Julian Assange: Facing Legal Action in Three Countries

Born in Australia in 1971, Julian Assange showed how great he was with computers early on. He was tried and pleaded guilty in Australia in the 1990s for several hacking activities. He avoided jail on the condition that he would not repeat these activities. He kept his promise until 2006 when he created the popular website Wikileaks where he revealed secret documents from the United States and others. The US government, in particular, made it clear in 2010 that they were eager to prosecute Assange. This came after he leaked…

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Sudan’s Revolution: The Triumph of Peaceful Protests Continues

  The Sudanese people haven’t been protesting for a short period of time. Protests began over 4 months ago and results are only starting to show these few days. After protesting peacefully for such a long time, the people have managed to bring down Bashir, the dictator who has ruled Sudan for 30 years, but the revolution is far from over. Bashir has ruled Sudan since 1989 after seizing power in a military coup. Since then the country has been in turmoil. He has ruled with an iron fist committing…

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Nigeria Poll Makes History With Newly Elected President

During election time in Nigeria, there’s a great deal of corruption that ensues within its political sphere, but on March 31, Muhammadu Buhari made history. He is the first political candidate to oust a Nigerian president through the ballot box. Buhari beat incumbent Goodluck Jonathan by more than 2.5 million votes, according to BBC News. “A new day and a new Nigeria are upon us,” Buhari said after he won on Tuesday, according to CNN. “The victory is yours and the glory is that of our nation.” Jonathon called the…

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The Power of Mass Amateurization In Today’s Media Landscape

Before bad reality television shows and Shonda Thursdays, newspapers and radios served as a major source of communication for Americans, but with the Internet, people are able to access information quicker, while disseminating ground breaking news on Twitter –which has become a news media escape for people who couldn’t be bothered with watching a minute of Eyewitness News or reading a column in The Star Ledger. Nowadays, people are more interested in receiving their news at a click of a button, but most importantly, at their own expense. With smart…

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Salaita vs. the University of Illinois: The Battle of Free Speech

Over the years there have been many people who have been reprimanded for speaking out against socio-economic issues, such as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela. Times have changed since then, but the consequences of utilizing the first amendment is still quite harsh and grueling. On August 1, 2014 Steven Salaita was fired from his position as an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign over the Tweets that he posted about the war in the Gaza Strip. In the pursuit of informing…

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