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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.

Losing Our Sons and Daughters: The Cost of Afghanistan

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The small percentage of Americans who have borne the brunt of the human costs of our Afghan war, the utter corruption of the government we are supporting, and the toll in civilian casualties all make the continuing of this war immoral.

Larry Rivers After Crossing His Delaware

Barbara Probst Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Barbara Probst Solomon

Larry was intellectual, literary, and one of the most brainy artists of his generation, but there was always the feeling in the art world that the more intellectual the artist, the less talented the painter.

Cuban Dissident Detained, Freed, For Second Time

AP | PAUL HAVEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HAVANA — A well-known Cuban dissident was in and out of police custody repeatedly Friday in a cat-and-mouse game with authorities, who told him ...

Tumult in Tunisia: Labor Propels Protest

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

People power can take the credit for ousting dictator Ben Ali. But in the aftermath, as dissenting factions and the remnants of the old guard struggle to set up an interim government, the power of organized labor is harnessing the revolutionary foment on the streets.

The F Word: Constitutional Lessons For the New Congress

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The Republican lawmakers who read the Constitution out loud as their very first act in the new Congress better bask in their Tea Party glow -- because they're not going to feel the love from Constitutional scholars.

Israel's Crackdown on Leftist Dissent

Joseph Dana | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph Dana

Of all the criminals involved with the 2008 Gaza war, an Israeli leftist will be going to jail for riding his bike against the war in Tel Aviv. Tel Av...

Journalism Is Not an Attack, Wikileaks Is Not Warfare

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Mull

If you support Wikileaks, if you support transparency, accountability, or even just basic free speech, you should not be playing into the government's semantic game that presents itself as a victim, and Wikileaks as an attacker.

A Falsehood Wrapped in an Enigma Stuffed Into a Burrito

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

When Bush was president, criticism was unpatriotic. Under Obama, dissent is now the highest form of patriotism. That itself is absurd enough, but we have only just begun.

Bolivia: Control Racism or Control Speech?

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joel D. Hirst

The Obama administration should emphasize that the Bolivian government must stamp out all forms of racism and discrimination in ways that respect fundamental tenets of liberal democracy such as free speech.

What's Wrong with America? Let Me List the Books....

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert David Steele

Sun Tzu writes that if you do not know your enemy, AND you do not know yourself, you are destined to fail. The United States of America is not a Repu...

Victory for Animal Rights Dissent

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Quigley

Attacks by government on our human and civil rights are always first directed at people on the margins who do not have widespread popular support. Animal and environmental activists are the ones under attack today.

Individual acts and the collapse of Pakistan

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Dear Howard

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nancy Snow

Howard Zinn was one of the sweetest and gentlest souls. To watch him talk to young people made me hope that my life at such an advanced age would still be so engaging.

Campaign Finance Outrage: Democracy for the Highest Bidder

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Corporations can now directly intervene in campaigns with candidate-specific ads. The only requirement remaining is that they not be coordinated with a campaign. But that's a requirement more of form than substance.

Human Rights Protesters Arrested in Moscow for Demanding Freedom of Assembly

Oleg Kozlovsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Oleg Kozlovsky

As democracy and civil rights in Russia diminish every year, the country is becoming more of a police state. The voice of dissent is silenced by cynical and cruel country leadership.

Winston Churchill Still Instructs

Tony Blankley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Blankley

Contrary to complaints from Democrats, there is nothing partisan or improper about criticizing Obama's policy. Dissenting with honesty, ferocity and courage is one of Churchill's lessons to us.

Voices of Protest: The Iranian Word

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

There is an old saying in Persian, that every Iranian has written at least one line of poetry in their lifetime -- one can only imagine how many millions of lines have been written this summer alone.

Today is the Anniversary of the 1999 Iran Protest

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Without the July 1999 protests, there could never have been June 2009. What the students courageously started then has led to a massive movement encompassing all Iranians.

Dissent Is as American as Cherry Pie

Richard N. Haass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard N. Haass

I was about to follow up with other questions when Condi cut me off. "You can save your breath, Richard. The president has already made up his mind on Iraq." This was eight months before the March 2003 start of the conflict.

Obama Threw the Ball, Now It's in Raul's Court

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

If the Cuban government doesn't grab the ball, there are thousands of hands ready to take our turn to launch it.