In Jharkhand, a tribal assertion met with fierce police crackdown

Jharkhand, India: It was dusk in Uduburu, the time that farmers usually return home after working in the paddy fields, but the hamlet in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand was deserted.  The village square was empty and the mud huts were locked. After darkness fell, a few women cautiously approached a hand pump at the…

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EU takes Poland to court over judicial crackdown

The European Commission has asked the EU’s top court to rule on whether Poland has violated “the principle of judicial independence” in response to a crackdown on the Polish Supreme Court that critics say undermines the country’s checks and balances. The big picture: Poland’s government, controlled by the right-wing populist Law and Justice party, implemented…

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Tech-Support Scams on Google Trigger Crackdown

Alphabet Inc.’s Google is taking action to weed out scam artists who advertise on its platform aiming to defraud customers seeking technical support online. The move comes after a Wall Street Journal investigation found fraudsters were exploiting Google’s advertising system by purchasing search ads and masquerading as authorized service agents for companies such as Apple…

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Pakistani activist abduction sparks fear of crackdown on dissent

The brief abduction of a prominent Pakistani social activist and newspaper columnist known for her strident criticism of the country’s powerful military has raised fears of a renewed crackdown on dissent in the South Asian country. Gul Bukhari, 52, was abducted by several unidentified men while she was on her way to a television news…

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