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Ali Hayat

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The Prosecution of Aaron Swartz: Sharing Knowledge Is a Greater Crime Than Bringing Down the Economy

(74) Comments | Posted January 13, 2013 | 11:29 AM

Aaron Swartz is no longer among us though the contributions he made to promote free flow of information and knowledge sharing will continue to benefit our present and future generations. He was charged with 13 felony counts for downloading millions of academic articles from JSTOR and accused of intending to...

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Aid Worker as Spy: The Cost of a Fake Vaccination Campaign

(3) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 1:12 PM

Dr. Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani physician was sentenced to 33 years in prison for charges of high treason in May of this year. According to the Pakistani officials Dr. Afridi had accepted helping the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) by collecting DNA to verify Bin Laden's presence while running a fake...

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The Occupy Movement: Tactics for an Election Year

(15) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 11:08 AM

After having made a profound impact throughout the United States as well as across the globe, the Occupy movement confronted evictions at all of the major 'occupy' locations. Within days Occupy movements were disrupted by police action in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The...

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Capitalism, Democracy and the Occupy Wall Street Movement

(23) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 3:41 PM

In the concluding remarks of his lecture "Capitalism and Democracy" (1991), Gabriel Almond, one of the most prominent political scientists of the 20th century, stated "that democracy and capitalism are both positively and negatively related, that they both support and subvert each other." Almond reached this conclusion after examining the...

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Capturing Occupy Wall Street Movement Demands

(38) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 5:21 PM

Since the emergence of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement a great deal of attention has been focused on establishing what this movement wants. To understand and get at this movement's demands, we asked the following open-ended question of respondents at three Occupy locations:

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Occupy Wall Street Movement: More Reasonable Than Radical

(263) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 6:14 PM

In his recent article Polling the Occupy Wall Street Crowd, prominent pollster Douglas Schoen makes the case that embracing the Occupy Wall Street movement would cost President Obama and the Democratic Party leadership the 2012 elections. Schoen argues that the protesters "are bound by a deep commitment to...

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