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Should Internet access become a human right?

Is the Internet so embedded in the lives of so many people, acting as the main way for information exchange, that to deny access to everyone in the world is a breach of human rights? The United Nations thinks so.

Holocaust survivor and Palestine advocate Hedy Epstein dead at 91

Saint Louis - Holocaust survivor and peace activist Hedy Epstein, who championed the cause of oppressed people from Palestine to Ferguson, died May 26 of illness at her home in St. Louis. She was 91 years old.

Op-Ed: Legacy of corrupt governance haunts European ambitions of Belarus

Minsk - As Belarusian state policy is to forge ties with Europe, Europe should respond by pressuring the government to strengthen good governance; highlighting human rights issues, systemic corruption, and rampant smuggling across EU borders.

Gambia outlaws female genital mutilation

Gambia has joined at least 20 African countries to ban the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), an antiquated tradition involving the partial or full removal of the female genitalia.

Op-Ed: Will Canada condemn Rwanda’s brutality at home and abroad? Special

Rwanda’s tragic history and predatory governance have been devastating for refugees. The West has enabled the government’s witch-hunts and has made things worse.

Iranian-American scholars blast Rouhani in letter to Obama

While Iran has been enjoying improved publicity following the conclusion of nuclear talks, 101 Iranian-American scholars are warning that the regime remains as brutal as ever.

UN investigates UK Govt. over human rights welfare reform abuses

The United Nations plans to visit the UK to investigate whether Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms have caused harmful and systematic abuses of disabled people's human rights, The Independent reports.

Britain arrests Kagame's spy chief on genocide charges: Lawyer Special

Rwanda’s intelligence chief — indicted by Spain on genocide charges in 2008 — has been arrested in Britain, a Spanish lawyer representing victims in a case of universal jurisdiction said Monday.

Kagame's top general, wanted by Spanish court, reportedly in UK Special

Scotland Yard appeared to be facing a legal dilemma Wednesday following credible reports that Rwanda’s intelligence chief – indicted by Spain on genocide charges in 2008 — had arrived in Britain on official business.

Op-Ed: Did Sweden deny Ananta Bijoy Das's fundamental human rights?

Ananta Bijoy Das was murdered last week for his work as a secular activist and blogger. Sadly, his death may have been prevented if Sweden had granted him a visa to speak on human rights at a conference.

Op-Ed: Let's talk Turkey and the TTIP

Ankara - As the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and the EU takes shape, Turkey must play smart to avoid a major loss.

Op-Ed: Chinese dissident criticizes Obama, praises Hillary Clinton

In a Voice of America interview, a blind Chinese dissident blamed the Obama White House for trying to force him out of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where he had sought refuge in 2012, but praised former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her help.

Op-Ed: Water and the future of humanity and environment

Water allows for the existence of all life on Earth, without water a human cannot survive for more than three or four days. Pollution and a changing climate are threatening freshwater and thereby the existence of life as we know it.

U.S. intervention is worsening Syria's conflict and helping ISIS Special

Damascus - U.S. President Barack Obama has called for more forceful intervention in the Syrian conflict — but groups on the ground say that America's misguided actions aren't just not helping — they're making things worse.

Toronto inmate placed in solitary confinement for having HIV

Toronto - An inmate at Toronto South Detention Centre is seeking $200,000 for a Human Rights Violation, alleging that he was placed into solitary confinement, and held for over 90 days, because he had HIV.

No 'human rights' for chimpanzees

New York - A U.S court has ruled that a chimpanzee is not entitled to the same rights as people and does not have be freed from captivity.

Rally demands the federal government support refugee claimants Special

Edmonton - December 10 was International Human Rights Day, which was chosen by several organizations to hold a rally to call for Canada's federal government to support refugee claimants.

Female students banned from a library in India, court rules no

Young women going to the Aligarh Muslim University in India have been banned from using the University library but the courts may come to their rescue. A petition filed by a law intern, and supported by a human rights group, seeks to overturn the ban.

Op-Ed: More ISIS war crimes and crimes against humanity

The latest United Nations report about the Islamist State (IS, formerly of course ISIS) group's atrocities in Syria is damning, but certainly not surprising.

Apple CEO comes out in a Bloomberg Businessweek editorial

On the morning of October 30, Bloomberg Businessweek published an Opening Remarks piece titled, "Tim Cook Speaks Up." The essay is written by Tim Cook, and provides readers with a stunning and extremely honest look at the life of Apple's CEO.

Op-Ed: Atrocities continue to plague both Iraq and Syria

Iraq, having faced sectarian strife and war for years now, and its neighbour Syria, facing as it is yet more bloodletting, both have seen very heinous atrocities visited upon their respective citizenry.

World OutGames Miami launches crowdfunding effort

Miami Beach - The WorldOut Games has announced they are launching a crowdfunding effort to aid participants who are in need of assistance to attend the event in Miami, Fla., in 2017.

Op-Ed: The plight of Iranian dissident refugees in Iraq Special

While the world is focused on the battle against ISIS (Daesh), there is another situation in Iraq which has in general passed under the radar of most people who are watching events in the Middle East. That is the mistreatment of Iranian refugees.

U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals mulling gay marriage ban

The U.S. 6th Court of Appeals is deciding gay marriage bans on the books in four states. The three-judge panel has the chance to overturn the bans and likely send the case on to the Supreme court in 2015, and history suggests they will do so.

North Korea proposes 'all-inclusive' report on human rights

Pyongyang - Officials were reportedly unhappy with a detailed report by the United Nations which detailed some severe human rights abuses. Now a new project from the government itself which they promise will be "all-inclusive."

Op-Ed: Net 'Neutrality' may not be 'equality' for all

Our country is famous for giving its people freedoms, then slowly over time it takes them away one by one. And next on the list of freedoms we may start to lose is Internet access. And in some ways, it has already begun.

Op-Ed: Water privatization — Corporates vs public interest, again

Sydney - Many environmentalists have been highly skeptical of the chronic mismanagement of water resources worldwide in the last couple of decades. Some also suggest that global food giant Nestlé is behind moves to privatize water supplies.

Author explores a fascinating life of social justice Special

Edmonton - Alexis Kienlen is an Edmonton-based writer who is a journalist and published poet with two volumes of poetry to her credit. Her third book is a work of non-fiction about someone who is well known for being an advocate for social justice.

Sorry Day Protests: Stop taking our children

Protests are taking place across Australia due to flawed government policies leading to the unnecessary removal of Indigenous children.

Nobel Prize-Winning Economists say end the drug war

According to a new report endorsed by five Nobel Prize-winning economists, the decades-long global war on drugs has failed and it's time to shift the focus from mass incarceration to public health and human rights.
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