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Russia’s Insane Crackdown on Bloggers

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Most American bloggers would be thrilled if their government announced that they were officially journalists. Press passes! Insider access! In Russia, however, the journalist label comes with a bit of baggage—namely, state oversight and strict censorship of any potentially contentious reportage.

It’s bad news for Russian bloggers, then, that starting today, anyone who attracts more than 3,000 daily readers to his blog is considered a de facto journalist and must register. (In a largely symbolic gesture, LiveJournal has already stopped reporting blog subscribers beyond the 2,500 mark.) Registration entails turning over your personal details to the government—including, of course, your name, meaning anonymous blogging is now illegal for many. (By the way, the law applies to any blog written in Russian for Russians; a post you write from a Brooklyn cafe could face censorship from Moscow.)

Woman Behind Powerful Mike Brown Protest Photo Defies ‘Respectability Politics’

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

France Francois was concerned her sign might be misperceived, but she held it up anyway because she had a right to her anger.

Democracy Activists Vow to “Occupy” Hong Kong

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Protesters have vowed to paralyze Hong Kong’s financial district after China denied the former British colony the right to elect its next leader in 2017. Protesters started gathering outside Hong Kong’s government headquarters on Sunday night and have said they won’t be leaving anytime soon. “This is the end of any dialogue. In the next few weeks, Occupy Central will start wave after wave of action,” a co-founder of the Occupy Central group said, according to the BBC. “We will organize a full-scale act of occupying Central.”

China on Sunday made it clear Beijing would remain firmly in control of Hong Kong’s political future when the legislature ruled there would be no open nominations for the next election, saying it would create a “chaotic society.” The guidelines now state that there can only be three candidates for the position of Hong Kong’s leader and each must be approved by more than half of a 1,200-member nominating committee that will likely be filled with Beijing loyalists,

Talking Empire: Scholars discuss Imperialism

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Hosted by Professor Richard Toye, Centre academics are developing a series of podcasts on controversies in global and imperial history, which are available to listen to for free on this page. More to come soon, so keep checking back.

Teddy Roosevelt Would Never Get Elected in 2014

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Ken Burns on why he fell in love with TR and FDR, and what the presidential cousins would make of our own political moment.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Scottish Independence

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

What Europe Would Look Like If All the Separatist Movements Got Their Way

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

What Europe Would Look Like If All the Separatist Movements Got Their Way

Epic Rap Battle: George Washington vs William Wallace

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Sex Lives of the American Founding Fathers

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

In Sex and the Founding Fathers: The American Quest for a Relatable Past, Dr. Foster examines the long history of stories Americans have told about the sex lives of the Founding Fathers and find no shortage of material to examine — and compelling evidence that none of them were virgins.

Italy’s Mogherini and Poland’s Tusk get top EU jobs

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

EU power structure

 

EU leaders have appointed Italy’s Federica Mogherini as EU foreign policy chief and Poland’s Donald Tusk as European Council president.

Ms Mogherini, a centre-left politician, is Italy’s foreign minister. She will replace the UK’s Catherine Ashton.

Mr Tusk, Poland’s centre-right prime minister, has been Polish leader since 2007. He will chair EU summits.

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