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February 22, 2018

Israel’s former communications director to testify in corruption investigation

On Tuesday, Israel’s former Communications Ministry Director General Shlomo Filber agreed to serve as a government witness in a corruption investigation, according to Israeli media. Filber will testify in a case involving Israeli telecommunications company Bezeq, known as Case 4000. Police are investigating whether the ministry illegally provided classified information to Bezeq executives, and whether […]

February 22, 2018

US Supreme Court declines to hear ‘whistleblower’ protection appeal case

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Digital Realty v. Somers, a lawsuit alleging that corporate whistleblowers should be protected against retaliation (such as dismissal or demotion) from employers they seek to expose. The court’s decision was unanimous. In the decision, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that the anti-retaliation protections for whistleblowers in […]

February 22, 2018

Bahrain court sentences human rights activist to 5 years in jail

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced Wednesday to five years in jail for posting tweets alleging prison torture in Bahrain and misconduct by Saudi Arabia during its intervention in the Yemen conflict. He was convicted under laws that prohibit “insulting a foreign country” and “insulting national institutions,” according to The Guardian. Bahrain’s government […]

February 21, 2018

5 distorted headlines of the week

Sensational language and opinion is entertaining, but they don’t belong in hard news. If the objective is to communicate what’s happening in the world, it’s more informative to provide facts with precise language than to distort them with sensationalism and drama. This week’s top headlines list includes examples from stories about Israel, Trump, Trump and, […]

February 21, 2018

The Mueller investigation: How the media extends guilt to fit a bias

Prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation have charged lawyer Alex van der Zwaan with lying to investigators about his communication with former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates. Van der Zwaan pleaded guilty to the charges, which do not involve alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Van der Zwaan was accused of making […]

February 21, 2018

Syrian bombing, artillery kill more than 150 people in eastern Ghouta

Syrian government forces bombed and fired artillery at eastern Ghouta over the past two days, killing over 150 people, according to Al Jazeera. Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, is controlled by government opposition forces and has been under siege since 2013. About 400,000 people reportedly live there. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) […]