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Salvador's Draconian Abortion Laws: A Miscarriage of Justice

Co-authored by Michael Avender and Medea Benjamin "We are here to speak for them, to call for their release. When there is an injustice, silence is complicity," said Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of School of the Americas Watch and a decades-long advocate for human rights in Latin America. Show More Summary

Sanders, Clinton and the Democratic Party Should Thank #BlackLivesMatter

This has been a very good week for the Democratic Party and for its two leading presidential candidates. And no, I'm not kidding. Right now, the consensus is that -- for Bernie Sanders at least -- the protests carried out at Netroots...Show More Summary

How to Repair Europe by Leveraging German Overreach

CORFU, Greece -- Anti-semitism makes the Jew, Sartre once famously said. In the same way, the return of "the ugly German" (to use the phrase of former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer) has "made" Syriza in Greece and the other populist parties of both the right and left arising today in Spain, Italy, France and elsewhere. Show More Summary

"You Seem Irritated": Sandra Bland Spoke, Then She Died

The tragic fate of Sandra Bland is important to us all. If you don't know by now -- and you should -- Sandra Bland is the name of the 28-year-old black woman who died in police custody after being pulled over on July 10, 2015 for an improper lane change in Waller County, Texas. Show More Summary

Negotiations Between Iran and the U.S. Have Now Begun

In his first public remarks since the U.S.-Iran agreement in Vienna, Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah said Tehran would confound critics who say it would end support to Hezbollah. "Iran's relationship with its allies is based on ideological...Show More Summary

Scalia Gets It Pretty Much Right

Two recent items in the news reflect the continuing fallout from Obergefell v. Hodges, the case barring states from restricting marriage to the union of a man and a woman. Senator Ted Cruz is holding hearings in response to what he takes to be the "lawlessness" of the decision. Show More Summary

Symbols matter, but they're no substitute for substance

It was a great day in South Carolina -- and the nation -- when the Confederate battle flag was removed from the grounds of the State House. The battle flag has historical significance and should be dealt with accordingly. Unfortunately,...Show More Summary

Republican Men Against Women's Rights

There is something unnerving about the rush of Republican presidential candidates to go on record as standing firmly against women's reproductive rights. Addressing a recent gathering of the National Right to Life Committee -- whichShow More Summary

Huckabee's Hitler Hysteria

Why is Mike Huckabee obsessed with Hitler and the Nazis? Talking about the the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran he recently said in an interview that "This president's foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. Show More Summary

A Necessary Expiation

According to The New York Times/CBS poll published on July 23, nearly six in 10 Americans think race relations in the U.S are bad and nearly four in 10 think they are getting worse. Also, 57 percent of whites said they considered the...Show More Summary

Civility's Place is in the Senate and the House

The weather is getting a bit warm in Washington as July rumbles into August, and tempers in the Capitol are heating up as well. In a rare Sunday session of the United States Senate, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who also serves as president...Show More Summary

One Year of Distrust Based on Unexplainable Encounters

For the last two weeks, the nation has been watching what is going on surrounding the mysterious death (coroner says suicide) of Sandra Bland at a Texas jail. Though the District Attorney and the coroner stand by their findings, the Bland family has raised serious questions and ordered an independent review. Show More Summary

New Threats as Americans with Disabilities Act Marks 25th Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law safeguarding the civil rights of persons with disabilities. This landmark legislation clearly and comprehensively mandated the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Show More Summary

The Equality Act, Part One -- Introduction

Last Thursday, Senate and House Democrats, 205 in all, introduced the Equality Act (S.1858/H.R.3185). Decades in the making, and not introduced since 1974 when Bella Abzug and Ed Koch were its Congressional sponsors, it's the first comprehensive...Show More Summary

Don't Let Background Check Failure Be the Lesson of Lafayette

It looks like that if we learn anything from the Louisiana shooting, we're going to learn that another shooter might have played the loopholed NICS system to his advantage and gotten his hands on a gun. Back in 2006 John Houser applied for a concealed-weapons permit in Alabama and was denied based on arson and domestic violence allegations. Show More Summary

Caught Between Egypt, Qatar and the Struggle for Free Press

Judgment comes in just a matter of days -- July 30 -- in the trial of us Al Jazeera journalists, after 19 months of a tormenting experience that has changed me and the lives of my loved ones forever. Understandably, the world is preoccupied...Show More Summary

An Open Letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders

Co-authored by Dennis Ojogho, Harvard University undergraduate Dear Senator Bernie Sanders, When you first announced your candidacy for the Democratic nomination, you breathed new, progressive life into the race to elect our nation's next president. Show More Summary

A Dispatch From Athens

"The thing is, us Greeks, we don't have a sense of humor. We are known for our tragedies and our dramas," remarked Neofitos Christodoulou, a prominent Greek businessman, 10 days into Greece's "bank" holiday. Neofitos had much to be tragic about. Show More Summary

Israel Ambassadors Support Deal With Iran

A day after Mike Huckabee said that President Obama was "marching the Israelis to the door of the oven," former U.S. ambassadors to Israel strongly supported the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers. The ambassadors joined...Show More Summary

A Fish By Any Other Name

Names are important, especially when it comes to what's on our dinner plates. When you order a hamburger, you know you should be getting a specific species, Bos Taurus, or the domestic cow. Just as many animals on land have a scientific...Show More Summary

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