Glenn Ashton - In a world where the military industrial complex and the political corporate nexus are inseparable and indiscernible from its intelligence apparatus, more than ever we need the leakers, the hackers and those who risk all to watch the watchers. The mainstream echo chamber media rails against these iconoclasts, ironically calling them narcissists, not realising that their selfless actions contradict the very definition of narcissism. If we wish to maintain our freedom and independence we need heroes like Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Aaron Swartz, Jeremy Hammond and Julian Assange to slay Mencken's hobgoblins.
Richard Pithouse - As Numsa head towards their special congress in Boksburg next week the tensions within Cosatu, and between Numsa and the SACP, are exploding. The critical question that is up for debate at the congress is whether or not the union should break with the ANC and support another party or set up its own party. If the union does decide to break with the ANC and set up a workers' party its political credibility, solid organisational base and capacity to generate its own resources from its members could enable a potentially serious challenge to the ANC. The stakes are high and the fight has been dirty.
Charlotte Laws - In October 2011, my 24-year-old daughter Kayla was alone in her bedroom, emulating poses from fashion magazines. She snapped over 100 cute and sexy pictures in the mirror with her cell phone. One shot revealed her left breast. She never intended to show the pictures to anyone, but wanted to save them on her hard drive. She forwarded the entire lot from her cell phone to her email and then to her computer. Three months later on January 1, 2012, her email was hacked; and nine days after that, the photo revealing her left breast appeared on the notorious revenge porn website, Is Anyone Up?
Frank Meintjies - The recent resignation by NUMSA president Cedric Gina is another rip in the fabric of the trade union federation, COSATU. Given that a breakup of COSATU will weaken labour's voice, this development raises the question as to how the situation can be saved. A number of COSATU trade unions feel that the ANC has not moved rapidly enough to change South Africa's economy so that the masses have a bigger share in the wealth of the land. They, led by Zwelinzima Vavi, want a far more robust engagement with the ruling party and an open discussion about the value of the alliance.
Vanessa Burger - As prostitution has continued to proliferate, it would be reasonable to suggest that something is seriously wrong with the way in which the issue is being addressed. Perhaps the sex workers are not really the problem. Perhaps the proliferation of the sex trade (along with the drug industry, vehicle hijacking syndicates, house and business robbery, other sexual crimes and general crime) points to a deeper malaise - an underlying cancer that has eaten away at the core of our society. When symptoms of an illness persist after treatment, it usually points to a serious underlying cause. A cancer that cannot be cured without surgical removal. Could this cancer be corruption?
Watch - War reporting is a difficult and dangerous game, and that's the case when those wars are declared and fought out in the open. Then there are the undeclared wars in countries like Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia fought through drone strikes and black ops teams -- covert military operations that officials barely even acknowledge. Those are the kinds of wars that Jeremy Scahill covers. Al Jazeera's Richard Gizbert sat down with Scahill to discuss his documentary, Dirty Wars, the challenges he faced in making the transition from print journalist to on-camera reporter and what kind of journalism the new venture needs to produce.
Watch - Using current technology, Mars could be colonised within decades, argues Adam Steltzner engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he led the design of the Mars Curiosity "sky hook" landing system. Steltzner projects how humans might be able to make a home beyond the confines of the Earth, but questions the motivations for such an endeavour. He argues, that a lot of people are attracted to the idea of colonising Mars because we are going to overpopulate or pollute this planet, however, this is shortsighted because there are no skills necessary for accomplishing life in space that are not the same skills required to maintain balance and equilibrium here on earth.
Watch - The biggest carbon market, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, has crashed. Carbon trading hasn't reduced CO2 emissions and it hasn't encouraged investments in sustainable energy infrastructure sufficiently. To the contrary, to offset their CO2 emissions, companies and governments have invested in destructive projects in the South. The only ones benefiting from this system are polluting companies who have made millions by selling their free carbon credits and traders speculating on the fluctuation of their price. Despite the massive evidence of their failure, carbon markets are still promoted as a solution to fight climate change. Super hero Carbon Credit explains how it works.
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