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Mounting curbs on freedom of expression in the run-up to Algerias upcoming elections underscore disturbing shortcomings in the countrys overall human rights record, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today.

Moves to silence critics and quash social unrest are at the forefront of a number of human rights concerns highlighted by the organization ahead of Algerias presidential elections on 17 April, when President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in power since 1999, is controversially seeking a fourth term. Other challenges include shortcomings in laws that facilitate torture and ill-treatment, and fail to adequately protect women from gender-based violence as well as prevailing impunity for past abuses.

Algerian authorities strategy has been to nip in the bud any attempt to challenge them or their record. With the upcoming elections, they are up scaling the clampdown and showing they will not tolerate public criticism at any level, said Nicola Duckworth, Amnesty Internationals Senior Director of Research.

There appears to be a concerted effort by the Algerian authorities to seize control of the narrative in the run-up to the elections by tightening their stranglehold on freedom of expression. A lack of open debate and restrictions on the right to criticize or protest to express social grievances or political demands cast doubt over the upcoming elections.

Several foreign journalists have yet to be granted visas to cover the elections and international human rights groups such as Amnesty International have been withheld visas to the country for years.

The state of emergency was lifted in Algeria in 2011, yet restrictions continue to be imposed on freedom of expression, association and assembly. Although it is an oil-rich country, social and economic unrest fuelled by corruption, the rising costs of living, high unemployment and lack of access to housing has continued. The Algerian authorities have largely responded to such protests by forcibly dispersing them, as well as harassing and arresting demonstrators and trade union activists.

Despite a ban on demonstrations in Algiers, following an initial crackdown in early March the authorities have not forcibly dispersed peaceful protests in the capital which were held under heavy security.

However, the authorities continue to target Algerians, including journalists who stray from the official, pro-Bouteflika narrative. In one harrowing recent example, the wife of a journalist who had covered opposition protests was assaulted by three individuals in plain clothes believed to be members of the security forces. They reportedly threatened her at gunpoint and demanded that her husband stop criticizing the authorities on Facebook, before scalding her with hot water.

Last month security forces raided Al-Atlas TV, a private TV station which had criticised the authorities in its broadcasts. It was shut down and forced off air on 12 March 2014. Under current laws, only state-sanctioned media are fully licensed, with private channels granted temporary licenses that can be revoked with little warning.

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[Ricochet Tube] SB Challenges YOU! – #23 | Arc Liberty! (Response)
New concept to ricochet tube challenges. Alot harder than it looks Btw.

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Rain Challenges: Limbo [P11] I'M BACK BEACHES, oh and I also finish limbo
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Freedom from want and fear: Meeting the challenges for Black women and women of color
Achieving equality has been a historical struggle of Black women and women of color and will remain the greatest challenge preventing the realization of the …

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Mail bag # 2: Talking to friends about libertarianism, Stalkers, Challenges with show, Suggestions
Mail bag # 2: Talking to friends about libertarianism, Stalkers, Challenges with show, Suggestions Twitter: https://twitter.com/TruthRevolt FaceBook: https:/…

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Can Free Speech Survive Social Media Mobs?
Seattle City Hall hosted author Scott Berkun to explore the challenges of free speech in the age of social media. Has the unprecedented power of social media…

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Minecraft [Deutsch] Let's Play Minecraft Map: Sky Islands #1 – Immer diese Ghast's
Jo Leutings wir spielen eine Minecraft Map namens Sky Islands. Auf dieser Map sind viele kleinere Inseln und wir mssen verschiedene Challenges erledigen. Sp…

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One of the main problems with an unremittingly hostile view of government held by many associated with the tea party, libertarianism and constitutionalism is that it obscures and undermines the social contributions of a truly conservative vision of government.

Politics requires a guiding principle of public action. For popular liberalism, it is often the rule of good intentions: If it sounds good, do it. Social problems can be solved by compassionate, efficient regulation and bureaucratic management which is seldom efficient and invites unintended consequences in complex, unmanageable systems (say, the one-sixth of the U.S. economy devoted to health care). The signal light for government intervention is stuck on green.

Michael Gerson

Gerson writes about politics, religion, foreign policy and global health and development in a twice-a-week column and on the PostPartisan blog.

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For libertarians and their ideological relatives, the guiding principle is the maximization of individual liberty. It is a theory of government consisting mainly of limits and boundaries. The light is almost always red.

