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In India, Landmark Ruling Recognizes Transgender Citizens

Activism News — Topix - 3 hours 27 min ago

An Indian eunuch in the eastern city of Bhubaneswar dances Tuesday to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling recognizing a third gender category.

Amnesty: Haiti human rights activist threatened

Activism News — Topix - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 03:46

A leading human rights activist in Haiti has been threatened for his work, Amnesty International said Tuesday, marking the latest documented case of attacks or threats against watchdog groups in the Caribbean nation.

ACLU Speaks for Man Arrested Handing out Fliers

Activism News — Topix - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:36

A Nebraska civil liberties group is now representing a Lincoln man arrested by police last month for handing out religious pamphlets outside Lincoln's Pinnacle Bank Arena.

China convicts hospital workers after high-profile labour protest

Activism News — Topix - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:27

A Chinese court on Tuesday convicted 12 hospital security guards of "disturbing social order" after staging a labour protest last year, sentencing several to light jail terms in what was seen as a test case for labour rights in China.

Amnesty International blasts police taser use

Activism News — Topix - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:17

He said: "Tasers should not be used in custody cells as the subject is already under effective control and in custody.

War Tax Resisters Mark April 15 with Call to Stop Military Spending

Democracy now! The war and peace report - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:52

Millions of Americans are rushing to file their federal and state taxes today by the midnight deadline. But others are using the day to protest the use of tax dollars to fund war. The War Resisters League estimates at least 45 percent of the 2015 federal budget would be used for current and past military expenses, as well as interest on the national debt, some 80 percent of which stems from military spending. To voice their opposition, some Americans are taking a stand by personally refusing to pay their federal taxes. Lida Shao, a pre-med student at Columbia University, has been a war tax resister for three years with support from the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee. Shao joins us to discuss why Tax Day for her is a day of resistance.

Who Goes to Jail? Matt Taibbi on American Injustice Gap from Wall Street to Main Street

Democracy now! The war and peace report - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:09

Award-winning journalist Matt Taibbi is out with an explosive new book that asks why the vast majority of white-collar criminals have avoided prison since the financial crisis began, while an unequal justice system imprisons the poor and people of color on a mass scale. In "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap," Taibbi explores how the Depression-level income gap between the wealthy and the poor is mirrored by a "justice" gap in who is targeted for prosecution and imprisonment. "It is much more grotesque to consider the non-enforcement of white-collar criminals when you do consider how incredibly aggressive law enforcement is with regard to everybody else," Taibbi says.

Chinese lawyers say they were tortured by police

Activism News — Topix - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:12

His head covered in a black hood, lawyer Tang Jitian recalls being taken into a room and hearing the sound of a rope being pulled.

U.N.: Woman to die for killing her rapist

Activism News — Topix - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:08

The United Nations and international human rights groups joined a growing call on Monday urging the Iranian government to call off the impending execution of a 26-year-old woman convicted of murder.

U.S. anti-gay activist faces mischief charges after arrest on university campus

Activism News — Topix - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:08

A pair of controversial political activists - one an American who opposes gay rights, the other a Canadian who opposes abortion - have been arrested at the University of Regina.

Sex worker activist convicted for crime of "walking while trans"

Activism News — Topix - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:13

Sex worker activist Monica Jones was found guilty last week of "manifestation of an intent to prostitute" by an Arizona judge.

Vietnam releases dissidents amid foreign pressure

Activism News — Topix - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 19:09

Vietnam has granted early release to two high-profile dissidents, bringing the number of democracy activists freed this month to three in what the government Monday called a "policy of leniency."

Syrian forces take 3 villages near Lebanese border

Activism News — Topix - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 15:04

The capture of Sarkha, Maaloula and Jibbeh was the fastest series of army successes against rebels in the Qalamoun region along the border with Lebanon since the government launched an offensive in the mountainous terrain in November.

Abortion issue just made election season more interesting in Arkansas

Activism News — Topix - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:04

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's decision to appeal a ruling striking down Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban isn't just giving hope to conservative activists who want to preserve one of the strictest abortion laws in the country.

Polk Winner on Afghanistan: Slain Journalists, Ghost Polls & Unresolved U.S. Ties to Deaths, Torture

Democracy now! The war and peace report - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:45

Kabul-based journalist Matthieu Aikins was honored with the George Polk Award on Friday for his Rolling Stone article, "The A-Team Killings," that uncovered "convincing evidence" that a U.S. Army Special Forces unit killed 10 Afghan civilians in Wardak province. Aikins joins us to discuss the latest on his story — as well as recent developments in Afghanistan, from the country’s elections to continued violence that recently killed two journalists.

"We Won't Succumb to Threats": Journalists Return to U.S. for First Time Since Revealing NSA Spying

Democracy now! The war and peace report - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:21

Ten months ago, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald flew from New York to Hong Kong to meet National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Poitras and Greenwald did not return to the United States until this past Friday, when they flew from Berlin to New York to accept the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting. They arrived not knowing if they would be detained or subpoenaed after Director of National Intelligence James Clapper described journalists working on the NSA story as Snowden’s "accomplices." At a news conference following the George Polk Award ceremony, Poitras and Greenwald took questions from reporters about their reporting and the government intimidation it has sparked.

"This Award is for Snowden": Greenwald, Poitras Accept Polk Honor for Exposing NSA Surveillance

Democracy now! The war and peace report - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:10

In their first return to the United States since exposing the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance operations, journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras were honored in New York City on Friday with the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting. Over the past 10 months, Poitras and Greenwald have played key roles in reporting the massive trove of documents leaked by Edward Snowden. They were joined by colleagues Ewen MacAskill of The Guardian and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post, with whom they shared the award. In their acceptance speeches, Poitras and Greenwald paid tribute to their source. "Each one of these awards just provides further vindication that what [Snowden] did in coming forward was absolutely the right thing to do and merits gratitude, and not indictments and decades in prison," Greenwald said. "None of us would be here … without the fact that someone decided to sacrifice their life to make this information available," Poitras said. "And so this award is really for Edward Snowden."

Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes - gaping holes' in human rights record

Activism News — Topix - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 09:59

Freedom of expression, association and assembly under threat with restrictions on protests, private TV station taken off air and NGOs in legal limbo Algerian authorities' strategy has been to nip in the bud any attempt to challenge them or their record.

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