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[18 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

Gretchen Bogan, WHRW News
According to the New York Times, Myanmar, or Burma, is reversing its previous democratic reforms at an accelerating rate. This is considered to be an especially important election year for the future of the nation. The special rapporteur on Mynamar,Yanghee Lee, is drawing attention to the treatment and arrests of dissidents and critics of the government and the politically dominant military. Currently, Myanmar acknowledges the detainment of 27 political prisoners. However, Ms. Lee has stated that there are actually 78 other activists who have been arrested on …

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[16 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

Benjamin Heo, WHRW News
Several hacktavist groups have released over a list containing the handles of 9,200 Twitter accounts linked to ISIS in a movement to push Twitter to ban the accounts. Accounts on this list aren’t exactly hiding their allegiance to ISIS, however many of the accounts on the lists are already deactivated. ISIS’s prolific social media campaign has been a key part of it’s dissemination of propaganda and recruitment of foreign fighters. There’s been an international air campaign against ISIS, however governments internationally have found cyberspace the most difficult …

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[13 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

Jeff Goldberg, WHRW News
It has been reported the computers located at 1 Police Plaza, more commonly known as the NYPD headquarters, have been used to edit Wikipedia articles related to police brutality. These include the Sean Bell shooting in 2006, where he was killed and two others wounded by 50 shots fired into his car, and the recent Eric Garner death. The articles were edited to seemingly make them more “police friendly.” This was done by editing statements in the article like, referring to the Garner incident, “Use of the …

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[13 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

Gretchen Bogan, WHRW News
According to the BBC, The International Energy Agency has announced that the CO2 emissions of last year stalled for the first time in forty years, outside of the context of economic crises. The rate of carbon emissions was 32 gigatonnes in 2014, unchanged from 2013. The IEA warns that while this is good and significant news, it does not mean that we can risk becoming complacent or having this be used as an excuse to stop new legislation. Instead, they hope that this news will inspire the …

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[13 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

Brandon Roth, WHRW News
According to BBC News, Iraqi government forces are advancing into Tikrit on several fronts, forcing Islamic State (IS) militants to fall back to the city centre, officials say. This push towards Tikrit — Saddam Hussein’s hometown — is the largest offensive against IS mounted by the government, since the rise of the Jihadist group last June. Around 3,000 Iraqi soldiers and police have made a final push towards the city backed by 20,000 Popular Mobilisation Shia militiamen. The Iraqi Defense minister Khaled al-Obedi told BBC that recapturing …