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ADAM FAGEN VIA UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”

― Benjamin Franklin.

Free speech is understood as one of the basic pillars of democracy, and a right that is fundamental to any free society. A state cannot claim to be truly equal, just, or free, without the opportunity to express thought without fear of government repression. In principle, freedom of speech is a notion that should be have an intrinsic value. Nevertheless, it has become a highly debated topic in recent years. The reality is that freedom of speech is fundamental, yet also an unavoidable double-edged sword. There remains no coherent global (or even regional) understanding on this rights application. Even Europe and the United States have vastly different conceptions of free speech, and whether there should be limitations to it.

The debate often arises from the fact that the same protections that guarantee free speech necessarily allow ha...

February 22, 2017

IMAGE VIA THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE 

"I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I now prefer grey skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are grey." With these words a Pakistani child strikingly expresses his fear of clears skies, taken over by attack drones that fly constantly above the trembling population of countries such as Pakistan. These aircraft have taken center stage in international debate in the last few years, yet have been pushed aside in the face of the results of the most recent American election and growing geopolitical tensions. The use of drones has been a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s national security approach, meaning to separate the United States from direct military involvement in areas of conflict. This has been a highly controversial practice that has brought about heated discussions on the ethical and strategic implications of drones for modern warfare or threat management. In the anticipation of the new Trump Administration, the concern over the applica...

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