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Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama

theguardian.com — On Thursday, I questioned Russia's involvement in mass surveillance on live television. I asked Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, a question that cannot credibly be answered in the negative by any leader who runs a modern, intrusive surveillance program: "Does [your country] intercept, analyse or store millions of individuals' communications?"
RT @dandrezner: At a minimum, Snowden's op-ed seriously complicates the claim that he is in Vladimir Putin's pocket: theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
RT @AntDeRosa: Snowden says Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
Snowden says Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
RT @rj_gallagher: Snowden accuses Putin of dodging his question on surveillance, responds to critics: theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
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CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend 'enhanced interrogation'

theguardian.com — The psychologist regarded as the architect of the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" program has broken a seven-year silence to defend the use of torture techniques against al-Qaida terror suspects in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
RT @AllenMcDuffee: Here @jasonleopold gets psychologist and CIA torture architect to talk for the first time in nearly a decade: http://t.c…
CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend 'enhanced interrogation' gu.com/p/3zh2x/tw via @guardian
RT @kgosztola: James Mitchell, torture psychologist for CIA, breaks 7-yr silence. Interviewed by @JasonLeopold: bit.ly/Pc8dPO
RT @kgosztola: James Mitchell, torture psychologist for CIA, breaks 7-yr silence. Interviewed by @JasonLeopold: bit.ly/Pc8dPO
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James Mitchell: 'I'm just a guy who got asked to do something for his country'

theguardian.com — Dr James Elmer Mitchell has been called a war criminal and a torturer. He has been the subject of an ethics complaint, and his methods have been criticized in reports by two congressional committees and by the CIA's internal watchdog. But the retired air force psychologist insists he is not the monster many have portrayed him to be.
RT @sparrowmedia: A Must Read: @JasonLeopold's stunning exclusive, the architect of the #CIA's torture program breaks his silence http://t.…
RT @davidcolburn: Psychologist who designed CIA's torture program insists he has nothing to apologize for. Exclusive by @JasonLeopold: http…
RT @GuardianUS: Audio: James Mitchell defends the CIA's 'enhanced interrogation' program from critics trib.al/OhJvO19 via @JasonLeop…
Psychologist who designed CIA's torture program says he believes in human rights gu.com/p/3zh4n/tw
James Mitchell 'I'm just a guy who got asked to do something for his country' Psychologist interviewed #CIA gu.com/p/3zh4n/tw @guardian
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My wife was murdered by a 'monster' - but most perpetrators of violence are normal guys

theguardian.com — One of the most disturbing moments of the past 18 months of my life was hearing my wife's killer form a coherent sentence in court. Jill had been murdered almost six months earlier, and Adrian Bayley's defence team were presenting a rather feeble case for a four-week adjournment of his committal hearing.
Extraordinary insight into violence against women, by Tom Meagher, who's wife, Jill, was raped & murdered: theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
All men should read this. "My wife was murdered by a 'monster'" via @Okwonga theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
RT @KathViner: Posting again: brilliant piece by Tom Meagher, whose wife was murdered: most perpetrators of violence are normal men http://…
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Ed Miliband signs up top Obama adviser David Axelrod for UK election

theguardian.com — Barack Obama's most influential adviser during two presidential victories has been hired to advise Labour on its 2015 election campaign, ensuring that Ed Miliband will put inequality and the break between family finances and economic growth at the centre of his election campaign.
RT @GuardianUS: .@DavidAxelrod talks to the @guardian about going to work for Labour in the upcoming UK elections trib.al/yNhpI8f
RT @JonathanHaynes: Are Labour about to get some policies? => Ed Miliband signs up top Obama adviser David Axelrod for UK election http://t…
Are Labour about to get some policies? => Ed Miliband signs up top Obama adviser David Axelrod for UK election gu.com/p/3zgk9/tw
After Twice Electing Obama, Axelrod Now Crazily Decides To Try To Help Ed Miliband What Srsly? | The Guardian theguardian.com/politics/2014/…
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Portsmouth's revival owes everything to care of their community

theguardian.com — The mud-spattered Mercedes van is parked up pitch-side, its back doors flung open and all the training paraphernalia pouring out on to the grass. Cones, metal-framed dummies, energy drinks, bibs and strapping fall to the turf.
Proud by association - play up Pompey! -Portsmouth's revival owes everything to care of their community gu.com/p/3zgph/tw via @guardian
RT @guardian_sport: Dominic Fifield spent two days behind the scenes at Portsmouth. This beautiful piece is the result: http://t.co/xN5sP6h…
This, from @domfifield on the resurrection of Portsmouth FC, is rather brilliant theguardian.com/football/2014/…
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Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87

theguardian.com — The Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who unleashed the worldwide boom in Spanish literature with his novel 100 Years of Solitude, has died at the age of 87, a person close to the family has said. García Márquez had been admitted to hospital in Mexico City on 3 April with pneumonia.
Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87 gu.com/p/3zez7/tw via @guardian
Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87 gu.com/p/3zez7/tw via @guardian could write...
The Guardian's usual immaculate job RT Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87 gu.com/p/3zez7/tw via @guardian
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David Cameron stung by jellyfish

