Category Human Rights

Get Well, Michael Moore

by DavidSwanson Your new movie, Where to Invade Next, is very powerful, your best so far for certain. Get well. Fast. We need you. You’ve packed a great many issues into this film, with visuals, with personalities, with entertainment. If people will watch this, they’ll learn what many of us have struggled to tell them […]

Obama and the preservation of the incarceration nation

Glen Ford What the Obama administration is demonstrating…is that the rulers of the United States have no intention of dismantling the permanent Black counter-insurgency regime – the New Jim Crow, as Michelle Alexander calls it – that was instituted two generations ago in response to the Black liberation movement of the Sixties. Obama’s Task Force, […]

UN Torture Investigation Singles Out, Describes USA

 by Robert Barsocchini NBC reports that “The United Nations Committee Against Torture released a report Friday that deeply criticized the U.S.” Patrick Martin summaries: The … report today assess[ed] the performance of the 156 countries whose governments have ratified the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which took effect two decades […]

Arrested Legal Observer: Ferguson a ‘Pilot Program’ for When Communities Respond to Police Brutality

By: Kevin Gosztola The National Lawyers Guild had legal observers on the ground in Ferguson to monitor protests against the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. They were also present to help with jail support for community residents. But, while working, four of the NLG’s observers fell […]

From Russia with Love

Ferguson protest in Moscow Undernews Russian students at the US Embassy in Moscow

With Mass Incarceration, U.S. is Guilty of a Slow Motion Genocide

June 24, 2014 by kristalklear If this were happening anywhere else in the world, Americans would be justifiably horrified: 1 out of every 100 adults are living behind bars in the United States, with 1 in 31 in some sort of correctional control, including prison, jail, parole, and probation. The United States, with 5% of the […]

We’re Number 46! USA! USA! Eat Our Dust, Haiti!

US Falls to 46th Place in Press Freedom  Firedoglake by Jon Walker Edward Snowden The United States press freedom ranking has plummeted to only 46th place according to Reporters Without Borders. Over the last year the United States dropped 13 spots mainly because a of an aggressive crackdown on whistleblowers by the Obama administration. The organization provides […]

Mandela and the Devil’s Bargain

Creating the Ruling Class by KEVIN CARSON The end of apartheid in South Africa was neither the first nor the last people’s revolution to be betrayed by its own victorious leadership. Perhaps the premier example was Russia’s Bolshevik victory in 1917. Compare the party’s policies after the October Revolution to its rhetoric before. Lenin’s book […]

A Manifesto for the Truth

A Manifesto for the Truth by Edward Snowden, November 04, 2013 Print This | Share This This article by Edward Snowden was published Sunday in Der Spiegel. In a very short time, the world has learned much about unaccountable secret   agencies and about sometimes illegal surveillance programs. Sometimes the agencies   even deliberately try to hide […]

Acknowledging some facts about the U.S. practice of “democracy.”

  The World Needs Peace – But Not a Pax Americana by Cynthia McKinney Former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who last week completed a peace mission to Syria along with former U.S. attorney general Ramsey Clark and others, made the following remarks to the IBON IBON Conference on Democracy, Self-Determination and Liberation of Peoples. The […]