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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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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 17, 2010
No Excuse for Racial Profiling The failed attempt on Christmas Day to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane has some people calling for racial profiling. In fact, a recent USA Today/Gallup poll shows that an alarming majority of Americans support ethnic profiling. However, I contend that this is a misguided reaction that can actually be counterproductive. And the attempted Christmas bombing is no excuse for it.
(51 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 6, 2009
No, Dan, America is Not a Christian Nation A letter to the editor in Friday's Chicago Tribune has got my blood boiling.
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(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 17, 2013
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."
(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 19, 2010
Tea Party Talking Points, Translated I wonder if they've actually really thought about the points they're parroting...
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 5, 2010
Racism Then and Now Even as Barack Obama sits in the Oval Office, we have not yet achieved Dr. King's dream of a post-racial America. Not even close.
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(115 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 28, 2012
The Myth of the Christian Right "Let's compare the teachings of Jesus with the actions of his so-called followers in the GOP..."
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 21, 2009
The Salvation Army: It Gets Worse It's that time of year again. At shopping centers everywhere, representatives from the Salvation Army, dressed in their paramilitary attire, ring their bells and aggressively invite your holiday donations. And I always see people eagerly throwing money into their big red kettles. I suspect that most of these generous individuals aren't aware of what their dollars are actually funding.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 7, 2008
What Sarah Palin Didn't Tell Us In her acceptance speech at the RNC, Sarah Palin covered the talking points that would win favor with her audience. At the same time, she chose to ignore some important considerations that could make all the difference in voters' minds.
(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 10, 2010
50 Years of Frightened White Men, Today the Tea Parties Conservative American white men are terribly afraid these days. And rightly so. They are finally starting to lose their power.
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(64 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 3, 2013
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."
(24 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 25, 2010
A Giant Leap Towards Fascism What we have now is not government of the people, by the people, and for the people. What we have now is government of the people, by the corporations, and for the corporations. And that is exactly how Mussolini defined fascism.
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(189 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 14, 2013
Racial Profiling in the Post-Trayvon Era "Zimmerman's acquittal appears to make a case for racial profiling. And that is very, very dangerous."
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 17, 2007
The U.S. vs. the World in the Death Penalty Debate This week, a United Nations committee passed a resolution calling for an end to the death penalty worldwide. The U.S. voted against it, joined by several third-world dictatorships.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 18, 2010
Lazy Rich People And why, I wonder, are rich people rich, George?
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 13, 2008
The Salvation Army's Red Kettle of Trouble The Salvation Army has done some good work in the past in providing assistance to the poor, the addicted, and the marginalized. But their methods are not ones that I approve of.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 9, 2009
I'm Not Against Religion, I'm Against Religious Hypocrisy While I might not share your beliefs, I will defend your right to hold those beliefs, and to practice them -- so long as they do not interfere with the rights of others.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 3, 2009
How the Catholic Church Survives Social Progress In the 40-plus years since Vatican II, society has evolved, and most Catholics I know have changed with the times. A result is the large number of "cafeteria Catholics", who pick and choose which doctrines they will follow and which they will ignore.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 11, 2009
The Republicans and the Taliban: More alike than Rush will admit When Obama won the Nobel Prize, Rush Limbaugh pointed out that the Republicans "agree with the Taliban [...] that he doesn't deserve the award." And Limbaugh's words led me to realize that the Republican Party of today has more in common with the Taliban than just a belief that Obama doesn't deserve the Nobel Prize. In fact, the two groups share more views than Limbaugh would probably want to admit.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 24, 2010
Pope Condemns Gay Marriage But Covers Up Pedophilia So I guess it's OK to molest young boys as long as you don't try to marry them...
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 26, 2010
NJ Governor vs. Women's Health This is what happens when you have a conservative administration running a state government...
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 21, 2008
Will Racism Cost Obama the Election? Sadly, racism is still a factor in this year's presidential election, even here in the 21st century.
(109 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Why God Does Not Belong at Inaugurations Inauguration Day 2009 was almost perfect. However, I must take issue with the unnecessary religiosity of the occasion.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 2, 2010
How Christian Is the Pope, Really? The independent and foreign press have written much in the past about the current pope's ongoing cover-ups of clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Now the American mainstream media are finally catching on. But it's long overdue. So here is a history.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 5, 2010
Why Are We Still In Afghanistan? Obama described McChrystal's departure as "a change in personnel, not a change in policy." But is the unchanging policy really a good one?
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 23, 2007
Teenage Girl Dies So CIGNA Execs Can Get Richer This is not just a healthcare issue or a political issue. It is a human rights issue.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 11, 2011
The War On Planned Parenthood Is A War On Poor Women The war on Planned Parenthood is a threat to the health and wellbeing of low-income women everywhere...
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 25, 2010
If Republicans Win The stakes are too high to sit back and lick our wounds. The stakes are too high to refuse to fight the greater threat...
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 22, 2009
What's Thanksgiving Really All About? The Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner, but this year I am tempted to skip the festivities.
(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 6, 2010
Christian Hypocrisy in the GOP The Republicans in Washington keep talking about God and "values". They like to make it look like they are on the side of God...
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(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 3, 2013
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.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 12, 2010
Corporations Gone Wild (As Jefferson Warned Us) These days, the corporations are calling the shots.
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 2, 2012
Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Into Law On December 31, when most U.S. citizens were distracted with New Year's holiday plans, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law. This law authorizes the President of the United States to order the U.S. military to arrest and imprison terrorism suspects indefinitely, including U.S. citizens, without charging them or putting them on trial.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 11, 2009
Society, Politics, and the Overpopulation Problem I am writing this on July 11 -- World Population Day. And I am reflecting on the fact that the world's population continues to grow year after year, even though our planet and its resources remain finite.
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 1, 2008
America's Enduring Culture of Hate Hate and intolerance are alive and thriving, and in fact seem especially pronounced during this high-stakes election campaign season.
(32 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 27, 2010
Bradley Manning's Pre-Trial Punishment Manning's detention conditions, as described by his attorney, seem like harsh and cruel punishment even for the most violent, most dangerous convicted criminals. But Manning has not been convicted of any crime at this point.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 20, 2010
Amnesty International Responds to Wikileaks Controversy Amnesty International has released a Q&A on the Wikileaks matter and freedom of expression.
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 8, 2010
In Tea Party Address, Palin Stokes the Anti-Rights Fire On February 6th, Sarah Palin gave the keynote address at a tea party convention in Nashville. As expected, I disagreed with just about everything Palin said. However, there was one part of her speech in particular that really got my blood boiling: She propagated the lie that the would-be Christmas airline bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, stopped talking after he was read his Miranda rights.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 19, 2012
500 U.S. Deaths From Police Tasers; Amnesty Calls For Strict Guidelines The latest decedent was unarmed. And that is not uncommon...
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 4, 2011
The Two Faces of Barack Obama With President Obama running for a second term, I cannot help but wonder which Obama we will see as the reelection campaign heats up over the coming year.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 27, 2010
With Wikileaks, They Want To Shoot The Messenger Hiding the truth will not undo the damage. And the American people have a right to know how our tax dollars are being misused...
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 9, 2010
The Real Problem With Obama's Religion It seems to me that to question his religion is unconstitutional...
