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Repeal the First Amendment


The title above, I believe, is meant only to deliver a shock.  It succeeded, and the accompanying comment opened my eyes to how much our country’s values have been deteriorated by this President and his administration. The below comment in USA Today is facetious, I believe. It is an indictment on the present sad state of… Continue reading Repeal the First Amendment

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Russia: Journalist’s Home Raided Over Social Media Posts in 2011


The home of a Russian journalist has been raided in connection with songs which she uploaded to her social media profile five years ago, the Gazeta news website reported Thursday. Natalia Vakhonina, the chief editor of the Mezhdu Strok regional news agency in the central Russian city of Nizhny Tagil, allegedly uploaded songs by far-right Russian… Continue reading Russia: Journalist’s Home Raided Over Social Media Posts in 2011

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China Bans Internet News Reporting as Media Crackdown Widens


Bloomberg News July 25, 2016 China’s top internet regulator ordered major online companies including Sina Corp. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. to stop original news reporting, the latest effort by the government to tighten its grip over the country’s web and information industries. The Cyberspace Administration of China imposed the ban on several major news portals, including Sohu.com… Continue reading China Bans Internet News Reporting as Media Crackdown Widens

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TASS Journalists Given Top Jobs at Russia’s RBC


Not only is the Kremlin cracking down on independent news sources, it’s installing apparatchik journalists into what remains of the few (formerly) independent  sites. Total information control.  That is what Russia is working towards. It’s 1984 all over again. </end editorial> The Moscow Times Jul. 07 2016 16:33 Two journalists from the state-owned TASS news… Continue reading TASS Journalists Given Top Jobs at Russia’s RBC

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Russian MP Drafting Law to Defend Putin’s Honor


Another Russian law suppressing free speech. How widely might these laws be applied? From the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). </end editorial> Published: Wednesday, 16 March 2016 18:18 A member of the Russian Parliament is preparing a draft law that would make insulting President Vladimir Putin a criminal offence carrying up to a… Continue reading Russian MP Drafting Law to Defend Putin’s Honor

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My Secret Service ‘Diploma’ Shows What Macedonia Has Become


This is what we fear in the US with the government openly monitoring our conversations. I worked in intelligence for years and strongly backed security over privacy. Today I am not so sure. I have seen this abused, especially since 9-11-2001, in many different ways. Unimpeded access to iPhones is yet another way to erode… Continue reading My Secret Service ‘Diploma’ Shows What Macedonia Has Become

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The federal government no longer cares about disclosing public information


This is the power of journalism. The Freedom of Information Act was designed to disclose documents associated with items of public interest, it is best used by journalists to uncover actions or inaction by the federal government which is not complying with the law, breaking the law or flouting the law. The Freedom of Information… Continue reading The federal government no longer cares about disclosing public information