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Mike Farrell | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Mike Farrell

Returning to El Salvador after 25 years is a step through time featuring vast changes and too much of the same old same old.

Contra Acte: Mimi Smith and Susan Bee Unleash the Comic Repressed

G. Roger Denson | Posted 06.06.2014 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

The humor employed by Mimi Smith and Susan Bee isn't conventional. In fact it is more an antihumor they indulge. Not anti in being against humor, but in being against a repression that has traditionally been the source of much mainstream humor.

Pinkwashing a Despot

Lorri L. Jean | Posted 05.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Lorri L. Jean

When asked earlier this week by CBS network news if he condemned the sultan's appalling policies, Cowdray said that he had "no opinion whatsoever," while maintaining in the same breath support for the hotel's employees. Excuse me?

Breathless in North Korea

Christine Ahn | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Christine Ahn

While repression in North Korea is widely recognized, less understood is why North Korea is such a militarized nation.

Fatigue as a Symptom of Repression

Kimberly Berg | Posted 09.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Berg

The next time you're feeling tired, question yourself, ask your body what it wants to say. The smallest new thought could reveal deeply hidden truths. Rather than dismiss these new ideas, include them.

Justified Paranoia

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 09.01.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In Paranoia, Victor Martinovich has crafted a novel so real that the government of Belarus banned it two days after it was published in that country. ...

The 'Menace' of Social Media

Freedom House | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Shannon Coyne Senior Program Associate, Internet Freedom Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan responded last week to the burgeoning protes...

The Best and Worst Human Rights Developments of 2012

Freedom House | Posted 03.02.2013 | World
Freedom House

As 2012 winds down, it is time again to reflect on the year’s human rights developments. How did the world do following an eventful 2011?

Remembering 1950s Sexuality Through Call the Midwife

Lea Lane | Posted 12.07.2012 | TV
Lea Lane

I was thinking about my earliest feelings of sexuality because I'm hooked on the new Sunday PBS series Call the Midwife, set in slummy East-End London in the 1950s.

Sudan Protests Rage Under Tahrir's Shadow

Shadi Bushra | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Shadi Bushra

When Sudan was debating the terms of its independence, many Arab Sudanese argued for a union with Egypt, their fellow sons of the Nile. And now, it seems, each is holding what may be its most important demonstrations to date.

With Eurovision 2012 Around The Corner, Azerbaijan Gets Much Unwanted Attention

Jeff Burbank | Posted 07.18.2012 | World
Jeff Burbank

As this year's host of Eurovision, Azerbaijan may well impress visitors with its beautiful, entertaining capital city of Baku and friendly, considerate people, but not with how its government treats the people.

Amidst the Carnage, Syria Finds a Loyal Ally in Hugo Chávez

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 06.10.2012 | World
Thor Halvorssen

At a time when most nations are trying to figure out how to stop Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad from killing his own people in a year-long struggle to stay in power, the Venezuelan government is helping to prop him up.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Terence Davies on The Deep Blue Sea

Dan Persons | Posted 05.23.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Even if we were in the middle of a romance glut, The Deep Blue Sea would stand out as an intelligent, nuanced, devastating look at the vagaries of the human heart.

Romney's Firm Tied To Surveillance Push In China

nytimes.com | ANDREW JACOBS and PENN BULLOCK | Posted 03.16.2012 | Politics

BEIJING — As the Chinese government forges ahead on a multibillion-dollar effort to blanket the country with surveillance cameras, one American comp...

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.

Liu Xia's Forbidden Photos Coming To NYC

AP | By ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 02.08.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Liu Xia is a forbidden artist whose work is censored in her native China. The photographer, who is under house arrest, uses life-like doll...

Occupy Wall Street Highs -- Penned in Lows

Warren Goldstein | Posted 12.07.2011 | New York
Warren Goldstein

I loved just about everything about the march yesterday in lower Manhattan including the range of people, the great spirit, seriousness of purpose, and excellent signs.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Tom Six & Laurence R. Harvey on The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

Dan Persons | Posted 12.07.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The tag line for Tom Six's new The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) is "100% Medically Inaccurate," tipping those who witnessed The Human Centipede (First Sequence) that the follow-up is going to be a further affront to everything pure, good, and sanitary.

The "Jobs Creators" Brand Gets a Little Tarnished

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Corporate and financial elites have largely succeeded in seizing the current economic crisis of their own making to ram through attacks on social programs they've always despised. With Washington in their pockets they apparently believe that now is their time to contort the institutions of American society into a consortium servicing their narrow class interests. But the protests in Europe and on Wall Street are evidence that a growing number of people are on to them. The primordial moment for the pursuit of justice has begun.

After Don't Ask, Don't Tell: The Meaning of Repeal to America

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

"Don't ask, don't tell" -- the policy and even the mere phrase -- says much about who we are as Americans. What we do in its wake will help shape what it means to be an American in the twenty-first century -- well beyond the rise and fall of this bizarre and convoluted law.

After the British Riots: What Comes Next?

Erik Bleich | Posted 10.22.2011 | World
Erik Bleich

The recent events in England allow us the opportunity to make social scientific lemonade out of British lemons. Cameron's government should not only crack down on protesters, but also unearth funds to implement jobs programs for at-risk youth.

Why Conservatives Spend More on Cyber Porn

Nigel Barber | Posted 10.21.2011 | Home
Nigel Barber

However much conservatives trumpet their sexual morality, they are not better than the rest of us. Indeed, the evidence suggests they are slightly worse.

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Super 8

Dan Persons | Posted 08.13.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

J.J. Abrams, the man who set the deliriously enigmatic pace for Lost in that show's pilot and upended Star Trek by blowing up Vulcan (we still haven't...

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: X-Men: First Class

Dan Persons | Posted 08.06.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

X-Men: First Class is the latest installment of the Marvel film franchise to use comic book action to address some potent social issues.

Cinefantastique Round Table Podcast: Zemeckis Vanishes Into the Uncanny Valley

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

A fond farewell to actor Michael Gough, a fine character actor who appeared in numerous genre films, ranging from Horror of Dracula (1958) to Sleepy Hollow (1999).