Rights & Freedoms

Venezuela increases internet censorship and surveillance in crisis

Venezuela is increasingly censoring its internet and expanding online surveillance of citizens.<p>The country is currently in a state of emergency after …

Censorship

Riverside County deputy hospitalized after shooting

Authorities are searching for a suspect and a Riverside County deputy has been hospitalized after a shooting in the city of Coachella.<p>The Sheriff's …

Criminal Justice

Ala. Restores Voting Rights for Thousands With Felony Convictions

In a move that’s sure to get people’s underwear in a bunch among those who are already against granting people the right to vote, Alabama Gov. Kay …

Right To Vote

Chechen politician was present during the torture of gay men

Human Rights Watch reports that Magomed Daudov, speaker of the Chechen parliament, verbally abused men and prisoners repeatedly named him as present<p>Human Rights Watch has released its report on the gay purge in Chechnya. According to the investigation, the mass abductions and torture began with the …

New Trump Homeland Security adviser is anti-Muslim wife of alleged Nazi sympathizer Gorka

Big-time middle-eastern bigot Sebastian Gorka has been lying low since the pressures of being exposed as a possibly Nazi-sympathizing insane person …

Freedom of Information

Trump Is Trying to Cover Up His Lies by Destroying Information

The Trump administration seems intent on tossing recent history down the memory hole. Admittedly, Americans have never been known for their strong …

Freedom of Information

The US lost track of $1 billion in weapons, and they might end up in ISIS' hands

The US army has failed to monitor over $1bn worth of arms and other military equipment transfers to Kuwait and Iraq, Amnesty International says in a report citing a 2016 US government audit.<p>The now-declassified document by the US Department of Defence (DoD) audit, was obtained by the rights group …

Amnesty International

There's a new Planned Parenthood video. No words describe the horror

There's a new PP video. No words describe the horror<p>Posted May 25, 2017 01:32 PM by Nate Madden<p>Screenshot | Center for Medical Progress<p>Font …

Conservative POV

The 'alt-right' approach to disrupting the media – tech podcast

A new report takes a nuanced look at some of the behaviours and cultural norms surrounding the nascent Internet-based far-right group<p>Subscribe and review on iTunes, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast or on your favourite podcasting app and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter<p>A new report from the …

Censorship

Changes to Canada’s Indian Act could give up to 2 million people Indian status

By Tamara Khandaker and Rhiannon Johnson on May 25, 2017<p>The Liberal government is planning to reject an amendment to the Indian Act proposed by the Senate that could give as many as two million Indigenous people Indian status.<p>The Indian Act dates back to 1876, and has been described as a …

Aboriginal Canadians

‎2.2 mln children struggling in Myanmar's conflict areas - UNICEF ‎

2017-05-25 Vatican Radio<p>The benefits of Myanmar's economic growth, reform and reconciliation efforts have not yet reached children in the country's …

Children's Rights

Trump's Travel Ban Remains Frozen After Appeals Court Ruling - Bloomberg

President Donald Trump suffered his most significant setback yet in a bitter fight over his revised travel ban as a federal appeals court slammed it …

ACLU

FBI file: Prince faced extortion, death threats

The legendary musician Prince, who died last April, was known to take stalkers in stride — but one threat on his life and an extortion attempt made …

Freedom of Information

I’m a pro-life evangelical. Republicans are pushing a heath care bill that isn’t.

