German Given Eighteen Months In Jail For Posting Picture of Auschwitz With An Offensive Caption

Coat_of_arms_of_Germany.svgWe have been discussing how Germany has led the West in the criminalization of speech, an anti-free speech trend that is now raging in England, France, Canada and other Western nations.  Germany has continued its plunge into censorship and criminalization despite the failure of its speech laws to curtail extremism. The most recent case involves a 32-year-old German neo-Nazi who has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for incitement after posting picture of a miniature of the Auschwitz death camp on Facebook with an offensive caption.

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Pray or Perish: Egypt Moves Toward Criminalizing The Disbelief In God

Egypt Coat of ArmsEgyptOur close ally Egypt has long been a symbol of religious intolerance and anti-free speech values — a government partially subsidized by billions in U.S. aid.  Now, Amr Hamroush, the head of parliament’s religious committee, has announced that Egypt is moving toward the criminalization of disbelieving in God. That’s right, you will be committing a crime in Egypt if you do not believe.  Akin to the policy of the “beatings will continue until morale improves,” Egypt may soon instill belief in God by jailing people for not believing.

 

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Belize Permanently Stops All Drilling To Protect Ocean

Belize_Barrier_Reef_from_space.pngThe opening of ANWAR to drilling by President Donald Trump was a major loss for environmentalists.  My views in favor of preserving such areas are well known.  However, the opening up of the entire coastline of the United States has angered even Republican governors and politicians.  The position of the White House is that the drilling is too valuable to pass up, but now tiny Belize has shown the alternative view: the nation has permanently suspended oil operations in its ocean waters to protect the ocean.

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Lund University Professor Under Fire For Refusing To Comply With Gender Quota For Assigned Reading

Lund_University_logotypeWe recently discussed a controversy at the GW International School where the Administration told faculty that panels had to be gender diverse or face cancelation.  Now there is an analogous controversy in Sweden where Professor Erik Ringmar, a senior political science lecturer at Lund University, is under attack for refusing to include an author on his curriculum solely because of her gender.  Critics have objected to the school gender quota as an attack on academic freedom.

 

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Did the FBI Have A Source In The Trump Campaign?

136px-US-FBI-ShadedSeal_svg donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedThe founders of Fusion GPS (which compiled the Trump dossier with money from Hillary Clinton and the DNC) has caused a stir with an op-ed in The New York Times calling for Congress to release transcripts of their testimony last summer.  I favor such a release to give greater transparency on the facts underlying the allegations over both the Trump and Clinton campaigns.  I have criticized both parties for managing the information and pushing investigations on one side while obstructing investigations on the other side.  However, six words in the op-ed raise a far more interesting prospect: they say that there may have been an insider cooperating with the FBI during the campaign.  That would be a highly significant development if the source was a true cooperative witness funneling information to the Bureau during the presidential campaign.

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Thai Con Man Asks For Reduction In Sentence of 13,000 Years and Receives A Reduction By Half . . . To 6,637 Years

Romanelli_Chronos_and_his_childPudit Kittithradilok, 34, was found guilty to running a Ponzi scheme based on investors artificially high financial returns.  A defendant would normally be delighted by a fifty percent reduction in his sentence, but Kittithradilok was sentenced to more than 13,000 years in prison.  His reduction left him with a hefty remainder of 6,637 years and six months.  Even with regular workouts in the prison yard, it would seem difficult to serve that time.

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British Man Cleared Of Rape After Sister In Law Finds Original Facebook Messages Were Edited By Alleged Victim

200px-Facebook.svgDanny Kay, 26, will greet the New Year as a free man after being convicted of a rape that was based on altered evidence submitted by the alleged victim.  His freedom is due not to police work but the work of his sister in law Sarah Maddison.  Maddison decided to take a minute and look at the Facebook messages sent between Kay and the unnamed woman who accused him of rape.  What she found was that the police used messages that were misleadingly edited by the woman and that the real messages directly contradicted her claims.  The police revealed an utter incompetence in the investigation and the prosecutors have expressed no intent in looking at possible charges against the woman who is accused of changing the meaning of the messages from exculpatory to incriminating.  This follows an equally shocking reversal where the police were found to have withheld 40,000 messages from the defense in another rape case.

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