Human Rights

This powerful off-the-shelf phone-hacking tool is spreading

Citizen Lab found traces of the “lawful intercept” software in the U.S., Canada, and 43 other countries.<p>Researchers at internet watchdog Citizen Lab have found that a sophisticated piece of spyware designed to break into most commercially available smartphones is now in use in 45 countries. …

Rights & Freedoms

'Ashamed': South Koreans chilled by Kim Jong-un's cuddles

When President Moon Jae-in of South Korea embraced Kim Jong-un with a broad smile on an airport tarmac in Pyongyang, a crowd of North Koreans released a deafening cheer. But in Seoul, Choi Hyo-joo winced at the display of affection, troubled that the ruler of a brutal regime was treated so …

Kim Jong-un

Saga of truck filled with bodies of homicide victims sparks scandal in Mexico

In Mexico, officials and citizens routinely announce the discoveries of clandestine graves baring skeletal remains from the gang violence that has convulsed the country for years.<p>The official count of the “disappeared” nationwide exceeds 30,000, and relatives of the legions of missing call that a …

Semi-trailer

Transgender woman killed by border agent tragically misidentified by police, activists say

When law enforcement authorities in Texas identified one of four women they say was killed by Border Patrol supervisor Juan David Ortiz, they made a tragic situation even more painful for those who knew Nikki Enriquez, LGBTQ activists say.<p>That’s because the 28-year-old transgender woman had …

Transgender Woman

Movie Star Fan Bingbing's Disappearance Raises Questions About the Chinese Justice System

It should have been the week’s big China story. After all, the new tariffs President Donald Trump slapped on $200 billion of Chinese imports marked a …

Rights & Freedoms

A bad smell led residents of a Mexican town to a gruesome discovery: 100 bodies in a trailer

Wherever the trailer went, someone had a problem with it.<p>As authorities tried to park a large truck in various locations in the suburbs of the Mexican city of Guadalajara, residents began to complain. At first, a local mayor claimed it was parked illegally, prompting authorities to move it.<p>But then …

World News

When the white man who shot up an upscale Oakland neighborhood first shot me, a homeless man, nobody cared; I was the criminal

<b>by Patrick Reddic</b><p>Civil rights attorney John Burris holds a new conference to tell how Patrick Reddic (left), a homeless disabled man, was …

African-American News

Solitary confinement class-action against Ontario gets OK

TORONTO — A lawsuit alleging the Ontario government violated the rights of inmates by placing them inappropriately in solitary confinement can …

Class Action

Tammy Bruce: Hey, Trump fans, Biden thinks so little of you, you’re now ‘dregs of society’ not ‘deplorables’

Watch out Trump supporters! Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden is on the trail and has downgraded you from “deplorables” to the “dregs of society.” It’s the September before an election, and like well-oiled machines, Democratic leadership crawls out of their basement, ready to instill fear, …

Opinion

Victoria Police capsicum spray Melton man during welfare check

Victoria Police are again under fire for using excessive force on vulnerable people, after allegedly attacking a Melton father, who they were called …

Mental Health

Don’t Need Lessons on Democracy From Pakistan: India at UN Meet

Speaking at the 39th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, India on Tuesday, 18 September, said “the world does not need lessons on …

Rights & Freedoms

The Frightening Lesson Hurricane Maria Taught the World About the Politics of Climate Change

Exactly a year ago, on Sept. 20, 2017, one of the most violent storms ever to hit the Caribbean made landfall on the island of Puerto Rico. The …

Hurricane Maria

Nearly 2,000 Migrants Will Be Moved Out of A Refugee Camp Where Children Are Reportedly Attempting Suicide

Around 2,000 migrants living in the overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos will be moved to mainland Greece by the end of the month, …

Rights & Freedoms

The United Nations Braces for Donald Trump's Second Appearance—And He Should Prepare for Blowback

Next week Donald J. Trump returns to the United Nations for the annual opening of the UN General Assembly. While Trump exceeded expectations during …

World News

John Legend stars in ad urging Brett Kavanaugh defeat

John Legend — the singer, songwriter and actor — stars in a new digital ad from several progressive organizations that calls the confirmation of …

