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September 20, 2012
thepoliticalnotebook:

13 Mexican journalist have disappeared since 2003: here’s a map of their disappearances. These folks, as Atlantic Cities notes, were most likely killed, but unlike a number of their colleagues, their bodies have never been found. The map was made by Articulo 19. They also made an infographic of instance of attacks on the media with firearms and explosives.
[Atlantic Cities]

Nothing sadder than knowing that hard-working journalists went missing on a hunt for the truth.

thepoliticalnotebook:

13 Mexican journalist have disappeared since 2003: here’s a map of their disappearances. These folks, as Atlantic Cities notes, were most likely killed, but unlike a number of their colleagues, their bodies have never been found. The map was made by Articulo 19. They also made an infographic of instance of attacks on the media with firearms and explosives.

[Atlantic Cities]

Nothing sadder than knowing that hard-working journalists went missing on a hunt for the truth.

11:03 // 1 year ago
April 27, 2012

Blind Chinese dissident pulls off daring escape, posts this YouTube video

For 19 months, the blind activist and self-taught lawyer Chen Guangcheng was under house arrest for his strong words against the Chinese government — particularly their policies of forced abortions and sterilization. Somehow, he got out, got to the U.S. Embassy, and posted this video, detailing the abuses he and his wife faced. Raise your hand if you think, despite the trouble it took for him to get to this point, this story is amazing.

20:38 // 1 year ago
January 27, 2012
18:10 // 2 years ago
December 9, 2011
15:06 // 2 years ago
November 6, 2011

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, stuck with huge tax bill, gets huge donations

  • $2.4M the size of the fine China gave to firebrand artist Ai Weiwei — to be paid in just 15 days
  • 20k number of people who have offered Weiwei donations to help pay this insane tax bill
  • $550k amount of money these people have given the artist in just five days; impressive source

» This on top of a long arrest earlier this year: Ai Weiwei spent 81 days in jail on tax evasion charges, but claims all authorities wanted to talk about was his pro-democracy record. The fine Ai has been forced to pay is more than three times the size of his tax bill — and he needs help paying. The surprising part is that he actually got said help. “It’s surprising; it has really changed my perspective on people,” he said, noting that people traveled long distances to give him financial help — in person. Ai prefers to think of the payments as loans, and turned down a $157,000 payment from a businessman, saying he preferred smaller loans.

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21:21 // 2 years ago
November 1, 2011

pantslessprogressive:

Nepal. November 1. More than 100 Tibetan exiles were detained Tuesday as they gathered to pray for nine young Tibetans who set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule. Five of the nine Tibetans died from their injuries. Nepalese police clashed with demonstrators after authorities entered the prayer meeting and removed a banner of the Dalai Lama.

Read more at the Associated Press. [Photos: Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images; Niranjan Shrestha/AP; Narendra Shrestha/EPA]

Keep these photos circulating. People need to see this.

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20:42 // 2 years ago
August 7, 2011

School district bans Kurt Vonnegut book at request of home-schooling dad

  • cause In the small Missouri town of Republic, some douchenozzle named Wesley Scroggins led a campaign to stop the distribution of a handful of books, including Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five,” in the local school district. He was actually successful, by the way. The kicker? While the dude has kids, he home schools them.
  • reaction While Sarah Ockler, the author of fellow banned book “Twenty Boy Summer,” wrote a harshly-worded response, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library plans to offer up over 150 copies of the book to students for free. And yes, they’re taking donations. Take that, Scroggins, and take that, school district that bowed to him. source

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10:41 // 2 years ago
May 7, 2011
Social media have lowered the barriers of entry into political discourse everywhere. But that’s particularly significant in Singapore because here the barriers to entry into political discourse and the accompanying risks have been so high.
Nanyang Technological University professor Mark Cenite • Discussing the recent changes that Singapore has made to its internet policy, allowing for a larger amount of freedom of speech online. The country, well-known for basically banning any sort of political dissent and creating incredibly harsh punishments for those who break the rules, could prove a breaking point for smaller parties that don’t have the money or influence that the leading People’s Action Party does. It’s already proven itself in the form of large crowds at some opposition rallies. But the real question: Will it translate to actual votes? source (viafollow)
15:07 // 2 years ago
March 2, 2011
pantslessprogressive:

inothernews:

socratescloset:

Wow. This is sick.
I mean, First Amendment and everything; but there’s a time and there’s a place. Really what the WBC picketers need is a good asylum.

I’m not surprised, but I am sickened.
The only comfort I’ll take from this is knowing these guys and gals are going straight to Hell.

As much as I hate to admit it… not surprising.

The part that bothers us the most is that Margie Phelps can now put “successfully argued case in front of Supreme Court” on her resume.

pantslessprogressive:

inothernews:

socratescloset:

Wow. This is sick.

I mean, First Amendment and everything; but there’s a time and there’s a place. Really what the WBC picketers need is a good asylum.

I’m not surprised, but I am sickened.

The only comfort I’ll take from this is knowing these guys and gals are going straight to Hell.

As much as I hate to admit it… not surprising.

The part that bothers us the most is that Margie Phelps can now put “successfully argued case in front of Supreme Court” on her resume.

(via pantslessprogressive)

10:20 // 3 years ago
February 8, 2011
I want to tell every mother and every father of the people who died, I am so sorry, I swear to God it’s not our mistake. It’s the mistake of the people who are in charge of the country and don’t want to leave their positions.
Egyptian protest figurehead Wael Ghonim • Talking on Egyptian television about the people who were injured and killed while he was held in captivity for days. Ghonim’s statements, which were very teary-eyed and heart-wrenching, have proven inspiring to protesters today, who are reportedly showing renewed vigor on the streets this morning. “I’ve been following since it started, but after last night I realized I couldn’t stay away any more,” says Ahmed Osman, who was inspired to join the protests in Cairo based on Ghonim’s statements. “Our demands are simple, and they haven’t been met.” source (viafollow)
10:44 // 3 years ago