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Charity "a la Carte"

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

Genuine charity or philanthropy requires, above all else, that we are dedicated to seeing to it, first of all, that every human being has access to all the basic human rights.

Khaleda Khorsand: "We should never be under the illusion that the Taliban's return is impossible"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Khaleda Khorsand is a writer and human rights activist with the Civil Society and Human Rights Network in Herat. Photo : Rooholamin Amini / Matthie...

Farid Mazdak: 'The Process of Building a Modern State in Afghanistan Has Only Just Begun'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Farid Mazdak is a well-known left-wing political activist. He was the leader of the Democratic Youth Organization of Afghanistan in the early 1980s and a leadership member of the Vatan party in the late 1980s.

Woody Allen and Honoring Only the "Unimpeachably Honorable"

Steven Strauss | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
Steven Strauss

I'm not writing to proclaim Mr. Allen's innocence or guilt. But to ask -- since we honor so many of the great and good with scandalous pasts, why not Mr. Allen?

Another Hurdle for International Criminal Justice

Kip Hale | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Kip Hale

At the international level, if those who promote and organize atrocities on both side of a conflict are not subject to accountability, the message of impunity to the citizens of that country undermines the establishment of a peaceful and well-functioning society.

Aziza Khayrandish: "If the price of peace is sacrificing justice... it will be catastrophic for the women of Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Aziza Khayrandish is a human rights activist and the director of the Civil Society and Human Rights Network in Herat. Photo : Mahshid Rasti / Matthi...

Stand Your Ground (White Man)

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 04.15.2014 | Crime
Mark I. Pinsky

As difficult as it may be for those outside Florida to comprehend -- much less accept -- there is a slim but real possibility that a white software en...

Future Justice Means Justice for Women and Girls

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

One in three women worldwide will experience violence in her lifetime. Many are denied justice at the most fundamental level. On February 14, 2014, the world will come together for One Billion Rising for Justice to demand justice for survivors and an end to all violence against women and girls.

Mohammad Farid Hamidi: "Your children are the backbone of a strong and progressive Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

A well-known lawyer in Afghanistan, Mohammad Farid Hamidi is Deputy Director of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, where he has been...

Discovery Yanks Controversial Mythbusters Sex Episode

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 04.15.2014 | Media
Jon Hotchkiss

Discovery Channel and Mythbusters have blinked. At least "blinking" is what I think they've done. Although, if this was being written by someone at U...

Too Often, American Justice Is Injustice

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.22.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Our state of affairs goes against a pinnacle of American justice, equality before law, facilitating everything from war crimes, to torture, to domestic spying, to a predatory, ravenous Wall Street that feeds on the middle class with impunity.

Guatemala: Digging Up the Past

Barbara Borst | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Barbara Borst

Human rights defenders began to gather names and details of massacres before there was any chance of prosecuting Guatemala's leaders and security forces for atrocities.

Dr. Habiba Sarabi: "The existence of an independent Afghan identity fills me with joy"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Dr. Habiba Sarabi is the first and only woman to be appointed a provincial governor in Afghanistan: she served as the Governor of Bamiyan province fro...

Silence Once Begun: a Talk With Jesse Ball

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Jesse Ball's new novel Silence Once Begun has just been released by Pantheon. His three previous novels are The Way Through Doors, Samedi the Deafness and Curfew. He's also written several works of verse.

Choosing the Right Law School

Edgar Cahn, J.D., Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | College
Edgar Cahn, J.D., Ph.D.

We need radical system change -- change that will not come from those law schools with vested interest in the status quo.

Aman Pouyamak: "Everything is on loan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Aman Pouyamak is a poet and a writer. He published a clandestine magazine, working in secret with Afghan women during the reign of the Taliban. After ...

Justice Takes the Slow Lane

Sara Warner | Posted 04.12.2014 | Los Angeles
Sara Warner

Access to justice in Los Angeles has become more difficult than it is elsewhere, even in much of California. And while I'm not the first to note that whatever happens in California eventually makes its way across the country, that trend is coming to deny access to a courthouse near you.

How Justice Was Served Thanks to My Father

Estelle Sobel Erasmus | Posted 04.12.2014 | Women
Estelle Sobel Erasmus

My dad gave me hope. Hope that I would be vindicated. That this experience wouldn't be for naught.

Boiling It Down: Way Out West

Harold Nonken | Posted 04.11.2014 | Comedy
Harold Nonken

The right to bear arms is enshrined in the Constitution. It made a great deal of sense, at a time when people were saying, "Give me a home where the b...

Seyyedeh Mojgan Mostafavi: "Women have always been the first victims of wars in Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Seyyedeh Mojgan Mostafavi is the Deputy Minister for Women's Affairs, and a Professor in the School of Journalism at Kabul University. She obtained Ma...

Partaw Naderi: "Democracies deal with citizens, not ethnicities"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Partaw Naderi is the one of the only Afghan poets whose work is widely translated into different languages. He writes frequently about democracy, huma...

Shukria Haidar: "I was forced to leave my country"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Shukria Haidar is a human rights activist. She sought refuge in France following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and founded NEGAR, an association...

Guatemala: Calling on the International Community

Barbara Borst | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Barbara Borst

Guatemalans paid a terrible price for decades of conflict: 200,000 people dead or forcibly disappeared, the vast majority of them Maya civilians killed by members and allies of the armed forces.

Ahmad Wali Massoud: "Those who look to the past cannot plan our future"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Ahmad Wali Massoud is a prominent Afghan politician and head of the Massoud Foundation. He is the younger brother of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the well-know...

How Senator Vitter Lost His Food Fight

Jeremy Haile | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Jeremy Haile

The purpose of the Vitter amendment was apparently to take a mean-spirited swipe at an unpopular constituency while putting opponents on the defensive. And at first it seemed to work.