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Freedom of Expression.

When Art Becomes Poison

Jeb Harrison | Posted 06.04.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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?

Freedom of Expression and Its Double Standard

Aseal Tineh | Posted 05.24.2015 | College
Aseal Tineh

Almost a month ago, the French Club at the University of Chicago invited Charlie Hebdo journalist Zineb El Rhazoui to discuss "freedom of expression in our contemporary society." The event on freedom of expression, however, quickly turned to a kickboxing match with a single kickboxer and Islam as her punching bag.

15 Years in Prison for a Poem! Welcome to Qatar

Elham Manea | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
Elham Manea

He wrote a poem. Recited it in his apartment to a group of seven people. Unknown to him, the poem was recorded and uploaded on YouTube. That was in 2011. Now he sits in prison in Qatar, serving a prison sentence of 15 years!

'We Stand United in Our Humanity'

Elham Manea | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
Elham Manea

Why does the Saudi government deny freedoms of speech, religion and political association to it citizens? As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, why does Saudi Arabia imprison a young man who committed no crime, who only created a blog calling for freedom?

Press Freedom Must Not Be Compromised in Fight Against Extremism

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Courtney C. Radsch

There is a valid concern that the countering violent extremism initiative could provide justification for governments to broaden surveillance online and use it to curb human rights and civil liberties.

Not Defending Our Ideals of Freedom Today Would Be a Crime

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 04.22.2015 | World
Inna Shevchenko

I call upon all defenders of freedom to join the ideological battle; now is the time to set pluralism against dogma; drawings, books and peaceful protests against guns; secularism against religious dominance.

Cartoons: Art and Entertainment or Lethal Weapons?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.17.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Saturday's smaller replay in Copenhagen of Paris' Charlie Hebdo massacre that left three dead (including the suspected shooter) and several injured begs the question: are cartoons art and entertainment or lethal weapons?

Joint Responsibility for Freedom of Expression Worldwide

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.23.2015 | Media
Daoud Kuttab

The events of last week in France were truly tragic and required a major response. But now that the world has spoken in support of freedom of expression, we, the peoples of the world, must hold our own leaders to the same values and insist on having same rights in our countries.

Nothing Is Sacred

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Neither public servants nor clergy nor holy books nor heroes are infallible. Battling obscurantism does not mean we are saints of any kind. It means we will not accept a tyrant's bogus paradise, and are free to form our own words and images and make up our own minds.

The Artist is Absent: Ai Weiwei @Large on Alcatraz

Carla Escoda | Posted 03.17.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Seven installations by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei sprout amid the rusting steel bars, broken windows and peeling paint of a cellblock, a dining hall, hospital ward, and a forced labor facility.

Can 'User as Owner' Policy Prevent Need for 'Right to Be Forgotten'?

Tanis Jorge | Posted 03.13.2015 | Technology
Tanis Jorge

Data aggregation and collection is now a reality in our online world due to data prevalence and technological advancements. In a global economy, the creation of multiple data privacy laws from country to country is problematic and hinders inclusion and commerce.

Freedom of Expression Is Not Unlimited

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 03.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Freedom of expression does not mean that anyone has the right to be heard at any time and in any forum, no matter what. There are times when lines must be drawn for reasons both moral and legal, but there are other times when it is inappropriate and wrong to draw such lines.

Charlie Hebdo and the Right to Laugh

Rick Horowitz | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Satire: Somebody's going to be offended. (And...?) ...

From France to India, Charlie Hebdo Reminds Us of the Real Promise of Free Speech

Nilanjana S. Roy | Posted 03.12.2015 | World
Nilanjana S. Roy

It might be hard to believe today, but in the eight years or so that preceded the day when gunmen went into its office, calling, "Where's Charb? Where's Charb?" before indiscriminately killing the editor and several staffers, I had thought of Charlie Hebdo with some envy. The staffers had gone to court and won their cases; two of France's premiers had backed them on the right to continue being offensive in the same decade when we in India had lost the right to offend. They had been able to exercise a freedom that many Indians had not been able to claim.

Lebanese Caricaturists Feel With Charlie Hebdo, Fear Retribution

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.11.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Lebanese caricaturists felt solidarity with French colleagues targeted in a terrorist attack on the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo this week, but admitted they're hamstrung by threats against them, terrorism, sectarianism, and political instability in their country.

'We Survive by Living... Deliberately!' Meet Yemeni Female Blogger: Afrah Nasser

Elham Manea | Posted 03.08.2015 | World
Elham Manea

Blogging on the unfolding events in Yemen had its price. When she received a threatening message on her Facebook account, her reaction was simple: she translated it from Arabic to English and posted it on her blog!

Global Digital Media Factbook 2014-15 Helps Firms Strategize

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.27.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

How can media firms strategize, plan budgets, and decide where to allocate their resources effectively?

This Family Nightmare Is The Price Of Political Expression In China

ChinaFile | Zeng Jinyan | Posted 09.23.2014 | World

Activist Hu Jia’s Family Nightmare The essay that follows was written by Zeng Jinyan, whose husband, Hu Jia, has been prominently involved in...

The Power of Doing It: A Case for Living Out Our Dreams

Mario Tenaglia | Posted 10.26.2014 | Good News
Mario Tenaglia

One of the most interesting results I have found with living out and following my dream has been the quiet and peace and rest I've experienced inside myself upon returning. I am more quiet and calm and peaceful inside. My body is relaxed.

The United States Must Lead in Upholding Net Neutrality

Freedom House | Posted 10.15.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

While innovation has flourished under the free-market system, this does not mean that regulation and innovation are mutually exclusive.

The Value of Freedom

Yael Eckstein | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Yael Eckstein

The value of freedom cannot be overstated. It's the foundation that gives all of us who live in western democracies -- people of faith and no faith al...