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Meaning More Than Mere Music: RIP Lou Reed

Jack Healey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Others can write about his music and influence a lot better than me. I found Lou Reed to be 'there' for Amnesty International. His remarks at press conferences were limited but heartfelt and serious as a heart attack.

Human Rights Groups Criticize U.S. Drone Program

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Tuesday defended drone strikes targeting al-Qaida operatives and others it deems enemies, rejec...

White House Defends Drone Strikes After New Report

AP | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it strongly disagrees with any assertions the U.S. violated international law by using drone strikes in Pakis...

Rights Group: U.S. Drone Strikes Killed Pakistani Grandmother And Workers

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD, Oct 22 (Reuters) - U.S. drone strikes killed a Pakistani grandmother and 18 civilian labourers last ye...

Report: Nigeria's Military Is Killing Thousands

AP | MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 10.18.2013 | World

LAGOS, Nigeria -- LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Shedding stark light on Nigeria's escalating war with Islamic militants, mortuary records from a single Nige...

Condemned: The Award-Winning Work of Robin Hammond on Mental Illness in Africa

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 10.17.2013 | Impact
K.J. Wetherholt

During a trip to Juba, South Sudan to cover the referendum for independence, photojournalist Robin Hammond came across a story he had never seen adequately depicted, when he saw, as he tells FotoEvidence, a mentally ill girl begging at the side of the road.

End the Gravest Human Rights Abuse

Amnesty International | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Amnesty International

Today, ...

How to Explain Forced Evictions in 2 Minutes (VIDEO)

Witness | Posted 12.08.2013 | Impact
Witness

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgForced evictions happen every day, on every continent and yet many of us would likely struggle to define it, even if you've actually seen it happen.

Obama Pressured On Guantanamo

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than four months after President Barack Obama promised to take steps towards closing the military prison facilities at Guantanamo B...

Rouhani -- Meaningful Reforms or Political Games?

Nazanin Boniadi | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Nazanin Boniadi

Freeing Sotoudeh and others is a welcome gesture to distance the Iranian government from a brutal history of repression, but Iranians will rightly continue to demand further reforms from within.

Christina Wilkie

Kerry Signs Landmark UN Arms Trade Treaty

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The latest front in the Senate battle over gun control opened Wednesday, as Secretary of State John Kerry signed the United Nations Arms...

Palestinian Journalist/Author/Poet/Activist Fouzi El-Asmar, R.I.P.

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.23.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's the details one often remembers. Mine is the memory of Fouzi El-Asmar surrounded by piles of newspapers, documents, and books, at his Washingto...

Malala Honored For 'Once In A Century Kind Of Courage'

Evening Standard, London | | Posted 11.18.2013 | World

Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl shot and almost killed by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education, has been presented with a top Amnesty a...

Yemen Under Fire For Sharia-Based Amputation Punishment

Agence France Presse | | Posted 11.17.2013 | World

Amnesty International has urged Yemen to commute a sentence of hand and foot amputation meted out to a man convicted of robbery, slamming the Islamic ...

6 of President Vladimir Putin's Most Oppressive Laws

Frank Jannuzi | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Frank Jannuzi

Since President Putin has held office, there have been a number of changes in Russian law so that any criticism directed at either Putin or his security force allies can be sentenced to jail.

Seamus Heaney, President Obama, Syria

Trina Y. Vargo | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Trina Y. Vargo

Perhaps in these moments, when the president must feel he is going it alone, he might take down that poem and heed Seamus' admonition that, "We must not forget the call of conscience and we must endeavour to keep others awake to it."

Anniversaries and Ongoing Efforts: Marching on Washington, Making Music for the World and Expanding Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Jack Healey

Roosevelt is credited with the idea to "Speak softly, and carry a big stick." A better lesson might be to "Speak loudly, and organize."

What My Imprisonment in South Africa Taught Me About Yemen

Ann Burroughs | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Ann Burroughs

We all want justice for the 9/11 attacks and we all want security from attacks by armed groups. But there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Indefinite detention and drone strikes outside the bounds of international human rights law are the wrong way.

Legal Showdown: 6 Experts Destroy Obama's Drone Policy

Robert Greenwald | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

If the administration has nothing to hide and insists that our drone policy is entirely legal, why not create an open and transparent process for the use of drones? It would bring the legal debate out of the shadows, a move that is desperately needed.

Sarah Shourd: What Everyone Ought to Know About Angola 3 and Solitary Confinement

Amnesty International | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Amnesty International

Until recently, both Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox had been held in solitary confinement for 4 decades in Louisiana - longer than almost any other...

Pristine Tribe Saves Sacred Mountain From Mining

Madhusree Mukerjee | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Madhusree Mukerjee

Over the past few weeks, all twelve indigenous villages participating in a referendum voted against mining on Niyamgiri, a mountain sacred to the tribe. The victory gives rare hope to India's 650-odd tribes, many of which face displacement by mining, dams, and other "development."

President Obama, Commute Bradley Manning's Sentence to Time Served

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

A cynic might say: What's the point of asking President Obama for clemency, when he's in charge of the system that put Manning in prison? President Obama is indeed in charge of the system that put Manning in prison. That's why he's the correct address for the appeal for clemency.

Political Scandal Erupts Over Detention Of Greenwald's Partner

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.19.2013 | Media

The detention of Glenn Greenwald's partner at Heathrow airport in London has turned into a full-blown international political issue. David Miranda ...

Brazil Prison Break Captured On Video

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 08.13.2013 | World

About 50 inmates escaped Fundacao Casa facility after a massive riot broke out at the Sao Paolo youth detention center Monday. Helicopter cameras c...

Lebanese Suicide Video on YouTube Sets Off Media Ethics Debate

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.02.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The blurry suicide video clip was unnerving but a Lebanese TV station led its primetime evening newscast with it, in its entirety, without any warning...