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Robert Meeropol: Imprisoned for Blogging

Robert Meeropol Rosenberg Fund for Children
Daniel McGowan is now serving the last six months of his seven-year sentence for an environmentally motivated arson at a halfway house in Brooklyn. The Bureau of Prisons has retaliated against McGowan for writing constitutionally protected political blogs by placing him in a special prison unit and then after he was released, re-imprisoned him when he exercised his free speech rights by writing an article complaining about it. Kafka is twirling in his grave.

The Harsh and Unjust Punishment of Marc Lamont Hill

David Palumbo-Liu The Nation
The attacks are a threat to academic freedom and the criticism of Israeli human-rights abuses. CNN should immediately reinstate its former commentator; it should not cave in to the idea that criticizing Israel is anti-Semitic or hate speech.

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The Death of Free Speech

Clint Margrave Chiron Review
At a time when our Bill of Rights is endangered, Los Angeles poet Clint Margrave offers some wisdom on the matter of free speech.

It’s The (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech

Zeynep Tufekci Wired
Ist Amendment of the US Constitution engraved on a stone tablet Many noble old ideas about free speech don’t compute in the age of social media. The notion that a “marketplace of ideas” will elevate the truth is flatly belied by the virality of fake news and the fact that the marketplace is no longer public.

Israel Publishes BDS Blacklist: These Are the 20 Groups Whose Members Will Be Denied Entry - and their responses (long)

Noa Landau; Philip Weiss; Joyce Ajlouny; Rebecca Vilkomerson; Ariel Gold Portside
Leaders and members from twenty organizations will be barred entry into Israel. This also further isolates Palestine, since entry to Palestine is via Israel. One group, AFSC said: Our response to the Palestinian BDS call is in line with our similar support for divestment from apartheid South Africa and boycotts during the civil rights era." Here are statements from the banned groups: Joyce Ajlouny, Rebecca Vilkomerson and Ariel Gold.

7 Words You Can't Say at Trump's CDC

Jon Queally Common Dreams
'Making America Stupid Again': Outrage Over Forbidden 7 Words You Can't Say at Trump's CDC The existence of a list of reportedly banned words—including "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based"—was described by Sen. Kamala Harris as "downright ridiculous."
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