these publications don’t host the content themselves, they can be held liable for copyright infringement, a New York federal court has ruled.

The case in question was filed by Justin Goldman whose photo of Tom Brady went viral after he posted it on Snapchat. After being reposted on Reddit, it also made its way onto Twitter from where various news organizations picked it up.

Several of these news sites reported on the photo by embedding tweets from others. However, since Goldman never gave permission to display his photo, he went on to sue the likes of Breitbart, Time, Vox and Yahoo, for copyright infringement.

In their defense, the news organizations argued that they did nothing wrong as no content was hosted on their servers. They referred to the so-called “server test” that was applied in several related cases in the past, which determined that liability rests on the party that hosts the infringing content.

In an order that was just issued, US District Court Judge Katherine Forrest disagrees. She rejects the “server test” argument and rules that the news organizations are liable.

“[W]hen defendants caused the embedded Tweets to appear on their websites, their actions violated plaintiff’s exclusive display right; the fact that the image was hosted on a server owned and operated by an unrelated third party (Twitter) does not shield them from this result,” Judge Forrest writes.

Judge Forrest argues that the server test was established in the ‘Perfect 10 v. Amazon’ case, which dealt with the ‘distribution’ of content. This case is about ‘displaying’ an infringing work instead, an area where the jurisprudence is not as clear.

“The Court agrees with plaintiff. The plain language of the Copyright Act, the legislative history undergirding its enactment, and subsequent Supreme Court jurisprudence provide no basis for a rule that allows the physical location or possession of an image to determine who may or may not have “displayed” a work within the meaning of the Copyright Act.”

As a result, summary judgment was granted in favor of Goldman.

Rightsholders, including Getty Images which supported Goldman, are happy with the result. However, not everyone is pleased. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says that if the current verdict stands it will put millions of regular Internet users at risk.

“Rejecting years of settled precedent, a federal court in New York has ruled that you could infringe copyright simply by embedding a tweet in a web page,” EFF comments.

“Even worse, the logic of the ruling applies to all in-line linking, not just embedding tweets. If adopted by other courts, this legally and technically misguided decision would threaten millions of ordinary Internet users with infringement liability.”

Given what’s at stake, it’s likely that the news organization will appeal this week’s order.

Interestingly, earlier this week a California district court dismissed Playboy’s copyright infringement complaint against Boing Boing, which embedded a YouTube video that contained infringing content.

A copy of Judge Forrest’s opinion can be found here (pdf).

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by Ernesto at February 16, 2018 02:33 PM


Traversing the dry corridor | an account of the peasant women cooperatives in Honduras

Environmental changes in the Dry Corridor – Corredor Seco – and Atlantic Coast have driven migration in Honduras, one of the countries most affected by climate change. Here, women have gathered together in old and new collectives, as they struggle to create economic opportunities and grow crops against increasing weather variability.

This is an excerpt of a feature story filed by Monica Pelliccia  for RE.THINK

The heading of the story has been slightly edited. To read the full feature, click here.

Cover image: Photo by S. Umachandran

Sonia Isabel Triminio, of La Vía Campesina close to the lagoon where she collects water, that she dug with the neighboring families to face the dry season. July, 2017. Honduras. Photo: S. Umachandran

The international movement La Via Campesina, which works for food sovereignty and rights of smallholder farmers around the world, has worked in Honduras since 1998. The international organisation promotes agroecology, calling for environmentally focused agricultural practices in addition to its platform of farmers’ land tenure rights and stopping violence against women.

Sonia Isabel Triminio and Mirna Sagrario Duron both joined La Via Campesina a few years ago. Triminio has been a farmer her whole life. Her family’s coffee farm perches on the mountains that surround Rancho del Obispo, a village in the Corredor Seco inhabited by only a few people. She just finished building a house with adobe bricks, a few steps away from her vegetable garden, where she grows maize and beans.

“Last year we lost all the beans and the previous [year], all the maize,” Triminio says. As elsewhere in the Corredor Seco, without productive fields many are forced to leave for the cities or for other countries, she says, “and that is what we don’t want”.

Duron is a single mother of five and sole provider for her family. She built a wood oven on her patio where she bakes loaves of bread to sell when she needs money. She sells the bread in Tegucigalpa, a five-hour bus ride away. Duron doesn’t want to be forced to leave her home in Ojo de Agua. In spite of losing more than 60% of her last harvest of maize and beans in the past year, she is trying hard to bring new life to her lands: she uses organic compost to regenerate the soil and make it hold water better, which she learned through La Via Campesina.

Against the backdrop of the upheaval of politics, lack of jobs and climate change, different organisations of farmers across the country continue their struggle to remain in Honduras, in their ancestral lands. From the Corredor Seco to the Atlantic Coast, cooperatives seem to be a way to try to deal with the climate changes threatening Honduras. “Creating networks is a way to strengthen the local economy in rural areas, things that make it easier to improve farmers’ incomes and lifestyles,” Potts says, for example, by bridging “the gap between the income that they get at home and the one that they get if they move”.

The farmers of the Corredor Seco still dream of expanding and changing how they work. “I would like to develop a project to counteract drought in this area, [using] drip irrigation. This could be a way to continue to produce platano [plantains], pataste [a gourd], yucca in our vegetable gardens, even in summer,” says Sagrario, walking between maize plants that are almost ready to be harvested. “We want to produce more foods on our lands, regenerated without the use of chemicals.”

L’article Traversing the dry corridor | an account of the peasant women cooperatives in Honduras est apparu en premier sur Via Campesina English.

by abhilash at February 16, 2018 12:29 PM

Hambach Forest Occupation

Hambi4 Update

The Four all seem to be, at least physically fine. Everyone one of them  got visits so far. Number 2 on Thursday was very fine, got lots of letters (except in the first 10 days) and food. Number 1 and 3 on said Tuesday  “it is as it is”. They got lots of letters in the beginning), a little bit less later so please do continue to write.  Good items… more…

by hambachforest at February 16, 2018 10:47 AM

Insurrection News Worldwide

Israel: Attack Against the Tel Aviv Immigration Office in Solidarity with African Asylum Seekers Facing Deportation


On January 28th, 2018, the office of the Tel Aviv Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) was vandalized in protest against the expulsion of African migrants.

A number of severed doll heads covered with red paint were found outside the Tel Aviv PIBA office. Among the doll heads and the red paint were typed notes stating ‘their blood is in your hands. this is just the beginning’.

Last month, the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) approved an amendment to the so-called ‘Infiltrator’s Law’, which paves the way for the forced deportations of Eritrean and Sudanese migrants and asylum seekers from March, as well as imprisonment for an indefinite period for those who refuse to leave ‘voluntarily’.

(via Attaque, translated by Insurrection News)

by Insurrection News at February 16, 2018 09:28 AM


Court Orders Spanish ISPs to Block Pirate Sites For Hollywood

Determined to reduce levels of piracy globally, Hollywood has become one of the main proponents of site-blocking on the planet. To date there have been multiple lawsuits in far-flung jurisdictions, with Europe one of the primary targets.

Following complaints from Disney, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner, Spain has become one of the latest targets. According to the studios a pair of sites – HDFull.tv and Repelis.tv – infringe their copyrights on a grand scale and need to be slowed down by preventing users from accessing them.

