Tag Archives: free speech

Deconsructed Podcast: How Bad is the News? with Hasan Minhaj

The news is almost like the comments section on Facebook, where there is no, “Hey, we went to the moon.” Everything is a moon-landing debate.

In a Major Free Speech Victory, a Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott by Glenn Greenwald

It’s hard to imagine a law that more directly violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech than one that seeks to deny people benefits for which everyone else is eligible due solely to the state’s disapproval of their political views and activism.

Don’t feed the trolls — how to combat the alt-right

In a battle for morals, imagery and messaging is everything. If we lose the PR battle, even if we are ultimately on the right side of justice, we may give the alt-right ammunition they desperately need.

Mazin Qumsiyeh | Action in Politics, Israel/Palestine

Senate Passed Anti-Free Speech Bill. It targets
human rights activists, not hatred.

Glenn Greenwald | Banned in Israel: An Interview With BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouti

The travel denial came after months of disturbing public threats directed at him by an Israeli government that has grown both more extreme and more fearful of BDS’s growing international popularity.

VIDEO: Is Palestine the Exception to Free Speech Rights in the U.S.?

In 2014, Palestine Legal—a nonprofit legal and advocacy organization supporting Palestine activism—responded to 152 incidents of censorship, punishment, or other burdening of advocacy for Palestinian rights and received 68 additional requests for legal assistance in anticipation of such actions.

Glenn Greenwald: A Quiz for the West’s Great Free Speech Advocates and Supporters of Anjem Choudary’s Arrest

Greenwald: …it’s crucial that these high-minded standards not be exploited to render permissible advocacy of ideas that you like while outlawing and criminalizing ideas that you hate — or, worse, to legalize advocacy of violence by one’s own side while criminalizing advocacy of violence by the other side.

Steven Pinker: Why free speech is fundamental

 MORE THAN two centuries after freedom of speech was enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution, that right is very much in the news. Campus speech codes, disinvited commencement speakers, jailed performance artists, exiled leakers, a blogger condemned to a thousand lashes by one of our closest allies, and the massacre of French cartoonists […]

Jillian York: More Surveillance Won’t Protect Free Speech

Let us resist attempts to use this tragic moment as an opportunity to advance law enforcement surveillance powers. Freedom of speech can only thrive when we also have the right to privacy. BY JILLIAN YORK  EFF.org  January 12, 2015 Following a terrorist attack, it is not uncommon to hear calls from politicians and government officials for […]

▶ Invasion of the Data Snatchers

New technologies are making it easier for private companies and the government to learn about everything we do – in our homes, in our cars, in stores, and within our communities. As they collect vast amounts of data about us, things are getting truly spooky! Data snatchers?? They are NOT science fiction. And they’re closer […]

ACLU: Free Speech for Some Means Free Speech for None

Our defense of speech regardless of speaker comes down to a simple truth: once you give the government the ability to silence unpopular speech, no one is safe. First Amendment  By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office October 22, 2014 In honor of Free Speech Week, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the obvious. […]

UMN Faculty Statement on the Visit of Dr. Condoleezza Rice  

University of Minnesota faculty respond to decision to have Condoleezza Rise speak on campus. Comment by Coleen Rowley and link to petition: Please read the concerns of nearly 200 U of MN faculty who object to the University President and Humphrey Institute Dean who, without consulting anyone, decided to put someone who has committed war […]

Nozomi Hayase: WikiLeaks’ “Mediastan”; The True Fifth Estate Bringing the First Amendment to the World

“Freedom of Speech is a truly liberational force in the world. It allows us to challenge, and if necessary, reject or dismantle official narratives and structures. It frees thoughts and feelings from the governance of state and corporate power.”    By Nozomi Hayase  Sunday, 03 November 2013  Truthout.org | Film Review     (Image: Journeyman Pictures) Mediastan is a documentary film […]

Chris Hedges: The Folly of Empire

Our collapse will take the whole planet with it.    Illustration by Mr. Fish     By Chris Hedges  Posted on Oct 14, 2013  truthdig.com The final days of empire give ample employment and power to the feckless, the insane and the idiotic. These politicians and court propagandists, hired to be the public faces on the sinking ship, mask […]

Amy Goodman> President Obama Uses a Sledgehammer Against Dissent

From Jeremy Hammond to Bradley Manning and the AP, Obama’s ‘assault on journalism’ is a threat to our democracy by Amy Goodman  Published on Friday, May 31, 2013  The Guardian/UK One cyberactivist’s federal case wrapped up this week, and another’s is set to begin. Although these two young men, Jeremy Hammond and Bradley Manning, are the two who […]

The Antiwar Movement is a Victim of the War on Terror | Come Home America

“This illustrates the troubling, continuing efforts of the federal government to monitor protected speech activity without evidence or even allegation of criminal activity.”  Posted on May 30, 2013 by Darryl W. Perry  Come Home America On May 21, Antiwar.com announced that Founder and Managing Editor Eric Garris, along with Editorial Director Justin Raimondo, filed a […]

Chris Hedges> The Death of Truth

Chris Hedges interviews Julian Assange of WikiLeaks. By Chris Hedges  May 6, 2013  This interview is a joint project of Truthdig and The Nation magazine. LONDON—A tiny tip of the vast subterranean network of governmental and intelligence agencies from around the world dedicated to destroying WikiLeaks and arresting its founder, Julian Assange, appears outside the red-brick building […]

Alexander Reed Kelly> Privacy by Design

Privacy by Design By Alexander Reed Kelly   July 24, 2012    truthdig.com Furryscaly (CC BY-SA 2.0) NEW YORK—Nicholas Merrill wants to change the world. So he tells me over rice and beans at Lupe’s East LA Kitchen in Soho, roughly a dozen blocks from where the World Trade Center once stood. He is perfectly serious. At 39 […]

People’s Blog for the Constitution » FBI seeking web application to monitor social networks

FBI seeking web application to monitor social networks Farid Zakaria    January 30, 2012     BORDC The FBI Strategic Information and Operations Center (SIOC) has issued a Request for Information to determine the feasibility of an online application capable of monitoring social networks. Specifically, the FBI is seeking to develop an application that “provide[s] an Open […]

SOPA Vote Delayed, Allowing For More Corporate Fundraising From Censorship Bill

SOPA Vote Delayed, Allowing For More Corporate Fundraising From Censorship Bill Zach Carter     December 16, 2011    Huffington Post WASHINGTON — After two days of debate, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) abruptly halted a key hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act, postponing a Committee vote on the bill until 2012. The […]