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Seen on the screen of a device in Sausalito, Calif., Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces the company’s new corporate name, Meta, during a virtual event. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

As a global infrastructure giant, Facebook must uphold human rights

In order to effectively regulate data-intensive, privately held global infrastructure like Facebook, human rights needs to be a primary focal point.
A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with blood on his hands protests outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8, 2018. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Why repressive Saudi Arabia remains a US ally

Saudi’s crown prince approved the killing and dismemberment of a Washington Post columnist in 2018, the Biden administration says. So how can the US still see the Saudis as good partners?
A group of young intellectuals and artists demonstrates at the doors of the Ministry of Culture during a protest in Havana on Nov. 27. Yamil Lage/AFP via Getty Images

Cuba cracks down on artists who demanded creative freedoms after ‘unprecedented’ government negotiations

Talks with the government ended with accusations that the dissenting artists were ‘paid by North American agencies’ – an age-old way to discredit dissent in Cuba. But these protests are homegrown.
An homage to Samuel Paty, a teacher murdered after showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed from the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Oct. 18, 2020. Adnan Farzat/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Beheading in France could bolster president’s claim that Islam is in ‘crisis’ – but so is French secularism

Macron wants to ‘build an Islam in France that can be compatible with the Enlightenment.’ But that goal assumes France is compatible with Islam, says a Muslim scholar of religion and politics.
Hommage to Samuel Paty: “Thank you Mr. Paty to have taught us history and freedom of expression.” Bertrand Guay/AFP

Teachers in France, on the front line of defending the values of the Republic

The horrific death of Samuel Paty, a history and geography teacher, highlights the importance of the work of educators who are, more than ever, on the front lines of the fight for freedom of expression.
A protester during an anti-mask rally on July 19 in Indianapolis, Indiana, against the mayor’s mask order and the governor’s extension of the state shutdown. Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The Constitution doesn’t have a problem with mask mandates

A constitutional law scholar says that the arguments made by anti-mask protesters that the Constitution protects their freedom to go maskless are just wrong.

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