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 1, 2010
The Party of Thugs Very disturbing symptoms of a new culture of hatred and violence on the far right...
(24 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 3, 2008
New Jersey Assemblyman Says Blacks Should Thank the Lord For Slavery If not for slavery, Assemblyman Carroll tells us, they wouldn't be Americans.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 1, 2013
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."
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 10, 2010
Marriage vs. Civil Unions: Separate Is Never Equal Some opponents of same-sex marriage try to justify their discrimination by offering up civil unions as an alternative for gay couples who want to enjoy similar benefits. But they don't want to call it marriage. They want to maintain a heterosexual monopoly on the word "marriage". It's "separate but equal", they might say. But I contend that separate is never equal.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 26, 2008
Is Palin the New Bush? Will Sarah Palin run for president in 2012? Stranger things have happened, like the election of the similarly unqualified George W. Bush in 2000.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Big Brother Terrorizes More Activists It's like McCarthyism all over again...
(25 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 20, 2008
Powell's Endorsement: Redemption, Race, or Revenge? I see Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama as a step towards atoning for his support of the neocon agenda in the run-up to the Iraq war. Others apparently disagree.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 9, 2009
Bush Tortured Children, and America Yawns Influenced by the right-wing extremists, Americans have come to regard the perceived "enemy" as less than human. How else could they justify the killing and maiming of so many innocent civilian men, women, and children, and the torture of any human being, let alone a child?
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 25, 2012
American excess in perspective "It's the American way..."
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 29, 2008
Jail Instead of Rehab: Not Just for Grownups Anymore We routinely treat our misguided youth like fighting dogs -- throwing them into prisons where they can hone their criminal instincts, instead of rehabilitating them and giving them a fair chance at becoming productive, law-abiding, tax-paying adults.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 20, 2008
The Rick Warren Controversy and Barack's Bad Timing I understand and appreciate Obama's agenda of inclusiveness. But, in seeking inclusiveness for his inauguration ceremony, did he really have to include someone so divisive, who is himself against inclusion of the LGBT community in one of society's most revered institutions?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 29, 2012
In Abolishing the Death Penalty, Connecticut Joins the Civilized World This reflects a growing momentum to end capital punishment...
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 26, 2010
Arizona - The Hate State? In the past, I never imagined that Arizona was a state full of xenophobic right-wing extremists. But recent events seem to suggest that it is -- at least inside the State Capitol and law enforcement circles.
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 16, 2008
Revoke the Mormons' 501(c)(3) Status? Churches enjoy 501(c)(3) status as tax-exempt religious organizations. But with privilege comes responsibility. And so with 501(c)(3) status comes the obligation to refrain from most types of political activity.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 12, 2010
Nine Years After 9/11, Has Al-Qaeda Finally Won? Al-Qaeda got its holy war. George W. Bush got his crusade. And America has become more divided than it's been in decades...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The Far-Right Fringe: Armed, Bigoted, and Dangerous It was scary enough when some people showed up at town hall meetings last summer with loaded guns. But those seemed like isolated incidents. Now, however, even the unarmed tea partiers are resorting to more and more extreme displays of bigotry and hate.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 23, 2009
Yes, Senator, It IS Like a Banana Republic But not for the reasons that Senator Specter would think.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 28, 2007
Is God Running for President? We need to vote for candidates who will take their instructions not from some holy book, but rather from the Constitution.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 2, 2009
USA's Role In the Honduran Coup -- and How We Must Fix It Last weekend, a military coup in Honduras overthrew the democratically elected government of that Central American nation and sent President Manuel Zelaya into exile in Costa Rica. The coup was apparently led by Romeo Vasquez, a graduate of the notorious School of the Americas (SOA), a military/torture school located at Fort Benning, Georgia.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 9, 2013
October 10 is World Day Against the Death Penalty And what you can do.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 30, 2010
Will Ohio Execute An Innocent Man? It appears that there is reasonable doubt as to Kevin Keith's guilt...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 15, 2010
In Mumia Case, Judges Argue Penalty and Sidestep Justice As the judiciary reconsiders the penalty, many are questioning the legitimacy of the original trial that led to Abu-Jamal's conviction.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 24, 2008
Why Barack Obama Should Close the SOA An end to torture by the CIA means little if we are still teaching the techniques to those who would propagate the atrocities overseas with our assistance.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 23, 2010
Bush Got His Crusade Islamophobia has grown into a dangerous new culture war that threatens our national security.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 30, 2008
Deadly Consumerism How cheap really is that big TV if it costs you your soul?
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 13, 2010
Will California Execute an Innocent Man? Governor Schwarzenegger needn't play the Terminator in real life too.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 5, 2009
Texas Executes Innocent Man; Governor Impedes Investigation We recently learned that the State of Texas probably executed an innocent man. Then, last week, Governor Perry abruptly removed three members of the Texas Forensic Science Commission -- including the commission's chairman -- just two days before they were to meet to review the evidence.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 26, 2009
23 Years After Chernobyl, Nuclear Power is Still a Threat Where there are nuclear power plants, there is the risk of accidents that could pose a very serious threat to the population.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 23, 2012
One Year After Troy Davis, More Injustice On Death Row We as a society should be above that sort of thing.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 1, 2011
10 Great Progressive Moments of 2010 2010 was a wild ride. The year had its share of low points for progressives, like the reelection defeats of Senator Russ Feingold and Representative Alan Grayson, the scrapping of a single-payer health care option, Arizona's xenophobic new laws, and the extension of tax breaks for zillionaires. But the year also had some high points...
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 22, 2009
On Earth Day and Beyond: Say No to Plastic Bags Plastic bags are clogging up our environment and they are not going away. We don't need to add more bags to the problem.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 22, 2010
Santorum Continues Bashing Gays in the Military While Ignoring a Real Threat Former Senator Rick Santorum turned up at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and preached to the choir about the alleged dangers of allowing gays to openly serve in the military.
(32 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 15, 2009
Challenging the Right on National Health Care Whenever I advocate for universal single-payer health care for all Americans, the right-wingers flood my inbox with all the predictable myths.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The Trouble With Health "Insurance" Insurance companies are in business to make profits for their shareholders. And they are profiting from the suffering of others, often by denying payment for necessary medical treatment. That itself is incompatible with the core definition of health care.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 5, 2011
Jack Kevorkian Meant Well "Some people call Kevorkian a murderer and a monster. I call him compassionate..."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 1, 2007
What Does Labor Day Mean Today? The decline of workers' rights in a corporatocracy gone wild.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 29, 2010
U.S. Gets Human Rights Advice From the World On November 5, the United States had its first-ever formal evaluation under the Universal Period Review process before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 14, 2010
Did CIA Doctors Commit War Crimes for Bush? Not only were terrorism suspects tortured under the Bush administration, it now appears that they were used as human guinea pigs as well.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 23, 2008
Joe Biden: The Yang to Obama's Yin I don't think there could have been a "perfect" choice for Obama's VP slot, but then there never is. All things considered, I think Biden is probably the most solid choice we had this year.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 10, 2008
Politicians' Affairs, Double Standards, and Glass Houses Everywhere I never thought I'd find myself feeling thankful that John Edwards didn't win the Democratic nomination for this year's presidential election. But today I do, and not for the reasons you might think.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Virginia To Execute Accessory To Crime While Triggermen Got Life Sentences Aside from my categorical opposition to the death penalty, here are some reasons why I find the Teresa Lewis case particularly disturbing...
