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Intimate Politics: The Personal and Political Revisited (An Interview With Harvard's Tim McCarthy)

Matt Bieber | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Matt Bieber

You're a student of history, and you're more familiar than most with a lot of the threads running through American history. When you look at the contemporary political scene, do you see those threads playing out in a relatively predictable way?

This Year Let's Give Thanks for On-Campus Dissent

Julianna Forlano | Posted 01.27.2014 | New York
Julianna Forlano

How many of our personal rights and freedoms have their roots in campus protest? How many of our children's will be? If the City University of New York (CUNY) has its way, we may never find out.

Maintaining a Moral Politics

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

In the early days of the changes in 1989, a new kind of politics emerged within the opposition movements poised to enter parliaments and governments. Many dissidents had a deep distrust of political parties and of political compromise.

The Fractionalization of the Republican Party

Marco Cáceres | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

The Republican Party is fractionalizing before our eyes. Conservative Republicans, led by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, are calling moderate conservatives not true Republicans, or "RINO's" (Republicans In Name Only).

Argle-Bargle: What Justice Scalia Still Doesn't Get About Marriage

Jay Michaelson | Posted 09.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Jay Michaelson

Really? Argle-bargle? The term doesn't appear in my dictionary, but I take it to mean an incoherent ramble, the equivalent of gibberish. And to apply it to the legal arguments that a generation of lawyers and legal scholars have debated for years is, itself, offensive.

Breaking Ranks: the History of the NLG Military Law Task Force

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

The shift in regulations means that GIs planning protests can be hit with bad performance evaluations and in some cases even discharged. These soldiers can also receive "counseling statements," essentially bad marks in their record, for engaging in dissent.

Throwing Manning to the Wolves

Edward Wasserman | Posted 05.20.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

He was a great source. His information was solid. The world's best news organizations believed it was of immense public value. So now he goes to jail, perhaps for life, and the media stand in silence?

Spinning the Chamber...

David Trumble | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
David Trumble


Thank You, America

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Jessica R. Dreistadt

Typically, my gratitude is focused on those things, people, ideas, and places that are immediately accessible to me. I forget to also express appreciation for things like my citizenship; yet, it is an integral part of who I am and what I am able to do with my life.

Some Thoughts on Being Afraid

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

Candidates and commentators are saying, "Iran's bomb program must not be allowed to reach the 'operational' stage." So here we go again. The possibility of pre-emptive military action is on the table.

America's Commitment Laws Are Silencing Dissenters

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

With one stroke of a magistrate's pen, these service men are being declared mentally ill, locked away against their will, and stripped of their constitutional rights.

Scalia Dissents

Jeff Danziger | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Ai Weiwei Calls Out China For Crushing Dissent

AP | Posted 06.10.2013 | Arts

BEIJING -- Artist Ai Weiwei has again criticized China's leaders as lacking vision and refusing to permit dissenting voices, saying the government's m...

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 04.24.2012 | World
Thor Halvorssen

We request that your government reconsider its travel ban on Dr. Chee and, in the spirit of human rights, allow him to leave Singapore for four days to participate in the Oslo Freedom Forum.

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.

Alt. Radio’s Barsamian Banned In India

Posted 11.30.2011 | Denver

Boulder's David Barsamian, the founder of nationally syndicated "Alternative Radio," has been traveling to India for decades, but last Friday he was f...

Moved to Action

Marian Salzman | Posted 11.12.2011 | Impact
Marian Salzman

I've (over)heard a lot of ways for people to say they've reached a point of no return with their frustration, feeling so full of stress that they're stirred from passive acceptance to real action.

America's Numb Generation

Peter Bart | Posted 10.24.2011 | Home
Peter Bart

Why are kids in America so calm in the face of a stalled economy, stalemated government, college loans and dim job prospects? Or are they just numb? Their passivity seems to mirror the traits of the characters featured in Hollywood's recent movies.

Hossein Derakshan: Sued Here and Imprisoned There

Steve Clemons | Posted 08.10.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

Yesterday, the father of blogging in Iran, Hossein Derakshan, the young person who had helped hundreds if not thousands of bloggers inside Iran, failed to secure an appeal of a 20-year sentence imposed on him by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Losing Our Sons and Daughters: The Cost of Afghanistan

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The small percentage of Americans who have borne the brunt of the human costs of our Afghan war, the utter corruption of the government we are supporting, and the toll in civilian casualties all make the continuing of this war immoral.

Larry Rivers After Crossing His Delaware

Barbara Probst Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Barbara Probst Solomon

Larry was intellectual, literary, and one of the most brainy artists of his generation, but there was always the feeling in the art world that the more intellectual the artist, the less talented the painter.

Cuban Dissident Detained, Freed, For Second Time

AP | PAUL HAVEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HAVANA — A well-known Cuban dissident was in and out of police custody repeatedly Friday in a cat-and-mouse game with authorities, who told him ...

Tumult in Tunisia: Labor Propels Protest

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

People power can take the credit for ousting dictator Ben Ali. But in the aftermath, as dissenting factions and the remnants of the old guard struggle to set up an interim government, the power of organized labor is harnessing the revolutionary foment on the streets.

The F Word: Constitutional Lessons For the New Congress

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The Republican lawmakers who read the Constitution out loud as their very first act in the new Congress better bask in their Tea Party glow -- because they're not going to feel the love from Constitutional scholars.

Israel's Crackdown on Leftist Dissent

Joseph Dana | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph Dana

Of all the criminals involved with the 2008 Gaza war, an Israeli leftist will be going to jail for riding his bike against the war in Tel Aviv. Tel Av...