The AHCA fails to protect the truly vulnerable.<p>As an evangelical who opposed Donald Trump’s presidency, I should be used to a certain political homelessness by now. Most days I’m fine with it. I believe Christian faith is strongest when it transcends the talking points of Republicans and Democrats …

ObamaCare

Losing Planned Parenthood

The organization closed one-third of its health centers in Iowa, and local clinics are scrambling to pick up the slack.<p>Alexandra Rucinski has been a patient at the Planned Parenthood in Burlington, Iowa, since she unexpectedly became pregnant with her son five years ago. She was 22 years old then, …

Health Care

Manchester Attack Comes at Pivotal Moment in Britain's History

The device was apparently a crude collage of household items, nuts, screws and bolts packed around 2 lb. of explosives. Like its creator, it appears …

Amnesty International

US Gives Up Its Attempt To Prevent Listing Gender Equality As A Human Right

Leaders from the G7 countries will sign a statement that includes a reference to human rights when defining gender quality, a big diplomatic victory for Canada. Diplomatic sources told BuzzFeed News Ivanka Trump may have played an important role in shifting the US position.<p>Posted on May 26, 2017, …

How do you fix Facebook moderation’s problem? Figure out what Facebook is

On Sunday, <i>The Guardian</i> published what it has dubbed the Facebook Files, leaked documents describing the rules Facebook has developed to govern what its 2 billion users are allowed to share publicly. The more than 100 internal documents reveal the chasm between the platform’s simple and anodyne …

Censorship

35 civilians allegedly killed by US-led air strikes in Islamic State stronghold

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 26 among the dead were relatives of IS fighters, many of them women and children.<p>US-led …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Europe Is Right to Call Facebook a TV Company

The social media giant shouldn't have an unfair advantage against legacy competitors.<p>There is a clear tendency in the European Union to call the bluff of U.S. tech companies and regulate them in the same way as legacy companies in the same industries. That may sound retrograde, but it's an approach …

Censorship

How ABC's 'Dirty Dancing' remake failed to capture the original's Jewish essence

Let's get something out of the way early on: There was absolutely no good reason to remake <i>Dirty Dancing.</i> The 1987 coming-of-age tale remains …

Women's Rights

Taiwan's gay marriage ruling raises hopes across Asia

Taiwan’s giant step towards ­allowing same-sex marriage has reverberated across Asia, but the fight for equality is not over yet in a region where …

Equality

These Global Art Exhibitions Show the Nasty Women Movement Is Still Going Strong

No one could have predicted that when President Trump labeled Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” during the 2016 presidential debates, it would spark an international protest movement. Today, the term “nasty woman” signifies someone who supports and defends the rights of ALL women. Now a new art …

Women's Rights

This Khajuraho-Inspired Series on Censorship & Moral Policing Is Super Relevant Today

Akshita Chandra is a 22-year-old artist, whose work on censorship and morality has garnered much attention. After featuring her work last year,</i> …

Censorship

Campus Double Standards Mean Free-Speech Laws Are Just a Start

Could college free-speech laws be weaponized to suppress free speech?<p>In May, Tennessee enacted Senate Bill 723, the Campus Free Speech Protection …

Censorship

US-led airstrikes kill 35 civilians in eastern Syria: Observatory

US-led airstrikes kill at least 35 civilians in Syria's oil-rich eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Syria

Bahrain journalist found guilty of reporting without licence

A Bahrain court fined a prominent journalist 1,000 dinars (2,048.39 pounds) on Thursday for reporting in the kingdom without official permission, her lawyer said, after a trial seen by rights groups as an example of diminishing press freedom.<p>Nazeeha Saeed, an award-winning Bahrain correspondent for …

World News

Bronx Street Renamed After Kailef Browder On His Birthday

Photo courtesy of ABC NewsThe Bronx has renamed a street after <b>Kalief Browder</b>, who would have been 24 years old today.The northwest corner of E. 181st …

Criminal Justice

FULL TEXT: CJ Sereno: ‘These are times when everything that can be shaken is being shaken’

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno delivers her commencement speech at the Ateneo de Manila University. PHOTO FROM THE SUPREME COURT PUBLIC …

Martial Law

I'm a pro-choice activist. Democrats cannot waver on abortion rights.

We need to affirm our party’s base now more than ever.<p>Shortly after the Trump inauguration, I attended a dinner party with a progressive group of friends who work in and around politics. The immersive grief we and half the nation’s voters felt was playing out –- let’s be honest here –- over some …

Feminism