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Mary Shaw is a Philadelphia-based writer and activist, with a focus on politics, human rights, and social justice. She is a former Philadelphia Area Coordinator for the Nobel-Prize-winning human rights group Amnesty International, and her views appear regularly in a variety of newspapers, magazines, and websites. Note that the ideas expressed here are the author's own, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Amnesty International or any other organization with which she may be associated.

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Don't Shoot Sunday, October 26, 2014 (1 comments)     

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Amnesty Reports on Human Rights Abuses in Ferguson "What Amnesty International witnessed in Missouri on the ground this summer underscored that human rights abuses do not just happen across borders and oceans."

The_Adventure_of_the_Dying_Detective_02.jpg: File:The Adventure of the Dying Detect Sunday, October 12, 2014 (6 comments)     

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A Youthful Spin On the Right-to-Die Movement "Why do we treat our dying pets with more mercy than we treat our dying people?"

Torture device Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (3 comments)     

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China is Exporting Torture Research by Amnesty International (AI) and the Omega Research Foundation has uncovered a "flourishing trade" in the "export of tools of torture by Chinese companies" which is fueling human rights violations worldwide.

ISIS James Foley Beheading Sunday, August 24, 2014 (1 comments)     

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Rights Groups React to the Murder of Journalist James Foley Amnesty International (AI) has called Foley's murder a war crime.

SO MANY SIGNS Saturday, June 28, 2014 (10 comments)     

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Remembering My Encounter With Fred Phelps "I took advantage of an opportunity to confront Phelps in person - in public..."

Moment of silence for the 234 missing Nigerian school girls Sunday, May 11, 2014 (2 comments)     

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What You Can Do For the Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls You can help them with just a few clicks.

//www.flickr.com/photos/95413346@N00/12910369513/: SnowStorm - Herndon, VA 3March2014 Sunday, March 9, 2014 (5 comments)     

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I Blame You for the Snowstorms "And yes, I blame myself as well..."

//www.flickr.com/photos/59202267@N08/10562032464/ Friday, January 17, 2014     

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Amnesty Says NSA Revisions Fall Short "President Obama's surveillance adjustments will be remembered as music on the Titanic unless his administration adopts deeper reforms."

//www.flickr.com/photos/83586707@N08/9709629355/ Sunday, November 3, 2013 (64 comments)     

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American Hunger and the Christian Right "I have seen hunger, up close and personal, right here in the richest nation on the planet. And, despite what the so-called "Christian" right keeps telling us, I know that laziness does not explain why poor people are poor."

//www.flickr.com/photos/14834045@N04/6478945585/: End the Death Penalty Wednesday, October 9, 2013 (4 comments)     

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October 10 is World Day Against the Death Penalty And what you can do.

//www.flickr.com/photos/34204905@N04/6168065466/ Saturday, October 5, 2013     

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Troy Davis And Family Live On In New Book "I don't think any human being could read this book and not be strongly moved - and maddened."

//www.flickr.com/photos/11165691@N03/9087245904/: Wells Fargo Sunday, September 1, 2013 (1 comments)     

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Divorcing Wells Fargo "I guess it was a sentimental kind of attachment, like when you're in an unhappy marriage but not yet emotionally ready to break away."

//www.flickr.com/photos/98710702@N08/9254300525/: is TRUTH the enemy? : bradley manning sticker,  san francisc Wednesday, July 31, 2013 (3 comments)     

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Rights Groups React to Bradley Manning Verdict "U.S. policy is to shoot the proverbial messenger."

//www.flickr.com/photos/34267346@N06/9278960105/: George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty Of Trevon Martin Shooting Sunday, July 14, 2013 (189 comments)     

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Racial Profiling in the Post-Trayvon Era "Zimmerman's acquittal appears to make a case for racial profiling. And that is very, very dangerous."

//www.flickr.com/photos/34267346@N06/9125418802/: Edward Snowden NSA Whistleblower From Hong Kong To Moscow To Wednesday, July 3, 2013 (7 comments)     

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Amnesty International Says US Must Not Persecute Snowden "Snowden is a whistleblower. He has disclosed issues of enormous public interest in the US and around the world. And yet instead of addressing or even owning up to these actions, the US government is more intent on going after Edward Snowden."

Tuesday, June 25, 2013     

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Marriage and Death on Wednesday's Agenda "Wednesday, June 26, promises to be a big news day, for good or for bad..."

Sunday, May 19, 2013 (13 comments)     

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Vermont's new choice for death with dignity "Why do we treat our dying pets with more mercy than we treat our dying people?"

Sunday, April 21, 2013 (1 comments)     

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What the Gosnell Abortion Trial Really Shows Us "Outlawing abortion doesn't stop it from happening. It just forces women to resort to Gosnell-type back-alley providers."

//www.flickr.com/photos/61718807@N07/8515971228/: Sunday, March 3, 2013 (26 comments)     

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The Ex-Pope and the Holiness Myth Sentimental Catholics and others have been praising the now-former pontiff. They call him a holy man. However, in looking back through his record, I see much that is downright unholy.

//www.flickr.com/photos/24328679@N00/3012340714/: Sunday, February 17, 2013 (26 comments)     

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They Still Cling to Guns and Religion "When Obama made his controversial "guns and religion" comment almost five years ago, I'm sure he never envisioned the kind of backlash to his election that has caused those right-wing obsessions to grow exponentially."

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