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  • In full: Rowan Atkinson on free speech {2012 but still a pushback on repression of speech]

    09/16/2021 2:16:44 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 9 replies
    Defend Free Speech ^ | Aug 15, 2018 | Rowan Atkinson
    Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean, Blackadder) speaks in favor of the UK movement in favor of free(er) speech / less repression by authorities in the UK. An actor / writer of renown sarcasm and biting wit, this 9 year old speech is still quite effective and pertinent! It is a JOY to listen to but a burden when considering how much it has fallen upon deaf ears, there and here! Background: In 2003, the UK Parliament passed a 'communications law' that criminalized, in Section Five, ‘insulting words or behaviour. (Brit spelling). This "Reform Section Five" movement, kicked off in 2012, got...
  • China Offers Australia Aid [semi-satire]

    08/07/2021 10:40:30 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 August 2021 | John Semmens
    Australia has decided to lockdown the inhabitants of Sydney to try to protect them from the delta variant of COVID. The lockdown rules include a mask mandate, even for outdoor places. Only one person per household is permitted to leave their home per day to get groceries or medicine. People are allowed to go to school or work only if they cannot work and study from home. People may go outdoors to exercise but are not allowed to travel more than six miles. Enforcing the lockdown is proving stressful. Too many people object that the 24-hour surveillance, threats, and harassment...
  • FBI tears innocent New Yorker’s life into shreds after Jan. 6

    06/24/2021 5:17:07 AM PDT · by karpov · 86 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 23, 2021 | Miranda Devine
    Joseph Bolanos was a pillar of his community. President of his Upper West Side block association for the past 23 years, he looked out for his neighbors during the pandemic. He dropped off masks and kept extra heaters in his rent-controlled apartment for seniors. He raised morale with a weekly street dance to show his support for essential workers. A Red Cross volunteer after the 9/11 attacks, the 69-year-old security consultant once received a police commendation for heroism after saving a woman from being mugged. Unmarried, and caring for his 94-year-old mother, he was a well-loved character in the quiet...
  • Neanderthals in Texas & Mississippi [semi-satire]

    03/05/2021 10:55:44 PM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 March 2021 | John Semmens
    This week the governors of Texas and Mississippi relaxed restrictions that have been harming commerce in their states. Statewide mask mandates were cancelled and capacity restraints on businesses were removed. President Biden called these governors "Neanderthals for daring to break the nation's unified front against this disease." Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) echoed Biden's anger. "Right now we are at a critical nexus in the pandemic," she warned. "Granted, this is the 83rd critical nexus we have faced since the pandemic started. Each time we urged that we all hold the line...
  • Pandemic Paves Way to Totalitarianism [semi-satire]

    03/04/2021 10:29:54 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Feb 2021 | John Semmens
    Naomi Wolf, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton during his 1996 reelection campaign sees the government response to the COVID pandemic turning America into a totalitarian society. "All across America governors declared emergencies and then proceeded to exert dictatorial control," she asserted. "They told people to stay home. They ordered businesses to close. They encouraged neighbors to spy on each other. These are the kind of rotten policies that dictators have used throughout history to destroy free societies." "We have even reached the stage where a corrupt alliance of big tech and government is censoring views that question the...
  • People of All Classes Try to Flee China’s Repressive Society, Seek Refuge in European Countries

    10/03/2020 9:55:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 10/03/2020 | Nicole Hao
    A leaked document revealed that some Chinese politicians, billionaires, and criminals obtained Cypriot passports by investing over $2 million in the country.In fact, Chinese people from different social classes are trying to flee China. Besides immigration through family or work visas, wealthy Chinese have invested their money abroad, while ordinary Chinese or those with less financial resources take the illegal route.The U.S. Migration Policy Institute reported on Jan.15 that 2.5 million mainland Chinese immigrated to the United States legally in 2018.Meanwhile, more and more mainland Chinese immigrated to Canada, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Singapore, European countries, and many developing...
  • Cuban Americans Tell What Life Under Castro Was Really Like

