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Nitish Kumar moves confidence motion in Bihar Assembly.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today moved a confidence motion in the Bihar Assembly to prove the majority of his new government. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, the son of Lalu Prasad Yadav, spoke first on the confidence motion and launched a scathing attack against Kumar for dumping the Grand Alliance government.RJD MLAs ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Planned Parenthood Rep: 'No Good' Just Throwing Away Aborted Babies.

It’s standard operating procedure: the liberal media consistently censor or twist coverage of the undercover Planned Parenthood videos. That’s why, as new footage emerges, it’s critical for American citizens to watch it for themselves. In light of recent attempts by Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, ...

- NewsBusters - US

CBS Defends Leaks, Says Investigations Lead to 'Terror' Inside White House.

CBS This Morning journalists on Thursday defended the practice of leaking from officials inside the White House and said that investigations cracking down can lead to “terror” in an administration. Talking about efforts by White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci to eliminate the leaks, John ...

- NewsBusters - US

Throttling on Mobile Networks Is a Sign of Things to Come, Unless We Save Net Neutrality Now.

Major mobile carriers are slowing down video streams, a net neutrality violation that heralds things to come if they get their way and roll back legal protections against data discrimination. Recent reports on Reddit from Verizon Wireless customers have drawn attention to video streams being throttled, which Verizon claimed ...

- EFF - US

AnchorFree says it's saving net neutrality by helping apps circumvent ISPs.

Silicon Valley software company AnchorFree has come up with a solution to the possibility of Internet service providers throttling certain content on the Internet: a way to get around those providers. AnchorFree, which claims to be the world's largest Internet Freedom and Privacy Platform,' has developed a free Software ...

- SiliconANGLE - US

Department of Justice Says It's Not Illegal to Discriminate Against 'Homosexuals' in the Workplace.

In a disheartening break from progress in workplace policies, the Department of Justice filed a brief on Wednesday claiming the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect homosexual' workers from discrimination. The brief says that discrimination based on sexual orientation is not sex discrimination—directly contradicting ...

- Truthdig - US

Women Activists in Iran Pressing for Female Minister in Cabinet.

Expand Supporters of Iran's President Hassan Rouhani carry pictures of him as they celebrate his victory in the presidential elections, in the streets of Tehran, Iran, May 20, 2017. © 2017 Reuters President Hassan Rouhani is expected to introduce nominees for his second-term cabinet in the coming weeks, and the question on ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Judge Tosses Vexatious Litigant Brett Kimberlin's Lawsuit Against Conservative Blogger.

Nearly six years after Brett Kimberlin first threatened to sue blogger/prosecutor Patrick Frey over a factual post about Kimberlin's criminal past, the courtroom battle has finally come to an end. Free speech has won. After nearly four years, convicted bomber and perjurer Brett Kimberlin has lost his lawsuit against your ...

- Techdirt - US

ICE acting director uses photos of men with tattoos to scare public about immigrants.

The Trump administration wants you to be afraid of immigrants with tattoos.During a White House press briefing Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan said his agency would crack down forcefully on immigrant-friendly cities and on gang members who enter the country illegally. He did ...

- ThinkProgress - US

WH infighting turns ugly: Scaramucci vs Priebus.

Scaramucci, the Wall Street financier who joined the administration last week, had earlier vowed to crack down on leaks from the White House, threatening to fire everyone, if necessary, to stop aides from leaking information.

- Times Of India - IN

'Pakistani Hindus should not be called Indians'.

MQM-P's Sanjay Perwani says such attitude of ruling party is nothing but 'extreme discrimination' The post 'Pakistani Hindus should not be called Indians' appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Anthony Scaramucci on his crass rant about Bannon, Priebus: 'I sometimes use colorful language'

The man tasked with leading the communications effort out of the White House isn't apologizing for his vulgar, expletive-laced rant against two of President Trump's closest advisers. During a phone conversation Wednesday night, Anthony Scaramucci, the incoming White House communications director, unleashed on unsuspecting ...

- The Week - US

Nudipu, UPC honour Emong, ask for govt help

Despite speech difficulties, Robert Mugisha, a former student at Gulu University, raised a classic case of Uganda's discriminative sports environment

- Daily Monitor - UG

The Trump administration declared that a landmark federal law doesn't protect LGBT employees from workplace discrimination

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Department of Justice filed a brief Wednesday night arguing that a landmark federal law does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. The filing occurred in a US Second Circuit Court case, Zarda v. Altitude Express. The case was first brought forward in 2010 by Donald Zarda, ...

- Business Insider - US

Cong raises Prez speech issue in Rajya Sabha

A day after President Ram Nath Kovind delivered his inaugural speech, the Congress on Wednesday tried to raise the issue in the Rajya Sabha about not mentioning Jawarharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi in the speech, alleging that the BJP is trying to undermining the leaders of the freedom movement. As Finance Minister Arun ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Claremont McKenna Disciplines Students in the Name of Free Speech

Blockading the doors to a Heather Mac Donald speech is a kind of censorship.

