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Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice

Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice

By Celia Chazelle (Editor), Simon Doubleday (Editor), Felice Lifshitz (Editor), Amy G. Remensnyder (Editor)

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Israel Has Been Bitten by a Bat

The news out of Israel and Palestine: relentless, remorseless, repetitively compulsive, rabid.

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‘We Need’ People Like Edward Snowden, U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Says

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a news conference Wednesday that Edward Snowden is a defender of human rights and should not be prosecuted.

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Detroit Shuts Off Water to 150,000 People

A coalition of human rights activists has asked the United Nations to intervene in the withholding of water access from 150,000 residents of Detroit who are at least two months behind on utility payments.

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Self-Described Prison Slave Said to Hide Plea for Help in Upscale Shopping Bag

After picking up a pair of boots at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, a young woman reportedly made an unsettling discovery.

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We’re Running Out of Ways to Kill People—Legally

You’d think that we Americans would have enough stuff to worry about. Severe drought desiccating a third of the country. A political system whose major talent is demonstrating stasis in action. The rich using the poor as fleshy paving stones for the road to mansions on the hill. Ben Affleck as Batman.

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U.N. Condemns North Korean Torture Chambers, Prison Camps

U.N. investigators Monday released a catalog of massive human rights violations in North Korea that they say amount to crimes against humanity deserving attention by the International Criminal Court.

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The Sochi Olympics, From Putin and the Plutocrats to Pussy Riot

The Sochi Olympic Games are rightly highlighting the constellation of abuses that have become standard in Russia under Vladimir Putin.

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Game Over for the Human Rights

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Freedom House

People Are Less Free for the 8th Straight Year, Report Finds

Freedom House has released its annual report on authoritarianism and found that people around the world are less free than they were a year ago.

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Ecuador Guarantees the Constitutional Right to Health and Education for All Its Citizens

Ecuador has progressed leaps and bounds in the past two decades, and is placing education and health at the top of its agenda.

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If You Still Want to Be an Activist After Reading This, Prepare to Be Hated

Do activists such as feminists, environmentalists, pacifists and others have an image problem?

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The Tasks of The People-Powered Movement for 2014

In this stage of America’s current social-political movement, which could take many years, our primary task is to build national consensus through broad and deep grass-roots organizing.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Kluwe

The Minnesota Vikings punter was fired after he began speaking out in defense of the political rights of gays and lesbians during the 2012 NFL season.

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U.N. Implicates Bashar Assad in War Crimes

The United Nations’ human rights chief said an inquiry has found evidence that war crimes were authorized at the “highest level” of the Syrian government, including by President Bashar Assad. Monday’s statement is the first time the U.N. has so directly incriminated him.

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China to End ‘Re-Education’ Camps, Relax One-Child Rule

Wrapped up inside planned economic reforms, the Chinese government said it will change two signature policies that have stood as significant intrusions of the state into people’s private lives and drawn condemnations from world human rights organizations.

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Iran Has to Decide Whether to Hang a Man—for the Second Time

A convicted drug smuggler was pronounced dead after hanging from the gallows for 12 minutes, but his family discovered in the morgue that he was still breathing.

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Two Human Rights Groups Target U.S. Drone Policy as Illegal

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, in separate reports, accused the U.S. of committing likely war crimes through the drone killings of civilians in Pakistan and Yemen. Both also called for full investigations and more transparency from the U.S. on whom it kills, where and why—and to open itself to criminal investigations when those attacks violated international law.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Lawyers Representing California Hunger Strikers

Hunger-striking inmates seeking an end to California’s use of solitary confinement concluded their two-month protest Thursday, three days after state lawmakers pledged to hold legislative hearings on conditions in the state’s maximum security prisons.

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Watch: What It’s Like for Guantanamo Detainees to Undergo Forced Feedings

Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) is drawing attention to the plight of the dozens of hunger-striking Guantanamo Bay detainees by appearing in a newly released video in which the rapper and actor subjects himself to the invasive kind of forced feedings they receive on a daily basis.

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Guantanamo Prisoner’s Case Demonstrates Unfairness of Military Commissions

Guantanamo has become a symbol of U.S. hypocrisy on human rights. Lawyers handling the criminal case of Guantanamo prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri argued several pretrial motions last week. But just as they raised some fascinating legal issues, the hearings revealed the basic unfairness of the military commissions for adjudicating criminal cases.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Stop the Killer Robots Before They Are Born

The U.N.’s special investigator into human rights will call Thursday for a ban on “killer robots” that could attack targets without human direction, before such devices come into existence.

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The Three Heroines of Guatemala: The Judge, the Attorney General and the Nobel Peace Laureate

Former Guatemalan President Efrain Rios Montt was hauled off to prison last Friday. It was a historic moment, the first time in history that a former leader of a country was tried for genocide in a national court.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Stéphane Hessel

Stéphane Hessel, the French-German author of “Indignez-vous” who died in February at age 95, is a towering figure of 20th-century resistance and an example to those who hope to create the future.

