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Glenn Greenwald Still Doesn’t Get Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo is at the center of controversy — again. The latest fracas swirls around the illustration which depicts flooding in Houston and comes with the caption: “God exists. He drowned all the Neo-Nazis of Texas.” To provide commentary on the matter, Glenn Greenwald, a consistent critic of the journal, recently released an article titled “Charlie Hebdo […]

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Why Attacks on Multinationals and “Sweatshops” Are Often Misguided and Excessive

Public distrust of corporations has been rising for decades, and some of those fears have spurned greater problems than they were intended to fix. One such fear is that multinational corporations, especially sweatshops, are infiltrating poor countries, in order to employ workers through exploitative wages and safety standards. Some prominent critics have called this modern slavery, and […]

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The Rise of a Moral Panic

The classic example of a moral panic involves a society losing its mind over witchcraft, as when more than twenty innocent people, mostly women, were hanged or otherwise killed following the Salem witch trials of 1692. In general, a moral panic concerns something that would be bad, perhaps horrific, if real, but whose reality is imagined […]

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A Lifelong Leftist’s Cri De Coeur

“Iona is no leftist,” a Twitter acquaintance recently asserted. It’s left me pensive as to what it means to be on the left (or not) and why so many of us lifelong left-leaning voters find ourselves described by our fellow lefties as, bafflingly, “right-wing.” I think of myself as left-leaning primarily because of my belief […]

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After Barcelona: Let the Denial and Excuses Begin

In the aftermath of yet another Islamist attack in Europe, this time in Barcelona, the usual excuse makers will still be trying to blame the Iraq war, or the Crusades, or the fact the perpetrator may have been unemployed as the motivations for the atrocity. I worked for several years as a youth worker with […]

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Is Ireland Ready to Abandon Catholicism

And is repealing abortion really the best approach? Earlier this week, fellow contributor at Areo, Barry Purcell, wrote “Is Ireland Ready for Abortion?” in which he concluded: “No longer can the perceived lack of public appetite for change be used as an excuse for inaction. No longer can Catholic power be used as an excuse for […]

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Trump’s Failure to Communicate

President Trump’s refusal to immediately disavow white nationalists and white supremacists — an ever-growing (or emerging) subset of the alt-right base — is telling. And they’ve noticed. After Trump’s comments on Charlottesville during the signing of Veteran’s Affairs legislation, a live update thread on the Daily Stormer, an alt-right white supremacist site, had this to […]

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Is Ireland Ready for Abortion?

Ireland has always been seen, along with Poland, The Philippines and Central and South America, as the heartland of Catholic belief. Despite Ireland’s official status as a democratic republic, however, the Catholic Church still wields a lot of secular power. For example, 85% of primary schools are owned and under the patronage of the Catholic […]

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Why I Still Call Myself a Feminist

Recently, many people have asked me why I still choose to identify as a feminist, especially since I dislike some of the excesses of contemporary Western feminism. I am wary of those strands of feminism which encourage young women to think of themselves primarily as powerless victims, a school of thought sometimes called “fainting couch […]

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