Bangladesh Factory Owners Surrender over Deadly Fire

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Two owners of the Bangladesh garment factory where 112 workers died in a 2012 fire have turned themselves in. Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter are among six wanted in connection with the worst factory fire in Bangladesh’s history. Many of the victims died because Tazreen factory managers ordered workers back to their posts even as an alarm rang and smoke rose. The two owners face up to life in prison.

Report: Snowden Used Cheap Software to Take NSA Docs

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U.S. intelligence officials are claiming Edward Snowden stole internal National Security Agency documents by using cheap and widely available software that still went mostly undetected. Speaking to The New York Times, investigators looking into Snowden’s case say he deployed a simple “web crawler” that automatically downloaded some 1.7 million files. In a statement, Snowden responded: “It’s ironic that officials are giving classified information to journalists in an effort to discredit me for giving classified information to journalists. The difference is that I did so to inform the public about the government’s actions, and they’re doing so to misinform the public about mine.”

U.S. Using NSA Metadata, Phone Tracking for Drone Strikes

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In the latest of Snowden’s disclosures, new information has emerged on the National Security Agency’s secret role in U.S. military and CIA assassinations overseas. The NSA is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes. The NSA identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cellphone tracking technologies, an unreliable tactic that has resulted in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people. The disclosure is made in the first article by journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald for their new journalism venture, First Look Media. Watch our exclusive interview with them today.

Up to 100,000 Stage “Moral March” Against North Carolina GOP

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Tens of thousands of people marched in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday to protest the far-right policies of the state’s Republican government. The “Moral March” was an outgrowth of last year’s “Moral Mondays” protests, 13 weeks of actions against what critics call a Republican assault on poor people, the unemployed, voting rights, education, the environment, healthcare and women’s rights. Protest organizer, Rev. William Barber, the head of the NAACP in North Carolina, said Republican policies have forced marginalized communities to stand together.

Rev. William Barber: “We have been called together to fight against a dangerous agenda of extremist laws by the ultra-conservative right wing that is choosing the low road, policies that are constitutionally inconsistent, morally indefensible and economically insane. It’s extreme, and it’s mighty low, to cut Medicaid for more than 500,000 people in a state of 1.7 million poor people and knowing that 2,800 will die. It’s mighty low to raise taxes on 900,000 poor people and working citizens in order to lower taxes for 23 of the wealthiest families.”

More than 1,000 people were arrested in the Moral Mondays protests last year. Estimates of Saturday’s turnout reached as high as 100,000 people. Rev. Barber ended his remarks with a tribute to the diversity of groups coming together to march as one.

Rev. William Barber: “We are black. We are white. We are Latino. We are Native American. We are Democrat. We are Republican. We are independent. We are people of faith. We are people not of faith, but who, though they are secular, they still believe in a moral universe. We are people. We are natives and immigrants. We are business leaders and workers and unemployed. We are doctors and the uninsured. We are gay. We are straight. We are students. We are parents. We are retirees. We are North Carolina. We are America. And we are here, and we ain’t going nowhere!”


Beef Parts Recalled in U.S. over “Diseased and Unsound Animals”

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A livestock company has recalled 8.7 million pounds of beef parts over the use of “diseased and unsound animals” and a lack of proper inspection. The Rancho Feeding Corporation says the meat was shipped to California, Florida, Illinois and Texas in the first week of January.