Civil Liberties

Rodrigo Duterte approves free contraception in mostly Catholic Philippines for millions

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order directing government agencies to provide contraception to 6 million Filipino women who don’t have access to birth control and other… The Washington Post The Canberra Times The executive order implements a landmark legislation signed by Mr… Rodrigo Duterte approves… Read More »

Report: Chicago police use excessive force and often treat people “as animals or subhuman”

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The Justice Department just completed an exhaustive 13-month investigation into the Chicago Police Department. Updated by German Lopez Vox The findings are horrifying. The Chicago Police Department routinely violates civil rights, uses unnecessary force, discriminates against minority residents, and Report: Chicago police… Read More »

The ‘Intellectual Partition’ of Cyprus, the ‘Macmillan Doctrine’ and the talks held in Geneva in August 1974 and January 2017

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In his seminal book, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle considers the virtues associated with justice, as well as the vices inherent in injustice. Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 9 January 2017 In this context, Aristotle engages in a deep discussion as to the two types of transaction into which a party may enter. On the one hand, there are just transactions into which a party may enter voluntarily. On the other hand, there are unjust transactions, which may come ... Read More »

Who’s Really Placing Limits on Free Speech?

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MADISON, Wis. — At least three times in the past six months, state legislators have threatened to cut the budget of the University of Wisconsin at Madison for teaching about homosexuality, gender and race. Donald P. Moynihan The New York Times As a faculty member who focuses on how public organizations are managed, I hear a great deal about the dangers of political correctness in higher education. Several of Wisconsin’s elected officials… Who’s Really Placing… Read More »

The Federal Government Attacks its Watchers

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In recent years, the Federal Government has made an art form of undermining the autonomy of independent statutory offices established to hold it to account. Spencer Zifcak Agora Dialogue One by one, statutory offices have been subject to forceful governmental and media assaults. These assaults have not related to the performance by statutory office holders of their statutorily mandated duties. There has been no suggestion of negligence or lack of competence. Instead they have been motivated, seemingly, by nothing more ... Read More »

ISIS Ends Its Separate Peace With Turkey

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The group claims the Reina nightclub massacre—making its war of terror official. Read More »

Saudi jailed for call to end male control over women

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A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom’s guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday. RIYADH – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the… Saudi jailed for… Read More »

Turkey shows why a free press matters

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Should it matter to U.S. national security when other countries restrict press freedom? ΑΕΙ Michael Rubin Many diplomats and politicians say no—it’s not America’s business and the United States should stop interfering in other… Turkey shows why… Read More »

Police receive powers to compel offenders to hand over passwords

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New laws which will allow police to demand computer and phone passwords from certain offenders could violate fundamental rights, a civil liberties group argues. Brisbane Times Felicity Caldwell Police Minister Mark Ryan introduced a new bill on November 29 which would allow police to demand passwords and access codes for electronic devices from reportable offenders where there was a suspicion that an offence had occurred. The law would cover reportable offenders who… Police receive powers to compel offenders to… Read More »

We need to resist censorship of cyberspace

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I’m among the liberal US journalists and professors whom Google warned were targeted by government-backed attackers. Al Jazeera By Kara Alaimo The hacking effort – aimed at prominent thinkers including New York Times Pulitzer laureate Paul Krugman , Stanford professor and… We need to… Read More »

Thousands of protesters in Jakarta amid fury over Christian governor

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Tens of thousands of Muslims poured into central Jakarta on Dec. 2, to protest against the city’s governor, a Christian accused of insulting the Koran, fuelling tension that has alarmed Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Hurriyet JAKARTA – Reuters Widodo has blamed “political actors” for exploiting the… Thousands of protesters… Read More »

Iranian women demand inclusion in Rouhani’s cabinet

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The resignations of three cabinet ministers in October had raised hope among many women’s rights activists in Iran that President Hassan Rouhani would nominate at least one woman to one of the vacant positions. Al-Monitor Zahra Alipour While Rouhani pledged to incorporate more women into his government during his… Iranian women demand… Read More »

Killing The Electoral College Is A Dumb Idea Pushed By Ignorant People

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Some very nice, apparently well-educated people are peddling absolute Pablum about the Electoral College. The Federalist By Donna Carol Voss If you want to get rid of the Electoral College, you don’t understand how it works. I mean the… Killing The Electoral… Read More »

Xinjiang locals told to turn in their passports

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All residents in China’s restive region of Xinjiang must hand in their passports to local police stations for “examination and management”, the Global Times newspaper said yesterday. “Anyone who needs the passport must apply to the police station,” an anonymous police officer in Aksu prefecture told the paper, adding that the… Xinjiang locals told… Read More »

Revenge porn civil penalties considered by Government to give victims faster access to justice

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The Federal Government is considering a new range of civil penalties to try to help victims of so-called “revenge porn” get justice more quickly. Abc Naomi Woodley and Josie Taylor The states and territories are already discussing ways to harmonise their laws which criminalise the sharing of intimate photos without someone’s consent. But the Federal Government said… Revenge porn civil… Read More »

Myanmar detains two newspaper officials in defamation case

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Police on Nov. 11 detained the chief executive and the chief editor of Myanmar’s largest daily newspaper over a defamation case by a powerful politician following a Facebook posting. YANGON – Reuters The police detained Than Htut Aung, the flamboyant chief executive of Eleven Media Group and the newspaper’s chief editor, Wai… Myanmar detains two… Read More »