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  • Great news: UN Human Rights Council to investigate American voter-ID laws

    03/15/2012 9:01:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 03/15/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Stop me if you've heard this joke before. A Saudi, a Cuban, and an American political group walks into a room -- and the American political group asks them to tell the US to be more fair about its voting practices. Haven't heard this one? You may get a chance to see it in action if you go to Geneva and watch the UN Human Rights Council and the NAACP at work:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The United Nations Human Rights Council is investigating the issue of American election laws at its gathering on minority rights in Geneva, Switzerland.....
  • Iraqi teenagers stoned to death for "emo" haircuts (Ah, yes, more from the religion of peace!)

    03/11/2012 12:39:07 AM PST · by jda · 16 replies
    alakhbar English ^ | 09 March 2012
    At least 90 Iraqi teenagers with "emo" appearances have been stoned to death by religious extremists in Baghdad in the past month after an inflammatory interior ministry statement dubbed it "devil worshiping", activists said. Iraq's Moral Police released a chilling statement on the interior ministry's website condemning the "emo phenomenon" among Iraqi youth, disturbingly declaring its intent to "eliminate" the trend. "The 'Emo phenomenon' or devil worshiping is being followed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate [the phenomenon] as soon as possible since it's detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger," the statement read. {snip}...
  • Leopard kills fifth girl in Nepal

    02/09/2012 12:46:06 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph - UK ^ | February 9, 2012
    A man-eating leopard has claimed its fifth victim in just two months after dragging away and devouring a 14-year-old girl in Nepal. ...In the latest attack, the unnamed teenager was cutting grass in the forest near her home in Baitadi district, on the border with India, when she was attacked by the animal, said Bishnu Bahadur Karki, a local deputy superintendent of police. "The locals found the body torn into pieces and eaten below the neck at the forest area yesterday," he told AFP. Karki said three young girls and a 35-year-old pregnant woman had been killed in the weeks...
  • Justice Ginsburg to Egyptians: Look to the Constitutions of South Africa or Canada, Not to the US ..

    02/02/2012 3:30:12 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 51 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 1-30-12 | Al-Hayat (Egypt)
    Following are excerpts from an interview with US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which aired on Al-Hayat TV on January 30, 2012. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: It is a very inspiring time - that you have overthrown a dictator, and that you are striving to achieve a genuine democracy. So I think people in the United States are hoping that this transition will work, and that there will genuinely be a government of, by, and for the people. [...] I met with the head of the elections commission. I think that the first step has gone well, and that elections...
  • Justice Ginsburg to Egyptians: Look to the Constitutions of South Africa or Canada, Not to the US

    02/03/2012 2:27:14 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    MEMRI ^ | January 30, 2012 | Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Video at Link.
  • Saudi Arabian Officials Assault, Strip Search Christian Prisoners-

    01/25/2012 5:50:22 PM PST · by bayouranger · 11 replies
    http://www.persecution.org/ ^ | 1-24-12 | ICC Staff
    ICC Urges Saudi Arabia to Release the Prisoners Washington, D.C. (January 24, 2012) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Saudi Arabian officials strip searched 29 Christian women and assaulted six Christian men after arresting them for holding a prayer meeting at a private home in Jeddah. The prisoners are currently being held at Briman prison in Jeddah. “We feel humiliated because the security officials stripped searched us. They used the same glove to search several of us at the same time. Some of my friends are suffering from physical pain to their private parts due to the unsanitary...
  • Kenyan leaders to stand trial on human rights violations ('07 election; was Hussein there?)

    01/24/2012 9:58:10 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 7 replies
    cnn ^ | 1/23/12
    Four Kenyan officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, will stand trial on human rights violations that are alleged to have occurred after the 2007 election, the International Criminal Court ruled Monday.
  • Internet Access Is Not a Human Right

    01/14/2012 6:05:23 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 4, 2012 | Vinton G. Cerf
    From the streets of Tunis to Tahrir Square and beyond, protests around the world last year were built on the Internet and the many devices that interact with it... It is no surprise, then, that the protests have raised questions about whether Internet access is or should be a civil or human right.... ...technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself. There is a high bar for something to be considered a human right. Loosely put, it must be among the things we as humans need in order to lead healthy, meaningful lives, like freedom from torture or...
  • Outrage over 'human zoo' on Indian islands....(Oh! the inhumanity!)

