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Only Texas Would Ban Books During Banned Books Week

You have to hand it to the Lone Star State. It’s got chutzpah.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Putin Mulls Plan to Turn Off the Internet in Case of ‘Emergency’

The Guardian is reporting that Russian officials might take drastic measures in the event of public unrest.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Berkeley vs. Big Soda

Fifty years ago this month, Berkeley, Calif., was the epicenter of the Free Speech Movement. Now, Berkeley is moving against Big Soda.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 READ MORE



Al-Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to Prison in Egypt (Video)

The principle of free speech was savaged as Egypt’s judiciary sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists with up to a decade in prison on charges of aiding terrorists and endangering national security.

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Has the Supreme Court Finally Found Its Way or Will the Mania Continue?

Two decisions this week on the death penalty and public protest show that the justices may have found a middle road on civil liberties—or they remain committed to the counterrevolution that began with Bush v. Gore.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



Twitter: Censorship at Governments’ Requests

Last week, Twitter made a pro-Ukrainian Twitter feed inaccessible in Russia. In addition to blocking that account, Twitter has also worked with the Turkish government to monitor content that officials there find objectionable.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE


The Top 40 Threats to Free Speech

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: What do sex-obsessed nipplephobes and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have in common? Also: Why the U.S. won’t give American banks the Credit Suisse treatment, and the logic behind Elizabeth Warren for president.

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The Top 40 Threats to Free Speech

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: What do sex-obsessed nipplephobes and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have in common? Also: Why the U.S. won’t give American banks the Credit Suisse treatment, and the logic behind Elizabeth Warren for president.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE


The 28th Amendment: Getting the Money Out of Politics

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The movement to kill corporate personhood hits the road, Sonia Sotomayor dissents, the state of immigration reform, and Free Press tries to save the Internet from the FCC.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE


The 28th Amendment: Getting the Money Out of Politics

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The movement to kill corporate personhood hits the road, Sonia Sotomayor dissents, the state of immigration reform, and Free Press tries to save the Internet from the FCC.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE


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Do Companies Have a First Amendment Right to Track You?

If you think that is a purely academic question, think again.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE



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‘The Internet Is Fucked’

Even if someone printed this out and mailed it to you, you get your information from the Internet, a magical place that is increasingly controlled and manipulated by greedy, lazy corporations. Free speech, as we know it, is gone.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE


Is Ukraine the New Syria?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the battle for Kiev is more than a proxy fight between the U.S. and Russia. Also: Why you should worry about free speech online.

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Is Ukraine the New Syria?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the battle for Kiev is more than a proxy fight between the U.S. and Russia. Also: Why you should worry about free speech online.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE



The Comcast-Time Warner Merger Threatens Democracy

Given the financial and political power of Comcast, and the Obama administration’s miserable record of protecting the public interest, the time to speak out and organize is now.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE


Should One Company Own This Much Internet?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Michael Sam is out of the closet, headed to the NFL and he’s really good. Also, why the big cable merger should scare you, and Bill Blum on Washington’s death penalty moratorium.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE


A Gay Jackie Robinson? Not So Fast

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Michael Sam is out of the closet, headed to the NFL and he’s really good. Also, why the big cable merger should scare you, and Bill Blum on Washington’s death penalty moratorium.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Abortion’s Back on the Supreme Court Docket

Two new cases regarding abortion rights in the U.S. are coming up before the high court. Let’s just hope SCOTUS doesn’t further limit access to reproductive health care as many states are finding ways to do just that.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Do You ‘Heart’ Boobies?

Bracelets that read “I heart boobies!” have been banned, cut off and confiscated by school officials all over the country. In some cases, wearing the silicone bands has led to student suspensions, even though many children wear them to support family members suffering from breast cancer.

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Google Fights for Transparency in FISA Court

The Internet giant’s petition to the tribunal says its free speech rights have been violated because it is legally prohibited from discussing even the vaguest details of government surveillance requests.

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It’s News, Not Espionage

The unwarranted snooping, which was revealed last week, would be troubling enough if it were an isolated incident. But it is part of a pattern that threatens to redefine investigative reporting as criminal behavior.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE


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Anonymous Muzzled on Crusade Against Westboro Baptist Church

The hacker collective’s Twitter account was temporarily suspended Wednesday after the group posted personal information belonging to members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE



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The Humanitarians Who Came In From the Cold

Russia is cracking down further on political dissent by requiring foreign humanitarian workers to register, more or less, as spies.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Maybe British Newspapers Are So Awful They Need to Be Regulated

Will Hutton, writing in The Observer, says the “precious freedom of speech of an individual is different from the freedom of speech of a media corporation with its capacity to manipulate the opinions of millions.”

