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  1. Beyond Panama: Unlocking the world's secrecy jurisdictions
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    The 21 jurisdictions covered by the Panama Papers data vary from the rolling hills of Wyoming to tropical getaways like the British Virgin Islands. But all have at least one thing in common - secrecy is the rule.
  2. Canada After Harper
    His Ideology-fuelled Attack on Canadian Society and Values, and How We Can Resist and Create the Country We Want

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2015
    Essays documenting the breadth and depth of the Harper government's attack on institutions, policies, and programs that embody values and principles shared by most Canadians: education, health care, women's rights, science and research, the economy, labour unions, water and natural resources, and Aboriginal affairs.
  3. Canadian Information Sharing Service
    Volume 2, Number 4 - November 1977

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1977
  4. Fighting Secrecy and the National Security State
    An Interview With Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Co-Producer of WikiLeaks's "Collateral Murder" Video

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    An interview with Iceland Member of Parliament Birgitta Jonsdottir of the Pirate Party on the status of the international struggle against government secrecy and surveillance.
  5. Harper, Serial Abuser of Power: The Evidence Compiled
    The Tyee's full, updated list of 70 Harper government assaults on democracy and the law.

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2015
    Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have racked up dozens of serious abuses of power since forming government in 2006. From scams to smears, monkey-wrenching opponents to intimidating public servants like an Orwellian gorilla, some offences are criminal, others just offend human decency. Here are 70 instances of abuse of power by the Stephen Harper government.
  6. The History Thieves
    Secrets, Lies, and the Shaping of a Modern Nation

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2016
    Ian Cobain uncovers the role of secrecy in the British state - and the lies, omissions and misrepresentations we've been fed to maintain the facade of a fair and just Britain.
  7. The History Thieves - Review
    How Britain covered up its imperial crimes

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2016
    A review of Ian Cobain's book The History Thieves, an engrossing study which identifies secrecy as a 'very British disease', exploring how, as the empire came to an end, government officials burned the records of imperial rule.
    Resource Type: Website
    First Published: 2017
    A web portal featuring topics related to research and the Internet. The home page features a selection of recent and important articles. A search feature, subject index, and other research tools make it possible to find additional resources and information.
  9. Judicial Secrecy: Where Justice Goes to Die 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2019
    The trend of courts imposing gag orders and press bans on judicial proceedings is a hallmark of police states and a threat to freedom and justice.
  10. Key evidence in EU's risk assessment of glyphosate must not remain 'trade secret'
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    The chemical industry and the European Food Safety Authority are refusing to disclose key scientific evidence about glyphosate's risks, citing 'trade secrets' protection, writes Corporate Europe Observatory. They must be compelled to publish the 'mysterious three' scientific studies EFSA used to assess glyphosate as 'unlikely' to cause cancer to humans - contradicting the IARC's view.
  11. Kill The Messengers
    Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2015
    Ottawa has become a place where the nation's business is done in secret, and access to information - the lifeblood of democracy in Canada - is under attack.
  12. Leaked TTIP papers reveal 100% corporate sellout
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    Secret documents leaked to Greenpeace from the EU-US TTIP negotiations show that environmental protection, climate change mitigation, consumer protection, public health and sustainability are sacrificed throughout to corporate profit and commercial interests.
  13. Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence 
    In a World Without Privacy, There Are No Exemptions for Our Spies

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Given how similar they sound and how easy it is to imagine one leading to the other, confusing omniscience (having total knowledge) with omnipotence (having total power) is easy enough. It’s a reasonable supposition that, before the Snowden revelations hit, America's spymasters had made just that mistake. If the drip-drip-drip of Snowden’s mother of all leaks -- which began in June and clearly won’t stop for months to come -- has taught us anything, however, it should be this: omniscience is not omnipotence. At least on the global political scene today, they may bear remarkably little relation to each other. In fact, at the moment Washington seems to be operating in a world in which the more you know about the secret lives of others, the less powerful you turn out to be.
  14. The Most Dangerous Man in America
    Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

    Resource Type: Film/Video
    In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, concludes that America’s role in the war is based on decades of lies. He leaks 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience.
  15. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 7, 2016
    Depression and Joy

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2016
    It's a difficult thing to measure, but there are strong reasons for believing that the number of people struggling with depression has increased significantly in recent decades. Despite the evidence that this is a social problem, and not merely an individual misfortune, the solutions and escapes on offer are almost all individual: pharmaceuticals and therapy, on the one hand; self-medication with alcohol, streets drugs, television, etc., on the other. Certainly there are individual circumstances and individual causes, but when millions of people are experiencing the same thing, we need to be looking not only at the individual, but also at the society.
  16. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 22, 2017
    Secrecy and Power

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2017
    Secrecy is a weapon the powerful use against their enemies: us. This issue of Other Voices explores the relationship of secrecy and power.
  17. PFC Bradley Manning, Patriot
    Why Manning was Within His Rights to Give Secrets to Wikileaks

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2010
  18. The Politics of the Family
    The 1968 Massey Lectures

