Freedom of Speech

Divisible, Not Incompatible: Why Putting Political Agenda in Its Proper Place Leads to Better Human Rights Strategy and Economic and Social Outcomes
Divisible, Not Incompatible: Why Putting Political Agenda in Its Proper Place Leads to Better Human Rights Strategy and Economic and Social Outcomes

Summer 2018 was a landmark season for the US and its participation in advancing international human rights. First, the US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley led the US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council, and then the US Department of State hosted the first ever international religious freedom ministerial to advance religious liberty around the world.

Abbas Salehi - Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance (MCIG) - Censorship and Sanctions: Should the US Sanction Iran’s Minister of Culture?
Censorship and Sanctions: Should the US Sanction Iran’s Minister of Culture?

Since the 1980s, the MCIG has played a leading role in suppressing political and cultural speech that contradicts Tehran’s revolutionary creed. But while the Obama administration sanctioned the ministry in 2012 for engaging in censorship, its current leadership has escaped Washington’s attention. By sanctioning the ministry’s current head, Abbas Salehi, Washington can send the mullahs a message that their ideologically driven repression will carry a price.

Islamophobia Unveiled: Unsympathetic Reflections on a New Watchword
Islamophobia Unveiled: Unsympathetic Reflections on a New Watchword

Real intolerance against Muslims exists, no question. But the term “Islamophobia” is too often deployed to inhibit rather than encourage dialogue about honest questions, concerns, or grievances.