Screen shot from Laurie Anderson's "Heart of a Dog" documentary
20 Nov 2015

Film Review: ‘Heart of a Dog’ Is A Wondrous Meditation On Life & Death

Laurie Anderson’s documentary, “Heart of a Dog,” is an intensely personal meditation on life and death, and a reflection on American culture after 9/11.

National Gallery in France (Photo by Jack Gordon)
16 Nov 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ‘Le ciel est noir’ by Nana Mouskouri & Garou

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, a song that seems fitting for a moment when terror may be compounded by overreaction by the French government.

The sky turns magenta beyond the razor wire as the sun sets over Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in this February 21, 2006 photograph. (Flickr / U.S. Navy / Photographer's Mate 1st Class (AW) Brien Aho)
06 Nov 2015

Guantanamo Prisoner Cleared for Release, But U.S. Opposes Rejoining Family in Yemen

Mansoor Abdul Rahman al Dayfi is cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay, but the U.S. won’t let him return home to care for his ailing family members.

An aerial view of Indonesia's fires, constructed as a composite from multiple images taken from the International Space Station. (Flickr / NASA / Stuart Rankin)
03 Nov 2015

Indonesian Forest Fires Producing More Pollution Daily Than Entire US Economy

Indonesia is burning, literally, one of the worst environmental and humanitarian disasters of our era, though you likely haven’t heard about it on TV.

Thousands rally for immigrant dignity and justice in Washington DC, near The National Mall on Tuesday, October 8 2013. (Stephen Melkisethian on Flickr)
29 Oct 2015

Immigrant Detainees’ Access to Bond Hearings Expanded by Appeals Court

A federal appeals court affirmed and expanded a prior ruling to grant immigrant detainees in the Ninth Circuit access to bond hearings every six months.

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.