Turkey: Free Rights Defender Following European Court Ruling

Click to expand Image Osman Kavala © 2017 Anadolu Kültür (Strasbourg) – The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers should issue a decision at its June 4, 2020 meeting directing Turkey to release human rights defender Osman Kavala and drop all charges against him, Human Rights Watch, the International Commission of Jurists, and the Turkey Human […]

Racing & Capitalism

While analogies, like cars, always break down in the end, they can be useful discussion devices. While on a run, I was thinking about my recent injury-induced lack of racing trophies and this topic kept blending in with that of the division of goods in a competitive capitalist society. This lead to an obvious analogy […]

For UK, Tackling Racial Injustice Should Begin at Home

Click to expand Image Campaigners hold placards as they take part during the Justice for Grenfell Solidarity rally on June 15, 2019 against the lack of action by the Government following the Grenfell Tower fire, which took the lives of 72 people.  © 2019 Dinendra Haria / SOPA Images/Sipa USA via AP Images The killing […]

Burundi: Intimidation, Arrests During Elections

Click to expand Image Women queue to cast their votes in the presidential election, in Giheta, Gitega province, Burundi, May 20, 2020. © 2020 Berthier Mugiraneza/AP Photo (Nairobi) – Serious allegations of abuse during Burundi’s May 20, 2020 elections should be investigated and those responsible held accountable. After a campaign for presidential, legislative, and communal elections marred […]

People with Disabilities Needed in Fight Against Climate Change

Click to expand Image Volunteers tend to a man in a wheelchair and his partner, after they were rescued during flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey in Orange, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. © 2019 AP Photo/Gerald Herbert People with disabilities are at increased risk of the adverse impacts of climate change – including threats to their health, food […]

Kant & Tasering Dead Rats

Embed from Getty Images While Logan Paul has posted YouTube videos of rather awful behavior, his channel is still operating as of this writing. Paul’s latest video adventure involved tasering a dead rat, leading Penny Arcade to raise the moral question of the ethics of dead rat tasering as well as the morality of YouTube […]

Boys’ Drawings Expose Greece’s Broken Detention System

Click to expand Image Ibrahim, a 14-year-old boy from Somalia, was detained by Greek police for almost three months at a detention center in Amygdaleza, a police-run detention facility on the outskirts of Athens, which houses adults but has a dedicated section for unaccompanied migrant children. Seventeen-year-old Kamrul from Bangladesh was also detained, first at […]

Evil & Institutions II: Reconsidering Lawful Evil

Embed from Getty Images In an earlier essay, I considered the various evil Dungeons & Dragons alignments in the context of institutions. In that essay, I took the view that lawful evil people are the most dangerous of all because they aim to institutionalize evil. However, a case can be made that the lawful evil […]

US: Senate Should Reject EARN IT Act

Click to expand Image A view of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on May 28, 2020. © 2020 Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA via AP Images (Washington, DC) – The United States Senate Judiciary Committee should reject a proposed law that would jeopardize privacy and free expression rights without effectively protecting children from online sexual […]