| Jan 7, 2014
| 9:23 AM
The debate over whether Edward Snowden should receive leniency from the federal government -- revived by a New Year's Day editorial in The New York Times -- tracks the larger debate over Snowden encapsulated in the question: "Hero or traitor?" In other...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 5:55 PM
A broad coalition of taxi, limousine and for-hire sedan companies in Baltimore say they will refuse to pay a new city tax of 25 cents per passenger in what they are calling a collective act of civil disobedience.
The first payments under the new tax, for...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 5:07 AM
When "hacktivist" Jeremy Hammond stood in a Chicago federal courtroom seven years ago and explained that his cybercrimes were altruistic acts of civil disobedience, he was cut a break by a judge who chalked it up to youthful folly.
Not this time.
| Nov 19, 2013
| 2:48 PM
If you’re a cleric who strongly disagrees with your religious denomination’s dogma and policies, you have four choices. You can stay quiet about it and do as you’re told — after all, no one forced you to become a religious leader...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 4:50 PM
Dreadfully earnest about its politics in the manner of John Sayles at his preachiest, the indie historical thriller "No God, No Master" draws a line from the civil unrest of 1920s anti-immigrant America to today's terror-besotted society that's so...
| Apr 12, 2014
| 6:18 PM
After spending a week whisking away nearly 400 cattle they said were illegally grazing on federal land in the Nevada desert, officials facing a battalion of protesters with horses and guns decided to free those cattle in a stunning reversal Saturday...
| Feb 11, 2014
Chances are that if you had booked a tour to Bangkok for this spring, you're having an "agonizing reappraisal" right about now. Or if you're already there, you're thinking about avoiding the local hassle by going somewhere else or going home early. If so,...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 12:58 PM
The longer former National Security Agency contract employee Edward Snowden stays holed up in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport while Russian President Vladimir Putin cynically proclaims him a martyr to freedom of speech...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 7:13 AM
On a day when Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the time for negotiations on school closings was over, the Chicago Teachers Union led hundreds of supporters in a highly orchestrated downtown rally and march as part of its continuing efforts to derail the district's...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 3:21 PM
The notion that religious freedom is under siege isn't just an American preoccupation. Some Christian leaders in Britain also have sounded the alarm, prompting a pointed rejoinder from the former spiritual leader of the Church of England that also...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Mohandas Gandhi went to Yeravda Central Prison.
Martin Luther King Jr., went to Birmingham jail.
Nelson Mandela went to Robben Island.
Edward Snowden is going to Venezuela.
Or not. His destination was up in the air as these words were written. A...