HDFull is a platform that provides movies and TV shows in both Spanish and English. Almost 60% its traffic comes from Spain and after a huge surge in visitors last July, it’s now the 337th most popular site in the country according to Alexa. Visitors from Mexico, Argentina, United States and Chile make up the rest of its audience.

Repelis.tv is a similar streaming portal specializing in movies, mainly in Spanish. A third of the site’s visitors hail from Mexico with the remainder coming from Argentina, Columbia, Spain and Chile. In common with HDFull, Repelis has been building its visitor numbers quickly since 2017.

The studios demanding more blocks

With a ruling in hand from the European Court of Justice which determined that sites can be blocked on copyright infringement grounds, the studios asked the courts to issue an injunction against several local ISPs including Telefónica, Vodafone, Orange and Xfera. In an order handed down this week, Barcelona Commercial Court No. 6 sided with the studios and ordered the ISPs to begin blocking the sites.

“They damage the legitimate rights of those who own the films and series, which these pages illegally display and with which they profit illegally through the advertising revenues they generate,” a statement from the Spanish Federation of Cinematographic Distributors (FEDECINE) reads.

FEDECINE General director Estela Artacho said that changes in local law have helped to provide the studios with a new way to protect audiovisual content released in Spain.

“Thanks to the latest reform of the Civil Procedure Law, we have in this jurisdiction a new way to exercise different possibilities to protect our commercial film offering,” Artacho said.

“Those of us who are part of this industry work to make culture accessible and offer the best cinematographic experience in the best possible conditions, guaranteeing the continuity of the sector.”

The development was also welcomed by Stan McCoy, president of the Motion Picture Association’s EMEA division, which represents the plaintiffs in the case.

“We have just taken a welcome step which we consider crucial to face the problem of piracy in Spain,” McCoy said.

“These actions are necessary to maintain the sustainability of the creative community both in Spain and throughout Europe. We want to ensure that consumers enjoy the entertainment offer in a safe and secure environment.”

After gaining experience from blockades and subsequent circumvention in other regions, the studios seem better prepared to tackle fallout in Spain. In addition to blocking primary domains, the ruling handed down by the court this week also obliges ISPs to block any other domain, subdomain or IP address whose purpose is to facilitate access to the blocked platforms.

News of Spain’s ‘pirate’ blocks come on the heels of fresh developments in Germany, where this week a court ordered ISP Vodafone to block KinoX, one of the country’s most popular streaming portals.

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by Andy at February 16, 2018 08:15 AM


LITHUANIA: ESPANet 2018 Congress in Vilnius features Stream on the Political Economy of Basic Income

ESPAnet is the leading comparative social policy conference in Europe. Jurgen De Wispelaere (Bath University) and Heikki Hiilamo (Helsinki University) are coordinating a stream on “The Political Economy of Basic Income: Opportunities, Constraints, Trajectories” for its upcoming conference on transformations of European welfare systems in Vilnius (Lithuania), on the 30th of August – 1st September 2018. The submission of papers

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by Jurgen De Wispelaere at February 16, 2018 06:00 AM

Insurrection News Worldwide

Athens, Greece: Molotov Attack Against the Ukrainian Embassy by the Aleksey Mozgovoy Brigade


At dawn on Saturday, January 20th, 2018, we attacked the Ukrainian Embassy in Athens with Molotov cocktails. We attacked the diplomatic mission, the police post and the embassy vehicles.

Our attack was a response to the coup and the nationalist insurgency organized by the United States and the European Union in November 2013 in Ukraine. The former Soviet Republic is a major gas transit route from Russia to Europe therefore it has to be fully tied to the US and EU chariots. Today Ukraine is under the banner of a coup d’état under the supervision of the IMF, with Nazi battalions being an organic part of the official

Our attack is a sign of honor to the murdered anti-fascists from 2013 to today, and especially to the dozens who were slaughtered at the ‘House of Trade Unions’ in Odessa on May 2nd, 2014. Respect also for the leaders of the anti-fascist struggle Aleksey Mozgovoy, Mikhail Tolstykh (Givi) and Pavlov (Motoroloa) and also to all the anonymous milita members who fell with guns in their hands.

Our attack was a warning message to the Greek State and Capital. To the interests, choices and plans of the Greek urban bloc and its governments. Foreign Minister Venizelos’s visit to Ukraine in March 2014 (when Greece was the EU’s presidency), Prime
Minister Samarra’s statatement that “these are people who are fighting to enter the EU” during the referendum, referring to the nationalist rebellion of Maidan and Tsipras’s visit to Kiev in February 2017. And not forgetting the hospitalization of injured Ukrainian nationals of the National Guard at the KAT Hospital in Athens.

Our attack has been a reminder to the revolutionary movements and peoples of the world that criminal alliances such as NATO and the EU have no moral reservations. To defend their interests – especially in periods of deep capitalist crisis, where the world rejoins – they finance, equip and train Nazi invasion battalions, plan provocations, organize coups and stimulate ‘orange revolutions’.

Our attack was a sign of solidarity with the anti-fascist rebellion that broke out in Eastern Ukraine in April 2014, in honour to the Ghost Brigade and the international team of volunteers from around the world who fought with it and an indication of solidarity with the armed conflict against the Nazi / neo-liberal government of Kiev.

The popular resistance that is based in Donbass is facing conspiracies – in particularly difficult circumstances – also in the West of the country. Especially now with the proposal of the Ukrainian President to establish a UN force in the regions of the Democratic Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, the passage of a recent law describing the Democratic Republic of Donetsk and the Democratic Republic of Lugansk as ‘temporarily occupied’,
calls for full freedom of movement for the army and the supply of arms and anti-tank weapons from the US to the Ukrainian army may also mean a possible resurgence of war in the region. A war that will not be defined by the Minsk Accords but will give more
and more territories to the West and collide with the power of the oligarchs.

Our attack, between actions by other comrades, has been a contribution to organized and militant anti-fascism. Nowadays, as the far-right / fascist political space re-emerges, the anti-fascist movement must be fully alert. Events during the rally for ‘Macedonia’ in Thessaloniki must alert us. Massive participation in a nationalist demonstration, attacks on the ESC School and occupation of Libertatia, tolerance and close relations of affection between the police and fascist groups, the emergence of General Frangou as the central speaker and the organic assembly of church / extremist / fugitive / fascists do not allow for complacency. Not so much for the operational capabilities of this franchise, but for its attempt to form a far-right / fascist political branch. Because the experience of Ukraine shows us that for Capital, fascism will always be a valuable reserve for it.

Today the anti-fascist movement must be organized seriously and longterm against the underlying deification of spontaneous, hollow threats and arrogance, precariousness and lack of strategy. To learn from the mistakes of the movement in Ukraine prior to 2013 and to equip itself politically and materially. It must form combat organizations, capable of bearing the political and military weight that corresponds to them, to crush the battalions, to crush fascism and the system that gives birth to it: capitalism.

Attack the neo-liberal / Nazi government of Kiev
Solidarity with those who fight fascism in Ukraine and every corner of the world

Aleksey Mozgovoy Brigade
Athens, 02.02.18

PS: Solidarity with the ESC School and the occupation of Libertatia. Solidarity with the five anti-fascist protesters who were arrested in Thessaloniki on January 22nd. Solidarity with those who were on the streets on Saturday 03.02 against the Golden Dawn and on Sunday 04.02 against the nationalist rally.

