Russia: Veto Law to Restrict Online Freedom

Human Rights Watch | Apr 24, 2014

Russia should not impose unjustified regulations on freedom of expression and privacy on the Internet, Human Rights Watch said today. A restrictive new law requires Russian bloggers with significant followings to register with the authorities and comply with the same regulations as media outlets.

Is Celebrity Involvement With Social Enterprise a Good Thing?

The Guardian (UK) | Apr 24, 2014

Earlier this year model and actress Lily Cole founded a social business to encourage gift culture through a social network. Writing for the Guardian recently, Cole said: "My vision for Impossible – for what is possible – is rooted in the ever-present existence of possibility by which we are all individually, collectively, empowered."

Why 'Islamic Extremist Threat' Forces UK Charity Regulator to Get Tough

Al Arabiya | Apr 24, 2014

After warning that Islamic extremism is the “most deadly” threat to charities in Britain, the UK’s Charity Commission on Wednesday detailed its proposed crackdown on groups of concern to it. In statements earlier this week, the Charity Commission’s chairman William Shawcross told the Sunday Times the regulator is taking action against charities sending money to various groups in Syria.

India, Pakistan or Independence? What India's Elections Mean for Kashmir

Global Post | Apr 24, 2014

Mohammad Amin Pandith, a smallholder and father-of-three from Indian-controlled Kashmir, was lured from his home at night by a man in army uniform, dragged along a potholed lane and shot in the back of the head.

Social Media Protests in Mexico Shape Telecom Bill

Wall Street Journal | Apr 24, 2014

A Senate panel in Mexico proposed late Tuesday modifications to key aspects of a telecom bill presented by President Enrique Peña Nieto, after some opposition leaders and Internet activists argued that the proposal gives disproportionate powers to the government to control TV content and Internet access.

Such a Sweet Little Dictator: Kim Jong-un and North Korea's Child Cult

The Daily Beast | Apr 24, 2014

North Korean state television has released cherubic photographs of dictator Kim Jong-un as a child after the photos were shown during a special Air Force concert held in his honor.

The Internet Has a Message For Tony Blair Now That He's Babbling About the Middle East Again

PolicyMic | Apr 23, 2014

Former UK prime minister and crusader against the "Axis of Evil" Tony Blair delivered a speech Wednesday calling for Western powers to "take sides" in Middle East foreign policy and to move the issue of "religious extremism" to the top of their agenda.

Royal Tour of Australia is All About Creation of Soft Propaganda

The Guardian (UK) | Apr 23, 2014

This is succession planning. It's about laying down memories in Australia against the time the Queen dies. The first tour is the one that matters – the tour with the young couple and the baby, the gloss not worn off their marriage and possible princely misdemeanours of the child far in the future.

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