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 14, 2011
In War On Terror, Obama Is Bush Light We expected Obama to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay as promised and end the unfair military commission system there. But talk is cheap. And now it looks like we've been fooled.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 28, 2009
Is Sotomayor a threat to Roe v. Wade? Don't ask the NY Times. Reproductive choice is an important issue, and NARAL's concerns regarding Sotomayor should not be too readily dismissed. But it's worth taking some time to research the court cases behind their concern.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 18, 2009
Qahtani and the Case Against Torture Torture clearly does nothing to make us safer. It only makes us criminals.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 28, 2010
Your Humanitarian Work Could Land You in Jail SCOTUS disappoints again.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 2, 2010
Immigrants Have Human Rights Human rights groups weigh in on Arizona's controversial immigration law
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 21, 2013
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."
Edward Snowden NSA Whistleblower From Hong Kong To Moscow To Ecuador Pissing Off US, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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."
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 1, 2012
Freedom Of Religion Cannot Be Exclusive "What government is really interfering with is the right's ability to impose its own religious beliefs on those of us who believe differently. What the government is doing is what freedom is really all about..."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 1, 2009
Legislating Inequality: Last year in California, this year in Maine? If Question 1 passes on Tuesday, Maine -- like California -- will have legislated inequality. In a nation founded on the principle that all men are created equal, the law will now say that gays and lesbians are not so equal. It will officially define gays and lesbians as second-class citizens who are not entitled to equal rights in that state.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 24, 2009
The Irony of the "Socialist" Scare Now McCarthyism is back, but updated for today's times. It is a new McCarthyism. And this time the perceived threat is "socialism".
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 13, 2008
Is John McCain Still Trapped in Vietnam? We need a president who can learn from the past, not dwell on it -- or in it.
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 2, 2008
The Trouble With Nader As much as I appreciate the idealism of these third-party voters, the electoral process isn't set up to work in their favor. We've got a two-party system in which third-party votes are potential spoilers. But there is a way around this.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 9, 2008
One Step Forward, Three Steps Back On Election Day, tolerance in the USA took a huge step forward with the election of our first African-American president. On at least three other fronts, however, tolerance took a step backwards in a somewhat different direction.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 4, 2011
Troy Davis's Sister Succumbs to Cancer On December 1, Martina Davis Correia lost her long battle with breast cancer. Correia was the sister of Troy Davis, who was executed by the state of Georgia on September 21 amidst worldwide protest.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 7, 2011
Sick of Casey Anthony "Get a life, people..."
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 19, 2009
Of Course It's About Race A few days ago, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter noted that racism is likely responsible for much of the anti-Obama sentiment that has monopolized the media in recent weeks. That seems pretty clear to me, too.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The Supreme Court Is NOT Going To Abolish the Second Amendment Now that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Washington, D.C. gun ban case, some pro-gun extremists are falsely claiming that the Supreme Court is going to decide whether or not to "uphold the Second Amendment".
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 9, 2008
Maryland State Police Put Nonviolent Activists on Terror Lists This is America, where we once believed that only in a dictatorship or a police state would our right to dissent be stifled.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 16, 2011
US Gets Bad Marks in Amnesty International Annual Report "The United States of America got some bad marks again this year, primarily related to human rights violations in the 'war on terror' and our continued use of the death penalty..."
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 8, 2007
Global warming is a human rights issue It isn't just about polar bears and glaciers. It's about humanity.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 5, 2008
An American Awakening Barack Obama's overwhelming victory over John McCain is a sign that America has finally awoken from its fear-induced coma.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Rights Groups React to Bradley Manning Verdict "U.S. policy is to shoot the proverbial messenger."
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 12, 2012
Is Kony 2012 The Right Thing To Do? "Through the Kony 2012 campaign, IC hopes to raise [Joseph] Kony's profile worldwide in hopes of finding him and bringing him to justice. And opinions on this tactic are diverse..."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 8, 2010
The Child Soldier and Gitmo's Kangaroo Court This is America in the age of the "war on terror", where human rights no longer seem to apply.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 4, 2010
What If Hillary Were President? I threw this question out to my Facebook and Twitter followers...
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 3, 2010
Kevorkian vs. Death Panels: There Is a Huge Difference He's back: Dr. Jack Kevorkian, aka "Dr. Death" - advocate for euthanasia and assisted suicide, or what many of us see as the right of terminally ill patients to choose a quick and dignified death over a painful, lingering one.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 16, 2012
21st Century Racism The racist roots of our national chaos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 19, 2010
A Lesson On the Oklahoma Bombing Anniversary April 19, 2010, marks the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, in which 168 people died (including 19 young children) and more than 680 people were injured. Crazed Muslims? Actually, no...
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Lou Dobbs Undermines CNN's Credibility With Fox News tilted firmly to the right and MSNBC leaning more and more to the left, CNN is commonly regarded as the more moderate, more balanced cable news alternative. And that generally seems to be the case, with a couple of exceptions, the most glaring of which is Lou Dobbs.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 28, 2011
This Is What Democracy Looks Like Around the world, the frustration of ordinary people with the economy, unemployment, corruption, and repression has reached critical mass...
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Jim Webb's DADT Mistake To my disappointment, a lone Democrat in the Senate Committee -- Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, a Vietnam veteran -- opposed the act to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", citing Pentagon reluctance.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 26, 2014
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."
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 19, 2012
Vladimir Putin and the Crime of Dissent "Russia may have made some steps forward towards social progress since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but it seems that President Vladimir Putin is doing everything he can to crack down on political dissent. And the new poster girls for this oppression are members of the feminist punk rock group p*ssy Riot."
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 18, 2011
Oil, Water, and America's Price Priorities "Why the double standard?"
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 19, 2006
Gitmo Suicides: U.S. reputation goes down another notch or two After 9/11, we had the whole world on our side. We trashed it.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 9, 2010
Another Murder Victim's Family Opposes Death Penalty Not all families are thirsty for revenge...
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 7, 2011
More Torture Unpunished Torture with impunity seems to be a recurring theme in this once-great nation these days...
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For International Women's Day, The True Recipe For Equality While women's rights have advanced considerably in a world of still mostly patriarchal cultures, we nevertheless have a long way to go to achieve true equality.
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Extreme Right-Wing Symbolism Sparks More Violence Violence begets violence. And so does violent symbolism...
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They Are All Accountable For Torture Spain might not prosecute the "Bush Six" because they didn't participate in the torture. And Obama will not prosecute those who did. So which approach is correct? In my opinion, neither.
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Interfaith Coalition Urges Politicians to Stop Playing the Religion Card If you've been following the 2012 presidential campaign season at all, you're probably aware that religion is playing a big part in it...
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Sarah Barracuda Flirts with Violence Is Palin inciting violence, or merely choosing her words carelessly? In either case, it's inexcusable.
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With Health Care, Don't Let The Perfect Be The Enemy Maybe the more radical progressives who condemn the Senate health care bill should take a step back and look at the big picture.