    01/11/2012 7:08:28 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/11/12 | Yahoo News
    Rights campaigners and politicians Wednesday condemned a video showing women from a protected and primitive tribe dancing for tourists in exchange for food on India's far-flung Andaman Islands. British newspaper The Observer released the video showing Jarawa tribal women -- some of them naked -- being lured to dance and sing after a bribe was allegedly paid to a policeman to produce them. Under Indian laws designed to protect ancient tribal groups susceptible to outside influence and disease, photographing or coming into contact with the Jarawa is illegal.
  • Russia slams US for its human rights record

    12/28/2011 6:09:30 PM PST · by Mandingo Conservative · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/28/11
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry has attacked America's human rights record in its first report on injustice elsewhere in the world, offering examples such as the Guantanamo Bay prison and wrongful death row convictions to paint the U.S. as hypocritical for lecturing other nations on the subject of rights.
  • U.S. Congress holds hearings on human rights in Russia

    12/20/2011 11:09:10 AM PST · by struwwelpeter · 4 replies
    Radio Echo of Moscow ^ | December 17th, 2011 | Natalia Pelevine
    This week the U.S. Congress held hearings on human rights in Russia. The first remarks by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), conducting the hearings, and they were pretty tough. This was not surprising, since long ago she signed a bill named for Sergey L. Magnitsky, a Russian attorney killed in police custody. This bill now has twenty-five senators supporting it in the upper house of the U.S. Congress, and may well be adopted. Further testimony was given Phillip H. Gordon, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian affairs, and Thomas O. Melia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the...
  • At Length: John Bolton discusses nuclear Iran and Israel

    12/19/2011 8:17:20 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 4 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Rabbi David Woznica
    Most of the time when we hear John Bolton, we hear him in small sound bites on Fox News. But in this interview John Bolton talks about Iran at length, discussing what we know about Iran’s nuclear facilities, why sanctions won’t work, and what he expects Israel to do in the next couple of years. Very interesting discussion:
  • Batman Star Christian Bale Attacked & Stopped in China from meeting a Blind Activist Lawyer

    12/19/2011 7:13:11 AM PST · by thesaleboat · 4 replies
    LIFESITENEWS ^ | 16 Dec 2011 | LIFESITENEWS
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-NGweWIQqc&feature=player_embedded ^YouTube video link^ DONGSHIGU VILLAGE, China, December 16, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Famed Batman star Christian Bale is making headlines after he traveled nine hours from Beijing to visit blind forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng. The actor never got the chance, however, as he was roughed up and forced away from Chen’s village by Chinese government officials, according to a CNN report. “What I really wanted to do was shake the man’s hand and say ‘thank you,’ and tell him what an inspiration he is,” he said. Bale was in Beijing for the premiere of “The Flowers of War,” a...
  • Op-Ed: Human Rights for Israelis?

    12/15/2011 5:40:37 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/12/11 | Ted Belman
    Sunday In Israeli Knesset's legislative committee they postponed a vote on the outposts. This Sunday is when you can make a difference. Read on. The battle for the rights of the 7000 young Israelis living in so-called outposts (young communities in Judea and Samaria which lack formal government approval for political reasons) is fierce in Israel. European funded leftwing pro-Palestinian groups are doing their best to have these communities both delegitimized and decimated. The Israeli public generally sympathizes with the communities, among other reasons due to the fact that deceased Israeli war heroes, known to every Israeli family, lived in...
  • UN rights chief says Syria death toll over 4,000

    12/01/2011 7:51:26 AM PST · by Righting · 4 replies
    AP / YahooNews ^ | Dec. 01, 2011
    GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official says her office estimates the death toll in Syria's nine-month uprising is now "much more" than 4,000. Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, gave the latest figure a day before the global body is due to hold an emergency meeting on the crisis in the country. Pillay told reporters in Geneva on Thursday that evidence emerging of abuses committed by Syrian security forces affirms her call that the country's leadership should be prosecuted for "crimes against humanity."
  • A 'Human Rights' Swindle in Colombia (NGO Fraud)

