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Russian Court’s Anti-Gay Ruling Could Threaten Elton John’s Concert Plans

Posted December 7th, 2013 at 8:53 am (UTC+0)
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Sir Elton John is reconsidering an upcoming performance in Russia, says Britain’s Independent, because of a controversial new law that bans “gay propaganda.”  A  ruling by Russia’s highest court that was revealed this week may help him make up his mind:  The Constitutional Court has ruled that the “propaganda” is not a breach of the […]

UPDATE: US Ambassador to UAE Says Shezanne Cassim “Highest Priority”

Posted December 4th, 2013 at 11:37 pm (UTC+0)
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The Minnesota Star Tribune website reports that U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Michael Corbin told U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar the case of Shezanne Cassim, a former Minnesota resident imprisoned in Abu Dhabi, is his “highest priority.” In a phone call late Monday night, Senator Klobuchar also said she plans to discuss Cassim’s […]

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Egypt: Silencing Voices, Religious and Secular

Posted December 4th, 2013 at 7:16 pm (UTC+0)
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  Egypt’s new military-backed government has heightened its crackdown on dissent over the past week with a string of arrests. Most recently, Tuesday morning, December 3, secular activist Ahmed Douma tweeted that he had been arrested at his Cairo home and taken to a police station.  He said he did not know the reason for […]

UPDATE: Bahrain Activist Nabeel Rajab to Remain in Prison

Posted December 3rd, 2013 at 5:53 pm (UTC+0)
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Associated Press reports that a Bahrain court this week rejected request for the early release of jailed human rights activist human Nabeel Rajab, subject of my 28 November posting.  His lawyer Jalila al-Sayed says a judge rejected her request Sunday to approve a conditional early release.  Bahrain’s state news agency says Rajab was arrested on […]

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US Citizen Held in UAE Prison for Spoof YouTube Video

Posted December 2nd, 2013 at 7:03 pm (UTC+0)
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    An American citizen is the first foreign national imprisoned in the UAE in violation of a new cybercrimes law. It began in October 2013, when twenty-nine year old Shezanne Cassim uploaded a satirical video he and a group of friends had made.  Six months later, he and his four friends received phone calls […]

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VOA reporter Cecily Hilleary monitors the state of free expression and free speech around the world.

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