(via Athens Indymedia, translated by Insurrection News)


by Insurrection News at February 16, 2018 04:35 AM

Debian security

February 15, 2018

FRN discussions

The Luxembourg Effect. Ever heard it? (1 reply)

I think that I've heard this in the 80's and 90's, but blew it off to IMD, [wshu.org]

Now, the effect that I want to know about, and others, is how is it at times on the 15M HAM band that you can hear your own signal 20min later come back to your receiver? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm??? Art Bell even talked about that one happening to him.

by ThaDood at February 15, 2018 09:36 PM


Pirates Crack Microsoft’s UWP Protection, Five Layers of DRM Defeated

As the image on the right shows, Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is a system that enables software developers to create applications that can run across many devices.

“The Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is the app platform for Windows 10. You can develop apps for UWP with just one API set, one app package, and one store to reach all Windows 10 devices – PC, tablet, phone, Xbox, HoloLens, Surface Hub and more,” Microsoft explains.

While the benefits of such a system are immediately apparent, critics say that UWP gives Microsoft an awful lot of control, not least since UWP software must be distributed via the Windows Store with Microsoft taking a cut.

Or that was the plan, at least.

Last evening it became clear that the UWP system, previously believed to be uncrackable, had fallen to pirates. After being released on October 31, 2017, the somewhat underwhelming Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection became the first victim at the hands of popular scene group, CODEX.

“This is the first scene release of a UWP (Universal Windows Platform) game. Therefore we would like to point out that it will of course only work on Windows 10. This particular game requires Windows 10 version 1607 or newer,” the group said in its release notes.

CODEX release notes

CODEX says it’s important that the game isn’t allowed to communicate with the Internet so the group advises users to block the game’s executable in their firewall.

While that’s not a particularly unusual instruction, CODEX did reveal that various layers of protection had to be bypassed to make the game work. They’re listed by the group as MSStore, UWP, EAppX, XBLive, and Arxan, the latter being an anti-tamper system.

“It’s the equivalent of Denuvo (without the DRM License part),” cracker Voksi previously explained. “It’s still bloats the executable with useless virtual machines that only slow down your game.”

Arxan features

Arxan’s marketing comes off as extremely confident but may need amending in light of yesterday’s developments.

“Arxan uses code protection against reverse-engineering, key and data protection to secure servers and fortification of game logic to stop the bad guys from tampering. Sorry hackers, game over,” the company’s marketing reads.

What is unclear at this stage is whether Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection represents a typical UWP release or if some particular flaw allowed CODEX to take it apart. The possibility of additional releases is certainly a tantalizing one for pirates but how long they will have to wait is unknown.

Whatever the outcome, Arxan calling “game over” is perhaps a little premature under the circumstances but in this continuing arms race, they probably have another version of their anti-tamper tech up their sleeves…..

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by Andy at February 15, 2018 07:26 PM

Insurrection News Worldwide

Corrèze, France: The Torrefied Pellet Plant Will Not Be Built on Limousin Mountain!


Received on 16.02.18:

This is an invitation from the Limousin Mountain to all potential accomplices who oppose the industrial offensive currently taking place under the veil of an ‘ecological transition’.

To our dear Friends in struggle in Khimky, in Bure, in Iceland, in Notre Dame des Landes, in Białowieża, in Durham, in the the Cevennes Mountains, in the Mi’kmaq Territory, in Amazonia, the woods of Charnie, in Cambo, in Salau, in the Susa valley, in Dompierre, in Roşia Montană, in Standing Rock, in Gueret, in Atenco, on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in Chalkidiki, in Saint Victor, at the Lake Baikal, in Wallmapu (Mapuche-Territory), in Guayana, in Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, in Pyhäjoki, on the dunes of Trégor, in İstanbul, in Landivisiau, at the Hambacher Forst, in the Woods of Chambaran, at the Makwa Camp (Ojibwe Territories), in Loc Envel, in the K’iche Territory, on the shores of Kafue, in the Wendland, in the Niger Delta, in the Gran Chaco, in Merléac, in Norra Kärr Vättern, in the gardens of Lentillères, in the Treburer Woods, in Jabiluka (Mirarr Territory) – and everywhere people counter the industrial madness…


We write to you from the mountains of Limousin, somewhere in central France. Our region is being threatened with the construction of a torrefied biomass plant. This large-scale industrial project is being planned in the small rural towns of Bugeat and Viam, in the Corrèze region, an area that is a natural refuge with valleys, moors and forests.

The development plans are being lead by a venture capitalist*1 who stumbled upon a great opportunity to make a quick buck when he made friends with the president of the Corrèze city council*2, who is known for his ties with the agro-industrial lobbies. Despite numerous concerns and well-argued opposition to the plan, the public inquiry has announced its support for the project. This makes it clear that they intend to carry out their plans of development by force. Thus we have entered a new phase of our struggle and the time has come to call for your support.

The goal of this project is to introduce a new torrefaction method that was developed in the US. The product produced will be marketable as ‘renewable energy’ and it will be burned in French coal plants. In short, this is an obvious attempt at a ‘green washing’ campaign that seeks to save the same energy devouring system that has pushed us to the brink of collapse. The magnitude of the project and the astronomical quantities of raw plant material that it would transform into charcoal (including the roots of the felled trees) would quickly make a desert of our fragile mountain soils.

In recent decades, these soils have already suffered from the industrial exploitation of resinous wood plantations. Heavy machinery, systematic clear-cutting, rootstock removal, pesticides and heavy rains have all taken a huge toll on our environment. It is undeniable that this process of exploiting our natural resources is disastrous. The pellet plant would serve as a bonus for this suicidal logic.

The development of ‘biomass’ energy seeks to put the forest as a whole to work. This voracious beast is on the verge of attacking the plateau’s beautiful hardwood forests as well. These mixed forests regrew on the land in an unregulated manner after they were abandoned during the rural exodus. These lands are now being targeted by developers who want to control, calculate and profit from these wild regions.

For us, the struggle is about more than mere resource management or the preservation of our particular lifestyle. This is a fight to affirm a different way of relating to the world. We humans are but a small fraction of that world. Like many of you, we have decided to turn our back on our species’ frenetic race towards its own destruction. This fatal destiny of mankind is not ours. We choose to live as earthlings amongst a diversity of earthlings, and to defend that which makes life possible. It’s on behalf of nature itself and its violent impulses to defend itself (which we have only seen a small portion of) that we have made the decision to hinder anyone seeking to add to the general pillage.

The various struggles that you all have lead all over the globe in recent years have been a great inspiration for us. Today we would like to contribute to a necessary effort of coordinating on at least a European scale. There is much to share and to learn about facing off against these projects. Even though each project seems different, they are all expressions of the same old extractivist logic. A logic that tries so conceal itself by hiding behind the moral alibi of an ‘ecological transition.’ Let’s share our analysis, our stories, techniques and strategies, many of which were successful.

We invite you to come and visit us, to lend a hand if the need arises, or to express your support in any way possible. Whether it’s today, tomorrow, or in the weeks and months to come, we hope you will fight alongside us during this decisive and time and help us bury this project once and for all.

