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You Have No Rights

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

We talk about rights to privacy regularly but few people can point to what exactly those rights are. More importantly, what guarantees those rights? What guarantees us that our rights will not be infringed upon? The answer is... nothing!

State Department Tries To Bully Iraq Author Into Silence

Foreign Policy | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

I never intended to create this much trouble. Two years ago I served 12 months in Iraq as a Foreign Service Officer, leading a Provincial Reconstr...

Democracies Should Lead the way on Right to Know Day

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 11.28.2011 | World
Courtney C. Radsch

On International Right to Know Day, the battle between secrecy and openness is being fought throughout the world, from the staunchest democracies to the most repressive regimes.

Taking It to the Streets

Shannon Galpin | Posted 11.28.2011 | World
Shannon Galpin

Afghans marching in the streets, standing up for their rights, using their voices to protest, does not bode well for the Taliban. Rather than scaring the populace with their attacks, roadside bombs, suicide bombs, and assassinations, they are emboldening it to stand up.

Was Hamlet's Dad Gay?

Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.15.2011 | Arts
Priscilla Frank

We've all felt haunted by our sexuality at some point or another, but most of us don't decide to project these frustrations onto one of the great literary masterpieces of all time, while claiming to show "what's really going on."

Koch Brothers

Jeff Danziger | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


LAPD Visits Artist Over Painting; Asks If He Is A 'Terrorist'

Posted 10.29.2011 | Arts

Los Angeles-based artist Alex Schaefer, 41, recently learned just how problematic it can be to have your work misinterpreted. A painting of his, whic...

Beijing Is 'A Constant Nightmare', Ai Weiwei Writes | ROBERT MACKEY | Posted 10.29.2011 | Arts

In an angry, despairing essay for Newsweek, Ai Weiwei, a prominent Chinese artist and dissident who was released from detention two months ago, descri...

Atheist Bus Ads Win Approval From Judge

Posted 10.12.2011 | Religion

By Kimberly Winston c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) A federal judge ruled Thursday (Aug. 11) that the public transit system in Little Rock, Ar...

Thoughts On Freedom Of Speech in Europe

Laila Escartín-Sorjonen | Posted 10.11.2011 | Media
Laila Escartín-Sorjonen

We cannot conceive democracy without freedom of speech. Finnish On-line magazine classifies Finland, Switzerland, Iceland and Sweden a...

Holocaust Denial Pages Can Stay Says Facebook

Posted 09.27.2011 | Religion

Earlier this month, 21 Holocaust survivors affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a plea to Facebook asking them to deny access to anyone ...

Rachid Nini: Islam And the Case For Human Rights

Umar Akbar Ahmed | Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion
Umar Akbar Ahmed

The winds of change are blowing in the Middle East. People throughout the Muslim world want accountability, free press, democracy and jobs. But above all, they want basic human dignity.

Thank Christian Conservatives For Gay-Straight Alliances In Public Schools

David Moshman | Posted 08.19.2011 | Education
David Moshman

The story goes back 30 years to the early days of the Reagan administration.

Whispering Sweet Nothings?

Matthew Modine | Posted 08.17.2011 | Technology
Matthew Modine

Freedom of speech is an enormous freedom. Ask anyone that lives in, or comes from, a country where it doesn't exist. The challenge of the Internet is accountability and responsibility.

My Job Offer for Anthony Weiner

Larry Flynt | Posted 08.16.2011 | Business
Larry Flynt

After having learned of his sudden and compelled resignation from his Congressional post, I would like to make Anthony Weiner an offer of employment at Flynt Management Group, LLC in our Internet group.

Rick Perry's 'Response' Threatens America, As Do Many Of The Responses To It

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 08.12.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Until there is a plan which respectfully addresses those left out or those who choose not to participate, Response, and all those responding to it, will be adding to America's woes not healing them.

The Demise of "Originalism"

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.05.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Judges purporting to engage in originalist analysis often project onto the Framers their own personal and political preferences. The result is an unprincipled and often patently disingenuous jurisprudence.

Watch: Rand Paul Calls For Prison For Radical Speech Attendees

Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics


Jason Linkins

Libertarian Rand Paul Is Suddenly Very Concerned About The Right To Free Assembly | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics

Given his ideological track record, I'm as surprised as the next guy to learn that Rand Paul now believes that certain people should be jailed for merely exercising their right to assemble under the Constitution of the United States.

PHOTOS: Controversial Art By Ai Weiwei, David LaChapelle, At Hong Kong Art Fair

Posted 07.26.2011 | Arts

The 2011 Hong Kong Art Fair is larger than ever with 260 galleries participating in this year's festivities which run through Sunday, May 29. While ma...

ACLU To Defend Colorado Man's Right To Flip Off Cop (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.26.2011 | Denver

Shane Boor, a 35-year-old Colorado man arrested for extending his middle finger toward a Colorado State Trooper, will receive free defense services fr...

The First Rule of the Internet Blacklist Bill: Don't Talk About the Internet Blacklist Bill

Aaron Swartz | Posted 07.18.2011 | Technology
Aaron Swartz

The PROTECT-IP Act retains censorship components from an earlier bill but adds a new one: it bans people from having serious conversations about the blacklisted sites.

When Academic Administrators Lose Their Moral Compass

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.10.2011 | College
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Bill Watts, associate professor of English at Butler University, has just published a compelling and cautionary account of what can happen when univer...

Did Colo. Principal Who Censored Student Newspaper Plagiarize?

Adam Goldstein | Posted 06.21.2011 | Education
Adam Goldstein

The only accountability for most administrators is what's written in the press -- and the only press covering those administrators on a daily basis is the student press.

Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and First Amendment Rights of College Faculty

David Moshman | Posted 06.18.2011 | College
David Moshman

We should not be lulled into complacency about the state of academic freedom. At the academic core of teaching and research, intellectual freedom is no longer protected by the First Amendment.