George Bush, Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials probably won’t be traveling to Malaysia any time soon. They have been found guilty of war crimes by a tribunal in that country, a ruling that can’t be enforced anywhere else but adds to the record of international condemnation for the crimes those men committed.
Category Archive: Human Rights
May 08 2012
Nations where Islam is dominant continue to punish “blasphemy” — i.e. saying anything that might offend the delicate sensibilities of fundamentalist Muslims — in the harshest ways imaginable. Kuwait’s parliament just passed a new law that allows the death penalty for blasphemy. And even those who voted against it did so, in part, because it …
May 01 2012
Charles Johnson, the former dictator of Liberia, was found guilty by an international tribunal in The Hague of crimes against humanity, including aiding in child sex trafficking, rape, murder and the use of child soldiers. Americans United points out that Johnson was a business partner of Pat Robertson’s:
Mar 21 2012
The ACLU has put out their presidential report card for all of the major candidates on civil liberties, even including Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer. The two front runners for the Republican nomination, Romney and Santorum, get straight zeroes across the board. Gingrich gets almost all zeroes, rating two our of four on immigration.
Feb 17 2012
FTBer Steven Andrew of Zingularity emailed about a very interesting little twist in the debate over abortion and mandatory sonograms. As you no doubt know by now, Virginia is trying to pass a bill that would require invasive sonograms — literally, a piece of medical equipment inserted into a woman’s vagina by order of the …
Feb 14 2012
Many of the other FTBers have already written about this, and while I have little to add other than my own outrage, I want to make sure everyone has seen the story. A Saudi man was arrested in Malaysia and sent back to Saudi Arabia to face possible death over “blasphemous” Tweets about Muhammad.
Feb 13 2012
A new Washington Post poll finds a significant shift in the views of liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans when it comes to major anti-terror policies. On issues like drone strikes, Guantanamo Bay and the Patriot Act, Democrats are now more likely to support them now that Obama is in office, while Republicans are less likely …
Jan 05 2012
The ACLU has put out a voter guide for all the 2012 presidential candidates, ranking them all on 7 issues: humane immigration policy, closing Gitmo and indefinite detention, gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, ending torture, ending the surveillance state, same-sex marriage, and reproductive rights. Anthony Romero, the ACLU’s executive director, writes:
Dec 21 2011
I had a brief but absurd exchange with someone on my Facebook friends list on Saturday. His name is Mike Jordan, but I don’t know him; I assumed he was on my friends list because he’s a blog reader. And he quoted George Clooney saying something about how he was disappointed in people who were …
Dec 08 2011
- guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund Late last year, I guest-blogged on the old Dispatches about whether the government should be required to appeal a policy it doesn’t want to defend. While I ended up deciding that the executive branch should be allowed to cut bait after the initial trial without being forced to appeal, …
Dec 01 2011
While I was on vacation, Jonathan Chait, usually a solid thinker and writer, wrote a really annoying article in New York magazine about why so many liberals are disappointed with President Obama’s performance in office. It’s a massive, 5,000 word screed that pretty much completely misses the point. His argument is essentially that liberals are …
Oct 06 2011
From an article in the Wilson Quarterly: In Egypt, the practice of female genital mutilation spans millennia, dating back to the pharaohs. In 2005, a United Nations report found that 97 percent of Egyptian females between the ages of 15 and 49 had undergone one of four types of genital mutilation—clitoridectomy, excision, infibulations, or the …