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WTF Friday, 11/21/2014

So: Gambian President Yahya Jammeh signed that appalling anti-gay law; Armed bandits stole a cooler filled with Ebola-infected blood in Guinea; The deaths of 13 Indian women following coercive sterilization surgery was traced to antibiotics contaminated with rat poison; Bill … Continue reading ?

WTF Friday, 11/14/2014

OMG you guys, President Obama went to Burma and said “Rohingya” yesterday. And that’s just a day after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon also said it, calling on the Burmese government to ensure humanitarian access to the beleagured minority. More than a million Rohingya live in Burma. About … Continue reading ?

In Early Polling, God Remains Undecided On Pick For 2016 GOP Nominee

Had you asked me which of the 20 or so potential Republican presidential candidates would be first to claim that his candidacy was endorsed by God himself, I would have said Ben Carson, who has the necessary combination of deep religious faith and self-aggrandizing nuttiness. Show More Summary

Podcast: Immigration, GOP lawsuit vs Obama, Iran

Talk Radio News Service White House correspondent Victoria Jones speaks with Gary Baumgarten about President Obama’s immigration reform plan, the GOP reaction, the Republicans suing the president over health care and the status of the Iranian nuclear talks on the eve of a deadline.

Why There Won't Be Any Grand Immigration Confrontation Between Obama and Republicans

Republicans are, as expected, utterly livid about President Obama's announcement last night of executive actions he'll be taking on immigration, even as they completely ignore the substance of the moves (some of which are things they support). Show More Summary

Movement for Racial Justice Runs Wide and Deep

“Everyone is aware of race. Dealing with racism is another matter,” said a keynote speaker at Facing Race 2014: A Multi-Racial, Intergenerational Gathering for Racial Justice Advocates. I joined almost 1,600 people from across the United...Show More Summary

Congresswoman-Elect Mia Love: Personification of GOP Hypocrisy on Immigration

O n November 4, 2014, the Republican Party made black history. Mia Love is the first Republican black woman elected to Congress. Black women aren’t exactly clamoring to join the Republican Party, so it’s obvious why this is an impressive feat. Show More Summary

Have we lost sight of J.S. Mill’s concept of the right to liberty? Article 5 in the Court of Protection

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council v KW (by her litigation friend Celia Walsh)   [2014] EWCOP 45 – read judgment Mostyn J has pulled no punches in rejecting an application for a declaration that an incapacitated person, being looked after in her own home, has been deprived of her liberty contrary to Article 5. There is a very […]

US Joins Somalia and South Sudan in Failing to Support Child Rights

This piece originally ran at Al Jazeera America. On Nov. 20, 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a landmark human rights treaty protecting children’s rights. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was negotiated for more than a decade, a process in which the U.S. Show More Summary

Why Republicans Are So Mad About Obama's Immigration Order

President Obama is going to detail some executive actions he plans to take on immigration in a speech tonight, and you may have noticed that the debate over this move is almost completely void of discussion of the particulars. Instead, we're discussing whether Obama is exceeding his powers. Show More Summary

Attacks Continue against Honduran Rights Activists

The murder on November 11, 2014 of Juan Ángel López Miralda, a human rights activist and former leader in the peasant movement in Honduras, follows a troubling pattern of abuses against human rights defenders in the region.

Trans Remembrance and Resistance

At least 10 transgender women of color have been murdered in the United States since June. Today, on the Transgender Day of Remembrance & Resilience we honor their lives and mourn their deaths. These women - Kandy Hall, Zoraida Reyes,...Show More Summary

A Lesson in Fairness for My Children

“That’s not fair!” I said to my dad as a child. He replied as I imagine thousands of parents would saying, “Life’s not fair.” I remember at that early age thinking to myself, “But you aren’t even trying to make life fair.” Now that my...Show More Summary

VIDEO: Watch How Liberian Teens Design Tech to Fight Ebola

Designed by Liberian teens, U-Report lets young people access real-time information about the Ebola outbreak.

5 Small Things That Have Meant Big Change for Kids

Innovations that make a huge difference in children's lives don't have to be costly or complicated.

We Let Bill Cosby Into Our Homes, So He Owes Us an Explanation

  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Entertainer and former classmate Bill Cosby speaks during a public memorial service for Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Temple University in Philadelphia. W hile the natural...Show More Summary

Irish Supreme Court struggles with outcome of surrogacy arrangements

M.R. and D.R.(suing by their father and next friend O.R.) & ors -v- An t-Ard-Chláraitheoir & ors [2014] IESC 60 (7 November 2014) – read judgment The definition of a mother, whether she is “genetic” or “gestational” for the purpose of registration laws was a matter for parliament, not the courts, the Irish Supreme Court has […]

Ping pong: CJEU air pollution ruling – back to the Supreme Court

R (ClientEarth) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food &  Rural Affairs, CJEU, 19 November 2014 – read C404-13  In May 2013, the UK Supreme Court (here) was sufficiently concerned about the UK’s lack of compliance  with EU legislation, Directive 2008/50 (nitrogen dioxide etc in air)  to refer various issues to the CJEU in Luxembourg. The UK has […]

A Rare Glimpse of Bipartisanship on Open Government

So this “lame duck” Congress may not be so lame after all – at least when it comes to increasing government transparency. On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to consider a bipartisan measure that, while modest, would be one of the most significant improvements to the Freedom of Information Act in decades. Show More Summary

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