By a vote of 285 to 281, the European Parliament passed a nonbinding resolution today calling on member states to "drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection, and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties." The move is a "recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender." Speaking through his Twitter account, Snowden hailed the vote as being a "game changer." "This is not a blow against the US Government, but an open hand extended by friends," he added . "It is a chance to move forward." In a separate vote, members of the European Parliament voted that "too little has been done to safeguard citizens' fundamental rights following revelations of electronic mass surveillance." That resolution, passed by a vote of 342 to 274 with 29 abstentions, urges the EU Commission to ensure that all data transfers to the US have an "effective level of protection." “It’s the first time a parliament votes … [Read more...] about European Parliament votes to shield Snowden from extradition to US
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Europe’s police agency Europol has been given enhanced cyber powers to track down terrorists and other criminals. The new governance rules were approved by the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee on Thursday by a massive majority. MEPs claimed that the new powers come with strong data protection safeguards and democratic oversight. Last November, the draft rules were given the green light by the European Union's 28 member states . Now the panel's politicos have overwhelmingly thrown their weight behind the measures, by 40 votes to three, with two abstentions. It means that Europol will be able to more easily set up specialised units to respond immediately to emerging threats, in particular cross-border crimes and terrorist threats. The regulation also gives legal certainty to the Internet Referral Unit, which tackles terrorist propaganda and related violent extremist activities on the Internet. With its new powers it will identify and refer relevant online content … [Read more...] about Eurocops get new cyber powers to hunt down terrorists, criminals
The European Parliament has formally adopted a law requiring internet companies to “remove or disable access to flagged terrorist content” within one hour after being notified by national authorities. Once issued, such takedown notices will apply across the EU, with countries able to levy financial penalties against firms that refuse to comply. The legislation will come into force 12 months after it is published in the EU’s official journal , a standard step for all EU law. It will then have to be adopted by each member state. The legislation has been under discussion in the EU for years. It was first proposed in 2018 at a time when terrorist attacks by groups like ISIS were peaking across the continent and lawmakers were worried about online radicalization. Since then the proposals have been making their way through the EU’s legislative bodies, with several major amendments. Notably, the legislation now explicitly excludes takedowns targeting terrorist content that’s … [Read more...] about EU adopts controversial law forcing one-hour takedowns of terrorist content
Ukraine is quickly becoming the center of a geopolitical crisis that could be the biggest Europe has seen in the 21st century. But chances are, if you're reading this post, that's where your knowledge cuts out. So, we've answered your most basic questions about the conflict. 1. How did the Ukrainian political crisis start, and who are the major players? The Ukrainian political crisis started on Nov. 21, 2013, when President Viktor Yanukovych abandoned a free-trade agreement with the European Union, choosing instead to align his country’s future with Moscow. Spurred by then-imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko , a Facebook post by journalist and activist Mustafa Nayem and activists on social media who all were hoping their country would lean towards the EU, thousands descended on Kiev’s Independence Square, the site of the nation’s Orange Revolution in 2004. Protests heat up in #Ukraine after collapse of #EU Association Agreement “ @YarikLviv : … [Read more...] about 9 Essential Questions About Ukraine, Answered
By Kai Kupferschmidt , Gretchen Vogel May. 3, 2021 , 4:15 PM Science ’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation. Vaccine regulators have delivered a clear verdict: In most settings, the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines made by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) far outweigh the small risk they will cause an unusual and sometimes deadly clotting disorder. But many questions remain about who is most at risk, how the risk-benefit calculus changes when cases fall, and what the side effects mean for the future of these vaccines, which use adenoviruses to ferry the gene for SARS-CoV-2’s spike protein into human cells. A major concern is how the rest of the world will respond to some European countries’ moves to limit the use of the AstraZeneca and J&J vaccines, and the brief suspension of the J&J shot in the United States. The AstraZeneca vaccine—named Vaxzevria, or Covishield when it’s produced by the company’s Indian partner, … [Read more...] about What’s the future of vaccines linked to rare clotting disorders?