Japan Needs a Hate Speech Law

December 18, 2014 by Erik Bleich
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Even though the Japanese Supreme Court recently upheld a ruling against a group of Zaitokukai activists who were inciting racial hatred, when compared to most other liberal democracies, Japan lacks a well-established law that can be used to punish aggressive racist speech targeting vulnerable members of society. Japan needs a new law now.

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Confronting Violent Religious Extremism

December 13, 2014 by Knox Thames
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Violent religious extremism will be one of the greatest challenges facing the international community in the twenty-first century. United States must update its current security-based counterterrorism approach with a strategy that promotes religious freedom and pluralism in order to counter the narratives of religiously motivated terrorist organizations.

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What China’s Climate Pledge Means for Its Economy

December 7, 2014 by Robert U. Ayres
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China’s carbon emissions should peak at approximately 12 billion metric tons per year, requiring the economic growth rate to slow to as low as 4 or 5 percent, Robert U. Ayres predicts.

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Despite an Economic Slowdown, China Has a Strategy

November 28, 2014 by Reza Hasmath and Natalia Wyzycka
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China has been stuck in a protracted economic slowdown, with recent evidence suggesting a grimmer outlook in the near future. Under these circumstances, the Chinese government will have to reassure the public of its legitimacy and capacity to manage periods of decreasing economic growth and potential socioeconomic consequences that follow.

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