Indonesia: Aceh’s New Islamic Laws Violate Rights

by Human Rights Watch on October 1, 2014

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Russia: Drop New Media Law

by Human Rights Watch on October 1, 2014

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Lost Traveler

“More important than the quest for certainty is the quest for clarity.” ~Francois Gautier

Isn’t it funny—and annoying, and brilliant—how often things turn out to be nothing like we thought they would?

Six years ago I was recovering from a breakdown and reacquainting myself with my long dormant artistic side, and I Continue →

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If, as expected, challengers to WI voter id law go to the Supreme Court seeking to stop the immediate use of Wisconsin’s new voting law for the election coming up in a few weeks, I expect their main argument to be … Continue reading →
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NYT reports. My earlier analysis of this ruling is here.  See also my Race or Party? How Courts Should Think About Republican Efforts to Make it Harder to Vote in North Carolina and Elsewhere, 127 Harvard Law Review Forum 58 (2014) … Continue reading →
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Kazakhstan: Lawsuits Over Same-Sex Kiss on Poster

by Human Rights Watch on October 1, 2014

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Big payday for ex-college sports stars?

by Lyle Denniston on October 1, 2014

Big payday for ex-college sports stars?

Two significant First Amendment cases that have been awaiting the Supreme Court’s reaction for a year are on the way to being settled, with the real prospect that former stars in big-time college football and basketball will get a share of a $60 million fund.  Of that, $40 million would be Continue →

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Mark P. Lagon appointed to lead Freedom House

by Demdigest on October 1, 2014

Mark P. Lagon, a distinguished scholar of global politics and human rights, and former diplomat, will become president of Freedom House on January 2, 2015, the organization’s Board of Trustees announced today. Lagon is Chair for Global Politics and Security at Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, Continue →

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Watching Russia’s worrying trajectory under President Vladimir Putin, many foreign observers ask how a leader who is so apparently driving his country towards the abyss can remain so popular. The answer is simple: Putin’s supporters — a hefty majority of Russians — do not see the danger ahead, says Maxim Continue →

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Challenges facing Latin America’s media

by Demdigest on October 1, 2014

  The Center for International Media Assistance and the Latin America and Caribbean program at the National Endowment for Democracy invite you to a discussion with Catalina Botero. The Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights at the Organization of American States, Catalina will address Continue →

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News and Observer: Gov. Pat McCrory also announced plans to appeal the reinstatement of the two provisions to the U.S. Supreme Court. “I am pleased that the major parts of this popular and common sense bill were left intact and … Continue reading →
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