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Hate crime bill: Law would criminalise teatime chats, claim campaigners (Times)

Index CEO Ruth Smeeth warned of new legislation in Scotland that would “govern what we say to each other over a cuppa”. The new “hate crime bill” proposed in Scotland has been heavily criticised since its inception. In The Times,…

“Elections give the US moral authority to challenge authoritarian regimes”

Will the White House go blue or red?, photo: Jscott1000, CC BY-SA 4.0 As I type we are still awaiting the final vote tallies for the US elections and while it looks like we will have a new president inaugurated…

If Trump loses we must make sure his assault on the media is not lasting

Donald Trump taking questions at a press conference on Covid-19. Credit: WikiCommons By this time next week, we will hopefully (subject to the courts, likely delays and the impact of Covid) know who the future leader of the USA will…

#FreeNazanin: Charity worker faces new charges on Monday

“We are caught up in a shadow play, only part of which we get to see.” These are the words of Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been in solitary confinement and prison in…

There are still risks to even talking about voting in the USA today

A George Floyd protest in Los Angeles, USA. Credit: Mike Von/ Unsplash “Blacks known merely to talk about voting in certain towns in Alabama or Mississippi could get fired or have their businesses wrecked.” This was six decades ago but…

Tanzania: will Magufuli return to power in free and fair elections?

The swearing in of John Magufuli in 2015, photo: Paul Kagame, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 On 28 October, Tanzania goes to the polls. The election will see the Tanzanian people choose a new president, members of parliaments for the mainland as…