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The Real Problem with Traitor Joe's Chairmanship While I admit that my anger with Joe Lieberman's continued chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security Committee is partially due to a desire for vengeance (which, in this case, I prefer to think of as justice), I also have a far more pragmatic reason to oppose this decision by the Senate Dems.
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Did Texas Execute Yet Another Innocent Man? A recent study by the Columbia Human Rights Law Review suggests that Carlos DeLuna, who was executed by the state of Texas in 1989 for the murder of Wanda Lopez, was actually innocent.
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In Terror Prosecution Cases, Justice Does Not Mean Convictions President Obama now faces an important choice: Appeasing the right vs. doing what's right...
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What Would George Washington Think? On this Presidents' Day holiday, I wonder what George Washington would think of the current state of affairs in this country he helped to found.
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Rendition Prosecuted Abroad While U.S. Courts Do Nothing "The United States shouldn't need a foreign court to distinguish right from wrong."
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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."
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Lesbian Couple Sues VT Inn For Discrimination; Inn Cries Misunderstanding "It seems that lawsuits are never simple, and there are always at least two sides..."
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Hillary Raises the Stakes on Human Trafficking Fortunately, the Obama administration is aware of the problem and appears to be making a solid effort to address it...
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In Auto Bailout, Don't Make Workers Pay the Price for Corporate Greed Workers' salaries are a drop in the bucket compared to what the CEOs have been raking in. And it's management's greed-inspired business practices that got us into this mess. So why does labor have to make the concessions?
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U.S. Women Should be Grateful for Obama The Obama administration will be much kinder and fairer to women than a McCain administration would have. In fact, that's already been proven.
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The New GOP: Civility Optional Today's GOP is no longer the party of Lincoln, the party of Eisenhower, or even the party of Reagan. Today's so-called conservatives are anything but conservative in their seemingly desperate displays of anti-Obama sentiment. Indeed, their behavior in 2009 makes their 2004 anti-Kerry chants of "flip-flop" seem almost charming by comparison.
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Jihad Blondes Prove Racial Profiling a Waste of Time Will the cases of Jihad Jane and Jihad Jamie finally convince the knee-jerk, race-obsessed folks on the far right (and their pliant followers) that terrorism is not synonymous with brown skin or an exotic accent?
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Remembering My Encounter With Fred Phelps "I took advantage of an opportunity to confront Phelps in person - in public..."
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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?"
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Clearing Up Myths About the Employee Free Choice Act The corporate world is twisting the facts to try to scare workers, the public, and Congress into opposing the Employee Free Choice Act.
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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.
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The Truth About Tort Reform In reality, it's not about the trial lawyers. It's about the legal rights of everyday people who suddenly find themselves victims of preventable medical errors.
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Is California's new "pain-free" lethal injection protocol even less humane? The new drug protocol calls for LESS of the pain-killing drug.
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What You Can Do For the Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls You can help them with just a few clicks.
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Ed Rendell Leaves Office With Mixed Signals On Death Penalty One of his last acts in office was to issue orders to kill six people under a broken system that he concurrently criticized...
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It's an Option, Stupid Debunking the right-wing arguments against a public health care option.
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Water: Commodity or Human Right? I am writing this on March 22, World Water Day. And I am thinking about how spoiled we Americans are. We use and abuse our natural resources without giving it a second thought.
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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.
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Working the Sarah Palin Puzzle Why did McCain choose Sarah Palin as his running mate? And will it work?
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Oregon Governor Rightly Suspends Death Penalty On November 22, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced that he would allow no more executions through the end of his time in office.
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Kevin Keith's Death Sentence Commuted This is a case in which public pressure likely made the difference...
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Why Illinois Governor Should Sign Death Penalty Abolition Bill Clearly, the death penalty does not represent justice. It represents revenge -- sometimes misdirected revenge.
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Girls Taken From Polygamist Ranch: Kidnap or Rescue? In normal society, when it is discovered that a child is being abused at the hands of her parents, the authorities intervene, if the child is lucky, and the child is removed from the abusive environment. The recent activity at the FLDS compound is no different.
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Why the U.S. is Not a Democracy As voters, we like to believe that we play a significant role in our government's affairs by more-or-less directly choosing who will represent us in Washington. But, with few exceptions, the men and women in Washington do not represent the voters. Instead, they represent the special interests which have the money to influence the voters at election time.
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Lies, Money, And The Fate Of Our Liberty Thomas Jefferson once wrote, "Convinced that the people are the only safe depositories of their own liberty, and that they are not safe unless enlightened to a certain degree..."
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Another Problem With the Voter ID Law This primary test run showed me another problem with the new law...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 7, 2010
Can Roe Survive? Roe v. Wade is established law in the United States of America. But that isn't stopping some states from trying to undermine it...
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Overseas Outsourcing: You Get What You Pay For Remember the American dream? It's looking more and more as though it, too, has been outsourced.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 17, 2011
What MLK Would See Today I wonder how the Reverend Dr. King would feel about today's American politics if he were still alive...
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Santorum Defends Malpractice Senator Santorum is apparently too busy pandering for votes from the physicians' associations to care about the real problems at the core of the malpractice issue.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Will Alabama Execute an Innocent Man? Why does Governor Riley refuse to order a DNA test that could either prove Tommy Arthur's innocence or confirm his guilt?
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I Blame You for the Snowstorms "And yes, I blame myself as well..."
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Alleged Child Soldier On Trial At Gitmo This is the first trial before a military commission under the Obama administration.
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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."
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American Bar Association Finds Death Penalty Seriously Flawed Justice isn't served, it's mocked.
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Republican For the Wrong Reasons In choosing a party affiliation, I believe that it's important to consider what each party really stands for.
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GOP Misleads on Health Care Bureaucracy This is the difference between the Democrats, who want to promote the well-being of ordinary Americans, and the Republicans, who only want to please their corporate donors.
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Gov. Richardson to Decide Future of Death Penalty in NM On March 13, the New Mexico Senate voted to repeal the death penalty in that state. This action follows a corresponding vote in the New Mexico House of Representatives in February. The bill is now on its way to Governor Richardson's desk. And, unfortunately, he appears to be on the fence.
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No, We're Not On a Road to Communism The Democrats do not think all business are evil. And the Democrats don't want the government to take over all businesses. We just see this current recession as an example of the problems that can result from unregulated business run amok.
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In Trying 9/11 Suspects, Holder Gets It Right and Wrong Prosecuting 9/11 suspects in federal court is a good idea. Seeking the death penalty is not.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 6, 2010
Dems Must Make Jobs The Message For far too many Americans, there wasn't much to celebrate this Labor Day holiday...
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Musicians Ask Obama to Ban Music Torture Peter Gabriel and other musicians have sent a letter to President Obama asking him to ban the use of music by U.S. military interrogators.
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Rights Groups Call For Investigation Of Israeli Attack On Flotilla Israel says that its troops were acting in self-defense. But dozens of human rights groups aren't so sure, and are calling for an investigation...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 17, 2010
BP Needs a New Logo I used to think that BP was rare among oil companies, because its ads expressed a concern for the environment, and the company was allegedly also working on alternative energy sources... But then my bubble burst...
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Jefferson is Spinning "As I write this on the July 4th holiday, 2012, it occurs to me that Thomas Jefferson is surely spinning in his grave..."
