In much of the Muslim world, newspapers frequently run vile anti-Semitic cartoons depicting, for instance, Jews dressed as Nazis eating babies. Perhaps if Jews outnumbered Muslims by roughly 115 to 1 rather than the other way around, we'd hear more about those blasphemous drawings.
Federal judge James Bredar ruled that Fancy Cats Rescue Team and its coordinator, Denise Arnot, have properly alleged a violation of "the right to exercise constitutionally protected free speech, free of a state actor's retaliatory adverse act," and that the director, Charlott Crenson, is not immune from being sued since her alleged conduct "violated a clearly established constitutional right." He also found that the claims are over a "valuable government benefit," namely the "opportunity to serve as a volunteer or partner with a government organization."
Each year in January, Mary Toth, her colleagues in Howard County's Office of Human Rights and members of the county's Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission strive toward one goal: keeping Dr. King's message alive.
In a rare case of editorial initiative, the New York Times editorial board has flatly called for an investigation of former Vice President Dick Cheney and other prominent George W. Bush administration figures involved in authorship of the so-called torture memos, which authorized use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" against suspected terrorists captured in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The editorial was more wish that prediction.
Excuse me if I don't Rubio on the Cuba thing. I'm among millions of baby boomers, old enough to remember the Cuban missile crisis (1962), who think the Big Chill between the U.S. and Isle de Castro went on way, way — two ways — too long. And I think I speak for several hundred thousand American sports anglers who heard yesterday's news about the thaw with Havana and asked: "How's the fishin' down there?"
As a former prisoner of war who experienced torture, John McCain has more standing than any of his Senate colleagues when it comes to rendering judgment about the CIA's Bush-era "enhanced interrogation" program.
At 32, Ken Ulman became the youngest person in the state of Maryland to be elected to the position of county executive. Eight years later, as he prepares to step down from Howard County's top post at age 40, he's got a whole life ahead of him. At the same time, others reflect on his legacy as the county executive.
Sometimes sequels can be a good thing -- a very good thing. That's the story with "Turks & Caicos" and "Salting the Battlefield," the second and third films in what PBS is calling "The Worricker Trilogy."
The U.S. will never persuade General el-Sissi to embrace democracy or end the endemic corruption that enriches Egyptian generals. But we can use the leverage our huge aid payments provide to protect some space for independent voices.
Giovanna "Gigi" Guarnieri, a Reservoir High School student, had a (very large) hand in organizing a school-wide celebration for the International Day of the Girl. This event took place in the school atrium during lunch times, which allowed all of the students to attend and participate. Gigi said that the goal of the day was "educate and get people involved in advocating and educating on women's rights and gender equality."