Heidi Boghosian’s “Spying on Democracy” is the answer to the question, ‘if you’re not doing anything wrong, why should you care if someone’s watching you?’ It’s chock full of stories about how innocent people’s lives were turned upside-down by public and private sector surveillance programs. But more importantly, it shows how this unrestrained spying is inevitably used to suppress the most essential tools of democracy: the press, political activists, civil rights advocates and conscientious insiders who blow the whistle on corporate malfeasance and government abuse.
|By: Mike German Saturday November 9, 2013 2:59 pm|
|By: bmaz Sunday August 25, 2013 1:59 pm|
No right seems more fundamental to American public life than freedom of speech. Yet well into the twentieth century, that freedom was still an unfulfilled promise, with Americans regularly imprisoned merely for speaking out against government policies. Indeed, free speech as we know it comes less from the First Amendment than from a most unexpected source: Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. A lifelong skeptic, he disdained all individual rights, including the right to express one’s political views. But in 1919, it was Holmes who wrote a dissenting opinion that would become the canonical affirmation of free speech in the United States.
Why did Holmes change his mind? That question has puzzled historians for almost a century. Now, with the aid of newly discovered letters and confidential memos, law professor Thomas Healy reconstructs in vivid detail Holmes’s journey from free-speech opponent to First Amendment hero.
|By: Swopa Friday February 17, 2012 8:00 pm|
The deluge of sorrow-filled tributes and reminisces that have been written by other journalists already testify to how highly Anthony Shadid was regarded among his peers. But let me add a few words from a blogger’s perspective to explain how special he truly was.
|By: Phoenix Woman Saturday February 5, 2011 7:15 am|
Courage is contagious, whether in Egypt or out. So is integrity.
|By: David Dayen Thursday February 3, 2011 2:50 pm|
ABC News has compiled a list of all the journalists hassled and attacked in Egypt over the past several days. This goes from harassment all the way up to hospitalization, arrest and kidnapping. The environment for all journalists in Egypt – this list is quite long – has become terribly dangerous.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday February 2, 2011 11:40 am|
Al Arabiya reporter Ahmad Abdallah was captured by the pro-Mubarak thugs. According to The New York Times, two of their reporters were cornered by the thugs who tried to stop them from reporting. “Protesters are hunting down Al Jazeera journos,” wrote Gulf News’ Abbas Al Lawati. The Guardian bluntly says that the government is involved, and quotes British Prime Minister David Cameron that such a turn of events would be “completely unacceptable.”
|By: Brian Sonenstein Friday January 14, 2011 12:35 pm|
Check out this list of the top 10 MyFDL diaries from 2010 (based on pageviews). Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to our fantastic community of writers. We look forward to reading your work in 2011.
What were your favorite myFDL diaries from last year? Share your picks in the comments!
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday October 18, 2010 5:00 pm|
I love New Orleans. I fell in love with the city as a little girl, just by reading stories set there. I watched in agony as Hurricane Katrina approached, prayed with friends that the city would be spared and wept when the levees broke and destroyed so many lives. I was given the opportunity to research and fact-check the city online post-Katrina, followed by two amazing, transcendent trips to NOLA in 2006 and 2007 for the Voodoo Music Fest and then Mardi Gras. I cheered when the Super Bowl was held there with U2 playing at halftime and whooped with ecstatic joy embracing a group of Orleans-loving friends when the Saints won last season. New Orleans is at once languorous and vital, seductive, dangerous, joyous, profound, sacred, nasty, naughty, glorious. She is the Holy of Holies, full of magic and mystery, charm and force; fierce and exuberant.
|By: Teddy Partridge Sunday July 4, 2010 4:00 pm|
I suggest calling them Establishment Propagandists. On this Independence Day weekend, what term do you like?
“Lapdogs” seems entirely too passive.
“Toadies” is simply insulting to toads.
“Stenographers” is a slur on a fine profession.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday April 23, 2008 12:00 pm|
(Please welcome Cliff Schecter, author of The Real McCain in the comments — jh)
Cliff Schecter has long been the progressive’s dream — capable of going on Fox news without losing his cool or getting pwnd by some lame Republican, arguing from the Democratic side with intelligence, succinctness and passion. But with the publication of his new book, The Real McCain, he’s got John McCain on the run.
Watch the YouTube attached