Stealing dollars through censorship

The debate over Chinese internet censorship is only beginning. The role of Western multinationals operating in a country that forces filtering is both a human rights issue and, according to this group, something more economic: A California free speech group whose board of directors includes Google and Yahoo said on Monday it had asked U.S.…

Refusing orders

The story about Iraq that you’ve never read: In what has been described as one of the most remarkable stories of the entire Iraq war, a reporter from the Army Times has given perhaps the first inside account of how an Army unit committed mutiny and refused to carry out orders in Iraq. The incident…

Welcome to your internet future

Nart Villeneuve, Index on Censorship, Volume 36, Issue 4, November: In some countries, there is no technical [internet] filtering in place; it is the legal system itself which acts as the primary mechanism of Internet censorship. Threatening ISPs, or content providers such as search engines, with ”˜takedown’ requests is one of the most undocumented methods…

This is how the IDF acts

Yotam Feldman, Haaretz, December 20: From his home on the Upper Galilee road between Safed and Rosh Pina, as Brigadier General (res.) Zvika Fogel looks out over Lake Kinneret, the Gaza Strip seems a distant memory. But four years after Fogel retired from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Gaza continues to preoccupy him. He became…

A dying breed

Newspapers may not be dead, but the trend is not positive: The number of UK adults reading at least one national daily newspaper on an average day fell from 26.7 million in 1992 to 21.7 million last year, according to research. In 1992, 59% of adults read one or more national daily newspapers, compared with…

Jesus wants to kill Arabs

Good Lord: A video made by a Christian ministry group shows Air Force Academy cadets being pressured to become “government paid missionaries when they leave” the academy, according to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), which released the video this week. MRFF president Mikey Weinstein says the video is unconstitutional and an outrage. “This is…