Wikileaks exposes a wealth of CIA surveillance and spying tactics affecting phones, online platforms and even televisions. International Women’s Day marks a Day Without Women Protests around the country (but not at PEN, where we have our Annual General Meeting/Town Hall on the Role of the Writer in Trump’s America tonight. -Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director

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WikiLeaks Releases Trove of Alleged C.I.A. Hacking Documents
In what appears to be the largest leak of C.I.A documents in history, WikiLeaks released on Tuesday thousands of pages describing sophisticated software tools and techniques used by the agency to break into Internet-connected devices.

Schools and businesses across the US will shutter for the ‘Day Without a Woman’ strike
On March 8 — in celebration of International Women’s Day and in defiance of the Trump administration — women and gender non-conforming people around the country will go on strike for A Day Without a Woman.

U.S. judge to rule on Singaporean blogger’s asylum request
A judge is expected to issue a decision in around two weeks for Amos Yee, who has been jailed twice in Singapore and has been held at a detention facility outside of Chicago since arriving at O’Hare International Airport in December seeking political asylum.

As Rex Tillerson considers ditching reporters, bureau chiefs hash out the details
As CEO of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson was accustomed to going where he wanted, when he wanted, with whoever he wanted. He doesn’t seem compelled to act much differently as Secretary of State.

Ex-Obama spokesman: The media allows itself to be played by Trump
It’s hard to imagine the press having a more dysfunctional relationship with the White House, but the media shouldn’t make itself the story. So says Josh Earnest, who was White House press secretary during President Obama’s second term.


Gambian journalist attacked at press conference of ruling coalition
A Gambian journalist was attacked by angry supporters of the main ruling coalition party, the United Democratic Party whose leader is a veteran politician and now Foreign Affairs minister, Ousainou Darboe.

Hunger Striking Detained Journalist Mohammad Al-Qeeq Moved To Hospital
The journalist Mohammad al-Qeeq, who entered his second month of a hunger strike protesting his continued illegal detention by Israel, was moved to a hospital after a serious deterioration in his health condition.

South African Social Media Regulations Threaten Democracy
The Right2Know Campaign and the Democratic Alliance lashed out at State Security Minister David Mahlobo for saying the regulation of social media in South Africa was being discussed at government level.

China’s film censorship paradox: restricted content, unrestricted access
Chinese censors slashed 17 minutes from the latest Wolverine movie but anyone, including children, can see what is still a very violent film – an example of the arbitrariness that creates problems for parents and filmmakers.

Isis play Homegrown demands to be staged
Canceled in 2015, a play about the radicalization of young Muslims has now been published. It’s challenging, gloriously authentic, and prompts grown up debate. So who is brave enough to put it on?

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