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Not So Pretty Revolution

Hugo Chávez’s ‘pretty revolution’ might not be as pretty as he wanted us to believe. The late Venezuelan leader often told members of the press that his socialist revolution was different, in that it was peaceful, democratic.  Never mind the threats...

Civil Rights Case Looms in Florida

There are several large court cases coming up regarding civil rights.  Some business owners want the right to refuse their services to gay or lesbian customers because of their religious beliefs.  Civil rights advocates call this discrimination, and worry about the...

Spies of Mississippi

PBS recently aired a documentary called Spies of Mississippi.  The film looks into the work of an agency called the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, who employed spies to infiltrate civil rights groups in the 60’s.  The film features interviews with civil...

Human Rights Day 2013

December 10th is Human Rights Day, as you may know.  This year marked the 20-year anniversary of the creation of the annual event by the UN.  I took some time to reflect upon the past 20 years of human rights around the world.  While history has come a long way, with...