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For Access to Iranian Market, Social Media Companies Might Agree to Censorship

August 31, 2017
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For Access to Iranian Market, Social Media Companies Might Agree to Censorship

Social media companies including Twitter, Instagram (owned by Facebook), and YouTube (owned by Google) are reportedly negotiating with authorities in Iran to censor “immoral content” as a condition of their sites being readily accessible within the country. Unsurprisingly, activists inside and outside Iran are concerned that the government’s definition of “immoral” just might turn out…

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London Police Ask For New Leads in 1987 Murder of Palestinian Cartoonist

August 30, 2017
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London Police Ask For New Leads in 1987 Murder of Palestinian Cartoonist

Thirty years ago, Palestinian political cartoonist Naji al-Ali was gunned down on a London street as he walked to work. With his assassination still unsolved, police this week renewed an appeal for leads in the case, hoping that “people who were not willing to speak at the time of the murder may now be prepared…

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West Chicago Library Board Votes to Retain This Day in June

August 29, 2017
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West Chicago Library Board Votes to Retain This Day in June

Before an overflow crowd of community members, the public library board in West Chicago, Illinois voted 6-1 last night to retain the LGBTQIA-themed children’s picture book This Day in June by Gayle Pitman in the children’s section. A West Chicago couple had challenged the book, implying that it promoted “GLBT and sex bondage” to young…

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TONIGHT: West Chicago Library Board Considers Challenge to This Day in June

August 28, 2017
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TONIGHT: West Chicago Library Board Considers Challenge to This Day in June

Two parents in West Chicago, Illinois want the LGBTQIA-themed children’s picture book This Day in June by Gayle Pitman removed from the local public library, and the anti-gay Illinois Family Institute is encouraging supporters to attend a library board meeting tonight in support of the challenge. The book is one of two that survived a…

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UK Woman Who Faced Police Questioning Over Book Wants Independent Investigation

August 25, 2017
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UK Woman Who Faced Police Questioning Over Book Wants Independent Investigation

A British Muslim woman who was detained and questioned at a Yorkshire airport last year for reading a book about Syrian art and culture is still pushing for an independent investigation into the incident. Despite ample evidence that South Yorkshire Police racially profiled Faizah Shaheen, though, the national police watchdog organization insists that the local…

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Fanny Hill: The ‘Ban’ That Wasn’t

August 24, 2017
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Fanny Hill: The ‘Ban’ That Wasn’t

It was a story made for sensational headlines and easy clickbait: Fanny Hill, John Cleland’s 1748 faux memoir of a London prostitute, was supposedly banned at a modern British university for fear of offending delicate millennial students. But close on the heels of the initial reports came a detailed rebuttal from the professor and alleged…

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Judge Rules Arizona Ethnic Studies Ban Unconstitutional and Discriminatory

August 23, 2017
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Judge Rules Arizona Ethnic Studies Ban Unconstitutional and Discriminatory

A federal judge ruled yesterday that Arizona’s ban on ethnic studies curricula is both unconstitutional and designed with discriminatory intent. Judge A. Wallace Tashima has not yet issued a final ruling on the next steps, but academic freedom advocates are hoping the law will be struck down, paving the way for the return of Tucson…

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Egyptian Cartoonist Continues to Highlight Women’s Issues in New Book

August 23, 2017
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Egyptian Cartoonist Continues to Highlight Women’s Issues in New Book

As one of the few professional women cartoonists in the Middle East, Egypt’s Doaa Eladl has been the target of threats from fundamentalists and even a lawsuit for blasphemy. Undeterred, she has just released a new book of cartoons dedicated to women. In a recent interview with Channel 4 in the UK, she said the…

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Indiana School Board Member Wants Kite Runner Pulled from AP Class

August 22, 2017
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Indiana School Board Member Wants Kite Runner Pulled from AP Class

A school board member and parent in Fishers, Indiana is pushing for Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner to be removed from Hamilton Southeastern Schools’ AP Literature and Composition curriculum after her daughter was assigned to read it over the summer. Amanda Shera says she is not satisfied with the existing option for students to request…

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To Cultivate Lifelong Readers, Look Beyond the Numbers

August 18, 2017
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To Cultivate Lifelong Readers, Look Beyond the Numbers

There is no doubt that in the proper pedagogical context, reading level scores like Lexile and Accelerated Reader can serve as useful tools for measuring young readers’ progress compared to their peer group. All too often, though, students are restricted from reading the books they would actually enjoy–the ones that would make leisure reading a…

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