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Human Rights: UN to Investigate Rights Violations in North Korea

North Korea

The United Nations has established a commission to investigate human rights violations in North Korea, saying some of them may amount to “crimes against humanity.” The U.N. Human Rights Council unanimously passed a resolution Thursday to create the commission, which

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Vietnam: Court Reduces Blogger’s Sentence

A Vietnamese court halves the jail term of a professor convicted of publishing anti-state essays. A Vietnamese court on Tuesday reduced the jail sentence of a French-Vietnamese professor and blogger following an outcry from Paris and the European Union over

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Posted in Free Speech, Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Human Rights: Protesters Pack Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Despite Government’s Concessions

Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday where they pressed their demand for an end to military rule despite the ruling military’s appointment of a new prime minister. The number of protesters has continued to

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Posted in Free Speech, Government Control, Human Rights

Skepticism Meets Burma’s Prisoner-Release Plan

Burma has announced it will release thousands of prisoners as part of a general amnesty amid indications that political prisoners could be among those set free. A leading rights group has dismissed the news, though, as a ploy that shows

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Posted in Human Rights, Political Censorship

Burma Sanctions Debated After Change in Government

The European Union has announced it is suspending some sanctions against Burma, now that a nominally civilian government has replaced the military one. The move follows calls for western governments to remove the economic and political punishments, altogether, and reports

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Posted in Human Rights, Religious Censorship

After Censorship Row, What Next in Hungary?

Brussels shows and Budapest appointment overshadowed by government’s hands-on cultural policy Source: The Art Newspaper – By Richard Unwin BRUSSELS. For those working in the Hungarian art scene, it had been hoped that the country’s six-month term at the helm

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Feb 1, 1908: Portuguese King and Heir Assassinated

On February 1, 1908, King Carlos I of Portugal and his eldest son, Luis Filipe, are assassinated by revolutionaries while riding in an open carriage through the streets of Lisbon, the Portuguese capital. Carlos ascended to the Portuguese throne in

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Europe Bites Hungary Over Media and Internet Censorship – Content-Bash Provokes Protests

Source: The Register – By Jane Fae Ozimek A rumble of protest is spreading across Europe in reaction to a new media censorship law in Hungary. Yesterday, Europe’s Digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes told an Extraordinary meeting of the European

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Jan 4, 1999: The Euro Debuts

On this day in 1999, for the first time since Charlemagne’s reign in the ninth century, Europe is united with a common currency when the “euro” debuts as a financial unit in corporate and investment markets. Eleven European Union (EU)

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#7. External Capitalist Forces Wreak Havoc in Africa

Resource exploitation in Africa is not new, but the scale of agricultural “land grabbing” in African nations is unprecedented, becoming the new colonization of the twenty-first century. State violence against Kenyan indigenous pastoralists and Nigerian civilians in oil-rich regions has

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Posted in Human Rights

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