Category: Human Rights

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Marjorie Cohn: State-Sanctioned Torture in the Age of Trump

The Obama administration’s refusal to bring the torturers to justice sends a clear message to future administrations — including the incoming one — that they can use torture with impunity.

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Kathy Kelly: Human Rights Day, A Call to Care

True security for the US will be achieved through caring for and respecting the world’s most needy, not through the rampages of war and destruction which has made the US the most feared country in the world

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Patrick Cockburn: Despite the New York Times liberal wishful thinking, Donald Trump is still in favor of waterboarding

Where does Donald Trump stand on the use of torture by US security agencies? During the presidential election campaign he notoriously recommended a return to waterboarding, the repeated near-drowning of detainees that was banned by President Obama in 2009. But last week The New York Times reported that in an interview with its senior staff, Read more…

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Gary Olson: A Satire on Impermissible Satire

Mr. Robert Walpole Editor-in-Chief The Onion 1000 Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 Dear Mr. Walpole: I read in The Atlantic that Cole Bolton, The Onion’s editor in 2015, said that his publication is devoted to “calling out bullshit” and has “had an anti-corporate rebellious streak throughout [their] editorial history.”[1] Taking that mission seriously, I submit Read more…

Mark Schuller: As World Looks Elsewhere, Haiti’s Disaster Just Beginning

This lack of urgency is deadly. The real disaster – chronic hunger, food insecurity, and dependency – is yet to come

Adam Parsons: Humanity Without Borders

Before the summit convened, it was already clear that rich governments would not be placing the needs of refugees and migrants above their narrow national self-interest.

Teesta Setalvad: Why Universities Are a Key Battleground for Human Rights in India

Caste discrimination is the ugly underbelly of India’s higher education system

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Mark Weisbrot: Is Human Rights Watch Too Closely Aligned With U.S. Foreign Policy?

It is vitally important that human-rights organizations stick to their avowed principles and defend human rights without regard to the objectives of US foreign policy

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Marjorie Cohn: Abu Zubaydah: Torture’s ‘Poster Child’

Zubaydah was tortured repeatedly at the “black sites,” where the CIA subjected him to waterboarding 83 times

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Sonia Shah: Do the Olympics Actually Make the World Less Healthy?

If Zika does expand thanks to the Olympics, it won’t be the first pathogen to exploit a mass sporting event

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