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Oregon: Proposals on State Funding and Consolidation

BY MARTIN KICH In “Threatening Tuition Hike, Oregon Universities Demand Funding Increase,” an article for Oregon Public Broadcasting, Rob Manning reports: The presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities are telling legislative leaders they need a big funding increase to keep tuition down. That’s the main message in a letter the university presidents intend to send to…

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Ransomware: The New “Protection” Racket

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH In an article for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Gary Robbins reports: “Los Angeles Valley College in Valley Glen said it paid $28,000 in bitcoins to the hackers, who had used malicious software to commandeer a variety of systems, including key computers and emails. “’It was the assessment of our outside cybersecurity experts that…

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Bills to Kill Tenure in Iowa, Missouri

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH This is from the “Capital Roundup for January 12, written by Lee Gazette for the Des Moines Register: “A state senator again has filed a bill seeking to end the tenure system at Iowa’s three state universities. Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, has filed the bill before, but this year Senate File…

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Suppressing Freedom of the Press, Part 2

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH The Committee to Protect Journalists has released its list of journalists who were killed in 2016; clicking on the journalists’ names will link you to their stories: 48 Journalists Killed in 2016/Motive Confirmed Terminology explained Mohammad Nasir Mudasir , Melli Paigham Radio December 15, 2016, in Mohammed Agha District, Logar Province, Afghanistan…

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Suppressing Freedom of the Press, Part 1

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH In early December, the Committee to Protect Journalists released its annual listing of journalists jailed for political reasons over the past year. Here are the totals by nation: Azerbaijan: 5 Bahrain: 7 Bangladesh: 2 Cameroon: 1 China: 38 Cuba: 2 Egypt: 25 Eritrea: 17 Ethiopia: 16 Gambia: 3 India: 1 Israel…