A Palestinian child looks over the ruins of a stone wall in Ma'asara, on the West Bank, Palestine, on January 8, 2010. (Flickr / Ian McKellar)
17 Sep 2015

13M Children Forced Out Of School By Western Destabilization Efforts In Middle East

Presented in partnership with MintPress News. UNITED NATIONS — Years of war and unrest devastated education in the Middle East and North Africa, leaving more than 13 million children without safe or reliable schools across the region, according to a new report from UNICEF. The report, “Education Under Fire,” which

Prison compound no. 1, Angola, Louisiana. Leadbelly in the foreground / by Alan Lomax from Library of Congress
07 Sep 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ‘Take This Hammer’

In the days of slavery and Jim Crow, there was a type of work song commonly sung by black Americans known as the hammer song. Blues singer Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly, popularized this particular tune. The work song is constructed in the following form—a line repeated three times for a

The United States delegation presents its fourth periodic report on U.S. implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights before the Human Rights Committee at the United Nations Office at Geneva on March 13, 2014. On September 1, the U.S. rejected recommendations from over a dozen countries on how it could better implement the ICCPR treaty, which was ratified in 1992. (Flickr / U.S. Mission Geneva / Eric Bridiers)
03 Sep 2015

U.S. Rejects Recommendations Aimed at Ending Systematic Human Rights Abuses

On September 1, the United States government rejected several recommendations from countries which suggested how the U.S. could better uphold human rights. Rejected recommendations included abolishing the death penalty, ending spying on private communications of people of the world, and allowing foreign aid to assist rape victims in war zones who need access to safe abortions.

File: Razor wire outside a prison in Maryland. (Flickr / Fred Dunn)
31 Aug 2015

Tennessee Department of Corrections Struggles To Keep The Lid On Prison Crisis

The Tennessee Department of Corrections is threatening and intimidating corrections officers speaking out against dangerous work conditions, according to a letter [PDF] published on August 27 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. The organization asked the DOC to clearly state it will not seek to silence or retaliate against employees for their speech.

Adam Horine, a prisoner from Kentucky, poses against a brick wall. Two Kentucky police officers face charges after putting Horine on a one-way bus to Florida instead of helping him obtain the help he needed. (Carrollton Police Department)
12 Aug 2015

Kentucky Police Indicted After Sending Mentally Ill Inmate on One-Way Trip to Florida

A local police chief and an officer in Carrollton County, Kentucky, were indicted by a grand jury this week after allegedly placing a 31-year-old mentally ill inmate on a bus to Florida instead of taking him to the hospital for a court-ordered psychological evaluation. Attorney General for the state of Kentucky Jack Conway said in a press release today that officers Ronald Dickow and Michael Willhoite were indicted on charges of kidnapping and official misconduct.

Corizon Health Care
08 Aug 2015

Corizon Health Services Breaks Second Death Settlement Record This Year

2015 has been a big year for Corizon Health Services: in the span of six months, the nation’s largest for-profit inmate healthcare provider has managed to break not one, but two different state records for the largest wrongful death settlement payouts in history.

Armed Norwegian police stand guard over a street after a fake bomb was found in a car trying to enter a nearby U.S. embassy on July 31, 2012. Despite access to firearms, Norwegian police very rarely use lethal force. (Flickr / Metziger)
07 Aug 2015

What Norway Is Getting Right About Policing That American Cops Just Can’t Figure Out

Matthew Ajibade, Roberto Ornelas, and Garrett Gagne: These were the first three people killed by American police this year. Since their deaths at the hands of police on Jan. 1, police have killed another 687 people, averaging three daily, according to The Guardian’s “The Counted,” currently the most comprehensive database of killings by U.S. police. This stands in sharp contrast to police in Norway. They fired guns twice last year. And Norwegian police haven’t killed anyone since 2006, and that police-related fatality was the only one that year.

Mikhail Gorbachev speaks on a book tour in Berlin on March 12, 2013. Gorbachev marked the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing by calling for a reduction in U.S. military power to promote world peace and reduce the likelihood of nuclear war. (Wikimedia Commons / SpreeTom)
07 Aug 2015

Gorbachev Calls For U.S. Demilitarization On 70th Anniversary Of Hiroshima Bombing

Former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, who pushed for nuclear disarmament in meetings with President Ronald Reagan, told Der Spiegel that the US as an “insurmountable obstacle on the road to a nuclear-free world,” and suggested, “That’s why we have to put demilitarization back on the agenda of international politics.”

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Wood speaks at an event supporting his re-election on June 16, 2007. (Wikimedia Commons / Natalie Maynor)
05 Aug 2015

ACLU Demands Mississippi Stop Invading Privacy Of Millions Of Google Users

On Monday, the ACLU asked an attorney general to “back off” and stop invading the privacy of Internet users to infringe on free speech or serve the agenda of big corporations and their lawyers. Google already sued Attorney General Jim Hood over the massive, invasive subpoena.

Zerofox Crisis Management Team monitored social media and identified activists as "threats" during the Baltimore Uprising.
05 Aug 2015

ZeroFOX Executives Defend Labeling Black Lives Matter Activists As Threats

Executives of the “social media risk management” firm ZeroFOX have defended an assessment the company produced for Baltimore, which labeled Black Lives Matter activists as “threat actors.” After Baltimore police killed Freddie Gray, an uprising, which included rioting, occurred. ZeroFOX offered pro bono assistance to city officials and produced a “confidential” report identifying supposed threats to the city. It recommended steps city officials could take to protect security, including keeping a close eye on protest leaders.