Posted inCulture

First death penalty issued for Iranian protesters under expanded mandate

Reading Time: 3 minutes Last week, 227 members of Iran’s 290-person parliament advocated for harsher retributive actions to be taken against protesters arrested in the nation-wide demonstrations after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was brutally murdered by morality police in September. Prior to the parliament’s decision, the Islamic Revolution Court was already charging people connected to these protests with death penalty […]

Posted inTechnology

Anonymity, privacy, transparency, integrity: Do we even know the future we want?

Reading Time: 8 minutes In the late 2000s, research blossomed around our use of online avatars. Did our videogame icons and social media profiles represent our actual selves, our ideal selves, or something else entirely? And did they have a reciprocal impact, a “Proteus effect” that transformed self-perception? Did we change in the real world based how our online […]

Posted inLaw, Politics

Common sense wins: ‘Religious Freedom’ Amendment fails in Arkansas

Reading Time: 3 minutes In a state where Sarah Huckabee Sanders will soon be governor and a Republican trifecta will control the government, you wouldn’t expect common sense to win out when it comes to a ballot measure regarding “religious freedom,” but that’s what happened with Amendment 3, a proposal intended to block the government from ever “burden[ing] a […]

Posted inFree Expression

‘Free speech’ must be reformed before it destroys US democracy

Reading Time: 7 minutes The midterm elections are over. But, in a sense, it doesn’t matter—because the virulent, now-years-long epidemic afflicting American politics remains: cynical Republican mendacity, which is to say, purposeful lying and duplicity—spearheaded by former president Donald Trump. And zero accountability so far for the merchants of this corrosive assault on the nation. Make no mistake, this […]

Posted inPolitics

Here’s how atheist candidates fared in the 2022 elections

Reading Time: 4 minutes There’s always a lot to process after major elections, but when it comes to the openly nonreligious and explicitly atheist candidates on the 2022 ballots for state or federal office, we know quite a bit as the results continue rolling in. With help from the Freethought Equality Fund PAC and the Center for Freethought Equality—both of which are […]

Posted inPolitics

Gen Z in the House, abortion rights wins, and other highs from Election Day

Reading Time: 3 minutes Democrat Maura Healey is projected to be the first female governor of Massachusetts and the nation’s first openly lesbian state executive. Maryland elected its first black governor, Democrat Wes Moore. The first member of Gen Z is headed for the House of Representatives, and several states affirmed abortion rights.

These long-overdue historic feats are just some of the high points of the 2022 midterm elections.

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