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Archive for 'Human Rights'

“And you are lynching Negroes”

This post at Socialist Unity (“China issues report on human rights in the USA“) recalls the 1930s and 1940s, when Soviet propagandists responded to American accusations of engineered famines, murderous purges and slave labor camps by saying (in one variation or another) “And you are lynching Negroes.”
And yes, to the lasting shame of the [...]

Potkin Azarmehr discusses Press TV

Blogger Potkin Azarmehr, whom we frequently quote and cross-post, delivered an excellent talk about the Iranian regime’s English-language propaganda outlet Press TV at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

You can find other presentations at the summit here.

The East London Mosque and Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari

This Sunday the East London Mosque’s London Muslim Centre is due to host an event organised by a youth group.

One of the scheduled speakers is Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari. Readers may recall his hideous views on punishment for adultery and marital rape.
To get another measure of the man, simply read this unbelievably cruel and [...]

“A change is gonna come”

I’m old enough to remember the day 49 years ago when a white southern Democratic president named Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Growing up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, I’m old enough to have picketed with my mother and others outside a nearby whites-only amusement park. The law put an [...]

In Guatemala, justice at last

Efraín Ríos Montt, the former Guatemalan dictator who in the 1980s approved the massacre of Indians and refugees during the country’s civil war, has been convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity.
Judge Yasmín Barrios sentenced General Ríos Montt, 86, to 80 years in prison. His co-defendant, José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, who served as the director [...]

More fear and loathing in Venezuela

Even before Hugo Chavez’s death was officially announced, his anointed successor Nicolas Maduro showed signs he was not entirely in touch with reality when he told the people of Venezuela:
“We have no doubt, the time will come in history when we can create a scientific commission to show that Comandante Chávez was attacked with this [...]

Yoani Sanchez gets passport, but another dissident is denied

The good news from Cuba is that– after years of being denied permission to travel abroad– the great dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez (Generation Y) has obtained a new passport which will allow her to visit other countries.
By her own account Sanchez has on some 20 occasions been rejected for the much-detested exit visa that for [...]

Bush and Obama: rhetoric and reality

I’ll have more to say about President Obama’s inaugural address later. But first:
Long-time readers of this blog may recall that even though I supported George W. Bush’s opponent in the 2004 presidential election, I was favorably impressed by much of his 2005 inaugural address. I observed:
Large parts of President Bush’s inaugural address could have been [...]

A Libyan success story

The attack on the US consulate in Benghazi and other violence has obscured the good news about post-Gaddafi Libya, according to David J. Kramer and Arch Puddington of the human rights group Freedom House.
They write in Foreign Policy:
Perhaps the past year’s most surprising development was Libya’s impressive progress toward democracy. For decades, Libya had ranked [...]

A regime that fears poetry

The website Arseh Sevom reports:
Isa Saharkhiz, Keyvan Samimi and Hila Sedighi are three of the 41 writers to receive 2012 Hellman/Hammett grants, awarded by Human Rights Watch, for their commitment to free expression and their courage in the face of persecution.
Mr. Saharkhiz a veteran journalist arrested shortly after the June 2009 presidential elections. To this [...]