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Secretary of State John Kerry stands with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak ahead of an Aug. 5, 2015 meeting (Photo: State Department Photo/Public Domain)

Obama Administration Accused of Giving Human Trafficking Status Upgrade to ‘Further Corporate Trade Agenda’

By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams August 9, 2015   Obama Administration Accused of Giving Human Trafficking Status Upgrade to ‘Further Corporate Trade Agenda’ Progressive organization, members of Congress demand explanation for Malaysia’s new ranking     Controversy over the State Department’s upgrading of Malaysia in its annual human trafficking report continues to swirl, with one […]


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In Chicago, Calls Grow for Investigation Into Homan Square ‘Gestapo Tactics’ 1

By Nadia Prupis Common Dreams March 19, 2015   In Chicago, Calls Grow for Investigation Into Homan Square ‘Gestapo Tactics’ DOJ must bring policing in line with human rights standards, officials and activists say     Cook County commissioner Richard Boykin and U.S. Representative Danny Davis on Wednesday stepped up their demand for the federal […]


Mass Surveillance Endangers ‘Fundamental Human Rights’: Report 1

By Nadia Prupis Common Dreams January 26, 2015   Mass Surveillance Endangers ‘Fundamental Human Rights’: Report European human rights body finds spying programs endanger lives, consume valuable anti-terrorist resources   Government intelligence programs threaten fundamental human rights, a top rights body said Monday. (Photo: Mike Mozart/flickr/cc)   Mass surveillance programs threaten fundamental human rights and […]

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‘Nauseating’ Praise for Dead Saudi King Exposes Hypocrisy of West, Say Critics

By Deirdre Fulton Common Dreams January 23, 2015   ‘Nauseating’ Praise for Dead Saudi King Exposes Hypocrisy of West, Say Critics Western leaders’ responses to King Abdullah’s death serve as a reminder that Saudi Arabia, with its wealth and geopolitical influence, is a perpetual exception to the west’s emphasis on human rights. In the wake […]


Former Vice President Dick Cheney says violence perpetrated against American citizens amounts to torture, but that torture approved by himself and former President George. W. Bush is not "morally" equivalent to that kind of violence and should be applauded, not prosecuted. Human rights experts strongly disagree. (Image: Meet The Press/Screenshot)

Calls for ‘Torture Team’ Prosecutions Persist as Cheney Brags “I’d Do It Again”

By Jon Queally Common Dreams   Calls for ‘Torture Team’ Prosecutions Persist as Cheney Brags “I’d Do It Again”   ‘There is an almost criminal gang in our government’s security agencies which is not subject to democratic accountability of any kind.’     Former vice president of the United States Dick Cheney told NBC’s Chuck […]