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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?"
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Will Rick Perry Kill Another Innocent Man? Texas governor and Republican presidential contender Rick Perry has faced criticism from the left (and applause from the right) for his heavy-handed use of the death penalty. And Perry has said that he loses no sleep over the possibility that he may have executed an innocent man. This is despite the fact that it appears that Perry has done just that - and could very likely do it again very soon.
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Dawn Johnsen Is a Victim of the War on Terror On April 9, Dawn Johnsen, President Obama's nominee to lead the Office of Legal Council (OLC), withdrew her nomination. Her nomination had been in various stages of limbo for more than a year.
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Obama Puts Science Back in Government We finally have a guy in the White House who respects science and appreciates its benefits to society.
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No True Justice for the West Memphis Three Now the DNA evidence exists that casts reasonable doubt as to their guilt. Why then were they forced to acknowledge otherwise...?
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Shirley Sherrod Was Presumed Guilty No hearing, no trial, just immediate execution. Bam! You're fired!...
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Obama's New Year's Resolutions (in my dreams) s far as I can tell, the White House has not released President Obama's list of resolutions for 2010. So I offer the following resolutions for him to consider, unlikely as they are to be adopted.
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In Death Row Case, Supreme Court Came Through But Texas Remains Guilty On March 24, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of execution for Texas death row inmate Hank Skinner. The stay will allow the Court more time to consider Skinner's civil rights claim that he is entitled to DNA testing which he believes will prove his innocence. The news came just one hour before Skinner was to be strapped to the gurney.
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Why I Oppose the Inquirer Boycott The Philadelphia Inquirer has hired John Yoo as a regular columnist. Some have called for a boycott of the paper. But I'm not sure I agree with them.
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No Easy Execution, Just An Illusion Of It As humankind evolves, we try to find less gruesome ways of executing our criminals. It makes us feel more civilized...
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Rudy, 9/11, and a Nation Tired of the Terrorism Hype Pundits are blaming Giuliani's bad primary results on the fact that he didn't bother to court the early primary states. But I'm hoping that there's another explanation.
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Is Nancy Pelosi Complicit in Torture? It appears that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Dem leaders had been briefed about the use of waterboarding, rendition, and other crimes against humanity, but did not object. In fact, they may have actually encouraged it.
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40 Years After Stonewall, Still a Long Way to Go I am writing this on June 28, 2009 -- the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York's Greenwich Village in 1969, which marked the beginning of the LGBT rights movement here in the U.S. While some progress has certainly been made, we as a society still have a long way to go in this newest civil rights movement.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 12, 2010
Dangerous Coal, Neglected Lives Not only is coal mining hazardous to the workers, it is also deadly to the planet and the population at large.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 21, 2011
Another Murder Victim's Parent Speaks Out Against Death Penalty Not all families are thirsty for revenge...
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Teachers vs. Rock Stars Why do we freely spend so much more on our children's entertainment than we do on their education?
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Hamdan Case Exemplifies Bush's Failure in the "War on Terror" For all of Bush's tough talk in the "war on terror", this is what he's got to show for it -- bin Laden's driver, who may be free in 5 months.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 28, 2009
Enough in Afghanistan! October 7 will mark the eighth anniversary of George W. Bush's invasion of Afghanistan. And what have we accomplished there in those eight years? Nothing to be proud of, really.
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Redact O'Reilly I suspect that Bill O'Reilly fails to see the irony in his attacks on Brian DePalma's new film, "Redacted".
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Can Edwards Recover Like Clinton? "Somehow I cannot envision a similar rebound on Edwards's part..."
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 19, 2007
Might Higher Oil Prices Be a Good Thing? If you can't appeal to the conscience, maybe you have to appeal to the wallet.
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11 Years Later, Gitmo Injustice Continues "It's an atrocity that Obama inherited, but now he owns it."
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Human Rights Watch Condemns Sentencing of Saudi Gang-Rape Victim (Where's George Bush?) Saudi Arabia sentences a rape victim to 200 lashes
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Rights Groups Weigh In On Mubarak Resignation This is an impressive victory for the grassroots, but the hard work of building a new government now begins...
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 3, 2009
GOP Hypocrisy on Health Care In the case of nationalized health care, Republicans like to warn the sheep that such a program would result in bureaucrats deciding what kinds of treatment you can and cannot have. But that is exactly what we're dealing with today!
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Coming To Terms With Obama's FISA Vote Disappointing as the FISA sellout may be, we must keep in mind that this election is about more than just one issue.
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Why Hillary's Extremists Must Support Barack Obama Some of Sen. Clinton's staunchest supporters are still threatening to vote for McCain over Obama. Here is why they must not.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 12, 2007
When a Hate Crime Can't Be Called a Hate Crime Why do hate crimes sometimes merit lesser sentences than "regular" crimes of the same nature?
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Bono Speaks Out Against Torture -- And Gets Censored Bono's comments against torture are missing from the official video of his Liberty Medal acceptance speech.
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Darfur: Why Should We Care? Life is about more than just you.
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The Red Mass vs. the U.S. Constitution Does the annual "Red Mass" violate the Constitution's separation of Church and State?
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Will Maryland See a More Enlightened Justice System? A recent report by the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment found numerous flaws in that state's use of the death penalty.
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Why the Torture Photos Should Be Released The Obama administration continues trying to block the release of some additional photos of detainee abuse. The excuse? They say exposing the photos could incite anti-American violence in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. They seem to forget that we're already seeing anti-American violence in those countries. And they seem to forget why.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 2, 2006
Jesus vs George George W. Bush won two presidential elections by playing the religion card. But is Bush a true Christian?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 5, 2008
Why Obama Must Commit to Cluster Munitions Ban According to a study by Handicap International, 98 percent of cluster bomb victims are civilians and 27 percent are children.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 21, 2006
22,000 Show Up to Protest U.S. Torture School The school's name has changed, but not its curriculum of torture.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 25, 2007
What's Christmas Like in Iraq? Our troops must spend another Christmas thousands of miles away from their families. And George W. Bush deserves a big lump of coal.
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Execution and Apathy Apparently, most Americans care more about the sex lives of celebrities than the injustices that are being funded by our tax dollars.
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Does OJ Really Matter? I shouldn't give a damn about O.J. Simpson, just like I shouldn't give a damn about Britney Spears or Paris Hilton. Neither should you.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 31, 2008
RNC, Gustav, and NOLA -- Oh My! Bush and Cheney have canceled their appearances at the Republican National Convention, which begins tomorrow, because of "mounting concerns about Hurricane Gustav." Call me a cynic but I think it's just PR.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 14, 2009
Love is love. Period. Deal with it. Love is something to be celebrated, not judged by strangers.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 10, 2007
Steak shortage is good for the environment (and good for you) Save the environment: Be a Prius-driving vegetarian! (Seriously.)
