Human Rights

A Letter on Inauguration Day from Aspiring Citizens

A Letter on Inauguration Day from Aspiring Citizens

Los Angeles – The 44th President of the United States of America takes the Oath of Office a second time Monday during public events scheduled in Washington, DC.  President Obama’s inaugural address will be closely followed in a viewing party by immigrant families, Latino voters, and advocates of immigration reform who expect the President and […]

World’s 100 richest earned enough in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times over

World’s 100 richest earned enough in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times over

The report proposes a new global deal to world leaders to curb extreme poverty to 1990s levels by:
– closing tax havens, yielding $189bn in additional tax revenues
– reversing regressive forms of taxation
– introducing a global minimum corporation tax rate
– boosting wages proportional to capital returns
– increasing investment in free public services

TSA ends naked airport scanners contract after years of controversy

TSA ends naked airport scanners contract after years of controversy

The US Transport and Security Administration (TSA) will remove all 174 of OSI Systems Inc. (OSIS)’s Rapiscan body scanners from airports, following serious concerns over their inability to protect the privacy of passengers. The $5 million contract Rapiscan had with the TSA will come to an end, leading to the removal of the invasive machines […]

Oliver Stone to RT: ‘US has become an Orwellian state’ (video)

Oliver Stone to RT: ‘US has become an Orwellian state’ (video)

Americans are living in an Orwellian state argue Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick, as they sit down with RT to discuss US foreign policy and the Obama administration’s disregard for the rule of law. Both argue that Obama is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and that people have forgiven him a […]

RT recalls 2012: Assange’s ordeal

RT recalls 2012: Assange’s ordeal

In 2012 Julian Assange was fighting against extradition in the UK courts. He lost and ended up in the Ecuadorian embassy: granted asylum, but unable to leave. Yet he managed to host his own show on RT, write a book and talk about freedom of speech. Ecuador granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on August […]

Peers in prayer: Israel may review gender inequality at holy site

Peers in prayer: Israel may review gender inequality at holy site

Pressured by rights activists and foreign Jewish diaspora, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has asked for a review of an Orthodox-backed law which restricts the ways how women can pray at the holy site of the Western Wall. The decision comes amid outrage from women rights activists in Israel and across the Jewish Diaspora in other […]

‘Abomination’: Rand Paul slams NDAA as bill passes US Senate

‘Abomination’: Rand Paul slams NDAA as bill passes US Senate

The controversial NDAA bill, which allows for the indefinite detention of US citizens, was approved by the Senate despite White House threats to veto the legislation. Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has decried the law as an “abomination.” The libertarian Republican voiced his concerns to a conference committee following the decision to give the present […]

Huffington Post blamed for murdered doctors in Pakistan

Huffington Post blamed for murdered doctors in Pakistan

The Huffington Post is being sued by a Panamanian man who says the website falsely credited him with an article that may have influenced a rash of killings in Pakistan targeting health workers who offer polio vaccinations. Attorney Juan Noriega of Panama City filed a federal lawsuit in Washington, DC against the Huffington Post, accusing […]

Richard Engel and NBC crew freed from captivity in Syria

Richard Engel and NBC crew freed from captivity in Syria

Four journalists from NBC News have escaped safely after being held in captivity in Syria for five days. NBC News confirmed early Tuesday that chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and three other crew members are free nearly a week after being captured while on assignment overseas. According to the organization, Engel and his colleagues were […]

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