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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.

Human rights abusers put on notice as States move closer to arms trade deal

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

Civil society says treaty must be "bulletproof" to protect lives Diplomats emerged Friday (July 23) after spending half of the time allocated for the...

Singapore Releases Author Accused of Defamation

AP | ALEX KENNEDY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

SINGAPORE — Singapore released on bail Tuesday a British author arrested two days earlier as part of a criminal defamation investigation related...

Amputations Without Anesthesia: North Korea Health Care In Shambles

AP | HYUNG-JIN KIM | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea's health care system is in shambles with doctors sometimes performing amputations without anesthesia and workin...

Daily Life in Gaza: Loss, Despair, and Hopelessness

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amnesty International

The root of the current suffering is the loss of opportunity and the inability of Palestinians in Gaza to produce for themselves.

Opinion=Opression: Risking Death to Make a Movie

Heidiminx | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

On a regular basis, I do something that most people in the free world do -- I ask my friends their opinion on something: politics, religion, sports, a concert...and I take for granted the fact that this is OK.

Story of Two Women: Two Death Sentences in Iran

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amnesty International

By Elise Auerbach, the Iran and Jordan country specialist for Amnesty International USA Over the past weeks Amnesty International and other human r...

States must agree an Arms Trade Treaty that could help save thousands of lives

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

States must use every available minute to draw up a new international arms treaty that could save thousands of lives every year, NGOs from around the ...

An International Appeal to Save Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani won't be executed by stoning, but she is still on death row in Iran. Her crime was to have had extramarital relations with a man -- several years after the death of her husband.