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How the Ferguson Protests Convinced Me We Don't Need Cell Phone Kill Switches

Mike Montgomery | Posted 08.27.2014 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

The government's quick willingness to shut down communications is what got me (and others) thinking about the kill switch. It makes it very easy for police to simply shut down all cell phones using the technology to stifle coverage and communication.

Ferguson and America's Hatred of Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Ferguson was not just an event in which police overreacted to heated demonstrations; it's a symptom of a generalized hatred of democracy in this country -- the hatred of the truly bold idea that politics should be the work of everyday people and that power should not be concentrated in the hands of a few.

Ferguson as Christological Challenge: Rethinking Jesus in an Unjust Society

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Let us bury the New York Times-bestselling, life coach Jesus, along with the ecclesiology of egoism it implies.

17 Moments From A Calm Night In Ferguson

Huffington Post | Emily Kassie | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics

Last night the streets of Ferguson were calm. A peaceful protest marched on until midnight, with officers standing by. ...

Ferguson Can Teach Us About Protest and Activism

Heath Brown | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Heath Brown

The police force and public officials, more generally, showed a deep misunderstanding of protest and public activism, consistently unable to distinguish between the large number of protesters and small number of looters. Unfortunately, they are not alone.

An Open Letter to the Critics of Imran Khan

Ammarah Aftab | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Ammarah Aftab

While many are an advocate of Imran Khan in assembling this peaceful protest, unfortunately there are also some of you who are opposing the call. I write this with the hope of diffusing some of this bigoted commentary on Imran Khan's political maneuver.

For Now, Young Black Males Matter... Until the Cameras Go Off

Romal Tune | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices
Romal Tune

It's almost as if they are saying please don't go away, please stay, because the moment you leave or turn the channel, no one will care anymore. They will go back to struggling in silence and irrelevance.

Ferguson Families Look for Their Voice Amid Protest Frenzy

Dave Gershgorn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Dave Gershgorn

As the roar of protests echoes down W. Florissant Ave., one group struggles to make its voice heard from churches and outside police lines -- families of Ferguson.

Respect for Authority

Jonathan Richards | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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My War Score: Israel 0, Hamas -1

Jonathan Russo | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Russo

As I write this, the first 72-hour truce has just ended. So for the weary combatants and affected civilians, the death and destruction have resumed. Here is my scorecard to date.

The Value of Freedom

Yael Eckstein | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Yael Eckstein

The value of freedom cannot be overstated. It's the foundation that gives all of us who live in western democracies -- people of faith and no faith al...

ISIS, ISIS, You Can't Hide, We Charge You With Genocide!

Paul Benjamin | Posted 08.07.2014 | World
Paul Benjamin

From Sweden and Australia to Los Angeles and San Francisco, protesters have been growing by the thousands due to the current crimes against humanity the Assyrian and Yazidi minorities are facing in Iraq and Syria.

8 Ways to Help the People of Gaza

Anna Hosain | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Anna Hosain

Supporting Palestine is not exclusive to one religion, ethnicity or race. Supporting Palestine is about standing up against oppression, against colonization, against discrimination, and against inequality.

Sam Levine

Why Some Immigration Activists Want To Stop Meeting With Obama

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Levine | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of immigration activists formed a picket line outside of the White House Monday to call for advocacy groups to stop meeting ...

There's a New World Superpower -- And 4 Other Things I Learned at Netroots Nation

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Ruairí McKiernan

I had barely touched down in California when it was time to take off again. This time, to Detroit, to attend Netroots Nation, billed as the United States' biggest annual gathering of progressive activists, organizers and online social justice innovators.

Selective Humanitarianism: #LookImHelping...?

His Highness Prince Fahad Al Saud | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact
His Highness Prince Fahad Al Saud

The Internet, social media and mass mobilized movements have not only defiantly displayed our ability to care, but also, that we can act upon it. But when it comes to war, have we truly organized ourselves beyond the sporadic stunts of protests and popular retweets?

International Scholars Lend Support to Dissident Scholars in Israel

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
David Palumbo-Liu

Today, as we watch the number of Palestinians who have been killed rise well above 500. Academics in the United States and Europe have been speaking out on the killings, writing opinion pieces and blogs, signing any number of petitions. But in Israel dissent is clearly much more difficult, and dangerous, to express.

Detroit Water Crisis: The Dangers of Putting Profits Before People

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 07.17.2014 | Detroit
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

We celebrate this year, 50 years since the signing of a Civil Rights bill that gave Blacks access to public accommodations that were segregated by race. Now, 50 years later we are marching to maintain public services that are human rights, but being segregated by class.

Protecting Western Massachusetts Farms: Down with Fracking and the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Lucia Green-Weiskel | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Lucia Green-Weiskel

For residents of Western Massachusetts, the famous Shay's Rebellion of 1786-87 has yet to come to an end. Now the issue is the extension of the Tennessee Valley Gas pipeline proposal by Kinder Morgan on the Massachusetts-New York border.

What Do We Want? Justice! When Do We Want It? Now!

Evgeniya Melnikova | Posted 07.16.2014 | New York
Evgeniya Melnikova

Yesterday, on July 15th, I became a witness of something greater than any weapon in the world. I saw hundreds of people of different race and religion unite in the name of justice and true freedom in New York City.

Why I am Rooting for Brasil

Mandeep Singh | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Mandeep Singh

Brasil winning the World Cup could be a small moment of reconciliation for the nation's struggle, potentially helping to heal the wounds of what is lost.

Cindy Sheehan: Compassion, Courage, Conviction and Controversy

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Joanna Perry-Folino

The loss of a child is perhaps the most devastating loss a human being can suffer. The short and long term effects of the pain which affects a parent after the death of a son or daughter are unfathomable.

Global Day of Protest Against the Drug War

Daniel Altman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Daniel Altman

For the second year in a row, an international groundswell of activists have organized a Global Day of Action. In addition to the thousands of actions around the world focusing on various aspects of the failed drug war, drug policy reform advocates will be taking their protest right to the source: the UN Headquarters in New York.

A Symbolic Victory For People Power In Ireland

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Ruairí McKiernan

After 19 nights of sleeping on the floor of the Paris Bakery in Dublin, a group of mostly young migrant workers succeeded in forcing political action that will help them recoup unpaid wages and make history in the process.

Colombia's Peace Talks with FARC: A Political Conspiracy?

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

The future of Colombia had never been so dark and uncertain. Two years ago, President Juan Manuel Santos embarked the country into a negotiation process with the terrorist organization FARC in Habana, Cuba.