All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Freedom’

Daniel Villegas: Out On Bail After 19 Years In Prison

An El Paso, Texas man who had been convicted of double murder and imprisoned for life was freed Tuesday, 19 years after being sent to prison. Witnesses, supporters and family members all maintain that he was wrongly sent to prison. Daniel Villegas, 37, has been serving a life sentence for the 1993 driver-by shooting of Armando Lazo, 17, and Robert …

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Harriet Tubman: The Underground Railroad Meets Opera

The story of Harriet Tubman has recently hit the performance arena in New York. “Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom,” is an opera written by a third-generation Nigerian-American who practically grew up on the stories of Tubman and The Underground Railroad. Presented by screenwriter Nkeiru Okoye of American Opera Projects, the opera is a product of three years …

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Atheist Billboards Used to Promote Religious Freedom

The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation consists of a group of non-believers, who aim to promote religious freedom. They are engaged in a campaign that will continue to advance the separation of the church and state through their use of fifty-five billboards. In order to bring broader visibility to their lack of religious faith, the billboards will be placed …

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New Anti-Piracy Plan: Kindergarten Copyright Class?

The United States’ largest copyright lobbies, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America, have initiated a highly controversial program nudging the educational system to shoulder the burden of teaching kids about how evil piracy really is. The LA Times reports that a nonprofit group known as the Center for Copyright Information has commissioned a …

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Christiane Amanpour Interviews Malala Yousafzai Who Defied Pakistani Terror

Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who defied Pakistani terrorists, and almost lost her life to defend freedom and women’s right to education, was interviewed by famed journalist and opinion moulder Christiane Amanpour this week. The full interview will be aired as a special report “The Bravest Girl in the World” on CNN this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. Yousafzai has become …

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Gunman in Afghanistan Shoots Down Female Officer

Sub-inspector for the criminal investigation unit, Negar, was buying grass for her lambs in a local market in the Helmand province when she was shot down by two men on a motorcycle yesterday, according to reports from provincial government spokesman Omar Zawak. Negar was not pronounced dead from her wound until today. Zawak went on to say the the loss …

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Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare 5-4 (Court Document Enclosed)

In what is sure to be a hotpoint in this political cycle and maybe even the next few years, the Supreme Court of the United States of America upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with a 5-4 split decision vote. This act, better known as Obamacare, was an act that was meant to reel in rising medical costs …

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UK Police Can Now Access Cell Data On The Fly

In what is another erosion of freedom for the people of the UK, the police now have the ability to access the information on your cell phones while out in the field with mobile device data extraction system called the Radio Tactics’ ACESO data extraction system. The system is being rolled out across London’s 16 boroughs and is expected to …

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Internet Use Promotes Democracy in Free Countries

Although use of the internet has been credited with helping spur democratic revolutions in the Arab world and elsewhere, a new multinational study suggests the internet is most likely to play a role only in specific situations. Researchers at Ohio State University found that the internet spurs pro-democratic attitudes most in countries that already have introduced some reforms in that …

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14 Powerful Free Speech Videos From Google’s Big Tent Events

Google has a new YouTube channel for its “Big Tent” events full of wonderful videos featuring keynotes and other inspirational discussions on topic like free speech, privacy, digital literacy, the economy and arts & culture. “The Internet has transformed society in so many ways, and that’s bound to continue,” says Google Policy Analyst Katharine Wang. “The aim of our Big …

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Obama Chastises Iran Over Internet Policies

The first day of spring is also the first day on the Iranian calendar, and on that day Iran celebrates the holiday of Nowruz. With families in Iran coming together today, the White House has released a video aimed at speaking directly with those Iranian citizens. The speech begins with quaint greetings and an invitation to friendship with the Iranian …

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PayPal Agrees to Ban Books with Obscene Content

PayPal is sparking some tension in the publishing world by requesting that e-book contributors ban books that contain “obscene themes including rape, bestiality or incest.” PayPal notified Mark Coker, founder of e-book publisher and distributor of Smashwords, that it would limit “the company’s PayPal account unless Smashwords removed from its Web site e-books “containing themes of rape, incest, bestiality and …

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