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November 24, 2013
15:29 // 9 months ago
November 17, 2013
13:13 // 9 months ago
globalvoices:

Amid an ongoing crackdown in the country, Chinese journalists reflected on the state of the industry on Journalists’ Day.
‘The More Truth You Know, the More Distressed You Feel’: China’s Journalists’ Day
A really interesting read on the struggles of journalists in China. Give it a shot, learn about what limiting press freedoms they have to work by. 

globalvoices:

Amid an ongoing crackdown in the country, Chinese journalists reflected on the state of the industry on Journalists’ Day.

‘The More Truth You Know, the More Distressed You Feel’: China’s Journalists’ Day

A really interesting read on the struggles of journalists in China. Give it a shot, learn about what limiting press freedoms they have to work by. 

11:25 // 9 months ago
October 28, 2013

Tea Partiers join Code Pink, CAIR and others in #StopWatchingUs rally

poorrichardsnews:

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In what is an unusual occurrence given today’s political climate, people with vastly different views about the role of government marched in solidarity on Saturday against a common foe: Domestic spying by our government.

From Newsmax:

Protesters marched on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday to protest the U.S. government’s online surveillance programs, whose vast scope was revealed this year by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

People carried signs reading: “Stop Mass Spying,” “Thank you, Edward Snowden” and “Unplug Big Brother” as they gathered at the foot of the Capitol to demonstrate against the online surveillance by the National Security Agency.

…The march attracted protesters from both ends of the political spectrum as liberal privacy advocates walked alongside members of the conservative Tea Party movement in opposition to what they say is unlawful government spying on Americans.

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Although many of these activists were probably unaware of it, they were all marching against the unchecked power of big government. And that’s good to see.

More here and here.

Good stuff. 

14:30 // 10 months ago
September 1, 2013
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August 20, 2013
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May 25, 2013
breakingnews:

Around 30 arrested at Moscow gay rights rally
Reuters: Around 30 pro- and anti-gay activists were arrested on Saturday after defying Moscow’s ban on gay rights demonstrations.
Russia’s parliament has given preliminary approval to legislation which bans ‘homosexual propaganda’ which critics say would in effect ban gay rights demonstrations. Saturday’s arrests occurred at the same time as Ukraine held its first ever gay rights rally which was protected by police.
Photo: A gay rights activist holds a placard during a rally to mark the international day against homophobia in St. Petersburg on May 17, 2013. The placard reads ‘Homophobia kills!’ (Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)

A reminder that the gay-rights battle still has many fronts around the world.

breakingnews:

Around 30 arrested at Moscow gay rights rally

Reuters: Around 30 pro- and anti-gay activists were arrested on Saturday after defying Moscow’s ban on gay rights demonstrations.

Russia’s parliament has given preliminary approval to legislation which bans ‘homosexual propaganda’ which critics say would in effect ban gay rights demonstrations. 

Saturday’s arrests occurred at the same time as Ukraine held its first ever gay rights rally which was protected by police.

Photo: A gay rights activist holds a placard during a rally to mark the international day against homophobia in St. Petersburg on May 17, 2013. The placard reads ‘Homophobia kills!’ (Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)

A reminder that the gay-rights battle still has many fronts around the world.

11:49 // 1 year ago
May 19, 2013
18:57 // 1 year ago
February 26, 2013
Some people have sometimes wondered about why our Supreme Court allows one group or another to march in a parade, even though it’s the most provocative thing in the world, and they carry signs that are an insult to one group or another. And the reason is, that’s freedom. Freedom of speech. In America, you have the right to be stupid. If you want to be. …Now, I think that’s a virtue. That’s something worth fighting for.
Secretary of State John Kerry • Speaking to a group of German students, on the first overseas trip of his tenure as head of the State Department. Kerry’s allusion to Supreme Court precedent defending the right to offensive parades is no doubt a reference to cases like NSPA v. Skokie, which in 1977 upheld the right of Nazis to hold a march in Skokie, Illinois, where 1 in 6 residents were holocaust survivors. That right, Kerry argued, is virtuous and quintessentially American, despite the terrible emotional toll  that may result from such offensive expressions — “the right to be stupid.” source
19:47 // 1 year ago
February 19, 2013
15:21 // 1 year ago