Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Worth reading in full on Human Rights Day. PREAMBLE Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world, Whereas disregard and contempt for...

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What really happened to Danroy Henry? [Updated]

UPDATE: The original October 22 post is below. Here's the latest from the NYT: Mr. Cox added that he never saw a police cruiser behind Mr. Henry’s car and did not hear an air horn go off. Mr. Cox said that the officer seemed to be signaling with his hand for them to...

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Asia Bibi faces death penalty for “blasphemy” [Updated]

Sick: In this village in Pakistan's Punjab province a tearful 12-year-old girl ponders if the Pakistani government will soon hang her mother. "Whenever I see her picture I cry," Isham Masih told CNN. "I want my mother back. That's what I'm praying for." This month a...

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The unbearable lightness of being a Tea Partier, part II

In The unbearable lightness of being a Tea Partier, I wrote: The Tea Party is another manifestation of a rightwing phenomenon whereby carefully crafted talking points are force-fed to the public through Fox, talk radio, chain emails and other outlets, then...

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Barack Obama is having his Hillary Clinton moment

Early in 2007, as I was working on preparations for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign announcement, I had a conversation with one of her senior strategists about her chances of winning the nomination. I said that I worried about one thing above all others: the...

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The awful power of Rush Limbaugh

There's no denying that Limbaugh is a major player in American politics, feeding a stream of liberal-bashing propaganda to rapt listeners. Mike Stark describes it this way: Rush Limbaugh is heard by more people on a near-daily basis than any other person in the world....

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Don’t watch this video of Afghan women

A terrible reality for Afghan women: Even the poorest families in Afghanistan have matches and cooking fuel. The combination usually sustains life. But it also can be the makings of a horrifying escape: from poverty, from forced marriages, from the abuse and...

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Bush’s bombshell: I broke the law

This story should be as big as the midterms, but it won't be. The U.S. media long ago determined that George W. Bush's transgressions have ceased to be newsworthy. One of the reasons is that the Obama administration made the disastrous decision not to investigate...

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Democrats stood for nothing and fell for anything

Over the course of two years, President Obama and the Democratic Party achieved a remarkable feat: they passed significant, in some cases historic, legislation, yet managed not to tell the America public what they stood for and why they stood for it. What's worse,...

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The impeachment of Barack Obama [Updated]

One glaring difference between Democrats and Republicans, left and right, is that the former is trying to win a debate while the latter is aiming for political annihilation. The White House's baffling message in recent days that if Republicans gain seats they'll be...

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Your handy guide to Election Day narratives

In order to make it easier to decipher the cacophony of punditry surrounding election results, I've put together this quick guide to Election Day narratives: The 2010 midterms are a referendum on Obama's presidency. This is an inescapable thread tying together...

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A profoundly irresponsible column from David Broder

David Broder's latest is astonishing in its audacity and irresponsibility. Purporting to look at ways President Obama can get reelected, he posits this: What else might affect the economy? The answer is obvious, but its implications are frightening. War and peace...

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The case for Barack Obama, part II

I wanted to add some thoughts to this post: I've been fairly critical of the Obama administration and Democratic leaders, specifically with respect to their reaffirmation of a number of Bush-era excesses and their unwillingness to stand up for core progressive ideals...

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The unbearable lightness of being a Tea Partier [Updated]

Anecdotal evidence continues to mount that the Tea Party is another manifestation of a rightwing phenomenon whereby carefully crafted talking points are force-fed to the public through Fox, talk radio, chain emails and other communication mechanisms, then regurgitated...

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White House focuses on domestic violence

This is good: The White House will announce several policy initiatives on Wednesday that are aimed at reducing domestic violence, including pilot programs targeted at children and pregnant women, financial and housing assistance for victims of abuse and a national...

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The case for Barack Obama

I've been fairly critical of the Obama administration and Democratic leaders, specifically with respect to their reaffirmation of a number of Bush-era excesses and their unwillingness to stand up for core progressive ideals in the face of a dangerous rightwing...

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Barbaric: forced abortion at eight months in China

Words fail me: Context from a 2007 TIME report: Harrowing details have emerged in recent news reports of alleged forced abortions in China's impoverished Guangxi province. Earlier this month as many as 61 pregnant women were injected with an abortive drug after being...

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Brokaw: debate about war conspicuously absent in midterms

Aside from grumblings on the left about endless war in Afghanistan, Tom Brokaw is right: Notice anything missing on the campaign landscape? How about war? The United States is now in its ninth year of fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, the longest wars in American...

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Two Aishas: two tragedies, one survivor

***Trigger Warning*** Bibi Aisha: An Afghan woman whose ears and nose were cut off by her abusive husband as punishment for running away – and whose mutilated face was featured on the front of an international magazine – has undergone extensive plastic surgery. Aisha...

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The circus of Election 2010 summed up in one story

It's hard to imagine an election season filled with more sideshows, motley characters and bizarre statements. This story (courtesy of Greg Sargent) combines just enough outlandish elements to sum it all up: Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle told a crowd of Tea...

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Raping mothers for a good cause [Trigger Warning]

First, a few recent posts for context: On human violence No justice on earth until there is justice for women Is there anything more cowardly and despicable than a gang of armed men raping a woman? Gallup polls the scourge of rape in Africa, but it’s not just an...

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Treehuggers invade the US military

Part of the subtext of rightwing anti-environmentalism is that worrying about the planet betrays "softness," that it's the domain of "weak" liberals. Which is why Democrats often feel compelled to couch the climate issue in energy security terms. Any discussion of how...

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Ryan Lizza’s thorough look at the climate legislation mess

This is a lengthy and valuable piece for anyone wondering why and how we're letting down future generations. Key excerpts follow: On April 20, 2010, Senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, and Joseph Lieberman, along with three aides, visited Rahm Emanuel, President...

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Audiotape: Bin Laden concerned about climate change

Who knows if this is authentic: Osama bin Laden has expressed concern about global climate change and flooding in Pakistan, in an audiotape aired on the Internet, his first public remarks since March, a monitoring group said Friday. "The number of victims caused by...

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Child bride horrors last a lifetime

CNN: A prominent Yemeni human rights activist, Amal Albasha, is outraged the practice continues. Her organization, Sisters Arab Forum, tries to intervene on behalf of child brides, to stop the marriages from taking place. Albasha added that nothing will change until...

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Low-information nation: Whose Constitution is it?

In a post titled Low-information nation: Palin, Beck, Tea Partiers and American ignorance, I argued that the single most under-appreciated and understated aspect of American life, the elephant in the room, is that most Americans have little more than a cursory...

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GOP “Pledge” in the Age of Denial

David Corn has an excellent post on the GOP's new pledge: The House Republicans on Thursday released a manifesto outlining what they intend to do should they triumph in the coming congressional elections. The glossy document, which is adorned with photographs of the...

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