Archive for April 6, 2015


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To combat online censorship, Reporters Without Borders is unblocking access to 9 news websites in order to make them available in the 11 countries where they are currently banned.

The nine mirror sites created by Reporters Without Borders…

  1. Grani.ru, blocked in Russia, is now available at https://gr1.global.ssl.fastly.net/
  2. Fergananews.com blocked in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, is now available at https://fg1.global.ssl.fastly.net/
  3. The Tibet Post International, blocked in China, is now available at https://tp1.global.ssl.fastly.net/
  4. Dan Lam Bao, blocked in Vietnam, is now available at https://dlb1.global.ssl.fastly.net/
  5. Mingjing News, blocked in China, is now available at https://mn1.global.ssl.fastly.net/news/main.html
  6. Hablemos Press, blocked in Cuba, is now available at https://hp1.global.ssl.fastly.net/
  7. Gooya News, blocked in Iran, is now available at https://gn1.global.ssl.fastly.net/
  8. Gulf Centre for Human Rights, blocked in United Arab Emirates, is now available at https://gc1.global.ssl.fastly.net/
  9. Bahrain Mirror, blocked in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, is now available at https://bahrainmirror.global.ssl.fastly.net/

This list is also available at https://github.com/RSF-RWB/collateralfreedom

To help make freely-reported news and information available in these countries, all Internet users are invited to join in this operation by posting this list on social networks with the #CollateralFreedom hashtag.

The former prime minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, is also a longtime student of China, with a unique vantage point to watch its power rise in the past few decades. He asks whether the growing ambition of China will inevitably lead to conflict with other major powers — and suggests another narrative.

TED 2015, filmed March 2015.

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The most important government agency you’ve never heard of has never met a fracking lobbyist it didn’t like.

Syriza is just part of a wave of anti-austerity leftism in Europe, much of it led by young people.

BY BHASKAR SUKNARA

Residents fear that a new redevelopment initiative will usher in another wave of displacement.

BY REBECCA BURNS

A human rights attorney looks back at his nearly three decades going after Chicago’s notorious torturer of African-American men.

BY FLINT TAYLOR

One explanation is hidden in plain sight: the way the cult mirrors the star-obsessed, profit-driven culture of Hollywood.

BY EILEEN JONES

Monsanto is malevolent, but some scientists say Frankenfoods can do good.

BY MOLLY BENNET

As a staffer for Bill Clinton, Emanuel allegedly stated that if the polls said voters were in favor of killing a mentally incapacitated man, so was he.

Amid a wave of strikes, there are hopes for lasting workplace reforms in China.

BY CHRIS RHOMBERG

 

Every direct reference to the exclusive right of one group, based on its mythic and historical past, is a precursor to a justification of brutal power, a version of “might is right.”

BY SLAVOJ ZIZEK

How the “cozying up” at the SEC is just another example of regulatory capture.

BY DAVID SIROTA

WORKING IN THESE TIMES

Workers Say the Fight for 15 Isn’t Just About Raises, It’s a Fight for Meaning in Their Lives

The movement by low-wage workers for higher pay and a union has already won real gains and built up solidarity between workers from many different industries.

BY DAVID MOBERG

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