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Review: American Ambassadors, The Past, Present, and Future of America's Diplomats

Peter Van Buren | Posted 02.18.2015 | Books
Peter Van Buren

If you can't do away with the spoils system, the only alternative left is to better prepare the political appointees. Making Dennis Jett's American Ambassadors required reading for every person up for consideration would be a hell of a start.

Howe About That?

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Irving Howe co-founded Dissent in 1954 with sociologist Lewis Coser and edited it until his death in 1993. ("When intellectuals can do nothing else, they start a magazine," Howe quipped in the first issue). The magazine, which has always identified itself with democratic socialism and independent radicalism, began and remains a forum for tough-minded political analysis and debate.

We Need Free Speech Because We Are Ignorant

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We are all ignorant; none of us have all the answers. That fact is not only a strong argument in favor of free speech and against those who would suppress it -- it is a spur toward greater wisdom.

When Gaza Is Burning, We Must Break the Silence

Atalia Omer | Posted 09.24.2014 | World
Atalia Omer

In times of war, it is critical to challenge the logic of those who paint the violence as "inevitable," and also to treat as newsworthy those citizens who actively challenge the conventional narrative from within Israel.

Google Critic Killed in "Ironic" Car Accident: Struck by Google Street View Vehicle

Dr. Robert Epstein | Posted 07.20.2014 | Comedy
Dr. Robert Epstein

Prominent research psychologist and author Dr. Robert Epstein, age 60, was killed yesterday afternoon by a Google Street View vehicle while crossing Front Street in San Diego, where he has long resided.

Honoring Commencement Dissent

Craig Borowiak | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Craig Borowiak

Students have routinely been cast as spoiled and narrow-minded, their protests construed as signs of a newly ascendant liberal intolerance. Most disconcerting, student dissent and resistance have been wrongly equated with bigotry and censorship. This latter equation warrants extra scrutiny.

Intimate Politics: The Personal and Political Revisited (An Interview With Harvard's Tim McCarthy)

Matt Bieber | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Matt Bieber

You're a student of history, and you're more familiar than most with a lot of the threads running through American history. When you look at the contemporary political scene, do you see those threads playing out in a relatively predictable way?

This Year Let's Give Thanks for On-Campus Dissent

Julianna Forlano | Posted 01.27.2014 | New York
Julianna Forlano

How many of our personal rights and freedoms have their roots in campus protest? How many of our children's will be? If the City University of New York (CUNY) has its way, we may never find out.

Maintaining a Moral Politics

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

In the early days of the changes in 1989, a new kind of politics emerged within the opposition movements poised to enter parliaments and governments. Many dissidents had a deep distrust of political parties and of political compromise.

The Fractionalization of the Republican Party

Marco Cáceres | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

The Republican Party is fractionalizing before our eyes. Conservative Republicans, led by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, are calling moderate conservatives not true Republicans, or "RINO's" (Republicans In Name Only).

Argle-Bargle: What Justice Scalia Still Doesn't Get About Marriage

Jay Michaelson | Posted 09.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Jay Michaelson

Really? Argle-bargle? The term doesn't appear in my dictionary, but I take it to mean an incoherent ramble, the equivalent of gibberish. And to apply it to the legal arguments that a generation of lawyers and legal scholars have debated for years is, itself, offensive.

Breaking Ranks: the History of the NLG Military Law Task Force

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

The shift in regulations means that GIs planning protests can be hit with bad performance evaluations and in some cases even discharged. These soldiers can also receive "counseling statements," essentially bad marks in their record, for engaging in dissent.

Throwing Manning to the Wolves

Edward Wasserman | Posted 05.20.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

He was a great source. His information was solid. The world's best news organizations believed it was of immense public value. So now he goes to jail, perhaps for life, and the media stand in silence?

Spinning the Chamber...

David Trumble | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
David Trumble


Thank You, America

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Jessica R. Dreistadt

Typically, my gratitude is focused on those things, people, ideas, and places that are immediately accessible to me. I forget to also express appreciation for things like my citizenship; yet, it is an integral part of who I am and what I am able to do with my life.

Some Thoughts on Being Afraid

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

Candidates and commentators are saying, "Iran's bomb program must not be allowed to reach the 'operational' stage." So here we go again. The possibility of pre-emptive military action is on the table.

America's Commitment Laws Are Silencing Dissenters

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

With one stroke of a magistrate's pen, these service men are being declared mentally ill, locked away against their will, and stripped of their constitutional rights.

Scalia Dissents

Jeff Danziger | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Ai Weiwei Calls Out China For Crushing Dissent

AP | Posted 06.10.2013 | Arts

BEIJING -- Artist Ai Weiwei has again criticized China's leaders as lacking vision and refusing to permit dissenting voices, saying the government's m...

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 04.24.2012 | World
Thor Halvorssen

We request that your government reconsider its travel ban on Dr. Chee and, in the spirit of human rights, allow him to leave Singapore for four days to participate in the Oslo Freedom Forum.

South Korea Cracks Down on Dissent

Christine Ahn | Posted 04.18.2012 | World
Christine Ahn

By redbaiting SPARK as a communist, pro-North organization, the South Korean government is trying to taint the Jeju naval base resistance and send a message to others that if they are or become involved, they too will be branded and targeted.

Alt. Radio’s Barsamian Banned In India

Posted 11.30.2011 | Denver

Boulder's David Barsamian, the founder of nationally syndicated "Alternative Radio," has been traveling to India for decades, but last Friday he was f...

Moved to Action

Marian Salzman | Posted 11.12.2011 | Impact
Marian Salzman

I've (over)heard a lot of ways for people to say they've reached a point of no return with their frustration, feeling so full of stress that they're stirred from passive acceptance to real action.

America's Numb Generation

Peter Bart | Posted 10.24.2011 | Home
Peter Bart

Why are kids in America so calm in the face of a stalled economy, stalemated government, college loans and dim job prospects? Or are they just numb? Their passivity seems to mirror the traits of the characters featured in Hollywood's recent movies.

Hossein Derakshan: Sued Here and Imprisoned There

Steve Clemons | Posted 08.10.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

Yesterday, the father of blogging in Iran, Hossein Derakshan, the young person who had helped hundreds if not thousands of bloggers inside Iran, failed to secure an appeal of a 20-year sentence imposed on him by the Islamic Republic of Iran.