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 11, 2008
Spoiled Americans Fail the Green Test It will take more than a movie and a rock concert to force Americans to be more environmentally responsible.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 25, 2007
Senate Confirms a Bigot as U.S. Circuit Judge "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..." -- except in Judge Southwick's court.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 2, 2009
Good News, Bad News on Sex Ed Funding By pandering to the religious right by funding abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, the Senate Finance Committee is, in effect, trying to forcibly impose an extreme and dangerous set of moral beliefs onto the rest of us who may or may not agree.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 4, 2009
Good and Bad Developments in the Cable News Wars It's funny how the cable news networks so often become the news topics themselves. And this was a big week for that kind of "news news" -- some good, some bad.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 14, 2009
Rights Groups Call For Justice Department Probe Into Mumia Abu-Jamal Case How can true closure be achieved unless we are absolutely certain that justice was served in a fair and unbiased manner?
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The First Thanksgiving: Prelude to Genocide This Thanksgiving, let's not ignore the plight of Native Americans.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 23, 2007
Bush Blackmails Congress and Threatens to Fire Civilian Military Workers And, of course, he will say it's all Congress's fault.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 11, 2008
9/11 Became an Excuse I am so tired of the politics of fear and lying. And when it's done in the name of 9/11, it dishonors those who lost their lives in the attacks.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 31, 2007
Top 10 Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories of 2007 Each year, the group Doctors Without Borders publishes a list of the top 10 most underreported humanitarian stories. Here is this year's list.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 27, 2007
Verizon Wireless Rejects Pro-Choice Text Messages Verizon Wireless executives decide what kinds of text messages you can receive.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Rendition Movie is Not Fiction Amnesty International speaks out about the ugly truths that this new movie depicts.
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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..."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 27, 2010
On DADT repeal, 2 Steps Forward, 2 or 3 Steps Back There have been some interesting developments lately for gay men and lesbians who bravely want to serve this nation in the military...
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 16, 2007
Speak English Or Starve: The Philly Cheesesteak Saga Continues Philadelphia holds a hearing on the infamous "Speak English" sign that hangs in a popular cheesesteak shop.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 20, 2009
Bush Is to Blame for Afghan Voting Problems August 20 is presidential election day in Afghanistan. And if you think voter intimidation is a problem in some urban neighborhoods here in the U.S., you ain't seen nothin' like they're seeing in Afghanistan.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 2, 2009
More War But Still No Jobs It sounds as though President Obama plans to keep us in Afghanistan through most, if not all, of his first term. Is this really the best use of our resources?
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 20, 2008
Patriotism or Jingoism? There's the war, the economy, and so much more at stake. But the media would rather talk about flag pins.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Addict Doctors are Still Allowed to Practice (Even Surgery) A patient's safety should be more important than protecting the doctor's privacy and reputation.
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 18, 2008
No, George, Diplomacy Is Not Appeasement And diplomacy has not been repeatedly discredited by history. In fact, diplomacy is what has made possible today's modern globalized civil society, imperfect though it may be.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Only Humans Should Suffer: The End-of-Life Double Standard Why do we treat our dying animals with more mercy than we give our dying people?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 15, 2007
New Jersey Abolishes the Death Penalty, and the Colosseum Lights Up in Tribute This past week, New Jersey joined the civilized world and became the first state to abolish the death penalty since the Supreme Court reinstated it as a sentencing option back in 1976. And Rome has a dramatic celebration planned.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 27, 2009
Rights Groups Mourn the Loss of Ted Kennedy Human rights and civil rights groups are mourning the death of their staunch ally Senator Edward ("Ted") Kennedy.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 22, 2007
Gonzales's Long Record of Lawlessness If the federal prosecutor scandal is what finally calls Alberto Gonzales to accountability, then it's a positive step towards restoring true justice in the U.S. But we must not lose sight of Gonzales's other offenses, and he should be held accountable for all of them.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 30, 2006
No, George, that's not why they hate us. It's not about democracy, and it's not about our freedom.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 24, 2005
Celebrating Gluttony While Children Starve While we were stuffing ourselves on Thanksgiving, millions of children went hungry right here in the U.S.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 25, 2008
The Pros and Cons of an Obama-Clinton Ticket I cannot quite decide whether an Obama-Clinton ticket in November would be a good thing or a bad thing.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 10, 2009
From Lincoln to Limbaugh Rush Limbaugh is the new unofficial head of the floundering Republican Party. This is quite the de-evolution of the party of Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, which once was much more concerned with issues of conscience.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 29, 2007
Whistleblower Exposes Even More Corruption and Injustice at Gitmo You just can't win. They'll keep trying you until you're declared guilty, no matter how innocent you are.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 14, 2007
Obama Blows It With "Kingdom on Earth" Comment While I am bothered by the fact that the Republicans have in recent decades cornered the market on religious votes in this country, it bothers me even more to see Democrats recklessly using religion to demonstrate that they can be holy too.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 14, 2008
Appeals Court Rules That Gitmo Detainees Are Not "Persons" (And That Torture Is To Be Expected) A federal appeals court threw out a suit by four British Muslims who allege that they were tortured and subjected to religious abuse at Gitmo.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Murder Victims' Families Call for Worldwide Moratorium on the Death Penalty Proponents of the death penalty often cite the victims' families. But that's not about justice, it's about revenge.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 25, 2007
In the world of racism, is brown the new black? Racial profiling did not work in the war on drugs, and it will not work in the war on terror.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 4, 2007
Why Bush Needs Bin Laden Bin Laden is the face of al-Qaeda. And as long as al-Qaeda has a face, Bush can keep us -- and Congress -- scared and compliant.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 5, 2005
When the American Dream Becomes a Nightmare Why workers' rights are crucial to the strength of American society
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Philadelphia Boy Scouts Must Pay For Their Bigotry The city will no longer give the Cradle of Liberty Council a free building subsidized by tax dollars.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 9, 2009
Strategic Negotiation is Not Appeasement The media are abuzz with the news that President Obama acknowledges that we are not winning the war in Afghanistan and is thinking about reaching out to moderate elements of the Taliban. And the right-wingers are jumping all over it. To them, it's proof that Obama likes to pal around with terrorists.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 7, 2007
Amnesty Speaks Out on the 25th Anniversary of Lethal Injection Back then, some believed that lethal injection would be a more humane alternative to the electric chair. Recent evidence suggests, however, that this is not the case.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 25, 2007
The Real Gay Agenda Equality is really all they want. Simple equality.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 25, 2007
Just another rubber-stamp Congress? Last evening, Congress voted for the wishes of George W. Bush over the wishes of the American people.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 29, 2006
In Memory of Our Fallen Troops - In Good Wars and Bad Regardless of the war they happen to be fighting, our troops deserve our full support.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 10, 2006
Where Have All the Journalists Gone? Today’s American mainstream media are biased in favor of entertainment over acumen.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 12, 2011
New SCOTUS Decision In Abu-Jamal Case Is Good, But Not Enough The drama continues in the case of America's most famous living death row prisoner...
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Huckabee Wants to "Amend the Constitution" to "God's Standards" Of course, Huckabee will surely put himself in charge of determining God's standards.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Rights Groups Speak Out On Egyptian Protests Human rights groups have been weighing in on the protests, defending the people's right to demonstrate, and condemning what appears to be unnecessary violence against the protesters...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 12, 2007
Bush Administration Defies the U.N. Committee on Torture The world sees us as torturers. And the world sees us as not wanting to do anything to change that. King George is above the law.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 10, 2011
Gitmo is Staying Open, No Matter What the Cost Congress has seen to that. And so has Obama...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 8, 2007
The Mumia Case: What Is True Justice? As long as the outstanding questions remain unanswered, justice has not been served.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 30, 2012
Two New Year's Resolutions for the State of Arkansas "I propose two New Year's resolutions for the state of Arkansas: 1. Fully exonerate the West Memphis Three. 2. Reopen the case and find the real killer(s). The world will be watching..."
