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Abuse of Power

How to Be a Hero: Insight From the Milgram Experiment

Matthew Hollander | Posted 02.27.2015 | Science
Matthew Hollander

This unilateral focus on the dark side has had the unintended effect of blinding us to one of the most obvious and inspiring features of the experiment: it also showed that hundreds of ordinary people -- though the minority of Milgram's participants -- did in fact have what it takes to stand up for what is right.

Cold Turkey Limiting Freedom of Speech in Turkey

Yohuru Williams | Posted 03.01.2015 | Media
Yohuru Williams

Such is the disappointing state of the press in Turkey where the Erdogan administration's actions have rightfully earned the suspicion of the Turkish people and democratic nations across the globe that fear, with good cause, that the assault on the media is only the beginning. Not all is lost for Erdogan yet.

A Word to White and Black Evangelicals in America

David Moore | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
David Moore

These marches are not only about recent cases. Some of us have been all too conscious of police abuse our entire lives, and it has been underway for generations. It's just that we have, as a country, come to a different place.

Ryan Kristobak

The Young Rapper Who Is Ready To End Police Militarization | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 08.21.2014 | Entertainment

In the wake of the events of the tragic shooting and death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, some artists have taken the time to reach out to th...

6 Shockingly Childish Abuses Of Power By Airport Employees

Cracked | Posted 04.23.2014 | Weird News

Anyone who's danced the airport waltz is probably familiar with random delays, overpriced everything, and security precautions that flirt with idiotic...

Stop Using the Bully Pulpit for Bullying

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

How is a witness supposed to respond to such a statement? It is not a question which calls for an answer. A witness who attempted to respond would be called out-of-order, or worse, his microphone would be turned off.

Life-changing: Catherine Breillat's Abuse of Weakness at DIFF

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.08.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

A natural-born fighter, in 2004, fate handed Breillat the fight of her life. She suffered a massive stroke that left her paralyzed on one side of her body, with difficult rehabilitation ahead and many more trials and tribulations to come.

If You've Done Nothing Wrong, You've Nothing to Hide: So Why Is Our Government Prosecuting Whistleblowers?

William Astore | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
William Astore

You can hardly point out that the Emperor has no clothes if you're not even allowed to look in his direction. And that's precisely the point of the government's war on whistleblowers. The message couldn't be more clear or more authoritarian: Avert your eyes, citizens!

Didn't Get Your Table? Close Down The Restaurant

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 04.30.2013 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY -- A Mexican official's daughter has caused a scandal by sending inspectors to shut down a restaurant that didn't give her the table she w...

Penn State's Massive Moral Failure to Put the Most Vulnerable First Instead of Last

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.15.2012 | Sports
Jim Wallis

Big sports at big colleges are big business for both the schools and the surrounding communities. The control and protection of money in so many of our institutions is a leading cause of institutional moral failure -- and the Penn State scandal is a colossal moral failure.

At the Root of Hard-Hearted Politics

Judith Barr | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics
Judith Barr

If we are going to resolve the closed-heartedness of our politics and our politicians, we need to find the root. And we need to really understand it so we can do something truly constructive with it and about it.

Cops vs. Cameras

Carly Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Should ordinary people be arrested for filming on-duty police abusing their power? If a string of recent cases is any indication, judicial systems thr...

Palins Want to Have Their Cake and Eat It Too

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

MSNBC posted 1,200 emails obtained through a records request with the State of Alaska. The level of involvement of Todd Palin is higher than most of us who called him the "Shadow Governor" thought.

Richard Fiorito Will Not Be Charged: Cop Accused Of Targeting Gays For DUI Arrests Cleared

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago Police Officer accused of targeting gay and lesbian motorists for phony DUI arrests and making anti-gay comments during those arrests will n...

Sheriff Arpaio Subject of Federal Grand Jury Inquiry

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

[Sheriff] Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas angered many in the legal community when they filed a federal RICO (racketeering) lawsuit against many of their political opponents...

Anti-Gay Chicago Cop: Is Fiorito Off The Hook?

Chicagoist | Joseph Erbentraut in News on January 15, 2010 2:30 PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When we were alerted to a tip, earlier this week, from the Gay Liberation Network (GLN) that the Cook County States Attorney's office was planning to ...

The Pen-Stroke Fallacy

Mark Kleiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Kleiman

A reversal of DADT that comes up from the bottom rather than down from the top will be much harder for a Republican president to undo. Yes, patience in the face of injustice is hard. But that doesn't make impatience a virtue.

Fear, the Abuse of Power, and the Need for Immigration Reform

John Amaya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Amaya

Many of my law enforcement contacts have been struggling with this issue: How can they effectively protect the public from real threats when a certai...

President Obama's Clear Abuse Of Power Cited By...Senator Obama

Rob Warmowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rob Warmowski

Those who sought legal idealism from the Obama administration won't be getting it, and those who saw a bloated, creeping Executive branch under Bush/Cheney have not, after all, voted in a choirboy.

"Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely"

Hannah Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hannah Fisher

The legitimacy of Parliament will remain open to dispute until promise of change actuates into real reform.

Obama "Looks Forward" On Financial Fraud, Too | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Obama just issued a signing statement to the bill establishing the "Pecora Commission," mandated to investigate the financial meltdown. The statement ...

Police Spy On Climate Activist, Place Him On Terrorist Watch List

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

I'm a former Peace Corps volunteer, an Eagle Scout, church member, youth baseball coach, and dedicated father. I also happen to be director of one of ...

Palin Oozes Abuse of Power or Liar Liar Palin on Fire!

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

The picture we Alaskans and the rest of America have of Governor Palin is becoming clearer by the day. It's now widely known that the Governor of Alas...

The Line That Could Sink McCain-Palin

Eric Schmeltzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Schmeltzer

In response to a question as to whether Dick Cheney's view of the Vice Presidency was right, not only did Sarah Palin say it was, but hinted that she'd like even more power, as VP.

"Clean" McCain Taps Vindictive Two-Bit Hack for VP

Eric Schmeltzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Schmeltzer

She's someone who was part-time Mayor of a 6000 person town a few years ago, and got handed the keys to the Governor's office, and promptly became drunk with power that she was all too eager to abuse.