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Fireworks, Freedom, Fiesta: Patriotic Days Around The World

Most Americans will spend Thursday marking the birth of their nation 237 years ago, with the founding fathers' adoption of the Declaration of Independence. July 4th celebrates the American colonies' independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and the establishment of the United States as a nation self-evidently free to pursue happiness and hot dog-eating records. So Happy Birthday, America!

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Of course the many nations of the planet have their various tales of freedom and independence, sources of patriotic fervor and national mythology. So as the world watches the world's current superpower enjoy the annual day of drinking its own Kool-Aid, here are some other national celebrations -- old and less old -- that get celebrated each year...

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Modi's Fight Against "Fake News" Looks A Whole Lot Like Censorship

The Modi government’s attempts to censor the media and intimidate independent journalism pose a grave danger to Indian democracy.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on TV

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A distinct chill has set in this January.

The first month of the New Year has spelt trouble for anybody interested in India’s future as a democracy – where freedom of expression ought to be guaranteed. Not to speak of our newly minted status as the "mother of democracy."

There are things happening, which must be seen together to understand the reality: Censorship is here.

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