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Human Rights Defenders

Not Giving Egypt's Military Junta What It Wants

Neil Hicks | Posted 12.11.2011 | World
Neil Hicks

The quality of the U.S. relationship with Egypt will be determined by the progress Egypt makes towards democratic governance that protects and upholds the basic rights and freedoms of all of its people.

Egypt's Malaise

Neil Hicks | Posted 09.07.2011 | World
Neil Hicks

The outbreaks of violence in Egypt have to date not been that serious, but they have been sufficient to deal a serious blow to people's confidence.

For the U.S. in the Middle East, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

Brian Dooley | Posted 06.08.2011 | World
Brian Dooley

If U.S. officials in Cairo, Tunis, Washington and elsewhere could admit they made some bad choices, recognize they got things seriously wrong over many years it might help restore some desperately needed credibility. But sorry seems to be the hardest word.

U.S. and the Middle East Uprisings: Time to Get on the Right Side of History

Brian Dooley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brian Dooley

There is much talk in Washington DC and elsewhere of the events in Africa and the Middle East being a 1989 moment. It's hard to think otherwise, but good outcomes are far from guaranteed.

Data Casts Doubt on Glanz and Markoff's Egypt Kill Switch Theory

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Human Rights First

The suggestion that the Mubarak regime was more interested in cutting Egyptians' connection to the outside world than in disrupting the organizing potential of the internet within Egypt is dubious.

How Do Human Rights Activists Protect Themselves?

Matt Easton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matt Easton

An Indonesian rights lawyer is fatally poisoned on a flight. State agents abduct a Zimbabwean activist and hold her incommunicado. These shocking incidents occur in a context of routine surveillance.

The Tiller Murder and Its Ramifications: Violence Against Doctors Harms Women Seeking Services

Nancy Northup | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Northup

Dr. Tiller was one of a few physicians who provides abortions at twenty-two weeks for women who typically face substantial health risks and have been diagnosed with severe fetal abnormalities.