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Freedom of the Press Endangered in Ferguson

Posted on Aug 20, 2014

Several journalists have been arrested during protests held in Ferguson, Mo., over Michael Brown’s shooting; Egypt issues a statement urging the U.S. to employ “restraint” in the Missouri suburb, seemingly mocking similar statements from the American government in the past; meanwhile, the Arctic’s snow depth has fallen significantly in the past half century. These discoveries and more below.

More Journalists Arrested in Ferguson Monday Night. So Much for Freedom of the Press
Monday night, the Intercept’s Ryan Devereaux and Lukas Hermsmeier, a reporter for the German newspaper Bild, were among those arrested (or detained, as authorities are calling it) during the escalating protests over Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, MO.

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Egypt Urges ‘Restraint’ in Ferguson
Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri - echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist protesters last year.

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Boycott Battles Ahead
The war in Gaza has spurred a flurry of statements and letters on the part of concerned academics—and many expect debate about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to grow on U.S. campuses in the year ahead.

Unethical Journalism Can Make Ferguson More Dangerous
“Be sensitive when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by tragedy or grief,” reads the Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics.

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It’s time for leaders in Missouri to start flexing muscle where it can make a difference: in the political structure of St. Louis.

The Arctic Is Losing an Alarming Amount of Snow
Snow depth on sea ice has fallen by as much as half in the past 50 years.

How Israel Undermines International Law Through ‘Lawfare’
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The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life
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Reparations for Ferguson
Total police control over black bodies has echoes in American history.

Transformative Re-Use: The Re-Circulation of Fair Use Materials
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