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U.S. Intervention and Colombia's Record Displacements

Dan Kovalik | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Dan Kovalik

What the U.S. has had "going on" in Colombia for decades is massive military involvement, both overt and covert, though one would hardly know from the lack of media attention on this issue.

Before This World: Chatting With James Taylor, Plus Joan Baez Receives Ambassador of Conscience Award

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.19.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

According to James Taylor: "Music is that spiritual thing -- that's the thing that compels us so much: It's real. And when it connects with you, you don't make a decision about it."

Aid Group: Refugee Crisis Response Has Been A 'Shameful Failure,' Requires Overhaul

AP | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact

LONDON (AP) — Amnesty International is urging world leaders to radically overhaul refugee policies and create a comprehensive global strategy to dea...

Saudi Supreme Court Upholds Verdict Against Liberal Blogger Raif Badawi

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court has upheld a verdict against a liberal blogger who was flogged in January after bein...

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions: A Movement The United Church Of Christ Should Reject

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC), meeting later this month, will consider two resolutions calling for divestment from Israel and another labeling the Israeli treatment of Palestinians as akin to "Apartheid."

African Americans Killed By Cops Are Twice As Likely to Have Been Unarmed As Whites

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.04.2015 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

This is a complicated piece of data, but it reveals something relatively simple. An unarmed black or brown person in America is much more likely to be killed by a police officer than an unarmed white person.

Amnesty International Slams Nigeria's Military For Abuses In Boko Haram Fight

AP | Posted 06.04.2015 | World

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International say Nigerian military abuses are responsible for the deaths of some 8,000 people in its fight against Bo...

Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Chutzpah

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Jonathan Marshall

It's hard to be shocked by anything that happens in the Middle East, but this act of chutzpah comes close: Saudi Arabia is lobbying to head the United Nations Human Rights Council when the current German president's term expires at the end of this year, according to Le Tribune de Genève.

Entrepreneur Hani Farsi Launches New Program to Help Arab Women Filmmakers

Karin Badt | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
Karin Badt

Once a restauranteur of high end restaurants and clubs, currently a prominent film producer, Farsi is also the founder of the philanthropic Mohammed S. Farsi Foundation, named after his father, which helps support education, health development and the arts all over the world -- and now this new program at UCLA.

State Sanctioned Murder: A Good Man's Opinion

Shawn Henfling | Posted 05.19.2015 | Crime
Shawn Henfling

We slaughter the innocent and guilty alike in the United States. As parents, we teach our children that killing is wrong then send them off to war and celebrate when an alleged criminal is put to death.

Reflections on Colombia's "Narco-Paramilitary State"

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

In his contribution to the recent report put together by the Historical Commission of the Colombian Armed Conflict and Its Victims (Feb. 2015), one of Colombia's bravest voices, Father Javier Giraldo, S.J., gives his take on "The Origins of The Armed Conflict, its Persistence and its Impacts."

After 30 Years, Accountability for Police Torture in Chicago

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 05.29.2015 | Black Voices
Steven W. Hawkins

The vast majority of Burge's survivors were never compensated for their ordeal, and not a single survivor has ever received adequate reparations. Burge and his detectives were never held accountable for the crime of torture.

Amnesty UK -- Help Us to Understand

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact
Joyce S. Dubensky

I applaud Amnesty International's work to combat discrimination against Muslims and Christians and against discrimination in "all its forms," but I am concerned. Why does it appear that some religious groups in need readily earn Amnesty's attention, energy and resources but not others?

White House 2016: Is Hillary Clinton More Pro-Woman Than Her Democrat Rivals?

Heather Gautney | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

NOW chapters around the country and leagues of women voters are lit up over the possibility of a woman president. And many of them are hankering for Hillary.

Ali Watkins

Obama Administration Faces Mounting Pressure To Answer For Torture | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is facing renewed pressure to answer for its track record on torture after the relative calm that followed the ...

10 Beautifully Distracting Programs to Look for At the Manifest: Justice Pop-Up Art Space

Wyatt Closs | Posted 06.22.2015 | Arts
Wyatt Closs

Sponsored by Arts for Amnesty and California Endowment, there are over 30 events over the 10 days -- discussions, music, stage, film, workshops. It was an ambitious undertaking that I hope folks will get to check out accidentally or purposely.

Report: Afghan Government Is Abandoning Women's Rights Defenders

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.10.2015 | World

Afghanistan's government and the international community are abandoning women's rights defenders in the country, Amnesty International warned in a sca...

Game of Thrones vs. Real Life: 5 Ways Fact Is Worse Than Fiction

Anna Neistat | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Anna Neistat

The long-awaited fifth season of Game of Thrones begins on Sunday 12 April. Broadcast in 170 countries, the show shocks viewers and generates controversy with graphic violence, especially against women. Yet many aspects of real life around the world today are worse than the mythical Westeros.

Talking With Mark Knopfler: 'I Try To Write Good Songs And Make Good Records -- And Get Better"

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.17.2015 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

Very few people find early in life what they want to do and get to do it all their lives. At the top of the list in music: Mark Knopfler.

From Ferguson to Selma: One Activist's Journey

Amnesty International | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices
Amnesty International

This weekend in Selma, I marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. I marched, and I saw people from every community acknowledging and revering each other with love. I'm not an isolated activist. I'm one of many, one of many.

Capturing Humanity Through the Arts

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Steven W. Hawkins

The public space between social activism, advocacy and art can be profound. In their own ways, art and social justice are universal languages. The idea that all people should be treated fairly and respectfully transcends backgrounds and cultures.

Cuban Citizens Deserve a Free and Democratic Media

Carmen Cusido | Posted 04.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Carmen Cusido

With diplomatic talks between the United States and Cuba scheduled to resume later this month, one important way to help empower Cuban citizens is to advocate for independent media on the island.

Soccer Deaths Renews Spotlight on Egypt's Notorious Security Forces

James Dorsey | Posted 04.17.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A stampede at a Cairo stadium earlier this month, much like a politically-loaded soccer brawl in the Suez Canal city of Port Said three years ago, is shining a spotlight on Egypt's unreformed, unabashedly violent, and politically powerful police and security forces amid confusion over what precisely happened and how many fans died.

Will the U.S. Government Stand Alone in Rejecting Children's Rights?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Treaty ratification requires support from two-thirds of the U.S. Senate―a level of support that has been lacking thanks to Republican Party opposition and, especially, the fierce hostility of the conservative Republican base, including groups like the Christian Coalition, the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, and the John Birch Society.

The Death Sentence That Could Inflame Sectarian Tensions Across the Middle East

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last October, Saudi Arabia's Special Criminal Court sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr -- a popular Shi'ite cleric and outspoken political dissident -- to death.