While the conventions and the two men who would be president have been uppermost in our minds for the past two weeks, we should not lose sight of other critical races going on across the country, in particular those in the House of Representatives.
In connection with the 10 year anniversary of the shameful "torture memos," peace and human rights activists in Minnesota managed to get their Congresspersons and Senators to declare torture is wrong and, in varying degrees, touch on the need for accountability.
Sometimes evil triumphs not when good people do nothing, but when good people fail to distinguish between hypothetical evil and real evil. Case in point: A conservative Christian radio host's attempt to thwart the Arms Trade Treaty.
Iran sees much of the world's heroin supply travel through its territory. However, Iran isn't simply a transit point. By most estimates the country has one of the highest rates of heroin and opium addiction in the world.
As this year's host of Eurovision, Azerbaijan may well impress visitors with its beautiful, entertaining capital city of Baku and friendly, considerate people, but not with how its government treats the people.
Every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related complication. This isn't just a "third world" problem. The United States currently ranks 50th in the world for maternal health. It is safer to give birth in Bosnia or Kuwait than in California.