Video: Excerpt from President Jimmy Carter’s Farewell address to the Nation (January 14, 1981)
As the oldest living US president has opted to spend his remaining time at home, laudatory responses come from leaders around the world.
Aric Sleeper: ‘Public Trust’—A Key Legal Tool to Preserve Our Natural Resources
There are underutilized legal weapons already on the books that can help fight big corporations and preserve the planet’s natural resources, such as watersheds and large forests… That legal weapon, a component of property law, is a concept known as the ‘public trust.’
Video: Chimps have feelings and thoughts. They should also have rights
Chimpanzees are people too, you know. Ok, not exactly. But lawyer Steven Wise has spent the last 30 years working to change these animals’ status from “things” to “persons.”
Julia Paley: The End of Asylum?
Trump’s asylum ban and kangaroo tent courts threaten to destroy a pillar of international humanitarian law. What can we do?
Karen J. Greenberg: No Fairy Tale
The Trump administration has taken a giant step in trying to abolish the very idea of human rights as a part of the country’s identity.
Jake Johnson: From Lack of Paid Maternity Leave to ‘Hell’ of Student Debt, North Korea Catalog of US Rights Violations Makes Convincing Case
US “can never camouflage its true identity as the gross violator of human rights,” Pyongyang says. Just as U.S. President Donald Trump was preparing to lambast North Korea as “a … Continue reading →
John Samuel Tieman: Mi Amigo, Bill Salatino, El Montonero
It was always Bill, pronounced Beel, so Argentine, never Guillermo or Memo. Bill was what you imagine when you picture a Latin America revolutionary. Tall. Handsome. Played the guitar. Leftist … Continue reading →
George Yancy and Peter Singer: On Racism, Animal Rights, and Human Rights
George Yancy: You have popularized the concept of speciesism, which, I believe was first used by the animal activist Richard Ryder. Briefly, define that term and how do you see … Continue reading →
Art Spiegelman Breaks His Silence on Israel
“Israel is like some badly battered child with PTSD who has grown up to batter others.” Art Spiegelman — celebrated comic book artist, illustrator and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning … Continue reading →
Ferguson Police Officer Justin Cosma Hog-Tied And Injured A Young Child, Lawsuit Alleges
According to a lawsuit filed in 2012 in Missouri federal court, Justin Cosma and another officer, Richard Carter, approached a 12-year-old boy who was checking the mailbox at the end … Continue reading →
No Safe Place: How Cities Are Making It Illegal to be Homeless
Tonight, thousands of homeless people in the United States will face the possibility of arrest because they do not have a safe place to sleep. Thousands more could be arraigned … Continue reading →
Israel Clamps Down on Internal Dissent
As a tenuous ceasefire takes hold, the besieged Gaza strip must contend with the path of death and destruction left by Israel’s month-long military assault, including 1,939 Palestinian lives lost, … Continue reading →
Video: Amnesty International’s Position on the Gaza Occupation
Want to know more about where Amnesty stands on the Israel-Gaza conflict? Here’s a video that answers the most frequently asked questions.
Jon Queally: At Home and Abroad, UN Report Details Abysmal US Record of Abuse
Torture, indefinite detention, excessive force, and systematic discrimination and mistreatment have become part of the nation’s modern legacy. An official report by the United Nations Committee Against Torture released Friday … Continue reading →