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Changing the World One Letter At a Time

Amnesty International | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Amnesty International

We all have the power to bring human rights home.  We all have the power to change the world.  Join us. Write a letter, change a life.

My Daughter Was Abducted in Syria, and My Hopes Are Evaporating

Munira al-Hamwi | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Munira al-Hamwi

Days and months have passed while I waited in vain. Every night I go to sleep hoping to wake up to some good news, but so far to no avail.

Evaporating Hope for My Missing Daughter

Amnesty International | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Amnesty International

The next morning, a year ago today, I woke up to hear the news of the kidnapping of my daughter along with her husband and two friends, Samira and Nazem.

Mexico at a Crossroads: More Than Words Needed to Avoid Lawlessness

Erika Guevara Rosas | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Erika Guevara Rosas

The alarming levels of crime in many parts of the country and the consequences of the militarization of many states as a way of combating organized crime and drug cartels has increased insecurity and generalized violence.

Memo to McDonald's: The Climate Deserves a Break Today

Elliott Negin | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Besides the fact that McDonald's sells a lot of beef, which is by far the worst meat for the climate, it's one of the top 10 largest users of palm oil, the world's most popular vegetable oil -- and a major source of carbon emissions.

Number of Colombian Victims of Civil Conflict Surpasses 7 Million: Media Unimpressed

Dan Kovalik | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
Dan Kovalik

A tragic milestone went virtually unreported in the English-speaking press last week, as Colombia's Victims Unit released its report indicating that the number of victims of Colombia's civil war has now surpassed 7 million.

Obama Extends War in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

News agencies reported Saturday morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of the Afghan war for at least another year.

Activists Expand Labor and Human Rights Campaign Beyond Qatar to Include All Gulf States

James Dorsey | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Human rights groups and trade unions have stepped up pressure on Qatar to reform its restrictive labour system and expanded their campaign to include all six wealthy members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Detekt: A New Software Tool in the "Cat and Mouse" Game Against Big Brother

Josefina Salomon | Posted 12.14.2014 | Technology
Josefina Salomon

The hope is that Detekt will not only provide human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and activists with some sense of security but also open a debate on the broader need for regulation of the development, sale and use of surveillance technology.

Amnesty: UAE Persecutes Political Activists In Unprecedented Clampdown

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 11.18.2014 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has quietly mounted "an unprecedented clampdown on dissent" since 2011, with more than 1...

The Bipartisan Congressional Attack on Human Rights and International Law

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Leading Democrats in Washington have joined Republicans in claiming that the people killed and the dwellings destroyed from Israeli bombing and shelling were legitimate acts of self-defense against military targets and dismissing reports by reputable Israeli and international human rights groups saying otherwise.

When the Best Gift Is Goodbye

Michelle Blau | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
Michelle Blau

Over 10,000 people a year -- journalists, bloggers, charity workers -- mysteriously disappear at the hands of government forces. Their families never get the chance to say goodbye to them.

Living with Ebola in Freetown: 'It Feels Like the Whole Country Is in Quarantine'

Solomon Sogbandi | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Solomon Sogbandi

Survival is becoming a real challenge even for those not carrying the disease. Even buying food is hard. Many shops are closed and prices have rocketed. We are barely managing. Food is not coming from abroad and many airlines have cancelled flights to the country.

Democrats Who Abandoned Obama Will Lose

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The polls for Tuesday look grim for weak-kneed and squeamish Democrats who have not stood up for Obama--or the substantial achievements of his party--over the last six years.

Break the Cycle Of Mass Incarceration

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Steven W. Hawkins

As a nation that claims to value fairness and equality for all, mass incarceration is a disgrace. But it doesn't have to be this way. And this Election Day, Calilfornians have an opportunity to take a significant step toward ending it.

The Pause That Refreshes: With the World on the Brink of Chaos, Obama Counts to 10

Mario Almonte | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Mario Almonte

If history ever remembers Barack Obama for anything more than being the first man of color to become U.S. President, it may be for the simple fact that, unlike many of the presidents before him, he knew when to pause.

With American Help Iraq's Cycle of Violence Spirals

Matthew Hoh | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

The greater we supported the corrupt government in Kabul and the more American troops we sent, the more the Taliban prospered. A similar dynamic is at play in Iraq. Consequently, without a change in American policy the cycle of violence in Iraq will continue its ghastly spiral.

The Hidden War in El Salvador

Salil Shetty | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Salil Shetty

Scratch beneath the surface of apparent peace in El Salvador and you will find a hidden war being waged. A war that does not involve guns or troops but one that has still resulted in the unnecessary deaths and disability of thousands and the incarceration of others. A war being waged against women and girls.

The 25 Best People's Climate March Signs

Jerelle Kraus | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Jerelle Kraus

Photo: Arthur Dworin Mother Earth Can't Yell Rape Deny & Die Boobs Not Bombs [on young woman's tee-shirt] There is no Planet B I Am Full of Greenhou...

How Long Will the U.S. Turn a Blind Eye to Its Role in this Bloodshed?

Sunjeev Bery | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Sunjeev Bery

Though a ceasefire hangs over Israel and Gaza today, the open wounds from 50 days of conflict remain unresolved.

Kingdom of Slaves

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.12.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Since FIFA picked Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, the tiny and uber-rich Gulf emirate has increasingly come under scrutiny for its failure to protect the human rights of its burgeoning foreign workforce.

Israeli Land-grabs and Settlements: More Than Merely 'Counterproductive'

Avner Gidron | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Avner Gidron

The US administration, concerned about this move's impact on the moribund peace process, has urged the Israeli government to reverse its decision. But if a peace process is to have any chance of success, its sponsors, and the USA in particular, must recognize that the settlements are more than a diplomatic obstacle.

REPORT: Abductees' Relatives Break Into Parliament, Vandalize The Building

Reuters | Posted 11.01.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Sept 2 (Reuters) - More than 100 family members of missing soldiers abducted by Islamic State in June broke into parliament and vandalized ...

Islamic State Militants Accused Of War Crimes

AP | By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and DIAA HADID | Posted 11.01.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of systematic "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq ...

A New Hope With Every Sunrise for Families of the Disappeared

Geoffrey Mock | Posted 10.31.2014 | World
Geoffrey Mock

In every one of these cases, there is an answer. There is someone in these governments who knows where these people are or what happened to them.