Democracy

Laura Scheriau

 

Michael J. Jordan

Tucked in the middle of South Africa, the small country of Lesotho has made great strides in recent years by strengthening its democracy and moving toward stability. Yet, it could all be for naught if the country continues to refuse to address the real crisis in the region: HIV.

Margaret Benison

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam (center) casts his vote to elect the new Lebanese president in the parliament building in downtown Beirut on April 23, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Joseph Eid)

Shaun Randol

Since the 1960s, Noam Chomsky has been a formidable critic of U.S. foreign policy; many (most?) of his ideas highly unwelcome in corporate media. Though the decades march on, his biting critique remains sharp, his political philosophy unwavering. In this interview, Chomsky discusses self-censorship and names the political crises intellectuals and activists should be acting on now. 

Ed Hancox

Mehmet Çakıroğlu

Lisa McKeown

Edward Snowden, just like Bradley Manning, has been labeled a traitor and at times an aid to terrorists. It has even been suggested that he might be faking the information leaks, or simply wanting attention, otherwise he would have gone through the proper whistleblower channels. Snowden, some say, should have been more patient; he should have been more careful in revealing the NSA's secrets.

The Mantle

We at The Mantle have provided a space for new and emerging voices from around the world since day one. That's our mission. Making this platform available is necessary if we are to ever substantially challenge the dominance of a choice few mainstream, corporate media conglomerates. Six corporations—GE, Newscorp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS—own and operate 90% of what Americans read, watch, and listen to.

Bruce Southworth

Student. Lawyer. Activist. Revolutionary. Freedom fighter (or was it terrorist?). Prisoner. President. World leader. Husband. Father. Grandfather. Family man. As Nelson Mandela nears the end of a very full life, Bruce Southworth offers this reflection on the man of history.  

The Mantle

In the Fourteenth Century, the Roman Catholic theologian Nicholas Eymerich published Directorium Inquisitorum, a text that described many anti-religious and forbidden practices, like witchcraft, sorcery, and fortune telling.

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