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Want to know what is on our minds? Find blog posts written here, by the City Club staff, members, and partners. Every week you can find a new edition of #FreeSpeech in the News — a collection of related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century that’s making the news. You’ll also find takes on current events, past forums, and issues surrounding Northeast Ohio. Read on for all things City Club.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Our Favorite Forums of 2015

2015 was a big and busy year for us here at the City Club. We hosted a record 140+ forums as we welcomed speakers from near and far. Here were some of our favorites: The Honorable Louis Stokes (January 16, 2015) U.S. Congressman from Ohio (Retired)   Nikil Saval (January 21, 2015) Author of...

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Angela Merkel, Germany, and the European Future

Ten days ago, Angela Merkel basked in a rapturous ovation at the end of her 70-minute speech to the annual convention of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) political party in Karlsruhe. After a week’s hard struggle, the party endorsed her policy of welcoming one million refugees from civil war and terrorism into Germany, and Merkel...

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Is the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Good for Philanthropy?

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative introduced last week by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, has the philanthropic and business communities talking. But they aren’t talking about the fact that two people are giving 99 percent of their Facebook shares worth $45 million to support efforts over the coming decades to advance...

Monday, November 30, 2015

Free Speech Essay Contest

Submit here! The Hope and Stanley Adelstein Free Speech Essay Contest is right around the corner! We are looking for essays from high school students that discuss the role of free speech in the 21st century. Essays should pull from personal experience, current events, history, politics, art, anything really so long as they are backed up...

Monday, November 23, 2015

To End Poverty in America, We Must First Understand It

Natalie Schrimpf

We’ve all heard the numbers surrounding poverty in the United States. The most recent U.S. Census Bureau findings tell us there are approximately 47 million impoverished Americans (according to the official measure, which was created a half century earlier in the 1960s). That number rises to nearly 50 million when examined using the new “Supplemental Poverty...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Before Declaring another War on Terror, Let’s Consider What We Know

What do these attacks say about intentions or strategy? First, it is important to emphasize that not all of the facts are in on the Beirut, Paris, and Sham El-Shaikh attacks. It is not clear the extent to which these attacks were centrally conceived and coordinated by the Islamic State leadership in Syria and/or Iraq (ISIS) or more...

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