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A Better Politics on the Screen

A Better Politics on the Screen

BY STEVE ERICKSON | The name of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival is a little deceptive. It’s not exactly a festival of films about human rights, although it comes close. Instead, it’s sponsored by the NGO Human Rights Watch, which is akin to Amnesty International though with a broader mission, and it would be more […]

Scapegoating Muslims Hides Homegrown Oppression

BY EMAN ABDELHADI | In November of 2001, a month after the United States invaded Afghanistan, Laura Bush gave a radio address detailing the struggle of Afghani women at the hands of the Taliban. Her speech launched what would become a new tactic on the Right: the use of women’s oppression in Muslim societies to justify […]

The Paris Attacks

The Paris Attacks

BY KELLY COGSWELL |I’ve been trying to write a piece about Paris since the attacks happened here 10 days ago. I’m not sure what I can add. Or if I should. Silence is underrated. Especially these days when even the posts by people who lost sisters or brothers or lovers begin to sound the same, but […]

UN Security Council Gets Briefing on ISIS Murders of Gays

UN Security Council Gets Briefing on ISIS Murders of Gays

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In what was a first in international diplomacy, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) appeared before the United Nations Security Council to discuss what it termed the “careful targeting” of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people by ISIS in areas that group controls in Syria and Iraq. […]

New Reports Document Re-Escalating Violence Against LGBT Iraqis    

New Reports Document Re-Escalating Violence Against LGBT Iraqis    

BY MICHAEL LUONGO  | The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 unleashed a wave of sectarian religious violence in what was once a relatively secular country, where conflict was held in check by brutal dictator Saddam Hussein. Along with women, religious minorities, artists and other creative people, and other groups, LGBT Iraqis faced brutal persecution […]

Doug Ireland, Radical Journalist and Political Insider, Dead at 67

Doug Ireland, Radical Journalist and Political Insider, Dead at 67

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Doug Ireland, a journalist and activist who came of age in the New Left politics of the 1960s and whose interests and professional pursuits ranged from foreign and domestic politics to literature and philosophy, died in his East Village home on October 26. He was 67 years old, and, according to […]

Bradley Manning and the State of Our Republic

BY NATHAN RILEY | Bradley Manning is an American hero who against great odds and without regard to his personal safety defied US secrecy laws. In recent months, his actions have increasingly been viewed in a more favorable light. By the end of July, in a sudden change of direction, Congress investigated the National Security Agency […]