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    Boris Nemtsov: Death of a Russian Liberal

    I bought a couple of bottles of Yarpivo in a Chinese-owned discount store around the corner here in Brooklyn, and poured one out for Nemtsov, who ended his life as a Yaroslavl city councilman. I never liked him much, but his murder was brutal, and frightening — and the dark fear it’s brought to Moscow is very real. Nemtsov was a very different kind of liberal or “ultra-liberal” than what we think of as liberals. In the best sense, that…
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    Meet Pierre Omidyar! A handy primer for new First Look hires

    Early last week, Ken Silverstein — former Harpers editor and founder of Counterpunch — quit Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media, citing management incompetence. [UPDATE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly described Silverstein as co-founder of Counterpunch with Alexander Cockburn; Silverstein sent me an email correctly noting that he founded Counterpunch four months before Cockburn joined, one of those small but not insignificant errors I know all too well as the sole founding editor of The eXile—M.A.] By the end of the…
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    Strange new legal complaint alleges that Google tried to steal employees’ lunch

    Google has just been slapped with another class action wage-theft lawsuit complaint. Unlike previous successful wage theft filings, however, this complaining obtained by Pando, is oddly vague. The complaint, “Rosa Gutierrez v Google,” filed in the Santa Clara County Superior Court, alleges that the search engine giant violated a number of California labor laws governing lunch time, daytime breaks, overtime pay and others. That certainly may all be true, and the law firm representing the plaintiffs, Matern Law Group, is a reputable southern California employment…
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    Snowden praised for fighting government surveillance… by group that LOVES corporate surveillance

    Last Friday, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden Skyped into a Washington DC Marriott Hotel conference hall to proudly accept “The Students For Liberty Alumnus of the Year Award.” The Students For Liberty describes itself as “a rapidly growing network of pro-liberty students from all over the world.” Their big award was given to Snowden for “initiating a global conversation on the balance of power between governments and peoples that has led to and continues to bring about…
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    Meet the serial failures in charge of protecting America’s online privacy

    Earlier this week, McClatchey published an article reminding readers of something that can’t be repeated enough: Thanks to the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the government can read all your emails over 180 days old without a warrant. That’s what the law says — and yet it remains obscure enough that every time some national media reminds us, it still shocks the senses. McClatchy writes: Little known to most Americans, ambiguous language in a communications law passed in 1986 extends…
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    How the ACLU, Ron Paul and a former EFF Director helped jail a CIA whistleblower

    CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who went public about torture programs and was later jailed for leaking the name of a covert CIA agent, was just released from prison to serve out the remaining months of his sentence under house arrest. Kiriakou is the first CIA spy ever jailed for leaking secrets, and only the second American ever convicted under a 1982 law making it a crime to publicly identify covert CIA agents. The story of how that law, the “Intelligence Identities…
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    The geometry of censorship and satire

    I first heard about Sergei Dorkeno’s theory on “vertical censorship vs. horizontal censorship” back in 2008, right around the time that the Kremlin shut down my satirical Moscow newspaper, “The eXile”. Dorenko was a rather unique (and loathsome) authority on Kremlin censorship—a once-famous TV news anchor nicknamed “Telekiller,” he’d served as Putin’s most effective TV character assassin, helping propel the obscure KGB spy’s rise to power in 1999-2000…but as soon as Putin’s political opponents were thrashed into submission, Dorenko fell…
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    Andrew Sullivan is not the Future of Journalism

    With Andrew Sullivan announcing the end of his 15-year blogging career—and with it, his “bold experiment” in transforming journalism into crowd-funded blogging— I figure it’s a good time to take one last look at Sullivan’s long, poisonous contribution to the decline of American journalism. The following is a slightly abridged version of an article I wrote almost exactly two years ago for NSFWCORP, on the occasion of Sullivan leaving the Daily Beast to launch his…

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    Animation workers suing major studios first learned about Hollywood wage theft by reading Pando

    As previously reported by Pando, workers in the computer animation industry have launched a major class action lawsuit against major Hollywood studios, accusing them of wage theft and other anti-trust behavior. The lawsuit — filed in September against Disney, Dreamworks Animation, Sony, Rupert Murdoch’s Blue Sky Animation, and other studios — grew out of the landmark Silicon Valley wage theft class action lawsuit that Pando has been reporting on for almost a year. Now new court documents…
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    New court filing shows stunning new evidence of wage-fixing by major Hollywood animation studios

    The Techtopus wage theft conspiracy has just gone Hollywood in a serious way. Attorneys representing visual special effects workers suing the biggest names in computer animation have just filed an amended complaint to their wage-fixing lawsuit, originally filed in September and first reported here at PandoDaily. The latest amended suit filed by attorneys from the law firm Cohen Milstein adds Blue Sky Animation—maker of the hit films Rio and the Ice Age—to a list of defendants which includes Dreamworks Animation,…

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