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Reading is Resistance

Karin Schott | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics
Karin Schott

In a past life, in the Cambridge, Massachusetts of the 80's, I was a canvasser for the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, which later merged with th...

Why President-Elect Trump's bluster needs to be taken seriously

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 12.21.2016 | Politics
Benjamin Knoll

Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!— Donald J...

The Weight Of Silence In Schools And Churches

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 12.16.2016 | Education
Katie Mgongolwa

I am a high school teacher in North Carolina and 2016 has been a hell of a year. This is less a proclamation than it is an obvious statement, but the...

Pioneering Freedom

Irina Bokova | Posted 12.02.2016 | Media
Irina Bokova

Ms Alice Bah Khunke, Minister for Culture and Democracy, Sweden Ms Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General 250 years ago the world witnessed the passag...

Muddling Through in Mauritania: The Long, Long Road From Revenue Transparency to Government Accountability

Till Bruckner | Posted 11.15.2016 | World
Till Bruckner

What do iron and fish have in common? Answer: Mauritania, a largely desert country of less than four million people in north-western Africa, is immens...

Elections Have Consequences - Part 2

Lisa Longo | Posted 11.09.2016 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Well, now you've handed all three branches of government to fanatics and the lunatic fringe. But at least you "feel" good about it.


Satinder Dhillon | Posted 11.07.2016 | Entertainment
Satinder Dhillon

Muslim Doctor and Rapper takes on The Donald In his latest song called Fearless, Lazarus expresses his anger intelligently towards the current state...

Why Words Matter (In And Out Of The Locker Room)

Tammy Letherer | Posted 10.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Tammy Letherer

Ah, words! Especially to writers, they are more precious than jewels, as essential as air, and powerful enough to create entire worlds. We chase them,...

Islam Isn't Just Compatible With Western Values, It Fully Endorses Them

Atif Rashid | Posted 10.10.2016 | Religion
Atif Rashid

It was Islamic injunctions which first spurred the great advancements made during the Islamic Golden Age from the 8th to the 13th century. Many are quick to point out though, how today, Islamic nations seem to have fallen into Dark Age depths.

Think We Don't Need Banned Books Week? Take A Look At Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 01.18.2017 | Arts

For a full week each September, the literary community takes time to celebrate books that have been banned in the past and to talk openly about the da...

The Role Of Higher Education In The Search For Civility

Bill Destler | Posted 09.14.2016 | College
Bill Destler

We in academia have an opportunity and an obligation to serve as examples of how to engage in civil discourse in an increasingly polarized nation.

President Obama is Wrong to Support Colin Kaepernick

Steve Siebold | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Colin Kaepernick needs to grow up and start showing respect to the men and women in uniform who protect him and his freedom. President Obama needs to stay out of it and go about his business as President of The United States.

When Did We Stop Listening?

Yasmin Khan | Posted 09.02.2016 | Impact
Yasmin Khan

It's hard to watch or read the news these days. I can't tell if times are just exponentially worse than they once were or if all the horrible things that were always there are just being constantly thrown in my face every time I connect to WiFi. It's depressing, and I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. Still, I keep consuming, because no good will ever come from ignorance.

Campus Carry, Fear, And The Meaning Of The University

John W. Traphagan | Posted 08.15.2016 | Education
John W. Traphagan

For the first time in close to 20 years of university teaching and research, I find myself not particularly excited to begin the Fall semester.

Mourning In America: A Nation United. A Nation Divided.

Frank Islam | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Frank Islam

There is mourning in America today. Out of that mourning can come renewal, rebirth and hope. Or, out of that mourning, can come whimpering, withdrawal and fear.

Freedom Of Speech Is Our American Duty

Melina Delkic | Posted 08.02.2016 | Politics
Melina Delkic

In what has been a tumultuous and unrelenting year of tragedy and vicious discord among parties in the United States, a year where a brash presidential hopeful rose to power on the shirking of human dignity, it feels like we've stopped focusing on the free speech that families like mine always dreamed of having.

I'm Dreaming Of A Bi-partisan World!

Shannon M. Carducci | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
Shannon M. Carducci

What could it look like? Could you just imagine how different our nation would be if we all worked together for the greater benefit of ALL? What woul...

Celebrate All Of Our Veterans This Independence Day

Matt Zeller | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Matt Zeller

On this Independence Day weekend, as you celebrate our nation's freedom, I ask that you also give thanks for our wartime allies. Many veterans can poi...

Freedom of Speech - Why Bother?

Michael Brenner | Posted 06.27.2016 | Media
Michael Brenner

FREEDOM OF SPEECH – WORTH THE BOTHER? Freedom of speech’s centrality in civil liberties is a public as well as a private matter. After all, the po...


Michael Brenner | Posted 06.20.2016 | Media
Michael Brenner

Freedom of speech is the keystone of civil liberties. Freedoms of press and assembly are meant to protect it. Freedom from unwarranted searches and se...

Former Soviet Union Stepping Up Social-Media-Post Arrests

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 06.11.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

A surge in the use of social media to energize activists unhappy with government policy has alarmed authorities in the former Soviet Union the past few years.

Chilean President sues journalists: what really is at stake

Paula Escobar Chavarría | Posted 06.03.2016 | Latino Voices
Paula Escobar Chavarría

The relationship between the Presidents and the press has always been a complicated one. And it should be: as journalists we have the right -and more...

Georgia Lawmakers: AIDS Exhibit Is 'Trash'

Sally Hansell | Posted 05.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Sally Hansell

Nearly three decades after Jesse Helms censored Robert Mapplethorpe's work, lawmakers in a conservative Atlanta suburb have lambasted a local showing of the national exhibition "Art AIDS America."

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.