Civil Rights

Calls on surveillance partnership of intelligence agencies to respect strong encryption

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Liberty Victoria is one of 83 organisations and experts from 5 nations demanding “Five Eyes” respect strong… On Friday 30 June 2017, 83 organisations and individuals from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States sent letters to their respective governments insisting that government officials defend strong… The letter comes on the heels of a meeting of the “Five Eyes” ministerial meeting in Ottawa, Canada last… Calls on surveillance… Read More »

‘We’ve lost democracy’: on the road with Turkey’s justice marchers

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Thousands are walking the 280 miles from Ankara to Istanbul to protest against a government crackdown on politicians, journalists and civil servants Kareem Shaheen and Gözde Hatunoğlu in Düzce The Guardian Hıdır Aydur rested his blistered feet under the shade of a tree on the side of the highway that runs between Ankara and Istanbul. The 57-year-old, from Erzincan in Turkey’s north-east, who has diabetes, had been marching for 15 days. He is one of thousands journeying by foot from ... Read More »

For Australia to prosper, free speech must be extended to all of us

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When I criticised representation in politics, Eric Abetz suggested I move to an Arab dictatorship. Yet a deep malaise exists in society and we need to talk about it Yassmin Abdel-Magied The Guardian Australia has all the ingredients for a flourishing, harmonious and inclusive society. We have incredible monetary wealth, with the longest streak of economic growth of any developed nation. We are home to the oldest continuous living civilisation, the source of millennia of… For Australia to… Read More »

Whither Japan’s Democracy?

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To some observers, retired civil servant Hiroji Yamashiro, 65, has become a symbol of modern Japan’s uneasy  attitude towards dissent Daniel Hurst Asia Times To some observers, protester Hiroji Yamashiro, 65, has become a symbol of modern Japan’s uneasy attitude towards dissent. The retired civil servant, a long-standing campaigner against the US military presence in the southern prefecture of Okinawa, was detained for five months from… Whither Japan’s… Read More »

Hitler-inspired Schemes of Partition Are Abolishing the Republic of Cyprus

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Turkey and the British Empire never forgave Cyprus for escaping their colonial brutality. WWI wrecked the Ottoman Empire. Evaggelos Vallianatos HuffPost Its successor state, Turkey, has been under the delusion that fomenting a zealous Islam can recreate its former power. WWII forced the diminution and abolition of the British Empire, now a weak and small version of its former self remains, known as the… Cyprus passed from the Ottoman to the British Empire in late nineteenth… Hitler-inspired Schemes… Read More »

“We won’t accept just any solution on Cyprus”

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On the eve of the Conference on Cyprus, we feel compelled to express our views on the Cyprus negotiations on behalf of the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC), the International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA), the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations (FCAO), the American Hellenic Institute (AHI), the American Hellenic Council (AHC), the Hellenic Federation of New Jersey, and the Coordinated Effort of Hellenes (CEH). Our community has worked with successive U.S. Administrations on behalf of a workable and ... Read More »

China releases Nobel laureate Liu with terminal cancer

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China’s jailed Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last month, his lawyer told AFP on June… Hurriyet Liu, who had about three years of his 11-year sentence to serve, was diagnosed on May 23 and was released days later, said lawyer Mo… The 61-year-old democracy campaigner was being treated at a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang. “He has no special… China releases Nobel… Read More »

Charlie Flanagan: We cannot let respect for judiciary erode

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Populism and political opportunism is a threat to one of the pillars of our Constitution Charlie Flanagan The Irish Times This week I will introduce the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill in the Dáil. It seeks to modernise the process for nominating judges and gives effect to a commitment in the programme for government. It is part of a broader process of modernisation and change that has taken place right across government and the Oireachtas in recent… The introduction of… Charlie ... Read More »

‘Democracies Die Behind Closed Doors’:

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The chilling parallels between the ‘Munich Conference’ and the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ According to the celebrated American judge, Damon J. Keith, ‘democracies die behind closed doors’.  (Source: Detroit Free Press v Ashcroft, 303 F. 3d 681, Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 2002.) Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 26 June 2017 Judge Keith articulated his memorable dictum as a means of justifying the cherished principle of open justice. Nevertheless, his dictum is likewise capable of being applied in other ... Read More »

Orthodox Jewish girls school faces closure for refusing to teach children about homosexuality

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A private Orthodox Jewish elementary school called the Vishnitz Girls School in Hackney, north London, is facing closure by the British government because it does not include curriculum that teaches children about homosexuality and gender reassignment… Brandon Morse TheBlaze According to Heat Street, a report by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Schools (Ofsted) says that the Vishnitz Girls School does not teach its 212 attending children — aged three through eight — “a full understanding of fundamental British… The ... Read More »

Euthanasia by text? Michelle Carter case impacts more than just free speech

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In 2014, Michelle Carter, then 17, used text messages to ‘encourage’ her 18-year-old boyfriend Conrad Roy III to kill himself. Philip Nitschke * Brisbane Times Roy was found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in his truck. While the dust is still settling from this month’s decision by a Massachusetts judge to convict the young ”suicide texter” of involuntary manslaughter, the reaction on the social media has been swift and… Euthanasia by text… Read More »

The Evolution of Yannis: From Turkish Nationalist to Jailed Greek Activist

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Yannis Vasilis Yaylalı, an ethnic Greek peace activist born in Samsun, was recently arrested by Turkish police in the Kurdish city of Şırnak, where he had been living since… Uzay Bulut Special for the Armenian Weekly Meral Geylani, his partner and fellow activist, told the Armenian Weekly that four lawsuits have been filed against… Three of them are for “discouraging the public from military service” and one is for “publicly disrespecting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk” through his articles and… The Evolution ... Read More »

Act now to protect your digital rights, Big Brother and his Little Sisters may be watching

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Imagine China takes down its national internet blocking system – aka the Great Firewall – tomorrow. Will this affect how you use the… Jack Linchuan Qiu The Conversation Without the Great Firewall, Facebook and Google will grow exponentially in… Before long, the tech giants own a sizeable share of the Chinese market and have become good buddies with… This scenario unfolds at a time when Donald Trump’s inward-looking policy upsets Silicon Valley’s efforts to expand its global empire, and… Act ... Read More »

Cyprus: A call for a new strategy

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International Hellenic Association 815 Naudain Avenue, Claymont, Delaware 19703,    U.S.A www.Professors-PhDs.com – mail: IHAHellas@gmail.com 21 June 2017 The ‘Conference on Cyprus’ in Switzerland on 28 June 2017: A call for a new strategy in support & in defence of The Republic of Cyprus Mr Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission Mr Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr Nikos Kotzias, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Greece Mr Rex ... Read More »

Supreme Court unanimously reaffirms: There is no ‘hate speech’ exception to the First Amendment

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From today’s opinion by Justice Samuel Alito (for four justices) in Matal v. Tam, the “Slants” case: [The idea that the government may restrict] speech expressing ideas that offend … strikes at the heart of the First Amendment. Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the… Eugene Volokh The Washington Post Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote ... Read More »

I love our nanny state. I bet you do too

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ONCE, the notion of a building fire was one of the rational fears of life: another thing to keep all our fretful grannies awake at night. Now, it’s an obscenity. Claire Harvey Daily Telegraph The sight of a flaming tower-block in London — the city that has been devastated by fire a dozen times in its two thousand-year history, most famously in 1666 — does not make sense to our modern… It looks too outlandish to exist outside a bad ... Read More »