A big thank you to all. We hope to see you soon

Friends of the Limousin Forest 


*1 M. Gaudriot CEO of the enterprises CARBON’ ENGINEER BUGEAT-VIAM and SOMIVAL
*2 M. Coste, president of the Conseil Général de la Corrèze.

by Insurrection News at February 15, 2018 03:33 PM

Пресс-конференция «Дело анархистов: исчезновения, пытки, фальсификации»

15 февраля в пресс-центре информагентства «Росбалт» прошла пресс-конференция под названием: «Дело анархистов: исчезновения, пытки, фальсификация». В ходе пресс-конференции была представлена информация о преследовании участников анархистского движения в Пензе и Санкт-Петербурге со стороны Федеральной службы безопасности, а также факты применения пыток, насилия, принуждения к самооговору. Была представлена консолидированная позиция правозащитных организаций по этому делу.

В пресс-конференции участвуют:

February 15, 2018 03:03 PM

Berlin, Germany: We Are All Terrorists – Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners in Russia!


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From Rigaer Street, we send signs of solidarity and rage to anarchist prisoners in Russia, responding to the call from Russia for International Days of Solidarity with Russian Anarchist Political Prisoners.

These days we heard from the arrests of antifascists and anarchists in Russia. Already before, in the months of October and November 2017, in the city of Penza, six people got arrested and brutally tortured by the federal secret service FSB. In January this year, in the city of St. Petersburg, a second wave of arrests followed with two persons first
being kidnapped by the FSB for one day and only the day after being officially registered in remand prison. The secret services‘ offensive, led by Putin’s regime, was accompanied by house raids in different cities of the country. As a reason for the repression the FSB constructed an anarchist terrorist group, named ‘Net’, planning a series of attacks on
the presidential elections in March 2018 as well as on the World Cup in June / July 2018 in Russia leading to armed insurrection and which is supposed to exist in several cities of Russia and Belarus. There is no evidence proofing the real existence of the group. The only evidences used are the statements of the arrested, which the FSB extorted from the
prisoners using torture and the threat of further acts of torture. In Penza, the group got constructed by the statements of the first arrested person. The link between them ‘members’ of the group is having played airsoft games together. Except of this first person, who got released beginning of the year into house arrest, all the others are still kept in the remand prison.

The experiences of intimidation and physical violence in the remand prison which the prisoners were subjected to, reveal the cruelty of the state apparatus. While democracy in Germany is still trying to veil the brutality of state power, the accounts from Russia affirm us, that the watchdogs of the system – the wretched trash of the executive – are
capable of maintaining their authority only by the threat and implementation of physical violence.

Repression is meant to discourage us, to defeat movements and strain us individually into the controlled system or even destroy us. It‘s anything but easy to not feel powerless, to not feel incapable of opposing their massivity. But if we listen to the messages of rage and anarchist struggle from exactly these places, the lines and images encourage us. They show us, that in every place where there is a human heart beating to the rhythm of rebellion, moments of resistance are likely to occur. They show us, that no matter how fierce the repression may be, there will be people who do not surrender to fight for their
ideas. The resonance of solidarity is our weapon.

From the G20-prisoners in Hamburg to the prisoners in Penza or St. Petersburg to Berlin – the stronger their repression, the more furious and passionate our resistance.

Rigaer 94

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by Insurrection News at February 15, 2018 02:46 PM

Hambach Forest Occupation

Hambi Prison Story from Ossendorf where Hambi4 are bein held.

Hi I’m Jus and in 2015 I spend “alone” 3 months, 23 days on hunger strike,(which for me was a protest of ecological injustice inflicted on the whole planet by RWE and the State Prison Industrial Complex that sustains them – it is the same form of protest that the 4 seem to be maintaining among many other reasons of responding to repression and injustice by their refusal to provide… more…

by hambachforest at February 15, 2018 09:50 AM


Court Dismisses Playboy’s Copyright Claims Against Boing Boing

Early 2016, Boing Boing co-editor Xeni Jardin published an article in which she linked to an archive of every Playboy centerfold image till then.

“Kind of amazing to see how our standards of hotness, and the art of commercial erotic photography, have changed over time,” Jardin commented.

While the linked material undoubtedly appealed to many readers, Playboy itself took offense to the fact that infringing copies of their work were being shared in public. While Boing Boing didn’t upload or store the images in question, the publisher filed a lawsuit late last year.

The blog’s parent company Happy Mutants was accused of various counts of copyright infringement, with Playboy claiming that it exploited their playmates’ images for commercial purposes.

Boing Boing saw things differently. With help from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) it filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that hyperlinking is not copyright infringement. If Playboy would’ve had their way, millions of other Internet users could be sued for linking too.

“This case merely has to survive a motion to dismiss to launch a thousand more expensive lawsuits, chilling a broad variety of lawful expression and reporting that merely adopts the common practice of linking to the material that is the subject of the report,” they wrote.

The article in question

Yesterday US District Court Judge Fernando Olguin ruled on the matter. In a brief order, he concluded that an oral argument is not needed and that based on the arguments from both sides, the case should be dismissed with leave.

This effectively means that Playboy’s complaint has been thrown out. However, the company is offered a lifeline and is allowed to submit a new one if they can properly back up their copyright infringement allegations.

“The court will grant defendant’s Motion and dismiss plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint with leave to amend. In preparing the Second Amended Complaint, plaintiff shall carefully evaluate the contentions set forth in defendant’s Motion.

“For example, the court is skeptical that plaintiff has sufficiently alleged facts to support either its inducement or material contribution theories of copyright infringement,” Judge Olguin adds.

According to the order, it is not sufficient to argue that Boing Boing merely ‘provided the means’ to carry out copyright infringing activity. There also has to be a personal action that ‘assists’ the infringing activity.

Playboy has until the end of the month to submit a new complaint and if it chooses not to do so, the case will be thrown out.

The order is clearly a win for Boing Boing, which vehemently opposed Playboy’s claims. While the order is clear, it must come as a surprise to the magazine publisher, which won a similar ‘hyperlinking’ lawsuit in the European Court of Justice last year.

EFF, who defend Boing Boing, is happy with the order and hopes that Playboy will leave it at this.

“From the outset of this lawsuit, we have been puzzled as to why Playboy, once a staunch defender of the First Amendment, would attack a small news and commentary website,” EFF comments

“Today’s decision leaves Playboy with a choice: it can try again with a new complaint or it can leave this lawsuit behind. We don’t believe there’s anything Playboy could add to its complaint that would meet the legal standard. We hope that it will choose not to continue with its misguided suit.”

A copy of US District Court Judge Fernando Olguin’s order is available here (pdf).

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by Ernesto at February 15, 2018 08:39 AM


For food sovereignty and peasant rights, the struggle moves on: ECVC holds its 11th General Assembly

Armed with a fighting spirit and great solidarity, more than 50 peasant delegates from across Europe gathered in Brussels in mid-January to celebrate their 11th General Assembly (GA). The event was an excellent occasion to welcome two new candidate organisations and to carry out an action in front of the offices of the European Commission for the regulation of the new GMOs that the biotechnology sector is currently promoting.

The pan-European meeting began with the ECVC Youth and Women’s Assembly (13-14 January), particularly vulnerable categories in rural areas, whose strengthening is a priority for the peasant movement. The Youth Assembly began with a tribute to the young comrades who died these recent years: Jose Luis Iranzo of the Coordinadora de Organizaciones de Agricultores y Ganaderos (COAG), Antonio Carmona of the Sindicato de Obreros del Campo – Sindicato Andaluz de Trabajadores (SOC-SAT) and Felicia Ruperti of the Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA). The young delegates then focused on the empowerment of the youth articulation and its functioning within the different organizations. Delegations identified several opportunities to strengthen the work of young people and concluded that, taking into account the challenges and diversity of different member organizations, it was essential to continue sharing experiences among them.

