It is disappointing to those who believed Obama's election marked the beginning of a reckoning with America's descent into torture. Rather than drawing a bead on impunity, the president has lowered his bow and let it go.
Of the 26 countries that are categorized as free, only the U.S. and Japan had performed executions in 2010. This can be contrasted with the nearly 25% of countries classified as authoritarian that performed executions in 2010.
Where is the world? The glorious international community has remained largely silent on the issue. Except for an extremely watered down condemnatory statement that has yet to negotiate the dangerous curves of the UN security council.
Today millions across the Middle East and North Africa are using their voices to demand their rights and freedoms. In some ways the unfolding drama of the Arab Spring mirrors Amnesty International's story.
On Saturday, 17 male inmates in Burma's Insein Prison joined at least five women who had been on a hunger strike since May 17. This bold and risky move comes on the heels of a "general amnesty" for 14,600 prisoners freed last week.