The Gamekeeper

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance

This CEO is out for blood

Originally posted on Fortune:

In the fall of 2003, Elizabeth Holmes, a 19-year-old sophomore at Stanford, plopped herself down in the office of her chemical engineering professor, Channing Robertson, and said, “Let’s start a company.”

Robertson, who had seen thousands of undergraduates over his 33-year teaching career, had known Holmes just more than a year. “I knew she was different,” Robertson told me in an interview. “The novelty of how she would view a complex technical problem–it was unique in my experience.”

Holmes had then just spent the summer working in a lab at the Genome Institute in Singapore, a post she had been able to fill thanks to having learned Mandarin in her spare hours as a Houston teenager. Upon returning to Palo Alto, she showed Robertson a patent application she had just written. As a freshman, Holmes had taken Robertson’s seminar on advanced drug-delivery devices–things like patches, pills, and even a contact-lens-like…

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2014/07/06 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tiananmen 25th anniversary: candelight vigil at Victoria Park

Tens of thousands of people attended a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on Wednesday, the 25th anniversary of the crackdown in Tiananmen Square. The annual candlelight vigil in the city is the biggest gathering globally to mark the event.

Tens of thousands of people attended a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on Wednesday, the 25th anniversary of the crackdown in Tiananmen Square. The annual candlelight vigil in the city is the biggest gathering globally to mark the event.

2014/06/05 Posted by | Event, Justice, Politics | , , | Leave a comment

‘Saudi Liberals’ website founder sentenced

Crusading internet editor gets 10 years in jail, 1,000 lashes in Saudi Arabia #obscurantism #repression #censorship

(Reuters) – A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced the editor of an Internet forum he founded to discuss the role of religion in the conservative Islamic kingdom to 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes, Saudi media reported on Wednesday.

Raif Badawi, who started the “Free Saudi Liberals” website, was originally sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes

in July last year, but an appeals court overturned the sentence and ordered a retrial.

Apart from imposing a stiffer sentence on Badawi in his retrial, the judge at the criminal court in the Red Sea City of Jeddah also fined him one million riyals ($266,600). Badawi’s website has been closed since his first trial.

His lawyers said Wednesday’s sentence was too harsh, although the prosecutor had demanded a harsher penalty, news website Sabq reported. The ruling is subject to appeal.

The prosecution had demanded that Badawi be tried for apostasy, a charge which carries the death penalty in Saudi Arabia. The judge in last year’s trial had dismissed the apostasy charges.

Badawi was arrested in June 2012 and charged with cyber crime and disobeying his father – a crime in Saudi Arabia.

His website included articles that were critical of senior religious figures such as Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti, according to Human Rights Watch.

In a separate ruling on Tuesday, the court also convicted the administrator of a website on charges of supporting Internet forums hostile to the state and which promoted demonstrations, Sabq reported on Wednesday. It said he was sentenced to six years in jail and a 50,000 riyal fine.

The news website said another Saudi was sentenced to five years in jail for publishing a column by a prominent Shi’ite Muslim cleric on his website.

The world’s top oil exporter follows the strict Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam and applies Islamic law, sharia. Judges base their decisions on their own interpretation of religious law rather than on a written legal code or on precedent.

Rattled by the uprisings that destabilized the Middle East in recent years, Riyadh intensified a crackdown on domestic dissent with arrests and prosecutions.

In April, prominent Saudi rights lawyer and activist Waleed Abu al-Khair was detained incommunicado after appearing in court in Riyadh on sedition charges, according to his wife.

Also in April, a Saudi court sentenced an unidentified activist to six years in jail on charges including taking part in illegal demonstrations and organizing women’s protests.

Another was sentenced to three years in jail for spreading lies against King Abdullah and inciting the public against him.

(Writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Andrew Roche)

2014/05/10 Posted by | Causes, Computers and Internet, Event, Justice, Media, Politics, Religion, Socialmedia, Web | , , , | Leave a comment

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