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We Need a Cuba Policy that Truly Serves the Cuban People

Posted December 21st, 2016 at 11:53 am (UTC-4)
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Clearly, changes are coming to U.S.-Cuba policy under Trump. But what to replace Obama’s policy with? [N]o one argues for a return to the status quo ante. [T]he President-elect’s new team should seize the opportunity to bring energy and creativity to truly empowering the Cuban people to reclaim their right to decide their own destiny.

Here’s a Problem with the TPP that Hillary Clinton Ignores at her Peril

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 11:29 am (UTC-4)
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There is not a single mention of climate change or human rights in the treaty text….While leaked documents from the TPP negotiations suggest the U.S. acquiesced to other countries attempts to weaken the agreement, history shows that tying environmental and human rights issues into larger strategic agreements actually strengthens these treaties.

Elie Wiesel’s Great Mission on Behalf of Soviet Jews

Posted July 5th, 2016 at 9:07 am (UTC-4)
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Wiesel first traveled to the Soviet Union in 1965 as a journalist from Haaretz, on a mission to meet with Jews there, and was shocked by what he saw….”For the second time in a single generation, we are committing the error of silence,” Wiesel warned…

Losing Control: The Dangers of Killer Robots

Posted June 16th, 2016 at 4:51 pm (UTC-4)
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As artificial intelligence advances, the possibility that machines could independently select and fire on targets is fast approaching. Fully autonomous weapons, also known as “killer robots,” are quickly moving from the realm of science fiction toward reality.

Supporters of Nuclear Deal Should Promote Iran Human Rights

Posted May 12th, 2016 at 11:08 am (UTC-4)
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By Barbara Slavin Every day brings another horrific story of human rights abuses in the Middle East. From the killing fields of Syria to the carnage in Yemen to the crowded prisons of Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and Israel, there are enough atrocities in the region to absorb the energies of dozens of […]

Honoring Fourteen #WomenOfCourage

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 10:17 am (UTC-4)
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Secretary of State John Kerry awarded women around the globe who are exceptional advocates for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, often doing so at great personal risk

The E.U.’s Deal on Migrants Is Immoral and Illegal

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 8:59 am (UTC-4)
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As it stands, the returns would contravene a number of European and international laws, including the European Convention on Human Rights, which states that a country must investigate each individual asylum case, and the 1951 UN Refugee Convention stating that no person be returned to a country where their life or freedom could be threatened.

Courage on Trial in China

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 8:21 am (UTC-4)
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Over the years, [Pu] Zhiqiang has defended many journalists, petitioners and human rights activists. His legal advocacy, along with his valor and superior skills, made him a target for political persecution. The leadership sees his rising influence as a threat.

Russia Cracks Down on an Important Voice for Human Rights

Posted November 12th, 2015 at 11:47 am (UTC-4)
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The Russian Ministry of Justice has taken another step toward suffocating Memorial, one of the world’s most respected human rights and civil society organizations. The Kremlin hopes to cripple a group that has courageously defended the memory of Stalin’s victims, while carrying out independent research into modern human rights abuses.

Rouhani Wins on Nuclear Deal. Struggles on Human Rights

Posted September 23rd, 2015 at 2:53 pm (UTC-4)
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By Barbara Slavin With Iranian President Hassan Rouhani about to arrive in New York, hopes are fading for the release of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian during this year’s U.N. General Assembly. In the past, Iranian officials have freed political prisoners before the annual diplomatic gabfest. But this could well be the second General Assembly […]

Susan Rice: “With China, we speak openly about persistent human rights violations, pressing our concerns at every level.”

Posted September 21st, 2015 at 3:42 pm (UTC-4)
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Tensions – Some Old, Some New – Won’t Be Ignored When China’s Xi Visits US

Posted September 21st, 2015 at 3:04 pm (UTC-4)
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Xi Jinping has visited the U.S. six times before. But this week’s tour, which begins Tuesday in Washington the state, then to Washington the capital before ending in New York City, will be his first state visit as China’s leader. Activists will clamor for President Barack Obama to denounce the rise in dissident crackdowns. But Beijing’s market roller coaster ride and Xi’s military aggressiveness in the region may force Obama’s hand.