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HRF calls for the immediate release of two prominent Oslo Freedom Forum speakers

Cross-posted from The Human Rights Foundation
The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the arbitrary arrests of Maryam al-Khawaja, co-director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR), and Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, president of the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH), and calls on the governments of Bahrain and Burundi to release [...]

The literal deification of Hugo Chavez

Things haven’t exactly gone swimmingly for Venezuela since the death of President Hugo Chavez last year– not that they were going well before he died.
The Economist reports:
Venezuela is in trouble. Such trouble, in fact, that the central bank (BCV) has not published GDP figures since the beginning of the year and is two months behind [...]

“Socialist” Bolivia legalizes child labor

One of the many things I admire about the socialist I was named after was his early and sustained opposition to the scourge of child labor. In 1904, beginning his second campaign for President of the United States, Eugene V. Debs said:
The working class must be emancipated by the working class.
Woman must be given her [...]

Communism’s Get of Jail Free Card

There’s an interesting interview with Thierry Cruvellier in the New Yorker. Cruvellier spent everyday at the trial of Duch, a former school teacher turned Khmer Rouge camp commander who was responsible for the deaths of at least 12,000 men, women and children in Cambodia. There’s one particular point in the interview when the interviewer notes [...]

“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 [...]