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Regime Change in Sri Lanka

Asoka Bandarage | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Asoka Bandarage

Local and international print media continue to bring charges against the former Rajapaksa government, but overlook the dangers posed by the current Sri Lankan regime to the rule of law, democracy and freedom of expression.

A Time for Free Speech... And More of It

Nancy Fuchs Kreimer | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

As Jews and Christians in Philadelphia prepared for the weekend in which we celebrate Passover and Easter, just such sickening sentiments began appearing on 84 buses in our public transit system.

Curing Social Media of Its Outrage Addiction May Start on Campus

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.08.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

If we want to realize social media's full promise of massive unprecedented global conversation conducted in real time, we should be teaching our students how to argue both thoughtfully and effectively.

Cake Is Speech

Domenick Scudera | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

I had never thought of cake as speech before. I read and re-read the first amendment to see if, in fact, cake is mentioned as part of "freedom of speech." It is not. I thumbed through the dictionary and found no mention of cake under "speech" or "talk" or "words."

Why the Rolling Stone Fiasco Is a Sign of a Much Deeper Problem

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 06.06.2015 | Media
Sanjay Sanghoee

When even a respected publication like Rolling Stone makes bombshell allegations of criminal activities without checking their facts because the subject matter has a special status in the editors' eyes, then journalism is headed down a very slippery, subjective slope, and the credibility of the press itself is at stake.

Putin, Wagner, a Pink Person, and Singing Nuns

John Mauceri | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
John Mauceri

Vladimir Putin canceled a radical production of Wagner's Tannhaüser in Novosibirsk, the good people of my native Queens are in an uproar over public art the public doesn't want, and an op-ed piece proposes a darker version of The Sound of Music, of all things.

The Legacy of Lee Kuan Yew and the Myth of Trade-Offs

Calvin Cheng | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Calvin Cheng

SINGAPORE -- Freedom is being able to walk on the streets unmolested in the wee hours in the morning, to be able to leave one's door open and not fear being burgled. Freedom is the woman who can ride buses and trains alone. These are the freedoms that Singaporeans have, freedoms that were built on the vision and hard work of Lee Kuan Yew.

Talking on Eggshells in College

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.27.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Speech policing advocates forget that there is incredible value in knowing what people actually think, unfiltered. Believing you can conquer racism, bias and bigotry by rooting out microaggressions and enforcing self-censorship and uptightness is like taking Xanax for syphilis.

Texas License Plates and the Confederate Flag

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

It seems clear that Texas cannot constitutionally forbid the display of the Confederate flag on a license plate because others might find it "offensive or disagreeable." But it is not so simple. Is the government discriminating among private speakers, or is it expressing only the messages it wishes to convey?

Guardians of the Free Word?

Nicholas McGeehan | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Nicholas McGeehan

NYU might in the past have been able to claim that the UAE's crackdown on freedom of expression was of no concern to them but the denial of entry to one of their own professors and his classification as a security risk skewers that argument.

15 Years in Prison for a Poem! Welcome to Qatar

Elham Manea | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
Elham Manea

He wrote a poem. Recited it in his apartment to a group of seven people. Unknown to him, the poem was recorded and uploaded on YouTube. That was in 2011. Now he sits in prison in Qatar, serving a prison sentence of 15 years!

It's Not Unconstitutional to Be Racist

Byron Williams | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

The Bill of Rights originally applied only to the federal government but subsequently became applicable to state governments by way of the14th Amendment through a process known as incorporation. Since the University of Oklahoma is a public institution, wouldn't free speech apply to the expelled students?

Do You Support Gun Control? Do You Believe That Guns Kill?

David Sable | Posted 05.09.2015 | Business
David Sable

My readers know that I abhor anonymous online posting, as so many reek of vitriol, envy and plain old maliciousness. What really makes me wonder is how college students tolerate and rationalize the codified anonymity of growing social networks like Yik Yak.

How Long Can the Truth Be Banned or Imprisoned in Turkey?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 05.03.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

The Turkish government, and Mr. Erdoğan specifically, must acknowledge that Twitter is not a menace -- the menace to society lies in the law when it does not reflect international standards on the right to freedom of expression.

'We Stand United in Our Humanity'

Elham Manea | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
Elham Manea

Why does the Saudi government deny freedoms of speech, religion and political association to it citizens? As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, why does Saudi Arabia imprison a young man who committed no crime, who only created a blog calling for freedom?

RIP The Joe DiMaggio of the First Amendment

Mike Edison | Posted 04.27.2015 | Media
Mike Edison

Herald Price Fahringer had always loomed large in my imagination. What self-respecting journalist wouldn't want to find themselves as the defendant in a First Amendment case?

What Muhammad Would Think of Saudi Arabia's "Leadership"

Craig Considine | Posted 03.28.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The Prophet's message was one of tolerance and diversity. It is hard to argue that the Saudi royal family has ever followed in his path or walked in his footsteps.

Press Freedom Must Not Be Compromised in Fight Against Extremism

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Courtney C. Radsch

There is a valid concern that the countering violent extremism initiative could provide justification for governments to broaden surveillance online and use it to curb human rights and civil liberties.

Not Defending Our Ideals of Freedom Today Would Be a Crime

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 04.22.2015 | World
Inna Shevchenko

I call upon all defenders of freedom to join the ideological battle; now is the time to set pluralism against dogma; drawings, books and peaceful protests against guns; secularism against religious dominance.

First Amendment Under Fire: Pennsylvania's 'Silencing Act' Puts Society at Risk

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

This past October, a startling bill was fast-tracked through the Pennsylvania legislature that should make every one of us take pause and think about what those documents really mean.

Why I Published Cartoons of Muhammad and Don't Regret It

Flemming Rose | Posted 04.21.2015 | World
Flemming Rose

I've been accused of being responsible for the loss of innocent lives and labeled a Nazi who is having Muslims for breakfast.

Be Unafraid

Jonathan Byrd | Posted 04.18.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Byrd

In the Danish capitol, parents regularly leave their children in strollers on the sidewalk and go inside to shop. Thousands of bicycles sit out on the street at night with nothing more than a wheel lock. It's not that there's nothing to fear. The Danes simply refuse to be afraid.

Speaking Truth to Power in Turkey: An Interview with Ekrem Dumanli

Yohuru Williams | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Yohuru Williams

The Turkish government has isolated itself from the outside world, making the country lonelier in the international arena. Due to the government's misguided policies, there is virtually no country that is friendly with Turkey.

Don't Blame the Messenger

David Sable | Posted 04.19.2015 | Business
David Sable

It's up to us, folks. We need to overwhelm the world with good-purposed technology and change it all for the better.

Have Insensitive Comments Become the New Normal?

Michael Rohrer | Posted 04.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

"I say we give him to ISIS" is, to me, a disturbing comment. One maybe thrown into the commentary as a joke to get a rise. It got one out of me.