- - US

Adam Carolla to Congress on Free Speech: If We Had Order on Campus, Then We Wouldn't Need Law

Thursday during his opening statement at the House Oversight Committee hearing on “Challenges to Freedom of Speech on College Campuses,” comedian Adam Carolla argued if there were more order on campus, then there would be less of a need for a law enforcement component to protect controversial speakers. Partial ...

- Breitbart - US Ukraine expresses strong protest against term of Zeitullayev prison sentence

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses the strong protest against the decision of the Supreme Court of Russia of July 27 to increase the term of the imprisonment of Ruslan Zeitullayev to 15 years. He was illegally convicted under the cooked-up charges in the creation of the terrorist organization and holding ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Iranian Officials Trade Barbs In Dispute Over Internet Censorship

A battle over control of social-media content in Iran is shaping up, with hard-liners calling for greater Internet censorship and the government of President Hassan Rohani putting up resistance.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Barrow: 'Press freedom has been restored'

Gambian President Adama Barrow has hinted on a possible trial of former leader Yahya Jammeh, currently in exile in neighboring Equatorial Guinea.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

UIA court claims concern discrimination towards other airlines

Claims filed by Ukraine International Airlines to court do not concern the operation of Ireland's low cost airline Ryanair in Ukraine or any obstacles to their operations, but they concern the discriminative conditions towards other airlines. An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported that UIA President Yuriy Miroshnykov ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

The conflicts of interest hiding behind pro-pipeline op-eds around the country

A retired general wrote numerous op-eds attacking pipeline protesters without disclosing his financial ties to the pipeline industry, including to a security contractor that has used “counterterrorism measures” against those protesters. That deception has led at least one publication to prohibit him from writing ...

- Media Matters for America - US

Sessions' Justice Department says gays aren't protected from discrimination under federal law

Despite their recent rift, Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are in sync on one thing: it's a perfect time to declare open season on LGBTQ Americans. After Trump declared a ban on transgender military service Wednesday morning, Sessions' DOJ followed up that evening by filing a 23-page brief in a Second ...

- Daily Kos - US

FCC Is Not Complying With Freedom of Information Act Requests, Alleges Lawsuit

burtosis writes: The FCC is being sued for failure to turn over documents related to "correspondence, e-mails, telephone call logs, calendar entries, meeting agendas," between chairman Ajit or his staff and ISPs. Given the FCCs recent transparency issues, which appear to be directly ignoring the vast majority of feedback ...

- Slashdot - US

Why Twitter Won't Ban President Donald Trump

Twitter has made it clear that it won't ban Donald Trump from its service, whether the president follows its rules against harassment or not.    That's no surprise: The president's tweets draw attention to the struggling service, even if tweets mocking reporters and rivals undercut Twitter's stated commitment to make the ...

- Voice of America - US

RJD to move court, go to the people on new govt: Jha

The RJD today said it would move court as well as knock at the "peoples door" to protest against the Bihar governors invitation to the JD and the NDA to form a government in the state in "blatant violation" of a Supreme Court judgement.Rashtriya Janata Dal national spokesman Manoj Jha said the party would "knock at the ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Why Twitter won't ban President Donald Trump

The president's tweets draw attention to the struggling service, even if tweets mocking reporters and rivals undercut Twitter's stated commitment to make the service a welcoming place. Calls to ban Trump from Twitter, largely by liberal activists, writers and Twitter users, sounded even before he became president. Groups ...

- SFGate - US

State Control Leaves Investigative Journalists In China Demoralized

Government censorship and commercial pressures have decimated the ranks of China's investigative journalists. We meet two of China's most successful reporters, who have recently quit the business.

- NPR - US

Claremont McKenna Disciplines Students in the Name of Free Speech

Blockading the doors to a Heather MacDonald speech is a kind of censorship.

- - US

Maduro lambasts 'insolent' US as two killed in Venezuela protests

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro branded US sanctions leveled at his regime on Wednesday as "insolent," as pressure piled up on him abroad and at home over his controversial plan to elect a new body to rewrite the constitution.

- France24 - FR

For Venezuela, there may be no happily ever after

In the face of rising protest, Venezuela's government has called on the military to squelch dissent. Efecto Eco /Wikimedia, CC BYLast week, over seven million Venezuelans both at home and abroad voted against president Nicolas Maduro's proposed Constituent Assembly, which would have empowered his administration to rewrite ...

- The Conversation - UK

Turkey PM reassures German execs after 'terror claims'

Relations between Germany and Turkey have been strained since last year's attempted coup and the subsequent crackdown The post Turkey PM reassures German execs after 'terror claims' appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

As Thailand restricts internet freedom, cyber activists work to keep an open web

On June 9 2017, a Thai man was sentenced to 35 years in jail for sharing Facebook posts. The crime: he allegedly defamed the king. This harsh sentence is just one example of Thailand's increasing repression in the digital sphere. Since the 2014 coup, the Thai military junta has take a hard stance toward online critics and ...

