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Filed Under:Issues & Causes / Human Rights
Posts on Regator:72
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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Rick Perry Is an Idiot, Gay-Rights Edition

Rick Perry has no problem executing lots of people, so it wasn't really that shocking when he announced last week that Obama's initiative to "ensure that US diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of lesbian,...Show More Summary

Romney Wins Coveted Sugar Daddy Endorsement

We got a really important press release this morning from, a website where old rich guys who want to pay for sex can find young women who want to sell it to them. Because GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney...Show More Summary

Burma Halts War With Karen Rebels…For Now

Crazy news coming out of Burma yesterday: The Karen National Union, an ethnic organization that's been waging an armed insurrection against the Burmese government since nearly the moment the country became independent in 1948, has signed a ceasefire. This wasn't some wee little skirmish. Show More Summary

Today in Ridiculous Homophobic Comments

It's been kind of a banner week as far as making offensive and stupid comments about gays goes. In case you missed them, let's run down the top slurs: Coming in at No. 3, Pat Buchanan, on why he appears to be suspended from MSNBC: "Look,...Show More Summary

Love Letters for Veterans

It's not every marriage in which one partner implores the other to justify why, why they still love them. But then, it's not every marriage in which one partner went to war, killed or saw friends/enemies/innocent civilians get killed...Show More Summary

Did Your Haiti Donations Ever Get Spent?

Why yes, according to a new report by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, most of them did. Since the earthquake that devastated the country nearly two years ago, two-thirds of the $2.1 billion aid organizations have collected has gone to rebuilding or otherwise helping Haiti. Show More Summary

My (Fake) Interview With Jeff Bezos

If you missed Wired's recent cover interview with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, you should check it out. Reading it on a plane recently, I was interested in a) knowing how thoroughly he controls important internet things (and possibly soonShow More Summary

Rick Perry Is an Idiot, Gay-Rights Edition

Rick Perry loves to kill people, so it wasn't really that shocking when he announced last week that Obama's initiative to "ensure that US diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, and transgender...Show More Summary

Hillary's Hopes for Burma

This past month, I was on a sort of sneaky assignment and then out of the country, and in my absence there have been some huge developments in US-Burma relations. For the first time in 50 years, an American secretary of state dropped...Show More Summary

We Interrupt This Blog…

It's time for my next assignment! Unfortunately, we can't tell you what it is. Nor can I blog about it, nor explain why I can't blog about it at just this moment. So I'll be virtually disappearing, to return in a few weeks when we drop...Show More Summary

The Latest From Ohio

Some crucial updates from my home state of Ohio, which is proving to be ground zero in the war on organized labor and the middle class: First up: Those lazy, selfish public workers Gov. Kasich and state Republicans have been trying to...Show More Summary

Are Qaddafi's Killers War Criminals?

Was Moammar Qaddafi—who was wanted by the International Criminal Court for committing war crimes—himself a victim of a war crime? Amnesty International thinks it's a good possibility: Video footage which emerged yesterday appears toShow More Summary

The US vs. LRA Showdown, As Seen From Uganda

Since President Obama's announcement on Friday that he will send 100 soldiers to Uganda to help fight the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel group that's been responsible for killing thousands of civilians over more than two decades, most...Show More Summary

Way to Go, Ohio!

Today, MoJo is publishing a story about the war on the middle class that I witnessed in Ohio this summer. Read it here. I've compiled a corresponding playlist. Paste informs me that there are newer, hipper songs about my home state, but here are a few relevant classics to listen to while you read. 1. Show More Summary

Inside a Haitian Women's Prison

In the immediate aftermath of Haiti's 2010 quake, many relied on Twitter for news about what was going on in the country. One of the more prominent Haitian tweeters was @RAMhaiti, a.k.a. Richard Morse, a.k.a. front man of one of Haiti's...Show More Summary

The Blue Angels' Psychological Warfare

Today is the penultimate day of San Francisco's annual Fleet Week, during which communists like myself complain about the Navy's wasteful expenditure of taxpayer dollars on jet fuel so the Blue Angels can do acrobatics overhead. As Navy...Show More Summary

Stat of the Day: Don't-Lend-College-Students-Money Edition

Here's a fun tidbit fact-checker extraordinaire Aaron Ross dug up when we were shipping my Assignment: Ohio feature for the November/December issue. With the help of student-aid guru Mark Kantrowitz, Aaron was verifying that the majority of the student loans taken out in the United States haven't yet been paid back. Show More Summary

Speaking of War Criminals

Good news for Cote d'Ivoirians who would like to see any sort of incremental progress toward justice for alleged rapists, murderers, and civilian-attackers within their government. The judges of the International Criminal Court have approved an investigation into crimes committed during the past year's unrest. Show More Summary

Ohio Governor Gets a Raise While Slashing Public Services

While we're all at being (rightfully) mad at some really rich people, let's splash some more fuel onto the class-warfare fire. Think tank Innovation Ohio has released some stats about that state's governor, John Kasich, who is trying...Show More Summary

Fear and Loathing in Congo

The feature on war criminals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that I reported this spring is out. In honor of its publication, I'd like to share a scene that was in my notes but that didn't end up in the final product. Like the the outtake from the time I was on camera for PBS and ripped a five-inch hole in the crotch of my pants. Show More Summary

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