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Reclaiming the Roots of the Human Rights Movement

Jack Healey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jack Healey

Human Rights Day, December 10, is an opportunity to reflect on the gains and losses of the human rights movement.

Cuba, the Corporate Media and the Suicide of Orlando Zapata Tamayo

Salim Lamrani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Salim Lamrani

The suicide of Orlando Zapata Tamayo is a tragedy. But to the corporate media, it is only useful in the media war against the Cuban government.

Women Speak Out About What's Gone Wrong with the United States Birthing System

Tabby Biddle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tabby Biddle

Here is the reality: Hospitals are businesses. They want those beds filled and emptied. And there is something else you should know: Having a baby in a hospital might not be as safe as you thought.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch Report on ISI-Sponsored Hell in Af-Pak

Melissa Roddy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melissa Roddy

If NATO withdraws before the Afghan government can effectively defend Afghanistan against the ongoing attacks by Pakistan's proxies, the country will experience a bloody competition for power, even worse than the 1990s.

Young Man Defies Iranian Regime's Attempt to Kill His Mother - People of Goodwill Can Show Support

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heather Robinson

Sajjad Ghaderzah, 22, the son of Sakineh Ashtiani, an Iranian woman the regime has sentenced to death by stoning, has been "severely tortured" and rem...

More Than 200,000 Nigerians Face Homelessness From Govt. Effort

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Amnesty International released a report Thursday warning that more than 200,000 Nigerians currently living in shantytowns will face homelessness as a ...

Countdown to Burma's Elections

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amnesty International

In three short weeks, Myanmar (formerly Burma) will hold its first national elections in two decades. Regretfully, the polls will be overshadowed by a backdrop of political repression and fear.

Mini Conference and Fund Raiser Being Held This Weekend to Address Burmese Human Rights Issues

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Brad Balfour

While the successful rescue of the Peruvian miners offers heart and hope on the global stage, other regional crises continue. One such crisis often ob...

Stars and Old Pals Come Together in NYC on John Lennon's Birthday

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Martin Lewis

One of the most poignant and joyous salutes will be a collection of music stars and friends of Lennon who are gathering to pay an informal musical tribute to Lennon with a charity concert.

Maternal Mortality: A Health Issue. A Feminist Issue. A Race Issue. America's Issue.

Janine Balekdjian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine Balekdjian

The USA has a dirty little secret about maternal health care. Our rates of maternal mortality are some of the highest in the developed world and they've actually been growing.

African Activists' Struggle to Improve Maternal Health

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amnesty International

New UN statistics released last week show that world leaders are struggling to keep their promise of cutting the maternal mortality ratio by 75 pe...

Thailand Must Unclench its Fist

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

In the aftermath of the bloody repression of April and May 2010 which claimed the lives of close to 90 civilians, the Thai authorities cooed and purre...

Obama Renews Cuba Embargo for Another Year

Anya Landau French | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anya Landau French

It's true that by signing that piece of paper yesterday, President Obama again missed a chance to send a positive, constructive signal on Cuba policy. But it's not too late.

"Palestinian Gandhi" Convicted for Protesting; U.S. Silent

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

To date, no U.S. official has said anything and no U.S. newspaper columnist has denounced an Israeli military court's conviction of the Palestinian teacher who organized non-violent protests against an Israeli-built wall in the West Bank.

Swiss Campaigners Want To Bring Back The Death Penalty

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GENEVA — Swiss death penalty advocates can start collecting signatures for a referendum on whether to restore capital punishment in the Alpine r...

Saudi judge Seeks To Punish Man With PARALYSIS

AP | SALAH NASRAWI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAIRO — A Saudi judge has asked several hospitals in the country whether they could damage a man's spinal cord as punishment after he was convic...

Taliban Leaders Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amnesty International

By Rafia Zakaria, Country Specialist at Amnesty International USA Sanam Gul was a widow, 35 years old and pregnant. According to news reports she wa...

U.S. Urges Allies To Investigate WikiLeaks

The Huffington Post | Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Today's AfPak round-up: WikiLeaks clashes with rights groups. Five leading human rights groups, including Amnesty International and George Soros's ...

Naomi and Wyclef -- A Celebrity Week in Foreign Affairs

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
MP Nunan

The stars must be aligned strangely in the heavens this week, because it's the stars who are dominating foreign policy news. Stars - or at least some ...

Let's Save the Real Avatar

Bianca Jagger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bianca Jagger

I am surprised that share-tipsters continue to recommend Vedanta as a desirable investment. Regrettably, many shareholders, content to read about the share price, remain silent about Vedanta's detrimental impact on local communities.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Groups Ask Wikileaks To Censor Civilians' Names

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

LONDON — Human rights groups said Tuesday they've asked WikiLeaks to censor secret files on the Afghanistan war to protect civilians who've work...

International Day of Indigenous Peoples: Are We Listening To Their Wisdom? (PHOTOS)

Dana Gluckstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dana Gluckstein

Over three decades, I have photographed Indigenous Peoples fighting for their lands, their traditions, their languages, and their very lives against corporate, governmental and missionary interests.

Cuba and the Virtue of Dialogue

Salim Lamrani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Salim Lamrani

The dialogue with Cuban authorities initiated by the Catholic Church and Spain has been successful. Indeed, Havana has agreed to release, in the next four months, 52 of the 55 so-called "political" prisoners listed by AI.

Time Running Out for Omar Khadr

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amnesty International

To date, the Omar Khadr trial has been one of the most dysfunctional in US judicial history. Its final act is likely to be as messy and dispiriting as the rest

Will There Be Justice for Murdered Egyptian Blogger?

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amnesty International

Impunity is one of the great building blocks of the state of oppression in Egypt. In a government where torture and abuse is systematic, police and security officials rarely are brought to trial for their actions.