Who gets to use messaging apps in Iran?

Iranian lawmakers have proposed banning all foreign-owned social messaging apps and replacing them with domestic versions run by the regime. Dozens of lawmakers have signed the August 24 proposal to create a committee to license and monitor domestic social networking sites and impose punishments of up to two years in prison for violating the new ...
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Cuba’s ‘outrageous’ bid to join the U.N. Human Rights Council

In spite of its dismal record on human rights, Cuba’s government is seeking a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2021–2023 term. “It’s outrageous that the Human Rights Council would offer to seat Cuba, a brutal dictatorship that  traffics its own doctors  under the guise of humanitarian missions,” Secretary of State Michael R.  Pompeo said  on August ...
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Confucius Institutes advance Chinese propaganda on campuses

The People’s Republic of China must now reveal more about its role in supporting Confucius Institutes’ activities on U.S. college campuses, which include propaganda and censorship. The U.S. Department of State on August 13 designated the Washington-based headquarters of the Confucius Institute network a foreign mission of the PRC. Under the designation , the Confucius Institute U.S. Center ...
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U.S. sanctions leaders of China’s Hong Kong crackdown

The United States has imposed sanctions against Chinese Communist Party officials for their role in the crackdown on Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms. The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued sanctions August 7 that target Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and 10 other senior officials, including several who helped develop or implement the  Hong Kong National Security Law  passed ...
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Iran’s regime continues persecution of human rights defenders (July 20)

Iran’s regime continues persecution of human rights defenders (July 20)   Protesters, journalists and women who refuse to wear a hijab all risk facing trial in Iran. But many of the lawyers trained to fight for those defendants are already in jail. According to a recent report from the Center for Human Rights in Iran, ...
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China’s economic blitzkrieg (July 20)

China’s economic blitzkrieg (July 20)   The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) exploited global business norms to drive its economic rise. Now the CCP is using its economic power to gain leverage over nations and businesses and limit freedoms around the world. In July 16 remarks  in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S. Attorney General William Barr detailed how the CCP is ...
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Authoritarian regimes’ unclear laws make anyone a suspect (July 16)

Authoritarian regimes’ unclear laws make anyone a suspect (July 16)   For laws to be just, they must be clear. Citizens must know what is — and is not — against the law. Precise language helps ensure that laws are enforced fairly. But some countries take advantage of their unclear laws. The Chinese government regularly ...
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Chinese media: Press or propagandists? (July 7)

Chinese media: Press or propagandists? (July 7)   Chinese state-run news organizations would like the world to think that they are independent and trustworthy. They are not. Many of these outlets work to spread  Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda  around the world, and their employees effectively work for the Chinese Communist Party. That was the conclusion of Secretary of State ...
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Report: CCP conducts mass sterilization of minority women (July 6)

Report: CCP conducts mass sterilization of minority women (July 6)   The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is conducting a campaign of mass sterilization of women as part of its repression of Uyghur and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, a new report says. Using Chinese government documents and interviews with survivors, the Jamestown Foundation, a Washington ...
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America’s free press offers diverse views on protests (June 29)

America’s free press offers diverse views on protests (June 29)   The right to a free press is one of America’s most cherished liberties, fostering a wide-ranging discussion among citizens. When demonstrators in U.S. cities protested the May 25 death of George Floyd and other instances of police officers’ use of excessive force, America’s editors ...
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Police leaders march in solidarity with peaceful protesters (June 11)

Police leaders march in solidarity with peaceful protesters (June 11)   Americans often have different opinions on how to tackle pressing social challenges, but U.S. citizens share a respect for the right to free speech, free expression and peaceful protest. Some police leaders have joined peaceful demonstrations in the aftermath of the death of George ...
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Iranian president begs voters to be regime’s ‘savior’ (February 20)

Iranian president begs voters to be regime’s ‘savior’ (February 20) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani acknowledges that Iran’s regime is in dire straits. But rather than taking responsibility, he is asking the Iranian people to vote for more of the same. At a recent rally in Tehran, Rouhani implored the Iranian people to set aside any ...
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