    02/25/2020 9:13:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 24, 2020 | Fred Lucas
    When Sebastian Arcos and family members tried to travel from Cuba to the United States, authorities stopped them in what turned out to be a sting operation to arrest one of his uncles, who had advocated and fought for Fidel Castro’s revolution more than 20 years earlier. That was Dec. 31, 1981, and for trying to leave the island nation, Arcos was jailed for a year. His uncle spent seven years in jail. His father, also a political supporter of the communist revolution and like many other citizens soured on the broken promises of democracy, was imprisoned for six years....
  • Hungarian Government: Christians, Christian Culture Attacked Across Europe, World

    12/24/2019 5:55:17 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12-24-2019 | Jack Montgomery
    The Hungarian government has warned that Christians and Christianity are increasingly being driven out of public life in Europe, as well as being persecuted around the world more viciously than any other religious minority. “Some years ago, at the Brussels City Hall, it was decided not to set a Christmas tree, and in Santa Monica, California, a ban on nativity screening was made on the grounds of world neutrality,” said Tristan Azbej, the Hungarian state secretary with particular responsibility for the Hungary Helps programme which extends aid to Christian minorities globally, in comments reported by the Hungarian press. “Meanwhile, in...
  • Communism is making a comeback; so should Captive Nations week

    07/16/2019 4:01:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | July 14, 2019 | Marion Smith
    Welcome to Captive Nations Week. Never heard of it? You’re not alone. Yet this usually-forgotten, federally mandated occasion — now in its 60th year — is worth resurrecting in the 21st century. Congress created Captive Nations Week in 1959, making the third week in July a time to show Americans’ solidarity with the nations dominated by communism. The original law listed 22 captive nations, most of which had substantial communities of citizens in major American cities. After the law’s passage, these communities began to hold parades and rallies every year, from Miami to New York to Los Angeles to Chicago...
  • North Koreans threatened with FIRING SQUAD for tuning into western television

    01/29/2019 2:46:31 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 35 replies
    UK Express (London) ^ | 28 January 2019 | Tom Nellist
    KIM Jong-un has threatened to kill his own citizens if they switch on South Korean tv shows. A source told Radio Free Asia’s Korean service that authorities have launched a crackdown on the illegal activity including a death sentence threat for those found breaking the law. The insider said: “In a recent lecture, they told us they are aware that a growing number of people are able to manipulate the frequencies to watch South Korean TV programmes. “They said that regardless of any individual’s status, those caught in violation could be executed by firing squad. They want to instill fear.”...
  • awful. fox news host chris wallace tells president trump: you’re seen as a “beacon for repression”

    11/19/2018 1:43:37 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 106 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | November 19, 2018 | Jim Hoft
    It seems with each week FOX News loses a little more respect from its conservative and pro-Trump base.Last week FOX News jumped on a court case to support Jim Acosta’s right to be a jackass and hijack White House pressers. On Sunday FOX News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace told the US President in his one-on-one interview that he is seen as a “beacon of repression” around the world. The media is over 90% negative on Trump despite his record economy and stellar foreign policy and Wallace attacks the president for questioning the fake news media? How awful. Chris Wallace tells...
  • Evangelicals in Cuba: Controlled, Repressed, but Still Multiplying

    08/18/2018 5:07:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/18/2018 | Michael Mutzner
    Like every other UN Member State, Cuba was reviewed earlier during this year in the framework of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) conducted by the UN's Human Rights Council in Geneva. At this occasion, our Geneva Liaison Office worked on a report explaining the situation of the Evangelical churches in Cuba. Following years of steady growth, Evangelicals currently amount to about 10% of the Cuban population. While a small minority of churches are protected, most still face some forms of restriction and yet hope for the government to guarantee more freedom. In this current context, it has not been possible...
  • This May Be Venezuela’s Tiananmen Square Moment

    04/24/2017 8:27:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | April 21, 2017 | Ana Quintana
    Venezuela is no stranger to protests, but the recent uprisings have rocked the country and stirred questions about the nation’s future.This past week, the “mother of all protests” has seen upward of 2 million Venezuelans take to the streets demanding an end to the notoriously corrupt Maduro regime.Beginning on what would be the 207th anniversary of the country’s independence from Spain, frustrated Venezuelans have taken to the streets demanding change. So far, three Venezuelans have been killed in the marches, hundreds have been injured, and 500 have been arrested.In the span of just over 20 years, President Nicolás Maduro, his...
  • Facebook Repression of free Speech

