Charlie Shrem Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Bitcoin advocate and entrepreneur Charlie Shrem was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday for indirectly helping to send $ 1 million in the digital currency to the Internet black-market bazaar Silk Road, the Chicago Tribune reports. Shrem was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan to forfeit $ 950,000 after pleading guilty in September to aiding and abetting an unlicensed money transmitting business.

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Strossen Joins EPIC Board of Directors

Former ACLU President Nadine Strossen has been elected to the Board of Directors of EPIC. Professor Strossen, who was recently named the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at the New York Law School, is one of the world’s leading experts on constitutional law, civil liberties, and international human rights. She joins a distinguished group of Internet pioneers, security experts, privacy advocates, Supreme Court advocates and policy experts on the EPIC Board and the EPIC Advisory Board. For more information, see EPIC Board of Directors and EPIC Advisory Board.

Seriously ill, Laurent Fabius to be replaced

President François Hollande is seeking to replace his foreign minister,, Laurent Fabius, as soon as possible. Fabius suffers from Parkinson’s disease, as was confirmed to Voltaire Network by two separate Paris sources. To hold back the tremors, he ingests 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (levodopa) every two hours. Unfortunately, this drug is known for its side effects. It causes M. Fabius very acute attacks of paranoia. In July, President Hollande had designated a new general secretary at the (…)

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How the CIA Launched the «Financial Pearl Harbor» Attacks on Russia and Venezuela

The net result of the CIA-inspired fracking operations, which the Saudis were warned not to pursue by petroleum engineers working for some foreign-based firms like Schlumberger, is that there will be an oil supply glut for the next 5 years. The glut will be followed by a reduction in Saudi oil production unless new oil fields are brought on line. There is now a major push by U.S. and Canadian oil companies to bring online the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the United States to offset the expected sharp rise in oil prices in four to five years. But with Canada suffering financially from the drop in oil revenues, the Keystone XL project is also on financially shaky ground.