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Time the entire world barred capital punishment

Time the entire world barred capital punishment

In the Grassmarket in central Edinburgh, a round stone known as the “shadow of the gibbet” marks the site’s history as an execution spot. While capital punishment continued in Britain long past the last Grassmarket execution in 1784 – the last hanging in Scotland was as late as…

The bitter legacy of Western intervention in Afghanistan

The bitter legacy of Western intervention in Afghanistan

The majority of Afghans welcomed the overthrow of the fundamentalist Taliban in 2001. Latifa Ahmady, director of the Organisation for Promoting Afghan Women’s Capabilities (OPAWC), was one those celebrating their removal.…

We’re still living in the shadow of Rwanda and its genocide

We’re still living in the shadow of Rwanda and its genocide

We live, 20 years after the murder of an estimated 800,000 people, in the shadow of Rwanda. And this weekend, on the anniversary of the start of the Rwanda genocide, is a good time to contemplate the significance of that shadow.…

Women and their children in prison: an American tragedy

Women and their children in prison: an American tragedy

The following piece originally appeared on Beacon Broadside. Author and advocate Deborah Jiang Stein, through her own personal…

“CIA Spies and Tortured Lies”

“CIA Spies and Tortured Lies”

“What keeps me up at night, candidly, is another attack against the United States,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said…

Exposing the Invisible : Film Screenings

Exposing the Invisible : Film Screenings

The digital age has profoundly transformed the way people find and share information. The Internet is enabling collaboration…

Uganda leader puts anti-gay law on hold to seek more scientific advice

Uganda leader puts anti-gay law on hold to seek more scientific advice

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has put a bill imposing strict penalties for homosexuality on hold to give scientists…

Scarborough hospital opens North Yorkshire’s first ‘place of safety’

Scarborough hospital opens North Yorkshire’s first ‘place of safety’

People detained by police under the mental health act in Scarborough will no longer be held in a…

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