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Water Canons Used On Disabled Protestors in Bolivia

Violeta Ayala | Posted 05.27.2016 | Latino Voices
Violeta Ayala

Earlier this year we saw something that took us completely by surprise. There was a group of people in wheelchairs hanging themselves from a bridge in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Yes, The First Amendment Protects Panhandling

Evan Bernick | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Americans should not have to beg government officials' permission to speak peacefully to others. Reed ensures that they need not do so. If this be free-speech absolutism, make the most of it.

Leaked Interior Ministry Memos Highlight Differences Within Egypt's Regime

James Dorsey | Posted 05.05.2016 | World
James Dorsey

This latest leak, contrary to past leaks, many of which were from within the military rather than the interior ministry and appeared designed to portray Mr. Al Sisi in a negative light and undermine his credibility, seems inadvertent.

Why We Need to Stand United Against Governments Cracking Down on Dissent

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

Across the world, civic activists are being detained, tortured and killed. The space for citizens to organise and mobilise is being shut down; dissenting voices are being shut up. In 2015, at least 156 human rights activists were murdered -- 156 that we know of.

You Can Be Religious and Also Defend Free Speech

Halim Shebaya | Posted 04.25.2016 | Religion
Halim Shebaya

The right to offend is inherent to the right to the freedom of expression. And it is high time for people to get over it.

Why These Men In The UAE Were Charged For An Online Dance Video

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 04.12.2016 | World

خبر اليوم: تم إلقاء القبض على اثنين من شباب الخدمة الوطنيه المتورطين في تصوير مقطع ...

Free Speech Can Be Offensive. Lebanon Should Get Over It.

Halim Shebaya | Posted 04.05.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

A recent cartoon in a Saudi Arabian newspaper suggested that the Lebanese state is a joke. The cartoon showed a picture of the Lebanese flag captioned by the words "April Fool's."

New Jersey is Pushing Unconstitutional Anti-BDS Legislation Because No more Plausible Deniability

Yolanda Rondon | Posted 03.21.2016 | Impact
Yolanda Rondon

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is a non-violent political protest against Israel's policies and practices that violate the huma...

Civil Discourse Won't Fix the Trump Problem

Kai Degner | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Kai Degner

I've become afraid I might have nothing to show my future children if they ask what I was doing to fight against a demagogue while he was approaching the presidency.

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...

No Trade Without Freedom of Information

Christophe Deloire | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
Christophe Deloire

Many countries, including Vietnam, have signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Now that the TPP is sure to be a hot topic at the summit, President Obama must take this opportunity to make clear that the agreement's implementation cannot be successful without serious human rights improvements in the region. 

Democracy, Diversity, Dissent and Human Rights Necessitate Freedom of Expression and Assembly

Noam Schimmel | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Noam Schimmel

At the heart of the moral and political tensions depicted in Andrew Anthony's recent article in The Observer, 'Is Free Speech in British Universities ...

Help! The Association VP Doesn't Know Electronic Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.05.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

That's the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar's headline for an article on the country's Press Syndicate that hosted this week's launch of a media ethics charte...

Adopt the University of Chicago Free Speech Statement

David Moshman | Posted 02.01.2016 | College
David Moshman

In July 2014 the president and provost of the University of Chicago, "in light of recent events nationwide that have tested institutional commitments ...

China Convicts Prominent Lawyer Pu Zhiqiang of Speech Violations While Nominated for Columbia 2016 Global Freedom of Expression Award

Cynthia L. Cooper | Posted 12.22.2015 | World
Cynthia L. Cooper

A court in Beijing convicted Pu Zhiqiang, one of China's foremost human rights lawyers, of crimes early on December 22, 2015 because of comments he po...

Free Speech is for the Speech You Hate, Not for the Speech You Like

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Dr. Cindi Love

I can relate to the impact of saying what one believes to be true when other people don't want to hear it. That is why I feel alarmed today about the campus-based and society-wide movement toward censorship.

Government Response to Protests Reveals Clash of Cultures in Beirut

Halim Shebaya | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Halim Shebaya

This clash did not begin with the 'You Stink' protests due to the garbage crisis. It is arguably the apogee of years of work on social and political issues spearheaded by activists and NGOs working on a wide variety of topics.

Every University in the Country Should Adopt the University of Chicago's Academic Freedom Statement

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 09.28.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The statement, which can be adapted to all universities -- not just the University of Chicago -- guarantees "all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn." Most importantly, it makes clear that "it is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive."

A Sordid Affair: Prostitution, Adultery and the Fall of Rentboy

Jesse Jackman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jesse Jackman

Where is the legal boundary between prostitution and porn? Why is pornography (in which individuals are paid to perform sexual acts) allowed, but prostitution (in which individuals are paid to perform sexual acts) is not?

Who Is Afraid of Mauritanian Mohamed Cheikh? It Is About Slavery Not the Prophet!

Elham Manea | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
Elham Manea

About 10 to 20 percent of Mauritania's population lives in slavery. The government did abolish the practice 20 years ago, made it a criminal offense in 2007 subject to punishment, but it has failed to genuinely tackle the problem, and the practice continues.

When Art Becomes Poison

Jeb Harrison | Posted 06.04.2016 | Green
Jeb Harrison

The tiny coastal burg of Bolinas, CA, has a reputation for reclusiveness. For years, road signs marking the turnoff from California State Route One, t...

Malice in Dallas

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

I am a Muslim Sufi. But I am first an American writer, and for me freedom of expression is undebatable, except when it embodies a direct call to immediate violence against others.

The Right to Disrespect?

Zehra Mehdi-Barlas | Posted 05.05.2016 | World
Zehra Mehdi-Barlas

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find out what it means to me sang Aretha Franklin decades ago. R-E-S-P-E-C-T -- what everyone is taught in character building class; a class that starts as soon as one is able to babble.

Even Jews Can Ignore Jewish Suffering?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.01.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

Why didn't they demand inclusive language or refuse to sign? What did they have to lose? I don't belong to PEN -- but if I did, I'd be ashamed to sign a letter that ignored the plight of French Jews.

Desert Dancer: Art and Humanity Blooms in Post-Revolutionary Iran

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Yasamin Beitollahi

What if you looked beyond the images of Iran that flicker past on the nightly news? What if you knew that Iran was the birthplace of the revered Persian poet, Rumi and the first charter of human rights?