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Freedom of Expression

Verbal Safe Haven

Lianna Serko | Posted 04.18.2014 | College
Lianna Serko

I think it is human nature for people to be wary of the way others perceive and interpret their thoughts. And I think that this is the root of the trend to tend towards expressing our beliefs in terms of "feeling" rather than "thinking."

Protecting Scholars of Art From Persecution

Allan E. Goodman | Posted 04.03.2014 | Education
Allan E. Goodman

Rescuing scholars of art guarantees that their voices will be heard and their artistic contributions preserved-- to be shared with future generations.

Katy Perry's Blasphemous Act of Free Speech

Irene Monroe | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion
Irene Monroe

The ongoing debate between of what constitutes an artistic expression of free speech versus religious protection had recently been witnessed not in the public eye, but instead under the radar on social media. And the stirred-up controversy had been with none other than America's beloved pop music star Katy Perry.

Razan Zaitouneh: Kidnapped!

Elham Manea | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Elham Manea

The sectarian fighters on both sides do not want her Syria to prevail. Kidnapping her was meant to silence her voice. It is up to us to keep her voice alive in this mayhem. Do not give up on her Syria

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 02.28.2014 | 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?

18 Powerful Images from Massive #SOSVenezuela Demonstration in Los Angeles, California

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 02.24.2014 | Los Angeles
Stephanie Rudat

Clad in vibrant colors of the Venezuelan flag, supporters of ongoing protests in Venezuela rallied peacefully in Los Angeles, California on Saturday in front of the Federal Building.

Internet Freedom Just for 4 Hours

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 04.20.2014 | World
Alparslan Akkuş

Ragged by already tight regulations on the Internet, Turkey seems to suffer more since the new legislation allows government officials to block sites they deem violate personal privacy within four hours, without obtaining a court order.

Saudi Arabia: Free Raif Badawi

Elham Manea | Posted 04.16.2014 | Media
Elham Manea

Raif Badawi is a Saudi intellectual and an editor of a liberal website. He faces the death penalty in his home country! His crime is "committing apostasy." Here is the catch. Badwai never renounced his religion, Islam.

Free Press Prerequisite for Success of Egyptian Revolution

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Daoud Kuttab

The success of the new Egypt is no doubt dependent on many political factors. However, no real democracy or legitimacy can be won if everyone is expected to support the rulers only. Dissent, pluralism and different points of view are essential to guarantee democratic rule.

Killing Them Softly

Kanan Dhru | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Kanan Dhru

The pressures of modernity have resulted in many casualties. In this battle between the head and the heart, the language with international acceptability, the language of future and opportunities and the language required for basic survival in today's world is likely to win hands down.

Why Courtney Love's 'Twibel' Lawsuit Is Good for the Internet

Eugene K. Chow | Posted 04.01.2014 | Media
Eugene K. Chow

Fear not, "Twibel" lawsuits are not an infringement of free speech per se, but rather the transferal of standards from more traditional media to Twitter and Love's libel case is the natural next frontier in the ongoing battle over free speech.

The Academic Boycott of Israel: A Well-Intentioned Bad Idea

Howard Schweber | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Howard Schweber

For the ASA to declare a kind of academic war on Israeli academics and universities is to attack the people who are fighting for freedom of expression on the front lines.

Every Country Should Have a Newseum

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The "new" (to me) Newseum offers an amazing array of displays and information in its airy galleries packed with information on America's history, geography, politics, international relations, and media-related technological advances.

Dress Codes and Other Sorry Excuses for Policing Identity

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Marianne Mollmann

Dress codes facilitate abuse, first by enforcing the notion that there is a "right" and a "wrong" way to dress, and that transgressers can and should be punished, and secondly by normalizing the punishment. There is no legitimate reason for this.

Licensing AmmanNet's News Website

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

News websites in Jordan have been shaken up ever since the Abdullah Ensour government decided to enforce a controversial law that forces websites that...

Lebanese Press Syndicate Head Kicks Up Media Storm

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.05.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Baalbaki resigned. Baalbaki didn't resign. "Baalbaki Forever" headlined the Maharat News website, saying that no sooner had the Lebanese Press Syndi...

Punishing Killers of Protesters should be applied to all

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

I believe it is a good idea for the US and other world countries to immediately stop aid to any country that shoots civilian demonstrators. This prin...

Victimizing Reformers Unveils Saudi and Western Hypocrisy

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Western governments claiming the moral high ground could speak up for Saudi women reformers and their defenders, and strive to endorse lasting women's rights legislation based on civil society principles

Student Rights: A Philosophical Framework

David Moshman | Posted 09.01.2013 | Books
David Moshman

Schools need not and should not limit student rights to the maximum extent legally permitted. They should engage in serious ethical analysis and do the right thing, which often means protecting and promoting student rights beyond what the law requires.

Artist Fuel (The Powerhouse of New York City)

Collette Brown | Posted 08.27.2013 | New York
Collette Brown

When people look back on this imploding city, what title will they give us? Will we be documented as a purely economic driven society, lead by trends and social status, or is it possible to give a voice to the true powerhouse of this city, the artist?

Pussy Riot + The Russian Orthodox Church = It's Complicated

Scott MacDougall | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

When it comes to the relationship between Pussy Riot and the Russian Orthodox Church, it might not be true love, but it certainly isn't irreconcilable differences, just as most true and meaningful things tend to be.

From Lolita to Louis CK, Feds Ban Sex Speech on Campus

Will Creeley | Posted 07.14.2013 | College
Will Creeley

If anybody on campus can file a sexual harassment claim any time they're offended by sex-related speech, just about anything will qualify as sexual harassment.

Why My Kids Are Allowed to Say They Don't Like Me

Christie O. Tate | Posted 07.03.2013 | Parents
Christie O. Tate

To me, it's not a sign of disrespect to have my children honestly share their opinions about me, even if those opinions are not positive. I don't see honest communication as a barrier to respect. In fact, I think it's essential to the type of respect I want from them.

UNESCO's fight to promote a truly American value globally: Freedom of speech

Peter Yeo | Posted 07.03.2013 | World
Peter Yeo

Every year on this day, May 3, the international community comes together for World Press Freedom Day. For those of us here in the United States, it's...

What Not to Wear: The Gaza Episode

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 06.12.2013 | World
Hani Almadhoun

Reports of the Hamas police grabbing young men from the streets of Gaza to give them a haircut have been making the rounds. It appears that most people in Gaza are critical of both the police tactics and the fashion choices made by those young men.