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  • Biden Administration Urges Ukraine to Stay Quiet on Russian Pipeline

    July 21, 2021

    As U.S. officials have signaled that they will no longer stop the Nord Stream 2, a controversial Russia-to-Germany pipeline, the Biden administration is asking Ukraine to stay quiet about its staunch opposition during negotiations with Berlin.

  • CNET: What to know about Pegasus Spyware

    July 21, 2021

    CNET explains how security researchers found evidence of installation of Pegasus Spyware, a software made by the Israeli cybersecurity company NSO group, on 37 phones of activists, journalists and businesspeople, showing how vulnerable personal information is to digital prying.

  • G20 Finance Ministers Sign Off on Global Tax Deal

    July 14, 2021

    Finance ministers from the G20 have signed off on a plan for global tax reform that seeks to introduce an international tax on multinational companies and set a global minimum tax rate at 15 percent, but will not reach final approval, after some adjustments, until the G20 meeting in Rome in October.

  • Academic Freedom Decreasing in Hong Kong

    July 13, 2021

    Since the implementation of the national security law in July 2020, Hong Kong has seen a rapid dwindling of academic freedom including attacking teachers at all levels of education on the grounds that the teacher's behavior in some way endangers national security, as public comments that are critical of the Hong Kong and Chinese governments are illegal.

  • Russian Opposition Politician Leaves Moscow District Role over ‘Pressure'

    July 13, 2021

    Ilya Yashin, a prominent Russian opposition politician and close ally of Alexei Navalny, has resigned, claiming his team has been increasingly pressured by Moscow, including endless inspections and detainment.

  • SCOTUS To Decide if Vouchers Can Be Used At Schools that Teach Religion

    July 07, 2021

    In a move that could expand educational opportunity for all families, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear hear a case that could eliminate a major legal barrier to educational choice programs across the country following last years decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue that declared it was unconstitutional for educational choice programs to block parents from sending their children to attend religious schools simply because of their “religious status.”

  • Critical Race Theory Opponents to be Targeted by NEA Teachers' Union

    July 07, 2021

    The National Education Association (NEA) has released a message on its official website that declares the group will research the organizations in opposition to educators teaching critical race theory, as well as give a list of resources and recommendations for state affiliates, locals, and individual educators to use when faced with opposition.

  • Radio Free Europe Journalist Targeted in Putins Press Crackdown

    June 29, 2021

    Diane Francis writing for The Atlantic highlights how Russia is ignoring international concerns over freedom of the press and continues to crackdown on journalists, including the most recent case of Vladislav Yesypenko, a RFE/RL contributor who was arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea on charges of espionage.

  • Supreme Court Announces New Test for Discipline of Off-Campus, Online Speech

    June 29, 2021

    The U.S. Supreme Court issued its first opinion with an 8-1 majority in favor of a public school’s ability to discipline a student for off-campus, online speech, with specific requirements.

  • Brookings: Vaccine Passports Reveal the Need for U.S. Privacy Legislation

    June 29, 2021

    As the debate continues over vaccine passports, the U.S. Congress is seeking federal privacy legislation that would create a national standard on how personal data is collected and processed to avoid the abuse of fundamental rights.

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