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Civil and Human Rights

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  • Ignoring the slaughter in Nigeria

    Ignoring the slaughter in Nigeria
    Why should the world care about Nigeria more than its own president does? That sounds harsh, but it expresses a painful truth. Muslim terrorists killed 17 people in Paris earlier this month after storming the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. At the...
  • Cities forge policy apart from states

    WASHINGTON Republicans have seized their largest state lawmaking majorities since the 1920s, but many Democratic-dominated cities are likely to take matters into their own hands this year by passing progressive measures that go beyond or even conflict...
  • Cuba's Fidel Castro reportedly sends letter; prisoners released

    Cuba's Fidel Castro reportedly sends letter; prisoners released
    Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, whose absence from public view for months has fueled rumors that he might be dead, reportedly sent a letter to Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, assuring his friend that he is just fine, thank you. Meanwhile,...
  • The Palestinians' decision to join the ICC deserves support

    The Israel exception to Western governments' human rights principles has been starkly on display in the reaction to the Palestinian Authority's decision to join the International Criminal Court. In Washington, Ottawa, Paris and London, as well as Tel...
  • Russia lists transgender people among those unfit to drive for medical reasons

    New Russian road safety regulations bar transsexuals, transvestites and others with sexual "disorders" from driving, ostensibly for medical reasons. The new regulations have been criticized by rights activists, who see them as unconstitutional and likely...
  • The Latin American gun leak

    The Latin American gun leak
    During the 1980s, El Salvador was the single largest recipient of U.S. military hardware and weaponry in the Western Hemisphere. Although the Central American country's civil war ended in 1992, the guns, grenades and bullets linger, as do their...
  • International court opens preliminary probe of Israel, Palestinians

    International court opens preliminary probe of Israel, Palestinians
    Two weeks after the Palestinian Authority asked to join the International Criminal Court, the Hague-based ICC on Friday opened a preliminary probe that could result in war-crimes charges against Israelis and Palestinians alike. Court prosecutor Fatou...
  • Scientists challenge claim that Mexican students were burned at dump

    MEXICO CITY If a pyre were built to incinerate 43 bodies, how many tons of wood would be needed? It's a question that physicist Jorge Montemayor and materials scientist Pablo Ugalde have given thought to, and they have a precise answer: 33 tons. If tires...
  • Saudi Arabia delays more flogging of convicted blogger, cites medical reasons, says Amnesty

    Saudi authorities on Friday postponed the second round of public flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam after a doctor concluded that his wounds from the first 50 lashes had not yet healed, a leading human rights group said. Amnesty...
  • U.S., U.N. envoys warn Myanmar against stoking religious tensions

    Top U.S. and U.N. diplomats on human rights wrapped up separate visits to Myanmar on Friday with warnings that discrimination against religious minorities in the predominantly Buddhist nation is stoking already dangerous sectarian tensions. At a news...
  • Cornel West on 'The Radical King'

    Cornel West on 'The Radical King'
    Of the words most frequently used to describe the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. today, "radical" is not high on the list. With his insistence on nonviolence, his Southern humility, his Christian bearing, and his soaring yet measured oratory, King never cast...