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Magna Carta

A Digital Magna Carta Between Two Doors

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 04.02.2015 | 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.

All Surviving Copies Of Magna Carta To Be Reunited For 1st Time

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 07.15.2013 | World

LONDON -- The Magna Carta will be on the move in 2015. The British Library plans to celebrate the 800th birthday of the document that laid the founda...

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.

PHOTOS: National Archives To Unveil Magna Carta After Repairs

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 04.03.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — A 715-year old copy of Magna Carta will soon return to public view at the National Archives after a conservation effort removed old...

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...

7 Overrated Things That Are Actually Pretty Good (But Still Overrated) (PHOTOS)

Mark Juddery | Posted 06.12.2011 | Books
Mark Juddery

Judging by the comments that previous Overrated lists have received (not to mention the book itself), many people don't like it when something is called "overrated."

While the Middle East Is Fighting For Democracy, Ours Is Slipping Away

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

MONEY has always been the most corrupting influence in our politics, a fact that is now on full display in Republican-controlled state houses across the midwest that are voting against public employees' right to collective bargaining.

HISTORIC ART: Magna Carta Comes To LACMA During BritWeek

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Four years ahead of its 800th anniversary, the Magna Carta is coming to Los Angeles. From April 26 to May 11, this aged piece of parchment will resid...

Getting Medieval On Your Assets: Four Reasons Foreclosure Fraud Really, Really Matters

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Despite overwhelming evidence of widespread lawbreaking, there's still a popular point of view that says fraudulent foreclosures are "a technicality" and what we're seeing is neither a systemic problem nor a crime wave of epidemic proportions. Actually, it's both.

June 15: King John Signs Magna Carta

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

Many people, especially those who write articles on this subject for Wikipedia, would say the Magna Carta is the most influential and important foundation of constitutional law.

Movie Review: Robin Hood

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The way Brian Helgeland has written the title character, Robin bears a distinct resemblance to Clint Eastwood in the Sergio Leone films. Except he says a little more and does a little less.

The Declaration of Independence: Good Spin Plus High Principles

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

This was pure political spin. Scapegoat the king, obviously an easier target to demonize than the collective gentlemen of the House of Commons.

So Cal Chronicles Suburban-Style

Jane Minogue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jane Minogue

At the checkout in front of me was a frail, elderly lady in a gray sweat suit. Her liver-spotted hands shook as she put 2 jugs of wine onto the counter. One red, one white. Her drugs of choice.