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05.08.2020

Face 2 Face with Brent Fidler

Face 2 Face with Brent Fidler

On this show we speak with Brent Fidler, the author of Shadows of Nagasaki, a science-fiction story in which Japanese nuclear bomb victims reanimate as tormented Yurei ghosts to enact vengeance on the descendants of those involved in the Manhattan Project at Los… »

04.08.2020

Journalists under threat: August’s 10 most urgent cases

Journalists under threat: August’s 10 most urgent cases

Every month, the One Free Press Coalition draws attention to unresolved cases of crimes against journalists. This month, the list includes the cases of Omar Radi, Solafa Magdy and Maria Ressa. 1. Austin Tice (Syria)  This month marks eight years since freelance American photojournalist Austin Tice went missing while reporting… »

03.08.2020

Anti-pandemic measures in their home countries deter EU tourists from visiting North Macedonia

Anti-pandemic measures in their home countries deter EU tourists from visiting North Macedonia

North Macedonia has opened its borders to tourists from the European Union (EU) and other European countries, but measures related to COVID-19 prevention are discouraging visitors from choosing the country as a travel destination. A big factor is that some EU countries, Hungary for example, require their citizens returning from… »

29.07.2020

This Year, the Stuttgart Peace Prize is Awarded to Julian Assange.

This Year, the Stuttgart Peace Prize is Awarded to Julian Assange.

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks imprisoned in London for a year, received the Stuttgart Peace Prize 2020. The prize is awarded by Die Anstifter and aims to promote the right to unconditional freedom of information and of the press. Annette Ohme-Reinicke, president of Die Anstifter, said the crackdown on… »

28.07.2020

Russia Takes its Information War with United States to Africa

Russia Takes its Information War with United States to Africa

By Kester Kenn Klomegah In her weekly media briefing July 23, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova criticized United States support for educational programs, media and NGOs in Africa. In addition, Zakharova said “the allocation of grants fits into the White House’s efforts to promote the idea that there is no… »

26.07.2020

Museums and a greener future

Museums and a greener future

Museums have a responsibility to speak out about the climate and ecological emergency. Museums hold our collective memories in the form of objects and specimens from the past. They are institutions of the long term that operate beyond the short term cycles of politics and funding. They hold, among other things,… »

20.07.2020

Solo protest in the Netherlands for the Uyghur cause: One man takes on the Chinese state

Solo protest in the Netherlands for the Uyghur cause: One man takes on the Chinese state

The author’s identity has been kept anonymous for safety reasons. Starting in 2017, the Uyghur community living in China has been subject to increased targeting and indiscriminate imprisonment by the Chinese authorities. This policy of racial and religious profiling has led many young Uyghurs to leave… »

15.07.2020

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Trending rights tweets this week: Srebrenica 25 years on; new ICE regulations are devastating for some international students in the US;  disastrous new terrorism law in the Philippines; and HRW invites you to an inspiring evening filled with special guests, performances, and experts joining together for a brighter future. »

12.07.2020

UNESCO expresses deep regret over Turkey decision to change status of historic Hagia Sophia

UNESCO expresses deep regret over Turkey decision to change status of historic Hagia Sophia

As the Turkish President signed a decree on Friday converting the ancient Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque, the UN cultural agency (UNESCO) said that it “deeply regrets the decision” made “without prior discussion”, having earlier in the day called on the State to abide by… »

12.07.2020

How literary censorship inspired creativity in Victorian writers

How literary censorship inspired creativity in Victorian writers

In an open letter published in Harper’s Magazine, 152 writers, including JK Rowling and Margaret Atwood, claim that a climate of “censoriousness” is pervading liberal culture, the latest contribution to an ongoing debate about freedom of speech online. As we grapple with this issue in a society where social media allows… »

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