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1968   Published: 1969
    Laing makes the case that we tend to invalidate the subjective and experiential, and instead accept the proper societal view of what should occur within the family.
  19. Quotes about Free Speech
    Resource Type: Unclassified
  20. Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Big players are taking unprecedented steps to stop offshore abuses, but financial crime fighters worry reforms don’t go far enough.
  21. Secrecy and Revolution
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1938
  22. Secrecy and Revolution
    A Reply to Trotsky

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1938   Published: 1963
    Whether Trotsky wills it or not, no limit has been set to the analysis of the Russian revolution, which he has served so outstandingly, so tremendously - despite the measure of responsibility which must be laid to his name for certain tragic errors.
  23. Secret Armies, Shadow Wars, Silent Unaccountability
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    We live today in an era of postmodern war. It's a two-front war -- the first being the virtual front of threats, posturing, and arms buildups we persist in waging, Cold War-style, against state-based mirror-images of ourselves (Russia and China); the second being the dirty front we wage in the shadows against irregular, non-state thugs and pygmy tyrants who use their weaknesses as strengths, asymmetrically, to turn our strengths into weaknesses.
  24. Secret 'BADASS' Intelligence Program Spied on Smartphones
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2015
    British and Canadian spy agencies accumulated sensitive data on smartphone users, by piggybacking on ubiquitous software from advertising and analytics companies, according to a document obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.The document outlines a secret program run by the intelligence agencies called BADASS.
  25. The Secret Secret
    Of Wikileaks and Literacy

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2010
    Only those with proper clearances can participate in discussions that affect significant aspects of our lives. Certain technological achievements, our collective ethical decisions (torture, secret prisons, air strikes, etc.), our collective behavior towards other nations and peoples (foreign policy discussions) and more are often obscured by state secrecy. Like the medieval clergy, those holding classified clearances are the sole legitimate interpreters of the 'really important' knowledge. In effect, they are a caste that guides our political and technological cosmologies.
  26. The Secrets in Israel's Archives
    Evidence of Ethnic Cleansing Kept Under Lock and Key

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2010
    Israel has extended the time limit for releasing documents in its archives to 70 years, to prevent disclosure of evidence of widespread ethnic cleansing. The state's chief archivist says many of the documents "are not fit for public viewing" and raise doubts about Israel's "adherence to international law," while the government warns that greater transparency will "damage foreign relations."
  27. The Socialist Register 1979
    Volume 16: A Survey of Movements & Ideas

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1979
    A series of essays on the state of the global economy.
  28. Socialist Register 2006:
    Volume 42: Telling the Truth

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2005
    A collection of essays that examines the difficulties of illuminating the degenerative and secretive nature of public life.
  29. The Thrust Toward Opacity
    Shh! It's a Secret!

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Lately we’ve been bombarded by Secrets. We don’t know many of the details, but we do know of their existence, at least some of them. Let’s turn briefly to some specifics, first in the area of intelligence and surveillance, then in the terrain of military and paramilitary actions, and finally in the sphere of economic efforts.
  30. Understanding Power
    The Indispensable Chomsky

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2001   Published: 2002
    In a series of enlightening and wide-ranging discussions, all published here for the first time, Chomsky radically reinterprets the events of the past three decades, covering topics from foreign policy during Vietnam to the decline of welfare under the Clinton administration. As he elucidates the connection between America's imperialistic foreign policy and the decline of domestic social services, Chomsky also discerns the necessary steps to take toward social change.
  31. U.S. Intelligence planned to destroy Wikileaks
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2010
    This document is a classifed (SECRET/NOFORN) 32 page U.S. counterintelligence investigation into WikiLeaks. ``The possibility that current employees or moles within DoD or elsewhere in the U.S. government are providing sensitive or classified information to cannot be ruled out''. It concocts a plan to fatally marginalize the organization. Since WikiLeaks uses ``trust as a center of gravity by protecting the anonymity and identity of the insiders, leakers or whisteblowers'', the report recommends ``The identification, exposure, termination of employment, criminal prosecution, legal action against current or former insiders, leakers, or whistlblowers could potentially damage or destroy this center of gravity and deter others considering similar actions from using the Web site''.
  32. Volkswagen and the Quandary of Hidden Code
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2015
    After Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, Blunden states that this company is not the only one engaging in the practice of secretly modifying technology. Rather, systematic hidden codes are embedded in society and promoted by both companies and governments.
  33. Why Wikileaks is Good for Democracy
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2010
    The US has been going in the wrong direction for years by classifying millions of documents as secrets. Wikileaks and other media which report these so called secrets will embarrass people yes. Wikileaks and other media will make leaders uncomfortable yes. But embarrassment and discomfort are small prices to pay for a healthier democracy. Wikileaks has the potential to make transparency and accountability more robust.
  34. WikiLeaks, Corruption and the Super Injunction
    Suppression and Information

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In Australia, whose institutions still pride themselves on an antiquated obsession with aspects of English gagging, suppression orders do retain a certain mystique. They certainly do in the Australian state of Victoria, which is said to throw “suppression orders around like confetti”.
  35. Wikileaks, the US, Sweden and Devil's Island
    The Anti-Empire Report

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2011

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