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By BOB NEY Talk Radio News Service Former President Jimmy Carter once again is getting way out in front of the U.S. government on the Middle East, co-authoring an op-ed in which he calls for Washington to recognize designated terror group Hamas as a legitimate “political actor” – while blasting Israel for its military campaign […]

The rise of the secret trial: Closed Material Procedures one year on – Lawrence McNamara

Last week Justice Secretary Chris Grayling reported on how often closed material proceedings (CMPs) have been sought under the Justice and Security Act 2013 (JSA), as he is required to do annually under the Act. As the first and only official consolidated presentation of how the new CMP regime is being used, this two-page written […]

Violence in Nigeria: Bringing Back No One

Amnesty International released new findings into war crimes and other human rights abuses occurring in Nigeria. Evidence gathered included a series of videos.

Why Moderate Districts Don't Produce Moderate Congressmembers

As I was writing this piece about the difference between conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats in Congress and why the latter don't act in the same ways as the former, I began thinking about those members who don't represent the ideology of their districts very well. Show More Summary

Another Sign

This one’s from the MONUSCO compound: Apparently, the UN would prefer you not drive their vehicles into Lake Kivu.

When Walking Down the Street Is a Crime

When Monica Jones left her house on the evening of May 17, 2013, she expected to hang out at a local bar and restaurant and meet up with some friends. But for transgender women of color, just walking down the street can be a criminal...Show More Summary

The Shadow Economy of Lethal Injection Drug Deals

For all we know, the "pharmacy" might be a high school science class. That's how a federal appeals court judge described Missouri's secretive death penalty system back in the spring. Shady medical experiments masquerading as legal executions have gone horrifically wrong in four states already this year. Show More Summary

Their Lives Depend on It: Every Unaccompanied Child Needs a Lawyer

At first glance, the kids I met at the Ft. Sill military base in Lawton, Oklahoma, seemed like ordinary teenagers. They wore friendship bracelets they'd made in arts and crafts. Boys had baseball caps and girls had brightly colored nail polish with tiny flowers painted on them. Show More Summary

The Sun just keep getting it wrong on human rights

With the May 2015 General Election looming, the battle for the future of human rights in the UK is hotting up. The Prime Minister has just sacked his long-standing Attorney General apparently because he disagreed with a mooted Tory manifesto policy which would, he rightly suggested, breach the UK’s international law obligations. Meanwhile, over on what used to be […]

How This Week’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Can Help End Violence Against Women in Morocco

This week's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is the perfect opportunity to shed light on the countless abuses experienced by women and girls in Morocco and the Western Sahara.

Safer Communities and Fewer People Behind Bars

Before he started singing with muppets, John Oliver showed us a lot of boxes of Cheerios. This was in the second minute of his epic rant on the state of the U.S. criminal justice system last week. Varieties of Cheerios – from "Frosted"...Show More Summary

House Intel Committee Finds No Benghazi Scandal; Will Boehner Ignore Its Findings?

A ccording to Representative Mike Thompson, Democrat of California, a report from the Republican led House Intelligence Committee on the September 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, "confirms that no one was deliberately misled, no military assets were withheld and no stand-down order (to U.S. Show More Summary

A Sign

Spotted at Rumangabo: Does it bother anyone else that they’re both smiling?


The State Department says it is “appalled” by Israel’s “disgraceful shelling” outside a UN school in Rafah in Gaza where 3,000 Palestinians had gone for refuge. At least 10 more Palestinian civilians were killed in the attack. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says there was no excuse for the Israelis to have shelled the school. […]

WTF Friday, 8/1/14

This reads like a free e-book companion to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion: The Times of Israel took down the original post, but you can find the full text here, if you’re curious. WTF?

Ted Cruz, Legislative Innovator

C ongress, it is said, is divided into "work horses" and "show horses." The former try to make laws, while the latter worry more about whether they can get on TV. Plenty of members try to be both, but there are a surprising number that don't even bother legislating. Show More Summary


Talk Radio News Service White House correspondent Victoria Jones talks with Gary Baumgarten about the breakdown of the Gaza truce, the improving economy and Congress going home without resolving the border crisis.

New Technology Renews Old Fears of Manipulation and Control

In the first half of the 20th century, Americans gained a new awareness of the malleability and manipulability of the human mind, and the result was a wave of concern over “propaganda” and other techniques of influence. Today we mayShow More Summary

School’s out? Peers ask Government to use summer holidays to reflect on controversial judicial review reforms – Angela Patrick

Angela Patrick, Director of Human Rights Policy at JUSTICE provides a summary of the House of Lords debate on Government proposals to reform judicial review in Part 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. As the House of Lords closes its gilded doors for the long recess, the Westminster village enters its equivalent of […]

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