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Arrested for Possession of an Unlit Candle

Zac Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Zac Hill

Thirty-seven people were arrested without cause on the fiftieth anniversary of Malaysia's Internal Security Act--an Act that, like the Patriot Act here in the US, allows for arrest and detention without trial.

Hollman Morris, Colombian Journalist, Says Patriot Act Visa Rejection for "Terrorist" Activities "Puts My Life in Danger"

Max Schoening | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Max Schoening

A Colombian journalist who was recently denied a visa to study under Harvard University's Nieman Fellowship program says the State Department's decision may put his life under further threat.

Terrorism and the Internet: Candy Crowley's Interview With White House Advisor John Brennan

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michelle Kraus

Candy Crowley in her interview this morning with White House advisor, John Brennan opened new and vital dialogue on terrorism and the Internet. She hit a home run in my world.

Is This the Way to Handle Immigration?

Saskia Sassen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saskia Sassen

Some of the most powerful states in the world -- the US, the UK, France, Italy -- have increasingly reoriented large parts of their state bureaucracy to control vulnerable and powerless migrants.

Reader Privacy Advocates Cheer As Justice Department Begins New Investigation Into PATRIOT Act Surveillance

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Washington, DC, June 18, 2010: The Campaign for Reader Privacy, which has been fighting to restore privacy safeguards for library and bookstore recor...

Shadow Elite: What's Behind Surging Executive Power? Globalization

Saskia Sassen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saskia Sassen

With a new emergent phase of democratic and quasi democratic regimes, can enhanced executive power linked to globalization be reoriented to better, noncommercial goals, like climate change, global hunger, or poverty?

Restoring the Fourth Amendment: How We the People Can Win Over Washington

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

With 2010 finding our government institutions tone deaf and disengaged on addressing our mounting constitutional crises, there have been few riper times for a transpartisan political offensive.

Friday Talking Points [127] -- Letting A Crisis Go To Waste

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Barack Obama's administration was supposed to follow a basic premise: never let a crisis go to waste. That was according to one of his own ...

Will Smith's Last Pharaoh vs. Egypt's History by Hollywood

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aladdin Elaasar

Will Smith's upcoming movie sheds light on long forgotten Egyptian history. If you want to know the true story of the Last Pharaoh of Egypt, you'd better pay attention to what's going on in Egypt today and in the near future.

No Longer Banned, Muslim Scholar Speaks In NYC

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

NEW YORK — A Muslim scholar who was banned from entering the United States for years has made his first public U.S. appearance since the ban was lif...

A Revolution in the Making?

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aladdin Elaasar

A sense of frustration, hopelessness and repression seems to be haunting Egyptian youth and the older people as well, struggling to make ends meet. The result has impacted Egyptian society.

Is Egypt's Economy in Crisis?

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aladdin Elaasar

Egypt is undergoing a severe liquidity crisis caused by the loss of hard currency from few sources: tourism was a key source of foreign exchange and the main engine of growth.

Thirty Years after Khomeini: Will Egypt Turn into another Iran?

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aladdin Elaasar

The 83-year-old President Mubarak of Egypt has been in power since 1981. Concerns about his health draw much greater attention to the question of who will next rule the nation of Egypt.

No Longer Banned, Muslim Scholar Is Coming to America

Belief Beat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Tariq Ramadan, a prominent Muslim scholar barred from entering the U.S. in 2004, will be in New York in a few weeks for a panel discussion. The U.S. t...

Risky Business in the Arab World

Aladdin Elaasar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Aladdin Elaasar

Why is it hard for Arab and Muslim writers, professors, intellectuals and average persons to speak out against suicide bombers, Jihadists, anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism in their countries?

Dems Should Go For Broke

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

The Democratic party is in an almost unprecedented position right now in Washington. If the Democrats are facing defeat in 2010, they may as well go down in a blaze of glory.

Senate Passes 1-Year Extension Of Key Patriot Act Provisions

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Key provisions of the nation's primary counterterrorism law would be extended for a year under a bill passed by the House Thursday ...

1984 in 2010: Hijacking Democracy to Spy on Americans

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

With the White House and congressional leadership supporting unconstitutional abuses threatening the very fabric of our society, the Constitution appears to have few friends left in our nation's capital.

Cartoon: Obama's Gitmo

Sunil Adam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sunil Adam

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How Big Banks, Lobbyists, And Lawyers Move Dirty Money Into The US

Mother Jones | — Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Among Bank of America's 50 million customers, Pierre Falcone was far from ordinary. An infamous global arms dealer who illegally sold weapons to Angol...

Today I Left the Democratic Party

Chris Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Campbell

With any relationship, when the bad far outweighs the good, perhaps it's time to move on. This is honestly how I've felt for the past few years with the Democratic Party

If I Had Crashed the White House Party, I Would Be in Guantanamo by Now

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Sedaei

Many of us were frustrated by the Patriot Act and the way in which it led to profiling and discrimination against minorities during the Bush administration. President Bush is gone, but his legacy lives on.

Patriot Act: Congress Shouldn't Rush to Judgment (Again)

Sen. Ron Wyden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Ron Wyden

Striking a balance between protecting Americans' security and protecting American rights and freedoms is not always easy, but members of Congress have an obligation to try -- as well as a new opportunity.

Obama And Progressives Split On Patriot Act, Terrorism Policy

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — New cracks are opening in the relationship between President Barack Obama and his liberal allies in Congress over his desire to con...

The Keystone Cops Meet the Parents; And Let's Not Invade Yemen

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

So before airport security screening start to feel like your annual medical check-up and American troops head into Yemen, here are some common sense ideas aimed at preventing anti-American terrorism.