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Iranians Arrested after Celebratory World Cup Video

09/07/2014

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Iran-Portugal, Photo by Amiro

Allyson Cartwright, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 16:42 p.m. DST, 09 July 2014 TEHRAN, Iran — For the second time in the past few months, Iran authorities have arrested those involved in making a celebratory music video. Last month, six individuals were arrested and since released for filming a music video to the Pharrell Williams song “Happy”. […]

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Iran: Morality Laws Lead to Arrest of Dancing to “Happy” Celebrants

22/05/2014

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House Party, Iran, Photo: Beyond Borders Media

Allyson Cartwright, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 00:52 p.m. DST, 22 May 2014 TEHRAN, Iran — Three men and three women were arrested in Tehran after posting a YouTube video of themselves dancing to Pharrell Williams’s hit song “Happy.” The video entitled “Happy in Tehran” was deemed obscene by the Tehran police chief, Hossein Sajedinia. The […]

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Social Media Bans Persist in Turkey

10/04/2014

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Photo by cvrcak1

Allyson Cartwright, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 15:33 p.m. DST, 10 April 2014 TURKEY, Ankara – First Twitter and now YouTube, social media platforms in Turkey are continually being banned by the Turkish Telecommunications Authority. This latest YouTube ban comes after a video posted on March 27 on the site that is supposedly of an audio […]

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Ecuador Harbors Wikileak’s Julian Assange

19/06/2012

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Julian Assange Leaving Court, Photo by Acid Polly

Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief Last Modified: 23:09 PM EDT, 19 June 2012 LONDON, England – Today, WikiLeak’s founder, Julian Assange, 40, escaped extradition to Sweden by fleeing to the Ecuadorean embassy in London. On 15 June 2012 Assange lost all appeals in U.K. against extradition to Sweden to face questioning in two cases of alleged rape and […]

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Granny Porn in Kenya

15/05/2011

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Gabriel Wickbold Sexual Color Photo

After the release of information by the American government which claims that pornography was discovered on Osama Bin Laden’s computer, the idea of pornography in Islamic nations shouldn’t be strange. In fact, I wrote a post titled “Sex for Sale from Moldova to Dubai,” which deals with the topic of human trafficking and sex slaves from former Eastern Bloc countries who end up working across Europe and the Middle East.

But even researching these abuses I had never heard of “Granny Porn.” The term evoked an image of an elderly frail grandmother with white hair engaged in non-consensual sex. In fact, because of the lead-in I thought that Dr. Drew was going to focus on the issue of the rape of elderly women in nursing homes.

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