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Tik Tok’s popularity has raised eyebrows in some countries. Daniel Constante/Shutterstock

Why some governments fear even teens on TikTok

Young people continue to find new ways to connect on social media, in spaces that are increasingly hard for governments to regulate.
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.
Pakistani Islamists march to protest the Supreme Court lenient treatment of Asia Bibi, a Christian Pakistani woman accused of blasphemy, in Karachi, Feb. 1, 2019. ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images

Execution for a Facebook post? Why blasphemy is a capital offense in some Muslim countries

Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia all punish blasphemy harshly – even with death. Such laws have political as well as religious motives, says a scholar on Islamism: They're a tool for crushing dissent.
The Assange saga will drag on for months, if not years, before the UK courts, as his British lawyers fight the extradition proceedings tooth and nail. AAP/EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

As Assange faces court over extradition attempts, the case is complex and the stakes are high

As British courts this week hear arguments for and against the Wikileaks founder's extradition to the US, the questions about journalism, the law and freedom of speech it raises are vital ones.
Each of South Africa’s former presidents treated the state broadcaster very differently. From left Jacob Zuma, Nelson Mandela, and Thabo Mbeki (2008). Epa/Kim Ludbrook

Why South Africa needs to fix its troubled public broadcaster

The South African Broadcasting Corporation, like South Africa itself, is a symbol of contradictions. While there are bad people who work for it, there are also many good ones.

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