    10/23/2016 9:46:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/23/16 | Diane Bederman
    I understand Pamela Geller is trying to sue Facebook. Count me in Employees at Facebook want to remove Trump posts under the rubric of hate speech, yet Jew hatred is permitted. These are the people who decide for all of us on Facebook what is and is not acceptable speech. I fear for the next generation. Raised on social media these people have given power to one man, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame, who has power over all speech all over the world. We are guilty of allowing this. We are guilty because we did not make room for competition....
  • Xi’s China: Smothering dissent

    07/28/2016 8:33:31 AM PDT · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 4 replies
    Financial Times: The Big Read ^ | 27 July 2016 | Tom Mitchell
    Subtitle: Critics fear the erosion of civic freedoms is denying space for grievances to be aired In one of his last interviews before he was detained by Chinese police, Meng Han appeared relaxed as he talked about his work as a labour activist. “Our most important work is to help factory workers organise themselves so they can defend their rights,” he told the Financial Times last year. “The government rarely helps the workers. But as long as the workers don’t go to extremes, it will stay neutral.” At the beginning of 2015, Mr Meng could feel reasonably confident that he...
  • ACLU: Orwellian Citizen Score, China's credit score system, is a warning for Americans

    10/08/2015 9:29:08 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 5 replies
    Computer World ^ | 10/18/15 | Computer World
    In China, every citizen is being assigned a credit score that drops if a person buys and plays video games, or posts political comments online “without prior permission," or even if social media "friends" do so. The ACLU said the credit rating system, an Orwellian nightmare, should serve as a warning to Americans.
  • Judge Rules Government Has Right to Know Who Its Opponents Are [semi-news]

    08/03/2015 9:53:46 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Aug 2015 | John Semmens
    U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein ordered Citizens United to turn over the names, addresses, and amounts of money contributed to the organization by its donors to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “It is clear that the activities of Citizen’s United, if successful, would result in a serious obstacle to the government’s interests,” Judge Stein wrote. “The government’s ability to fend off this threat is hampered by the anonymity of this organization’s supporters. If people want to oppose the government they should come out of the shadows.” Stein dismissed fears that the government might take reprisals against its opponents as...
  • Who Is Patricia Jannuzzi? (Catholic School teacher fired for "homophobic" Facebook comment)

    03/21/2015 9:25:16 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | March 19, 2015 Read more at: | Maggie Gallagher
    I can’t get this question out of my head: Who is Patricia Jannuzzi? These last few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of religious organizations publicly wrestling with gay rights. The Mormon Church authorized new protections for gay people, while attempting to protect religious believers, too. A rapidly dwindling denomination of Presbyterians decided to embrace gay marriage. San Francisco’s City Church, the largest evangelical megachurch, embraced gay marriage for its congregants. Cardinal Dolan was the grand marshal of the first St. Patrick’s Day parade that permitted people to march with LGBT banners. Some of these churches are discarding ancient Christian moral...
  • Vietnam detains blogger for 'bad' content

    11/30/2014 1:06:47 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    yahoo ^ | 8 hours ago
    Hong Le Tho, 65, was detained for "posting online articles with bad content and false information that discredit and create distrust among people about state agencies, social agencies and citizens," the Ministry of Public Security said on Saturday on its website.
  • Delighting in U.S. Leadership Void, Castro Regime Rounds-Up Record # of Political Prisoners in 2014

    10/22/2014 7:53:01 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 October 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    What happened to Raul Castro's 'reforms'? Watchdog/advocacy group 'The Cuban Commission for Human Rights" (CCHR) has now documented over 8000 political arrests -that we know of-by the vile Castro regime this year, already beating last year's (2013) tally of 6424 hapless souls thrown in filthy Cuban prisons to slave, starve, and die. 10,000 new prisoners is well within the realm of possibility now, trouncing previous records of 2074 political arrests in 2010, 4123 arrests in 2011, and 6602 in 2012. So there's no denying that the year 2014 -under the leadership of 'reformer' Raul Castro- has brought the harshest Stalinist repression in the history of an already-very-repressive-country....