100,000 North Koreans reportedly working abroad as slaves to fund Kim Jong-un’s luxurious lifestyle

Human rights activists say that nearly 100,000 North Koreans are being forced to work abroad as slaves abroad to fund Kim-Jong-un and his administration’s luxurious lifestyle. According to Daily Express, Ahn Myeong-chul, the head of NK Watch, a Seoul-based rights group, told the New York Times the country’s regime was “exploiting their labour and salaries…

Chelsea fan apologises over Paris Metro racism

A former police officer and Chelsea fan apologised for his involvement in an alleged racist incident involving football supporters on a Paris Metro train. Footage posted online last week showed supporters blocking a man named as Souleymane S from boarding a metro train in the French capital and chanting “we’re racist and that’s the way…

Cyber lawyer pulls out

A cybercrime lawyer has pulled out of the legal defence team of UN climate panel chief Rajendra Pachauri who is facing sexual harassment allegations levelled by a 29-year-old woman employee at his Delhi-based non-profit energy organisation. “I’ve returned the brief – this was a professional decision,” Pawan Duggal, who specialises in digital cases and was…

Comedy minus malice

Building a truly progressive and tolerant society requires absolute freedom of speech, and not a conditional one (“Comedy without malice”, Feb.21); it should protect and promote contrarian voices. No idea should be too sacrosanct to be made fun of or disagreed with totally. The interesting aspect of stand-up comedy is that despite the laughter value…

Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ film set for Christmas release

Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone’s big-screen dramatization of U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden’s mass surveillance revelations will be released on Dec. 25, distributor Open Road Films said on Friday.

“Snowden” will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. and British surveillance and electronic monitoring programs.
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CCTV is the way to go

The espionage scandal in the Union petroleum ministry may be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to stealing government secrets with an eye on corporates who may be willing to pay handsomely to gain a profitable edge. One important lesson from the plot is the utility of CCTV surveillance in government offices…