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Why Hulk vs. Gawker Is Not About Privacy vs. Free Speech

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 03.23.2016 | Media
Mary Anne Franks

The high-profile case of Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) against Gawker Media has prompted a flood of headlines, thinkpieces and blog posts characterizing the conflict between the two parties as "privacy versus free speech." This characterization misunderstands both concepts and obscures the important issues at stake in the case, whatever its ultimate outcome might be.

This is not winning

Edwin Yohnka | Posted 03.21.2016 | Chicago
Edwin Yohnka

It was shocking recently to see on-line videos of high school students, all white, taunting the players from another, mainly minority, school with cha...

Universities, Safe-Spaces, and the Partisan Divide

Chad Williams | Posted 03.18.2016 | College
Chad Williams

The safe-space is a concept I agree with entirely in concept but less so in practice. I firmly believe that students at any university should be able to feel that they are a valued part of the student body and not be subjected to hate speech or excessive insensitivity.

Congressman Declares War On Revolutionary Mimes... That Talk!

Michael Gene Sullivan | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Michael Gene Sullivan

On March 4, 2016 CNN did a report on U.S. Congressman Steve Russell, of Oklahoma, who had just produced his second annual "Waste Watch," a list of all the things he believes Americans would or should, be shocked to find their tax dollars go to.

Pro and Anti-Trump Protesters Should Stop Whining

Tom Mullen | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Tom Mullen

Donald Trump had another big night on Tuesday, winning at least three states, including winner-take-all Florida and its 99 delegates. This despite protesters disrupting Trump rallies in Ohio and Kansas and shutting Trump down in Chicago.

No Wonder Trump Supporters Hate Political Correctness: It's Gun Control

Kai Degner | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Kai Degner

Is it any surprise Trump's rhetoric continues to escalate and his supporters get angrier and more resolute with each call for civil discourse? These are the same people buying more guns and ammunition every time President Obama says we need more sensible gun laws after innocents lose their lives to gun violence.

Hulk Hogan's Lawsuit Against Gawker Is About Much More Than A Sex Tape

Len Niehoff | Posted 03.16.2016 | Media
Len Niehoff

You probably know that former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker for $100 million for posting a video that included a brief snippet of him having sex with a friend's wife. And the fact that you probably know this helps explain why this is an important case and why Hulk Hogan has no claim.

Donald Trump, Protest, and the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Questions have arisen in recent days about whether Donald Trump, his supporters, and his opponents have acted in ways that either violate the First Amendment or can be punished consistent with the First Amendment. Here are some questions and answers.

Donald Trump's War on the First Amendment

Bill Blum | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Bill Blum

The bullying billionaire can sling mud and demean his real and imagined enemies with the best of them. The problem, however, is that he can't take it when others fire back.

Trumpism Sucker-Punches America

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

A President Trump would turn our country into a place where violence becomes a tool used by the government in order to maintain authority, just as it was, to cite the most egregious example, during the era of Jim Crow. We must not let that happen.

Free Speech and Fanatics: A Final Rejoinder to Sam Harris

Omer Aziz | Posted 03.10.2016 | Media
Omer Aziz

Harris claims that I am being hyperbolic when I argue, as I did in Salon, that he "dehumanizes Muslims to such an extreme degree that it verges upon bloodlust." If my description of his words is hyperbole, how should the following words be described?

Faculty at Prestigious Canadian Universities Join Students in Resisting Parliament's Suppression of BDS

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
David Palumbo-Liu

Trudeau has crossed the aisle to back a conservative motion condemning BDS as well as any Canadians who support the movement. Once again, currying favor with the State of Israel has created a set of strange bedfellows.

Just Shut Up and Vote: The Futility of Representative Government in an Age of Robber Barons

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Congress does not represent us. The courts do not advocate for us. The president does not listen to us. And the First Amendment's assurance of the right to speak freely and petition our government for a redress of grievance no longer applies to us.

Censorship Is Not All Bad

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 03.09.2016 | Media
The University of Central Florida Forum

If you want to change the levels of censorship in our society--in other words, to benefit society by loosening or tightening censorship--the best approach is to appeal to the stated values of our institutions.

Apple Is Right

Peter Scheer | Posted 03.07.2016 | Technology
Peter Scheer

Apple claims that this coercion violates its first amendment rights. Can this argument really succeed? Yes, in my view. Although Apple's argument is somewhat overstated -- as are all arguments in litigation -- the order against Apple is a forbidden form of government censorship.

India's Rejection of Fear

Prem M. Trivedi | Posted 03.07.2016 | World
Prem M. Trivedi

*This article first appeared in Foreign Policy on March 4, 2016.* Yet another viral story in India has sparked discussion about India's "intolerance,...

Advocates Fire Back After Judge Rules Filming Police Isn't A First Amendment Right

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics

Free speech advocates say a federal judge's recent ruling on the right to film police officers on the street won't set any legal precedent, but they s...

Community Organizer Forced Into Exile, Fears for Family's Safety In Iran

Kaveh Taheri | Posted 03.08.2016 | World
Kaveh Taheri

Reza (Arash) Hampay Gharamaleki, the founder of Hamyaran-E-Mehrandish Association, was forced to flee Iran this January due to a heightened number of threats and summons by Iranian intelligence forces.

Harper Lee's Passing: A Legend Dies, But Not Sa Raison d'Etre - Part 3

Quenby Wilcox | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics
Quenby Wilcox

My last blog Harper Lee's Passing: A Legend Dies, But Not Sa Raison d'Etre - Part 2, shows how racial profiling, discrimination and oppression of, not...

A Harsh Prison Sentence For A Novel Writer Has Egypt's Arts Community Worried

The Huffington Post | Sara Elkamel | Posted 02.23.2016 | World

Egyptian writers, artists and activists are reeling over the lengthy prison sentence handed down to a well-respected writer last week in a Cairo court...

Reclaiming Democracy: The First Step Toward Peace - Part 2

Quenby Wilcox | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics
Quenby Wilcox

The type of illegal activity corporations and government employees who approve contracts get involved in, make drug smugglers look like choir boys in the type of atrocities they will become involved in.

Reclaiming Democracy: The First Step Toward Peace -- Part 1

Quenby Wilcox | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics
Quenby Wilcox

The murder of Domingo Julio Gómez Franco of the Spanish Embassy in Bogota in 1998, was an event that touched me particularly hard, and brought the realities of the daily life in Colombia to the Spanish expat community, crashing down on them.

Threats to Academic Freedom in Afghanistan Today, Personal Experience

Sayed Hassan Akhlaq | Posted 02.22.2016 | World
Sayed Hassan Akhlaq

Although the numbers and popularity of academic institutes is growing up, especially in the last decade, academic freedom is dwindling.

The Polish Government's Shameful Attack on a Holocaust Historian

The National Book Review | Posted 02.18.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

Critics of the Polish government's offensive say that although the Nazis were responsible for establishing the death camps, it was not accidental that major camps were placed in Poland, where there were extreme levels of anti-Semitism before and during World War II.

The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2016

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 02.17.2016 | College
Greg Lukianoff

This past year will be remembered as the year that freedom of speech (or the lack thereof) on U.S. campuses became international news.