The Daily Beat

Premiere DateAug 1, 2013
Categories Culture Politics Talk
00:00 The Daily Beat Intro
00:37 Top Story
02:35 PROMO
02:55 World News
05:26 PROMO
05:40 In Other News
07:46 Lace Curtain Falling (II)
14:46 Finish

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Today The Raw Story published an AFP article titled “XKeyscore allows U.S. intelligence to monitor ‘nearly everything’ users do online.”

The article reads:

A secret surveillance system known as XKeyscore allows US intelligence to monitor “nearly everything a typical user does on the Internet,” according to leaked documents published on Wednesday.

Citing classified documents provided by fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, British daily the Guardian said the program was the most wide-reaching operated by the National Security Agency.

Today Reuters published an AFP article titled “Government requests for Twitter users’ data on the rise.”

The article reads:

Twitter is under increasing pressure from governments around the world to release user’s private information, with requests rising 40 percent in the first six months of the year, the microblogging company said Wednesday in its semi-annual transparency report.

The United States made three-quarters of the 1,157 data requests during the six-month period, according to the San Francisco-based company’s report.

Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Snowden leaves airport after Russia grants asylum.”

The article reads:

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden left the transit zone of a Moscow airport and officially entered Russia after authorities granted him asylum for a year, his lawyer said Thursday, a move that suggests the Kremlin isn’t shying away from further conflict with the United States.

Snowden’s whereabouts will be kept a secret for security reasons, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said, making it even harder to keep track of the former NSA systems analyst, who has been largely hiding out at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport since his arrival from Hong Kong on June 23.


Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Restraint urged after protest deaths in Bangladesh.”

The article reads:

At least 150 protesters and a dozen security forces have been killed during street demonstrations in Bangladesh over the past six months, a rights group said Thursday in urging both sides to show restraint and warning of more violence.

Opposition parties and religious and political activists have made multi-pronged challenges against the government this year.

Human Rights Watch documented the killings of at least a dozen members of the security forces and police officers, as well as three members of the ruling Awami League party, since February. Its report also said at least 2,000 people had been injured during the protests.

Today AFP published an article titled “Uruguay approves state-grown marijuana bill.”

The article reads:

Uruguay moved closer to becoming the world’s first nation to produce and distribute marijuana, after its lower house approved a bill putting control of the drug in government hands.

The controversial measure approved Wednesday was unveiled in June last year as part of a series of efforts to combat rising violence.

If the measure wins Senate approval, it would mark the first time a national government takes charge of production and distribution of legal marijuana.

Today Reuters published an article titled “U.S. House passes Iran sanctions bill to slash oil exports.”

The article reads:

The House of Representatives easily passed a bill on Wednesday to tighten sanctions on Iran, showing a strong message to Tehran over its disputed nuclear program days before President-elect Hassan Rouhani is sworn in.

The vote also highlighted a growing divide between Congress and the Obama administration on Iran policy ahead of international talks on the nuclear program in coming months. Iran insists the nuclear program is purely for civilian purposes.

Today Salon published an article titled “Thailand oil spill hits a tourist beach.”

The article’s author Lindsay Abrams:

A 600-person cleanup crew armed with pumps, floating barriers, and absorbent pads has descended upon Ao Prao beach on the Thai island of Koh Samet to meet the 50,000 liters of oil washing ashore there from Saturday’s spill. A spokesperson for PTT Global Chemical, the state-owned oil and gas company that claimed responsibility for the spill, is optimistic, claiming that most of the oil will be cleared “by Friday or Sunday at the latest.”


Today AFP published an article titled “French court lifts ban on growing Monsanto GM corn.”

The article reads:

France’s top administrative court on Thursday threw out a government ban on US agro-chemicals giant Monsanto from growing a type of genetically modified corn.

A moratorium on MON810 corn — one of just two types of genetically altered food crops whose cultivation is approved by the European Union — has been in place in France since March 2012.

The Council of State court noted in a statement that the moratorium had little legal basis.

The AFP also published an article titled “Vietnam to clamp down on social media news postings.

The article reads:

Communist Vietnam is to ban bloggers and social media users from sharing news stories online, under a new decree seen as a further crackdown on online freedom.

Blogs or social media sites like Facebook and Twitter — which have become hugely popular over the last few years in the heavily-censored country — should only be used “to provide and exchange personal information”, according to the decree.

The document, signed by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and made public late Wednesday, stipulates that internet users should not use social networks to share or exchange information on current events.

And finally the AFP also published an article titled “Bomb threats tweeted to female journalists in UK.”

The article reads:

London’s Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation after several female journalists received bomb threats via social networking site Twitter.

The Guardian’s Hadley Freeman, Independent columnist Grace Dent and Time magazine’s Catherine Mayer were all targeted by anonymous account holders, who tweeted that bombs outside their homes would explode at 10.47 pm.