- Ben Strauss
Ben Strauss lives in Washington, DC, where he is a contributing writer for Politico Magazine. Previously, he covered sports for the New York Times from Chicago and before that he was press secretary on Capitol Hill.
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Thousands of at-risk Colombian journalists, rights activists, and labor & indigenous leaders have had their privacy and security further violated by GPS trackers covertly installed on the armored vehicles the government provided for their protection: https://apnews.com/article/technology-colombia-journalism-government-and-politics-052267bdc0d65942344fa1cb8fa424f6 (1/2)
The shattering news that four democracy activists were secretly executed by #Myanmar’s military junta demands a strong response, amid fears the military will escalate its campaign of terror against civilians, write @LieslGerntholtz and Nadine Farid Johnson https://pen.org/executions-of-pro-demcracy-activists-in-myanmar-raise-fears-of-escalation-of-military-campaign-of-terror-against-civilians/
Russia has rerouted mobile and internet data from Kherson through Russian networks and blocked access to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Ukrainian news websites and other independent sources. Kherson residents now must use Russian mobile service providers. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/08/09/technology/ukraine-internet-russia-censorship.html