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Saturday, July 18, 2009

AL Jazeera in Canada, The Hague, Facebook,

The most vocal critics of human rights commissions often invoke freedom of speech. Yet they were strangely silent when Ottawa effectively blocked Al Jazeera Arabic TV's entry into Canada in 2004. And they are mostly silent now about Al Jazeera English's application before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. Being treated like that in Canada is a minor irritation for the folks at the Qatar-based Al Jazeera, including the Canadian Tony Burman, managing director, English. They have seen far worse. Haroon Siddiqui

Today is International Justice Day, an anniversary few recognize but many should celebrate. It marks the 11th anniversary of the statute that launched the world's first International Criminal Court, a permanent platform for bringing some of the worst war criminals and perpetrators of genocide to justice. Its first trial, of Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga, is now underway. Hopes for The Hague

OTTAWA–Canada has become the first country in the world to rein in Facebook's giant, information-sharing machine, with the federal privacy commissioner taking a poke at the global, social-networking site for being too loose with users' personal data. Facebook gets poked by Canada over privacy


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