At no time in recent history have we more needed leadership to counteract the seemingly relentless movement away from decency, honesty and civil liber...
Trump can pose as standing up to political correctness. The actual political correctness is how torture is used by war makers to get the tortured "evidence" they want to have a pretext for war and other hideous policies.
Refugees are the most thoroughly screened people who travel into the United States. I am outraged to see people use the Paris attacks as a way to perpetuate the lie that refugees are terrorists. This is a time to stand with victims of this horrifying violence, not foster malicious falsehoods.
For those who remember when the first towers fell on 9/11, there is an unnerving feeling of déjà vu about the Paris attacks.
Before jumping on the "tough on terrorism" bandwagon, candidates should reflect on the lessons learned in the 14 years since the 9/11 terror attacks, and consider what actually works to counter this global problem - and what doesn't.
The Guantánamo Bay military commission is a secretive court that uses secret evidence chosen by the prosecution and often denied to the defense, where secret agents spy on the defense without consequences.
A deep stigma toward disability coupled with a lack of resources and cultural beliefs around mental health conditions have contributed to the conditions for widespread abuse in West Africa.
As physicians concerned with maintaining humane medical standards, we know that it is critically important to learn all we can about the psychological and historical conditions conducive to medical evil.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons By Steven Casale Getting a confession is never easy, and putting someone to death leaves room for lots of creativity. The...
The United States is a peculiar sort of empire. Americans have been in what might be called imperial denial since the Spanish-American War of 1898. The U.S. not only denies its imperial ambitions, but shrouds them in a curiously American brand of Christianized liberation theology.
Throughout his two terms, President Obama has steadfastly ignored U.S. obligations under the Torture Convention to hold accountable those responsible by repeatedly invoking the need to turn the page on this sordid chapter of contemporary history by looking forward, not backward.
One of the great ironies of conflict is that amidst the bloodshed are nuggets that reveal the best of human beings--that spirit to give, sacrifice, and persevere.
Egypt looks nothing like the promised heaven of stability and cohesiveness. Scores of Egyptians have been murdered by an ever more rampant police, sentenced to death in kangaroo courts, or jailed in the most inhumane conditions where torture is routine. Dissent is not tolerated, with the media and the press reduced to the role of state propagandists singing the General's praises and parroting his words.
Mitchell and Jessen conducted unethical research in an attempt to test the purported safety and effectiveness of their tactics. Engaging in torture-related experiments on human beings violates the absolute prohibition against torture and ill-treatment in both domestic and international law.
After 60 more days, the FARC will lay down its arms, setting the stage for the end to the conflict by mid-2016. This is good news for Colombians, of course. But the peace agreement is also worthy of wider attention because it represents new thinking on how to end old conflicts.
Barack Obama was, in 2008, the anti-torture candidate. It's a sad comment on the state of U.S. democracy that such a thing ever existed. After all, it would be startling to hear appeals from a pro-oxygen or an anti-apocalypse candidate. Still, it was refreshing. So what happened?