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January 24, 2023
Harvard Changed Its Mind on Ken Roth—Not on Allowing Free Speech About Palestine
If even a highly respected establishment figure like Ken Roth can be targeted for speaking out against Israel’s abuse of Palestinian human rights, where does that leave student organizers like us?
January 20, 2023
Rikers Just Had Its Deadliest Year. Two Authors Explain Why It’s Still Open.
A conversation with Graham Rayman and Reuven Blau about their new book on Rikers Island, a jail system plagued by decades of institutional inertia.
January 19, 2023
Harvard Reverses Course After a “Nation” Exposé
The Kennedy School has decided to extend an invitation to Ken Roth, the former head of Human Rights Watch, after a
cover story revealed that his fellowship was initially vetoed because of his criticisms of Israel.
January 5, 2023
Why the Godfather of Human Rights Is Not Welcome at Harvard
Kenneth Roth, who ran Human Rights Watch for 29 years, was denied a fellowship at the Kennedy School. The reason? Israel.
December 26, 2022
Poor People Have the Power to Transform America
As the threat of yet more political turmoil and escalating violence looms, isn’t it time to break through the isolation with a new sense of collective power?
Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
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November 29, 2022
Torture in the Heart of Venezuela
A UN report concludes that the Venezuelan intelligence agency abuses and torments detainees, including human rights defenders, miners, women, children, and Indigenous people.
Mie Hoejris Dahl
November 21, 2022
Why My Organization Has Chosen to Defy Israeli Military Orders
Al-Haq was among seven civil society groups raided by Israel and ordered closed in August, but we do not believe in following illegal orders—and so we will remain open.
November 3, 2022
Debt and Inequality Will Be Key Issues at the UN’s Next Climate Conference
At COP27, activists will be focused on all the ways developed nations have made it harder for developing nations to survive the climate crisis.
October 27, 2022
For Iranian Women, the Uprising Was a Long Time Coming
The protests are about choice—elective rather than mandatory hijab—not unlike the demands of abortion rights supporters in the United States.
October 12, 2022
The Radical Polymath Who Fought for Freedom
Chandler Davis was a mathematician, editor, poet, composer, science-fiction writer, and lifelong activist.