Category: Civil Liberties

John Steinbach: The Obama Administration’s Immigration Policy

Barack Obama won the presidency in no small part because he captured a large majority of the immigrant vote, especially that of Latinos. Obama’s promise of “comprehensive immigration reform” played an important role in that victory. Yet, instead of prioritizing immigration reform, President Obama has escalated several controversial enforcement initiatives. As this tighter enforcement takes Read more…

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Alfred W. McCoy: Welcome Home, War!

In his approach to National Security Agency surveillance, as well as CIA renditions, drone assassinations, and military detention, President Obama has to a surprising extent embraced the expanded executive powers championed by his conservative predecessor, George W. Bush. This bipartisan affirmation of the imperial executive could "reverberate for generations," warns Jack Balkin, a specialist on Read more…

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E. Wayne Ross: With Olympics Come New Laws to Sweep up Homeless

[Cross-posted from Where the Blog Has No Name] In an article for October 14th edition of The Tyee, Katie Hyslop describes how four recent Olympic host cities passed laws that criminalize homelessness and links this shameful portion of Olympic history to the Assisting to Shelter Act under consideration by the British Columbia legislature. Here’s a sampling Read more…

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Stefan Simanowitz: Young, Gifted, and Blacklisted

Vigil in London on September 7 for the Saharawi "Oxford Six" students—photo by Olivia Mann At the beginning of August, 21 students between 16 and 24 years of age from Morocco, Western Sahara, and the refugee camps in the Algerian desert set off on what they hoped would be a life changing experience. Each student Read more…

Lisa Skeen: Spain, Universal Jurisdiction, & Guatemalan Genocide

The announcement on June 25 that Spain would begin to limit its application of universal jurisdiction garnered no more than a humble blip in international media coverage. The principle, which asserts that certain crimes are so egregious that they are an affront to all humanity and therefore prosecutable by any nation, is at the center Read more…

Nimer Sultani: Israel’s laws of persecution

Two cases brought before Israeli courts last week revealed the attitude of the establishment towards Palestinian Arab citizens of the state. One shows how Palestinian citizens are treated as victims of police brutality, and the second shows how they are regularly victimised because of their opposition to injustice. In the first, a policeman who shot Read more…

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Brian Small: Water Rights

I ordered, then actually sat/laid down to watch Blue Gold, World Water Wars. That Maude Barlowe is an impressive, convincing person, start listening 40 minutes in to learn about democracy breaking out all over the world and a lot of other crucial tidbits,"can you think of a stronger word?".. Now it’s Water Articles Everywhere, and Read more…

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Stephen Ma: Nepal: Maoists form embryonic parallel government

Posted by the Kasama Project from Nepal News The Unified CPN (Maoist) has formed 18 departments resembling the ministries of the government. A meeting of the party’s Joint National People’s Movement Committee on Sunday formed the departments. Many of the departments are coordinated by party leaders who were ministers in related ministries in the Maoist-led Read more…

Aura Bogado: Immigrant Detainees Staging Hunger Strikes to Protest Deplorable Confinement

When more than 60 prisoners at the South Louisiana Correctional Center in Basile, LA, began a hunger strike last week, in protest of the facility’s deplorable conditions, guards at the immigrant detention center placed at least six of them in solitary confinement for 60 days. The planned 72-hour strike was the fifth of its kind in Read more…

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Badri Raina: Judge Not the Judge, or Thou Shalt Be Judged.

During early days I used to think “ah, if only I were Sherlock Holmes”! Which was my idea of being invincible. Now I say “god, let me be born a judge in a higher court in India.” There is no better ticket to absolutely unchallengeable freedom, even as I would have the satisfaction to send Read more…

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