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October 8, 2021
A Courageous Voice for Press Freedom and Independence in Russia
As the Nobel Prize committee recognized with today’s award to Dmitrii Muratov, independent journalism and media freedom in Russia confront growing threats.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
September 28, 2021
Pakistani Women Are Leading the Struggle for Human Rights
In one of the most patriarchal countries in the world, the struggle for civil liberties is being spearheaded by women.
September 8, 2021
Gitmo’s Forgotten Ex-Detainees
They were freed from Guantánamo, but they’re still searching for a home.
August 5, 2021
The Murder of Anna Politkovskaya Is Still Not Solved
The statute of limitations on the investigation of Politkovskaya’s murder will soon run out. But the international community, especially journalists and readers, shouldn’t stop fighting for justice.
August 5, 2021
Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in Pakistan
The country’s famously boisterous press is sinking into the silence of the grave.
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August 2, 2021
“We Will Live in a Completely Different World”: A Conversation With Svetlana Alexievich
The Nobel laureate on a new wave of repressions in Belarus, the role of women in revolution, and life after the pandemic.
July 6, 2021
Haiti Has Been Abandoned—by the Media, the US, and the World
Human rights activist Antoinette Duclaire’s murder is the latest for a country in chaos—where an obsession with elections obscures a complete absence of democracy or accountability.
June 4, 2021
My Bill Would Stop US Aid From Funding Palestinian Suffering
HR 2590 would restrict US military aid to Israel from being used to demolish homes, annex Palestinian land, or imprison Palestinian children in military detention facilities.
June 1, 2021
The Legacy of Radical Lawyer Michael Ratner
His posthumous memoir, just released, is a powerful account of holding the powerful to account.
May 5, 2021
Yes, Israel Is Obviously an Apartheid State
The Human Rights Watch report is a valuable, sober, and deliberately uninflammatory piece of scholarship—which won’t make a damn bit of difference.