Academic freedom under assault in Turkey’s courts – Index on Censorship

Over 1,100 academics are facing trial in the wake of the failed July 2016 coup in Turkey.

Source: Academic freedom under assault in Turkey’s courts – Index on Censorship

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International NGOs and IFEX members join urgent calls for Tunisian government to withdraw draft broadcasting bill – Index on Censorship

The undersigned regional and international NGOs join Tunisian organisations in their demands that the government immediately withdraw a draft law on the broadcasting regulator which fails to meet international standards on freedom of expression and independent broadcasting in democratic countries. As part of the important process of harmonising Tunisian legislation with the 2014 Constitution, a […]

Source: International NGOs and IFEX members join urgent calls for Tunisian government to withdraw draft broadcasting bill – Index on Censorship

A Turkish War of America’s Making by Barak Barfi

The Trump administration’s muddled messaging to Turkey on US efforts to uproot ISIS in Syria has inflamed tensions between two NATO allies. But while Trump’s actions have complicated a vital regional relationship, they are only the latest evidence of the incoherence that characterizes America’s Syria policy.

Source: A Turkish War of America’s Making by Barak Barfi

Huge Military Budgets Make Us Broke, Not Safe

We’re all tense. Hearing about our fellow citizens in Hawaii scrambling around, looking for a place to hide from a nuclear bomb, will do that to you. So will contests between two unstable world leaders over the size of their nuclear buttons.Now, some politicians say they’ll protect us by adding massive amounts to the Pentagon budget. This seems like a no-brainer: feel threatened, give more money to the military. But it isn’t.

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Trump ‘gave secret information’ to Russians at the White House — and it’s worse than we thought: Israeli reporter

An Israeli investigative reporter says President Donald Trump revealed highly classified intelligence to Russian officials in the Oval Office — and it’s much worse than what’s been previously reported. The president met with Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and then-U.S. ambassador Sergei Kislyak at the White House the day after he fired FBI director James Comey, and he reportedly revealed classified information about an Israeli spy operation. The president boasted to the Kremlin officials that…

Source: Trump ‘gave secret information’ to Russians at the White House — and it’s worse than we thought: Israeli reporter