January 30, 2015 - 10:00am EST
China’s international mantra is that human rights start with a socio-economically stable foundation--before democratization. In other words, people need to eat breakfast before they cast ballots.
China is also an advocate of sovereignty and emphasizes not interfering in other countries’ internal affairs. This comes from interference by Western powers in the past, particularly Great Britain during the opium wars, who told [...] Read More
January 26, 2015 - 10:00am EST
We all remember #BringBackOurGirls, a movement built around protesting the kidnapping of over 200 girls from Chibok Government Secondary School in Borno State, Nigeria.
Boko Haram has continued to abduct women and children in the eight months since that mass kidnapping. A December raid just north of Chibok included a kidnapping of at least 185 women and children. In a recent kidnapping that crossed over into neighboring [...] Read More
January 22, 2015 - 10:00am EST
Progress results only from the fact that there are some men and women who refuse to believe that what they know to be right cannot be done.
With the US presidential campaign preliminaries already being discussed in the Democratic and Republican parties, it may be useful to recall one of the most innovative of campaign strategists: Russell Davenport, the spirit behind those chanting “We want Willkie [...] Read More
January 19, 2015 - 10:00am EST
Following the despicable terrorist attacks on the staff of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7th, a public discussion on the importance of free speech in global society has ensued. While discussion has ranged from the importance of free speech in general and satire in particular to the need to temper speech with respect, these discussions are themselves emblematic of a kind of triumph over narrow- [...] Read More
January 16, 2015 - 10:00am EST
The recent movie The Interview released by Sony Pictures on December 25, 2014 has caused a huge amount of controversy. Some say it’s an expression of freedom of speech. Others call it a blunder that threatens US Security and/or claim that we really shouldn’t be surprised by North Korea’s response to this film.
North Korea is known to the world as one of worst violators of human rights as it seeks to control every aspect [...] Read More