Russia’s Politics of Culture: Amusing Stories From the Past?

October 12, 2014

Resurgent Russian nationalism seems to be taking on distinct Soviet undertones. It is difficult to put a finger on the exact time when Vladimir Putin began to feel an inextricable connection to Russia’s historic destiny. Calling on Tsarist thinkers like Nilokai Berdyayev or Pyotr Stolypin,...

Human Rights Watch Whitewashes Israel: The Law Supports Hamas

July 23, 2014

Do Palestinians have the legal right to resist the Israeli blockade and occupation?  On July 7, Israel unleashed Operation Protective Edge against Gaza. When it launched a ground invasion on July...

Wars and Bars: Women in Iraq

January 15, 2014

Failure to enforce law correctly hinders the protection of women in Iraq. Iraq has always been a country of both national and international upheavals. The frequent political changes have made Iraqis doubtful of their status, especially women. Time and again they were left homeless and in panic....

Obama Ignores Morocco’s Illegal Occupation and Human Rights Abuses

January 05, 2014

US policy on Western Sahara constitutes nothing less than a rejection of international law. In November 2013, President Barack Obama met with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI in Washington for their first face-to-face meeting. The result was a bitter disappointment for supporters of human rights...

Israel: The Prawer-Begin Plan (Part 2/2)

October 29, 2013

Injustice against Bedouins erodes the democratic character of Israel. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. The same lack of sensitivity is responsible for the failure of urbanization of the Negev Bedouins in Israel. Resettlement into townships was done without proper planning...

Is a Free West Papua on the Horizon?

July 28, 2013

In the eyes of many, West Papua should be a country independent from Indonesia. Background While Papua New Guinea is a sovereign nation, few realize that the western half of the world’s second largest island is Indonesian territory. This resource-rich island is one of the least publicized...

Xenophobia in Greece

June 17, 2013

In Greece, Human Rights Watch has documented increasing violence against asylum seekers and refugees that goes largely unpunished. Last year was very tough for Greece, and there are few prospects that 2013 will be easier. Millions of people have been directly affected by the sweeping...