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An Indian eunuch in the eastern city of Bhubaneswar dances Tuesday to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling recognizing a third gender category.
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.
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.
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.
He said: "Tasers should not be used in custody cells as the subject is already under effective control and in custody.
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.
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.
- Ukraine Says Anti-Separatist Operation Underway; U.S. Threatens New Sanctions on Russia
- Nigeria Bus Bomb Toll Jumps to 71, 124 Wounded
- Ex-Klan Member Charged with Hate Crimes in Kansas Jewish Center Shootings
- Federal Agents Cede to Anti-Gov't Nevada Rancher After Armed Standoff
- Army General Denies Chelsea Manning Clemency Bid
- 9/11 Trial Suspended After Attorneys Claim Gov't Infiltration, Monitoring
- Justice Dept. Won't Contest Ruling Granting Force-Feeding Challenges by Guantánamo Prisoners
- Report: Killings of Environmental Activists Surge Worldwide
- Nebraska Landowners, Activists Unveil Anti-Keystone XL Crop Art
- Guardian US, Washington Post Win Pulitzer for NSA Reporting
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.
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.
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 Monica Jones was found guilty last week of "manifestation of an intent to prostitute" by an Arizona judge.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
- Ex-KKK Member Shoots Dead 3 at Jewish Centers in Kansas
- Ukraine Threatens Military Force to Quell Unrest
- U.N. Climate Panel: World Has Just 15 Years to Avoid Climate Catastrophe
- Obama Blasts GOP Assault on Voting Rights
- Obama Nominates Budget Director to Head Health and Human Services
- Iran to Challenge U.S. Visa Denial of New U.N. Envoy
- Report: Israel Issues One of Largest West Bank Land Seizures in Years
- Dozens Killed in Nigeria Bus Bombing
- Reports: NSA Exploited "Heartbleed" Bug; Obama Issues Exemption on Computer Safety
- Retiring SEC Attorney: Regulators "Tentative and Fearful" in Pursuing Wall Street
- Residents of Canadian Town Reject Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline
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.