Category: Civil Liberties

Preeti Kaur: Censorship and Control

Recent events in Punjab are consistent with the Indian government’s strategy of public silence and local repression

Naomi Klein: Now Marches Are Banned at the Paris Climate Conference – What’s at Stake

Hollande is silencing those facing the worst impacts of climate change and its monstrous violence

Rebecca Gordon: Home, Sweet Kleptocracy

Kabul in America

Matthew Friedman: As Many Americans Have Criminal Records As College Diplomas

The number of Americans with a criminal history has risen sharply over the past three decades. Today, nearly one-third of the adult working age population has a criminal record. In fact, so many Americans have a criminal record that counting them all is nearly impossible. According to a 2012 Department of Justice survey, state criminal Read more…

Vijay Prashad: The Doctrine of 9/11 Anti-Immigration

Congressman Michael McCaul of Texas sponsored a bill (HR4038) to block Iraqi and Syrian refugees from entering into the United States. The bill is known as the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act, which passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives. “We are a nation at war,” said Congressman McCaul. Given the name of the Read more…

Dawn Paley: Trans Day of Remembrance Commemorated amid Escalating Violence

​The many layers of violence exercised against trans people in the Americas has been met with incredible bravery, as trans advocates take great chances to organize and to speak out

Claire Veale: Paris attacks: it’s time for a more radical reaction

In the wake of the Paris attacks fingers were pointed in all directions, but few were directed at France itself. What has radicalized the French youth?

David Swanson: Chicago Restricts Drones: Who’s Next?

Chicago media outlets are reporting that drones have been banned from most of Chicago’s skies and cannot fly over you or your property without your permission. The text of the ordinance, however, makes exceptions for police that will require eternal vigilance. Local legislative action around drones began in U.S. cities in early 2013 with the Read more…

Victor Wallis: Ordeals of Whistleblowers in a “Democracy”

Support for US whistleblowers will need to be as global as the reach of the policies and the weapons that they expose

Gilbert Achcar: France Returns to the State of Exception

The discourse of war is already upon us. But it must be resisted

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