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Why Mel Brooks and Bill Moyers Will Always Idolize Norman Lear

Neal Koch | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Neal Koch

Last Tuesday, Republicans wrested control of the U.S. Senate. Prelude to a 2016 White House smackdown? Bad news for the Left? Maybe. But this coming Tuesday, Veteran's Day, liberal ninja Norman Lear will be celebrated for a lifetime of battling for liberty.

Jailed Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Honored by PEN Canada

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

So, proudly, claims the official website of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. If you were to ask imprisoned liberal Saudi writer Raif Badawi, you may hear otherwise. Or not. He may not be able to tell you what he really thinks.

The (He)art of Amanda Palmer

Scott Stabile | Posted 01.04.2015 | Arts
Scott Stabile

She's not especially worthwhile only to artists but to anyone open to her way of being, anyone drawn to the power of rawness, anyone who's crackling to live their lives a bit more fearlessly, a bit more honestly.

The Heartache of Bullying Doesn't Have an Age Limit

Patrice Bendig | Posted 12.27.2014 | Women
Patrice Bendig

I'm not that 9-year-old little girl praying silently each day on the way to school that the bullies would pick on someone else that day. But I am that 25-year-old woman who still has feelings and expects more from humanity.

Oversharing: Are We Relinquishing Our Right to Anonymity?

Katie Dove | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Katie Dove

Do we have the right to be anonymous or does it interfere with our country's commitment to freedom of speech?

An American Entrepreneur in Paris: How Sylvia Beach fought censorship

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.25.2014 | Books
Steve Mariotti

Her story is legendary: an American bibliophile who brought her love of literature to Paris and created one of the most well-known and influential bookstores of the twentieth century, Shakespeare and Company.

News For High Schools: Digital Media Plus Teaching Equals Support For Freedom

Eric Newton | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Eric Newton

This year, for the first time, American high school students show a greater overall appreciation for the First Amendment than do adults.

The ACLU Supports Campaign Finance Reform and Free Speech

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

This is a tough issue, but the desire to do something should not lead us to abandon core free speech values that have served us so well for more than two centuries.

Freedom of Speech or Freedom From Speech: 50 Years After the Berkeley Free Speech Movement

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 11.09.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Free speech has always been the harder road for any society. It isn't always nice and it isn't always civil, but I hope we continue to see both the value in maintaining the right to dissent, joke, and challenge as seen fit, and the real peril of trying to enforce a dreary conformity on our marketplace of ideas.

The Rift in the ACLU Over Free Speech

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with the views of the super-rich, this state of affairs is an unmitigated disaster for American democracy. Not only does it distort our electoral process, but it corrupts our elected officials and disillusions our citizens.

No Sex Please: We're Californian

Robin Koerner | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

In the best case, California's affirmative consent rule does nothing; in the worst, it punishes decent, sexually active adults and compromises natural rights. Either way, it is dangerous.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 3)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

We recently decided to have an extended email conversation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) in Faisal's home country of Iraq, being called an "Uncle Tom" by white people, the existence -- or non-existence -- of a "moderate" Islam, and the one key factor needed to bring about a true Islamic reformation.

Saudi Arabia's Shallow Promises of Reform -- Raif Badawi Again

Elham Manea | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Elham Manea

The kingdom is stuck with itself; unable to move; unable to reform. Stagnated and paralyzed. It will continue to conduct its double game, promising reform while mainstreaming and exporting ISIS ideology.

St. Louis Unites: A Dream of Freedom Songs

Basil Kincaid | Posted 10.29.2014 | Black Voices
Basil Kincaid

While music and art are entertaining, this is not entertainment. This is the residue of what I feel to be a spiritual and physical quest for a freedom that we can all share.

The Value of Freedom

Yael Eckstein | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Yael Eckstein

The value of freedom cannot be overstated. It's the foundation that gives all of us who live in western democracies -- people of faith and no faith al...

My Most Important Life Lesson From My (Fifth!) Business Trip to Beijing

Deborah Grayson Riegel | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah Grayson Riegel

I realize that among the many choices I have is choosing what I focus on and what perspective will serve me best. So instead of focusing on the burden of a fifth business trip to China, I will focus on the blessing of having paid work that makes a positive impact on others and makes me happy.

Federally Funded Discrimination -- Did Obama Go Far Enough?

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

Religious organizations receiving federal contracts can no longer discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Some question whether President Obama has gone too far. Others question whether he has gone far enough.

Injustice in Egypt: How Freedom of Speech Could Lose Its Voice

Gilles Raymond | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Gilles Raymond

The images from Egypt, of journalists in cages, should make all of us recoil and react. And stand firm in our commitment to protecting the freedom of the press.

There's Something Wrong in Ukraine: How Their Government Is Censoring the Voice of the People

Valerie Hsieh | Posted 08.26.2014 | Teen
Valerie Hsieh

Far more than being simply a source for news and current events, newspapers and other mass media outlets provide a voice for the people as well as a place where officials can be held accountable and questioned by any and all citizens.

The Bill of Rights Is Not 'The Bill of Entitlements'

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Steve Nelson

I think the Bill of Rights is overdue for a re-write. The meaning and purpose of the First and Second Amendments have been distorted beyond recognition.

What Are the Cultural Lessons?

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Raza Habib Raja

About a year and a half back, a very brave little girl of my country was shot in the face by the Taliban. Her name was Malala Yousaf Zai. She paid the...

Action Required: The Modern Meaning of Memorial Day

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
K.J. Wetherholt

While many will be setting up their grills, thankful for a long weekend and looking forward to the summer, numerous journalists will also be making commentary on what this day means.

How Much Freedom of Speech is Too Much?

William D. Cohan | Posted 07.19.2014 | Technology
William D. Cohan

We're are at a crucial moment where the ability of technology to permit instant, unvetted and unfiltered commentary is running head-first into the justified concerns of those whose reputations can be torn asunder unfairly by it. It's a conundrum for sure and one that needs some serious sorting out.

Waleed Abulkhair: Imprisoned!

Elham Manea | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Elham Manea

Raif Badawi is in jail because he expressed his opinion peacefully and created a liberal website. His lawyer Waleed Abulkhair, on the other hand, is in jail for his defense of human rights and freedom of expression.

Online Portal Documents Vietnam's Human Rights Abuses

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.05.2014 | Media
Andrew Lam

Vietnam Right Now Editor Hao-Nhien Vu is a former editor with the Los Angeles-based Nguoi-Viet newspaper. He spoke with me about the publication and the day-to-day human rights abuses in Vietnam that it plans to cover.