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Cell signal: What high court ruling may mean for future of digital privacy
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:15:00 -0400

Cell signal: What high court ruling may mean for future of digital privacyIn a 5-to-4 decision today, the US Supreme Court updated privacy protections in the digital age, ruling that historic location data collected by from individual cellphones is protected by the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. Given the routine advancement in communications technologies, especially in recent years with the proliferation of smartphones, the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches by the government has been one of the most routinely reinterpreted constitutional amendments. The decision this morning – in which Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s four left-leaning justices – continues that trend, and reinforces suspicions the high court has voiced in the past about how rapid technological advancements could implicate personal privacy.


Turkey election: Does Kurdish leader jailed as 'terrorist' hold the key?
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:07:55 -0400

Turkey election: Does Kurdish leader jailed as 'terrorist' hold the key?State broadcaster TRT set up a makeshift studio so that imprisoned Kurdish presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş could make a 10-minute address to the nation, as allotted by election law. Turks vote Sunday in a landmark election that will determine whether 16 years of rule by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) will continue. Recommended: Think you know Turkey?


A nonviolent movement challenges Pakistan’s military
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:42:51 -0400

A nonviolent movement challenges Pakistan’s militaryIn countries where military figures still hold the reins of power through fear, such as Egypt or Thailand, public criticism of the regime comes mainly from abroad. In recent days, for example, the United Nations has accused Venezuela’s security forces of hundreds of arbitrary killings. In Pakistan, people are so afraid of speaking against the military or its intelligence services that they often use code, such as tapping one’s shoulder to indicate decorative brass or by referring to “the establishment.” While the country has a facade of democracy, the top generals keep a tight hold on politics, the media, and dissent.


US farmers, desperate for help, increasingly turn to Mexico
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:21:19 -0400

US farmers, desperate for help, increasingly turn to MexicoThe Bartleys placed ads in papers out of state and advertised all season with the Michigan state workforce development agency. Since the Michigan Farm Bureau set up a for-profit affiliate four years ago to provide guidance navigating the red tape, the number of Michigan growers using the program has jumped from four to 50.



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