Articles Human Rights

  • Noam Chomsky: The World in August, 2015

    Human Rights

    Hopes for the future are always about the same: courageous people, often under severe duress, refusing to bow to illegitimate authority and persecution, others devoting themselves to support and to combating injustice and violence, young people who sincerely want to change the world.

  • Why I Support the BDS Movement Against Israel

    Human Rights

    The fight for the Palestinians is our fight. If the Palestinians are not liberated none of us will be liberated. We cannot pick and choose which of the oppressed are convenient or inconvenient to defend. We will stand with all of the oppressed or none of the oppressed. And when we stand with the oppressed we will be treated like the oppressed.

  • Canada’s bloody political consensus on Israel and Palestine

    Canadian Politics

    The all-party consensus on Israel/Palestine is a consensus on slaughter, a consensus written in blood. It operates on silence, fear and half-truths and only by speaking up can we end it.

  • The Refugee Crisis in Context

    Human Rights

    As long as one of us is deemed rubbish, the rest of us have a vested interest in identifying and addressing the underlying cause. The refugee crisis riddle will not be solved until we repel the forces that created it.

  • EU’s military strategy to deepen Mediterranean tragedies

    Human Rights

    According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), between 23,000 and 24,000 migrants had tried to cross over to Italy since the beginning of the year, while just under 21,000 migrants made the same journey between January and April 2014. While the number of migrants rose to some extent, migrants perishing at sea have hit the roof.

  • A Nation of Snitches

    Human Rights

    Totalitarian states record even the most banal of our activities so that when it comes time to lock us up they can invest these activities with subversive or criminal intent. And citizens who know, because of the courage of Edward Snowden, that they are being watched but naively believe they “have done nothing wrong” do not grasp this dark and terrifying logic.

  • Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on How the Private Sector Buys and Sells Your Privacy

    Human Rights

    As Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer points out to Chris Hedges in this interview for The Real News Network about Scheer’s new book, the safeguards written into the U.S. Constitution to protect Americans against abuses of their civil liberties don’t exactly apply to violations by the private sector.

  • Welcome Back, Omar Khadr: Demonized No More

    Human Rights

    Until last week. A Harper cabinet already in a morgue-like mood from the NDP victory in Alberta was now facing another blow to its house of cards. Seeing Omar on his lawyer’s driveway was like witnessing the beginning of the end of a wrongful conviction case.

  • Understanding indigenous struggles against settler colonialism and international law

    Human Rights

    The right of indigenous peoples is the right to self-determination, meaning freedom from an incarcerating existence. In the case of the Palestinians, international law’s solution is perpetuating incarceration through the statehood.

  • Toronto’s Plan to Push Out the Homeless

    Human Rights

    The agenda of the developers is to complete the creation of an interwoven hive of business, commerce, upscale recreation and high end housing. Standing in the way of this are enduring pockets of housed poverty and a considerable and growing homeless population.

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