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Families of Murder Victims Key to Victory in Repeal of Death Penalty in Connecticut

Amnesty International | Posted 06.23.2012 | Impact
Amnesty International

These spouses, siblings, and parents told legislators that exacting revenge would not help them heal, nor end their pain. They were adamant that countering one murder with a state-sanctioned killing would prolong and exacerbate their suffering.

Legally Killing People Has Gotten A Lot More Expensive

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 03.30.2012 | Business

Legally killing people has gotten more expensive. The price of execution drugs is now 15 times higher than it was a year ago, according to The Aust...

New Report Shows Death Penalty By Country

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.27.2012 | World

Fewer countries worldwide used capital punishment in 2011, however those that did carry out executions did so at an "alarming rate," according to a ne...

U.S. Ranks 5th On Global Execution Scale

AP | PETER JAMES SPIELMANN | Posted 03.27.2012 | Crime

NEW YORK -- The United States was the only Western democracy that executed prisoners last year, even as an increasing number of U.S. states are moving...

Pete Seeger -- Forever Young At 92 -- Salutes Bob Dylan 50th Anniversary

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.16.2012 | Entertainment
Martin Lewis

2012-03-16-Screenshot20120316at2.39.35PM.jpgIt's the 50th anniversary of the release of Bob Dylan's first album. Time may be relative -- but that's a landmark any way you slice it.

Report: Syrian Detainees Beaten, Sexually Assaulted, Killed

Posted 05.14.2012 | World

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian security forces routinely torture people detained during the country's year-old uprising against authoritarian President Bashar ...

How the Secret Policeman's Ball Got Rolling...

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 05.03.2012 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

You've heard of it. You've wondered about it. You've seen films of the classic ones on laserdiscs, VHS tapes and new-fangled DVDs. If you're really lucky there's a reasonable chance you've even attended one of them.

Sensationalizing Drug Use in Pregnant Women: How the Media Perpetuates Racist and Ineffective Policies

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

In this sense, poverty itself is what singles a pregnant woman out for persecution. It is no coincidence that the main focus for drug prosecutions for pregnant women in the United States is crack cocaine, a drug almost exclusively used by the resource-poor.

Iranian Pastor May Face Execution For Refusing To Recant

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 02.24.2012 | Religion

Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian pastor who in 2010 was found guilty of apostasy and sentenced to death for refusing to recant Christianity, may have rec...

Bradley Manning, Solitary Confinement and Occupy 4 Prisoners

Bill Quigley | Posted 04.24.2012 | Crime
Bill Quigley

One of the major complaints of prisoner human rights activists is the abuse of solitary confinement in prisons across the U.S.

The Dangers of Being Female

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 04.22.2012 | Women
Marianne Mollmann

This month was big on bad news for women.

7 Nonprofits To Watch On Pinterest

Posted 02.21.2012 | Impact

By now, most nonprofits have likely been bombarded with suggestions to hop on the Pinterest craze. So what's it all about, and which organizations can...

Uganda Police Shut Down LGBT Advocacy Group's Meeting

AP | Posted 02.14.2012 | Gay Voices

KAMPALA, Uganda -- A gay activist in Uganda says that the country's ethics minister, accompanied by police, broke up a meeting of gay participants. A...

Maldives Police Issue Warrant For Former President

AP | KRISHAN FRANCIS and HUSSAIN SINAN | Posted 04.10.2012 | World

MALE, Maldives — A court in the Maldives issued an arrest warrant Thursday for former President Mohamed Nasheed, a day after his supporters ramp...

'Chimes of Freedom' Celebrates the Power of Music and Activism

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 04.01.2012 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

Amnesty International's Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan is not the first time they've tapped into the music community to raise funds and bring awareness to human rights issues.

Ke$ha, Miley And Maroon 5 Cover Bob Dylan

AP | CAITLIN R. KING | Posted 03.28.2012 | Entertainment

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Anyone who ever doubted the transformative power of Bob Dylan's music need only look to Ke$ha. Yes, Ke$ha....

The Unfinished Revolution: We Must Stand Shoulder to Shoulder With the Egyptian Protesters

Bianca Jagger | Posted 03.26.2012 | World
Bianca Jagger

The Egyptian peoples' revolution that began a year ago today must not be allowed to be hijacked by the military. The Egyptians, more than ever, need the support of the international community during this critical period, to achieve their goals.

Chimes of Freedom: Artists Talk Amnesty

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 03.25.2012 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

So I walk into the studio, and suddenly I'm in the presence of a rock god. Joe Perry is sitting on a big black leather sofa, casually strumming a sweet Guild for a blazing new cover of "Man of Peace" -- one of Bob Dylan's babies Chimes of Freedom.

This Album Saves Lives: Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International

Jeff Ayeroff | Posted 03.25.2012 | Fifty
Jeff Ayeroff

Almost never will more than 80 artists unite to support one cause, let alone create, pay for and donate 76 original tracks to raise money for it, but when the cause is Amnesty International and when the songs are Bob Dylan's, something quite magical happens.

Race, Class and Justice in the U.S. Legal System: Still a Long Way From the Promised Land

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 03.18.2012 | Crime
Marianne Mollmann

Last week, a Belgian tourist said he believed he had been cut some slack by the New York City police mainly because he was white. Indeed, even a perfunctory look at US criminal justice figures reveals that something is not quite right.

The Deeply Rooted Parallels Between Female Genital Mutilation and Breast Implantation

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 03.13.2012 | Women
Marianne Mollmann

What makes women voluntarily cut open their bodies to permanently implant foreign objects to the potential detriment of their health?

Anniversary of Shame

Amnesty International | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Amnesty International

By closing Guantánamo, President Obama could take a critical first step to restoring human rights and ensuring that justice, equality before the law, and fair and humane treatment triumph over the politics of fear.

Protesters Mark 10 Years Of Gitmo Detentions (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.11.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Under dreary, rainy skies, thousands of protesters gathered in the nation's capital on Wednesday to mark the 10th anniversary of the fir...

Guantanamo Protesters Gather In D.C. On 10th Anniversary

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.11.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Marking the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the first detainees at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, thousands of proteste...

Americans Demonstrate Changed Attitudes Towards Poverty Since the 2008 Economic Crisis

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 02.25.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

The silver lining of the 2008 crisis might be that more Americans start seeing poverty for what it is: not something anyone "deserves."