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Empty Words: The Supreme Court’s unequal view of speech

 

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Today, another Supreme Court ruling with far-reaching implications for the rights of women in this country in the much-touted Hobby Lobby case will be decided. Last week’s ruling in McCullen v. Coakley striking down the 35 foot buffer zones in front of Massachusetts abortion clinics on First Amendment grounds, however, should continue to trouble us all: it is, in many ways, the triumph of unequal speech in American public life, investing more power and protection in the already-privileged at the expense of those with weaker voices.

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Today, another Supreme Court ruling with far-reaching implications for ...

Russia’s Pussy Riot on trial today, face 7 years in jail for performing a punk song

The trial of members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot began today. In February, the band performed the song “Mother of God, Cast Putin Out” in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral to protest the Russian Orthodox Church’s support for Putin. Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, were all arrested in March. They have been in jail ever since, and a court recently ruled they can be held until January 12, 2012. They are facing a possible seven year sentence. For performing a protest song.

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Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Church, said the church is “under attack by persecutors.” Look, I get concerns about religious persecution in Russia. My family came to the ...

The trial of members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot began today. In February, the band performed the song “Mother of God, Cast Putin Out” in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral to protest the Russian Orthodox ...

What is SOPA? Or, what’s up with the internet today?

SOPA is the Stop Internet Piracy Act, also known as HR 3261. It was introduced late last year and it aims to fight online trafficking of copyrighted material. So, you know that episode of Downton Abbey that you watched on Sidereel last week? If you’re in America, SOPA would make it illegal for Google to help you find that, and for your internet service provider to let you access it, and would fine the site for streaming it. But, anti-SOPA advocates fear that it amounts to censorship, that it will make it harder to access information that is now readily available online and that it will threaten whistle-blowing and other acts of free speech and transparency. Opponents of SOPA claim ...

SOPA is the Stop Internet Piracy Act, also known as HR 3261. It was introduced late last year and it aims to fight online trafficking of copyrighted material. So, you know that episode of Downton Abbey that ...

Jailed Iranian actress freed, spared lashings

Marzieh Vafamehr, the Iranian actress who last year was jailed and sentenced to ninety lashes, has been freed.
Vafamehr was arrested for her involvement in the film My Tehran For Sale, a film about an Iranian actress who is persecuted by the government for her work. In July, life imitated art when Vafamehr was jailed and later sentenced to corporal punishment. Earlier this month, her sentence was shortened to three months and no lashes, and this week she was released.

My Tehran For Sale was made with financial assistance from an Australian production company, and premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival two years ago. On hearing of Vafamehr’s arrest, the festival’s director Katrina Sedgwick said that it made her all ...

Marzieh Vafamehr, the Iranian actress who last year was jailed and sentenced to ninety lashes, has been freed.
Vafamehr was arrested for her involvement in the film My Tehran For Sale, a film about an Iranian ...