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Thursday, den 27. September 2012

Word comes from the New York Times that, a year after Iran won its first Academy Award for Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation , Iran will boycott the Academy Awards in protest of “Innocence of Muslims,” a crude film about the prophet Muhammad that may not even exist as a feature film: The boycott appears straightforward: Mohammad Hosseini, Iran’s culture minister, on Tuesday confirmed that his country would not submit a film for consideration at next year’s Oscars in protest of “Innocence of Muslims,” the anti-Islam YouTube video that has sparked deadly riots.

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Thursday, den 20. September 2012

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) President Obama wants to “criminalize” free speech, according to a leading GOP congressmen.

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Friday, den 14. September 2012

There could not have been a more striking week for Salman Rushdie to discuss how his life changed after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini pronounced a fatwa on him for writing The Satanic Verses than this one.

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Friday, den 14. September 2012

It seems like the leaking of nude photos of famous women has become a routine occurrence, a perhaps-inevitable consequence of the social media age and human error. But the publications of two sets of topless photographs of celebrities this week, a phone camera photo actress Alison Pill intended for her fiance, Jay Baruchel but accidentally tweeted publicly, and a set of paparazzi shots of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, illustrate that while we may have come to expect to see women in public life naked, we’re a long way for establishing where the zones of privacy lie—and how far we should go to enforce them.

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Wednesday, den 5. September 2012

By Rebecca Kemble, September 4, 2012 They challenge the new capitol police chief, who is initiating a crackdown. read more

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Saturday, den 1. September 2012

Our guest blogger is Sarah Margon, Deputy Washington Director at Human Rights Watch Nabeel Rajab (Photo: Reuters) In May 2011, President Obama spoke publicly about the importance of supporting reform — and individual reformers — across the Middle East. He noted “the chance to show that America values the dignity of the street vendor in Tunisia more than the raw power of the dictator” and that the United States “supports a set of universal rights…[including] free speech, the freedom of peaceful assembly, the freedom of religion, equality for men and women under the rule of law, and the right to choose your own leaders.” But in Bahrain, where massive nonviolent protests against the current regime began in early 2011, critical underlying issues have yet to be resolved and the U.S.’s support for such reform has been halfhearted.

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Friday, den 31. August 2012

Joining others in right-wing media, Fox News is using the GOP convention as an opportunity to push preferred candidates for Mitt Romney’s cabinet. For example, on the August 29 edition of Fox & Friends , Gretchen Carlson promoted the prospect of Rudolph Giuliani serving as Attorney General in a Romney administration. However, in their endorsement of Giuliani for the position of the nation’s chief law enforcement officer and legal advisor, the Fox News hosts did not mention Giuliani’s patronage of convicted former Department of Homeland Security nominee Bernard Kerik, or Giuliani’s questionable record on the protection of civil rights and liberties as Mayor of New York City

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Tuesday, den 7. August 2012

It’s no surprise that conservatives  co-opted the Chick-fil-A situation as a matter of free speech so that they could portray themselves as the victims. Despite their eager — if not snide — willingness to support the restaurant chain because it gives millions of dollars to anti-gay hate groups and ex-gay ministries, they are now trying to disassociate from the label that they are even anti-gay.

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Tuesday, den 24. July 2012

A 20-year-old journalism student is facing up to 7 years in prison in Belarus. His crime was photographing teddy bears. More than 800 teddy bears were dropped into the country from a plane in a stunt by a Swedish advertising company, Studio Total.

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Friday, den 22. June 2012

It’s bizarre to watch the Supreme Court’s decision in its fleeting obscenities case today get reported as some sort of victory for broadcasters. Yes, the court, in a decision written by Anthony Kennedy, voided three Federal Communications Commissions decisions against Fox and ABC, declaring that the FCC hadn’t given the networks proper prior notice that the things they broadcast—two incidences of expletives spoken, unscripted, by stars during awards broadcasts and seven seconds of female nudity from behind—could be considered obscene.

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