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Responsible Freedom

William E. White | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
William E. White

If there is anything we can learn from our revolutionary generation in these weeks leading up to the Fourth of July, it could be--it should be--to focus less on our personal freedom "wants" and invest more time in civic responsibility.

In the World We Want, Nigerian Girls Can Go to School Without Fearing for Their Lives

Latanya Mapp Frett | Posted 07.12.2014 | Women
Latanya Mapp Frett

Nigerians and people around the world are increasingly demanding the safe return of more than 200 schoolgirls who are still missing after militant extremists from the group Boko Haram staged a mass kidnapping in the northern region of the country. The situation does not seem to be getting any better. This week, reports emerged of a second kidnapping of 11 more girls.

Equal Marriage Comes to Britain

Patrick Davies | Posted 05.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Patrick Davies

Britain has had civil partnerships since 2005, but a clear majority felt that we needed full marriage equality. As of last Saturday, that's what we have. Our view is clear: Marriage is one of our society's most important institutions.

What Has Gone Wrong With International Human Rights and How To Fix It

Pedro Pizano | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Pedro Pizano

Today, leading academics, government officials and practitioners will convene in the Danish Parliament under the auspices of the Freedom Rights Project to discuss the problems afflicting international human rights and provide solutions.

Behind Closed Doors in Saudi Arabia. Interview with Olivia Arthur

Global Yodel | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Global Yodel

In 2009, photographer Olivia Arthur traveled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to teach a photography class for women. Over the course of the two-week worksh...

New Laws for the New Year

Global Yodel | Posted 03.09.2014 | Weird News
Global Yodel

Heads up. Things have changed. The New Year brings new laws, and in some instances new freedoms, in destinations around the world.

Ocean Fish and the Oil Industry - Conflict Brews as the Trinidad Tobago Fishing Community Stands Up to Big Oil

Candace Calloway Whiting | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Candace Calloway Whiting

Members of a small nation with the hearts of a lion are standing up to big oil in order to protect fish, and their fishing way of life.

Women Reclaim Cultural Knowledge in Northwestern Amazonia

Amazon Conservation Team | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amazon Conservation Team

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpg This remote forest -- ringing with the sounds of frogs, monkeys and parrots --seemed surreal, as did my reason for visiting.

The Long Road to Equal Marriage Rights in Illinois

Andy Thayer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

So in a small way, in blue state Illinois, we showed how to break that dismal record of Left failure following repeated failure. Hopefully it's an example that will be emulated elsewhere, and on a far bigger scale. But what of the marriage issue itself? Why so much concentration of effort spent on it?

Standing With Malala on Education (Part 2)

ZP Heller | Posted 09.21.2013 | World
ZP Heller

Malala used her global spotlight to elevate her advocacy, appealing to her "brothers and sisters" -- both in the General Assembly and throughout the world -- to stand up for universal access and gender equality regarding education.

Standing With Malala on Education (Part 1)

ZP Heller | Posted 09.17.2013 | World
ZP Heller

Achieving universal primary education is a Millennium Development Goal and is now central to the post-2015 development agenda as well. The InterDependent interviewed Amina Mohammed, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's special advisor on post-2015 development planning.

Attack on Trayvon Martin Is an Attack on America

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 09.14.2013 | Crime
Leslie K. Stein

Voter suppression and "stand your ground" are attacks on America's 99 percent. Sound crazy? They are attacks on reasonableness. Voter suppression a...

Why I Love My Country

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

What do I love about America? I especially love our best national values: freedom, opportunity, community, justice, human rights, and equality under the law for all of our citizens of every race, creed, culture, and gender, not just for the rich and powerful. In particular, I love our tradition and history of democracy, its steady expansion here, and how it has inspired the same all over the world. We take legitimate pride in seeing how our founding documents have been the models for many new nations. What I don't love is when my country violates its values and ideals and behaves badly. I don't love when my country acts out of greed and only for power, or with blatant hypocrisy, or like an empire.

A Couple of Days in the Life of a Bahraini Political Prisoner

Zainab Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja | Posted 08.30.2013 | World
Zainab Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja

It is around 8:30 p.m. and I sit reading in my cell when I suddenly hear prison guard Aysha shouting at the top of her lungs. Her shouting so loud that the whole prison goes silent. This prison guard is known for being one of the worst, almost always barking orders and insults at the prisoners.

My Unexpected Research Partner Was My Daughter

Jeffrey W. Rubin | Posted 08.12.2013 | Parents
Jeffrey W. Rubin

Only glimmers of light showed through the hotel windows. "This will make a great story," Emma suggested gamely. Where had I brought my daughter, I worried, and how could I keep her safe?

When Rights Become Toxic

Peter Cannavo | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Peter Cannavo

The dramatic turnaround in views about same-sex marriage says hopeful things about Americans' capacity for tolerance, empathy, and fairness, and about our willingness to prize family in all its forms.

Rand Paul's Bold Stand for Civil Liberties

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Tarun Wadhwa

At a time when Americans are even more disgusted than usual with Washington's inability to handle their own manufactured crises, Paul has demonstrated the positive power that one legislator can have on a specific issue.

Muslims for Peace

Kelly James Clark | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

Noting the behaviors of some Muslims in Muslim-majority countries might leave the impression that most Muslims and most Muslim leaders endorse intolerance and persecution. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Context, Goodwill and Narrative

Foz Meadows | Posted 11.10.2012 | Books
Foz Meadows

At base, creators are not entitled to an audience -- not even famous ones. What happens when an author we love starts to lose our goodwill?

Thousands to March in Denver Saturday

Nancy Cronk | Posted 06.26.2012 | Denver
Nancy Cronk

On April 28th, 2012, thousands of Colorado women and their family members will gather at Civic Center Park's Greek Amphitheater for a rally to protect women's access to health care and for their right to make their own decisions.

When OWS Protesters Become Trespassers

Jeff Norman | Posted 12.14.2011 | New York
Jeff Norman

Is fighting economic injustice such a righteous pursuit that it entitles Occupy Wall Street protesters and their disciples to indefinitely control whatever space they invade?

Activists Stand Up for Bradley Manning -- and PJ Crowley

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

When we heard that P.J. Crowley had resigned as spokesman for the State Department after criticizing the Pentagon's treatment of suspected whistleblower Army private Bradley Manning, my CODEPINK colleagues and I knew we had to respond.

Weekly Audit: Massive Protest In Wisconsin Shows Walker's Overreach

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger About 100,000 people gathered in Madison, Wisconsin to protest Gov. Scott Walker's new anti-collective...

Gagging Workers Is Un-American

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

At the same time the world watches the people of Egypt take to the streets, plans are being put into place to silence workers in the USA. And it is happening at a breakneck pace.

When Rights Become Wrong

Elizabeth E. Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Elizabeth E. Evans

Those of us Christians who espouse a right-based framework that doesn't consider the goals and health of others are playing with ideas that certainly would have surprised the early church.