theguardian.com — David Cameron is known for floating serenely above the political fray, suffering very little damage to his own reputation even as his government is forced into U-turns or his ministers are forced to resign. But on holiday in Lanzarote this week the prime minister's luck ran out.
RT @PeterBradshaw1: The Prime Minister was stung by a jellyfish and shouted: "Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!" That is superhuman restraint, if true http…
RT @moorehn: David Cameron the political jellyfish gets stung by a real jellyfish, Britons still can't hide open glee. http://t.co/LSodqtPU…
David Cameron the political jellyfish gets stung by a real jellyfish, Britons still can't hide open glee. theguardian.com/politics/blog/…
The Prime Minister was stung by a jellyfish and shouted: "Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!" That is superhuman restraint, if true theguardian.com/politics/blog/…
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Ukraine: separatists refuse to end occupation despite Geneva agreement

theguardian.com — Pro-Russian groups occupying a string of public buildings across eastern Ukraine have insisted that they would not end their occupation until a referendum to decide the status of the region had taken place.
RT @nspector4: Guardian: Ukraine separatists refuse to end occupation despite Geneva agreement bit.ly/1thATHw
RT @stuartmillar159: Meanwhile in Ukraine, separatists are refusing to budge despite Thursday's peace agreement theguardian.com/world/2014/apr…
RT @stuartmillar159: Meanwhile in Ukraine, separatists are refusing to budge despite Thursday's peace agreement theguardian.com/world/2014/apr…
Meanwhile in Ukraine, separatists are refusing to budge despite Thursday's peace agreement theguardian.com/world/2014/apr…
Surprise, surprise: @guardiannews: Ukraine: separatists refuse to end occupation despite Geneva agreement gu.com/p/3zgzj/tf

Gabriel García Márquez in quotes

theguardian.com — It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there's not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality. The problem is that Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination."
RT @axrenton: “He soon acquired that forlorn look one sees in vegetarians" Gabriel García Márquez in quotes gu.com/p/3zgm2/tf
A few words on life, love, sex, secrets, ageing, dreaming, sorrow, joy, death. The works. García Márquez in quotes gu.com/p/3zgm2/tw
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Second earthquake hits Rutland in 24 hours

theguardian.com — Another earthquake has struck the Rutland area of the East Midlands, 24 hours after one shook houses for around 10 seconds. Initial data released by the British Geological Survey (BGS) said the latest quake struck Oakham at around 7.50am on Friday and that it was even bigger than Thursday's, measuring magnitude 3.5.
The earthquakes are getting stronger every day. gu.com/p/3zgpd
Nice detail: in UK's most powerful earthquake, in 1931, at Madame Tussauds the head of homeopath Dr Crippen fell off ow.ly/3jprJE
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Antisemitic flier 'by Donetsk People's Republic' in Ukraine a hoax

theguardian.com — The barricades that mark the entrance to the "Donetsk People's Republic" are plastered with anti-fascist posters, including an American flag with a swastika in place of the stars.
Antisemitic flier 'by Donetsk People's Republic' in Ukraine a hoax gu.com/p/3zh5n/tw via @guardian

Old bloodlines meet as Cambridges put the royal into Sydney's Easter show

theguardian.com — The balls on the merino were enormous. In the sheep and fleece pavilion at the Royal Easter show, the offspring of two old bloodlines met face to face. The duke sized up the ram. He was impressed. The duchess fed it a little hay. It has to be said, she is better with children.
Old bloodlines meet as Cambridges put the royal into Sydney's Easter show | David Marr gu.com/p/3zgnh/tw via @guardian
RT @gabriellechan: "The balls on the merino were enormous". Not often you get a lead like that. Old bloodlines meet by David Marr http://t.…
RT @lenoretaylor: Never before have I read a royals story that starts "the balls on the merino were enormous" gu.com/p/3zgnh/tw via @g…
Never before have I read a royals story that starts "the balls on the merino were enormous" gu.com/p/3zgnh/tw via @guardian

Leighton Baines pushes the boundaries by staying put at Everton

theguardian.com — Leighton Baines is remembering his teenage days paying the 50p bus fare from Kirkby to Goodison Park in the hope he might get lucky. "I never had a ticket for the match but there would be lots of kids who just hung around," he recalls. And they were streetwise.
Leighton Baines interviewed by @DTguardian on the difference between life under Moyes and Martinez theguardian.com/football/2014/…

Jill Meagher husband: forget the lone monster myth, society has a role in rape

theguardian.com — Men need to break their silence on the root societal causes of male violence against women rather than perpetuate a "monster myth" that merely places blame upon evil individuals, according to Tom Meagher. Meagher's wife, Jill, was raped and murdered by Adrian Bayley in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick in 2012.
Jill Meagher husband: forget the lone monster myth, society has a role in rape gu.com/p/3zgn8/tw via @guardian
Forget the lone monster myth; society has a role in rape, says husband of murdered Melbourne woman Jill Meagher ow.ly/vUMq2
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