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Cops Arrest Wall Street Protesters on Obscure Centuries-Old Mask-Wearing Charges

By Sarah Seltzer | Sourced from AlterNet It seems that the NYPD has invoked some obscure old-school laws to help break up the relatively unthreatening “Occupy Wall Street” protests happening downtown. So far, causes of arrests have included such dangerous

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China: Sex, Censorship and the Rise of ‘People’s Porn’

Written by Ronald Much of the discussion surrounding Chinese Internet culture has centered on the rise of online human rights activism, but the emergence of an online erotic culture that openly describes individuals’ personal sexual activities has also been evident in recent years.

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Chinese Newspapers Face New Controls

Beijing propaganda authorities take over the reins of two major papers. A woman walks past a newsstand in Beijing. Authorities in China have placed two popular Beijing papers under the supervision of the dominant Chinese Communist Party’s local propaganda department,

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Hacking Crackdown ‘Targets Dissent’

Chinese authorities further tighten state controls online. China has announced a clampdown on domestic computer crime starting this week, but activists say the new rules look more likely to limit political dissent. China’s Supreme People’s Court and state prosecution service

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‘Jail’ Built For Activist, Family

Chinese authorities construct a special prison to keep tighter controls over a blind rights lawyer and his family. Screen grab of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng from a video showing his life under house arrest in early 2011. Chinese netizens concerned

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War on Women: Anti-Choice Movement Resorting to Shameless Tricks to Shutter Abortion Clinics

Despite lawsuits and activism, women’s health clinics are shutting their doors, thanks to “regulations” coming, in one case, from secret origins. In Arizona, three clinics have stopped providing abortions thanks to a new law that makes it illegal for nurse

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The Definitive Guide to Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia in the 2012 Republican Primaries (So Far)

The Republican field for 2012 is pretty competitive–when it comes to regressive statements and bigotry, that is. Written by Sally Kohn There is a reflecting pool between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial in our nation’s capital. Stretched out

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EFF’s Warrantless Wiretapping Cases Back in Court on August 31

News Update by Cindy Cohn More than five years ago, EFF filed the first lawsuit aimed at stopping the government’s illegal mass surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans’ private communications. Whistleblower evidence combined with news reports and Congressional admissions revealed

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Chinese Art Activist Returns to Ruins of Bulldozed Arts District

Written by An Xiao BEIJING — Photographer and installation artist Wu Yuren (吴玉仁), who Hyperallergic profiled last year for his activist work, has returned after a year to visit the 008 and Zhengyang arts districts, both the sites of a

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China Gleefully Uses UK Desire For Censorship To Validate Its Own Censorship

Written by Mike Masnick We’ve talked repeatedly of the blatant hypocrisy of many Western nations talking about the importance of internet freedom and condemning China (and others) for their internet censorship… while still wanting to censor at home. As we’ve

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