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August 7, 2015
South Sudan’s War on Women
Survivors say rape has become “just a normal thing” for women caught up in the country’s civil war.
August 6, 2015
Amnesty International’s Long-Due Support for Sex Workers Rights
The international organization has a history of facing controversial issues. This week, it hopes to tackle sex work decriminalization.
Melissa Gira Grant
July 29, 2015
The Americans With Disabilities Act Is a Model for the World—Literally
This landmark legislation became the basis for an international treaty embraced by much of the world—but not, ironically, by the United States.
Janet E. Lord
July 29, 2015
Malaysia Needed a Clean Human Rights Record—So the State Department Just Gave It to Them
The president cleansed Malaysia of its notorious human trafficking record to give the country a front row seat to join the TPP—and Congress can’t do anything about it.
July 24, 2015
How Israel Uses Water to Control Palestinian Life
The relentless scarcity is purposeful and integral to Israel’s strategy of “demographic balance.”
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July 10, 2015
Obama Won’t Let Some Mass Graves Stop the TPP
It appears Malaysia will be given a free pass on human trafficking in order to protect the controversial trade deal.
July 2, 2015
Is There a Human Right to Kill?
How governments, NGOs, and conservative think tanks turned the language of human rights on its head.
June 29, 2015
The Civil War in Syria Is Invisible—but This Anonymous Film Collective Is Changing That
Abounaddara has been chronicling the hidden moments of the war, week after week.
June 26, 2015
June 26, 1945: The United Nations Charter Is Signed in San Francisco
"What the people of the world profoundly desire is something which will not mirror their conflicts but resolve them, which will dispel their fears and satisfy their hopes."
June 15, 2015
The US Base More Secret Than Guantánamo
One US military base, decades of lies, and a crime that has never been faced or righted.