Category: Civil Liberties

Juan Cole: Dear Mr. Holder: Why Ed Snowden can’t get a Fair Trial in your National Security State

Former US Attorney General Eric Holder said in an interview that what NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden did was illegal but added “”We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate we engaged in and by Read more…

Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson Surya Mattu and Lauren Kirchner: Machine Bias

There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks

Uri Avnery: The Center Doesn’t Hold

“The best lack all convictions, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity!” Is there a better description of what is happening in Israel now? Yet these words were written, almost a hundred years ago, by the Irish poet W. B. Yeats. Yeats was writing shortly after the terrible slaughter and destruction of World War Read more…

Olivia Rose Walton: From Immunity to Impunity

Erdoğan’s government is laying the legal groundwork to arrest Kurds and other dissidents in parliament

Kathy Kelly: Hammering for Peace

The fire our friends wanted to ignite was inside us. With what work can we replace war? If we are no longer training for war, what else could we be doing?

Roger Lancaster: Imagining the Socialist Bathroom

Instead of epitomizing an oppressive gender system, public bathrooms should be open to all and enjoyable to use

Peter Bohmer: A Year Later: The Struggle for Justice Continues

A year ago, two young black men, Andre Thompson and Bryon Chaplin were shot by white police officer, Ryan Donald Snowden laughs off CIA’s ‘mistaken’ destruction of secret torture report

“When the CIA destroys something, it’s never a mistake”

Matthew Harwood: Power Loves the Dark

Police Nationwide Are Secretly Exploiting Intrusive Technologies With the Feds’ Complicity

Toby Hill: Rural Paraguayans Fight for Land Amid Corruption, Poverty and Violence

For 14 years, Juan Aveiro broadcast Radio Mandu’arã to a cluster of communities in a remote corner of eastern Paraguay. He and his team of volunteer journalists worked from a makeshift studio painted pink. On one wall, a mural depicts Paraguayan peasant farmers or campesinos with their fists in the air, behind a banner proclaiming Read more…

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