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Senior Russian authorities considered the threat to the lives of journalists and rights advocates “absolutely unacceptable”
By: RT - MARCH 10, 2016
The Russian president has ordered the Interior Ministry to clarify all the circumstances behind Wednesday’s attack on a group of reporters and rights activists on their way to the Chechen capital, Grozny, and “issue a legal appraisal” of this incident.
According to Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, senior Russian authorities considered the threat to the lives of journalists and rights advocates “absolutely unacceptable” and expected the law enforcers to find and detain all attackers in order to ensure the safety of human rights activists and representatives of mass media.
Chinese social media accounts of the South China Morning Post (SCMP) have been suspended, and the media group's news websites were also blocked in China
By: Jethro Mullen | CNN - MARCH 10, 2016
Billionaire Jack Ma’s favorite Hong Kong newspaper appears to have become the latest victim of China’s crackdown on the media.
The Chinese social media accounts of the South China Morning Post (SCMP) have been suspended, and the media group’s news websites were also blocked in China on Thursday.
Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant founded by Ma, said in December that it was buying the SCMP, Hong Kong’s leading English-language newspaper.
The takeover raised fears that mainland Chinese ownership of the paper would result in its reporting becoming more closely aligned with official Beijing views.
The asset freeze and travel ban has also been prolonged
By: RT - MARCH 10, 2016
The European Union on Thursday announced it is extending by six months restrictive measures against 146 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and 37 companies.
University’s president and fellows argued the time had come to dissociate the school from the legacy of financier Isaac Royall
By: Robert Mackey | The Intercept - MARCH 8, 2016
After months of student protests, Harvard Law School could soon stop using its official symbol, a shield based on the crest of an 18th-century slaveholder whose donation paid for the first professorship of law at the university.
In a letter to the university’s president and fellows released on Friday, the dean of the law school, Martha L. Minow, argued that the time had come to dissociate the school from the legacy of Isaac Royall, who left Harvard part of a fortune acquired through the labor of slaves at his father’s sugar plantation in Antigua.
Every year, the dean wrote, she welcomes new students with a discussion of the benefactor’s portrait in which she notes “that while Harvard University at that time acted legally in accepting the gift, it is crucial that we never confine ourselves to solely what is currently lawful, for the great evil of slavery happened within the confines of the law.”
The dean also made public a report by a committee of Harvard Law School faculty, students, alumni and staff which recommended, by a vote of 10-2, that the shield based on the Royall family crest — a celebration of agricultural wealth with three sheaves of wheat — no longer be used. “The Law School would not today honor Isaac Royall and his bequest by taking his crest as its official symbol,” the committee observed.
Glaciers can shape ‘religious beliefs and cultural values’
By: Elizabeth Harrington | Free Beacon - MARCH 8, 2016
The National Science Foundation has spent more than $400,000 on a study that published scientific results on the “relationship between gender and glaciers.”
The paper “Glaciers, gender, and science,” published in January 2016, concluded that “ice is not just ice,” urging scientists to take a “feminist political ecology and feminist postcolonial” approach when they study melting ice caps and climate change.
“Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change,” the paper by Mark Carey, a professor at the University of Oregon, explained. “However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers–particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge – remain understudied.”
“Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions,” the paper said.
Order big step toward bypassing the US legislative branch entirely
By: Adam Dick | Ron Paul Institute - FEBRUARY 24, 2016
Over at We Meant Well, always-interesting writer Peter Van Buren provides a funny rundown of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s blunders he suggests prevented it from accessing information on an iPhone connected to the December 2 San Bernardino, California killings. The FBI sure does look like the Keystone Cops with Van Buren’s tale of mistakes that put the FBI into a situation where, to uncover encrypted information from the iPhone, it has to depend on a US magistrate judge ordering Apple, the phone’s manufacturer, to create a means to breach the phone’s information security.
But, is there something more sinister taking place behind the scenes? Governments are renowned for incompetence, so you cannot rule out, barring more information, that a series of blunders did occur. At the same time, blunders in this instance would create a situation that sure is convenient for a US government intent on ensuring it can obtain access to everyone’s encrypted information. The blunders, after all, provided the FBI with a reason to seek the court order in a case where the facts are quite advantageous for the government.
A look into the corruption in Bulgaria shows exactly what we in the US should be avoiding
By: The Alex Jones Show - FEBRUARY 24, 2016