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Rights Group: Iraqi Draft Law Violates Free Speech

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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A leading human rights group says an Iraqi draft law would restrict free speech in violation of international law and pose a threat to journalists, whistleblowers and peaceful activists. In a new report, Human Rights Watch said the cybercrimes law includes vague provisions that allow Iraqi authorities to punish speech they believe is a threat […]

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Kenyan Musicians Charged With Hate Speech

Posted July 4th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Three Kenyan musicians have been charged with hate speech under laws adopted following the country’s post-election violence in 2008. Kamande wa Kioi, Muigai Wa Njoroge and John DeMathew appeared in a Nairobi court Wednesday to answer charges that their songs were intended to cause hatred and hostility between Kenya’s Kikuyu and Luo ethnic groups. The […]

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Obama Speaks to Graduating Class from Storm-Wrecked Town

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama urged a group of high school graduates to retain “the power of community” that is helping their small town recover from a deadly storm that struck exactly one year ago. Mr. Obama traveled to Joplin, Missouri Monday, the day before the one year anniversary of the tornado that devastated the town […]

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Obama Urges Barnard Graduates Toward a Life of Activism

Posted May 14th, 2012 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama urged graduates at a women’s college Monday to persevere for achievement in their lives no matter the obstacles they may encounter. Mr. Obama spoke at Barnard College in New York. The school is part of Columbia University, where he graduated in 1983. It was the year Columbia first admitted women. A […]

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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Blasts Western Leaders at UN Address

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 4:37 am (UTC-5)
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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe hurled repeated criticisms at Western leaders during his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. President Mugabe accused NATO of attacking Libya in order to “control and own its abundant fuel resources,” and blasted air raids in support of Libya’s opposition as “blatant, illegal, brutal, callous, and murderous bombings” […]

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Obama Plans Jobs Speech to Congress Next Week

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 10:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he will announce plans to promote jobs and economic growth in a speech to Congress on September 8. In a sign of continued fraught relations between the two political parties, the date for the speech was only settled Wednesday after a public disagreement with Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican […]

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Obama Plans Jobs Speech to Congress Next Week

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he will announce plans to promote jobs and economic growth in a speech to Congress next week, although there is a now a dispute involving the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives over the timing of the event. Mr. Obama on Wednesday said the country must deal with “unprecedented […]

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Obama Plans Jobs Speech to Congress Next Week

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he will announce plans to promote jobs and economic growth in a speech to Congress next week. Mr. Obama on Wednesday said the country must deal with “unprecedented economic challenges,” and he has asked congressional leaders to call a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives for the […]

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Obama Plans Jobs Speech to Congress Next Week

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he will announce plans to promote jobs and economic growth in a speech to Congress next week. Mr. Obama on Wednesday asked congressional leaders to call a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives for the speech on September 7. He said the country must deal with “unprecedented […]

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Suspended US Teacher Who Vilified Students Gets Her Job Back

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A schoolteacher in the United States who was suspended earlier this year after vilifying her students as “lazy whiners” has been given back her job because of the U.S. constitutional right of free speech. School officials in the small community of Doylestown in Pennsylvania criticized English teacher Natalie Munroe for refusing to apologize for comments […]

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