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 READ MORE



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San Francisco Bans Public Nudity

The city’s public officials have a simple message to residents and visitors: “Keep your clothes on!”

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Are Muslims Our Misfortune? Exploring a Loaded Question

A woman begins covering a provocative subway station poster with spray paint. Another woman demands to know why she is defacing “an approved message,” and why she has “a right to violate free speech.” The woman replies that she is exercising her own free speech. That’s the short story. Have you already made up your mind about who is right and who is wrong?

Posted on Sep 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Activist Arrested for Defacing Anti-Muslim Poster (Video)

Mona Eltahawy, a prominent Egyptian-American activist and writer whose arms were broken in Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring, was arrested at a Times Square subway station after spraying paint over a controversial poster that has drawn broad condemnation for equating Muslims with “savages.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE


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Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE


Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



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We Won—for Now

In January I sued President Barack Obama for authorizing the military to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, in short, just declared the law unconstitutional.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Michael Moore and Oliver Stone: Extraditing Assange Would Set a Horrible Precedent

Noting in a New York Times Op-Ed that much of their work has made “the case that the news media in the United States often fail to inform Americans about the uglier actions of our own government,” filmmakers Michael Moore and Oliver Stone argue that transferring WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to U.S. custody would be disastrous for free speech everywhere.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE



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How Pussy Riot Helps Putin

The Pussy Riot case has become an international PR disaster for the Russian government, but domestically Russia’s conservative majority is rallying behind Vladimir Putin.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Privacy by Design

Nicholas Merrill is tired of waiting for Congress to protect Americans’ privacy online. So he plans to force the matter by changing the way telecommunication companies do business.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Moyers: The Hoax of Citizens United

According to Bill Moyers, the Supreme Court’s recent decision not to revisit the controversial Citizens United ruling shows that the case was never about free speech. Instead, he argues, the Citizens United decision was just a hoax (albeit a really big one).

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Hello China My Old Friend, I’ve Come to Lecture You Again (Editorial)

The State Department is once again giving China a hard time about its human rights record, a worthy cause to be sure, though the United States makes for an odd champion. What’s the saying? Those who torture should not throw stones, maybe.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 READ MORE



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First They Come for the Muslims

Another Muslim activist has gone to prison as a result of the government’s criminalization of what people say and believe.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE



Class vs. Race

These may be the first elections in which class will carry more weight than race; the “right to be forgotten” threatens freedom of speech on the Internet; meanwhile, some smartphone voice recognition software is racist and sexist. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



Citizen Suspect: We’re All Under Attack in the WikiLeaks Case

Our civil liberties and First Amendment rights are threatened by the Supreme Court’s decisions in the Julian Assange case; if Mitt Romney’s father was still around, he’d probably endorse Obama; meanwhile, Fox News is ruining the GOP. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Dragon Tattoo’ Shows Too Much Skin for India

India may be the world’s biggest democracy, but it has a little something to learn about free expression. Film censors have banned the Hollywood version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” because of three sexual and/or violent scenes.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



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The Two Faces of China

Don’t hold your breath waiting for any kind of Occupy Beijing movement to set up camp.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Thought Crime in Washington

Morris Davis was fired by the Library of Congress not because of his work performance, but because he wrote a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed on his own time, using his own computer, as a private citizen. The government just did not like what he wrote.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Teenager Refuses Orders to Apologize to Conservative Governor

Emma Sullivan, 18, says she will not write an apology to Sam Brownback after telling her roughly 65 followers on Twitter that the Kansas governor sucks. Sullivan has gained thousands of additional followers since her high school principal ordered her to apologize to Brownback.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Media Complain of ‘Hostile’ NYPD (Update)

Some of the nation’s most prestigious news organizations, including AP and The New York Times, are condemning New York City’s treatment of the media, writing in a letter that “police actions of last week have been more hostile ...” (more)

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Why the First Amendment Won’t Protect Occupiers

Those who believe the courts will come to the rescue have bought into the popular mythology surrounding the amendment’s depth and reach.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Amy Goodman Wins Major Settlement Over 2008 Police Abuses

Amy Goodman and two former “Democracy Now!” producers have won a $100,000 settlement three years after police stormtroopers surrounding the GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn., battered, bloodied and arrested the journalists. (more)

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Juan Cole on Palestinian Statehood

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole reports from New York on Occupy Wall Street and Palestinians at the U.N. Also: The politics of immigration; women make less than men (still), and a jury convicts the Irvine 11.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE


Juan Cole on Palestinian Statehood

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole reports from New York on Occupy Wall Street and Palestinians at the U.N. Also: The politics of immigration; women still earn less than men, and a jury convicts the Irvine 11. Pictured above, Nawaf Salam, Lebanon’s ambassador to the U.N.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE


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