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 25, 2009
Multitask, Mr. President When it comes to the torture issue, and the prosecution of those responsible for it, Obama says he wants to look forward, not backward. He suggests that using time and resources to pursue justice against the torturers might impede his administration's ambitious agenda. To that I say: Multitask, Mr. President.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 4, 2007
For Black History Month: Lessons Not Learned Have we really learned enough from the horrible mistake of slavery?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 12, 2007
Beijing Olympics: To Boycott or Not? For the U.S. to boycott the Games would be the height of hypocrisy, and the world knows it.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 12, 2006
No Justice for the Exonerated Sometimes the innocent suffer a harsher punishment than the guilty.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 16, 2007
Gonzo given even more power over life and death Should Attorney General Gonzales have the power to speed up death penalty cases around the country?
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 23, 2007
A Challenge to the U.S. Senate: If the troops must forego R and R, so should you. Since our senators feel that time off for the troops isn't so necessary, maybe they should forego their own vacations.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 21, 2007
Senate Votes Against Free Speech In passing a resolution condemning MoveOn.org's criticism of General Petraeus, the U.S. Senate has passed a resolution against freedom of speech.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 12, 2007
Have we reached a real turning point on the Iraq issue? Two recent developments might suggest that this is so.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Chertoff: Screw the Environment, We Need to Keep the Mexicans Out How many Mexicans were on those planes on 9/11? Enough worth trashing the environment, according to Chertoff.
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 6, 2008
Promoting Equality = Buying Into the "Homosexual Agenda"? According to Rev. Don Wildmon of the American Family Association, discrimination is right, and equality is wrong.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 15, 2005
700 Women Congress must renew the Violence Against Women Act, due to expire this month.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 12, 2008
U.S. Military to Seek Death Penalty in Gitmo's Kangaroo Court I have long held that the death penalty is about revenge, not justice. And, in the hands of the corrupt and biased U.S. military tribunal system at Guantanamo, it's of particular concern for a number of reasons.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 13, 2013
Jeanne Manford, PFLAG Founder, RIP "I was saddened to learn of the recent death of Jeanne Manford, founder of an organization that eventually grew to become Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)..."
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Senate Judiciary Committee endorses "Torture Boy II" for AG; Senate needs a wake-up call They could do better. This country deserves better.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 28, 2008
Why Do The Republicans Oppose Fair Pay? According to the current law upheld last year by the Supreme Court, you have to be a mind reader or else accept lower wages than your white male colleagues receive. And that is fine with the Republicans, including John McCain.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 1, 2006
What Would Jefferson Think? Now, more than ever, patriotic Americans must stand up for the principles set forth by our Founding Fathers.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 21, 2007
Bush Threatens World War Three - With Nukes Again Bush exaggerates the truth to justify war on an unarmed nation. And, as a lame duck cowboy with nukes, he's got nothing to lose.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 15, 2008
Bush Says His Tax Cuts Have Worked Even as he admitted that we are going through a challenging time, Bush had the nerve to tell an audience this week that his economic strategy has worked.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 1, 2007
A Message for World AIDS Day from the UNHCHR On World AIDS Day, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reminds us that HIV/AIDS is a human rights issue.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 25, 2008
Hasn't McCain Done Enough for the Economy? John McCain is seeking to postpone Friday's debate in order to focus on the financial crisis. OK, so he is incapable of multitasking. But that is not my biggest concern.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 11, 2007
Dennis Kucinich Is Not A Joke It seems like the only time we hear about Dennis Kucinich is when the talking heads make fun of him.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 24, 2008
In Politics, Sex Sells The mass media's tabloid-like emphasis on a possible romantic relationship between John McCain and a female lobbyist seems to have distracted a lot of people from the real issue -- one of ethics and the corruption that so often takes place in Washington when politicians and lobbyists get too friendly.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 3, 2007
When Rights and Rules Collide Human rights always trump religious or civil laws.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 20, 2007
Senate Puts Another Nail in the Habeas Corpus Coffin On Wednesday, the Senate Republicans, with help from Joe Lieberman, voted against an essential human right -- the right to due process.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 5, 2007
Tell Congress to Choose Children Over Bush It's time for Congress to grow a backbone and stand up for some true American values, like taking care of our kids.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 9, 2007
Romney Says You Can't Have Freedom Without Religion On Thursday, December 6, Mitt Romney told us that freedom requires religion. What does that say to an agnostic like me?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 11, 2005
Let the sun set on the PATRIOT Act One very troubling aspect of the "war on terror" is the USA PATRIOT Act, which has the potential to seriously erode our basic human rights and civil liberties.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 7, 2008
South Pasadena vs. Freedom of Speech South Pasadena sees cussing as a threat to its reputation for civility. But what is true civility?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 2, 2007
A Very Expensive Quagmire There is no easy solution to the ongoing fiasco in Iraq; but staying there will not fix the problems.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 25, 2007
Bush, Musharraf, and the Meaning of Democracy George W. Bush recently expressed his support for General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, and called him a friend of democracy, even after Musharraf declared martial law and imprisoned his political opponents.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 8, 2006
The Right-Wing War on Women With conservative men in the majority in politics, it's easy and convenient to legislate control over women.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 22, 2007
This Year's Thanksgiving List This year, these are some of the things I am grateful for.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 15, 2007
A vote for Bush was a vote for the terrorists We know now that Bush's promises to keep us safe and effectively combat terrorism were no more credible than his promise to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 8, 2005
Bush's Torture Scapegoat Lynndie England takes the fall for the Bush administration's torture policies
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 17, 2008
John McCain Sells His Soul to the Base What happened to the John McCain who historically worked in a bipartisan way to legislate against torture and other forms of cruel and degrading treatment of detainees?
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 20, 2007
Kucinich: SCHIP Bill Fails To Provide Health Coverage For Legal Immigrant Children Is it better to cover some kids rather than none?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Is Iran Just One Year Away From a Nuclear Bomb? And is this the excuse Bush needs?
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 19, 2008
Does Obama Need A Running Mate With War Clout? Too many people mistakenly believe that McCain can keep them safer. So I've been wondering if it might help if Obama were to select a running mate with some war clout.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 4, 2007
Bush Chooses War and Tobacco Company Profits Over Children's Health Care No empathy, no compassion. Just war and greed.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 6, 2005
Bush's War on Veterans Will Bush make another statement of hypocrisy this Veteran’s Day?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 12, 2006
Lessons from Dubai It appears that the Dubai Ports World controversy is dying a welcome death. And our future depends on the lessons learned.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 6, 2007
Is Human Decency Unconstitutional? A reader questions the constitutionality of health care.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 13, 2005
Santorum Calls the Kettle Black Until Santorum and his ilk stop projecting and start looking at the real issues at stake, we will never be safe from terrorism.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Human Rights Watch Speaks Out on the Crisis in Pakistan The organization calls on the Bush administration to end its support for Pakistan's military government.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 10, 2007
Six Years of What? This week, we mark the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. And where do we stand?
