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Human Rights Observatory
By Kevin Rennie
Despite the visit, support for Assange's release remains low in the US. If extradited, he could face a sentence of up to 175 years in prison. (Full Story)
By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image 2018 Obama scholar Hoang Thi Minh Hong © Private (Bangkok) - The Vietnamese government should immediately drop all charges against the prominent environmental activist Hoang Thi Minh Hong and unconditionally release her, Human Rights Watch said today. A court in Ho Chi Minh City is scheduled to hear her criminal case on September 28, 2023. On May 30, Ho Chi Minh City police arrested Hoang Thi Minh Hong on tax evasion charges, which carries a sentence of up to seven years in prison plus fines. In October 2022, she had abruptly shut down without explanation CHANGE VN,… (Full Story)
By Amnesty International
Indian authorities are exploiting the recommendations of a global terrorism financing and money laundering watchdog to target civil society groups and activists and deliberately hinder their work, said Amnesty International in a new briefing released today. “Weaponizing counter-terrorism: India’s exploitation of terrorism financing assessments to target civil society” reveals how the recommendations of the Financial […] The post India: Government weaponizing terrorism financing watchdog recommendations against civil society appeared first on Amnesty International. ]]> (Full Story)
By Erin Roger, Sector Lead, CSIRO
Cameron Slatyer, Project Manager, Atlas of Living Australia, CSIRO, CSIRO
Dax Kellie, Science Lead | Data Analyst, CSIRO
Citizen science isn’t new anymore. For decades, keen amateur naturalists have been gathering data about nature and the environment around them – and sharing it.

But what is new is the rate at which citizen scientists are collecting and sharing useful data. Last year, 10 million observations of species were collected. Our new research shows 9.6 million of those came from citizen scientists. It makes intuitive sense. There are only so many professional researchers. But nearly…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Tim Bayne, Professor of Philosophy, Monash University
Science is hard. The science of consciousness is particularly hard, beset with philosophical difficulties and a scarcity of experimental data.

So in June, when the results of a head-to-head experimental contest between two rival theories were announced at the 26th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness in New York City, they were met with some fanfare.

The results were inconclusive, with some favouring “integrated information theory” and others lending weight to the “global workspace theory”. The outcome was covered in both (Full Story)

By Marina Yue Zhang, Associate Professor, University of Technology Sydney
The revised law is targeting not only Westerners working in China, but also Chinese nationals who work for foreign companies or organisations or interact with foreigners in any way.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Rebecca Hall, Assistant Professor, Global Development Studies, Queen's University, Ontario
Christina Pilgrim, Master's student, Department of Sociology, Queen's University, Ontario
Vlogging has emerged as a new source of intimate entertainment, and for creators, potential income. However, they also raise serious questions about exploitation and the privacy rights of children.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Holly Thorpe, Professor in Sociology of Sport and Gender, University of Waikato
This winter’s bumper snowfall notwithstanding, the future of Ruapehu’s famous ski fields is highly uncertain. But the mountain itself will remain important in other ways.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Honey Hashem
Ongoing oppression, ethnic and sectarian conflicts, and political unrest have greatly reduced the Middle East's Assyrian community, endangering their 3000-year-old Assyrian language in its native Middle Eastern home. (Full Story)
By David Roger Marples, Professor, Russian and East European History, University of Alberta
Russia seeks evidence in western countries that justifies its anti-Ukraine propaganda, and Canadian Parliament has provided it with much-needed ammunition for a tired and erroneous argument.The Conversation (Full Story)
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