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Catch a Fire: Activists Fighting "Corrective Rape" in South Africa Take Campaign Global

Joseph Huff-Hannon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph Huff-Hannon

Corrective rape, or rape against gay women as a form of "curing" them, has fast become a ubiquitous form of targeted sexual violence in South Africa.

Elections Got You Down?

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

In a season of political discontent -- trivialities and distractions, renewed culture wars and the rebirth of regressive impulses -- these books remind us what is really at stake in political participation and democratic tension.

Gladwell, the Tea Party and the Truth About Social Media

Paula Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Paula Goldman

Forget the exaggerated claims of the naysayers and the evangelists -- the so-called "social media revolution" is indeed in bloom. And it is, in fact, being Tweeted, Facebooked, YouTubed, and Digged.

Why France Burns and America Smolders

Yvette Carnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvette Carnell

Unlike Americans, the French feel a responsibility to counter any assault on the rights which they've fought so hard to win.

Dear Jon, Sane People Protest Crazy Wars

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

It's too bad that Jon Stewart is putting anti-war activists, Tea Partiers and black bloc anarchists in the same bag. And it's sad that he's telling his audience, many of whom are young progressive thinkers, that activism is crazy.

Sarah Palin, My Sarah Palin?

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

We need a Democratic woman who somehow finds a way to resonate with people in the way that Palin does, and in the way that Bill Clinton and George W. Bush did for their respective fans.

World Racism: Summer of Love and Hate

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Reporters Uncensored

Whether you are the "hater" or the "hated," having a common enemy quickly unites people who are like minded -- for better or for worst.

Self Portrait No. 1: I'm A New Radical

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

Why not run a series of New Radical self-portraits? Ask a bunch of people who are making a difference through their work to speak to you directly, by answering four simple questions.

Go National Locally: The One Thing You Can Do to Really Make a Difference in November

Colin Delany | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Colin Delany

As ugly as the redistricting process can be, this is one year in which the reality of democracy meshes with its rhetoric -- an individual voter/donor/activist can make a difference,

The Seductions Of Clicking: How The Internet Can Make It Harder To Act ('Soul Of A Citizen')

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

Without online technologies, Barack Obama would never have gotten past the primaries.

Teaching Kids (and the Rest of Us) About the Oil Spill

Jenn Sturiale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jenn Sturiale

I spied a disposable water bottle nearby, and it struck me: what better, more direct way to teach kids-- and adults, for that matter-- about how we've gotten ourselves into this mess in the first place?

'Soul Of A Citizen': Village Politics -- Rebuilding Engaged Communities

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

One way to do this outreach while simultaneously building a base for the future is to work toward engaging those face-to-face communities we're already part of.

Take the High Road: Personal Responses to Political Tantrums

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

It takes guts to face anger with inner patience, and take the higher road of ethical responses. But, I believe that we are gutsy as people, and capable of rising to a higher standard.

'Soul Of A Citizen': Want To Help? 10 Ways To Start Making Change

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

Effective activism's a long-haul process, not "save the Earth in 30 days, ask me how." But there are some principles that seem to reoccur for people addressing every kind of challenge.

Take a Hike: Misconceptions and Machinations Keep Activists Incarcerated in Iran

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

You've probably heard about the three hikers being held in Iran since last summer. Their case has become a political football, highlighting the inhere...

"Caught in a Bad Hotel" = The Future of Protest?

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

"Caught in a Bad Hotel" didn't just make me happy because it's a fun video. It made me hopeful that creative activists can use this medium to more effectively get their message out.

Idealism, Conscience And The Spiritual Left

William Horden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
William Horden

Rooted deep in the grain of American culture, the Spirtual Left has long acted as the progressive conscience of the nation, championing from the beginning causes like abolition and women's rights.

Democracy 911: Calling Women to Media and the Public Debate

Madeline Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Madeline Wheeler

As a woman, mother and activist, to me, one week in American life and politics is like seven dog years. Women don't need to worry about keeping up wit...

New Yorkers Rally Nigerian Consulate Over Missing President

HuffPost Eyes&Ears Local | Chelsea-Lyn Rudder | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit On Friday, a group of Nigerian expatriates gathered outside of the Nigerian Consulate in...

Glenn Beck As Political Organizer: Fox News Host Sponsoring 7 Conventions

New York Times | BRIAN STELTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Glenn Beck, the popular and outspoken Fox News host, says he wants to go beyond broadcasting his opinions and start rallying his political base -- for...

Bassnectar On Change: "I Want To Make A Social Impact"

Causecast | Brandon Deroche and Nicholas Chung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The following interview originally appeared on Causecast.org Bassnectar is Lorin Ashton's multi-faceted electronic music and social experimentation p...

Women in Hip-Hop: The B-girl Be Festival

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
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Lauri Lyons

When it comes to women in hip-hop, don't call it a comeback. Women have been here for years.

The Rape of Taraneh: Prison Abuse of Iran's Protesters

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

The strategies and ultimate goals are the same for any kind of torture: to humiliate, disembody, extract confessions and permanently terrorize the victims to prevent further 'disturbances'.

It's Not Enough

Stephen Ratner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Ratner

Both President Obama and the Republican Party (and even failing sectors like the auto industry), could learn a thing or two from my generation.

An Interview with the Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers

Marissa Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marissa Moss

As open lesbians, gay rights have been major for the Indigo Girls -- along with environmental concerns They are artists who believe that activism goes part and parcel with the power of song.