"Once you have tasted flight," the Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci proclaimed, "you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward." ...
Freedom from Torture, a human rights organization based in the United Kingdom, has documented recent cases of torture in Sri Lanka. The release of thi...
The U.S. should press harder for an end to the crackdown, which has included dropping probes into NGOs' funding from foreign sources, potential travel bans on activists, asset freezes and harassment of human rights activists.
When Airman Robert Tharratt's B-17 bomber was shot down over Nuremberg during World War II, he parachuted to safety only to be captured by a troop of Hitler Youth brandishing knives.
Investigations into human rights violations should not be carried out in military courts; they should be investigated in civilian courts.
These acts are considered beyond the pale when Donald Trump suggests them, but here's the strangeness of it all: what The Donald is only mouthing off about, a perfectly real American president (and vice president and secretary of defense, and so on) actually did.
Abu Zubaydah wasn't involved with al-Qaeda; he was the ringleader of nothing; he never took part in planning for the 9/11 attacks. He was brutally mistreated and, in another kind of world, would be exhibit one in the war crimes trials of America's top leaders and its major intelligence agency.
It is as if Giulio Regeni was crucified for us all, but instead of taking away our sins, he exposed the sins of Egypt's and the world's ruling elites.
The reason we are a great society is because we believe in high principles and we conduct ourselves in accordance with our principles. We do not abandon our principles at the first sight of a barbarian. We are perfectly capable of defeating the terrorists without compromising our values.
President Obama's recent visit to Argentina demonstrated two things. First, that when it comes to the tango, he is not a great dancer. And second, while the United States likes to lecture other countries about past sins, it refuses to reflect deeply on its own.
So, after Easter, if we would speak of making our community "great again," we must come to terms with the politics of Easter: to be great requires a deep and liberating humility, a mercy and quiet persistence in meeting others in their distress, an allowance for others to speak and to be heard, a universal proclamation of the goodness of all human beings.
The unwillingness of Trump and Cruz to condemn and move the country away from its past endorsement of torture is yet one more reason why they lack the national security qualifications or understanding to guide this country's military and foreign policies.
Yassin Brunger, University of Leicester March 21 2016 heralded the ...
Unlike some cultural aspects that are relative, violations of innocent people's physical integrity - such as dropping bombs on them - is universally deviant.
On Monday, President Obama will visit Cuba - the first time a U.S. president has traveled there since Calvin Coolidge. It's an important step toward normalizing relations between the two countries, opening up important economic possibilities for Cuba and the potential for U.S. investment and influence there.
In the long run, torture will continue playing a destructive role in Syria, even after the conflict ends, unless Syrian society uniformly condemns it and works to reform current and future practices.