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Recommended Reading: Peaceland

I’m hereby joining the chorus of people telling you to add Séverine Autesserre’s Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention to your summer reading list. In Peaceland, Autesserre takes the substance of countless rants-over-drinks about wrongheaded international interventions … Continue reading ?

Why Your Employer Can't Cut Off Your Contraception Coverage

On the Fourth of July, while you were stuffing your face with patriotic burgers and watching patriotic fireworks, the Supreme Court handed down an emergency injunction in a case involving Wheaton College's objection to the Affordable Care Act's contraception benefit, a decision that acted as an addendum to the Hobby Lobby decision. Show More Summary

What the Bears’ Brandon Marshall’s Struggles With Mental Illness Teach Us About the Criminal Justice System

In a recent article in ESPN the Magazine, Chicago Bears All-Pro Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall admitted that in 2011 he was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Marshall was diagnosed after being hospitalized following a domestic incident. Show More Summary

Investigating the Imaginary Thought Police

Earlier this year, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, abruptly abandoned a survey of Americans’ media information needs, which, despite its modest scope, would have provided crucial data for the FCC in...Show More Summary

Dear Privacy Board: It’s Us, the 95%

There are seven billion people in the world, and 95 percent of them live outside the United States. We know from dozens of revelations from the last year that few, if any, are immune from the watchful eyes of the National Security Agency. Yet...Show More Summary

Can 'Reformicons' Save the Republican Party?

The conservative reformers are about to have their moment—or so it would appear, if you're a reader of some publications predominantly read by liberals. A small band of thoughtful conservatives has been saying, for some time, that if...Show More Summary

The Reformicons' Political Problem

The conservative reformers are about to have their moment—or so it would appear, if you're a reader of some publications predominantly read by liberals. A small band of thoughtful conservatives has been saying, for some time, that if...Show More Summary

When Was the Last Time You Read the Declaration of Independence?

Library of Congress One of twenty-four surviving copies of the first printing of the Declaration of Independence done by Philadelphia printer John Dunlap in the evening of July 4. These rare documents are known as "Dunlap Broadsides" of the Declaration of Independence. Show More Summary

When Is the Last Time You Read the Declaration of Independence?

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, W hen in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another,...Show More Summary

Another “Bedroom Tax” Challenge Fails

Rutherford and Ors v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2014] EWHC 1613 (Admin) – Read judgement here. At the end of May, the High Court ruled that the reduction in Housing Benefit under Regulation B13 of Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations – commonly dubbed “the bedroom tax” - did not unlawfully discriminate against a […]

Activists Demand That Chicago #StopTorture

The fight is far from over. Demand justice for Chicago torture survivors. Call on the Chicago City Council to ensure reparations.

Radar Speed Signs, Machine Monitoring, and Chilling Effects

I’ve always found radar speed signs to be interesting indicators of our relationship with technology, and I think how we relate to these signs can tell us something about privacy and technology. I’m talking about the signs that tellShow More Summary

Alabama Steelworkers Fight for Their Jobs, Threatened By Korea Trade Deal

  Alliance for American Manufacturing Approximately 1,000 supporters of steelworker jobs turned out Monday, June 16 at a rally at the U.S. Steel facilities in Fairfield. The author works for the Alliance of American Manufacturing, which...Show More Summary

CCA Continues to Cite Misleading Study It Funded

As an academic, it’s my job to be a skeptic. That’s why, when two researchers at Temple University published a study last year claiming that for-profit prison companies can save states lots of money, I wanted to know how they’d reached...Show More Summary

Government Privacy Panel: One Step Behind Congress, the Courts, and the American People

When Congress, the courts, and the American people disagree with you, it's probably time to re-think your position. Today, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) released its report on the troubling Section 702 surveillance program – a program that falls under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Show More Summary

Executions Iranian Style

Instead of trying to top last year’s alarmingly high number of executions, the Iranian government should stop the carnage.

Mass Atrocity Monday, 6/30/2014

In an excellent Foreign Policy article on Western Sahara (seriously, go read it), David Conrad reports that Dallas-based Kosmos Energy has a Moroccan license to begin drilling for oil off of the disputed territory’s coast. A Kosmos senior VP told Conrad that … Continue reading ?

The Civil Rights Act at 50: A Conversation with Rep. John Conyers

Listening to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) speak is like having a real life history lesson. Mr. Conyers is the second-longest serving member of Congress, having been in office for nearly 50 years. After participating in the March on Washington...Show More Summary

SHOCKING: Surge of Honor Killings in Pakistan

Honor crimes fester in the dark privacy of the home. It is time to expose these abuses to the light of public scrutiny and the law.

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