    11/08/2011 10:32:00 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | NOVEMBER 7, 2011 | MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
    As Occupy Wall Street droned on about the evils of corporate avarice last month, a multimillion-dollar international scandal broke in Bogotá, exposing greed and corruption in the "nongovernmental organization" (NGO) world of human rights.
  • Israeli Ministry of Welfare Destroys Ethiopian Homes

    11/05/2011 9:34:30 AM PDT · by Love for Israel · 26 replies
    UnPromisedLand channel ^ | 4 Nov 2011 | David Weisskopf
    Ministry of Welfare Destroys Ethiopian Homes by R. D. Weisskopf, founder of the UnPromised Land channel Despite the widespread outcry against the Ministry of Welfare, senior management refused this week to fight corruption which has been deeply-entrenched in the Ministry of Welfare for over 30 years. One of the communities that has suffered most at the hands of the Ministry of Welfare are Ethiopian immigrants. According to the Jewish Agency, Ethiopians are less than 3% of Israel’s immigrant population while Ethiopian children represent 50% of the immigrant population under the Ministry of Welfare’s control. One of the many testimonies linked...
  • Human-rights complaint seeks secular praying room for Muslims at … Catholic University

    10/28/2011 11:48:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/28/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    I'll start off this post by informing readers that they will not identify the most outrageous part of this story from the headline, not here at Hot Air, and not at Fox News, which headlines the story, ‘Do Crosses at Catholic University Violate “Human Rights” of Muslims?’ Before we get to the most outrageous part of the story, let’s hit the teeth-grinding allegations in the complaint (via Katie Pavlich): The Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights confirmed that it is investigating allegations that Catholic University violated the human rights of Muslim students by not allowing them to form a Muslim...
  • Muslims Want Catholic School to Provide Room Without Crosses

    10/26/2011 7:37:22 PM PDT · by bkopto · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct 26, 2011 | Staff
    Catholic University has been accused of violating the human rights of Muslim students by not allowing them to form a Muslim student group and by not providing them rooms without Christian symbols for their daily prayers, according to a complaint filed with the Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights. The 60-page complaint said Muslim students “must perform their prayers surrounded by symbols of Catholicism – e.g., a wooden crucifix, paintings of Jesus, pictures of priests and theologians which many Muslim students find inappropriate.” SNIP Patrick Reilly, the president of the Cardinal Newman Society, an organization that promotes Catholic identity among...
  • Diane Sawyer: "Moderate" Islamists government in Tunisia - What the heck is that?

    10/24/2011 4:46:46 PM PDT · by Righting · 12 replies
    Newsround: ABC TV / PBS NewsHour
    Diane Sawyer: "Moderate Islamists" government in Tunisia - What the heck is that? This ("moderate Islamists") was D. Sawyer's invented language today [Oct. 24, 2011]. (World News With Diane Sawyer - ABC) --- PBS NewsHour - Oct. 24, 2011 Gwen Ifill had guests: Michelle Dunn (Atlantic Journal) and Hisham Melhem, Washington bureau chief for Al-Arabiya TV. Surprisingly, it was Michelle Dunn that typically was caught up in the media romance-with-Arab-spring frenzy and lied/said that defended the 'Sharia' legalization in Tunisia. Whereas the Arab Muslim Hisham of al-Arabiya that was more defining it in clarity, 'Islamic law' being the main Vs...
  • Home Secretary Theresa May wants Human Rights Act axed

    10/02/2011 3:25:08 AM PDT · by EnglishCon · 42 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/02/2011 | BBC News
    The home secretary has called for the Human Rights Act to be scrapped, less than a fortnight after Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said it was "here to stay". The act enshrines the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law. But Theresa May told the Sunday Telegraph she "personally" would like to see it go because of the problems it caused for the Home Office. ..... Prime Minister David Cameron said he agreed with Mrs May that the act should be scrapped and replaced with a British Bill of Rights.
  • Obama To Meet With Honduras’ Lobo At White House In October

    09/28/2011 8:57:54 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Latin American News Dispatch ^ | September 23, 2011 2:48 pm | none stated
    U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Honduran President Porfirio Lobo next month at the White House to discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional economic and security issues, according to a press release. The Oval Office Meeting on October 5 will come only a few weeks after Lobo’s address at the United Nations, where he highlighted his country’s commitment to restoring human rights in the aftermath of the June 2009 coup that ousted then-President Manuel Zelaya. “The President also welcomes the opportunity to underscore the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Honduran people, as well as...
  • HRW Founder Bernstein Starts "Advancing Human Rights" (denounced the HRW biased organization)

