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The Truth About Poverty and How to Address It

It’s high time United Nations agencies and the mainstream media acknowledge the true scale of global poverty and engage in a long overdue public debate on how ambitious and transformative the international development agenda really is.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE

Saudi Arabia Continues Hiring Spree of U.S. Lobbyists and Public Relations Experts

Foreign lobbying disclosure documents reveal that the government of Saudi Arabia, known for its grotesque human rights abuses, is aggressively seeking to expand its influence in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Is Palestine the Exception to Free Speech Rights in the U.S.?

University campuses are the front line of Palestinian human rights advocacy in the United States, but a new study documents hundreds of cases in which students and scholars have been punished for expressing themselves. Watch the testimony of some of those who have dared to speak out, as they describe the backlash they’ve faced.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

Saudi Arabia Protests Inclusion of LGBT Rights in U.N. Development Agenda

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals program sets a series of “ambitious targets” for the U.N.’s 193 member states, related to poverty, equality and ending climate change. Saudi Arabia is insisting the organization remove LGBT rights from the agenda, saying they are “counter to Islamic law.” 

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Exposed: Pro-Israel Modern-Day McCarthyites Are Going to Extremes to Slime Human Rights Activists

As pro-Israel extremism reaches new depths with the notorious Canary Mission project, the FBI investigates growing threats against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

Befriending the Saudis Highlights U.S. Hypocrisy on Human Rights

Washington long has had an unholy alliance with one of the world’s worst abusers. We must cut those ties in order to start reconciling our actions with our supposed support for rights and dignity.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

Saudi Airforce

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: A Simple Animation Perfectly Explains Syria and the Refugee Crisis

This animation illustrates the complex dynamics of Syria’s civil war and the resulting refugee crisis. Looking at the different roles and responses within the international community, the video shows how we must address the crisis with humanity and reason.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

The U.N.: Pretending to Oppose War for 70 Years—an Open Letter

This open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon states that the U.N. Charter has “been used to advance and misused to impede the cause of peace,” and it calls for “a rededication to [the charter’s] original goal of saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

Saudi Arabia and Human Rights Council

Posted on Sep 26, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Why Is Saudi Arabia Heading the U.N. Human Rights Council?

Saudi Arabia has been accused of human rights abuses for decades, from suppressing dissent to beheading people for minor crimes. So why has it been appointed to head a U.N. human rights panel?

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

The U.S. Has a Duty to the ‘Tempest-Tost’ Syrians

In addition to accepting more refugees, the United States must stop providing weapons, training and funding to the armed opposition forces and enlist Russia and Iran in pursuing a diplomatic solution to this tragic conflict.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Jeremy Corbyn, Fighter for Social Justice, Peace and Human Rights

Although his feet have barely touched the ground, the Labour Party’s new leader, a man of principle, is already reinvigorating British politics.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

It’s Time to Break With Saudi Arabia’s ‘Kingdom of Horrors’

A flood of U.S. defense dollars long has supported Saudi Arabia, a hideous human rights abuser. Ending the U.S.-Saudi alliance could bring an enormous peace dividend to Americans.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Special Ops Missions in Africa Fail to Stem Terror Groups, Coups and Human Rights Abuses

Will episodic training with militaries regularly implicated in human rights abuses, militaries that overthrow their governments, and militaries that have consistently failed to defeat local terror groups turn them into professional, successful armies?

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: German Lawmaker on Why Wars Led by the U.S. Are at the Root of the Refugee Crisis

Annette Groth, a member of the German Parliament, recently returned from a trip to Hungary, where she saw thousands of migrants stranded at the Budapest train station. “What is the root for this massive migration?” she asks “Democracy Now!” “It is war, it is terror, and it is the former U.S. government who is accountable for it.”

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

Why the Rest of Europe Should Follow Germany’s Lead in the Refugee Crisis

Thousands of years of Europe’s history can be traced via the movements of refugees, but its governments appear to have forgotten these age-old lessons. Robert Fisk hopes we get it right this time.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

On Israel’s Plans to Tear Down 13,000 Palestinian Buildings

Tearing down Palestinian buildings is one way that Israel constrains the Palestinian economy and encourages Palestinians to leave their homeland, in a kind of slow-motion ethnic cleansing.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

Israel Plans to Demolish Up to 13,000 Palestinian Structures in West Bank, U.N. Says

A record number of demolition orders has been issued against Arab buildings in Area C, mostly on privately owned Palestinian land that is under full Israeli control, leaving residents and homes “in a state of chronic uncertainty and threat,” according to the U.N.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE

How Europe Risks Losing Its Humanity in the Migrant Crisis

“In treating needy refugees like invaders,” writes journalist Robert Fisk, Europe may be losing its compassion, which he describes as “the one victory [it] learned from the Second World War.”

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Families of China’s ‘Disappeared’ Describe Country as Place of ‘Fear and Panic’

The families of 12 attorneys and activists who disappeared during a government crackdown on human rights advocates in July have demanded to know the condition and whereabouts of their loved ones.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

The Case for Universal Basic Income

Support for a universal basic income is growing. In Europe, for example, the Dutch city of Utrecht is about to introduce an experiment that aims “to challenge the notion that people who receive public money need to be patrolled and punished.” Here, the political, philosophical and economic arguments are made clear.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE

Amnesty International: Protecting the ‘Human Rights’ of Johns, Pimps and Human Traffickers

The group’s call for prostitution decriminalization is another in a long line of triumphs for heartless neoliberal economics and capitalism’s grotesque commodification of human beings.

