The Global Disability Rights Movement: Winning Power, Participation and Access

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 6:00 pm

“Nothing about us without us” is the global slogan for the disability rights movement. It means that nothing should be decided about people with disabilities without their presence, their participation, and their inclusion.

The disability rights movement has been evolving for a long time, but in the US, it really gained momentum from the civil rights movement. There were people with disabilities who used the tactics of the civil rights movement: sit-ins, protests, and marches to bring disability rights to everyone’s attention. Eventually, that led to the Americans with Disabilities Act [passed in 1990].

 

US Only Country to Vote No on UN Resolution Against Killing Civilians in Gaza

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 6:52 am

American exceptionalism strikes again. This time it manifested itself as the US being the only country on the United Nations Human Rights Council to vote against investigating the killing of civilians in Operation Protective Edge. The call to respect international legal restrictions on warfare and investigate whether any violations have taken place received a yea or abstention from every other country on the council. The resolution was presented by Ibrahim Khraishi, the ambassador of the Palestinian observer mission to the UN in Geneva.

Well, at least the black helicopter crowd will be happy

By: Monday June 2, 2014 1:30 am

The purpose of the United Nations is human rights?

That’s a familiar argument

By: Tuesday May 6, 2014 1:30 am

Looks like somebody learned how to ignore the UN just like ‘Murica can.

Torture, Racism, Drones & Unlawful Killings: UN Human Rights Committee Releases Report on US Government

By: 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.

Drone War in Yemen: Three Killed in Latest Strike, UN Report Demands Facts on Civilian Deaths

By: Monday March 3, 2014 12:35 pm

While United States leaders lecture Russian President Vladimir Putin on respecting sovereignty and international law by not waging a war of aggression on Ukraine, the sovereignty of Yemen continues to be undermined by US drone strikes.

Yeah, and they’re sending black helicopters to take your guns

By: Wednesday November 13, 2013 1:30 am

The all-powerful UN is ready to generate those right-wing blog commentaries.

Countries Turn to UN to Restrain NSA

By: Friday October 25, 2013 9:15 am

After news broke that the US government was monitoring the calls of at least 35 world leaders, many of which were allies, the question of restraining US spying power became a pressing international issue. Aggrieved countries such as Brazil and Germany are now even turning to the United Nations to rein in the NSA.

Awkwardest and Most Authoritative Comments on Drones Ever

By: Friday October 18, 2013 5:48 pm

Malala recounted: “I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education, it will make a big impact.”

Top 45 Lies in Obama’s Speech at UN

By: Wednesday September 25, 2013 7:45 am

President Obama’s opening lines at the U.N. on Tuesday looked down on people who would think to settle disputes with war. Obama was disingenuously avoiding the fact that earlier this month he sought to drop missiles into a country to “send a message” but was blocked by the U.S. Congress, the U.N., the nations of the world, and popular opposition — after which Obama arrived at diplomacy as a last resort.

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