    09/14/2011 8:16:52 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Camera ^ | March, 2011
    March 03, 2011 HRW Founder Bernstein Starts Advancing Human Rights (AHR) Robert Bernstein, the founder and former chairman of Human Rights Watch who publicly renounced his ties with the organization due to distorted and disproportionate focus on free and open Israel at the expense of the rest of the Middle East -- mostly unfree -- has just launched a new human rights organization, Advancing Human Rights. Why the need for a new organization? Bernstein, 88, explains: Some human rights organizations, like Human Rights Watch, do not condemn incitement to genocide, Arab hate speech being spewed daily in Gaza, particularly, and...
  • Calling for Action on North Korean Crimes

    09/09/2011 5:10:41 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 9, 2011 | Benedict Rogers
    (Snip) An estimated 200,000 people are trapped in a brutal system of political prison camps akin to Hitler's concentration camps and Stalin's gulag. Slave labor, horrific torture and bestial living conditions are now well-documented in numerous reports by human rights organizations, through the testimonies of survivors of these camps who have escaped. Although there is still a shroud of mystery surrounding North Korea, the world can no longer claim ignorance as an excuse. A growing number of North Korean defectors have shared their stories. Lee Sung Ae told British Parliament about how when she was jailed, all her finger-nails were...
  • Christian Nurse in Pakistan Boldly Opts to Report Videotaped Rape

    09/08/2011 7:13:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Compass. ^ | September 08, 2011
    Colleague tries to blackmail her into converting to Islam, marrying him. A Christian nurse here filed a police report on Saturday (Sept. 3) alleging she was raped by a Muslim colleague who filmed the act in an attempt to blackmail her into renouncing her faith and marrying him, she and hospital sources ... Christians have little legal or societal standing in Pakistan, and Muslim criminals tend to assume they will not be prosecuted if their victims are Christians. ... Although Shaista and her family have filed an FIR with police, getting justice without higher government help may be difficult
  • No place for Human Rights, democracy or citizenship in Islam

    09/05/2011 3:07:18 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 7 replies
    voiceofthecopts.org ^ | Sept 5, 2011 | IOPHRI – Gates of Vienna
    Mesbah-Yazdi, the theoretician of violence, gave a new speech at the end of Ramadan (end of August) in which he criticized the opinion of those people who claim Islam is based on generosity and respect for Human Rights. In this speech he said: “Democracy, Human Rights and the rights of citizenship have no place in Islam.” He continued that there is no room for freedom of speech and thought in Islam, and that Islam is based on strictness and violence. Muslims and those who convert to the religion of Islam must only adhere to the opinions of the leader of...
  • People deprived of the internet feel 'upset and lonely' ... {snip}

    07/25/2011 9:52:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    ukdailymail ^ | 11:17 AM on 22nd July 2011
    The majority of people feel upset and lonely when they are deprived of access to the internet, according to consumer research. A new study has revealed that 53 per cent feel upset when denied access and 40 per cent feel lonely if they are unable to go online. The research found that people experience these feelings even if denied online access for a short time. The scientists reported the volunteers told of physiological and physical symptoms comparable to addicts trying to quit smoking or drugs. These included feeling fidgety, anxious and isolated, and even reaching out for their mobile phone,...
  • Human rights law to be reviewed (European Convention Article 8 brings immigration chaos)

    07/03/2011 2:29:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | July 2, 2011 | David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent
    A consultation paper to be launched within days will open up a debate on the future of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees "the right to a family life". Article 8 is increasingly being used by foreign criminals and illegal immigrants to dodge deportation. A highly-placed source told The Sunday Telegraph that the issue would be raised in a paper on immigration to be issued by Home Secretary Theresa May before Parliament breaks up for the summer. It comes as this newspaper can reveal that a new Article 8 test case has created a "loophole"...
  • UN Intervening in Texas Death Penalty Case

