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Authorities in Southwestern China Downplay the Effects of a Chemical Spill in Yangtze Tributary

Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan confirmed on Wednesday that a road accident had triggered the spillage of 38 tons of concentrated sulphuric acid into a tributary of the Yangtze River. The spill happened on Sunday after two

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Making the Internet Work for Human Rights: The Internet Rights and Principles Coalition

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was written by Dixie Hawtin, co-chair of the Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles of the Internet Governance Forum. It is part of a new effort by Global Voices Advocacy to inform our community and

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Chinese Activist Warned Off Foreign Media

But government threats are unlikely to silence China’s rights activists, some analysts say. Authorities in Beijing have warned civil rights campaigner Hu Jia not to give any more interviews to foreign media organizations and to stay away from further activism.

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How Bank of America Covered Up Fraud by Silencing Whistleblowers

IWatch News / By Michael Hudson Countrywide made life hard for an internal investigator, and a court ruled that when BofA took over, she was illegally fired in retaliation. In the summer of 2007, a team of corporate investigators sifted

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China: Party Elders Meet, Debate ‘Culture’, Censorship

China’s Party plenum meets to discuss culture, despite a worsening economic crisis. China’s ruling Communist Party leaders are meeting in Beijing to debate ‘cultural reforms,’ which some interpret as a tightening of control over media and the Internet, ahead of

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Police Who Illegally Broke Into Gizmodo Journalist’s House Deride Seized E-mails as “Juvenile”

Written By Matt Zimmerman The saga of the lost iPhone prototype — the 2010 incident at least, not the most recent one — has finally concluded. On Tuesday, Brian Hogan (who allegedly found the iPhone 4 prototype in a Redwood

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Scores Arrested at #OccupyWallStreet Protests in New York & Rome

Police in New York arrested more than 70 protesters Saturday, including dozens in Times Square, as part of a month-long global demonstration against what protesters call corporate greed. Police in riot gear, and others on horses tried to push protesters

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Rights Groups Welcome US Decision to Send Troops to Uganda

Human rights groups are welcoming the U.S. decision to deploy 100 U.S. troops to central Africa to support the regional fight against a guerrilla group known for atrocities against civilians. One of those groups, Human Rights Watch, has been urging

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Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Honored With Memorial

Nearly a month after a hurricane postponed the dedication of a national memorial honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.,  U.S. President Barack Obama leads the ceremony Sunday, Oct. 16. King was the leading voice of the nation’s modern

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Arab Activists: Little in Common Between #OccupyWallStreet, #ArabSpring

Many Arab activists say comparing the Occupy Wall Street movement in America to the uprisings of the Arab Spring denigrates their cause. Written by Cecily Hilleary Lately, the mainstream media is making parallel comparisons between the United States’ Occupy Wall

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