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By RFE RL -- (March 12, 2012) ( RFE/RL ) — The governor of Russia’s second-largest city, St. Petersburg, has signed a new law against “homosexual propaganda” — defying complaints that it discriminates against gays. City hall announced on March 11 that St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko had signed the law on March 7. Russia: St. Petersburg Governor Signs Law Against 'Homosexual Propaganda'
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Internet access is integral to human rights | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt In “Internet Access is not a Human Right," Vinton G. Serf argues that access to the internet is not a human right. He argues that freedom of speech and freedom of access to information are the rights that should be protected and not a specific piece of technology. I disagree. Human rights are by definition intrinsic to a person’s humanity.
Egypt soldier and Bedouin killed in gunfight over land 11 January 2012 Last updated at 16:51 GMT An Egyptian army officer and a Bedouin have been killed in clashes over land in the governorate of Suez, east of Cairo, security sources have said. A gunfight erupted when military police attempted to remove Bedouins from state land in a rural area near the southern end of the Suez Canal, they added. The Bedouins reportedly refused to leave and fired on the troops. Other Bedouins later joined the gunfight.
Vinton Cerf | Internet | Human Rights Vinton Cerf is a senior vice president at MCI and chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. 2001. Photo: AP/Stephen J. Boitano “Internet access is not a human right,” wrote Vinton Cerf in an OpEd in the New York Times on Thursday.
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