Free Private Manning

In April, the Army transferred Private Bradley Manning from solitary confinement at Quantico, Virginia to the federal prison at Leavenworth, Kansas. At Quantico, according to a Human Rights Watch report, the military had shackled Manning, stripped him naked, and...
Break the Silence in the UAE

Break the Silence in the UAE

As democratic uprisings have spread across the Middle East in the Arab Spring, the U.S. response has been as notable for its silences as for its selective words and deeds on behalf of the democracy movements in the region. It took weeks of incessant protest in Tunisia...
An Inconvenient Truth in Honduras

An Inconvenient Truth in Honduras

At the same time that the police and the Honduran army were brutally repressing popular protests of teachers, students, and resistance members for the sixth day in a row, Julissa Reynoso was greeting Honduran President Porfirio Lobo at the presidential palace....

Response to Juan Cole On Libya

In response to Juan Cole’s An Open Letter to The Left On Libya published in The Nation magazine, the Institute’s Phyllis Bennis, director of our New Internationalism project, wrote the following: Many thanks, Juan, for your thoughtful article. I agree with...

2011 Freedom Network Conference

Join the Institute for Policy Studies’ Break The Chain Campaign as we help lead the 9th annual Freedom Network USA conference, held this year at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center. The Freedom Network is a coalition of service providers across...
Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders

Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders

Josefina Reyes began her career as a human rights organizer the same way as thousands of women across the globe–defending her family and her community. The middle-aged mother staged a hunger strike to demand the safe return of her son after Mexican soldiers...

Two Cheers for the Brotherhood

In the latest news out of Egypt, where people power is confronting regime rigidity, President-for-life Hosni Mubarak is doing what he can to maintain his perch. He has named a new cabinet, deployed more troops in the cities, and blocked al-Jazeera broadcasts. The...
Interview with John Esposito

Interview with John Esposito

John Esposito is a professor of religion, international affairs, and Islamic studies at Georgetown University. He is the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World and the author of numerous books including The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality and...
Israel Represses Israelis and Congress Approves

Israel Represses Israelis and Congress Approves

It’s been two years since Israel initiated the “Operation Cast Lead” military assault on the besieged Gaza Strip. Since then, the right-wing Israeli government of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has launched an unprecedented wave of intimidation...

‘Tis The Season For Gay Rights

Let’s celebrate this day, Dec 22 2010. It is the day President Barak Obama signs into the law the repeal of the onerous policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in which a person can be expelled from the U.S. military based on his or her sexual...

New Hope to Stop Violence against Women

The United States has made great strides to change the sickening attitudes and legal obstacles that for decades held women in the grip of physical and sexual violence, far too often with little recourse, while their abusers went unpunished. But as a nation, we can go...
Israel’s Shrinking Minority Rights

Israel’s Shrinking Minority Rights

The world is no stranger to Israel’s litany of misdeeds against the Palestinian people. But the situation of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is not the only arena in which Palestinians face daily oppression. Palestinian Arab citizens are a sizable...