Posted on Aug 16, 2015 READ MORE

Almost a Quarter of a Million People Have Died in the Syrian Conflict

An activist group says 71,781 civilian deaths have been recorded in Syria’s devastating conflict, which began in March 2011, and 11,964 of those killed were children.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE

More Than 2,000 Are Thought to Have Died This Year Trying to Cross Into Europe by Sea

As the Mediterranean migrant crisis hits a deadly milestone, the International Organization for Migration warns of a worsening situation and confirms that the route is the “deadliest for migrants in search of a better life.”

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE

The U.S. Aids and Abets War Crimes in the Philippines

The International Peoples’ Tribunal on Crimes Against the Filipino People has found the U.S. government and that of the Philippines guilty of egregious human rights violations as an outgrowth of the war on terror.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE

Iran Nukes

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE

One Year After Gaza Massacre, UN Exposes Likely War Crimes

“The scale of the devastation was unprecedented” in Gaza, according to an independent commission convened by the United Nations.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

Jailed Truthdig Contributor Smuggles Letter Demanding Release of Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan

Khadija Ismayilova has been imprisoned for six months for reporting abuses of power by her country’s ruling family. On the opening day of the European Games in Baku, she appealed to the international community to recognize the rot behind Azerbaijan’s polished appearance.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE

‘No Human Considered Illegal’ Under Ecuador’s New Migration Law

President Rafael Correa has announced radical plans to support refugees and asylum seekers.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: David Cameron Says All Law-Abiding U.K. Citizens Will Essentially Be Treated as Terrorists

“For too long we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens so long as you obey the law we will leave you alone,” David Cameron announced after his reelection. It is possibly one of the scariest statements a Western leader has made in the past century.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE

Saudi Arabia Seeking to Head the U.N. Human Rights Council (Yes, Really)

This surprising news comes just days after the kingdom posted a job advertisement for eight new executioners amid a soaring execution rate.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Khalida Jarrar

The lawmaker, feminist and human rights activist was recently seized by Israeli forces for her leading role in Palestine’s accession to the International Criminal Court.

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE

Amnesty International: China Still No. 1 in Executions

Amnesty International has released an annual report of the recorded death sentences carried out around the world in 2014. China’s estimated tally was higher than the combined number of executions in all other countries.

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 READ MORE

April Fools’ Day Will Be No Joke at the International Criminal Court

Palestine, as a new member state, will be able to ask for a probe into alleged war crimes in last summer’s Gaza war as well as into Israel’s West Bank settlement policy—whether Israel likes it or not.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Ratchets Up Conflict With Venezuela

Tensions between the U.S. and Venezuelan governments mounted this week following the news that President Obama had officially declared Venezuela a national security threat and had levied sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials.

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney will represent 14 Irish prisoners who endured Britain’s version of Guantanamo in a case that, according to researcher Lauretta Farrell, has become “the benchmark by which other countries measure their ‘enhanced interrogation programs.’ ”

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 READ MORE

Amal Clooney Seeks Talks With Egypt’s Sisi on Client Jailed for Committing Journalism

Human rights attorney Amal Clooney wrote to Egyptian President al-Sisi on Saturday, requesting a meeting with him regarding the fate of her client, Mohamed Fahmy, former bureau chief of Al-Jazeera English in Egypt.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE

Why Egypt’s Threat to Arrest Amal Clooney Will Hurt Its Economy

Amal Clooney was threatened with jail by Egyptian authorities last February if she released a report in Cairo on flaws in the Egyptian judiciary that had been commissioned by the International Bar Association.

Posted on Jan 3, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Pardiss Kebriaei and the Center for Constitutional Rights

The senior attorney at the celebrated civil liberties group is pushing for the prosecution of U.S. officials who tortured detainees and terrorism suspects—an issue the Senate’s report on the subject was conspicuously silent about.

Posted on Dec 21, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Authorizes Sanctions Against Venezuelan Socialists

The American president has signed legislation that freezes assets and revokes travel visas belonging to Venezuelan officials who stand accused of violating the human rights of opponents of the South American nation’s socialist government.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE

Vladimir Putin Invites Kim Jong Un to Moscow

Amid U.S. and European sanctions that are driving Russia into the arms of its Asian neighbors, President Vladimir Putin has invited the North Korean leader to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Sens. John McCain and Dianne Feinstein

Whatever we think of their foreign, domestic and economic policies, the senators from Arizona and California, respectively, said the right words when the Senate Intelligence Committee released its inquiry into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture, detention and interrogation practices.

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 READ MORE

Freedom of Speech

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE

Emma Watson Gives Moving Feminist Speech at U.N. HeForShe Campaign Launch (Update)

When actress Emma Watson gave a strong-willed, poignant speech Saturday at the United Nations headquarters, it was reported that she received threats from users of online bulletin board 4chan for being a “feminist bitch.” Turns out, the nude photo leak warning was none other than a “viral marketing hoax.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE

Mykhaylo Palinchak /

Shades of Gaza in Ukraine?

At the risk of grossly oversimplifying two very different conflicts, read this New York Times summary of a U.N. human rights report on the fighting in Ukraine and tell us it doesn’t sound familiar.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE

Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE

Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Adel Hana

Gaza Update: Don’t Expect Quick Action by the International Criminal Court

The initiative to push the ICC into action rests with the Palestinians, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is stalling.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE

Ferguson Situation Highlights U.S. Duplicity for America’s Critics Abroad

What does Ferguson, Mo., look like from afar right now? For some overseas critics of American foreign policy, it looks like a teachable moment to point out how the U.S. would do better to confront its own issues at home instead of policing the rest of the world.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE

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