Monthly Archives: September 2012

#MuslimRage and the roots of intolerance

By Najah Farley By now, everyone is aware of the Newsweek cover story titled, Muslim Rage, which has been the target of both praise and ridicule throughout the blogosphere and national news. After Newsweek published the cover story with the cover photo of Muslim men almost literally frothing at the mouth in anger, there was a social…

California Could Make ‘Three Strikes’ Less Draconian

By Mark Wilson Oh, California. Almost twenty years after you passed Proposition 184, the “Three Strikes” law, you want to undo it. California’s Three Strikes law was not the first recidivism statute in this country; those have been around since the common law. It wasn’t even the nation’s first statute to arbitrarily decide that a baseball metaphor should become…

The Beginning of the End for Super Mario and Big Ben

By idalton After almost three years at the edge of the abyss, recent weeks have given rise to renewed optimism that the global economy is at last returning to stability. Stock markets across the world have shown new dynamism despite economic indicators pointing to sluggish activity in the US (with anemic job creation and manufacturing levels)…

“Papers, Please” Provision Comes into Effect in Arizona

By Sushila Rao Police in Arizona—the busiest point in the country for illegal entry—can now begin conducting immigration status checks of any person stopped for any reason and suspected of being in the country illegally, after a federal judge lifted an injunction against the controversial provision of Arizona Senate Bill 1070 mandating such checks. The precise text of the…

Renewed Hope? Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws Under the Scanner Again

By Sushila Rao Even as we continue to grapple with the horrific fallout of the provocative Innocence of Muslims film, the latest blasphemy-related saga in Pakistan appears to be headed for an unusual but highly welcome conclusion—the accused has been released on bail, and her accuser has been arrested for falsely implicating her. The offender this time around…

11 years later, how far have we come?

By Najah Farley Today marks the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. As a nation, we have seen many changes since that horrific day. Our nation began fighting the global war against terror, which is ongoing in Afghanistan. We also fought the war against terrorism on our own shores, by loosening the protections on civil liberties to…

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