Fashionable cynics love to deride “hashtag activism”: those thousands of "wasted" gallons of water dumped for ALS, the “pathetic” and “useless” #BringBackOurGirls tweets, the Snapchat solidarity with victims of police abuse in Ferguson, Missouri—at safe distances from the events. Read More

"What are we pushing for, again?”

After an emotional film and panel discussion, the captivated congregation sat in anticipation, waiting to hear how they could get involved and make a difference. I talked about the importance of education and political advocacy, explaining in detail the process of calling our members of Congress to push for legislative changes. Read More

Back in September, a video surfaced online that showed Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out Janay Palmer (his fiancee at the time, now his wife).

The video prompted the NFL—which before had only suspended Rice for two games—to terminate Rice’s contract and vow to take a harsher stance on domestic violence.

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Of all the liberties the world’s free countries enjoy, few are easier to take for granted than freedom of speech. Those in countries with some measure of free speech might be surprised to learn that there are places where they would be censored. Here’s the places with the most and least freedom of speech:

Best Countries

New Zealand

The country’s 1990 bill of rights declares that “everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form.” Read More

One of the biggest troubles facing any attempt to take down a terrorist organization is that terrorist organizations aren’t large, monolithic entities. They don’t have borders. They don’t have a singular ideology. In fact, as has been the case with ISIS, there may not even be a general agreement on what to call themselves. Read More

There’s More to Africa Than Just Problems to Solve

We need to start seeing Africa as more than just a disaster zone. Read More