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Kenneth Roth

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U.S. Should Seek Bold New Approach on Drugs

(74) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 11:47 AM

The "War on Drugs" has been lost. Not only has it failed to reduce problematic drug use, it has cost more than a trillion dollars over the past few decades, and produced horrific unintended consequences. It has left in its wake a trail of violence, human rights abuse, and infectious...

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Quella crisi dei rifugiati che non c'è

(7) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 11:57 AM

I leader europei potranno non essere d'accordo su come rispondere ai richiedenti asilo, ma sembrano concordare sul fatto che si stia fronteggiando una crisi di proporzioni enorme. Angela Merkel l'ha definita "la sfida più grande che ho mai visto a livello europeo nei miei anni da Cancelliere". Il...

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La crisis de refugiados que no es tal

(12) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 1:15 AM

BRUSELAS - Los líderes europeos pueden diferir sobre cómo responder al aumento de los solicitantes de asilo y migrantes, pero sí parecen estar de acuerdo en que se enfrentan a una crisis de enormes proporciones. La alemana Angela Merkel lo ha calificado como "el mayor desafío que he visto en...

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The Refugee Crisis That Isn't

(216) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 9:43 AM

BRUSSELS -- European leaders may differ about how to respond to the asylum-seekers and migrants surging their way, but they seem to agree they face a crisis of enormous proportions. Germany's Angela Merkel has called it "the biggest challenge I have seen in European affairs in my time...

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Estados Unidos priva de recursos legales a extranjeros bajo vigilancia

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2013 | 9:00 AM

Es comprensible que Europa haya manifestado su indignación ante la noticia de que los servicios de inteligencia estadounidenses intervinieron conversaciones telefónicas de líderes de naciones aliadas. Sin embargo, incluso mucho más significativa es la práctica del gobierno estadounidense de controlar las comunicaciones de millones de personas comunes que...

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Datagate: i governi dicano tutto, non aspettino altri Snowden

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 3:40 PM

NEW YORK - Le notizie secondo cui le agenzie di spionaggio americane avrebbero sorvegliato i telefoni di leader alleati hanno generato uno sdegno comprensibile in Europa. Ma è di gran lunga più significativa
la pratica, del governo americano, di controllare le comunicazioni di milioni di persone comuni, che in...

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Absent a War, Law Enforcement Principles Apply

(20) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 4:22 PM

The U.S. government's targeted killing program has been cloaked in secrecy, making it difficult to determine under which legal framework the government believes it operates. The few official statements made to date indicate that, at least to some extent, the Obama administration believes it is waging a war against al...

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What's Next on China

(14) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 11:02 AM

Davos -- So what's next? After finally deciding to give human rights concerns pride of place in January's US-China summit, how should the Obama administration translate its rhetoric into policy?

Since Liu Xiaobo, an imprisoned writer and critic of the Chinese government, won the Nobel Peace Prize...

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Davos: Global Governance in a Changing World

(35) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 2:06 AM

Davos, Switzerland -- This year's World Economic Forum meeting in Davos is focusing on the challenges of global governance. Are international institutions capable of addressing today's problems in light of recent shifts in global power? What will these institutions look like when emerging powers such as Brazil, India and South...

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Post Ghailani Verdict, Federal Trials Still Make Sense

(22) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 6:17 PM

Many critics have pounced on the recent verdict against Ahmed Ghailani as a blow to the Obama administration's plans to prosecute the 9/11 defendants in civilian court. They have it wrong. The facts show that the administration is on the right track.


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A Heroine for Human Rights

(4) Comments | Posted February 15, 2009 | 11:25 AM

A diminutive, seemingly frail woman, barely five feet tall, she was nonetheless a giant in the field of human rights. At age 66, when most women are contemplating a quiet retirement with their grandchildren, she maintained a torrid pace that the 20-somethings in the office found difficult to sustain. Alison...

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Delay Consideration of Colombia Trade Deal

(31) Comments | Posted November 13, 2008 | 3:28 PM

In the midst of the economic crisis, the Bush administration has decided to spend its final days in office pushing for a trade agreement with Colombia that few Americans even know about. The White House has even suggested its support for an economic stimulus package during next week's lame-duck session...

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After Guantánamo

(5) Comments | Posted May 5, 2008 | 5:13 PM

These days it seems everyone wants to close Guantánamo, but what comes next? Many Guantánamo detainees have been released and more should be, but a hard core--the Bush administration speaks of some 150--have allegedly committed or plotted terrorist acts. What should be done with them?

The best solution would...

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The Mukasey Nomination Should Hinge on More than Water-Boarding

(49) Comments | Posted November 2, 2007 | 3:22 PM

Michael Mukasey's confirmation as attorney general next week appears to hinge on his refusal to state that water-boarding -- mock execution by drowning -- is torture. But the focus on water-boarding has obscured a critical issue. If the aim is to stop abusive interrogation, a more important question that senators...

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Lebanon-Qana Killings: One Year On

(36) Comments | Posted July 30, 2007 | 1:48 PM

NEW YORK - A year ago today [July 30], in one of the worst incidents of its kind during the Israel-Hezbollah war, an Israeli attack on the southern Lebanese town of Qana killed 27 civilians. Since then, there has been remarkably little serious scrutiny of why Lebanese civilians died,...

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