As things slow down in Basel and Miami, leading galleries, dealers, collectors and artists who congregate here are setting the art world of the People's Republic abuzz. It seems to be only an interim culmination of a 20-year trend that shows no sign of slowing.
The Board of Trustees at the University of Pennsylvania appointed Dr. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois Honorary Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies on February 17th 2012. This short video captures the day's activities.
Günter Grass may or may not be right to say, in his poem, that Israel's nuclear weapons are a threat to world peace. But he's right to say that the West's attitude to Israel, and its nuclear arsenal, involves an awful lot of hypocrisy.
Trademarks are becoming as common as commas, yet with a far greater impact than overused punctuation. While the legal lockdown of conversational language is progressing, the copyright law and rights are being thoroughly challenged.
So I have some great news folks! The Republicans and the Democrats in Congress and the White House finally came together and agreed on something. This is huge. These guys disagree on EVERYTHING! Getting them getting Eskimos and polar bears to play Jenga.
Congress passed the Stolen Valor Act to protect the reputation of military decorations and honors from false pretenders. Such false representations dishonor the decorations themselves, and diminish the reputation.
There are a number of Muslims in Muslim countries who may be willing to oppose the reactionary-conservative movements, but they need additional support, both from within Muslim countries as well as from outside.
You wouldn't think handling a notebook or a camera could be a hazardous line of work. But according to the latest global Press Freedom Index, abuse and oppression of reporters has made journalism an increasingly risky job in many countries.
It seems like a small story -- local politics in an island nation at the edge of the map. But it is typical of the sort of dynamics that are seriously undermining western security in a critical period.
After the recent Reykjavik District Court decisions penalizing a journalist for reprinting publicly-available information and presenting both sides of a domestic dispute, the Icelandic Supreme Court has taken some baby steps towards establishing a free press in Iceland.
Judge Hernandez's ruling is dangerous not because he doesn't believe bloggers are journalists. Rather, it's dangerous because he believes journalists comprise a special class who are entitled to more constitutional rights than the rest of society.