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Egypt: President Sisi in a Crusader Fight with a Generation

Karim Lahidji | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Karim Lahidji

In order to address the regime's counterproductive measures leading to mass radicalization and instability, the international community must pressure President Sisi to immediately put an end to the ongoing human rights violations.

Iran, Assassinations, and Hypocrisy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While the Iranians rightly condemned Saudi Arabia, I find it quite ironic when they represent the murders as a "medieval act of savagery." It's as if the Saudi's, in executing Shiite clerics, held up a mirror to the Iranians in which they saw reflected back their own long-standing and brutal civil and human rights atrocities.

Pope Francis's Hollow Rhetoric On Place of LGBTQ People in the Church

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.09.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Rather than requiring women to ask it for forgiveness, the Vatican needs, instead, to ask those of us whom it has repressed and oppressed for forgiveness of its sins throughout its existence.

Religious Freedom Restoration Acts Restore Bigotry and Repression

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We must, thus, restore Indiana and other states contemplating similar legislation to a path of understanding and support for people different from ourselves. We must work to rescind Indian's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act."

Negotiating for Cessation of Persecution of LGBT People in Iran

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Repressive regimes around the world currently and throughout history have scapegoated, oppressed, and murdered LGBT people. The time has long since passed that we speak out against repression in all of its forms

Who'll Come First, Internet Jesus or Cyber Adolf?

Jim Treacy | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Jim Treacy

Conditions are rife for a global revolution, with channels to drive one ever strengthening. All that's missing is a charismatic leader to pull the strings. History imparts that person will arrive. Pray for goodness because it could be evil.

How Art Can Save a Life

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diriye Osman

As I sit here and write this, feeling scratched and worn -- a vinyl record that has seen better days -- I know all is not lost. I know I will wake up in the morning, make a cup of tea and sit at my studio desk.

Small Business

Mike Farrell | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Mike Farrell

Returning to El Salvador after 25 years is a step through time featuring vast changes and too much of the same old same old.

Contra Acte: Mimi Smith and Susan Bee Unleash the Comic Repressed

G. Roger Denson | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

The humor employed by Mimi Smith and Susan Bee isn't conventional. In fact it is more an antihumor they indulge. Not anti in being against humor, but in being against a repression that has traditionally been the source of much mainstream humor.

Pinkwashing a Despot

Lorri L. Jean | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lorri L. Jean

When asked earlier this week by CBS network news if he condemned the sultan's appalling policies, Cowdray said that he had "no opinion whatsoever," while maintaining in the same breath support for the hotel's employees. Excuse me?

Breathless in North Korea

Christine Ahn | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Christine Ahn

While repression in North Korea is widely recognized, less understood is why North Korea is such a militarized nation.

Fatigue as a Symptom of Repression

Kimberly Berg | Posted 09.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Berg

The next time you're feeling tired, question yourself, ask your body what it wants to say. The smallest new thought could reveal deeply hidden truths. Rather than dismiss these new ideas, include them.

Justified Paranoia

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 09.01.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In Paranoia, Victor Martinovich has crafted a novel so real that the government of Belarus banned it two days after it was published in that country. ...

The 'Menace' of Social Media

Freedom House | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Shannon Coyne Senior Program Associate, Internet Freedom Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan responded last week to the burgeoning protes...

The Best and Worst Human Rights Developments of 2012

Freedom House | Posted 03.02.2013 | World
Freedom House

As 2012 winds down, it is time again to reflect on the year’s human rights developments. How did the world do following an eventful 2011?

Remembering 1950s Sexuality Through Call the Midwife

Lea Lane | Posted 12.07.2012 | TV
Lea Lane

I was thinking about my earliest feelings of sexuality because I'm hooked on the new Sunday PBS series Call the Midwife, set in slummy East-End London in the 1950s.

Sudan Protests Rage Under Tahrir's Shadow

Shadi Bushra | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Shadi Bushra

When Sudan was debating the terms of its independence, many Arab Sudanese argued for a union with Egypt, their fellow sons of the Nile. And now, it seems, each is holding what may be its most important demonstrations to date.

With Eurovision 2012 Around The Corner, Azerbaijan Gets Much Unwanted Attention

Jeff Burbank | Posted 07.18.2012 | World
Jeff Burbank

As this year's host of Eurovision, Azerbaijan may well impress visitors with its beautiful, entertaining capital city of Baku and friendly, considerate people, but not with how its government treats the people.

Amidst the Carnage, Syria Finds a Loyal Ally in Hugo Chávez

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 06.10.2012 | World
Thor Halvorssen

At a time when most nations are trying to figure out how to stop Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad from killing his own people in a year-long struggle to stay in power, the Venezuelan government is helping to prop him up.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Terence Davies on The Deep Blue Sea

Dan Persons | Posted 05.23.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Even if we were in the middle of a romance glut, The Deep Blue Sea would stand out as an intelligent, nuanced, devastating look at the vagaries of the human heart.

Romney's Firm Tied To Surveillance Push In China

nytimes.com | ANDREW JACOBS and PENN BULLOCK | Posted 03.16.2012 | Politics

BEIJING — As the Chinese government forges ahead on a multibillion-dollar effort to blanket the country with surveillance cameras, one American comp...

South Korea Cracks Down on Dissent

Christine Ahn | Posted 04.18.2012 | World
Christine Ahn

By redbaiting SPARK as a communist, pro-North organization, the South Korean government is trying to taint the Jeju naval base resistance and send a message to others that if they are or become involved, they too will be branded and targeted.

Liu Xia's Forbidden Photos Coming To NYC

AP | By ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 02.08.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Liu Xia is a forbidden artist whose work is censored in her native China. The photographer, who is under house arrest, uses life-like doll...

Occupy Wall Street Highs -- Penned in Lows

Warren Goldstein | Posted 12.07.2011 | New York
Warren Goldstein

I loved just about everything about the march yesterday in lower Manhattan including the range of people, the great spirit, seriousness of purpose, and excellent signs.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Tom Six & Laurence R. Harvey on The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

Dan Persons | Posted 12.07.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The tag line for Tom Six's new The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) is "100% Medically Inaccurate," tipping those who witnessed The Human Centipede (First Sequence) that the follow-up is going to be a further affront to everything pure, good, and sanitary.