For its part, the Women’s Assembly set as a priority to work on the construction of more spaces for exchange, encouraging women from all member organizations to deepen the on-going collective work. This involves promoting the participation of women in the peasant movement’s working groups. Special attention was given to agroecology, since this ancestral activity bears a more feminist approach. This model of agriculture “, they declare,” allows us to move towards a more inclusive model of society with rights for all, which touches in a transversal way the issue of land, migration and public policies.

The General Assembly started on 15th January, welcoming two candidate organisations: the Boerenforum from the Flemish region of Belgium and the Polish organisation Zachodniopomorski Oddzial EKOLAND. With the affiliation of these organisations, the European peasant movement gains on the one hand an important region of Eastern Europe and, on the other hand, with the Boerenforum, the representation of Belgium is strengthened within ECVC, thus consolidating coordination and input at the continental level.

Throughout the Assembly, a number of issues central to the collective mission of the peasant movement were addressed in groups. Major issues such as trade, seeds, migration, the CAP and peasant rights were extensively discussed by delegates. These discussions were enriched by the experiences of the work carried out by the different collectives, which allowed the subsequent elaboration of strategies and actions to advance our struggle on all these fronts.

On the afternoon of the last day, the Plenary approved three motions proposed by various members of the organization:

Soybean and other protein crop productions in Europe – Mainly driven by the industrial livestock sector, soya has become one of the most important agricultural products for animal feed in Europe and the world, with immeasurable negative impacts on ecosystems and their farming communities. In this regard, and following the presentation of the topic, the ECVC General Assembly agreed to support efforts to achieve greater self-sufficiency in sustainable plant proteins and to halt imports of GM soya and industrial soya monoculture in Europe. In this motion, ECVC stressed that for these efforts to be successful in terms of inclusiveness and sustainability, they must be free from corporate control, one of those bad examples is the Donau Soy Initiative, currently promoted by the business sector. Here you can read the full statement.

Motion to support the recuperation of land in Andalusia – The organizations present at the General Assembly gave strong support to land recuperation in Andalusia and called for solidarity with trade unionists persecuted in these struggles. It is worth pointing out that in Andalusia 55.6% of the arable land is in the hands of 2% of the landowners, a region that is home to more than half a million landless peasants and seasonal workers, who suffer ever-worsening working conditions. In light of this situation and land grabbing, the SOC-SAT not only defends and fights for the rights of day laborers, but also strives to take back land so that it can be worked as cooperatives.

Apart from 16 consolidated cooperatives, there are currently two estates that have been taken back, but that are at risk of eviction: Somonte and Cerro Libertad. ECVC member organisations committed themselves to sharing the news on the situation in Andalusia and the struggle carried out by the SOC-SAT within their organisations and providing them with support. Land is a right of the People, not a commodity! Here you can find the full statement.

Recognition of Pastoral Areas and the Issue of Predation – As part of a motion presented and approved by the Assembly, ECVC undertook to collect information on the recognition of pastoral areas and compensation for natural obstacles in the different European countries. This question is important for the maintenance of pastoral agriculture throughout Europe. The European Commission questions the aid granted to these areas, which could be called into question in the future CAP. The aim of this group will be to exchange views on the situation of grazing land in the various countries and to defend, at an institutional level, the recognition of these areas and the compensatory indemnities they are entitled to.

Under this same motion, and in order to define a common European strategy, ECVC undertook to collect information on: the predation situation (wolf, bear and other large predators); the measures implemented on this issue by the countries concerned; and the actions implemented by ECVC members. A meeting on this issue is scheduled for 2018.

Action before the European Commission

Before going back to their respective villages and regions, ECVC delegates mobilised in Brussels on the 17 January to protest the current shady process in the hands of European institutions concerning the regulation of GMOs, with the biotechnology industry behind the scenes carrying out an intense campaign to introduce their new GMOs into the market without prior assessment and labelling.


Publié par ECVC – European Coordination Via Campesina sur mercredi 17 Janvier 2018

With the presence of activists, peasants, Belgian civil society and our allied organisations – IFOAM, FIAN, CEO, TNI, FOEE – the demonstration toured the neighbourhood of the European institutions in Brussels, asking the European Commission to regulate all GMOs and ban seed patents. To this end, ECVC delegates attempted* to provide the Commission offices with important documentation on new GMOs and peasants’ rights.

The action was a necessary new step in the broader battle for the preservation of peasant communities in Europe and the world, for the maintenance of their agroecological practices and a step forward on the road towards People’s Food Sovereignty. To read the press release, click here.

A new and significant milestone in the struggle for Food Sovereignty was reached in this meeting, further consolidating the peasant movement and the regional convergence across Europe.

Food sovereignty and peasant rights NOW!!

More peasants, better food!!

For more information about this meeting please email info@eurovia.org

Here you can see photos of the General Assembly

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by abhilash at February 15, 2018 06:18 AM

Via Campesina Europe publishes an in-depth guide to Food Sovereignty

Food Sovereignty offers itself as a process of building social movements and empowering peoples to organise their societies in ways that transcend the neoliberal vision of a world of commodities, markets and selfish economic actors. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the myriad of complex problems we face in today’s world. Instead, Food Sovereignty is a process that adapts to the people and places where it is put in practice. Food Sovereignty means solidarity, not competition, and building a fairer world from the bottom up.

Food is a fundamental need – access to food is essential to human survival and a basic human right. In our current society we see both a disregard for this right on one hand and a taking for granted of it on the other – for many in the overdeveloped world food seems abundant, yet that abundance rests on the fragile structures of a highly damaging and controlled food and agriculture system.

Food is also political – the production of, access to and distribution of food are essential for our society to function and control of our food system. Political forces have worked for many years to control all aspects of food production systems and bring the cycle of food production, from seeds, inputs, land and other necessities under centralized and increasingly privatized control.

In the publication, the European Coordination Via Campesina delivers a thorough account of the concept of Food Sovereignty, an approach and process developed by the people most threatened by the processes of the consolidation of power in food and agricultural systems: peasant farmers. Instead of being destroyed by the forces of history they are offering a proposal to solve the multiple crises which humanity is facing.

Download this publication by ECVC

photo: @ECVC

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by abhilash at February 15, 2018 06:03 AM

Insurrection News Worldwide

Sydney, Australia: Banner Action in Solidarity with Edwin Espinal and other Political Prisoners in Honduras








Received on 15.02.18:

Banners in Sydney, Australia in solidarity with Edwin Espinal and other political prisoners in Honduras, the boiling insurrection in Honduras against the JOH (Juan Orlando Hernández) dictatorship, and with struggles for Mother Earth just about everywhere…

by Insurrection News at February 15, 2018 05:27 AM


Korea: Conference held to design basic income experiment

South Korea’s government included an expenditure to design potential models for a basic income experiment into the 2018 budget.

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by BIKN Korea at February 15, 2018 03:08 AM


Here’s The Fucking News!

