Allegiance "events" have been held all over the island kingdom, where citizens lined up dutifully to sign the pledge. No reports yet on whether the campaign includes prisons, where hundreds of political protestors and dissidents are held.
Democracy Now! interviewed Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, about a new report calling on the U.S. government to launch a broad criminal investigation into alleged crimes of torture.
The message was the same to the residents: to create a new Côte d'Ivoire, the abuse must stop, and the government must ensure justice by prosecuting the people responsible, regardless of who they are or whom they support.
There has perhaps never been a time when we needed to speak truth not only to power, but to the millions of people who are connected in our wired world. That is the role of journalists -- my chosen field. I have never regarded that role as morally neutral.
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.
I interviewed Roth on the state of giving today, George Soros' recent $100M gift to his organization, the International Criminal Court, Obama's foreign policy, the future of human rights, and much more.
The news that Bob Dylan would embark on a concert tour of Asia had many waiting to see what, if anything, he would say to audiences long oppressed by their governments. So far, the so-called voice of freedom has remained mute.
Western universities are undoubtedly under pressure to find financial support, but this does not mean they should allow abusive and corrupt foreign dictators, officials or their families launder their images in exchange for money.