| Jun 23, 2015
| 5:00 AM
Calling affirmative action "racist" is an example of a racial "microaggression," says the University of California administration. Other examples of supposed microaggressions: "America is a melting pot," "I believe the most qualified person should get the...
| Jun 2, 2015
| 11:00 AM
John Steinbeck's classic 1937 novella "Of Mice and Men" won't be banned from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, classrooms after all. The city's school board voted Monday to keep the book as part of the ninth-grade school curriculum, disappointing community members...
| Mar 18, 2015
| 7:00 PM
Beijing increasingly appears to be walling China off from the outside world, with potentially disastrous consequences.
Take civil society. China's national legislature is considering a bill that would further restrict the operations of foreign non-...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 8:20 AM
China’s Internet regulators on Wednesday announced wide-reaching rules requiring anybody posting comments online to register using their real name, the latest step in a continued tightening of control over freedom of expression online.
| Oct 21, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Houston recently passed an ordinance through its city council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy amongst conservative evangelicals. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a broad-sweeping, left-leaning law trumpeted by the City of Houston and...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 4:30 PM
TOKYO - A predictable handful of Japanese movies each year receive regular slots in international film festivals, especially if the films are made by such established auteurs such as Hirokazu Kore'eda, or Naomie Kawase, or by mavericks Takashi Miike and...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 3:44 AM
Striking photos, videos and news about Hong Kong’s ongoing democracy protests and clashes with police have exploded across TV, radio, newspapers worldwide in recent days, to say nothing of Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites. But thanks...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 10:33 AM
In 2008, David Hajdu published "The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America," a historical look at 1950s paranoia aimed at the perceived moral depravity of comic books. He traveled around promoting it, but never had any book...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 4:00 AM
It just got a little less fun to be a headline writer in China.
China’s media regulators have put out a new edict to copywriters, directing them to keep their groaners to themselves.
It’s no laughing matter – the State General...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 5:30 AM
James Conlon's Los Angeles Opera "Recovered Voices" mission of reviving music suppressed by the Nazis has been on hiatus lately, economic recovery being the company's priority. For the time being, the music director has, instead, looked elsewhere, such as...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 1:22 PM
First it was Florida, then Wisconsin. John Green's books -- though not "The Fault in Our Stars," which became the summer movie -- have come under fire from parents.
In Pasco County, Fla., Green's young adult novel "Paper Towns" was removed from an...