Wikileaks chief Julian Assange was granted political asylum by Ecuador on Thursday, setting up a standoff with the British government, which has vowed to block his exit from the country.
The announcement was made by the Ecuadorian foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño. He said that Ecuador was granting Assange political asylum because it believed he was being persecuted for his actions as the head of Wikileaks.
“The Ecuador government, loyal to its tradition to protect those who seek refuge with us at our diplomatic missions, has decided to grant diplomatic asylum to Mr. Assange,” he said. Applause greeted his announcement.
Assange remains holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he fled to avoid extradition charges to Sweden. He is wanted there to face allegations of rape, but has said he fears that he will be swiftly transferred to the United States, where he could be prosecuted for leaking classified material through Wikileaks.
The British government told Ecuador that its orders to extradite Assange would override any asylum order, and that it could still move to arrest Assange.
The Walt Disney company announced it will no longer be airing junk food ads on its TV, radio, or online programmes… come 2015.
Disney’s definition of “junk food” is “any cereals with 10 grams or more of sugar per serving”, “a full meal with more than 600 calories”, ”sugary drinks” and “high sodium products”.
The New York Times: “Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 percent of all births in the 12-month period that ended last July, according to Census Bureau data made public on Thursday, while minorities — including Hispanics, blacks, Asians and those of mixed race — reached 50.4 percent, representing a majority for the first time in the country’s history.”
BREAKING: In an interview with ABC News, US President Barack Obama says he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and his own vice president.
Watch video from the interview here.
Infographic: How Social Media is Replacing Traditional Journalism for Breaking News
via Bill Moyers:
As of 2012, online news revenue has surpassed print news revenue, and more people are using social media tools like Facebook and Twitter for news than ever before. This infographic shows that nearly half of all Americans get their news from online sources at least three times a week. Learn more about how social media is supplanting traditional media in today’s smart chart.
The 8-person team is now joining the massive social media conglomerate of Facebook. They echoed Mark Zuckerberg’s statements of excitement at the joint venture, saying on their company blog, “We’re psyched to be joining Facebook and are excited to build a better Instagram for everyone.”
This marks the first time Facebook has acquired a company/product that already has a large user base. “We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all,” Zuckerberg said. “But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.”
Mark Zuckerberg just announced, via Facebook status, that the social media giant will be acquiring the super-popular photo-sharping app.
I think the most fascinating part is that, even though Facebook now owns it, they are not limiting the app to JUST that singular social media platform, and will still be working to integrate the program with Twitter, etc. Is this some kind of social media solidarity?!
For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.
We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.
That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.
We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.
More on this as it develops!
Campus police pepper sprayed as many as 30 Santa Monica College students April 4th as they disrupted a meeting of the Board of Trustees, which is moving forward with a controversial plan to offer a second tier of classes not subsidized by the state.
At least 100 students disrupted the meeting with screams of “shame on you” directed at the board members. Their loud chants and screams—and the police’s response—halted the meeting for nearly two hours as the building was evacuated.
The meeting resumed at 9 p.m. but there was not enough space in an overflow room to accommodate all of the students who remained on campus to protest.
Previous post on Santa Monica’s 2-tiered system can be found here, although numbers are incorrect - classes will be $200 each, not $500-600.
It’s official: public education is over. Graduation is a privilege for the rich.
Santa Monica College is proposing to charge $600 to $800 - over four times the standard price - for those high-population, core academic classes that are required to graduate, transfer, or take higher-level courses.
This L.A. Op-Ed helps break it down:
Creating a two-tier system of fees sets a serious precedent that could change the basic nature of the community college system. Once a handful of courses pay for themselves, the temptation to add more would be hard to resist, and the temptation for other campuses to join in would be overwhelming.
Every student unable to pay the higher prices would be locked out from all access to higher education.
Photo: Campus of Santa Monica College, which has 34,000 students and one of the highest transfer rates to four-year universities in California’s community college system. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times / March 9, 2012)