In Egypt, a democratically-elected government has been overthrown in a military coup d’etat, and though the U.S. government is required by its own law to withdraw support from Egypt, it does nothing. How could the United States lead a credible international protest against the power grab by Egypt’s military, though, when right here in the [...]
The opponents of marriage equality for heterosexuals and homosexuals have argued that that equality isn’t tolerable because same-sex marriage isn’t traditional.
New South Wales is preparing to be the next place to declare: Tradition schmadition! The parliament there is now preparing legislation to make same-sex marriages legally recognized. It would be the first Australian [...]
As years pass, corporations have been cutting more and more manufacturing jobs in America and shipping those jobs halfway around the world to factories in Asia, which then ship their products back to the United States for sale. There’s nothing wrong in the abstract with people in Asia having jobs — it’s when we get [...]
When you think of a nation that’s ready to shed tradition, the United Kingdom is not the first that comes to mind. The very name of the nation suggests the memory of feudal warlords battling over control of a little island. The United States sound a bit more up-to-date, with the abstraction of state replacing [...]
Stop buying your clothes at Walmart, Target, J.C. Penney, The Gap, and Sears.
In the face of a massive factory disaster that has killed more than eleven hundred Bangladeshi garment workers this year, these corporate apparel chains have refused to sign on to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh that would create [...]
Today, a “large swath” of Lac-Mégantic, a town in Quebec, was obliterated in explosions caused by crude oil that was being transported through the town. Large amounts of the crude oil also spilled into the Chaudiere River. The oil was being sent to Maine, to be used by Americans to cruise around in their cars [...]
Today I discovered Taksim Solidarity, a website at which the movement against authoritarianism in Turkish government shares its messages with the world in German, Turkish and English. The word “solidarity” seems apt, as a major theme of today’s communication has to do with the authorities’ attempts to split the movement along traditional lines of distinction. [...]
This morning, as I looked to the popular headline service Twitter for accounts of secular protest across Turkey, what struck me first was the humor in a pair of photographs from Ankara and Adana:
What whimsy, I thought. What fun. But then I thought about why some of these largely peaceful protesters are [...]
Rohingya Muslims have not been completely non-violent, but it is absurd for Buddhists around the world to continue to pretend that their religion does not hold the weight of responsibility for the bloodshed and destruction. [...]