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Guest column: ‘Welcome to Las Vegas: A faith-based community’

Guest column: ‘Welcome to Las Vegas: A faith-based community’

When I started to think about the theme for this week at Chautauqua — privacy — I kept bumping into a couple issues which claimed priority. Before you can talk about “privacy” you have to have some understanding of not only freedom, but also of what manner of creature a human being is. I thought of the cartoon — a flashing highway sign with the message, “Welcome to Las Vegas! A faith-based community!” It expresses the fact that we all live in some sort of “faith” community, which makes assumptions about what the human enterprise is about.

The rise and fall of Turkey as a model for the Arab Spring

The rise and fall of Turkey as a model for the Arab Spring

Guest Column by Kemal Kirişci. Kirişci will give Friday’s Morning Lecture in the Amphitheater at 10:45 a.m.

As the Arab Spring spread from Tunisia to the rest of the Middle East early in 2011, the longtime opposition figure Rashid al-Gannouchi, also the co-founder and leader of Tunisia’s an-Nahda party, was among the many leaders who pointed to Justice and Development Party (AKP)-led Turkey as a model for guiding the transformation of the Middle East. Gannouchi maintained close relations with AKP and its leadership, which later became closely involved in Tunisia’s transformation efforts. Yet, after a May 2013 talk on “Tunisia’s Democratic Future” at The Brookings Institution, Gannouchi’s response to a question asking him which countries he thought constituted a model for Tunisia was striking because he did not mention Turkey. It is probably not a coincidence that he responded the way he did because the news about the harsh police response to the initial stages of the anti-government protests in Turkey was just breaking out. Subsequently, in an interview he gave to Jackson Diehl of The Washington Post early in June, he also took a critical view of both Mohammed Morsi and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for their majoritarian understanding of democracy, a view that he said an-Nahda renounces. So what happened to Turkey’s model credentials? What might have led Gannouchi to change his views so dramatically? Are there any prospects for Turkey to reclaim these credentials?

Morning Lecture guest column: Mass incarceration, American exceptionalism — and the federal public defender

Morning Lecture guest column: Mass incarceration, American exceptionalism — and the federal public defender

Today, I will be speaking on “Mass Incarceration and American Exceptionalism.” I will address the enormity of our “imprisonment problem,” our love affair with incarceration, how we got there, and how inadequate our criminal justice system has been in addressing it. Recent developments have made the latter point all the more clear. We have a much-vaunted adversary system — but one of the important adversaries, the federal public defender, is about to enter the ring underfunded, understaffed and demoralized, all because of the “sequester.” Its opponent — the United States Attorneys’ office — has emerged unscathed. Indeed, in Boston, and I suspect other jurisdictions, the United States Attorneys’ office is hiring new assistants.

Morning Lecture guest column: Systemic defects plague justice system

Morning Lecture guest column: Systemic defects plague justice system

Guest column by Nina Morrison.

When Innocence Project client Michael Morton was finally released from prison in Georgetown, Texas, on October 4, 2011, he said it felt like coming up from underwater. For so many years, the state had pushed him down, mocking his protestations of innocence and painting him as a monster to be reviled. Michael had spent nearly 25 years behind bars for the murder of his own wife before he was finally exonerated.