After a long hiatus, Stim is finally back with his brand new show.... The Fuckin News!

by Stimulator at February 15, 2018 12:55 AM

Debian security

February 14, 2018

Антифашиста Алексея Кобаидзе, подозреваемого в нападении на офис "ЕдРа", отправили в ИВС

Левый активист Алексей Кобаидзе отправлен в ИВС по обвинению в вандализме во время нападения на офис партии "Единая Россия". Об этом сообщил на адвокат задержанного Максим Пашков. Ранее в ИВС была отправлена Елена Горбань, также подозреваемая в участии в нападении. После допроса без участия адвокатов Горбань признала вину, а Кобаидзе отказался от дачи показаний, сославшись на 51-ю статью Конституции. Адвокат Пашков предположил, что следствие может переквалифицировать статью о вандализме на более тяжкую.

February 14, 2018 08:28 PM


“Canada” Demands Justice for Colten

People all across Canada ahosted vigils and demos in solidarity with the Boushie family, and to demand justice for Colten.

by eighty6 at February 14, 2018 06:52 PM

Верховный суд Крыма оставил анархиста Евгения Каракашева в СИЗО до второго апреля

14 февраля 2018 года в Верховном суде Крыма в закрытом режиме рассматривалась апелляционная жалоба на арест левого активиста, антифашиста Евгения Каракашева, которому второго февраля Евпаторийский городской «суд» избрал меру пресечения в виде содержания под стражей в Симферопольском СИЗО. Перед началом судебного заседания стало известно, что «судья» Татьяна Мельник решила провести судебное заседание в закрытом режиме. Несмотря на просьбу адвоката о допуске слушателей, «судья» не разрешила слушателям, включая отца и мать Евгения, присутствовать на заседании.

February 14, 2018 06:13 PM



This essay was originally published in the USBIG NewsFlash in October 2008.   In January 2008, a Basic Income Grant (BIG) pilot project began in the Otjivero-Omitara area in Namibia. All residents below the age of 60 years receive a Basic Income Grant of 100 Namibian dollars per person per month, without any conditions attached. According to BIEN, the grant

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by Karl Widerquist at February 14, 2018 06:00 PM


‘Pirate’ Kodi Addon Devs & Distributors Told to Cease-and-Desist

Last November, following a year of upheaval for third-party addon creators and distributors, yet more turmoil hit the community in the form of threats from the world’s most powerful anti-piracy coalition – the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE).

Comprised of 30 companies including the studios of the MPAA, Amazon, Netflix, CBS, HBO, BBC, Sky, Bell Canada, CBS, Hulu, Lionsgate, Foxtel, Village Roadshow, and many more, ACE warned several developers to shut down – or else.

The letter: shut down – or else

Now it appears that ACE is on the warpath again, this time targeting a broader range of individuals involved in the Kodi addon scene, from developers and distributors to those involved in the production of how-to videos on YouTube.

The first report of action came from TVAddons, who noted that the lead developer at the Noobs and Nerds repository had been targeted with a cease-and-desist notice, adding that people from the site had been “visited at their homes.”

As seen in the image below, the Noobs and Nerds website is currently down. The site’s Twitter account has also been disabled.

Noobs and Nerds – gone

While TVAddons couldn’t precisely confirm the source of the threat, information gathered from individuals involved in the addon scene all point to the involvement of ACE.

In particular, a man known online as Teverz, who develops his own builds, runs a repo, and creates Kodi-themed YouTube videos, confirmed that ACE had been in touch.

An apparently unconcerned Teverz….

“I am not a dev so they really don’t scare me lmao,” he added.

Teverz claims to be from Canada and it appears that others in the country are also facing cease and desist notices. An individual known as Doggmatic, who also identifies as Canadian and has Kodi builds under his belt, says he too was targeted.

Another target in Canada

Doggmatic, who appears to be part of the Illuminati repo, says he had someone call the people who sent the cease-and-desist but like Teverz, he doesn’t seem overly concerned, at least for now.

“I have a legal representative calling them. The letters they sent aren’t legal documents. No lawyer signed them and no law firm mentioned,” Doggmatic said.

But the threats don’t stop there. Blamo, the developer of the Neptune Rising addon accessible from the Blamo repo, also claims to have been threatened.

SpinzTV, who offers unofficial Kodi builds and an associated repository, is also under the spotlight. Unlike his Canadian counterparts, he has already thrown in the towel, according to a short announcement on Twitter.

For SpinzTV it’s all over…

TorrentFreak contacted the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment, asking them if they could confirm the actions and provide any additional details. At the time of publication they had no information for us but we’ll update if and when that comes in.

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by Andy at February 14, 2018 05:58 PM

Пётр и большевики

Петр I, названный Бердяевым «большевиком на троне», схож с большевиками не только жестокостью и полным презрением к любой морали. Есть еще одно сходство – гораздо более страшное.

February 14, 2018 05:51 PM

Tickbox Must Remove Pirate Streaming Addons From Sold Devices

Online streaming piracy is on the rise and many people now use dedicated media players to watch content through their regular TVs.

This is a thorn in the side of various movie companies, who have launched a broad range of initiatives to curb this trend.

One of these initiatives is the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), an anti-piracy partnership between Hollywood studios, Netflix, Amazon, and more than two dozen other companies.

Last year, ACE filed a lawsuit against the Georgia-based company Tickbox TV, which sells Kodi-powered set-top boxes that stream a variety of popular media.

ACE sees these devices as nothing more than pirate tools so the coalition asked the court for an injunction to prevent Tickbox from facilitating copyright infringement, demanding that it removes all pirate add-ons from previously sold devices.

Last month, a California federal court issued an initial injunction, ordering Tickbox to keep pirate addons out of its box and halt all piracy-inducing advertisements going forward. In addition, the court directed both parties to come up with a proper solution for devices that were already sold.

The movie companies wanted Tickbox to remove infringing addons from previously sold devices, but the device seller refused this initially, equating it to hacking.

This week, both parties were able to reach an ‘agreement’ on the issue. They drafted an updated preliminary injunction which replaces the previous order and will be in effect for the remainder of the lawsuit.

The new injunction prevents Tickbox from linking to any “build,” “theme,” “app,” or “addon” that can be indirectly used to transmit copyright-infringing material. Web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox are specifically excluded.

In addition, Tickbox must also release a new software updater that will remove any infringing software from previously sold devices.

“TickBox shall issue an update to the TickBox launcher software to be automatically downloaded and installed onto any previously distributed TickBox TV device and to be launched when such device connects to the internet,” the injunction reads.

“Upon being launched, the update will delete the Subject [infringing] Software downloaded onto the device prior to the update, or otherwise cause the TickBox TV device to be unable to access any Subject Software downloaded onto or accessed via that device prior to the update.”

All tiles that link to copyright-infringing software from the box’s home screen also have to be stripped. Going forward, only tiles to the Google Play Store or to Kodi within the Google Play Store are allowed.

In addition, the agreement also allows ACE to report newly discovered infringing apps or addons to Tickbox, which the company will then have to remove within 24-hours, weekends excluded.

“This ruling sets an important precedent and reduces the threat from piracy devices to the legal market for creative content and a vibrant creative economy that supports millions of workers around the world,” ACE spokesperson Zoe Thorogood says, commenting on the news.

The new injunction is good news for the movie companies, but many Tickbox customers will not appreciate the forced changes. That said, the legal battle is far from over. The main question, whether Tickbox contributed to the alleged copyright infringements, has yet to be answered.

Ultimately, this case is likely to result in a landmark decision, determining what sellers of streaming boxes can and cannot do in the United States.

A copy of the new Tickbox injunction is available here (pdf).