    07/01/2011 2:17:34 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    UN Dispatch ^ | July 1, 2011 | Mark Leon Goldberg
    On July 7, Humberto Leal Garcia, Jr is scheduled to die. He was convicted in a Texas court in 1994 of rape and murder–a capital offense for which he was sentenced to death. But this case is different from other Texas death penalty cases for the fact that Leal is a Mexican citizen. When he was arrested, he was denied the right under international law to contact the Mexican consulate. In 2004, Mexico sued the United States at the International Court of Justice for denying one of its citizens the his right under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The...
  • Iran giving out condoms for criminals to rape us, say jailed activists

    06/24/2011 6:03:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    guardian ^ | 24 June 2011 | Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    Smuggled letters allege authorities are using mass rape as a weapon inside Iran's most notorious prisons. Prison guards in Iran are giving condoms to criminals and encouraging them to systematically rape young opposition activists locked up with them...authorities are intentionally facilitating mass rape and using it as a form of punishment. Mehdi Mahmoudian, an outspoken member of Iran's Participation Front, a reformist political party, is among those prisoners who have succeeded in smuggling out letters revealing the extent of rape inside some of the most notorious prisons. ... one young prisoner was raped seven times in a single night. "In...
  • Iranian parliament bans UN human rights reporter

    06/20/2011 7:11:47 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    Iran announced on Sunday that it has decided to bar a special United Nations (UN) human rights reporter from entering the country. The state-run Press TV reported that the Human Rights Committee of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) decided to prevent the reporter from entering Iran, arguing that the UN does not monitor human rights violations in Western countries. "The United States, Israel and the UK are the biggest violators of human rights in the world and the United Nations Human Rights Committee should send their reporters to those countries instead of Iran," member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign...
  • UNHRC Gave Assad, Other Dictators a Free Pass, Study Shows

    06/11/2011 10:48:23 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/6/11 | Gil Ronen
    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has turned a blind eye to most of the world’s worst abusers, UN Watch has found. In an exhaustive study, the watchdog group examined all statements by Pillay published on the UN website between September 2008 and June 2010. The findings show “a questionable sense of priorities,” the group reported. “Ms. Pillay turned a blind eye to most of the world’s worst abusers… She failed to voice any concern for victims in 34 countries rated ‘Not Free’ by Freedom House—meaning those with the worst records, and the most needy victims.” Syria was...
  • UN Declares Internet a "Fundamental Human Right"

    06/04/2011 4:34:05 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 44 replies
    Care2 ^ | 06/04/2011 | Kristina Chew
    The Internet is a fundamental human right, a United Nations report released on Friday proclaims -- a statement that resonates all the more in the wake of the recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and the ongoing uprisings and protests in the Middle East and North Africa. The Internet, and sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, played a huge role in helping protesters organize and spread information, and also in spreading the word about what was going on around the world. Says the UN report on the "promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression": The...
  • Saudis set June 17 for women to flout laws by driving

    05/24/2011 5:40:15 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 15 replies
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | May 23, 2011, 9:12AM | no byline
    Saudi authorities have re-arrested an activist who defied a ban on female drivers in the conservative kingdom, a security official said Monday... Through Facebook, the campaigners set June 17 as the day all women should drive their cars. The page, called "Teach me how to drive so I can protect myself," was removed after more than 12,000 people indicated their support for the call. The campaign's Twitter account also was deactivated. Al-Sherif was detained for several hours on Saturday by the country's religious police and released after she signed a pledge agreeing not to drive. ...Khobar prison chief Ayoub ben...
  • Lawyers for USS Cole bomb suspect file court case (with European Human Rights court)

    05/10/2011 8:07:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 5/10/11 | Jamey Keaton
    Lawyers for the suspected al-Qaida mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole said Tuesday they have filed a case against Poland at Europe's court of human rights over alleged abuse against him at a CIA-run site in that country about eight years ago. The Open Society Justice Initiative, a New York-based human rights group, and lawyers for Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri are challenging Poland for "active complicity" in the extraordinary rendition program carried out under then-President George W. Bush. The case filed with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, seeks in part to press Poland...
  • Muslim Rape Culture and Lara Logan

