International Women’s Day or Day Without a Woman?

What happened yesterday under the banner of Day Without a Woman seems to have turned the spirit of activism into a comedic street show as women decided to go on a strike in dozens of countries. March 08, 2017 was International Women’s Day. So we expected women to celebrate their achievements in personal, social, economic,…

Too Much Protesting

by Bob Branco People have protested for centuries. I’ve done it myself. However, I believe that the only time we should protest is if we expect something back, such as a pay raise, additional human rights, or anything else that’s tangible. Special interest groups, labor unions, and grass roots groups protest a lot, but their…

Whitewashing Abe Style

by Max Skinwood Activism, racism, difference of opinion, ability, personal preferences? Where does it stop? We have seen it in the case of Scarlett Johansson when she was cast as the Major in the film version of Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell. Was it, as producer Steven Paul says, changing the character could have…

VA: Niko, the Death-Row Dog, Gets Stay of Execution

Niko, the Staffordshire Terrier in Albemarle County, Virginia, has been granted a stay of execution until January 18, 2017, according to an update of support for Niko—Prayers for Niko/Kino Strong. Niko’s mom posted “There has been a STAY!!! Thank you GOD!” on the page yesterday after a court hearing on whether to allow more time…

The Employee Rights Everyone Should Fight to Protect

by Daniel Bell Businesses are a hugely important part of society. They employ communities and contribute to the wealth and prosperity of the nation. We would like to believe that most employers take their responsibility to their people seriously. But there are some who aren’t as gracious in command as others. Here, we’ll look at…

Legal Status and Effectiveness of Online Petitioning

by Gordon Jeremiah Berry Online petitions are quickly becoming very popular, such petitions sometimes can be referred to as e-petitions, or cyber-petitions. Online activism and social networking make it very easy for people to get involved that would normally feel they did not have a real voice. Yet several questions often arise on just how…

Disgrace at Chili’s

by James R. Campbell This is yet another commentary about a story that has thrust the chili’s restaurant chain in the national spotlight for the wrong reason. On Veterans Day, Ernest Walker went in to a Chili’s restaurant near Dallas. He wanted to take advantage of the offer of a free meal for Veterans who had ID…

Pakistan Kills Human Rights Again with Cybercrime Bill

The failed government of Pakistan has struck its people yet another blow of recklessness and oppression—the so-called cybercrime bill. Two days ago the Pakistani lawmakers – those things sitting in the air-conditioned offices in the federal capital at the expense of people’s money – “unanimously” passed the Prevention of Electronic Crimes bill (aka cybercrime bill),…