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Bloggers Unite!

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Hossein Derakhshan's plight represents that of modern dissidents for whom the Internet is an essential tool for obtaining information, avoiding censorship, and communicating with the outside world.

Controversial Sexy Gift for Putin and the Future of Russian Journalism

Oleg Kozlovsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Oleg Kozlovsky

Putin got an unusual gift from several students of Moscow State University's Department of Journalism. Twelve soon-to-be journalists in sexy lingerie posed for a calendar entitled "Happy Birthday, Mr. Putin!"

The Tea Party/GOP Would Hate Our Actual Founders

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

The very first phrase of this nation's defining document, the Bill of Rights, says: "Judaeo-Christian? Not a chance." It is the humanistic liberalism of America's Founders that still enraged the neo-Puritan GOP.

Ahmadinejad's Lesson for the Free World

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

Ahmadinejad's conspiracy theories about 9/11 and his Holocaust denial show how critical it is that the Free World protect truth from ideology.

Digital Dictators

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Courtney C. Radsch

There is a fundamental difference between companies providing limited access to personal data to democratic countries and providing unfettered access to countries that lack legal safeguards for human rights.

Justice Stephen Breyer: Enemy of Free Speech

Nathan Harden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Harden

Is Breyer so infatuated with security that he is willing trade in our basic freedoms for it? Burning a Quran is a stupid thing to do but we must not allow the illiberality of our enemies to infect our constitutional rights.

Southwestern College Bars Student Paper From Printing

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Southwestern Community College in San Diego has stopped the school's student paper, the award-winning Southwestern College Sun, from publishing in pri...

How to Kill America

Erica Payne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Payne

Last week, elected leaders and political figures came together in a portrait of unprecedented unity to stop International Burn the Koran Day. The sec...

I Said I Wouldn't Write About the Mosque

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

When people like Terry Jones use our freedoms to provoke and anger and instill hatred, he abuses his right. Don't ever again politicize our day of unity, Terry Jones. It only comes once a year.

Thailand Must Unclench its Fist

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

In the aftermath of the bloody repression of April and May 2010 which claimed the lives of close to 90 civilians, the Thai authorities cooed and purre...

Evil in America? U.S. Fundamentalist Group to Burn Koran on 9/11

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

One need not journey to the mountains of Afghanistan or Pakistan to discover evil. We have our own home-grown variety of dangerous extremism here in ...

Islam And Human Rights: Why It's Up To The Muslim Community To Prove Itself

Asma Uddin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Asma Uddin

A burden of proof has been placed on the Muslim community to prove that its religious tenets stand up to the scrutiny of international human rights standards.

Are We Moving Toward a Clan Society?

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

The "culture wars" touted by O'Reilly, Beck, Limbaugh, Coulter, and others on the right seem eerily similar to what Ayaan Hirsi Ali describes as the clan culture of her native Somalia.

Friday Talking Points [135] -- The Sky Is Falling!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The media, quite obviously, has lost any capacity it once may have had for self-examination, to say nothing of its sense of irony. Every so often, th...

The Free Exercise of Stupidity: Dr. Laura, the 'Ground Zero Mosque,' and the First Amendment

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shermer

Last week's two biggest media story brouhahas were Dr. Laura's n-word gaff and the Ground Zero mosque, both of which commentators insist are First Ame...

An Invitation for Tea With the Shin Bet, Israel's General Security Service

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

Israel is not China nor Russia. In order to ensure that it does not end up resembling them, the time has come for the Israeli public to summon the Shin Bet for a conversation over a cup of tea.

The Speech That Portended the Tibetan Uprising Made Public

Rebecca Novick | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Novick

It could be argued that the Tibetan uprising of 2008 actually began several months earlier with what appeared to be an impromptu public address by a middle-aged Tibetan nomad.

WikiLeaks Didn't Just Happen -- It Exists Because Journalists Lost Control Over the Information They Obtain

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Scheer

As long as serious news organizations are unable to protect confidential sources and information, they will need WikiLeaks -- just as WikiLeaks needs them.

Does Free Speech Mean Free to Offend?

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Terry Kelhawk

Obviously life is full of offense. We can't legislate good taste or make everything that offends everyone illegal. Freedom of speech entails the freedom to offend. But that doesn't mean we have to offend.

Free Speech And Family Friendly Collide Over Cannabis

The Denver Post | Susan Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Jake Gailey got his tax refund last week, then headed straight for the mall. His first stop at Town Center at Aurora on Saturday was a hat shop whe...

Democracy Be Damned

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

In a democracy, MKs must not be punished for fulfilling their roles as representatives of the public -- even when their positions clash with the majority view.

The Law of Facebook

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Leah Anthony Libresco

Few governments have any kinds of laws clearly governing the limits of speech and of anonymity online. Standards are being set piecemeal by corporations, which are accountable to no one but their shareholders.

America's Unjustified Fears

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

America is not Rome. As long as the United States preserves its values and constantly improves them, it will remain the world's only superpower.

Opinion=Opression: Risking Death to Make a Movie

Heidiminx | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

On a regular basis, I do something that most people in the free world do -- I ask my friends their opinion on something: politics, religion, sports, a concert...and I take for granted the fact that this is OK.

Comedy Central's Prophet Experiments

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Terry Kelhawk

Entities like Comedy Central may cave in under threats of violence, but in Western thinking, such threats splash back on the faces of those who speak them, and bring disrepute to their cause.