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January 7, 2006
While senior United Nations officials and diplomats from other countries would like to see the International Criminal Court playing an important role in the world community's efforts to deter attacks against innocent civilians during armed conflicts, the United States says no way.
Facing increasing scrutiny, the Bush administration and its conservative allies in the media have defended the secret spying operation with false and misleading claims that have subsequently been reported without challenge across the media.
A majority of Americans support either immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq or withdrawal within two years time. Two years might seem like a long while, but considering that there have been indications that the U.S. might want to stay on indefinitely in some form, this change in public attitudes represents real progress, says William Hartung. Posted on CommonDreams.org.
As the first-ever international treaty to fight worldwide corruption comes into effect, a top U.N. official has urged rich nations to return funds deposited in their banks by the corrupt rulers of developing countries.
The reauthorization broadens efforts to combat violence against women with more focus on prevention strategies, culturally specific services, and enhanced services for victims with disabilities, and it broadens services to include children and teenagers.
The NAACP, which represents more than 500,000 members, announced its opposition to the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court.
Two national coalitions, one of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups and the other of disabilities rights groups, have announced their opposition to the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court.
A recent poll of Latin Americans by the prestigious research group Latinobarometro found two important trends: First, Latin America is becoming increasingly Protestant; 15% of those who called themselves religious now identify themselves as Protestant. Second, Latin Americans have a less favorable opinion of the United States than they did a decade ago; only 40% polled had a favorable opinion of the U.S.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) on FOX News Sunday threatened to use the so-called 'nuclear option' if Democrats launch a filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) challenged Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) on the floor of the Senate, asking where in the Constitution was it written that a nominee has the right to an up or down vote.
Fifteen African countries have ratified the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, affirming that reproductive rights are human rights. The Protocol mandates that women have the right to an abortion when pregnancy results from assault, rape, or incest, as well as when the woman’s mental health, physical health, or life is jeopardized. This is the first international treaty to assert this right.
ACORN members, shareholders and customers of the bank picketed outside the Wells Fargo headquarters in San Francisco to protest Wells Fargo’s predatory lending practices and payday loans.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has targeted three fellowship programs at Southern Illinois University for discriminating against men, whites, and "non-preferred minorities," demanding that the university either eliminate the fellowships or face the threat of a lawsuit.
A recent settlement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires Washington Hospital Center to make sweeping changes to its facilities to ensure that patients with disabilities receive access to standard medical treatment.
Iraqis will choose 275 new legislators, but some experts warn that the country's improved voting procedures will still under-represent its Sunni Arab minority and could cause a backlash.
Coca-Cola, the multinational soft drink giant, is facing the wrath of rights advocacy groups here in the United States and abroad for refusing to take responsibility for abusive practices at its bottling plants.
A recent bipartisan resolution by U.S. Congressional leaders exposes the continuing double standards for supporting democracy. This continued Palestinian "exceptionalism" -- opposed by Israeli supporters of a two state solution -- highlights how the United States still poses obstacles to political negotiations and the Palestinian political process, says Stephen Zunes.
As we consider our goals for the New Year, what is more important to American taxpayers: free Viagra or providing essential food, health care and education for our neediest families? According to our congressional leaders, free Viagra is the priority, says Diana Zuckerman. Posted on MercuryNews.com.
Though it would be difficult to find anyone in the United States who would praise North Korea for its dismal human rights record, this consensus of opinion by no means extends to practical foreign policy, says John Feffer. In other words, there is broad agreement on what is wrong in North Korea, but little agreement on what to do about it or who should be doing it.
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