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Feds admit they used secret anti-terror mass surveillance tool to catch an undocumented waiter

Rudy Carcamo-Carranza was an undocumented restaurant worker in Michigan wanted for a DUI and a hit-and-run; the FBI and ICE used IMSI catchers — powerful, secretive cellphone tracking tools that the agencies bill as a kind of superweapon in the war on terror — to catch him and put him up for deportation.

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Norway's Slow TV encounters a weird problem: TV that's too slow

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The producers of Norway’s smash-hit “Slow TV” genre have captivated audiences with videos of a 134-hour-long cruise voyage and 13 hours of people knitting. 

But sometimes even Slow TV can be too slow.

Norway’s public broadcaster NRK recently suspended a show following the progress of migratory reindeer because the animals stopped moving, The Local reported, citing Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

The latest addition to this hypnotizing genre followed the spring migration of reindeer from their winter home on the inland Finnmark plains to the coastal summer grazing areas on Kvaløya island.  Read more…

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Trump wants to separate small children from their mothers in immigration detention

A leaked Trump administration briefing described by Reuters reveals a plan to separate children, including very young children, from their mothers for immigration detention purposes, seemingly as a deterrent to parents who attempt to cross the US border without authorization.
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SXSW threatens to narc musicians out to immigration authorities if they play unauthorized gigs

Evan Greer writes, “SXSW is one of the most popular music festivals in the US. It was just revealed that they are actively threatening bands from outside the US with “immediate deportation’ and immigration investigations if they perform at ‘unofficial’ events during the festival. At a time when immigrants are under attack, this policy is all the more chilling. Sign the petition to tell them to drop this practice.” SXSW has had this policy for years, apparently, but it still sucks.
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Parliament ponders letting US immigration strip-search Canadians in Canadian airports, force them to explain immigration withdrawals

The current pre-clearance rules for Canadians being processed through US immigration at Canadian airports limit the powers of US immigration officials, preventing them from strip-searching Canadians (they can ask Canadian border guards to do it, but if the Canadian guards refuse, they’re out of luck) and giving Canadians the ability to turn around and leave the immigration area, returning to Canada, if they don’t like the way they’re being treated by the US guards.
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In the chaos of the Muslim ban, the rule of man trumps the rule of law

Donald J Trump’s executive order banning Muslims from entering the US threw the world into chaos yesterday, as US citizens, lawful permanent residents and visa holders found themselves stranded abroad, detained at airports on arrival to the USA, or helplessly waiting outside immigration checkpoint for news of sick and vulnerable family members who were held incommunicado by US immigration officials who refused to obey a US federal court order.
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Chinese people will make 3 billion trips for the Lunar New Year this month

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Billions of Chinese travellers will soon be packed across airports, trains and bus stations as they head home for one of the country’s biggest celebrations, Chinese New Year. 

A mindboggling 2.98 billion trips will be made over a 40-day stretch this Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, up 2 percent from last year.

The official Xinhua news agency reports that more than 8.6 million trips were made last Friday alone, the first day of the annual travel rush.

For many, the seven-day Chinese New Year holiday is one of the few chances they get to travel home. Read more…

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