Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Burn Baby Burn: Trump Set To Eviscerate Climate Change Measures

by jonathanturley
With the health care reform defeat, the Trump Administration is moving aggressively toward new goals including tax cuts in Congress.  Today, however, he will keep another pledge and dismantle Obama orders protecting the environment and combating climate change and environmental protection. With the rescinding of the orders, Trump will place the United States in the most anti-climate change posture of any major nation, rivaling even China in the lack of hard commitments to move away from fossil fuels. Indeed, he is expected to open up new leases for coal and relax regulations to allow increased fossil fuel consumption.  As I have previously discussed, this move is not only running against the grain of other major nations but against the market itself. While other countries are moving aggressively toward clean energy and green markets, the United States will be moving aggressively backward.



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Group Calls for Prosecution of Muslim Cleric After He Reads Passage Calling For The Killing Of Jews

by jonathanturley
There is a controversy in Montreal where Jordanian cleric Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr was invited to speak at the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque and quoted a version calling for the killing of Jews.   The imam recited in Arabic the verse: "O Muslim, O servant of Allah, O Muslim, O servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him."  People have called for his prosecution for hate speech, rekindling the debate over Canada's roll back of free speech with hate speech and discrimination laws.


The address only recently surfaced even though it was given  on Dec. 23, 2016. He is reciting a passage from a hadith, which interprets the words and actions by  Muhammad.
B'nai Brith Canada has filed a complaint with Montreal police on the basis that his comments incite violence and radicalization.
We have seen some alarming examples of how Canada has rolled back on free speech, particularly in cases of alleged discrimination (here and here). While there have been rulings in defense of free speech in Canada, the country has plunged deeply into speech controls and criminalization.
I despise the words of this cleric who strikes me as another hate-spewing, ignorant extremist. However, there is much in religious texts of various religions that can be viewed as radicalizing or supporting violence. For example, in the Book of 1 Samuel God orders King Saul to attack the Amalekites: "And utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey." Saul does not carry out the massacre and for that he loses his kingdom.
I have serious free speech concerns if we are going to see the criminalization of repeating such passages, even with support for their content. It risks the type of slippery slope that Canada is already on when it comes to the regulation of speech. I remain an old fashioned free speech advocate. I believe that the solution of bad speech is more speech. This cleric has been identified as a hateful and disgraceful figure. The mosque has been identified as a forum for hate by inviting such a person. The alternative is to have the government regulate religious speech and allow the same prosecutions that we have seen of political speech around the world. That is a dangerous prospects given the high tensions over religious differences in the world.
What do you think? Should the Canadian government start to prosecute religious speech deemed inciteful?


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Faxes may be little used, but they are still the subject of suits alleging violations of federal law

Mar 27, 2017, 7:00 am CDT


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Iowa State University Under Fire For Essay Assignment On 9-11 . . . For The Viewpoint of Al Qaeda

by jonathanturley
There has been an outcry against Iowa State University over a short essay assignment for International Studies students.  It is a firestorm that most faculty hardly expect with regard to a singe essay assignment of a minimum of 500 words.  However, students were told to “Write a paper that gives a historical account of 911 from the perspective of the terrorist network. In other words, how might Al-Qaeda or a non-Western historian describe what happened.”  There have been calls for action by the state legislature.  I hope that the state legislature will consider the impact of such action against the values of academic freedom.  Faculty often try to force students from looking at issues from different perspectives, particularly in the area of international studies.  That does not mean that the school favors Al Qaeda or belittles 9-11.
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President Trump, with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, walking to the Oval Office on March 17.
Senate Committee to Question Jared Kushner Over Meetings With Russians

By JO BECKER, MATTHEW ROSENBERG and MAGGIE HABERMAN

The president's son-in-law faces questions about meetings he arranged with the Russian ambassador, including a sit-down with the head of Russia's state-owned development bank.


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Video VIDEO: How Putin Keeps Protesters at Bay in Russia
The largest protests in several years broke out across Russia over the weekend, and scores were beaten and arrested by the police. Here are President Vladimir V. Putin's go-to tactics for clamping down on dissenters.


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Nikolas Michaud, 27, lighting a joint at High Sobriety in Los Angeles during treatment for heroin addiction.
Addiction Specialists Ponder a Potential Aid: Pot

By MATT RICHTEL

Some clinicians think marijuana may help ease the transition out of addiction, while critics say substituting one drug for another is no solution.




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