Afghan Women Win Fight for Their Own Identity

Click to expand Image Delegates attend the last day of the Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, May 3, 2019. © 2020 AP Photo/Rahmat Gul Afghanistan’s president has signed a new law that will, for the first time, include mothers’ names on their children’s birth certificates and identification cards. The law is a […]

Syria: Restart Efforts to Find Victims Kidnapped by ISIS

(Beirut) – Local authorities in northern Syria have failed to advance efforts to find people kidnapped by ISIS more than a year after its territorial defeat in Syria, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should promptly dedicate resources to uncover what happened to the thousands of missing people. During ISIS’s reign in Syria, the […]

Former Spanish King Finds New Home in UAE

Click to expand Image Spain’s royal household said on Monday Aug. 17, 2020, that former monarch Juan Carlos is in the United Arab Emirates.  © AP Photo/Andrea Comas After two weeks of official silence and media speculation, the whereabouts of former Spanish king Juan Carlos I were confirmed this week. The king, who left Spain […]

One talking point in the culture wars is that post-modern neo-Marxist college professors are indoctrinating the youth. Some take a more moderate view of college professors, simply regarding them as excessively liberal and indoctrinating the youth in liberal dogma. While I am confident that the academy is not ruled by Marxists, there are still interesting […]

Thailand: More Protest Leaders Arrested

Click to expand Image Over 10,000 people gathered in the streets around Bangkok’s Democracy Monument on August 16, 2020 calling for reform in the Thai government.  © 2020 Adryel Talamantes/NurPhoto via AP (New York) – Thai authorities are increasingly arresting pro-democracy leaders in Bangkok for their role in organizing the widening protests, Human Rights Watch […]

Indonesia: Reinstate Students Expelled Over Papua Protest

Click to expand Image Four students at Khairun University, Ternate, filed a lawsuit against their rector over their dismissal. They attended a hearing with lawyers and supporters at the Ambon court, Indonesia, August 4, 2020. © 2020 Christ Belseran (Jakarta) – Indonesia’s public Khairun University on Ternate Island should reinstate four students who were expelled after […]

Renters in England Are Braced for Mass Evictions

Click to expand Image Letting agents boards in London, March 2016.  © Anthony Devlin/Press Association via AP Images The eviction ban in England expires this coming weekend and some people in privately rented housing, who have been hit by the economic downturn triggered by Covid-19 and fallen behind on their rent, are waiting nervously to discover […]

Thailand: Drop Charges, Free Democracy Activists

Click to expand Image Arnon Nampha © 2020 Facebook/Arnon Nampha (New York) – Thai authorities should immediately drop all charges and unconditionally release prominent pro-democracy activists arbitrarily detained for their role in peaceful protests, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 19, 2020, Thai police separately arrested Arnon Nampha, Baramee Chairat, Suwanna Tanlek, and Korakot […]

Egypt: Spate of ‘Morality’ Prosecutions of Women

Click to expand Image Egyptian influencers Hanin Hossam and Mawadda al-Adham, who were sentenced to two years in prison on charges of violating public morals, on the video-sharing app TikTok in Egypt’s capital Cairo.   © 2020 Khaled Desouki/AFP via Getty Images  (Beirut) – Egyptian authorities have since late April 2020 carried out an abusive campaign […]

Myanmar: Revise Election Broadcast Rules

Click to expand Image Members of the Union Election Commission wear face masks during a press conference, announcing that general elections in Myanmar will proceed as planned in November despite coronavirus concerns, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, June 4, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo (Bangkok) – The Myanmar Union Election Commission should amend rules governing […]