Let’s Stop Sentencing Children to Life without Parole

Let’s Stop Sentencing Children to Life without Parole

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats its children,” Nelson Mandela once said. If that’s the case, the United States has much soul-searching to do. The United States is the only country in the world that...
Eight Fearless Mexicans

Eight Fearless Mexicans

An unprecedented number of Mexicans have received international recognition over the past year for their courageous work on behalf of migrants, workers, and the millions of victims of the country’s spiraling violence, institutional decomposition and appalling...
Obama to Aid Uzbek Dictatorship

Obama to Aid Uzbek Dictatorship

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, in a move initiated by the Obama administration, has voted to waive Bush-era human rights restrictions on military aid to the Islam Karimov dictatorship in Uzbekistan, one of the most brutal and repressive regimes on the...
Cuba’s Culture of Dissent

Cuba’s Culture of Dissent

When the Cuban government released a number of dissidents earlier this year, human rights groups applauded the decision. But critics also took the occasion to paint Cuba once again as a society where a single word of criticism gets you shipped off to a dungeon, from...
35th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards

35th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards

The 2011 LM Awards mark the 35th anniversary of the assassination on September 21st, 1976 of Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier and American Ronni Karpen Moffitt, colleagues at the Institute for Policy Studies. The Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards ceremony...
Poets Stand Up

Poets Stand Up

In Paris, poets staged a flash mob outside the Louvre Museum. In North Carolina, they sent poems to their state legislators, calling on them to restore arts education funding to the decimated state budget. In Vancouver, BC, poets cleaned up a beach before their...
A Migrant’s Journey

A Migrant’s Journey

Please join us for a panel discussion with Fr. Pedro Pantoja of the Belén, Posada del Migrante (Bethlehem, the Migrant’s Shelter) and U.S. human rights advocates who will shed light on violence against female migrants, the abuses migrants face as they...
100 Thousand Poets for Change, DC: Poetry Walk of Shame

100 Thousand Poets for Change, DC: Poetry Walk of Shame

Even while poets around the world are organizing the largest poetry reading in history, poets in too many countries around the world will be silent, out of fear for their safety. Join Split This Rock and Foreign Policy in Focus, a project of the Institute for Policy...

Gold or Water? A Deadly Debate in El Salvador Mines

We are inside a greenhouse, gazing at row after row of hydroponic tomatoes and green peppers, learning why people in this community in northern El Salvador are receiving death threats. We have been sent by The Nation magazine to chronicle the struggle by people here...
Bahrain and Human Rights

Bahrain and Human Rights

It is becoming painfully obvious that the United States is hostile to the “Arab Spring.” In Egypt, U.S. military aid programs remain in force, and in Yemen a “secret” U.S. war may be in the offing. In the United Arab Emirates plans may be afoot...
The Silver Lining in China’s Crackdown

The Silver Lining in China’s Crackdown

It has been more than two months since Chinese artist Ai Weiwei disappeared. The son of famous poet Ai Qing, Ai Weiwei is well known for his architecture, curating, photography, film, and social criticism. After his collaboration with the architects Herzog and de...
Community Rights and Oil Extraction

Community Rights and Oil Extraction

Chad became an oil-producing nation in 2003 with the completion of a $4bn pipeline linking its oilfields to terminals on the Atlantic coast. A largely semi-desert country, Chad is also rich in gold and uranium and some would say stands to benefit from its...

Refugee Crisis Deepens in Mexico

Mexican human rights activists have issued an emergency appeal to apply international humanitarian standards in providing relief to more than 150 refugees- including at least 77 children-who have been camped out in the mountains of southern Mexico for more than a...

Crossing the Lexicon

Osama bin Laden’s demise raises many moral, legal, political, and historical questions. As I’ve edited and posted a steady stream of commentary about this post-9/11 milestone, one persistent editorial question has touched on all these issues. Specifically,...