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Human Rights that Aren’t So Universal: Modern Slavery and the World Cup

“No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.”

This is Article 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document passed by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. On December 10 of 2014, a vigil will be held […]

World Humanitarian Day

As F.G. Fitzer observed earlier this morning, today is National Aviation Day, a holiday that promotes an industry that has become more of an annoyance than an inspiration. Today also commemorates something more inspiring: Humanitarian workers who put themselves into dangerous situations in order to help other human beings.

August 19 is World Humanitarian […]

Top 5 Internet Absurdities Of The Day

5. This morning, Fast Company reports that Facebook is now going to make it less difficult for people to buy things online by providing a way for people to route their financial interactions through Facebook, allowing Facebook to take a cut as a middleman. How many people are suffering from the difficulty of making a […]

USA Using NSA To Spy On UN And Sex Partners

Somehow, for me, it makes the whole NSA spying scandal more frightening that agents working for Big Brother could actually write “(yay!)” when they gain new methods of conducting surveillance against targets that are supposed to be off-limits. […]

Juntos Somos 99%: Ocupa Rio Protest June 20-22

Marking the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations “Earth Summit” on global development, the international Occupy movement is calling for protesters to gather in Rio de Janeiro from June 20-22 to stage social movement pressure on the invitation-only participants in Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

Countering last year’s (fair) criticism of […]

Jonathan Turley Deceives About Obama’s Support For UN Religious Tolerance Resolution

There are real instances of religious discrimination. There’s no need for Jonathan Turley to go making up stories about threats to religious freedom. That’s just what he has done, however, with his dishonest and inaccurate article about United Nations Human Rights resolution 16/18. […]

The Myth Won’t Die: H.B. 1388, Barack Obama and Sending Hamas $20 billion

The HB 1388 Myth in the 111th Congress

Along with a belief in Christian End Times, the righteously violent rhetoric of the Hutaree was stoked by the belief that the current President of the United States had sent $20 billion to Hamas and welcomed Hamas members as immigrants to the United States. One of the […]

We Fight For Fraud

Why are we fighting a war in Afghanistan to support a government that commits election fraud? […]

It Was World Population Day

The more girls are educated, the more they delay becoming mothers, and that helps to slow population growth without having to engage in any controversial sort of discussion of birth control or abortion. That’s why World Population Day posters for this year don’t even mention population. […]

Climate Politics Converge In California

The Nunes Amendment would have taken the Marine Fisheries opinion, which was crafted through long deliberation including two scientific peer review boards, and replaced it with a move founded completely upon political considerations. That’s an approach that agriculture in California has taken for a long time, ignoring scientific warnings about the unsustainable nature of crop irrigation there, for the sake of short-term, local benefit for a small number of influential constituents […]

Oceans Warming Up

Increases in ocean temperatures have been associated in large shifts in fisheries production, an increase in the number and extent of harmful algal blooms, and a surge in dead zones. […]