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Religious Fundamentalism Should Not Be Affecting Americans' Rights

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Fred Silberberg

What we don't realize is that we, as a nation, have allowed our own country to be ruled in part by our own domestic religious fundamentalism.

Journos, Press Freedom Activists Decry Lebanon's Draft ICT Law

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Press freedom advocates fear any clampdown would put Lebanon, noted for its open cyberspace, in the same league as other Arab countries that jail and torture bloggers for their dissenting views.

Restoring the Fourth Amendment: How We the People Can Win Over Washington

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

With 2010 finding our government institutions tone deaf and disengaged on addressing our mounting constitutional crises, there have been few riper times for a transpartisan political offensive.

Temple Student Group Placed on Probation for Inviting Me to Speak?

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

A Temple University student group was notified this morning that it was on probation because of me. Apparently Temple just decided I am either so dang...

Oklahoma to Sponsor Tea Party Militia?

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

The Tea Party has no right to intimidation and armed violence. The formation of a Tea Party Militia can be construed to serve no purpose other than that.

U.S. Congress and Arizona Deliver One-Two Punch to Immigrants

Jeffrey Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Kaye

By failing to act on immigration reform, Washington is ceding authority to those who have more respect for guns and prisons than for human dignity.

Secular Law Is Progressive, Constitutionally

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

In selecting a new justice to replace Stevens, all that's necessary is to a capable and honest person to uphold a progressive instrument of governance.

End Policing for Profit

Scott Bullock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Bullock

Civil forfeiture laws were supposed to help fight the war on drugs, by making sure that crime wouldn't pay. But this broken system also sweeps innocent property owners into its net.

Will Smith's Last Pharaoh vs. Egypt's History by Hollywood

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aladdin Elaasar

Will Smith's upcoming movie sheds light on long forgotten Egyptian history. If you want to know the true story of the Last Pharaoh of Egypt, you'd better pay attention to what's going on in Egypt today and in the near future.

Losing the Country, One Profile at a Time

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

Obama really knows how to take the worst excesses of the Bush administration, put his own liberal-sounding cover on them, and make them more insidious...

A Revolution in the Making?

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aladdin Elaasar

A sense of frustration, hopelessness and repression seems to be haunting Egyptian youth and the older people as well, struggling to make ends meet. The result has impacted Egyptian society.

Remembering A Divided Nation

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

America is as divided as it has been at any time since the Civil War. The rift is not as obvious as the subjugation of persons based on color. But do not doubt it is about conduct.

SWAT and the Drug War: License to Kill

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

As long as this country remains addicted to current drug laws, the police will have to enforce those laws. But where is it written that they must show up in the dead of night, armed and armored, in order to do so?

Why I Kicked Off My Campaign for Rep. Kennedy's Seat in Front of Bank of America

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

Who in Washington is telling banks their actions are unacceptable? By starting my campaign right in front of one of the big banks, I wanted to make clear that I will.

Probe Into Destruction Of CIA Interrogation Tapes Is Winding Down

Washington Post | Carrie Johnson and Julie Tate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

An investigation into the destruction of CIA videotapes that depicted harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects appears to be nearing a close, ending...

Is Egypt's Economy in Crisis?

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aladdin Elaasar

Egypt is undergoing a severe liquidity crisis caused by the loss of hard currency from few sources: tourism was a key source of foreign exchange and the main engine of growth.

Thirty Years after Khomeini: Will Egypt Turn into another Iran?

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aladdin Elaasar

The 83-year-old President Mubarak of Egypt has been in power since 1981. Concerns about his health draw much greater attention to the question of who will next rule the nation of Egypt.

Britain's "Fundamental Resettlement" of Rights -- America's Fundamental Failure

Barrett Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barrett Brown

It would be hard to point to a better example than this of a representative government actually being prompted to give up a great array of its own powers through the electoral process itself.

Get Your Government Hands Off My Marijuana

Kevin Armento | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Armento

Every time a Tea Partier against big government and wasteful spending, the left should stand shoulder-to-shoulder and proclaim, "You betcha. Get your government hands off my marijuana."

Getting After the Devil: Obama and Civil Liberties

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

if Congress gives the Obama administration the green light to scale back the Miranda rule, it would be yet another dangerous expansion of government power at the expense of citizens' civil rights.

Sarah Palin: Exploitation of Women at its Worst

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aladdin Elaasar

Sarah Palin is definitely the embodiment of the antifeminist movement in this country as she aims to appeal to female voters and consumers in the so-called pink economy.

Risky Business in the Arab World

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Aladdin Elaasar

Why is it hard for Arab and Muslim writers, professors, intellectuals and average persons to speak out against suicide bombers, Jihadists, anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism in their countries?

Why Marijuana Is Not A Drug

Kevin Armento | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Armento

It's perfectly legal to abuse the drugs Marlboro, Jack Daniels, McDonalds, and base jumping. Will those who wish to keep pot illegal also criminalize these more dangerous drugs? I'll put down my bong when you put down your Big Mac.

To Obama: Egypt Is at Dangerous Crossroads

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aladdin Elaasar

As President Mubarak is in a hospital in Germany with no apparent successor, Egyptian Americans call upon President Obama to re-evaluate American/Egyptian relations.

Facing History, and Arizona

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

It is easy to be cowed by mere numbers in the immigration debate. More than 12 million undocumented people reside in the United States. But whether yo...