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Magna Carta

In Post-Brexit Turmoil, Parliament Suspends Magna Carta And Grants Queen Absolute Power

Byron Kennard | Posted 07.12.2016 | Comedy
Byron Kennard

Suspending the Magna Carta seems almost unthinkable. It has been in effect since 1215 when it was imposed to curb the abuse of authority by King John I (best known for his villainous role in the Robin Hood legend).

Britain's Choice: Suicide or Freedom, and Nothing In Between

Robin Koerner | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Robin Koerner

As I mentioned, I am about to find out something fundamental about my native land. If this vote goes the wrong way, it will be sadly, awfully, and for all time, my "former country" . It will not even be anyone's country in any meaningful sense of the word...

Federal Court Gives Blessing to Covertly Approved Enbridge Cross-Border Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogA federal court has ruled that the Enbridge Alberta Clipper (Line 67) cross-border tar sands pipeline expansion project, p...

A Modern Age Holy War?

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 11.18.2016 | World
Joseph W. Gauld

The war in the Middle East is reminding us of the Holy Wars that began there in 1095, except with the crusading Christians unsuccessfully invading the Muslims for two centuries, with the prize being control of Jerusalem.

BJP's Maha(rashtra)-Strides Backwards

Digant Raj Kapoor | Posted 09.18.2016 | World
Digant Raj Kapoor

The media has spared no details when it comes to its coverage of the Mumbai meat ban. Naturally, it's a juicy topic. But more pertinent issues that have been percolating over time have not received their due attention.

William Binney: NSA Claim Not to Be Mining Content Is an "Outright Lie"

Robin Koerner | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Robin Koerner

In a very powerful exclusive interview, I recently had the privilege of speaking to an American hero, William Binney, NSA whistleblower.

Shedding Imperial Conceit

James Zogby | Posted 06.26.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

This is not mere ancient history. It is playing out today, and not just in the consequences of British (or French, or German, or American) imperial misadventures. It informs our Western portrayal of the "East" and our understanding of its peoples. We still see ourselves as the civilized world, the bearers of universal values. And we still portray the "East" as less civilized, more prone to violence, less respectful of human life and liberty.

Magna Carta's 800th Birthday Week: Thirteenth Century Disruptive Innovation

Victor Williams | Posted 06.12.2016 | Politics
Victor Williams

As Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family visit Runnymede Meadow to re-pledge the Crown's subservience to the rule of law, Magna Carta turns 800 years old. Great Britain, the Commonwealth nations, the United States, and indeed all the world should celebrate Magna Carta's eight centuries.

800 Years on, the Magna Carta for Our Time

Robin Koerner | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Robin Koerner

The Magna Carta is widely regarded as the document that marked the beginning of the Anglo tradition of constitutional liberty that would eventually lead to the writing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

HRH The Prince of Wales: We Need to Make Fundamental Changes to Survive

HRH The Prince of Wales | Posted 06.05.2016 | Impact
HRH The Prince of Wales

The circular economy strikes me as worthy of support at the highest levels. Whether as a means of combating the proliferation of plastic debris in the world's oceans, capturing nutrients or preventing the waste of scarce minerals in defunct consumer goods, the benefits would be wide-ranging and have local, national and international benefits.

A Digital Magna Carta Between Two Doors

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 06.01.2015 | DC
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Any social contract, including a digital one, should include checks and balances from society, and include some control of the reigning powers, whatever form they currently take.

The Deeper Human Conflict Revealed by "Je Suis Charlie"

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Joseph W. Gauld

No matter how deeply Muslims and Catholics have been hurt, we should be reassured that most have the character to accept this as the cost of respecting individual rights.

British Churches Celebrate Magna Carta's 800th Birthday

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 01.18.2015 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Churches here are planning a major campaign to reassert Britain’s Christian heritage on the 800th anniversary of the signi...

Does the Magna Carta Mean More to Americans Than to Brits?

Paul_Smith | Posted 01.11.2015 | DC

Why the heightened interest here in the U.S. when even Britain's greatest explorer of history -- Shakespeare, of course -- failed to even mention the Magna Carta in his 1596 play King John?

Magna Carta: Awesome Tale

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 01.06.2015 | DC
Sir Peter Westmacott

Today, Magna Carta is regarded in both the UK and the US as a foundation stone of our freedoms. Next year marks its 800th anniversary, and to celebrate, Lincoln Cathedral in eastern England has sent its copy on a grand tour of the United States. From now until January, it will be exhibited at the Library of Congress.

The Spirit of Independence: How Culture Drives Politics

Robin Koerner | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Large-scale popular movements against power are triggered not when enough people see in that an abstract right has been taken from them - but when enough people actually experience their everyday lives as being impinged upon.

We Need a Magna Carta for the Internet

Tim Berners-Lee | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Tim Berners-Lee

The Internet has thrived by the collective empowerment of capable, public-spirited people: initially, from the technical community and academia, and more recently, also the private sector in general, civil society and governments. We need a system of Internet governance that allows each community to bring its particular strengths to the common table, but allows none of them to elevate its own interests above the public good. The principles of human rights on the net are new and not universally accepted. The web becomes ever more exciting with advancing technology, but 60 percent of the population still can't use the web at all. As the web is giving people greater and greater power individually and collectively, so many forces are abusing or threaten to abuse the net and its citizens.

Jay-Z Takes Over Famed Religious Site For Album Promotion

Posted 07.03.2013 | Entertainment

Jay-Z has released the cover art for his upcoming "Magna Carta Holy Grail" album in one of the strangest way's possible. The 43-year-old rapper has...

Jay-Z Takes Over New York City

Posted 06.23.2013 | Entertainment

With weeks until the release of Jay-Z's next album, the 43-year-old rapper sent fans on a scavenger hunt to publicize details on the upcoming project....

Jay-Z Breaks His Silence

Posted 06.17.2013 | Entertainment

Jay-Z got chatty on Monday, breaking his usual habit of staying away from excessive social media usage and going on a short Twitter rant. It's alr...

Destroying the Commons: How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta

Noam Chomsky | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

What we do right now, or fail to do, will determine what kind of world will greet the millennial anniversary of Magna Carta. It is not an attractive prospect if present tendencies persist -- not least, because the Great Charter is being shredded before our eyes.

GOP Lawmaker's Jaw-Dropping Accusation

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics

A Republican New Hampshire state legislator told a county convention Monday evening that kindergarten leads to higher crime rates. Rep. Bob Kingsb...

The Power of the Written Word

Susannah Meyer | Posted 06.04.2012 | Teen
Susannah Meyer

We can spread awareness of anything happening in the world, large or small. We may be able to prevent a negative outcome that could have arisen from help coming too late. And that can make all the difference.

King John's 1205 Charter

Carolyn Vega | Posted 12.18.2011 | New York
Carolyn Vega


HuffPost Review: Ironclad

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When it comes to stories that bear transposition to varying eras and settings, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954) seems a prime example of a plot t...