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Father Of Dead Marine Ordered To Pay Legal Fees Of Westobro Baptist Church Protesters

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Newsmax reports that Bill O'Reilly will pick up the tab for the legal fees, calling the situation an outrage: That is an outrage," he said. "I will...

A Media Execution... Doesn't Seem to Take

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

To be mentioned in a negative way in the most official program on television was, for any Cuban, the confirmation of her social death. What is happening in this reality where the "media executions" don't work any more?

Understanding the Motives Behind the Internet Bans in Pakistan

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saad Khan

Islamic-minded lawyers and religious parties in Pakistan harp on democracy in their support for an internet ban, but their dogmatic approach is laughable if they're real supporters of democracy.

Pakistan Blocks YouTube, Facebook: Muslim Nation Cracks Down On 'Sacrilegious' Content

AP | CHRIS BRUMMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan blocked YouTube and many other Internet sites Thursday in a widening crackdown on online content deemed offensive to Islam,...

Seeking Converts to Judaism

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

It is weird that Jewish groups call it "poaching" when Christians seek to convert Jews, yet find it acceptable for Jews to seek the conversion of Christians.

Denying Chomsky Entry: Israel is Heading the Wrong Way

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

If Israel feels that it can defend its actions morally and politically, it should not be afraid of thinkers who criticize it.

Reporter's Notebook: To Risk Arrest in the West Bank?

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

As a citizen of Israel who has attended the Bil'in demonstration on numerous occasions, I am offended by the army's attempts to censure Palestinian, Israeli, and international voices of dissent.

Malaysia King Warns Of Crackdown On Religious Hate

Yahoo! Asia News | AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Malaysia's king urged authorities Monday to take stern action against religious hatemongers amid government efforts to rebuild trust following a dispute over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims.

Why Did the Cartoonist Cross the Road?

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Hani Almadhoun

There needs to be a middle path for outraged Muslims. We need not have the vacuous apathy of too many in the West, but cannot take arms or protest against every slight to the religion.

Chevron's "Crude" Attempt to Suppress Free Speech

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Moyers

Chevron, the third largest corporation in America, is now hauling out their lawyers in a case that would undermine the right of journalists to protect the people by telling them the truth.

Department of Ed Discriminated Against Debbie Almontaser

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Debbie Almontaser was fired because shirts with the word "intifada" were supposedly linked to her. I thought at the time it was obscene. Last week, the EEOC agreed with my assessment.

Draw Muhammad Day: Collectively Punishing Muslim Americans

Shahed Amanullah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Shahed Amanullah

The right of free speech doesn't absolve people from being assholes. And with Draw Muhammad Day, the participating artists are proving themselves to be just that.

Defending Free Speech Against Fundamentalist Islam?

Eboo Patel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eboo Patel

It seems to me that there's a dangerous sleight of hand going on here, a pretense that by drawing Muhammad you are bravely taking on the Dragon Threatening Civilization when in fact you are just hurting your Muslim neighbors.

The Internet: an International Political Challenge

Bernard Kouchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Kouchner

It is critical to give the Internet a legal status that reflects its universality, so that it will be more difficult for repressive governments to use the sovereignty argument against fundamental freedoms.

Who Are We? Individuals, Citizens, Journalists or All Three?

Hisham Wyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Hisham Wyne

Let the first blogger who dies in prison be the last. In fact, expand that remit. Let the next person who dies in prison for exercising expression in any form be the very last. Ever.

The Fat Line Between Free Speech and Defamation

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Stuart Whatley

When the religious response to ridicule moves from condemning a rhetorical tactic to condemning the very act of criticism itself, fair discourse is halted before it can even begin.

'Freedom' and Faux Populism

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

Really when freedom is invoked by the GOP it means liberty for corporations. It's big government getting out of the way so big business can step up.

Seeing Israel as it Is from Afar, but Not Keeping a Distance

Hagai El-Ad | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagai El-Ad

Sometime between Israel's first Human Rights March in Tel Aviv and getting falsely arrested in Sheikh Jarrah, I had the pleasure of being one of close to 2,000 participants in the annual Limmud in the UK.

The Chinese are in my Laptop!

Rory Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rory Fitzgerald

Yesterday I posted a piece about Tibet, criticizing China and saying the West should stand up for Tibetans. Within an hour of the piece going online, my normally reliable laptop began to play up.

The Terrorists Next Door

Tom Gerdy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Gerdy

We have crossed over to the dark side when political posturing is more important than solutions to our problems. The end results can not be positive if the truth is cast aside in favor of fearmongering.

ReThink Review: the Corporation -- Power to the Corporate Killbots!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.11.2010 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

When the Roberts Supreme Court passed its disastrous Citizens United ruling, one of the first things that came to mind was the excellent 2003 documentary, the Corporation.

Corporate Speech Is Not "Free"

Adam Winkler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

How does corporate law define what's "in the interests of the corporation"? Generally, that language is shorthand for maximizing the wealth of shareholders.

Google in China

Greg Selkoe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Selkoe

As many of you have heard, Google is considering leaving the Chinese market. Yes, that's right; they would leave behind 1 billion plus people in the b...

ESPN Was Smart to Fire Paul Shirley

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Morris W. O'Kelly

Freedom of speech is the inalienable right to avoid prosecution for one's views, not persecution -- a distinct difference.

Former Knesset Speaker Avraham (Avrum) Burg Joins the Sheikh Jarrah Protests

Hagai El-Ad | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagai El-Ad

Sheikh Jarrah -- an East Jerusalem neighborhood where Jewish settlers, backed by the Israeli courts, are gradually displacing Palestinian residents -- is "turning into a powder keg," says the former Speaker of the Knesset.