    05/07/2011 7:41:49 AM PDT · by Heuristic Hiker · 58 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 02 May 2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    When Lara Logan traveled to Egypt to cover the Tahrir Square protests, she was unaware that she was going to be working in a country where sexual harassment rates of women and especially foreign women are so high as to be universal. In a politically correct profession, such truths are politically incorrect. And even now all of the coverage studiously avoids mentioning one dangerous word. Islam. Muslim rape culture did not begin in Tahrir Square and it won't end there. Not when it actually began in the year 624 when Mohammed came up with an ingenious means of rewarding his...
  • Jimmy Carter: U.S., South Korea are violating North Koreans’ human rights by withholding food

    04/28/2011 2:59:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/28/2011 | Allahpundit
    Via Greg Hengler, why would an American cap a three-day visit to Kim Jong-Il’s national gulag by accusing the U.S. of human rights violations? Well, much like Superman, Carter’s more a “citizen of the world” now than part of the country he used to lead. In fact, he wasn’t there on behalf of the State Department but as part of a delegation from “The Elders,” an elite team of ex-statesmen who travel the world sharing the sort of wisdom that’s made “Jimmy Carter” synonymous with successful foreign policy ideas here at home. Kim wouldn’t meet with them, incidentally, for reasons...
  • Despite Reports of Brutality Toward Civilians, Syria to Join U.N.'s Human Rights Council

    04/27/2011 10:13:33 AM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 26, 2011 | Ben Evansky
    The brutal crackdown by Syrian President Bashar Assad may finally be getting the attention of world leaders -- but apparently not enough to stop Syria from becoming the newest member of the U.N. Human Rights Council. And despite calling for an independent investigation into the crackdown, which has left hundreds dead, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apparently won’t do much about blocking Syria’s path to the human rights group. "That's not really for the secretary general to suggest to a member state," said Martin Nesirky, a spokesman for the secretary-general, when asked if the U.N. chief would ask Syria to drop...
  • Despite Slaughter, Syria 'All But Assured' to Be Elected to UN Human Rights Council

    04/26/2011 1:18:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Why should a little slaughter prevent Syria from ascending to a seat on the prestigious UN Human Rights Council? In a move reminiscent of his brutal father, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has dispatched his armed forces to try to snuff out the country’s five-week-old democratic uprising. Thousands of Syrian troops backed by tanks and armoured personnel carriers stormed the southern city of Daraa on Monday, killing as many as 25 people, witnesses said. It was the first time the Syrian regime has resorted to such extreme measures against civilians in the current crisis. “This is monumental,” said Barry Rubin,...
  • Charlie Manson, Environmentalist

    04/24/2011 8:34:12 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 6 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 04-25-11 | stolinsky
    On the fortieth anniversary of the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and seven other victims, mass murderer Charles Manson granted an interview. Charlie was convicted and sentenced to death for these murders, though he boasted of many more. But after one of several court decisions ruling the death penalty unconstitutional, Charlie was resentenced to life imprisonment. He continues to reside as a guest of the State of California, as do other members of his “family.” Manson rambled on about global warming, protecting nature, and various topics including theology. Typically, the college-educated are more likely to substitute environmentalism for...
  • Women, rights bodies shocked by SC verdict (rape victim Mukhtar Mai)

    04/24/2011 5:02:07 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 6 replies
    DAWN.com ^ | April 22, 2011 | N/A
    NEW YORK/ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Pakistan`s National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW), Insani Huqooq Ittehad (IHI) comprising 10 NGOs and other women and human rights organisation have expressed “deep shock” and “disappointment” at the Supreme Court verdict acquitting the accused who had raped Mukhtar Mai about nine years ago. “This is a setback for Mukhtar Mai, the broader struggle to end violence against women and the cause of an independent rights-respecting judiciary in Pakistan,” the HRW said in a statement and urged the government to ensure her safety. It said that any argument...
  • Germany: An Appeal to Obama Over a U.S. Prisoner’s Treatment (Bradley Manning)

    04/14/2011 6:56:58 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04/14/2011 | Staff
    Germany’s Parliament says its human rights committee is protesting the conditions in which a United States Army private suspected of giving classified material to WikiLeaks is being detained.
  • Muslim Student Attacks UN Rights Council for Anti-Israel Bias

    04/06/2011 3:00:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/4/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Muslim student Amran Hussain, speaking on behalf of the European Union of Jewish Students, recently spoke out for Israel a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, where he castigated the Council for anti-Israel bias. “Why is Israel consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation on the grounds of human rights violations, yet the world turns a blind eye to the human rights situations in the Arab countries …or the Far East...or Africa?” he asked.....
  • Goldstone's gall

