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A Night to Remember

James Zogby | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

Our annual Khalil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Dinner serves as a reminder of why we do the work we do. It speaks to us of the goals we've set for ourselves, the progress we've made, and the challenges we continue to face.

The Director Of 'Going Clear' On His Bold Scientology Doc

rollingstonelogo | Posted 04.01.2015 | Entertainment

The following article is provided by Rolling Stone. By SEAN T. COLLINS Having already stirred up a hornet's nest after its premiere last January...

Erin Whitney

This Is One Of The Most Shocking Scientology Stories Not In 'Going Clear' [UPDATE] | Erin Whitney | Posted 04.01.2015 | Entertainment

There is lot of unsettling information when it comes to the Church of Scientology, all of which is explored in Alex Gibney's latest documentary, "Goin...

Alex Gibney Takes on Scientology

Erica Abeel | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Alex Gibney is a master documentarian of the American scene and master provocateur. He's made films about Enron, torture practices of the United States, Lance Armstrong, and child abuse in the Catholic church. So when he takes on the hot button topic of Scientology, attention must be paid.

Going Clear: Why Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman Had to Part

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.13.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The film goes far to show Scientology as instrumental in breaking up Tom Cruise's marriage to Nicole Kidman, her children turned against her. This particular detail was new to Lawrence Wright, who learned the truth about the tabloid breakup in the making of the film, well after he had researched his book, on which the film is based.

Sundance Review: Alex Gibney's Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief

Liliana Greenfield-Sanders | Posted 03.31.2015 | Entertainment
Liliana Greenfield-Sanders

Even if you've read Lawrence Wright's book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief on which the film is based, Gibney's adaptation is an eye-opening and transformative experience.

Live From Sundance: Sunday, Jan. 25

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.28.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I hit the ground running, arriving not-quite midway into the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in time to crank out a five-movie day on Sunday. That's less a testament to my stamina than to luck and logistics.

Is Peace Coming to the Middle East? Not So Fast, Says Lawrence Wright

Michael Levin | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Michael Levin

The real tragedy of the region is that both sides will not relinquish their beliefs that their holy books are inviolate guides to political settlements in the 21st century. Until that ever changes, real peace will be in short supply.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Lawrence Wright: Jihadist Groups Are ‘Proxy Armies'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.02.2014 | World

With gruesome videos from the Islamic State and reports of new al-Qaeda cells popping up in Syria and areas in South Asia, there has been no shortage ...

Berkeley Rep's Fallaci Offers Taut But Thin Sketch of Famed Journalist

Leo Stutzin | Posted 05.19.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Oriana Fallaci was a larger-than-life personality -- outspoken, idealistic, pugnacious, passionate, contradictory -- whose work often revealed as much about herself as it did about her subjects.

Scientology: Scary or Sacred

Tom Alderman | Posted 04.14.2013 | Books
Tom Alderman

This is certainly not the first exposé of Scientology -- although it might qualify as the most abundant. Time magazine, CBS-TV, and NBC-TV are among the many who've taken on this most controversial of religions since its beginnings in the mid-1950s.

Great-Grandson Of Scientology Founder Makes Huge Accusation

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 01.25.2013 | Religion

The great-grandson of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard says that the Church of Scientology is one of the most “devious, systematic brainwashing sy...

Tom Cruise: 'The Front Of Scientology'

Posted 01.24.2013 | Celebrity

Tom Cruise is not just the face of Scientology. He is the church's most important member. In discussing his book "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywo...

Book We're Talking About This Week

Posted 01.22.2013 | Books

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright Knopf, $28.95 Published on January 17th. What is it about? Wrig...

Michael Calderone

Publisher Of New Scientology Book Defends Author Against Church Claims Of Fact Errors | Michael Calderone | Posted 01.17.2013 | Media

NEW YORK -- The Church of Scientology has been thinking for some time how to handle Lawrence Wright's highly-anticipated book hitting shelves Thursday...

Lawrence Wright Gets A Tough Crowd In Israel

AP | DANIEL ESTRIN | Posted 07.20.2011 | Media

TEL AVIV, Israel — Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist Lawrence Wright stood before an Israeli theater audience with a modest goal: To ho...

Paul Haggis Shares His Battle With Scientology

New Yorker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

On August 19, 2009, Tommy Davis, the chief spokesperson for the Church of Scientology International, received a letter from the film director and scre...

'Mosque' Debate Ending -- Will Rudy Join Rauf?

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Mark Green

It could be decisive if a Republican of Rudy's stature stepped forward to acknowledge that it's time to unite behind an obviously peaceful interfaith Center in New York, and to speak out against the rise in hate crimes against Muslims.

Lawrence Wright's New Journalism: "My Trip to Al-Qaeda" and "The Human Scale"

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Lawrence Wright, New Yorker staff writer and Pulitzer Prize winning author of "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" is also a performer/...

Lawrence Wright on His HBO Film Tonight: 9/11, al-Qaeda and U.S. Torture

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Greg Mitchell

After 9/11, many in the media likened the brutal images and precise execution of the terror attacks to "a movie." Yes, like my movie, says Lawrence Wright in his HBO special airing tonight, and he's not just talking about the tragic events of 9/11.

Must See TV: My Trip to Al-Qaeda on HBO

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jackson Williams

This new film isn't some cookie-cutter analysis of Islamic terror. There is no "Bring it on" bumper sticker sloganeering to appease conservative ideologues. In fact, there's no appeasing of either side.

A Long Twilight Struggle: America's Role in an Age of Terror

Linda R. Monk, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Linda R. Monk, J.D.

Kennedy's phrasing is often used to describe the Cold War with communism, but I think his "twilight struggle" referred to the human condition itself.

Friedman and Andrews Play the Clueless Defense

Yvette Kantrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Yvette Kantrow

"I just wasn't paying attention." "It never even occurred to me to mention it." What do these two statements have in common? They were both uttered ...