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In Search of Their "Exodus" From Tyranny To Freedom

Yehia Ghanem | Posted 04.07.2016 | Religion
Yehia Ghanem

With the coming celebration of Passover, we recall the Jewish exodus from the tyranny they faced of the Egyptian Pharaoh. Sunni Muslims recall a simil...

An African Dictator in America

Themba Mzingwane | Posted 04.06.2016 | World
Themba Mzingwane

In the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, Donald Trump continued to flirt with the idea that President Barack Obama was actually born in Kenya,...

How to Become a Genocidal Dictator -- And Still Have Western leaders Fawn Over You

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 04.05.2016 | World
Rebecca Tinsley

Follow these simple steps, and you too can enjoy totalitarian power, while using your country's oil and natural resources as your personal bank account. Learn from the experts: President Obiang of Equatorial Guinea, Field Marshall Bashir of Sudan, and the House of Saud.

Why Is Fascism on the Rise?

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

Change means that something significantly new has happened. Decisions have to be made. Since the situation is new, the decision has to be made under uncertainty.

Last Night, Donald Trump Disqualified Himself

William Astore | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
William Astore

Trump's performance last night reminded me of Richard Nixon's infamous answer to David Frost about Watergate: "When the president does it, that means it's not illegal."

Carl Jung and Donald Trump

Carol Smaldino | Posted 02.26.2016 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

As it turns Carl Jung (psychiatrist, psychoanalyst) might be one of the least surprised by the seemingly unstoppable rise of Donald Trump in the polls...

Human Rights in Uruguay: Democracy, Decency and Impunity

Noam Schimmel | Posted 02.17.2016 | World
Noam Schimmel

Uruguayan democracy will be incomplete and at odds with fundamental and non-derogable international human rights law until Uruguay confronts its past honestly, openly, and without repression.

The Arab Spring Is Not Dead

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

As the flames ignited from the dusty town of Sidi Bouzid in central Tunisia spread from one Arab country to another, it seemed as if Arabs had finally emerged out of the long dark tunnel where they had been forced to dwell for decades.

A Country With No Immune System

Yehia Ghanem | Posted 12.17.2015 | World
Yehia Ghanem

In human bodies, the first thing a virus targets is the immune system. As in human bodies, the first thing Dictatorships target is freedom of expression and more specifically, press freedom. If successful, the Dictators' task would be much easier in controlling their people, in sucking dry their fortunes and more seriously, their spirit.

Voting Underway In Myanmar's First Free Election In 25 Years

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.07.2015 | World

YANGON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Voting began on Sunday in Myanmar's first free nationwide election in 25 years, the Southeast Asian nation's biggest stride ...

Dashed Hopes: Why Aren't Social Media Delivering Democracy?

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Dana Radcliffe

In 2015, popular government seems to be receding globally. With the qualified exception of Tunisia, the Arab Spring did not transform dictatorships into democracies, and democratic governments seem unable to find consensus solutions to many pressing policy questions.

Egyptians Say No to Sisi's Propaganda

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Egypt looks nothing like the promised heaven of stability and cohesiveness. Scores of Egyptians have been murdered by an ever more rampant police, sentenced to death in kangaroo courts, or jailed in the most inhumane conditions where torture is routine. Dissent is not tolerated, with the media and the press reduced to the role of state propagandists singing the General's praises and parroting his words.

Demanding Democracy Is Seditious in Thailand

Rangsiman Rome | Posted 07.22.2015 | World
Rangsiman Rome

On June 24, 2015, we went to the police station, but to file a complaint of brutality rather than respond to the summons against us. At last, our powerless bare hands which had been unable to shake the junta's power began to cause them worry.

Will It Take 10,000 Days in Prison for Europe to Hold Eritrea to Account?

Christophe Deloire | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Christophe Deloire

The European Union and Sweden must face up to the fact that this regime just plays for time without regard for human life and basic human values. Until now the international community has naively played along but, 14 years after the crackdown that put Isaak and so many others behind bars, it is time to stop.

Authoritarian Symps

John Feffer | Posted 05.28.2015 | World
John Feffer

In the bad old days of the Cold War, the left and the right used to play a nasty game called "Who's Your Favorite Dictator?" But the terms of the game have changed.

The Young Dictator Problem

John Feffer | Posted 05.21.2016 | World
John Feffer

Bashar al-Assad is not going to age out of office any time soon. He refuses to be ignored. One way or the other, we're going to have to deal with the young dictator.

Mothers As Benign Dictators: 3 Economic Problems Solved By Motherhood

Dr. Rebekka Grun | Posted 05.09.2016 | Impact
Dr. Rebekka Grun

In short, mothers can undo those problems that economic theory has found a so called 'well meaning dictator' can solve. The issue is that in the great wide world, well meaning dictators are a rare species. In our families however, we may know one or two.

Peru's Accidental President Speaks

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 06.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Ximena Ortiz

Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo told me, half-jokingly, that he exists in the error margin of the world of probabilities. Indeed, his rise shouldn't have been. Toledo doesn't just come from poverty. He was born of a poverty so dire, his siblings were dying of it.

Ditch the Workplace Uniform

Robin Cassady | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Robin Cassady

Being relaxed truly allows me to get the most out of my workday and strive for greater success. I am happier to do more for my employer because I am comfortable at work.

Hitler, Franco, and a Banker: The Path Not Taken in Nazi Germany

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Elizabeth Nicholas

I spoke with Pierpaolo Barbieri about his re-framing of the relationship between two of the world's most despised men, the intrinsic danger of absolute power, and historical memory's very long shadow.

The Legacy of Lee Kuan Yew and the Myth of Trade-Offs

Calvin Cheng | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Calvin Cheng

SINGAPORE -- Freedom is being able to walk on the streets unmolested in the wee hours in the morning, to be able to leave one's door open and not fear being burgled. Freedom is the woman who can ride buses and trains alone. These are the freedoms that Singaporeans have, freedoms that were built on the vision and hard work of Lee Kuan Yew.

'Cuba Straits:' A Conversation With Randy Wayne White

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.23.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Randy Wayne White is a New York Times bestselling author well known for his twenty-one previous Doc Ford novels; the Hannah Smith series; and four collections of non-fiction.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' -- From the Personal to the Political

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Jane Simon, M.D.

To turn to the real world, it is not uncommon to find households in which one parent dominates another. The power play in turn impacts the children.

Triumph Calls NBC 'A Crumbling Dictatorship' For Conan

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 02.18.2015 | Comedy

Triumph recently turned a game of Catchphrase on "The Tonight Show" into a complete train wreck, but apparently he's still not done pooping on NBC. ...

Repression in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Joseph Kabila Attacks and Brutalizes Civilians

Yaa-Lengi Ngemi | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Yaa-Lengi Ngemi

It is unconscionable that an innocent people continue to be killed and be betrayed by their own president, albeit that the diplomats in Kinshasa refer to him as "le petit rwandais," who is supposed to serve and protect the Congolese people.