    04/06/2011 3:34:22 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 06, 2011 | Edtorial
    How ironic that Richard Goldstone's retraction of his libelous report alleging Israeli "war crimes" -- commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council -- came just two days after the Obama administration announced it would seek re-election to that same body. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Goldstone's stunning admission, in a Washington Post oped, that -- contrary to his report's conclusion -- Israel did not intentionally target civilians during the 2008 war in Gaza. But Netanyahu is being way too charitable. After all, Goldstone is merely acknowledging what was apparent to nearly any reasonable and objective observer. That it took...
  • Tilikum and Tatiana: But What About Dawn and Carlos?

    04/03/2011 9:01:08 PM PDT · by stolinsky
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 04-04-11 | stolinsky
    Do you recall President Obama’s comment on cardiac pacemakers for the elderly? He said, “If we’ve got experts…advising doctors across the board that it will save money…” In other words, “experts” will tell doctors what to do “across the board” − not for individual patients but for whole groups − but only if it will “save money.” If a conservative said that, the media would excoriate him for being a cold-hearted, money-grubbing hater of elderly people. And do you recall what President Obama said about hip replacement for the seriously ill? He said, “Maybe you’re better off not having the...
  • Power: Obama gave 'meaning and content' to human rights, democracy

    03/28/2011 8:02:00 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | March 28, 2011 | Ben Smith
    A foreign policy adviser to President Obama said this evening that the Administration has "rehabilitated" the concept of human rights, tarnished by the Iraq war, in a way that laid the groundwork for international collaboration. Samantha Power, a senior director on the National Security Council best known for her human rights advocacy before she entered the White House, spoke at Columbia University in New York City two hours before the president's planned speech in Libya tonight. Obama "has used his pulpit and a number of speeches ... to kind of clear the brush that had gathered around the norms in...
  • In human rights and tolerance, Jewish state far superior in its region

    03/28/2011 6:04:38 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 8 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Mar 12, 2011 | Michael Coren
    To: justiceseeker93 Israel stands alone In human rights and tolerance, Jewish state far superior in its regionBy MICHAEL COREN, QMI AgencyLast Updated: March 12, 2011 2:00amI will defend all of my beliefs, but one of the ideas I most proud of is Zionism. No apologies, no hiding, no doubts.Zionism is arguably the most successful example of the restoration of an indigenous people to their rightful homeland in human history. It is a liberation struggle, a story of the creation of a light on a hill, that light being the Jewish state in the Middle East.I write this now in...
  • Syria: The Revolt Continues (UPDATED)

    03/22/2011 6:30:38 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 22,2011 | Michael Ledeen
    This is probably the most important ongoing revolt in the Middle East right now. If Assad were to fall, it would reverberate all over the region, and greatly weaken the Iranian regime. Typically, it is getting far less coverage than the other “crises,” but we’ll follow it here. Latest updates: Dara’a. According to eyewitnesses, the whole city (Population: ~100,000) is up in arms. Tens of thousands are on the street demanding freedom and liberty. Many are aware that the French Foreign Ministry, the US State Department, and the world is watching what they’re doing. This video shows Syrian security men...
  • School crucifixes 'do not breach human rights'

    03/20/2011 2:36:36 PM PDT · by Republicain · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 03/18/2011
    Displaying crucifixes in schools in Italy does not breach the rights of non-Catholic families, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.
  • US agrees to improve human rights record in first UN assessment, but death penalty remains

    03/19/2011 11:17:48 AM PDT · by Clairity · 7 replies
    Washingtno Posr ^ | March 18, 2011 | AP
    The United States on Friday disavowed torture and pledged to treat terror suspects humanely, but set aside calls to drop the death penalty, as the United Nations carried out its first review of Washington’s human rights record. As part a groundbreaking commitment to improvement under the Obama administration, the U.S. joined the 47-nation Human Rights Council in 2009. And in doing so, submitted to more international scrutiny. He said the U.S. would agree to improvements in areas ranging from civil rights to national security to immigration, including intolerance of torture and the humane treatment of suspects at the Guantanamo Bay...