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 recently-acquired status as an oil-exporting state. Yet others contend that developments in Chad illustrate the problems when poor nations try to leverage oil and gas production within the confines of the global economic order.

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.

Crossing the Lexicon

Did Navy SEALs “assassinate,” “murder,” or “kill” Osama bin Laden?

Break the Silence in the UAE

Break the Silence in the UAE

Protests have begun in the United Arab Emirates, but you wouldn’t know it from White House statements.

An Inconvenient Truth in Honduras

An Inconvenient Truth in Honduras

At the same time that the United States is praising democracy in the Middle East, it is helping to suppress it in Honduras.

Response to Juan Cole On Libya

With the military intervention underway, our job now is to make sure it does not escalate into full-scale invasion, and to try to end it as soon as possible. And then to work as hard as we can to support the efforts to consolidate and expand the extraordinary accomplishments of the uprisings of the 2011 Arab Spring, in Libya and the rest of the region.

2011 Freedom Network Conference

The 9th Annual Freedom Network Conference in Washington, DC. Freedom Network is a coalition of service providers across the United States working on the issue of human trafficking. The conference will feature workshops for activists, law enforcement, social workers, lawyers, and other folks who are interested in the human rights-based approach to anti-trafficking work.

 

 

Two Cheers for the Brotherhood

For its strains of homophobia and anti-Semitism, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood wouldn’t get my vote, but for its fight against both religious extremism and secular authoritarianism it gets my respect.

Interview with John Esposito

Interview with John Esposito

In a new special focus on Islamophobia, Foreign Policy In Focus interviews prolific author and professor John Esposito about prevailing political and media myths about Muslims and the Muslim world.