Conservatism (as Peter Wehner and I explain in our recent National Affairs essay, A Conservative Vision of Government) offers a different principle of public action though one a bit more difficult to explain than go or stop. In the traditional conservative view, individual liberty is ennobled and ordered within social institutions families, religious communities, neighborhoods, voluntary associations, local governments and nations. The success of individuals is tied to the health of these institutions, which prepare people for the responsible exercise of freedom and the duties of citizenship.

This is a limiting principle: Higher levels of government should show deference to private associations and local institutions. But this is also a guide to appropriate governmental action needed when local and private institutions are enervated or insufficient in scale to achieve the public good.

So conservatism is a governing vision that allows for a yellow light: careful, measured public interventions to encourage the health of civil society. There are no simple rules here. Some communities disproportionately affected by family breakdown, community chaos or damaging economic trends will need more active help. But government should, as the first resort, set the table for private action and private institutions creating a context in which civil society can flourish.

This goal has moral and cultural implications. Government has a necessary (if limited) role in reinforcing the social norms and expectations that make the work of civic institutions both possible and easier. Some forms of liberty say, the freedom to destroy oneself with hard drugs or to exploit other men and women in the sex trade not only degrade human nature but also damage and undermine families and communities and ultimately deprive the nation of competent, self-governing citizens. (The principle applies, more mildly, to softer drugs. By what governing theory did the citizens of Colorado surveying the challenges of global economic competition, educational mediocrity and unhealthy lifestyles decide that the answer is the proliferation of stoners?)

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In an interview conducted at Pubcon 2013 in Las Vegas, Stephan Spencerof The Science of SEOoffers advice for overcoming the challenges retailers face when it comes to SEO.

Stephan Spencer is the creator of The Science of SEO, a video training program that covers everything from link-building, strategy, technical issues, content optimization, keyword research and everything in between.

Additionally, Stephan is also the author of The Art of SEO, a 700-page primer on search engine optimization. With this level of expertise theres no one better to go to for help with SEO.

Hear Stephans advice for retailers in the video below:

Here are some key takeaways from the video:

If you have any questions after watching the video, for either myself or Stephan, ask them in the comments section and we will do our best to respond to everyone!Please visit SEJsYouTube pagefor more video interviews from Pubcon 2013.

Brent Csutoras is a social media marketing consultant and entrepreneur, who specializes in social media marketing, content marketing, and viral content creation – http://www.kairaymedia.com

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The wrecked Jet Star roller coaster in Seaside Heights became a symbol of the destructiveness of Superstorm Sandy.

If Superstorm Sandy showed the profound vulnerability of New Jerseys coastal communities homes smashed, beaches washed away, neighborhoods underwater the year that followed has exposed other issues: the frailty of the states emergency planning and infrastructure, layers of conflicting and confusing bureaucracy and the challenges of quickly but responsibly disbursing billions of dollars in federal aid.

Sandys enduring legacy will be one of great destruction, a moment of reckoning for the entire metropolitan area: The storms crippling impact will set the regional agenda for years to come as the area rebuilds and confronts the challenges of adapting to climate change.

Seven million New Jersey residents were without power the day after the storm, which left 37 dead statewide; some remained in the dark for up to two weeks. Gas lines stretched for miles along dark highways.

Federal storm aid to residents trickled down slowly, held up by congressional infighting, a maze of agencies and state-run grant programs, processing delays, application errors and high demand.

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Austro Libertarianism — Fighting for the Truth
This video explores some of the challenges Austro-libertarians face engaging in debate. The original text version is available at http://duncanwhitmore.com/2…

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Breathing Life into Freedom of Information Laws
The Challenges of Implementation in the Democratizing World.

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Freedom OnLine: Change and Challenges-User Perspectives from the MENA Region
Moderator: Hisham Almirat, Global Voices Speakers: Mohamed Tarakiyee, Jordan Open Source Association Slim Amamou, Alixsys/ Tunisian Pirate Party Zineb Belmka…

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I spoke recently with John Shehata, the director of search for ABC News. Since he owns the SEO responsibility for a number of large media properties, I leapt at the chance to explore some of the things he has learned along the way. We dug in and explored the challenges of educating a large media company, dealing with multiple content management systems, syndicating content and query deserves freshness, all viewed through the eyes of ABC!

Eric Enge: Can you provide a brief outline of your responsibilities at ABC News?

John Shehata: Im the Executive Director of Search for ABC News, and recently heading SEO for media properties like ABC Family, ABC.com, and Oscars. Everything SEO goes through our department.

Eric Enge: How many people are in the department?

John Shehata: Were a small centralized team of 2. We also have SEO Ambassadors, which is a group of people that work within different groups at ABC, different shows or properties that help others with SEO as the first line of defense and make sure that SEO is top of mind. They bring us in if they have bigger questions or bigger projects for us to work on.