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by Ernesto at February 14, 2018 01:28 PM

Hambach Forest Occupation

The Four Now Going on A Month in Prison

As Hambi Comrades have now been thrown into a jail for going on a month, not just in record numbers and for charges such as not identifying themselves and obstructing police for which all before were release pending trial.  What they are really guilty of in the eyes of the State is resisting the opening up of the Forest for destruction, yes the one year hold on cutting this season… more…

by hambachforest at February 14, 2018 11:43 AM

Call Out for Participants and Presentations for Antispecist Week

If you are part of any initiatives, struggles or groups engaging in fighting and resisting specism come and contribute a report-back, presentation or a workshop from your group at the first Hambi Antispecist Week 19 to 25 of March.  More info at anti-speceist week: 19th to 25th of March contact Hambacher Forest Email or just stop by and organize something once in the Forest. more…

by hambachforest at February 14, 2018 09:56 AM


Australian Government Launches Pirate Site-Blocking Review

Following intense pressure from entertainment industry groups, in 2014 Australia began developing legislation which would allow ‘pirate’ sites to be blocked at the ISP level.

In March 2015 the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 (pdf) was introduced to parliament and after just three months of consideration, the Australian Senate passed the legislation into law.

Soon after, copyright holders began preparing their first cases and in December 2016, the Australian Federal Court ordered dozens of local Internet service providers to block The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt, SolarMovie, plus many proxy and mirror services.

Since then, more processes have been launched establishing site-blocking as a permanent fixture on the Aussie anti-piracy agenda. But with yet more applications for injunction looming on the horizon, how is the mechanism performing and does anything else need to be done to improve or amend it?

Those are the questions now being asked by the responsible department of the Australian Government via a consultation titled Review of Copyright Online Infringement Amendment. The review should’ve been carried out 18 months after the law’s introduction in 2015 but the department says that it delayed the consultation to let more evidence emerge.

“The Department of Communications and the Arts is seeking views from stakeholders on the questions put forward in this paper. The Department welcomes single, consolidated submissions from organizations or parties, capturing all views on the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2015 (Online Infringement Amendment),” the consultation paper begins.

The three key questions for response are as follows:

– How effective and efficient is the mechanism introduced by the Online Infringement Amendment?

– Is the application process working well for parties and are injunctions operating well, once granted?

– Are any amendments required to improve the operation of the Online Infringement Amendment?

Given the tendency for copyright holders to continuously demand more bang for their buck, it will perhaps come as a surprise that at least for now there is a level of consensus that the system is working as planned.

“Case law and survey data suggests the Online Infringement Amendment has enabled copyright owners to work with [Internet service providers] to reduce large-scale online copyright infringement. So far, it appears that copyright owners and [ISPs] find the current arrangement acceptable, clear and effective,” the paper reads.

Thus far under the legislation there have been four applications for injunctions through the Federal Court, notably against leading torrent indexes and browser-based streaming sites, which were both granted.

The other two processes, which began separately but will be heard together, at least in part, involve the recent trend of set-top box based streaming.

Village Roadshow, Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox, and Paramount are currently presenting their case to the Federal Court. Along with Hong Kong-based broadcaster Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), which has a separate application, the companies have been told to put together quality evidence for an April 2018 hearing.

With these applications already in the pipeline, yet more are on the horizon. The paper notes that more applications are expected to reach the Federal Court shortly, with the Department of Communications monitoring to assess whether current arrangements are refined as additional applications are filed.

Thus far, however, steady progress appears to have been made. The paper cites various precedents established as a result of the blocking process including the use of landing pages to inform Internet users why sites are blocked and who is paying.

“Either a copyright owner or [ISP] can establish a landing page. If an [ISP] wishes to avoid the cost of its own landing page, it can redirect customers to one that the copyright owner would provide. Another precedent allocates responsibility for compliance costs. Cases to date have required copyright owners to pay all or a significant proportion of compliance costs,” the paper notes.

But perhaps the issue of most importance is whether site-blocking as a whole has had any effect on the levels of copyright infringement in Australia.

The Government says that research carried out by Kantar shows that downloading “fell slightly from 2015 to 2017” with a 5-10% decrease in individuals consuming unlicensed content across movies, music and television. It’s worth noting, however, that Netflix didn’t arrive on Australian shores until May 2015, just a month before the new legislation was passed.

Research commissioned by the Department of Communications and published a year later in 2016 (pdf) found that improved availability of legal streaming alternatives was the main contributor to falling infringement rates. In a juicy twist, the report also revealed that Aussie pirates were the entertainment industries’ best customers.

“The Department is aware that other factors — such as the increasing availability of television, music and film streaming services and of subscription gaming services — may also contribute to falling levels of copyright infringement,” the paper notes.

Submissions to the consultation (pdf) are invited by 5.00 pm AEST on Friday 16 March 2018 via the government’s website.

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by Andy at February 14, 2018 09:21 AM

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February 13, 2018

Задержанную в Москве анархистку Елену Горбань арестовали

Московская полиция возбудила дело о вандализме после акции в поддержку петербургских и пензенских антифашистов, в своем телеграм-канале глава Международной правозащитной группы «Агора» Павел Чиков.  Как отметил Чиков, к задержанной сегодня в рамках этого дела анархистке Елене Горбань четыре часа не допускали адвоката Светлану Сидоркину; за это время, написал Чиков, оперативники «развели задержанную на показания». 

February 13, 2018 09:28 PM

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February 13, 2018 09:03 PM

Hambach Forest Occupation

Solidarity for Hambi and The Four from Zad

This weekend a large scale celebration and mobilization took place in Zad.  Several Thousands formed two marches, one through Zad and the second one through the surrounding villages, both of which joined in the center of Zad.  Large wooden plane was burned while delegates from Chiapas and Basque contry spoke and appeal to Zadistas and their supporters.  There were at least eight bands from percusion and jazz to samba, all… more…

by hambachforest at February 13, 2018 08:26 PM


EFF Urges US Copyright Office To Reject Proactive ‘Piracy’ Filters

Faced with millions of individuals consuming unlicensed audiovisual content from a variety of sources, entertainment industry groups have been seeking solutions closer to the roots of the problem.

As widespread site-blocking attempts to tackle ‘pirate’ sites in the background, greater attention has turned to legal platforms that host both licensed and unlicensed content.

Under current legislation, these sites and services can do business relatively comfortably due to the so-called safe harbor provisions of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the European Union Copyright Directive (EUCD).

Both sets of legislation ensure that Internet platforms can avoid being held liable for the actions of others provided they themselves address infringement when they are made aware of specific problems. If a video hosting site has a copy of an unlicensed movie uploaded by a user, for example, it must be removed within a reasonable timeframe upon request from the copyright holder.

However, in both the US and EU there is mounting pressure to make it more difficult for online services to achieve ‘safe harbor’ protections.

Entertainment industry groups believe that platforms use the law to turn a blind eye to infringing content uploaded by users, content that is often monetized before being taken down. With this in mind, copyright holders on both sides of the Atlantic are pressing for more proactive regimes, ones that will see Internet platforms install filtering mechanisms to spot and discard infringing content before it can reach the public.

While such a system would be welcomed by rightsholders, Internet companies are fearful of a future in which they could be held more liable for the infringements of others. They’re supported by the EFF, who yesterday presented a petition to the US Copyright Office urging caution over potential changes to the DMCA.

“As Internet users, website owners, and online entrepreneurs, we urge you to preserve and strengthen the Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbors for Internet service providers,” the EFF writes.

