Five years blogging from this spot! Since my first post about the US presidential campaign, the first one for Obama, to this day, hundreds of stories have found a place in this blog. Comments, links, selected news about topics I considered interesting and I hope my readers and followers too.

Two secure e-mail providers decided to suspend operations, informs the Washington Post. One of them is Lavabit, used by Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker, and the other is “Silent Circle”. With this Snowden-NSA scandal all illusions about privacy in communications are gone.

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis greeted young pilgrims taking part in World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday. The sprawling sands of Rio’s famous Copacabana beach was the scene of the gathering, which was the first official encounter of pilgrims with the Holy Father during the week of events leading to the 28th World […]

Pope Francis: defeating the darkness of drug dependency. (Vatican Radio) From the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida to the “shrine of human suffering” that is the St Francis of Assisi hospital, located in the run-down Tijuca district of northern Rio de Janeiro. That was how Pope Francis himself described his visit on Wednesday afternoon […]

The Alitalia Airbus A330 carrying the Pope departed punctually for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where it is scheduled to land in Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport at 4.00 p.m. local time, 9.00 p.m. Italian time. The Argentine Pope’s first apostolic trip has begun, VIS reports. Francis travelled carrying his hand luggage, and stood in […]

This morning Pope Francis visited the Italian island of Lampedusa, for some years now an entry point for many immigrants, a significant number of whom have lost their lives in the surrounding seas, reports the Vatican Information Service (VIS). The pope left Rome’s Ciampino military airport at 8 a.m. arriving at the island at 9.15 […]

Now the Guardian says that the British spy agency GCHQ has a program called “Tempora” more recent  but broader than the “Prism” of the US National Security Agency, to spy on phone calls and Internet activity of citizens. The British are tapping directly fibre-optic cables to collect secretly “vast quantities of global email messages, Facebook posts, internet […]