Eric Enge: The word ambassador is a lead-in to the next question. One of the issues with a larger media organization (in my experience, a traditional media organization) is theres a constant need to educate on what role SEO can play in the growth and promotion of the business. Can you talk a little bit about some of the challenges and some of the wins, perhaps, that you have had along those lines within ABC?

John Shehata: Sure thing. I believe that 40% to 50% of our job is to educate and inform people on SEO best practices, and we actually spend a lot of time doing this. We create different presentations and tailor them to different types of audiences. Presentations to C-level are different from presentations to development or tech teams, which also differ from the editorial team.

We try to help them see why SEO is important to them, and what they will gain from doing it. Were not telling people how to do their job, but really helping them to become more successful at what they do by applying the best practices of search engine optimization. We also stress that we really dont optimize for search engines, but instead, we optimize for people who use search engines to find our content. Education is a big part of our job.

We educate, train, and we create best practices guides, documents, and one-sheets that go around, answer emails with information, send weekly and monthly newsletters and create wikis. If we get the question more than once, we create an FAQ. We have a lot of material out there for the different users, the different departments and the different properties.

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Global Search Engine Marketing: Fine-Tuning Your International Search Engine Results
Global Search Engine Marketing: Fine-Tuning Your International Search Engine Results www.quepublishing.com Global Search Engine Optimization: Fine-Tuning Your International Search Engine Results by Anne F. Kennedy and Kristján Már Hauksson is a SEMPO (Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization) recommended read. Use search to reach all your best customers mdash;worldwide! Don't settle for US-only, English-only search marketing: master global search marketing, and reach all your most profitable customers and prospects mdash;wherever they are! Leading global search experts Anne Kennedy and Kristján Már Hauksson identify all the challenges associated with global search marketing, and offer proven solutions for every key issue, from culture and communication to technology and law. Discover surprising local differences in how people search, craft online marketing campaigns that reflect local cultures, and learn how to profit from tools and social platforms most North American marketers have never even heard of! ANNE F. KENNEDY, founder and managing partner of Beyond Ink, provides search engine marketing to companies worldwide. After providing search engine consulting to hundreds of companies mdash;including Hearst Newspapers, Philips Lifeline, and Dunkin' Donuts mdash;and launching dotcoms Zillow and Avvo online, she formed an international online marketing consortium with Nordic eMarketing in Reykjavik, London, Stockholm, Rome, and Beijing. Anne was a founding member of the board of …From:QuePublishingViews:0 0ratingsTime:04:17More inEducation

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Global Search Engine Marketing: Connecting Google To Your International Content
Global Search Engine Marketing: Fine-Tuning Your International Search Engine Results www.quepublishing.com Global Search Engine Optimization: Fine-Tuning Your International Search Engine Results by Anne F. Kennedy and Kristján Már Hauksson is a SEMPO (Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization) recommended read. Use search to reach all your best customers mdash;worldwide! Don't settle for US-only, English-only search marketing: master global search marketing, and reach all your most profitable customers and prospects mdash;wherever they are! Leading global search experts Anne Kennedy and Kristján Már Hauksson identify all the challenges associated with global search marketing, and offer proven solutions for every key issue, from culture and communication to technology and law. Discover surprising local differences in how people search, craft online marketing campaigns that reflect local cultures, and learn how to profit from tools and social platforms most North American marketers have never even heard of! ANNE F. KENNEDY, founder and managing partner of Beyond Ink, provides search engine marketing to companies worldwide. After providing search engine consulting to hundreds of companies mdash;including Hearst Newspapers, Philips Lifeline, and Dunkin' Donuts mdash;and launching dotcoms Zillow and Avvo online, she formed an international online marketing consortium with Nordic eMarketing in Reykjavik, London, Stockholm, Rome, and Beijing. Anne was a founding member of the board of …From:QuePublishingViews:0 0ratingsTime:07:14More inEducation

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Dr. Denzil Douglas (St. Kitts Nevis) – Challenges for Small Islands Developing States (Excerpt)
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ACLU Challenges Over First Amendment
David Loy, legal director for the ACLU of San Diego Imperial Counties, talks to KPBS about lawsuits over the First Amendment.From:KPBSSanDiegoViews:20 0ratingsTime:05:28More inNews Politics

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One of the challenges of managing a search engine optimization (SEO) program effectively is convincing colleagues across your organization to understand, at the highest level, what the outcomes of a well-executed SEO campaign are. What defines success? And, just as important, how do you break it down effectively for those staring blankly at spreadsheets?

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