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New week, new agenda

Kevin Anderson | 10:49 UK time, Monday, 5 June 2006

Equipment seized in Canadian raidOver the weekend, I asked what those of you who aren't into football are going to do during the World Cup. Well, we've got a couple of footie fans making the case for why you should be interested. The Gaffer who does a podcast covering the English Premiership makes a case that it's not just about sport. Check it out.

Other than that, there are several stories that we're looking at this morning. There were anti-terrorism raids both in the UK and in Canada last Friday and over the weekend. Do you feel safer?

But again, while we're looking at the headlines. What stories are you reading? What do you want to talk about?

Peruvians went to the polls over the weekend and with most of the votes counted, it looks like Alan Garcia has staged a remarkable political comeback. He presided over an economic crisis between 1985-1990 when he was president. But with more than 80% of the results in, he has more than 55% of the vote. After covering two razor thin presidential elections in the US, I know better than to call an election with all the votes in. But, it looks like he has defeated Ollanta Humala.

Repressed info

Last week, we talked about Amnesty International's new online freedom of speech and information campaign, Irrepresible.info. There is quite a bit of talk about controls on information in China and Iran. But what about western democracies, like Canada?

This story caught my eye this weekend on the tech news site, Slashdot, Canadian Domain Registry Pulls Plug on Free Speech.

From the Globe and Mail in Canada:

Overnight, someone built a website spoofing Liberal leadership candidate Joe Volpe and his acceptance of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from children, including the 11-year-old twins of a former vice-president of a generic drug company.
By early yesterday afternoon, the Volpe team had the website pulled down.

Canadian blogger Stephen Taylor who supports the Conservative Party in Canada, called the move "absurd, censorship and an abuse of power". But free speech advocates across the political spectrum also condemned the move. Are we in the West possible a bit too smug about the freedom of information in our societies?


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