The purpose of the United Nations is human rights?
|By: Attaturk Monday June 2, 2014 1:30 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday May 13, 2014 3:38 pm|
Worldwide, a global survey conducted by Amnesty International reveals that tens of thousands of citizens from twenty-one different countries believe if they were “taken into custody” by their government they would probably be tortured.
|By: Angola 3 News Tuesday April 29, 2014 6:28 pm|
This past weekend, I visited Albert Woodfox for the umpteenth time in the last five years. All but one of the visits have been at the David Wade Correctional Center in Homer, Louisiana, five hours from where I live. At the beginning, it was a grueling trip because I wasn’t used to it and I have to go up on Saturday and come back the following day for a total of ten hours behind the wheel in one weekend. Sometimes it rains and once, it poured all the way up and all the way back.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 8, 2014 2:14 pm|
It is “important that the good work” of the US Agency for International Development “not be falsely characterized,” the agency wrote in a blog post responding to the Associated Press’ story on “Cuban Twitter.” The response outlined eight “inaccuracies” and eight “facts” to show key flaws in the story.
|By: Nat Parry Friday April 4, 2014 3:59 pm|
Thursday’s Senate vote to release part of a 6,300-page report on the CIA’s now-defunct rendition and torture program is something of a mixed blessing.
|By: Angola 3 News Wednesday April 2, 2014 6:08 pm|
A new 40-minute documentary film by Canadian History Professor Ron Harpelle, entitled Hard Time, focuses on the life of Robert Hillary King, who spent 29 years in continuous solitary confinement until his conviction was overturned and he was released from Louisiana’s infamous Angola State Prison in 2001.
Along with Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, Robert King is one of three Black Panther political prisoners known as the Angola 3.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday March 27, 2014 8:00 pm|
So it turns out that Michele Bachmann was right all along, but as usual, not in the way she intended. America is exceptional; just like say, Saudi Arabia is.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday March 27, 2014 3:18 pm|
he United Nations Human Rights Committee completed its review of the United States’ compliance with a major human rights treaty. It takes issue with the government’s interpretation that the treaty only applies to persons when they are inside the country and also expresses concern with drones, racism, gun violence, excessive use of force by police, Guantanamo, NSA surveillance, mandatory detention of immigrants and impunity for those who commit torture and unlawful killings.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday March 16, 2014 7:59 am|
While the National Security Agency should still be of concern to citizens when it comes to indiscriminate massive surveillance, there is another agency or department in the United States government that has far more potential to specifically intrude upon the lives of citizens. That department is the Department of Homeland Security, which offers federal funds to local law enforcement agencies to expand surveillance capabilities.
|By: Michelle Chen Sunday March 9, 2014 5:20 pm|
When it comes to debates about sex work, feminists often raise the concept that it’s a “job like any other,” as journalist and former sex worker Melissa Gira Grant has explained. Yet the exchange of sex for pay remains a curiously radical notion for many around the world. While it’s certainly true that sex work is a real career born of both necessity and ambition for many, it also comes laden with social anxiety and culture-war taboo.