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The Hijacking of Human Rights

The ideology espoused by “humanitarian interventionists” such as Suzanne Nossel, recently appointed the executive director of PEN American Center, is used by the security and surveillance state to perpetuate war crimes, curtail civil liberties and justify pre-emptive war.

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The Nation Institute and the State Department

Chris Hedges Resigns From Human Rights Organization PEN

The Truthdig columnist was scheduled to speak at events sponsored by PEN American Center next month, but he has resigned his membership in the writers’ organization over its executive director, Suzanne Nossel, a former aide to Hillary Clinton who may have coined the term “soft power.”

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We Are Bradley Manning

His trial is not simply the persecution of a courageous whistle-blower, but a state mechanism to destroy the independence of the press and its ability to expose the power elite’s criminal activity.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Malala Yousafzai

The Taliban tried to kill 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai because people listened when she said they didn’t have to bow to the intimidation of violent, ideological extremists.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 READ MORE


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Tens of Thousands of Syrians Believed Abducted by Assad (Video)

Up to 28,000 Syrian wives, husbands, mothers and fathers have been abducted from the streets or their homes by government forces since the country’s uprising began 19 months ago. A new film by the human rights organization Avaaz has the evidence.

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Apple

2,000 Workers Involved in Foxconn Brawl

With class tensions in China running high, labor conditions under an international microscope and a new iPhone just landing in well-stitched pockets, we’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions about the significance of what’s being reported as a “brawl” at a Foxconn plant in northern China.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Russia Gives USAID the Boot

According to the Russian government, the U.S. is using its foreign aid organization in Moscow to secretly influence the country’s politics and elections. The U.S. Agency for International Development, known as USAID, will be expelled as part of a broad attempt to stifle the opposition movement.

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Canada Cuts Iran Loose

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird (right) cited Iran’s support for the Assad regime in Syria, its disputed nuclear energy program and persistent human rights violations as reasons for Canada’s ejection of Iranian diplomats from Ottawa and the closing of the Canadian Embassy in Tehran.

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Justice Dept. Closes Probe of CIA Prison Deaths

The U.S. Justice Department ordered a “complete whitewash” of accountability in the torture and killing of prisoners in CIA custody at the end of a three-year investigation on Thursday, announcing it will not prosecute anyone involved in those cases, says Glenn Greenwald, columnist for The Guardian.

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NYPD vs. Occupy: Cops Out of Control

After eight months of study, legal researchers at NYU and Fordham University this week turned out a damning review of the NYPD’s behavior in policing the Occupy Wall Street protests.

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How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta

Down the road only a few generations, the millennium of Magna Carta, one of the great events in the establishment of civil and human rights, will arrive. Whether it will be celebrated, mourned, or ignored is not at all clear.

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Mexico Is Dangerous Ground for Journalists

A special prosecutor testifying in Mexico said that 67 journalists have been killed and 14 have vanished in the country in the last six years.

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Sectarian Violence Undermines Syrian Regime

The Syrian government’s resort to Alawite death squads in recent weeks has pushed former supporters into the opposition.

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Iran Rights Lawyer Is Locked Away

Abdolfattah Soltani, a well-known Iranian lawyer who co-founded an organization that defends the rights of women, minorities and political prisoners, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his work and for what Iran’s hard-line judiciary called spreading anti-government propaganda and endangering national security.

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Better Red Than Dead

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Syria Accused of Using Children as Human Shields

U.N. investigators say Syrian troops are armoring their vehicles with children in order to deter enemy fire. A report on children and armed conflict also says Syrian authorities are torturing children and the opposition may be recruiting minors.

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Hello China My Old Friend, I’ve Come to Lecture You Again (Editorial)

The State Department is once again giving China a hard time about its human rights record, a worthy cause to be sure, though the United States makes for an odd champion. What’s the saying? Those who torture should not throw stones, maybe.

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A Disappearing Brazilian Tribe Cries Out

Terrorized by gunmen, loggers, drug traffickers and encroaching farmers, the 355 surviving members of the Amazonian Awá tribe face extinction if the Brazilian government and the international community fail to protect them from what a Brazilian judge termed “a real genocide.”

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 READ MORE


‘This American Life’: A Retraction

“This American Life” host Ira Glass gave monologist Mike Daisey every opportunity to explain the lies in his “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” performance, which became the basis for one of the radio show’s most popular and talked about episodes. Daisey’s rationalization for lying turns out to be, like much of his show, bullshit.

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The Autocracy Awards

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China Jails Dissident for Poem Sent Over Internet

Chinese authorities demonstrated their continued disregard for free speech and human rights as they sentenced a democratic dissident to seven years in jail for sending a poem he had written and other messages over the Internet, the man’s son told reporters. The verdict cited Zhu Yufu’s online calls for a democratic political movement, the son said.

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