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 3, 2006
No Blood for Bling Did someone have to die for your diamond?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Are Heterosexuals Really the Best Parents? Are Britney and K-Fed really better parents than the loving, stable gay couple down the street?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 16, 2006
Global Warming - Bush Deals the World a Death Sentence Hard data are now confirming that global warming is a real and serious threat. But George W. Bush will not let that fact interfere with corporate profits.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 2, 2007
Did Larry Craig Resign for the Wrong Reasons? Can we really afford to waste time worrying about the sex lives of our politicians?
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 13, 2008
Obama Was Right About Some Small Towns While Obama's words surely don't apply to every person in every small town in America, they apply to the world I grew up in and the world with which I still have some contact.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 17, 2007
Will Bush's New AG Nominee Respect Our Constitutional Rights? I did a little digging into Michael B. Mukasey's background. My findings have left me uncomfortable.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 6, 2008
Minorities and the American Electorate Recent developments suggest that America might finally be ready to elect an African-American or female president.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 8, 2006
Stealing Christmas? If there really is a war on Christmas, a quick trip to the local shopping mall should convince any skeptic that Christmas has surely won that battle.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 16, 2008
Obama's Pastor Problem and the Lessons Learned I am a staunch supporter of freedom of speech, so why do I find Rev. Wright's comments inappropriate? The answer is simple: Because they were said from the pulpit.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 5, 2008
From Bad to Worse? China to Switch From Firing Squads to Lethal Injection for Executions Can any form of execution really be considered humane?
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 21, 2006
The Other Pro-Choice Movement Why do we treat our dying pets with more mercy than we treat our dying people?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 8, 2007
Why I Oppose the Draft The case against using our tax dollars to force more American kids into Iraq
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 9, 2007
No truth, no consequences With Scooter's commutation, the reign of impunity continues.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 7, 2005
Fire and Water Hurricane Katrina was more than just a natural disaster. No "act of God" could be so cruel.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 14, 2008
In Pennsylvania, Race is Still a Voter Issue Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has come under fire recently for suggesting that some Pennsylvanians "are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate" for President. Sadly, he is correct.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 26, 2006
Abu Ghraib in Our Own Backyard Prisoner abuse is rampant in our U.S. prison systems.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 28, 2007
The Bhutto Assassination: A Human Rights Perspective With the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the human rights community has lost a strong and steadfast ally.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Privacy Redefined: Big Brother Comes to America The Bush administration redefined torture. And now they're redefining privacy.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 4, 2006
Senator Frist's Twisted Priorities Are flag burning and gay marriage really this nation’s most pressing concerns?
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 18, 2007
Rendition/Torture Surviver Maher Arar to Testify Before Congress Today Please contact your members of Congress and demand justice for Maher Arar.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 13, 2007
Former Critic of Military Tribunals is Now the Chief Judge at Gitmo I guess they paid him enough to cross over to the dark side.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 10, 2007
Eyewitness Report: Another Kangaroo Court Hearing at Gitmo An Amnesty International observer reports on the third attempt at arraigning Omar Khadr.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Bushies Grant Immunity to Blackwater War Criminals No justice for Iraqi civilian deaths.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 15, 2007
Gitmo SOP Manual Leaked A whistleblower has leaked a 238-page manual outlining the standard operating procedures for the prison at Guantanamo. And it covers some pretty familiar techniques, like using stress positions and dogs to break the prisoners.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Is Kucinich the Only Courageous Member of Congress? Dennis Kucinich's renewed efforts to impeach Dick Cheney will go nowhere. But at least he has the courage to try.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 16, 2007
Democratic Diversity On the Democratic side, we have a Latino, an African American, and a woman running for president. On the Republican side, all white men.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 26, 2007
George W. Bush is Not Pro-Life If your policies cause needless killing and suffering, then you are not pro-life.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 1, 2007
Bush Wants To Be the New Thought Police Bush may attack Iran not only for what he thinks they do, but also for what he thinks they know.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 22, 2007
NASA Refuses to Disclose Air Safety Survey Results Ignorance is bliss. And, in that ignorance, people will continue to buy airline tickets.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 14, 2007
Bush Again Chooses Tobacco Over Children This is Bush's "culture of life".
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 29, 2007
My Redeployment Epiphany We had our chances to rebuild Iraq. We blew it. Enough is enough.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 13, 2006
Victims of Fear Post-9/11 caution can too easily turn into knee-jerk paranoia.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 3, 2007
Pipe Bomb Found at Arizona Nuclear Plant, But Officials Won't Call It Terrorism I'm guessing that the suspect here is not of Middle Eastern ancestry.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 13, 2005
Homeland insecurity The Bush administration and its right-wing pundits insist that we're making progress in the "war on terror", even in the wake of the recent terrorist bombings in London. Why, then, do polls show that a majority of Americans do not feel safer?
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 7, 2006
Bush vs. the Axis of Evil: He doesn't care about WMDs, only oil Could it be that tough-guy Bush is afraid to deal with real WMDs?
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 28, 2007
Good News: Verizon Reverses Its Policy on Pro-Choice Messages Verizon Wireless subscribers can now receive NARAL's text messages.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 9, 2007
Senate Confirms Mukasey (and Endorses Bush's Law Breaking) They even worked late just to make it happen.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 11, 2006
Instead of true leadership, five years of this On the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, I mourn not only the loss of those 2,973 innocent lives, but also the loss of the America that I was so proud to be a part of.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 26, 2008
In Presidential Politics, What Is True Strength? Some believe that John McCain projects more personal strength than the Democratic candidates. However, McCain's strength is an illusion.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 14, 2006
On Mother's Day in a Time of War On this Mother’s Day, my thoughts go out to the mothers affected by Bush’s war of choice.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Veterans Constitute 1/4 of America's Homeless They fought for this country, and how do we thank them?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Identity Politics and the Pennsylvania Primary Not every middle-aged white woman in a pantsuit is going to vote for Hillary.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 1, 2007
Update: Bono's Torture Comments Now Available On Video We can now hear Bono's full comments against torture.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 4, 2005
Bush Flip-Flops on Torture and Endangers Us All George W. Bush repeatedly tells us that "this country does not torture," yet he has threatened to veto a congressional measure that expressly prohibits the torture of our detainees. The implications are sickening, at best.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Guantanamo: Six Years of Injustice -- and Counting We need to close Guantanamo -- a national embarrassment -- and give each detainee a fair trial, in accordance in international law.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 21, 2008
Human Rights Are More Than Just Words In his recent speech at UN headquarters in New York, Pope Benedict XVI spoke at length about the importance of human rights. I believe he means it, for the most part. But does his own human rights record stand up under scrutiny?
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 28, 2007
Take O'Reilly to an Eagles Game Show him how uncivilized white people can be.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 5, 2007
Pakistan Is In a Serious Mess -- But Did Anyone Notice? Hopefully George W. Bush is not taking notes.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 24, 2007
Fireworks and the Culture of Fear Bush keeps telling us to be afraid, so we all assume the worst.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 6, 2007
ACLU Call to Action re: Mukasey Please ask your senators to hold Mukasey accountable to the rule of law.

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