- The Next Web - US

Stalin stopped enroute to Salem, held on "law and order" grounds

DMK leader M K Stalin was today arrested near here on grounds of "law and order," when he attempted to proceed to Salem to oversee the desilting work of a lake, over which his party men and AIADMK workers had clashed.Police intercepted Stalins convoy of vehicles and detained him at a check post in Kaniyur after he insisted ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Crackdown against shell companies: I-T dept to share vital tax data

The tax authorities will now relay audit reports of corporates and specific information from their I-T returns as also PAN data to the ministry of corporate affairs, as the government plans to crack down harder on shell companies.

- Times Of India - IN

Sixty-seven held after big pyramid scheme protest in Beijing

Beijing police have detained 67 members of a pyramid fund scheme for disturbing social order after thousands of investors staged a rare protest in the Chinese capital earlier this week. They staged the demonstration on Monday over the government’s decision to call the scheme illegal and arrest its ringleader, Zhang ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Chinese writers steer path round censors to earn cash through apps

When outspoken professor Qiao Mu posted his resignation letter on a popular Chinese messaging app, sympathetic readers tapped their phone screens to send him money, leaving him with a 20,000 yuan payday. China’s widely used applications have given writers like Qiao an outlet to self-publish and make money – as ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Crackdown on Online Criticism Chills Pakistani Social Media

A law promoted as a means to curb cybercrime has been employed against those criticizing the government or the military online.

- New York Times - US

Social Media Lets Anti-Government Bundys Reach Followers

Groups who monitor far-right extremists warn that anti-government militants are increasingly using social media to promote armed protests and violence.

- NPR - US

Szijjártó: Attack On Baile Tusnad Protester 'Unacceptable'

The assault on a protester during the prime minister's speech at the Băile Tușnad summer university was totally unacceptable', Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said.

- The Budapest Sun - HU

Joint checkpoint deal opens door for Beijing to quash protests on Hong Kong soil, Basic Law drafter warns

Leasing out Hong Kong space to the mainland and stripping away protection from the Basic Law could set a precedent for similar measures during protest movements and sit-ins, a pan-democrat drafter of the city's mini-constitution has warned, as the government presses ahead with a controversial plan for a joint rail ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Hungary's dark path towards dictatorship

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been accused of destroying press freedom, attacking human rights and rewriting the history books. But could his popular 'illiberal' style of politics spread through the EU?

- - UK

'American Dream' alive for Muslims despite rising hate crime: study

Study shows nearly half of American Muslims experience discrimination The post 'American Dream' alive for Muslims despite rising hate crime: study appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Tech Leaders Speak Out Against Trump Ban on Transgender Troops

Technology executives, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai took to social media to voice their displeasure over President Donald Trump's latest stance on transgendered people in the military. "I am grateful to the transgender members of the military for their service," Google CEO Sundar ...

- Slashdot - US

A look at Senate Press Gallery rules vs. Constitutional protections after journalists were told to delete images and forbidden from taking photos of protesters

Jonathan Peters / Columbia Journalism Review: A look at Senate Press Gallery rules vs. Constitutional protections after journalists were told to delete images and forbidden from taking photos of protesters  —  Protesters chanted in the Senate visitor galleries Tuesday as legislators prepared to vote to open debate ...

- Mediagazer - US

WATCH: Trump tweets sweeping ban of transgender people from serving in the military

As a candidate, Trump promised to protect gay, lesbian and transgender rights; his sudden announcement immediately sparked outrage and protests around the country.

- ABC News - US

Public protests soared higher in June than in any month since the January Women's Marches

Quite a few people, perhaps out of despair, didn't have much hope six months ago for the stamina of the resistance. A few big protests like the 620-plus Women's Marches that drew 4 million people into the streets, plus other protests and a bit of stepped-up election organizing, and then the resistance, these ...

- Daily Kos - US

Vietnamese Activist Sentenced to 9 Years in One-Day Trial

Expand Tran Thi Nga protests against the arrest of blogger Mother Mushroom' in October 2016. © 2016 Private A Vietnam court sentenced activist Tran Thi Nga on Tuesday to nine years in prison followed by five years under house arrest for spreading anti-State propaganda.' The conviction was handed down during a one-day ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Automattic Releases Five Un-Gagged National Security Letters

Another batch of FBI National Security Letters has been released, thanks to the expedited review process instituted by the USA Freedom Act. Automattic, the company behind Wordpress, has released five NSLs dating back to 2010, as the result of successful nondisclosure challenges. Each of the NSLs that we are publishing ...

- Techdirt - US

Renegotiate Nuclear Deal While Iran Is at War With Its People

Iran Focus London, 26 Jul -  Iranian authorities confess that the greatest threat to theocracy is not a foreign enemy, like the US, but popular protests, especially by the disenfranchised poor people and youth, according to an article on Tuesday by freelance journalist Hamid Bahrami in Al Arabiya English. The nuclear deal ...

- Iran Focus - UK