Brett Kavanaugh

Philippine landslide shows poor often live in danger's path

ITOGON, Philippines (AP) — They're eerie photographs, probably the final images of a few Filipino villagers standing placidly outside low-slung buildings a day before the green mountainside behind them collapsed on that spot. The massive landslide buried dozens of poor miners and their families as …

Benguet

Sunrise segment leads to Human Rights Commission complaint

The now-infamous <b>Sunrise</b> segment discussing placement of at-risk Indigenous children is now the subject of a complaint with the Australian Human …

Rights & Freedoms

In Imran Khan’s Naya Pakistan, the removal of an Ahmadi economist shows power of religious bias

The backlash to Atif Mian’s appointment came not just from rival parties but from within the new prime minister’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf too.<p>It has …

Imran Khan

After Political Backlash, Pakistani PM Khan Walks Back Citizenship Pledge for Afghan Refugees

The Trump administration announced this week it will cap refugee admissions at 30,000 – a record low. But meanwhile in Pakistan – which has the …

Rights & Freedoms

In Peru, a department store's online ad stirs outrage, is pulled over 'racist' message

Culture Matters<p>LIMA, Peru — When it comes to messaging — subconscious or otherwise — it may be hard to beat the latest ad from one of the leading retail stores in Peru, which has led to a national conversation over issues of racism and bias, particularly in media.<p>The 30-second online spot, for …

Latino News

North Korea's Kim Jong-un agrees to shut missile site

<b>North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to shut one of the country's main missile testing and launch sites.</b><p>He signed a pledge to permanently close the Tongchang-ri facility, after talks in Pyongyang with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in.<p>Both leaders also "agreed on a way to achieve …

North Korea

Hungarian foreign minister accuses U.N. rights experts of spreading lies

GENEVA (Reuters) - Hungary’s foreign minister lashed out at what he called “biased, pro-migration” U.N. human rights experts on Wednesday, accusing them of spreading lies about his country and saying Budapest had the right to keep out illegal migrants.<p>Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto …

Rights & Freedoms

Ex-Google engineer who worked on China search engine calls it 'wrong'

Google (GOOG, GOOGL) has been facing increased scrutiny from politicians and human rights groups since The Intercept revealed the company may soon …

Google News

Former mayor Glen Murray moving back to Winnipeg

One of Winnipeg’s former mayors is moving back to the city after a stint in Ontario as an MPP.<p>Glen Murray announced Wednesday he is moving back to …

Liberal Party

WATCH: Defender Of Israel Blisters U.N. Human Rights Council For Its Silence After Murder Of Israeli Father

On Tuesday, following the Sunday attack of pure evil by a 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed to death Ari Fuld, an Israeli father of four, …

Rights & Freedoms

The loser of the Camp David Accords

By Craig Daigle<p>Last week, national security adviser John Bolton announced the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington. This came on top of President Trump’s decision to cancel U.S. funding of the United Nations aid program for Palestinian refugees. Chief …

West Bank

The Beat Goes On Against Protest in Saudi Arabia

Photo Source James N. Mattis | CC BY 2.0<p>It has always been dangerous to be a protester and activist for human rights in Saudi Arabia. Readers will …

Saudi Arabia

Morocco plays cat and mouse with Africans headed to Europe

* Emigrants defy Moroccan campaign to clear Spanish borders<p>* Rabat says stopped 54,000 crossings, 74 trafficking gangs<p>* Rights groups denounce campaign as forcible displacement<p>* Number of people reaching Spain rose to more than 38,000<p>* Graphic tmsnrt.rs/2KV6i0d<p>By Ahmed Eljechtimi<p>TANGIER, Morocco, …

Rights & Freedoms

Grassley to administration: You must consult Congress on refugee cap

Sen. Charles GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyWife of 'Glow' director writes 'Stop Kavanaugh' on her arm for Emmy Awards Grassley agrees to …

Trump Administration

How the US helped create Trump's 'violent animals'

<i>"This Is Life With Lisa Ling" Season 5 premieres Sunday after "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" with a focus on MS-13's gang warfare across America. The opinions in this article belong to the author.</i><p><b>(CNN) —</b> Few groups have incited the ire of President Donald Trump more than MS-13 for the gang's …

Opinion