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Can International Intervention Assist Domestic Reconciliation?

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 05.28.2014 | World
Dinouk Colombage

The adoption of the third U.S.-sponsored resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka will now result in an international investigation being carried out in to the conduct of the civil war in the country.

Time to Embrace a Military Chaplaincy for All the Troops

Tom Carpenter | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

This inclusive outreach extends to chaplains representing the gay, lesbian and bisexual communities of faith, as well as those of minority beliefs, including Humanists. They, too, are valued members of our country's military and must be embraced fully.

The Second Amendment: A Symbol of Freedom or an Invitation to Violence?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

You can largely determine where a person will fall in the debate over gun control and the Second Amendment based on their view of government and the role it should play in our lives.

For The First Time In 30 Years, We Could See A State Hold A Constitutional Convention

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

With a little help from its state legislators, Rhode Island has taken another step toward reconsidering its state constitution. The Providence Jou...

Veterans Celebrate the Constitution in St. Patrick's Day Parade

Jacob Devaney | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Jacob Devaney

Obviously our politicians can not serve both the interests of the public and corporations simultaneously -- that would be impossible. So the question naturally arises, "Who do our politicians serve? The people or the corporations who purchased their campaign?"

Atheists Are Not Offended by a Cross, They Are Offended by Discrimination

Dan Arel | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Dan Arel

When you build a skyscraper using steel beams you build it using crossbeams. When these buildings come down, there is a high chance some of those cros...

A Redress of Grievances

Michael Benson | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Benson

Consider the tens of millions in the world today who will NEVER have the chance to petition their government for anything. But our right as Americans to lobby has been affirmed and reaffirmed again and again.

Lights, Camera, Arrested: Americans Are Being Thrown in Jail for Filming Police

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.10.2014 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

Once again, the U.S. government is attempting to police the world when it should be policing its own law enforcement agencies.

Celebrating Sullivan: The Central Meaning of the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, perhaps the most important First Amendment case in American history. In the words of the great First Amendment scholar Alexander Meiklejohn, the decision was "an occasion for dancing in the streets." Why was Sullivan so important?

The American Flag T-Shirt Case: It's Not About Patriotism

Dirk Hughes | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Dirk Hughes

The government can, and does, legally violate our Constitutional rights when in its best interest to do so. In fact, they do it quite often. They just need the right reason.

The USA Has a Monarchy. Let It Have a Glorious Revolution

Robin Koerner | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

This year marks the 1,000th anniversary of political liberty. When the United States began, the tradition in which it was founded was already 762 year...

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

A Gathering Storm of Bigotry and Discrimination

Tom Carpenter | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

The claim by fundamentalists to be protecting "religious liberty" is true-these proposed laws and restrictions are indeed their attempt to create special rights to advance their religious beliefs at the expense of others who disagree with them.

How Far Can the IRS Go in Regulating Political Ads by Nonprofits?

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

The IRS's proposed rule has run into the bugaboo that has plagued the Supreme Court and election administrators for years: how to define "political" advertisements.

The Wisdom of Privacy

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.20.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The wisdom of privacy is fundamental to the healthy evolution and future of human beings. It is perhaps the most essential ingredient of the natural order and balance in the social milieu and for a healthy human existence on earth. It makes the privacy revolution we are facing real, relevant, and vital to preserving ourselves as societies and individuals.

Presidents Day: Time for a Female in the White House?

Martha Burk | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

This year on President's Day I want to honor our female presidents. Oh, I forgot. There aren't any. You'd think it was against the law or something. It probably would have been if the founding fathers had thought of it.

Political Liberty Turns 1,000 Years Old

Robin Koerner | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

In 2014, the year that Constitutional Liberty turns 1000 years old, our task - of resisting an increasingly remote and control governmental power that has forgotten the tradition whose job it is to protect - is not very different from the Founders'.

The Tyranny of Partisanship

Frank A. Weil | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

What a sad spectacle the country is witnessing out of Washington today. A small portion of Republicans is holding their party hostage to a very narrow...

Exclusive: Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald Reveal NSA Role in Drone Strikes, New Media Venture

Democracy Now! | Posted 04.12.2014 | Media
Democracy Now!

In the first exposé for their new new venture, First Look Media's digital journal The Intercept, investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn G...

Egypt's Fateful Choice: Democracy or Authoritarianism?

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

Algeria descended into civil war when its military suppressed the country's democratically popular Islamists. Could the same happen in Egypt?

Obama's Executive Action Statements More Irresponsible Than Unconstitutional

Tom Mullen | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Mullen

President Obama provided plenty of fodder for conservatives to howl "Dictator!" during his State of the Union address last week. If past experience is any indicator of what the President will actually do, his statements are more irresponsible than unconstitutional.

Constitution Changed: Hillary Clinton Will Automatically Be Elected President in 2016

Spencer Green | Posted 03.31.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

The so-called "inevitability" amendment was proposed by Congress and then ratified within 30 minutes by all the states' legislatures, followed by responses of exhaustion and relief.

The Sum of Us All

Lisa Longo | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

We need to remember this, our country was founded by a bunch of rabble-rousing activists who believed that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were worth dying for. Don't you think it is at least worth a few hours a month of your time?

Why Obama Cares More About the Feelings of Foreign Leaders than Safeguarding Americans' Constitutional Rights

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

To overcome bureaucratic vested interests and revitalize U.S. constitutional checks and balances, however, Americans need to get a lot madder than they are about Bush and Obama's violation of sacred rights.

At President Obama's State of the Union, Will All Eyes Be on Hillary?

Alexia Parks | Posted 03.26.2014 | Women
Alexia Parks

Have women grown tired of waiting for a woman to place her hand on the Bible and take the Oath of Office as President of the United States? More importantly, will women be willing to vote a woman into the nation's highest office?