A Modest Improvement in Internet Freedom in Iran

Instead of banning websites completely, the Iranian regime is now just censoring their content. Sure, Iranians will only see redacted versions of websites, but at least they'll see them. I guess this is supposed to mean that everything is both hunky and dory in Iran now. How very wonderful all of this is. Utopia has …

What Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Doesn’t Know about Corporate Law and the First Amendment

Stephen Bainbridge takes the young Kennedy to task for pretending that corporations can somehow be given some kind of "death penalty" for not agreeing with Kennedy's views on climate policy. Of course, to say that Professor Bainbridge has forgotten more about corporate law than the young Kennedy will ever learn is to understate matters (and you …

This Passes for “Moderation” in Iran

Those who believed that an era of political and social liberalization was about to dawn in Iran will not like reading this article:Eight social media activists in Iran have been sentenced to a total of 127 years in prison, after they criticised the country’s government on Facebook.The eight people – whose identities have not been revealed …

Behold the “Moderate” Iranian Government

In all of its glory: An Iranian court convicted on Sunday the editor and a contributor of a banned newspaper over a series of charges, including lying about Islam and spreading anti-regime propaganda, reports said. The media watchdog banned the reformist Bahar daily in October 2013 after it published an article the authorities deemed as …

Thomas Friedman Could Not Be Reached for Comment

Link: The Chinese government has intensified its crackdown on the internet, describing online criticism of the ruling Communist party as illegal and airing a televised confession from one of the country’s most popular online commentators. An article in Monday’s edition of the influential party journal “Seeking Truth” described online criticism of the party and government …

Internet Censorship in Iran

The depressing details are discussed here. If Hassan Rohani, the new president, really wants to prove that he is a reformer, he will try to do something about liberalizing the Internet. If he doesn't even try to engage in cyberliberalization, we'll know that he's no reformer.

Surprising–and Unsurprising–News from the First Round of Iran’s Presidential Election

First, the surprising news: The leading moderate candidate for the presidency has emerged as the strongest of all of the candidates after the first round of voting: Early results from Iran's presidential election put the reformist-backed candidate, Hassan Rouhani, in the lead.With 2.9m ballots counted, the cleric had 1.46m votes, or 49.87%, well ahead of Tehran …