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Policing the digital frontiers: Is India weaponizing technology to silence civil society?

Gmail on Laptop in Dark. Image via Flickr by Image Catalog. Public Domain.On June 15, 2020, Amnesty International and Citizen Lab, an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, uncovered a coordinated spyware campaign that targeted nine Indian human rights defenders between January to October 2019.In the world’s largest democracy, these types of incidents are a concern especially when viewed alongside the government’s broader crackdown on dissent. Under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government, India has gained global notoriety ...

Historic union-backed strike yields new contract win for teachers and students in Chicago

Less than two weeks after the first-of-its strike by organized charter school teachers, members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted nearly unanimously over the weekend to approve a new contract won by their walkout and celebrated the new terms as a result of collective action and community power.

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Two Democratic Lawmakers Escorted Out by Police After Joining Hundreds Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

Three Democratic lawmakers joined a group of protesters Thursday afternoon in Hart Senate Office Building, risking arrest as the demonstrators chanted in opposition to President Donald Trump's administration policies. 

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'The President Calls for More Violence than Anyone Else': Maxine Waters Fires Back After Trump's False Attacks

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) faced a swell of outrage Monday after she supported recent protests of members of President Donald Trump's administration, but as she made clear on MSNBC Monday night, she is not backing down.

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CNN Guest Explains Why People Calling for 'Civility' Need to 'Check Their Privilege'

As CNN continued Monday to discuss the debates around "civility" sparked by a local restaurant's refusal serve White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, former Bernie Sanders spokeswoman Symone Sanders explained why the whole discussion is misguided.

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The View's Meghan McCain Melts Down After Sunny Hostin Fact-Checks Her NFL Claim: 'I'm Still Talking!'

“The View” co-host Meghan McCain melted down on Thursday during a conversation about National Football League protests during the national anthem, declaring she was “still talking” when co-host Sunny Hostin offered statistics counter to McCain’s argument.

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Finance Giant BlackRock Faces Activist Heat for Investing in the War Machine

On a dreary Wednesday morning, anti-war protesters gathered in Manhattan to turn up the heat on the world’s most powerful private equity giant, BlackRock. Attendees carried a plethora of signs and chanted a variety of demands, but their main focus was on holding the massive investment company accountable for its controversial activities—mainly investing in the manufacturing of deadly weapons—within the United States as well as around the world. For the progressive anti-war and women-led Code Pink, BlackRock had to cease making a “killing on killing.”

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The Right Wing's New Moral Panic is Largely Imaginary

The campus free speech debate is heating up. Last month I made the case (first in a Twitter thread and then again at the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage) that there is no campus free speech crisis. Around the same time, similar arguments were made by Matt Yglesias (at Vox), Aaron Hanlon (at NBC), and Mari Uyehara (at GQ). The gist of our collective argument was that young people and university students are generally supportive of free speech, that university enrollment is associated with an increase in tolerance for offensive speech, and that a small number of anecdotes have been permitted to set the terms of public debate.

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5 Heroic Activists Who Demonstrated That the Spiritual Is Political

In the United States, we tend to frame spirituality as a solitary pursuit, but the history of social justice and environmental movements—both at home and elsewhere—calls us to think differently. Some of the most formidable and effective activists have also been dedicated spiritual practitioners. They lived a kind of heroic wholeness in which their personal and political missions harmonized in an activist spirituality. While none were perfect personally or politically, and though we might disagree with them in philosophy or tactics, they all showed what can happen when a transcendent goodness inspires political actions that enact our highest consciousness and virtues.

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Protests Break Out in India as the Hindu Right Lessens Protections Against Caste Violence

Not everyone did, but you could sense it coming, the lava building to a burst. The intensity of it when it did—on April 2—took most Indians by surprise. The immediate trigger for the outpouring was the March 20 verdict of the Supreme Court of India calling a halt on automatic arrests and registration of criminal cases under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, enacted to safeguard Dalits (Scheduled Castes) and tribals from the insults and injuries they are frequently subjected to by members of the “upper castes.”

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In India, Muslim Patriarchy Has Convinced Women to March Against Their Own Freedoms

The orthodox and the conservatives among Muslim clerics in India like it best when women are neither seen nor heard in public. Ironically, these very self-appointed custodians of Indian Islam have in the past few weeks issued marching orders to Muslim women, directing them to pour out of their homes and take to the streets. This the women have done, in city after city across the country of India: Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Malegaon, Nagpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Kanpur, Hyderabad and a score of other cities and small towns. Many more road shows are planned for the days ahead.

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