“The DMCA safe harbors are key to keeping the Internet open to all. They allow anyone to launch a website, app, or other service without fear of crippling liability for copyright infringement by users.”

It is clear that pressure to introduce mandatory filtering is a concern to the EFF. Filters are blunt instruments that cannot fathom the intricacies of fair use and are liable to stifle free speech and stymie innovation, they argue.

“Major media and entertainment companies and their surrogates want Congress to replace today’s DMCA with a new law that would require websites and Internet services to use automated filtering to enforce copyrights.

“Systems like these, no matter how sophisticated, cannot accurately determine the copyright status of a work, nor whether a use is licensed, a fair use, or otherwise non-infringing. Simply put, automated filters censor lawful and important speech,” the EFF warns.

While its introduction was voluntary and doesn’t affect the company’s safe harbor protections, YouTube already has its own content filtering system in place.

ContentID is able to detect the nature of some content uploaded by users and give copyright holders a chance to remove or monetize it. The company says that the majority of copyright disputes are now handled by ContentID but the system is not perfect and mistakes are regularly flagged by users and mentioned in the media.

However, ContentID was also very expensive to implement so expecting smaller companies to deploy something similar on much more limited budgets could be a burden too far, the EFF warns.

“What’s more, even deeply flawed filters are prohibitively expensive for all but the largest Internet services. Requiring all websites to implement filtering would reinforce the market power wielded by today’s large Internet services and allow them to stifle competition. We urge you to preserve effective, usable DMCA safe harbors, and encourage Congress to do the same,” the EFF notes.

The same arguments, for and against, are currently raging in Europe where the EU Commission proposed mandatory upload filtering in 2016. Since then, opposition to the proposals has been fierce, with warnings of potential human rights breaches and conflicts with existing copyright law.

Back in the US, there are additional requirements for a provider to qualify for safe harbor, including having a named designated agent tasked with receiving copyright infringement notifications. This person’s name must be listed on a platform’s website and submitted to the US Copyright Office, which maintains a centralized online directory of designated agents’ contact information.

Under new rules, agents must be re-registered with the Copyright Office every three years, despite that not being a requirement under the DMCA. The EFF is concerned that by simply failing to re-register an agent, an otherwise responsible website could lose its safe harbor protections, even if the agent’s details have remained the same.

“We’re concerned that the new requirement will particularly disadvantage small and nonprofit websites. We ask you to reconsider this rule,” the EFF concludes.

The EFF’s letter to the Copyright Office can be found here.

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by Andy at February 13, 2018 07:11 PM


Winter on the Silk Road

Winter Travel on the Silk Road
When I was in China working as an English teacher, I decided to cycle around Iran. I finished my contract at the end of November, so I thought I might as well travel to Iran by land. The problem was, I’d be traveling in winter. I’m Portuguese so I knew ... more »

by Anita Faria at February 13, 2018 06:26 PM

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Italian Anti-Corruption Authority (ANAC) Adopts Onion Services

Italian Anti-Corruption Authority (ANAC) Adopts Onion Services
steph February 13, 2018


Millions of people use Tor every day to evade surveillance and censorship. Tor’s security and privacy protections enable activists to mobilize, journalists to report, and ordinary people to access blocked resources and avoid tracking. 

Whistleblowers, those brave individuals who report illicit activity, also depend on Tor to protect their identities when they come forward.

We've highlighted how onion services can be used to secure the web. Now, we're starting to see anonymity technologies become a legal requirement for public agency and corporate anti-corruption compliance, with the first well-known implementation by Xnet in the City Hall of Barcelona in Spain.

Many national laws (such as Italian Dlgs. 231/2001) require companies to adopt corporate governance structures and risk prevention systems, which can include allowing whistleblowing submissions. However, most whistleblowing laws only protect whistleblowers when their identity is disclosed, which can put the person reporting corruption at risk. 

In 2016, the International Standards Organization (ISO) released a new model for organizations setting up and operating anti-bribery management systems, ISO 37001:2016. To meet ISO standards, organizations or companies implementing anti-corruption procedures must allow anonymous reporting, as explicitly indicated in point 8.9 of section C of ISO 37001:2016.

Furthermore, national laws (such as recent Italian 179/2017) require the adoption of IT systems for whistleblowing, leading to the practical integration and use of Tor for its technological anonymity features.

To comply with these standards, the Italian Anti-Corruption Authority (ANAC), an administrative watchdog, just launched their national online whistleblowing platform using onion services, giving whistleblowers who come forward a secure way to report illegal activity while protecting their identities. Most anti-corruption whistleblowers first speak out anonymously, and only when they know that their concerns are being addressed do they disclose their identities, as reported by Transparency International Italy, an organization advocating uses of Tor in the fight against corruption since 2014.

ANAC software is based on a customized version of GlobaLeaks, a whistleblowing platform by the Hermes Center that integrates Tor natively. GlobaLeaks is expected to be redistributed to all Italian public agencies (~20.000 in total) to comply with Law 179/2017 and in line with the country’s recent strategic commitment to open-source software and the reuse of code.

Given that Tor is the world’s strongest internet anonymity tool, we expect to see usage of onion services for secure communication systems across all sectors continue to gain traction. 

Read more about ANAC’s whistleblowing platform (in Italian) here

If you want to use onion services for your organization, check our documentation and see if the Enterprise Onion Toolkit is a good fit.

The Tor Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and we depend on your help to protect privacy and resist repressive censorship and surveillance. If you can, please donate today and help us continue developing these critical tools.

by steph at February 13, 2018 02:23 PM


Pirate Streaming Search Engine Exploits Crunchyroll Vulnerability

With 20 million members around the world, Crunchyroll is one of the largest on-demand streaming platforms for anime and manga content.

Much like Hollywood, the site has competition from pirate streaming sites which offer their content without permission. These usually stream pirated videos which are hosted on external sites.

However, this week Crunchyroll is facing a more direct attack. The people behind the new streaming meta-search engine StreamCR say they’ve found a way to stream the site’s content from its own servers, without paying.

“This works due to a vulnerability in the Crunchyroll system,” StreamCR’s operators tell TorrentFreak.

Simply put, StreamCR uses an active Crunchyroll account to locate the video streams and embeds this on its own website. This allows people to access Crunchyroll videos in the best quality without paying.

“This gives access to the full library in the region of our server, retrieving it as long as we’re not bound by the regular regional restriction. For this, we pick a US server as American Crunchyroll has the most library of content.

Stream in various qualities

The exploit was developed in-house, the StreamCR team informs us. While it works fine at the moment the team realizes that this may not last forever, as Crunchyroll might eventually patch the vulnerability.

However, the meta-search engine will have made its point by then.

“We expect them to fix this, Why wouldn’t they? In the meantime, this can demonstrate how vulnerable Crunchyroll is at the moment,” they tell us.

The site’s ultimate plan is to become the go-to search engine for people looking to stream all kinds of pirated videos. In addition to Crunchyroll, StreamCR also indexes various pirate sites, including YesMovies, Gomovies, and 9anime.

“StreamCR’s goal is to let people access streams with ease from a universal site, we’re trying to have a Google-like experience for finding online streams,” they say.

TorrentFreak reached out to Crunchyroll asking for a comment on the issue, but at the time of publication, we have yet to hear back.

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by Ernesto at February 13, 2018 02:03 PM