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Do Wars Really Defend America's Freedom?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Lawrence Wittner

U.S. politicians and pundits are fond of saying that America's wars have defended America's freedom. But the historical record doesn't bear out this contention. In fact, over the past century, U.S. wars have triggered major encroachments upon civil liberties.

In the Yellowstone Valley, a Beet Farmer With an Artist's Soul

Carrie La Seur | Posted 11.03.2014 | Arts
Carrie La Seur

It has microbreweries, artists, a cowboy hat-fixing genius, solar-powered lofts, and huge summer street events, along with homeless people, addicts, and the occasional break-in or fatal stabbing in an alley.

Curtis M. Wong

George Takei On Coming Out: 'I'm Proud Of The Fact That I Did What I Did When I Did It'

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices

In terms of celebrity re-inventions, George Takei has set a new precedent. The 77-year-old “Star Trek” icon has enjoyed a full-blown career re...

Manifest Delusion: Debunking American Exceptionalism to Protect Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

As a country, we have continued to lose standing throughout the world as a legitimate voice for human rights, as a responsible member of a community of nations, as an arbiter of peace, or as a party protective of the planet. We have seen our standing reduced from a beacon of freedom to a beacon of financial self-interest.

Why We Need to Keep Yuri's Legacy Alive

Christopher Punongbayan | Posted 09.18.2014 | San Francisco
Christopher Punongbayan

We need to remember what Yuri Kochiyama taught us about building multi-racial alliances, about true democracy, about conviction, and about racial progress. We owe it to ourselves to never forget.

George Takei Reveals The War Story That Made Him Proud To Be A Gay, Japanese American

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices

Actor George Takei begins his TEDx talk in Kyoto with a slight smile, introducing himself as a veteran and former helmsman of the starship Enterprise....

These Haunting Photos Capture The Daily Reality Of A Dark Episode In U.S. History

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts

In 1942, still reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government ordered thousands of Japanese Americans to leave their homes behind and ta...

Perseverance: An Evolution of Japanese Tattoos (NSFW)

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

As tattoos become more mainstream and acceptable in modern society, so does the importance to understand the rich tradition, training, craftsmanship, discipline, scholarship, and trajectory of the art form.

Speaking in Tongues: Defer K2S

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 04.30.2014 | Los Angeles
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

The ecology of one's environment plays a pivotal influence on creativity and style, thus in Defer's case, his mastery of bold typeface is nativist to Los Angeles street culture.

Scalia: 'You Are Kidding Yourself If You Think' Internment Ruling Couldn't Happen Again

AP | AUDREY McAVOY | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students at the University of Hawaii on Monday that the nation's highest court wa...

Honoring the Legacy of Fred Korematsu

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

Today, we honor the legacy of Fred Korematsu so we will never forget the injustices inflicted upon innocent citizens who were incarcerated, treated like second-class citizens, and denied due process and equal protection guaranteed to them by the Constitution.

'Sorry' Not Good Enough for Chicago Torture Survivors

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 03.16.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

For years, the anti-torture movement had called for an apology from the city as part of a comprehensive set of remedies. And, they said, Emanuel's seemingly impromptu "sorry" was nowhere near sufficient.

This Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor Honors Japanese-American Soldiers

Civil Beat | Manjari Fergusson | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

The USS Missouri Memorial Association’s annual Veterans Day sunset ceremony at Pearl Harbor will honor the 70th anniversary of the Nisei Veterans of...

Preventing Bullying Is a Community Effort

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 12.14.2013 | Impact
Rep. Mike Honda

We need to change society's attitude towards bullying; we have to educate each other about the things that make us the unique individuals we are -- the same things that other people use as a basis for bullying.

Wrong Then, Wrong Now: Mindful of Internment, California Condemns Detention Under NDAA

Ahilan Arulanantham | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Ahilan Arulanantham

Succumbing to the fears that have plagued our nation, the president and Congress once again placed an ill-conceived national security measure ahead of tried-and-true principles of civil liberty.

Researchers Discover U.S. Internment Camp

AP | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

-- Deep in the mountains of northern Idaho, miles from the nearest town, lies evidence of a little-known portion of a shameful chapter of American hi...

For First Time In 50 Years, Artist Gets Rare Solo Exhibition

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.18.2014 | Arts

Somewhere between Louise Bourgeois's maternal minimalism and Yayoi Kusama's sui generis basket weaving to the ideas of Buckminster Fuller, Asawa conju...

Immigrants Yearn to Be Americans, Not a Permanent Underclass

Frank Sharry | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Frank Sharry

This question of citizenship vs. residency is no mere technical policy dispute. This idea of denying citizenship to 11 million people -- a population the size of Ohio -- goes to the heart of who we are as a nation.

Remember Pearl Harbor, Both Ways

Stacy Bare | Posted 02.06.2013 | Impact
Stacy Bare

We know of the many Americans who served bravely and honorably in WW2, but how many served so honorably while their families were wrongfully interned back home, simply for being of Japanese descent?

On His Deathbed, WWII Vet Casts Likely Last Ballot... So What's Your Excuse Not To Vote?

Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

Frank Tanabe always did his duty, even after the federal government sent him and other Japanese-Americans to internment camps in the wake of the attac...

Movie Review: The Manzanar Fishing Club

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It seems like an innocuous title -- until you realize (or learn) that The Manzanar Fishing Club deals with one of this country's most shameful chapters: the internment of Japanese citizens after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Liberals Should Not Criticize Obama? The Historical Record Says They Should

Sam Walker | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Sam Walker

Hold our tongues if we think Obama is off-course? The historical record tell us to speak out -- forcefully.

Teaching Untold Stories During Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Moé Yonamine | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Moé Yonamine

During this commemorative month to raise awareness of Asian/Pacific Island peoples, I draw hope from my students who are leading the way to unlearn the past and imagine a more just world for all people.

The Assault on Civil Liberties Continues

Allan Brawley | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Allan Brawley

Assaults on our constitutional protections are not new. They have been a recurring phenomenon for at least the last hundred years.

Lessons to Remember From Japanese Internment

Bill Ong Hing | Posted 04.22.2012 | Crime
Bill Ong Hing

Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Their mass incarceration provides a lesson in human rights abuse that, unfortunately, the nation tends to forget too conveniently.