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Fight for net neutrality continues

Fight for net neutrality continues

In this week’s Steve Hart Radio Show online at www.stevehart.co, Auckland journalist Steve Hart looks at how the U.S. Senate stripped a provision from a key intelligence bill that would have required President Obama to publicly disclose the number of people killed by drone strikes.

US Federal regulators have unveiled new rules that would effectively abandon net neutrality, the concept of a free and open Internet.

An Egyptian judge has sentenced to death the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader and 682 other people in the latest in a series of high-stakes mass trials that have been unprecedented in scope.

Canadian farmer and NFU member Glenn Tait talks about Monsanto, and how farmers are being railroaded into using Monsanto’s seeds.

A government panel in Afghanistan says it has uncovered two previously undisclosed secret prisons run by U.S. and British forces.

Free Speech Radio News reports that thousands of street performers and traditional artists are at risk of losing their homes as authorities in India’s capital New Delhi move people from their homes to make way for an upscale housing development and shopping mall.

All this an more in one hour of international news at www.SteveHart.co

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